Trans-American Adventure

24 Day Guided Tour from New York to Los Angeles with Cosmos

Read 121 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos 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. more

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New York
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Los Angeles
3 - 4 Star
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Guided Tour
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Scenic / Cultural
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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.
2 New York City.
New York City is one of the world's most exciting cities, buzzing with atmosphere and packed with fascinating sights. On today's guided sightseeing tour, see the major attractions-Broadway, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller centre, bustling Chinatown, City Hall, Wall Street, and Trinity Church. Your afternoon is free.
3 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.
4 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?
5 Washington DC - Niagara Falls, Canada.
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.
6 Niagara Falls, Canada - 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, to Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit. 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.
7 Dearborn - Chicago.
Begin the day with a visit to the HENRY FORD MUSEUM. Reach Chicago, America's third-largest city, in the late afternoon. City sightseeing includes all the major landmarks of the "Windy City." (CB)
8 Chicago.
Today is free for independent activities. Perhaps take an optional cruise on Lake Michigan and through the locks of the Chicago River.
9 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."
10 Minneapolis. Excursion To The Mall Of America.
Enjoy an orientation tour of the bustling downtown area of Minneapolis before reaching the MALL OF AMERICA, the largest shopping mall in the United States, featuring an extensive range of retail, restaurants, and entertainment.
11 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.
12 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)
13 Keystone - Cody.
Head through the rich, mountainous country past Buffalo, where open-range cattle kings made war on the sheep ranchers of the 1880s. See Sheridan and then ascend into the alpine region of the Bighorn Mountains, and site of the Battle of Tongue River. Overnight in Buffalo Bill's frontier town of Cody.
14 Cody - Yellowstone National Park - West Yellowstone.
Travel 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.
15 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)
16 West Yellowstone - Jackson.
Travel south into the Wild West town of Jackson. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. (CB)
17 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.
18 Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Kanab.
Through the sagebrush landscape of southern Utah to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its breathtaking sandstone and limestone cliffs and ever-changing colours. Next, ZION NATIONAL PARK, a landscape that was carved out by rushing streams over a period of a million years. Overnight in Kanab, also known as Utah's "Little Hollywood". (B)
19 Kanab - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams.
Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendour of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. Overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street. Enjoy one of the best preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you'll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, and restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday. (B)
20 Williams - Las Vegas.
Head to the unique phenomenon of Las Vegas, where today's fortune hunters try their luck at the 24-hour gambling tables and slots. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colourful "Strip." (CB)
21 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.
22 Las Vegas - Los Angeles.
Travel through the Mojave Desert and over the San Gabriel Mountains to America's second largest city, Los Angeles.
23 Los Angeles.
Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown. You'll drive to Hollywood, and see 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.
24 Los Angeles.
Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore L.A. further.

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Journey Highlights
  • 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 sightseeing
  • BLACK HILLS Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • SALT LAKE CITY: Sightseeing
  • ZION NATIONAL PARK: Sightseeing
  • WILLIAMS: Historic Route 66
  • 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
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Included Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Hotel Classifications: Moderate Deluxe (MD), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior First Class (SF), Tourist Class (T), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • New York City New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel (F), Washington DC Area Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria Old Town (F), Niagara Falls Best Western Cairn Croft (F), Dearborn Best Western Greenfield Inn (F), Chicago Inn of Chicago (MF), Minneapolis Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites (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 Motel (ST), Salt Lake City Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites (MF), Kanab Comfort Suites Kanab (ST), Williams La Quinta Inn & Suites Grand Canyon (ST), Las Vegas SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (MD), Los Angeles The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown (SF)
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions based on 2020 season are subject to change at full release of 2021 brochure
  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included

Reviews (121)

24 Day Trans-American Adventure reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Trans American Adventure”
- VIC, Australia Aug 2019 8 Helpful Votes View Photo

We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. It was a perfect mixture of cities and countryside and such a variety of landscapes. We thought that it was excellent value for money, accommodation was good, all the beds being comfortable and the rooms clean. We had a wonderful group to travel with, which added to the enjoyment. Also our tour guide, John, was excellent, very knowledgable, conscientious and caring. We felt safe at all times with our bus driver, Dave. Thanks to Jodie Wallis for organising more

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“Great adventure crossing of USA from the west to the east”
- VIC, Australia Jun 2019 9 Helpful Votes

We really enjoyed the Trans-American adventure tour with Cosmos. The accommodation was of a better standard than we expected. Good locations usually within walking distance of the sites in that town/city. The Tour Director Doris was very organised and very informative. She kept us occupied with activities during the long travel times.
Some of the days were big travel days but that was expected and enjoyable. Always something to see with enough stops. Our Coach more

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“We loved this amazing tour ”
- QLD, Australia May 2019 13 Helpful Votes

This is the third Cosmos tour for us and they never disappoint. Our guide (Todd) was exceptional, I cannot speak highly enough of how he absolutely made this tour. This tour is the perfect mix of cities and national parks - the parks were our highlight.
All accommodation was really good, usually in centre of everything and very convenient. This is also our third booking with Global Journeys because they are more economical than booking direct and make it all more

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“Great value tour”
- VIC, Australia May 2019 11 Helpful Votes

Great value tour to see all the main iconic sites across the east coast to the west coast of America. Fantastic value for money tour and very well organised.

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“Exceeded Expectations”
- VIC, Australia Sep 2018 19 Helpful Votes View Photo

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 more

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