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America the Beautiful

22 Days from $7,750 per person

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From the skyline of Los Angeles and bright lights of Las Vegas, to historic Route 66 and Southern hospitality, prepare to be dazzled on a memorable trip across America.

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From the skyline of Los Angeles and bright lights of Las Vegas, to historic Route 66 and Southern hospitality, prepare to be dazzled on a memorable trip across America.

  1. On arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, your transfer will take you to your sleek hotel in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. At 6:00, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
  2. Channel your inner movie star and check out TCL Chinese Theatre, a movie palace on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Continue your star-studded day with a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, followed by free time to tempt your palette at the historic L.A. Farmers Market. Tonight, dine against a backdrop of glimmering lights and an incredible downtown cityscape as Café Pinot welcomes you for your Highlight Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  3. Say goodbye to Los Angeles and head towards the glittering bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas. This dazzling neon haven comes with dining and shopping options aplenty, while its casinos and live shows will keep night owls entertained.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:ARIA Resort and Casino
  4. The day is free for you to enjoy. Relax by the swimming pool, try your luck at the casinos, or explore the famous Strip, where you'll find the musical water ballet of the Bellagio's fountains and world-famous shopping.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  5. Bid farewell to Las Vegas as you cruise along a portion of the celebrated Route 66. Arrive at the Grand Canyon to learn all about the vibrantly colored hues of the canyon from a Local Expert, as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine. In the evening, a delectable Highlight Dinner with wine awaits in your hotel's inviting Thunderbird Room, overlooking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:National Park Lodges
  6. Journey on to the bohemian colony of Sedona to explore its shops and galleries, or simply take in its natural rugged beauty.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Little America Hotel
  7. Depart Flagstaff for the town of Winslow, famous for the Eagles song ‘Take it Easy,' before arriving in New Mexico's capital city, Santa Fe.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Inn and Spa at Loretto
  8. Join a guided trolley tour of the historic city of Santa Fe to discover its local art colony and Pueblo traditions. You'll also take in the striking architecture of the Palace of the Governors and the Loretto Chapel with a Local Expert. Journey to Amarillo and catch the 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation. End the day with a tasty Texan treat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch. If you're feeling brave, you can try to take on this saloon-style steakhouse's all-American 72 oz. steak challenge.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Embassy Suites Amarillo Downtown
  9. Say goodbye to Amarillo and move on to the modern Dallas/Fort Worth area. Visit Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth's livestock history. Later, get your cowboy boots on and your dancing feet ready for a true Western experience at Billy Bob's Texas, a honky-tonk with live music and entertainment.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Magnolia Dallas Downtown
  10. You can't talk about Dallas without mentioning The Dallas Cowboys. One of the country's richest sports franchises, football fans will be in their element with a guided VIP tour of AT&T Stadium (subject to availability). End your Cowboys fan day by choosing from a selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  11. Today you'll head to Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, where you'll enjoy a private tour and bourbon tasting at the Rock Town Distillery. Enjoy some free time to relax at your hotel or explore the city at your own pace. Save the evening for a Highlight Dinner with wine at Marlsgate Plantation. With its ancient oak trees and majestic acres of land, this columned mansion offers a dreamy location for your evening meal.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Little Rock
  12. Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum dedicated in 2004 to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Arrive in Memphis, the Home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock N' Roll, for a musical stay on the Mississippi River. Tonight, dine on local specialties served with wine at a Beale Street speakeasy-style restaurant, located inside BB King's Blues Club.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Westin Memphis Beale Street
  13. Today is dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley. You'll fall in love with his 13.8-acre colonial-style mansion, otherwise known as Graceland. Enjoy an evening at leisure on famous Beale Street in Downtown Memphis.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  14. In keeping with the blues spirit, it's time to head off on your ‘midnight train,' well, morning coach to Georgia. Indulge at Mary Mac's this evening where you'll be welcomed for a comforting dinner of home-style food and wine. With over 70 years of cooking experience, this quaint bistro sets the standard for Southern cooking.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Atlanta Marriott Marquis
  15. Make headlines as you journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an exclusive guided tour that goes behind-the-scenes of its fast-paced working studios. Move on to the charms of South Carolina with a Highlight Dinner at Poogan's Porch, which prides itself on its handwritten recipes and gracious hospitality.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Renaissance Charleston Historic District
  16. Discover Charleston on a historic carriage ride and visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a walk around one of the oldest plantations in the South.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  17. Discover a simpler way of life at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, which shows you how rural families lived, worked and cultivated one of the country's most important crops. Travel to Raleigh, the City of Oaks, famous for its universities, technology and research. Downtown you will find a number of museums and galleries.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
  18. Leave Raleigh behind as you make your way to Washington, D.C. On arrival, you'll have time to acquaint yourself with the capital. End the day with a delicious Highlight Dinner at one of the city's popular local restaurants.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, Washington, D.C.
  19. Take a city tour of Washington, D.C. and discover the iconic memorials and monuments, including the White House, Washington Monument, and National Mall. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  20. Follow the bright lights to The Big Apple. With the evening at leisure, why not catch a Broadway show or go for a stroll amongst the skyscrapers?

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:New York Marriott Marquis
  21. Take a bite of the Big Apple on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Expert. Ascend to the Top of the Rock for sweeping views of the skyscrapers, parks, rivers and urban canyons that make up Manhattan. At night, join your Travel Director for a lively Celebration Dinner at Bond 45, a typical N.Y.C. steak and seafood restaurant, where you'll toast to new friends and fantastic memories.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  22. It's time to say goodbye to The Empire State. A morning transfer will take you to JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Liberty International Airports for your flight home. Alternatively, if you want to see more of New York, extend your stay at your own pleasure.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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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: $3,175.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $252 per person.

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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • 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

21 breakfasts, 11 dinners

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Grand Canyon: With a Local Expert, learn about the formation of one of the United States' most renowned natural wonders, while sipping a glass of sparkling wine.
  • Little Rock: Learn the whiskey making process from a liquor expert on a private tour and tasting at the Rock Town Distillery.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Memphis: Uncover a local gem, a lesser-known speakeasy above BB King’s Blues Club for an atmospheric Highlight Dinner of southern Memphis cuisine.
  • North Carolina: At the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, learn about cultivating one of the most important crops in this part of the country.
  • Washington, D.C.: See all of the amazing memorials and monuments in the nation’s capital.
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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 24 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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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Charleston

"Live & Local" Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise

Adult Price: $78.00 | Child Price: $78.00

Enjoy a dinner cruise featuring live music on one Charleston Harbor, one of the most beautiful and historic bodies of water in America. Dine on a farm to table menu starting with traditional she-crab soup and a fresh salad, followed by entrees such as shrimp and grits or wood-fire grilled rib-eye steak.  Finish it off with a premium dessert selection, and of course a cash bar is available for your pleasure.  The views, the music, and dining will make your dinner cruise experience an evening to remember.  Dress is casual. Cost includes all applicable taxes, mandatory gratuity, and dessert upgrade.

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft

Adult Price: $199.00 | Child Price: $179.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft

Adult Price: $219.00 | Child Price: $199.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions April 1 - October 15

Grand Canyon

Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: $299.00 | Child Price: $279.00

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Grand Canyon

Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

Adult Price: $159.00 | Child Price: $99.00

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sights & Lights

Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $25.00

Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the next. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises!

Las Vegas

Vegas! The Show

Adult Price: $85.00 | Child Price: $85.00

Come and experience what is hailed as the only show in Vegas, about Vegas! VEGAS! The Show will take you by the hand back in time to experience the iconic stars and personalities that helped to define the soul that created the Sin City we know today! Featuring some of the most beautiful showgirls in Vegas, and some of the best voices in the country, you can hear all of the hits from your favorite stars while witnessing the greatest moments that helped define Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World. From the crooners of the Rat Pack to Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley and so many more. Experience the iconic personalities that helped shape the story of one of the greatest cities on Earth. Backed by a live big band orchestra, "Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns", this is the only production that will recreate the class, sass and excitement of old Las Vegas right before your eyes!

Las Vegas

Hoover Dam with Mob Museum Visit

Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time- the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United State’s largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Includes admission to the Visitor Center and the Powerplant tour. The visitor center features exhibits that highlight the history of the region and how the Hoover Dam was constructed and the Powerplant Tour offers exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site. Then visit the Mob Museum to explore the fascinating interactive exhibits, artifacts and digital experiences, learning more about the lives of Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, J. Edgar Hoover and many other criminals from Sin City and beyond.

Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Plower Plant Excursion

Adult Price: $50.00 | Child Price: $45.00

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time- the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United States largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Includes admission to the Visitor Center and the Powerplant tour. The visitor center features exhibits that highlight the history of the region and how the Hoover Dam was constructed and the Powerplant Tour offers exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site.

Memphis

Memphis Music: The Birthplace of Rock n’ Soul

Adult Price: $30.00 | Child Price: $25.00

Experience a guided tour of the legendary Sun Records Studio, the “Most Famous Recording Studio in the World.” Learn how the blending of Blues and Country music came together in the Big Bang of Rock N’ Roll. Hear the outtakes from sessions, see loads of memorabilia, and re-live the history of the studio that launched the musical careers of Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Charlie Rich, Little Milton, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Rosco Gardon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and many other music legends! Go back further in time while exploring the birth of rock and soul music at the Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, where extensive exhibits detail the musical pioneers who put Memphis on the map. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. Your audio guide adds depth to the detailed displays, with more than 100 songs to make your toes tap as you take in the museum.

Memphis

Graceland - Elvis Experience Upgrade

Adult Price: $24.00 | Child Price: $15.00

"True fans of The King may want to upgrade their homage to Graceland with the Elvis Experience Tour. In addition to the interactive, audio guided tour of Elvis’ estate and final resting place the Elvis Experience pass will provide you with access to the brand new Visitor Entertainment Complex, tours of Elvis’ two custom, private jets – the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, Elvis’ Car Museum, the Elvis: the Entertainment Career Showcase Museum, and the Elvis Discovery Exhibits. "

Memphis

Graceland - VIP Tour Upgrade

Adult Price: $46.00 | Child Price: $68.00

"Die-hard fans will want to make the most of their visit to Graceland with this VIP Tour upgrade. In addition to all of the added features accessed with the Elvis Experience, VIP guests at Graceland will have access to an exclusive, VIP Exhibit, and front-of-the-line privileges for the Graceland Mansion tour which can be reused anytime during your stay. "

Sedona

Soldiers Pass Trail (90 minutes)

Adult Price: $67.00 | Child Price: $67.00

Join this off road thrilling adventure to view spectacular scenery beyond words. Your colorful western guides will open doors for you to inner sanctuaries and secrets of the magical, mystical lands of Sedona - a place for your soul, and joy for your heart! Gratuity Included.

Sedona

Easy on the Asphalt (90 minutes)

Adult Price: $67.00 | Child Price: $67.00

This alternative is good for those who do not wish to go off-road, as you will still ride aboard open-air Jeeps, but only on surfaced public roads.  This informative and relaxing excursion will give you a good snapshot of Sedona with great photo opportunities from some of Sedona's most magnificent overlooks, including Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona and the Chapel of the Holy Cross perched high above Sedona. Gratuity Included.

Washington

Washington Illumination Tour

Adult Price: $39.00 | Child Price: $39.00

You’ll be wowed by this illuminated overview of the nation’s capital city at night! See the Capitol, the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. Visit the Kennedy Center for a rooftop walk and end the evening at the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. (Stops are subject to weather and local restrictions).

Custer

Buffalo Safari & Chuckwagon Cookout

Adult Price: $117.00 | Child Price: $117.00

Custer State Park is known for its beauty and serenity, but it is also a wildlife reserve that is home to a famous herd of 1,500 free roaming bison plus elk, mule deer, white tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions and feral burros. On this 90-minute scenic tour of the back country, you’ll get up close and personal with herds of buffalo and other species as your jeep driver and guide offer historical and educational information about the park and wildlife. Afterwards, enjoy an authentic chuckwagon cookout and Western entertainment at a secluded canyon. Vegetarian option is also available. Seasonal

Jackson, WY

Snake River Float Trip through Grand Teton National Park

Adult Price: $81.00 | Child Price: $81.00

This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep, subject to weather conditions.

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