24 Day Trans-American Adventure

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in New York and finishing in Los Angeles

Read 117 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 24 Day Trans-American Adventure. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, this road trip of a lifetime takes in the treasures of this mighty continent, as we travel from city-scapes to prairie-lands and beyond. Beginning...read more
Overview
Operator: Cosmos
Type: Guided Tour (Affordable)
Style: Panorama
Max Group Size: 50
Duration: 24 Days
From: New York to Los Angeles
Tour Code: 8800
Visits: USA
Our Price From:
$ 4,559
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day
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1
New York City
Welcome to the "Big Apple!" Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
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New York City
On today's sightseeing tour, see New York City's major attractions, including Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, City Hall, Wall Street, and Trinity Church. Your afternoon is free.
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New York City - Philadelphia - Washington DC Area
Head south through New Jersey to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States. During your free time, perhaps see Independence Hall and visit the Liberty Bell. On to Washington DC.
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Washington DC Area
See the graves of American heroes, including those of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, in beautiful Arlington National Cemetery. The nation's capital is a sightseeing treasure trove, and your half-day tour with a Local Guide features Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, National WWII Memorial, and other well-known sights. Stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. As the remainder of the day is free, why not visit the Smithsonian museums?
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Washington DC - Niagara Falls
A scenic day as you head north through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home of the Amish and Mennonite religious sects. Then, along the Susquehanna River to Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League baseball and site of the league's annual "World Series." Later, cross the Rainbow Bridge to Canada and arrive at Niagara Falls, Ontario, for your overnight stay.
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Niagara Falls - Dearborn
This morning, board your Niagara Falls SIGHTSEEING CRUISE for amazing close-up views from the base of the falls. Then, travel the Niagara Parkway, admiring the sweeping landscapes of this scenic countryside. Head southwest and cross the farmlands and vineyards of Ontario. NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. If unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour of the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
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Dearborn - Chicago
Begin the day with a visit to the HENRY FORD MUSEUM. Reach Chicago, America's thirdlargest city, in the late afternoon. City sightseeing includes all the major landmarks of the "Windy City."
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Chicago
Today is free for independent activities. Perhaps take an optional cruise on Lake Michigan and through the locks of the Chicago River. As the evening is free, join the optional outing for a delicious dinner at a Chicago restaurant, followed by spectacular views of the city from atop 360 Chicago, formally the John Hancock Observatory.
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Chicago - Madison - Minneapolis
First stop today is Madison. A vibrant city, situated between two sparkling lakes. A photo stop at the capitol before making our way to Minnesota-the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Enjoy an orientation tour of the bustling downtown area of Minneapolis before reaching your overnight hotel.
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Minneapolis Excursion To The Mall Of America
Today is about the MALL OF AMERICA, the largest shopping mall in the United States, featuring an extensive range of retail, restaurants, and entertainment.
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Minneapolis - Mitchell - Pierre
Into the rich farmlands of South Dakota, homeland of the great Sioux Indian Nation. Stop in Mitchell to see the CORN PALACE, a remarkable Moorish-style building where the interior and exterior are covered with designs of corn outlined with grasses and grain. Stay overnight in Pierre, the state's capital.
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Pierre - Badlands National Park - Mount Rushmore - Keystone
First, a drive through Fort Pierre National Grassland to see the prairie as it once was when only buffalo and the Sioux Indians occupied the land. Next is BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, where 37 million years of wind and water have carved a remarkably colourful sight. Then, head into the Black Hills and behold the granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four American presidents- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. (CB)
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Keystone - Cody
Head through the rich, mountainous country past Buffalo, where open-range cattle kings made war on the sheep ranchers of the 1880s. Drive past Sheridan, the scene of many fierce battles between the U.S. Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow Indians. Then, climb over the Bighorn Mountains en route to the overnight stop in Buffalo Bill's frontier town of Cody.
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Cody - Yellowstone National Park - West Yellowstone
Through Shoshone National Forest to splendid YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Follow Grand Loop Road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, nearly twice the height of Niagara. Yellowstone's abundant and diverse wildlife are as famous as its geysers. It's home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. As a visitor to the world's first national park you may be lucky enough to encounter some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Overnight in West Yellowstone, gateway to the geysers of Yellowstone National Park.
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West Yellowstone Day Excursion To Yellowstone National Park
This morning, return to Yellowstone National Park and visit the bubbling mud paint pots, the reliable "blow" of Old Faithful, Yellowstone's great geyser, and West Thumb geyser basin. Return to West Yellowstone and explore on your own. (CB)
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West Yellowstone - Jackson
Travel south into the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. (CB)
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Jackson - Salt Lake City
Today, drive to Salt Lake City, Utah's vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this centre of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, "This is the place." An included sightseeing tour shows you the capital of Utah, including Temple Square, the tabernacle, and the Beehive House.
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Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park - Cedar City
Through the sagebrush landscape of southern Utah to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its breathtaking sandstone and limestone cliffs and ever-changing colours. Head west through Dixie National Forest to Cedar City for your overnight. (B)
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Cedar City - Zion National Park - Grand Canyon National Park
First stop is ZION NATIONAL PARK, a landscape that was carved out by rushing streams over a period of a million years. Through Kaibab National Forest to the less visited North Rim of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where you'll marvel at the stunning views of the flame-coloured walls plunging 8,297 feet (2529 metres) into the Colorado River. The evening is free. (CB)
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Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas
Head to the unique phenomenon of Las Vegas, where today's fortune hunters try their luck at the 24-hour gambling tables of the "Strip." An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colourful "Strip." The afternoon is at leisure so you can explore the casinos.
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Las Vegas
A free day to explore Las Vegas. Your Tour Director can arrange an optional excursion to the Hoover Dam, and will have suggestions for the best shows to see this evening.
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Las Vegas - Los Angeles
Through the Mojave Desert and over the San Gabriel Mountains to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles
Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown. You'll drive to Hollywood, including the footprints of the glamourous stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, and famous Hollywood Bowl. Then, on to elegant Beverly Hills followed by a drive down the Sunset Strip.
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Los Angeles
Your holiday ends this morning.
Cosmos Inclusions
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Trip Inclusions
  • NEW YORK CITY: Sightseeing with Local Guide.
  • WASHINGTON DC: Sightseeing with Local Guide.
  • NIAGARA FALLS: Sightseeing cruise.
  • DEARBORN: Visit the Henry Ford Museum.
  • CHICAGO: Sightseeing.
  • MINNEAPOLIS: Orientation tour, Mall of America.
  • MITCHELL: Visit the Corn Palace.
  • BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK: Scenic drive.
  • MOUNT RUSHMORE: Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
  • YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK: Sightseeing.
  • SALT LAKE CITY: Sightseeing.
  • BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Sightseeing.
  • ZION NATIONAL PARK: Sightseeing.
  • GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Overnight inside the park; sightseeing.
  • LAS VEGAS: Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas "Strip"
  • LOS ANGELES: Sightseeing.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
Included Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: Moderate Deluxe (MD), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior First Class (SF), Tourist Class (T), Superior Tourist Class (ST), National Park Lodge (NP)
  • New York City Skyline Hotel (MF), Washington DC Area Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria (F), Niagara Falls Best Western Plus Cairn Croft (F), Dearborn Best Western Greenfield Inn (F), Chicago Inn of Chicago (MF), Minneapolis Best Western Plus Normandy Inn (MF), Pierre Days Inn Pierre (ST), Keystone Ramada Mt. Rushmore (T), Cody Buffalo Bill Village (ST), West Yellowstone National Park Brandin' Iron Inn (T), Jackson Mountain Modern Hotel (ST), Salt Lake City Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites (MF), Cedar City Best Western Plus Town & Country Inn (F), Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge (NP), Las Vegas Sls Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (MD), Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel (SF)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Cosmos
Cosmos Reviews: (1580)
Tours on Sale: 212
Accommodation: 3.5 Star
Average Age: 35-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours
Max Group Size(s): 50
Budget: Low Cost
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
Reviews (117)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Trans-American Adventure with Cosmos.
VIC, Australia
Sep 2018
5 Helpful Votes
“Exceeded Expectations”
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We loved our Trans American Adventure and believe it delivered more than we hoped. The price was very reasonable as there is no food supplied by the tour operator but you know that going in so allow for it. We did get a few bonus breakfasts from hotels along the way but mostly chose to eat our own stuff anyway.

Importantly a Tour Director makes or breaks a tour like this. And we thought Alison was fantastic. Didn't pull any punches, was honest about the good and the bad which led to a strong bond of trust between her and the whole tour group. She was informative and helpful personally. She quickly realised I was a sports fan so told me of a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend an NFL game rather than go on an optional excursion and supported us in doing so. Also I had a knee strain for most of the tour (overdid it in NY) so walking distances and standing around weren't ideal, but again, some understanding and allowances made sure I didn't miss anything important. There is a huge differential on this tour between the cities and the national parks so you really get a feel for the US and its magnificent diversity.

No question some of the accommodation wasn't first class but hey no-one got bed bugs, was cold or couldn't sleep because of noise so really again given the prices it was fine and we didn't hear any complaints. A mention of the cabins at the Grand Canyon for example - they were pretty basic but when you consider you're pretty much sitting on a rocky peninsula that juts out into the Grand Canyon, it does blow you away. And even there we ended up having a two hat meal at the restaurant. All up highly recommended especially to newcomers to the States and wanting a bit of a taste of a lot of things.
WA, Australia
Sep 2018
7 Helpful Votes
“Great way to see the USA”
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We have just returned from a 24 day tour of the USA with Cosmos which was organised through Hannah Campbell of Global Journeys. The trip started in New York and concluded in Los Angeles. The tour was listed as Cross Country USA. From the moment we contacted Hannah I knew we were in good hands. Hannah was exceptional, answering all our questions and providing excellent advice along the way. Any questions were answered promptly and fully which made us feel very comfortable. I cannot recommend Hannah highly enough.

The trip itself was excellent. We visited 19 states and experienced all the major attractions that you would expect when visiting the USA - the cities of New York, Washington, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles as well as Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and Mt Rushmore. The highlights for us were the National Parks including Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Badlands of South Dakota. This trip had something for everyone whether it was the hustle and bustle of New York and Las Vegas or the beauty of the natural landscape - well worth the money and an experience to last a lifetime.
QLD, Australia
Aug 2018
2 Helpful Votes
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Highlights were the national parks, all four of them. I was surprised at how nice the city of Chicago was. Mall of America was a shoppers paradise. Accommodation was good and nice and clean, especially in Chicago with the big bed. It was hot in Las Vegas and I saw Human Nature, the best show I saw in Las Vegas.
WA, Australia
Jul 2018
1 Helpful Vote
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“Wonderful Tour across USA”
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A pleasant trip across USA from New York to Los Angeles, with a mix of cities, desert and national parks. Learnt about the history and culture of America through our tour guide who was very informative. However, the farewell dinner was a shame after such a long trip. There was no space in the restaurant and the food was disappointing. To make matters worse, the waiters were rude and disrespectful. It was not the best way to conclude our trip.
VIC, Australia
Apr 2018
9 Helpful Votes
“North American holiday”
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Overall the trip was amazing. I cannot fault the work of Todd, our tour director, he was very organised, friendly and well informed. It was not his fault that our final dinner at the Italian restaurant was a disaster - the food and service were terrible, and I paid $20 US for a third of a glass of wine (chianti) - I was upset as were several others who paid for beverages. The trip was so good up till then. I think that Todd was embarrassed and he'll not go back there again, I'm sure.

Not providing breakfast is a bummer. I am diabetic and need to have breakfast every day. 5 brekkies were included, but as we paid so much money for the trip, Cosmos can do much better in this regard I feel... hence my overall rating of Very Good, and not Excellent. Our group of 33 gelled together well and I have made some life-long friends.
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