America the Beautiful

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
22 Days from $6,746 per person

Experience an incredible journey across the most diverse country in the world. Immerse yourself in cosmopolitan New York, historic Washington, D.C., Southern hospitality, toe-tapping Memphis, Dallas—the Texan star, historic Route 66 and the bright lights of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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  1. Enjoy some time to explore this vibrant city. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
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    hotel:New York Marriott Marquis (2 nights).
  2. Start the morning with a tour revealing all of the amazing sites that make the city so famous. With your Local Expert, see the towering Empire State Building, the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park. Ascend to the Top of the Rock, the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building, for a sprawling view of the booming island of Manhattan. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Highlight Dinner at Bond 45, a typical NYC steak and seafood restaurant, awarded a prestigious Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
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    hotel:New York Marriott Marquis.
  3. Travel from the city that never sleeps, to the capital city of Washington, D.C.
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    hotel:The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C. (2 nights).
  4. Join a city tour of Washington, D.C. with a Local Expert and discover all of the amazing memorials and monuments in the nation's capital, including the White House, Washington Monument and National Mall. The rest of the day is at leisure. Later, feast like a king at Filomena Ristorante as you enjoy superb service alongside old world Italian cuisine.
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    hotel:The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C.
  5. Leaving the Capital behind, begin your journey to Raleigh. En route visit Richmond, the capital city of Virginia. Arrive in Raleigh, the 'City of Oaks' for a Highlight Dinner at The Pit, a staple in North Carolina featuring some of the best barbecue cuisine in the state.
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    hotel:Hilton North Raleigh.
  6. En route to Charleston, stop at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, taking you back in time to a simpler way of a life. In a genuine turn-of-the-century homestead, see how rural families lived, worked and cultivated one of the country's most important crops. Then, head to the other Carolina, South Carolina that is. This evening's Highlight Dinner is at Poogan's Porch restaurant, a favourite of well-known celebrities and locals who rave about this Southern institution.
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    hotel:The Mills House, Charleston (2 nights).
  7. Visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with a Local Expert, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the oldest plantations in the South, dating back to 1676. Discover Charleston, South Carolina's oldest city, during a historic carriage tour where you may catch a glimpse of Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, hidden gardens and courtyards, churches and elaborate graveyards.
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    hotel:The Mills House, Charleston.
  8. Set off for Atlanta, Georgia. Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for a close-up look at global news in the making. An exclusive guided walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes, including access to the working studios. Go in search of the secret formula with a visit to the World of Coca-Cola. Learn the history of one of the planet's best-loved beverages and take your taste buds on a trip around the world with more than 100 different varieties of Coke products to sample. The evening is at leisure to relax or explore.
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    hotel:Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
  9. Travel from one amazing Southern city to another on your way to Memphis, legendary home of the Blues, barbecue and The King, Elvis Presley.
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    hotel:The Westin Memphis Beale Street (2 nights).
  10. A day dedicated to Graceland, home and final resting place of Elvis Presley. Your tour includes an interactive audio-guided tour of the Graceland Mansion and grounds. In the evening, soak up the atmosphere on famous Beale Street as you join your friends for drinks and a delicious Highlight Dinner at a swanky, speakeasy style restaurant located inside BB Kings Blues Club.
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    hotel:The Westin Memphis Beale Street.
  11. Bid farewell to Memphis and travel to Little Rock for a private tour of Rock Town Distillery. Sample Arkansas whiskey and learn about the production process, all the way from grain to glass. Then, visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum dedicated in 2004 to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. The museum features replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room and showcases a timeline and alcoves highlighting life at the White House. In Scott, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Marlsgate Plantation with its stately mansion shaded by ancient oaks overlooking the serene waters of Bearskin Lake. Majestically rising amid acres of rice, cotton and soybeans, Marlsgate is a reflection of the opulent plantation era and the perfect Southern setting for the evening's Highlight Dinner.
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    hotel:DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock.
  12. Visit the Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth's livestock history and promote the history of one of the greatest livestock and meatpacking industries in the world. Later, get out your dancin' shoes for a true Western experience—a private Country Western dance lesson. In Fort Worth, a professional dance instructor will teach you three basic dances at the world's largest Country Western bar.
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    hotel:Hilton Fort Worth (2 nights).
  13. The Dallas Cowboys are one of the country's richest sports franchises and football fans are in for a real treat with a guided VIP tour of Cowboy Stadium (subject to availability). In a fascinating look behind the scenes, you are privy to places normally off limits during game days—the field, the media press box, the Cowboys and even the Cheerleaders locker rooms are all included. Later, cast your mind back as one of the pivotal moments in U.S. history is brought to life during a visit to the JFK Sixth Floor Museum, the site of the President's assassination. Then, choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
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    hotel:Hilton Fort Worth.
  14. After breakfast, get those cameras out and be amazed by the 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation. At tonight's Highlight Dinner, take part in the “everything is bigger in Texas” persona that the state has at the Big Texan.
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    hotel:Holiday Inn West, Amarillo.
  15. Travelling along Route 66, continue to Santa Fe for a guided trolley tour of the historic city discovering the local art colony, Pueblo traditions, architecture, the Palace of the Governors and the Loretto Chapel with a Santa Fe historian. The evening is at leisure.
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    hotel:The Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe.
  16. During free time in the morning, continue your exploration of Santa Fe. Head toward Flagstaff for a photo stop in Winslow, Arizona to meet the 'Man Standin' on the Corner'. In homage to the Eagles song 'Take It Easy', the town has erected a giant mural and life-size bronze statue of, you guessed it, a man standing on a corner. Continue on to Flagstaff for the evening.
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    hotel:Little America Flagstaff.
  17. Admire the red rock formations used as backdrops for many Western movies as you arrive in mystical Sedona. There is free time to explore at your leisure. Wind down stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of Arizona's finest drives, before arriving at the majestic Grand Canyon. Learn all about the vibrantly coloured hues of the canyon from a geology lecturer while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine. Later, savour a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room at your hotel, designed to match the awe-inspiring landscape.
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    hotel:National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon.
  18. Bid farewell to the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon. Driving along these desert oases is like cruising back in time to see the classic motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler time. Continue along Route 66, stopping at the Americana hotspots of Seligman and Kingman. Maybe you'll find your fortune in Las Vegas, where the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
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    hotel:Caesars Palace Las Vegas (2 nights).
  19. This is a free day to enjoy as you please. Relax by the swimming pool, try your luck at the casinos, or explore the famous Strip—look out for pirates sinking a galleon at Treasure Island and the musical water ballet of the Bellagio's fountains. Shoppers will enjoy browsing the Forum Shops at Caesars or the ultra-luxurious Crystals at the City Center, featuring the world's most elite designers.
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    hotel:Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
  20. Depart the glittering lights of Las Vegas for the thriving metropolis of Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Take some time to explore this vibrant city.
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    hotel:JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE (2 nights).
  21. Immerse yourself in Tinseltown. See Grauman's Chinese Theater, spot the Hollywood sign and stroll along the Walk of Fame. Enjoy a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, current home of the Oscars. If all the sightseeing makes you hungry, you'll find plenty of choices to sate your appetite during a tour and tasting at the historic LA Farmer's Market, with its colourful collection of restaurants and shops. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
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    hotel:JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
  22. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Los Angeles.
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  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 21 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 8 Highlight Dinners (HD), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Included Highlights

  • New York: Visit some of the city's most iconic sites with a Local Expert.
  • New York: Marvel at the sweeping skyline views, including some of the city's most prominent landmarks from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center.
  • Washington, D.C.: Discover the awe-inspiring sites of the United States capital with a Local Expert.
  • North Carolina: At the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, learn about cultivating one of the most important crops in this part of the country.
  • Charleston: Step back in time with a guided visit to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
  • Little Rock: Learn the whiskey making process with a private tour and tasting at the Rock Town Distillery.
  • Charleston: Discover South Carolina's oldest city during a historic carriage tour where you may catch a glimpse of Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, hidden gardens and courtyards, churches and elaborate graveyards.
  • Atlanta: A guided walking tour of the Global Headquarters of CNN.
  • Atlanta: Learn the history and sample the flavours at the World of Coca-Cola.
  • Memphis: Enjoy the Elvis Experience at Graceland Mansion and grounds.
  • Little Rock: Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Fort Worth: Visit the Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth's rich livestock history.
  • Fort Worth: Take your partners for a private Country Western dance lesson.
  • Dallas: Enjoy a guided VIP tour at the home of one of the richest sports franchises in America—the Dallas Cowboys (subject to availability).
  • Dallas: Can you remember where you were when you heard? Experience a private tour at the site of JFK's assassination.
  • Santa Fe: With an expert in history, art and culture, tour historic Santa Fe on a guided trolley tour.
  • Grand Canyon: With a geology lecturer, learn about the formation of one of the United States' most renowned natural wonders while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine.
  • Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet, a behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price AvailabilityPrice
asterisk 3 Apr 17 24 Apr 17 $7,625$6,863pp
$7,625 $6,863 pp
27 Apr 17 18 May 17 checkmark $7,495$6,746pp
$7,495 $6,746 pp
asterisk 18 Sep 17 9 Oct 17 $7,625$6,863pp
$7,625 $6,863 pp
21 Sep 17 12 Oct 17 checkmark $7,495$6,746pp
$7,495 $6,746 pp
5 Oct 17 26 Oct 17 $7,495$6,746pp
$7,495 $6,746 pp
12 Oct 17 2 Nov 17 $7,495$6,746pp
$7,495 $6,746 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $3,050.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $235 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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