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Best of the US Express – Nashville to San Francisco

Take 14 days, a bus full of like-minded travellers, and your own sense of adventure and you'll get this road trip that zips across the very best of the U.S. Go from the musical melting pot of Memphis to the rim of the Grand Canyon (where you'll catch the sunset, no less), and the vibrant city of San Francisco to see its iconic Golden Gate Bridge. These two feel weeks will fly by, but you'll gather a lifetime worth of experiences within it.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUTF/257617
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Nashville, United States
  • Finishes: San Francisco, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Panama City Beach
  • Orlando
  • Los Angeles
  • Lake Havasu
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Nashville

Arrive at any time. After the welcome meeting, opt to check out the music scene on Broadway in a city that knows how to have fun.
Nashville has so much unique culture to experience while visiting. No stay would be complete without trying some of the city's famous hot fried chicken, or visiting one of its many country bars or music museums.

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Day 2: Nashville/Memphis

Travel south through Tennessee to explore the vibrant cultural and musical melting pot of Memphis. Take an optional tour of Graceland, opt to relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum, or tour the Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Head to Beale Street at night for great food and live music. Music legends, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King, made their marks on Memphis.

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Day 3: Memphis

Enjoy a free day in Memphis: Home of Blues, Soul & Rock 'N' Roll.

Opt to check out Sun Studios, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and the National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n' Roll at Elvis Presley's home, Graceland. See how the legend lived and discover videos, pictures, stage costumes, and much more.

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Day 4: Memphis/New Orleans

Drive through the bayous, crank up the jazz and head into the Big Easy. Home of Mardi Gras, explore the French Quarter, and join the revellers on Bourbon Street till the early hours.

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Day 5: New Orleans

Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans. Opt to take part in a creole cooking demonstration, take a biking tour around the city, eat beignets at Café du Monde, or wander the streets soaking up the music and culture around town.

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Day 6: New Orleans/Panama City Beach

Cross the state line into Florida and travel to Panama City Beach. This coastal town is surrounded by 27 miles of white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy an afternoon on the beach and opt to hit the town this evening.

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Day 7: Panama City Beach/Orlando

Travel to the home of 'The Most Magical Place on Earth', Orlando. With great shopping, nightlife, and famous amusement parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, let your inner kid run wild!

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Day 8: Orlando/Los Angeles

Hop on a plane and head to the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Enjoy a free evening to explore Santa Monica, Venice Beach, or opt to head out in Hollywood.

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Day 9: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu

Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of California's most glamourous city. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees, then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.

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Day 10: Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon

Visit the mighty Grand Canyon. Take short hikes and enjoy sunset at the edge of the canyon.
In the morning, discover something unexpected, the London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City. Continue across vast desert landscapes to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles: the Grand Canyon. Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim as you view the stunning sunset.

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Day 11: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Travel Route 66, then explore Las Vegas along the strip.
For our night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.

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Day 12: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.

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Day 13: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.
With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

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Day 14: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Trip ends upon arrival to San Francisco. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills or rent a bike to explore the city on wheels.
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Foodie Moment: Central BBQ Lunch, Memphis Your Discover Moment: Memphis Your Discover Moment: New Orleans
    • Nashville Night Out
    • Memphis Night Out
    • New Orleans Night Out
    • Joshua Tree NP Visit
    • Grand Canyon NP Visit
    • Death Valley NP Visit
    • Yosemite NP Visit
    • Route 66 Visit
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas
    • Free time in Memphis, New Orleans, Panama City Beach
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (6 nt, some multi-share), participation camping (7 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the Beale Street Entertainment District in Memphis
  • Dig into beignets in New Orleans
  • Hop on a plane from Orlando to LA to cut down on driving time
  • Travel down the iconic Route 66
  • Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park