May 2016 - Sep 2016

23 Day Trans-American Adventure

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

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 in New York this cross-country adventure takes in Americas must see sights and cities such as Niagara Falls, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis,...read more


Operator: Cosmos
Style: Low Cost Guided Tour
Duration: 23 Days
From: New York to Los Angeles
Tour Code: 8800
Our Price From:
$ 4,124
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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 in Philadelphia you might visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. 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. Last day of operation for the 2016 season is 30 Nov.

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.

Enter Wisconsin with a leisurely break in pretty Wisconsin Dells-a popular spot for photographers. Next, Minnesota-the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." A short city sightseeing 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 - 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. (CB)

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 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-oor 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 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 oldtime boardwalks downtown and enjoy supper at one of the swing-door saloons. (CB)

Jackson - Salt Lake City.

Today, leave Jackson and 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 adjacent 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 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where you'll marvel at the stunning views of the flame-coloured walls plunging 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. 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. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In New York, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Chicago, Wisconsin Dells, 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. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Broadway, Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, City Hall, Wall Street, Trinity Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Susquehanna River, Eau Claire on the Chippewa 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.


  • 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 Kings Inn Hotel & Conference Centre (T); Keystone Mount Rushmore's White House Resort (T); Cody Buffalo Bill Village (ST); 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 (F); Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (NP) (or Williams Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F) on Departures 0513, 0902 & 0916); Las Vegas Harrah's Las Vegas (F); Los Angeles LA Hotel Downtown (D)

Included Meals

  • 1 breakfast (B), 5 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: Low Cost Guided Tour
Accommodation: 4 Star
Hotels: Central - Sometimes
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5+ Star
Average Age: 50+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: N/A
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 40)
Free Coach WiFi: No
* Source: Cosmos for tours in USA . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (89)


Trip Date: 23/09/2015

“Exceeded our expectations”

We had a great trip, it exceeded our expectations, I didn't expect to see and do so much. I would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to see such a vast and diverse area of the USA. We also had an excellent tour director Jason and ever smiling and safe driver Matt. Thanking you.

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Trip Date: 18/09/2015

“Saw everything I wanted to see”

I had a great trip on this tour, saw everything I wanted to see, more time in some places would have been good, but time is always the constraint on these kind of trips. The fact our bus wasn't full was good as well, as it gave every one a bit more room to move about. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing a lot of the USA in a short amount of time, but realise you can't see everything, and there is a lot of one night accommodation stops, but it's all good accommodation. It is a long tour and it's tiring but well worth it. My highlights were the National Parks, and the friendly people in the Midwest.

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Trip Date: 11/09/2015

“Tour delivered a enjoyable all-inclusive experience”

Cosmos the operator of this tour delivered a enjoyable all-inclusive experience, it was conducted by an extremely well organized and experienced Tour Director along with an excellent driver. I like the freedom the tour offered giving me plenty of free time to explore my own interests. The accommodation was as expected and represented value for money. I would have like to spend more time in some places however my overall experience was very good and i wouldn't hesitate in recommending this tour to others.

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Trip Date: 11/09/2015

“The tour content was excellent”

Our online booking was perfect, with Michelle, organizing our documents to be mailed early to accommodation our departure for pre tour travel. Thank you Michelle! Our 23 day tour New York to Los Angeles, was extremely comfortable, in a brand new coach, driven by Mike, who was always cheerful and friendly, never seeming to tire of loading and unloading, our ever increasing luggage. Tour Director, Doris provided everything from postage stamps to shopping and dining tips. We received excellent tour information, and videos of our destinations, along with games and competitions. The tour content was excellent... we especially enjoyed the National Parks. Thank you to a great team!

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May 2016 - Sep 2016

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