Leave city life behind and make your way towards Niagara, to enjoy an evening view of the Falls illuminated at night. Although today is a long drive day, it will give you a chance to appreciate how beautiful New York state is.
Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it'll be to witness this natural wonder with your own eyes. Check out the optional 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour, where you're sure to get wet - but the immense sound and pure awesomeness of the experience is worth it! Then travelling further on up the road you'll cross over into the state of Ohio. Still on the shore of Lake Erie, head over to Cedar Point, where you'll find 'The Best Amusement Park in the World'. You'll soon see why! The park's rollercoasters dominate the skyline as far as the eye can see. After an afternoon of excitement and thrills, you'll be pleased to rest your weary head for a night next to beautiful Lake Erie.Please note: Cedar Point in Ohio is open all of June, July and August and on certain days during May, September and October. It may not always be possible to visit Cedar Point Amusement park.
Make your way to Chicago, or the 'Windy City' as it's better known by. Home to some of the greatest blues music in America. Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the ??Windy City' or trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, before taking to pedal power on your included - and rightly famous - ??Bobby's Bike Hike' tour. For awesome views of the city skyline, head down to Lake Michigan to take in the laid-back city vibes, then grab yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza?? yum!
If you live for the dairy delight that is cheese, then you might want to consider moving to Wisconsin. Famed for cheesy goodness, Wisconsin is also known for beer making, so you can rest assured you won't go hungry or thirsty here. Make a quick visit to the iconic Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth and head out across the great prairies of America's original western frontier. Resident coyotes may let loose with the occasional howl as you settle down for some shut-eye under a sky full of stars.
All signs lead to Wall Drug, the renowned drugstore in the little frontier town of Wall. It's so big you need a map to get around and it's also your last stop before heading into the Badlands. Don't worry it's not as ??bad' as it sounds! The moonlike scenery of Badlands National Park is truly bizarre, so get snap-happy as you explore the unique lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges. But this isn't the moon and there's life all around you, so look out for the odd sighting of bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs to confirm it.
Enjoy a morning hiking around the incredible Badlands before checking out the sight of America's famous presidents peering out of the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features the presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – and it's pretty darn huge, with 18 metre high (60 ft.) faces towering up high. Don't forget to check out another immense rock carving that, the impressive Crazy Horse monument, which is a memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader who led the attack against General Custer at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, otherwise known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It's a sight not to be missed.
It's pistols at dawn as you enter wild Wyoming and head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Embrace the town's cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo, so if you're lucky enough to be in Cody during rodeo season (June to August), then you're in for some fun as we've included an evening visit.
Pitch up in the world's first national park, Yellowstone. View the iconic, explosive Old Faithful Geyser and keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife that roams the park including bison, moose, elk and bear if you're lucky! This geothermal park is so big it spans three American States and with all the geysers, colourful bubbling pools and beautiful waterfalls, you're bound to fall in love. It's no surprise that Yellowstone is often a tour leader favourite!
Next up are the wonderful views and hikes that await you in the majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks rise dramatically like teeth from lush, flat meadows and stand out against bright blue skies. We recommend taking the ferry across to Jenny Lake with a hike up to Inspiration Point for sensational views of the valley, lake and forest below. Then saddle up for Jackson, a quaint cowboy town surrounded by green mountains. We recommend rafting the raging Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers, should definitely get that adrenaline pumping! If you prefer to stay on dry land, how about a shot of 'Red Eye' whiskey at the Silver Dollar Saloon?
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you and your crew continue westward across the Northern Great Basin. You'll bite off a big chunk of the Nevada desert today and when you arrive in Tahoe you're sure to be blown away by the stunning crystal clear waters and the incredible vistas that surround it. This is the perfect opportunity to go for a quick swim or just chill out. Top the day off with an optional sunset sailboat cruise or try to win big at one of the nearby resort hotels.
Follow the Sierras south as you take a scenic drive into Yosemite National Park, where you'll get the opportunity to hike or bike through an extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Explore Yosemite Valley, feel like an ant amongst Giant Sequoia trees, or hike to Yosemite Falls, one of America's highest. Keep your camera at the ready – not just to capture El Capitan's profile, but for some incredible wildlife sightings. Bears often frequent the area and when the sun goes down listen out for coyotes howling amidst the pines and sequoias. This is a paradise for any lover of the outdoors!
Come fog or shine, this city's always awesome! You can't go all the way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, of course. The highlights come in thick and fast on an included tour of San Francisco's most famous areas guided by a local, including Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown & Lombard Street. There's time for you to check out other favourites such as the quirky, hippy neighbourhood of Haight-Ashbury! Grab yourself a delicious crab roll at Fisherman's Wharf or perhaps some ribs from Tee Off Bar & Grill (as seen on ??Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives'!). To top it all off, set sail on an optional sunset cruise and get a different perspective of the famous bridge and this awesome city.If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz we recommend you book your tickets well in advance, direct with Alcatraz Cruises. For this tour you should book your ticket for day 18 (1pm onwards).
Brace yourself, because your road trip is about to get a whole lot more beautiful. Turn up the tunes, sit back and watch stunning scenery fly by your window as you follow the winding roads of California's pristine coastline. Finish your day in the San Luis Obispo area, there may be chance to swim in the North Pacific Ocean.
It's your final day on the great open road, so enjoy a morning in sunny Santa Barbara to explore the pier, shop, or relax on the beach for a few last rays of California sun. Known as 'The American Riviera', you'll find no shortage of palm trees to sit beneath - perhaps with a glass of local wine? Want more adventure? This laid back town offers some great water based activities. Finally we roll into the ??City of Angels', Los Angeles, for an chance to explore of Hollywood Boulevard, stroll the Walk of Fame and take a photo of the iconic Hollywood sign. That's a wrap, folks!This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.