Apr 2017 - Sep 2017

23 Day Trans-American Adventure

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in New York and finishing in Los Angeles

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Read 96 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 23 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: Guided Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Panorama
Duration: 23 Days
From: New York to Los Angeles
Tour Code: 8800
Visits: USA
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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. Please 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 - Wisconsin Dells - Minneapolis

First stop today is Wisconsin Dells. Next, Minnesota-the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." An orientation tour of the bustling downtown area of Minneapolis before arriving at the famous Mall of America in Bloomington, the largest shopping mall in the United States.

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

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 National Park - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

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. Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Its 4,197-metre (13,770-foot) high 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. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show. (CB)


Time to relax in Jackson, or how about joining a scenic trip down the Snake River? Enjoy an 12-kilometre (8-mile) float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and travels past the nesting areas of both bald eagles and ospreys. Later, the afternoon is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, maybe stroll along the old-time boardwalks downtown and enjoy supper at one of the swing-door saloons. (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. A suggestion for this afternoon is an optional excursion to Universal Studios.

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.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • 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 Best Western Grant Park (ST), Minneapolis Best Western Plus Normandy Inn (MF), Pierre Days Inn Pierre (ST), Keystone Mt. Rushmore White House Resort (T), Cody Buffalo Bill Village (ST) or Holiday Inn Cody (F), West Yellowstone Brandin' Iron Inn (T), Jackson Painted Buffalo Inn (ST), Salt Lake City Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites (MF), Cedar City Best Western Plus Town & Country Inn (F), Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (NP) (or Williams Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F) on departures 19 May and 13 Sept), Las Vegas The Linq Hotel & Casino (SF), Los Angeles LA Hotel Downtown (SF)

Included Meals

  • 1 breakfast (B), 4 continental breakfasts (CB).

Trip Notes

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

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Panorama
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in USA. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (96)


Trip Date: 19/08/2016

“Great overview of cities and scenic attractions”

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip across the USA, we were lucky enough to travel with 46 great people from the UK, Aus, and NZ. Some of the days spent on the road were quite long, but we were covering huge distances so was to be expected. Our accommodation was highly satisfactory with regards to comfort and cleanliness. I do feel though that that location in LA should be changed to a more touristy area. Allison, our Tour Director was very knowledgeable and funny and made the trip interesting during time on the coach. Jeff, our Coach Driver was brilliant, kept us hydrated and candied-up as well as being a fantastic driver. We were very happy with the Optionals we chose to do. My only reservation is that I feel the tour itself needs to be slightly longer by 2-3 days. The consensus on the coach was that we needed another 2 night stay somewhere or make Las Vegas and Chicago 3 night stays.

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Trip Date: 17/06/2016

“Excellent Trans American Adventure tour experience”

We thoroughly enjoyed the 22 day tour with Cosmos, bookings organised for us by Global Journeys' Yvonne in a very efficient manner. The tour director Doris Walker was very informative, organised and well looked after the needs of the 40 on our tour. Her smooth operation and wit along with Craig's excellent driving skills and courteous attitude made it easy for us to focus on the viewing of the seven plus national parks which were breathtaking and some beautiful small towns and a few large cities. Most of the hotels we stayed in were good except the one in Pierre which was below the standard. Overall a very positive experience and happy to we took this particular tour to USA.

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Trip Date: 17/06/2016

“Very well organised and operated tour.”

We had a great time on this tour which was led wonderfully well by Doris, our Tour Director, who even made the hours in the coach interesting when there wasn't much scenery to look at. Niagara Falls, Ford Museum, Grand Canyon and all of the National Parks were among many, many highlights of this tour. Excellent value for money and we met some lovely and very interesting people within our group, wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends. Thank you Doris and Michelle at Global Journeys.

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Jane & David Charman's Holiday

Trip Date: 25/05/2016

“Wonderful experience.”

This is our third holiday with Cosmos. This one was amazing, the places we thought we would never see if travelling by ourselves. Our tour director Susannah was excellent as was our bus driver George. Our fellow travellers were warm and friendly. Anyone thinking of doing this tour should have no hesitation, especially the chuck wagon cookout. A wonderful experience!

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Apr 2017 - Sep 2017

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