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24 Day Trans-American Adventure

Cosmos Tour starting in New York and finishing in Los Angeles

Read 106 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


Operator: Cosmos
Type: 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:
$ 4,633
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day


New York City

Welcome to the "Big Apple!" Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Niagara Falls - Dearborn Area

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.

Dearborn Area - Chicago

Begin the day with a visit to the HENRY FORD MUSEUM. Don't miss the "Automobile in American Life" exhibit. Reach Chicago, America's third-largest city, in the late afternoon. City sightseeing includes all the major landmarks of the "Windy City."


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 the Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower.

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.

Minneapolis Excursion to 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.

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. Overnight in Pierre, the state's capital.

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.

Keystone - Cody

Head through the rich, mountainous country to 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.

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.

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)

West Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

Travel south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foothigh ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in 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)

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. (CB)

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)

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 1,463 metres (4,800 feet) into the Colorado River. The evening is free. (CB)

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." The afternoon is at leisure so you can explore the casinos.

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.

Las Vegas - Calico - Los Angeles

Into California today with a stop at CALICO GHOST TOWN to relive the wild, tough days when miners struck it rich. Through the Mojave Desert and over the San Gabriel Mountains to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

Start the day with a sightseeing tour of the world's "Capital of Glamour." You'll drive to Hollywood, see the footprints of the stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, and famous Hollywood Bowl. Then, on to elegant Beverly Hills followed by a drive down Sunset Strip.

Los Angeles

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Los Angeles International Airport are included.

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In New York, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles; Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, Henry Ford Museum, Mall of America, Corn Palace, Mount Rushmore, and Calico Ghost Town.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Broadway, Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, City Hall, Wall Street, Trinity Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Susquehanna River, St. Paul, Fort Pierre National Grassland, Badlands National Park, Sheridan, Big Horn Mountains, Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Grand Tetons, Salt Lake City, Bryce National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Las Vegas.
  • GUIDES: Local Guide for city sightseeing in New York and Washington DC; Services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • MEALS: 1 breakfast (B), 4 continental breakfasts (CB).
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


  • Hotel Classifications: National Park Lodge (NP), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior First Class (SF), Tourist Class (T), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • New York City Skyline Hotel (MF), Washington DC Area Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (F), Niagara Falls Best Western Plus Cairn Croft (F), Dearborn Area Best Western Greenfield Inn (F), Chicago Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (F), Minneapolis Best Western Plus Normandy Inn (MF), Pierre Days Inn Pierre (ST), Keystone Mt .Rushmore White House Resort (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 The L.a. Hotel Downtown (SF)

Included Meals

  • 5 Breakfasts

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Cosmos Reviews: (1368)
Tours on Sale: 193
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 (106)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Trans-American Adventure with Cosmos.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2017
1 Helpful Vote
3 Trips
“A discover America tour”
Booking With Global Journeys
The tour provides a comprehensive overview of America and includes the three largest cities, national parks, world heritage areas and rural communities. The pace is measured with adequate time to experience each area. Each day has a number of highlights and the additional activities are carefully prepared and worthwhile.

The tour guide Doris and Driver Jon were professional, organized and provided an excellent overview of the places visited. The months of September and October provided a great mix of hot and cold weather including snow in Yellowstone National Park. The seat rotation system was excellent as well as in bus DVDs on areas visited. Accommodation exceeded our expectations.
VIC, Australia
Sep 2017
1 Trip
“A wonderful trip with a great tour director Alison Millar.”
Booking With Global Journeys
I thought this was a wonderful trip and fulfilled lots of things in the USA I had wanted to see. The accommodation for the price we paid I thought was excellent. We had sun, snow, mountains, rivers and some of the most picturesque sights you could wish for. The trip was full on as we were up early most mornings and the two day stops were most welcome. I loved the wild west and The Badlands and Mt. Rushmore together with Salt Lake City and able to see the Mormon Choir practicing were all highlights of the trip.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Helpful Vote
“Efren and Liza trans America tour 2107”
Booking With Global Journeys
We had a dream of a lifetime tour. From planning this holiday with Georgie to the end of the holiday. Jason Capalongo our tour director was amazing and knowledgeable. Darryl our driver was super kind and careful. The places we’ve seen is mine boggling. Will tour with cosmos again. DEFINITELY. thanks Georgie.
WA, Australia
Jun 2017
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Great highlights of the USA.”
Booking With Global Journeys
We all enjoyed our trip through USA and the highlights including Niagra Falls Canada. We were concerned about a 23 day coach tour however it went well. Our driver and tour director ensured frequent stops and we had a good mix of mostly Australians, a few Kiwis and and Brits. Our trip didn't include San Francisco so some of us added this to the end of the tour. Not sure it was worth it! Be prepared for the different eating habits of the Americans (high fat and sugar) so we picked up fresh fruit and nut snacks when we could. Also Wallmart and Whole Foods stores were a bonus when you can find them - excellent quality.

I think all travellers to the USA should be prepared for the tax and tipping which adds considerably to the cost. We also paid approx. $270 American per head to the driver and Tour Director at the end of the tour. Some of the elderly travelers were concerned as it amounted to over $600 AU which they hadn't budgeted for. I would recommend Cosmos as very professional and efficient. (GJ: Thanks for your review Christine. All clients of Global Journeys also have the option of prepaying gratuities when you make your booking (if they aren't included). Just let us know and we can add it to your quote.)
New Zealand
May 2017
1 Trip
“Action packed adventure.... enjoyed the National Parks, cities excellent insight to USA”
Booking With Global Journeys
The fellow travelers were a good mix, lot of laughs and friendships made my most. We did all but one of the Optionals and enjoyed them all. In regard to the weather it is changeable all over the world so always pack thermals and dress with layers. Disappointed that there was no return bus from the Mall of America this was an inclusion of the tour. People had to get 2 trains to return back or taxis. Seat rotation was up to Jason's discretion hence some people got the front seats others were moved out of sequence and missed the front seats twice. Very disappointed and saddened for the elderly people who missed the front seat.
Apr 2018 - Sep 2018

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