A road trip in magnificent national parks, wine tasting in the Napa Valley, island hopping in Hawaii and a city trip in New York are just some of what this unique and contrast-filled round trip in the USA offers.
According to best-medical-schools, the USA is full of contrasts and therefore a tour of several states is an exciting experience both culturally and in terms of nature. You will see volcanoes, beaches, bears, big cities, whales, Route 66, vineyards and much more.
Your journey begins in Las Vegas, where you can stroll down the Strip and explore the national and state parks outside the city. From here, take Route 66 toward Yosemite. Here you can expect fantastic animal and nature experiences among waterfalls and large sequoia trees. The next stop on your road trip is Napa Valley, where you have plenty of time to visit the area’s many vineyards and taste the good wine. On the way to San Francisco, you can stop at the Muir Woods National Monument, where you can hike among the large redwood trees. Upon arrival in San Francisco, you can reach the center of your hotel, and enjoy a few days in one of the world’s most charming cities. From San Francisco you fly on to Maui. Here you have a rental car and apartment hotel in Kihei for five days. It gives you plenty of time to explore the island on your own and go on day trips to Hana and Haleakala National Park, among others. From Maui you fly to Oahu, where you can relax on Waikiki Beach or explore the island by local bus. The last stop on the trip is New York, where four days have been set aside to set you on a journey of discovery in the city.
The tour can be extended with extra nights and you can buy tours and experiences, such as a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, a whale safari in Hawaii or a gospel show in New York.
It is also possible to change the route if you e.g. want to see more or other islands in Hawaii, hike in Yellowstone National Park, experience the charm of the south or jazz music in New Orleans etc.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia and arrival in Las Vegas
Departure from Scandinavia to Las Vegas with arrival the same day. Upon arrival at Las Vegas International Airport, pick up your car and drive to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal in Las Vegas.
Day 2: On a journey of discovery in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day, with everything from live shows to exciting casinos. Here you can take a walk along Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as “The Strip”. Each hotel and casino has its own theme and is fantastic to look at. Climb to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Also visit the most famous hotels, such as Ceasars Palace, The Venetian and Paris for luxury shopping. If you are instead looking to bargain, you can go to one of the many outlet stores, which have designer clothes at discounted prices. Also, do not miss the fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel in the evenings. Bellagio offers a unique performance with a dramatic combination of music, water and light.
Day 3: Route 66 and the Grand Canyon
Today you can choose to make a day trip to the Grand Canyon. The road to the Grand Canyon passes the impressive Hoover Dam and along the classic Route 66. With its overwhelming size and stunning colors, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s natural wonders. The huge size and brilliant colors make the place unique. In the area around the South Rim there are several viewpoints that can be reached by both shuttle bus and car. There are also many hiking trails in the area. Bright Angel Lodge has an excellent vantage point where you can also enjoy a beautiful gallery and exciting exhibitions. From the Grand Canyon, you return to Las Vegas. You can choose to exchange an overnight stay in Las Vegas for one at the Grand Canyon or take a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas.
Day 4: Las Vegas to Visalia
Today you leave Las Vegas and drive on to California. Today it is longer to drive, so it is good to start early. On the way you pass Death Valley National Park, among other places. The visitor center is located in Furnace Creek and is a great base from which to see the park. Then continue to Visalia.
Day 5: Visalia to Yosemite National Park
The trip to Yosemite National Park is short and you will stay at a lodge in the park. You can not miss the striking beauty of Yosemite. Here you will see impressive cliffs, such as El Capital Monolith, Glacier Point and Half Dome, as well as large waterfalls that rush down for them. In Yosemite there are also many small rivers and meadows as well as groves with large sequoia trees. In Yosemite Village you can visit the visitor center, from where many hiking trails start. In addition, Mirror Lake and Tunnel View are worth a visit. Look out for wildlife in the park, where it is possible to see bears, wolves, foxes, squirrels and much more.
Day 6: Yosemite National Park to Napa Valley
Today the trip goes to Napa Valley, one of the most famous wine districts in the USA. The first vineyards started here around 1850 and today there are over 400. Along Highway 29, the vineyards are like pearls on a string, and pretty much all offer tastings. Napa is best known for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but many other grape varieties are grown in the area.
Day 7: On a voyage of discovery in the Napa Valley
In the Napa Valley you can, among other things, go hot air ballooning across the valley, go on a guided bike ride, go for a tasting at the area’s many wineries.
Day 8: Napa Valley to San Francisco
Today’s drive is short, so on the way to San Francisco you can stop at the Muir Woods National Monument, where you can hike among the large redwood trees. When you get to San Francisco, you leave the car, so you do not have to pay the expensive parking fees in the city.
Day 9: On a voyage of discovery in San Francisco
You have the whole day on your own in San Francisco to take in the many sights and attractions that the city has to offer. Experience the atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf, visit Alcatraz or rent a bicycle and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge. In the evening, dine in one of San Francisco’s specialties, each offering its own culture and gastronomy.
Day 10: By flight from San Francisco to Maui
Today you fly to Maui, where you pick up your rental car at the airport before going to your resort in Kihei.
Day 11-13: Adventure among volcanoes on Maui
You have a few days to explore Maui. We recommend that you visit the old whaling town of Lahaina, enjoy the stunning scenery on a hike in Haleakala National Park and swing on your hips in a cave dance. Maui also offers many water sports (surfing, diving, etc.), boat trips where you can get close to large humpback whales, snorkeling opportunities among colorful fish and corals at the lanai and a beautiful drive through the rainforest to Hana.
Day 14: By flight from Maui to Oahu
You leave your car at the airport and fly to Oahu. When you arrive in Oahu, go directly to the hotel.
Day 15-16: Sun vacation and relaxation on Oahu
In the next few days, you can do whatever you want in Oahu. Among other things, you can relax on Waikiki Beach, see historic Pearl Harbor, wild dolphins and humpback whales and snorkel with sea turtles or surf the northern part of the island. You get around the island via local buses or car rental.
Day 17: By flight from Oahu to New York
Today you leave the paradise of Hawaii and take a night flight to the big city of New York, where you arrive in the morning the next day.
Day 18-20: On an adventure in southern New York
You have four days on your own in the “city that never sleeps”. The best way to start your stay in New York is on a short guided bike ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn. If you need inspiration for your stay we can recommend: Enjoy the views of the city skyline and Central Park from Rockefeller Center Explore Central Park Visit Ground Zero Go to a Broadway show Experience the atmosphere of a basketball game at Madison Square Garden Taste New York boroughs at a foodie ride Take the Staten Island Ferry and get off at the Statue of Liberty Visit one of the city’s many museums, for example. Metropolitan Museum of Art and National September 11 Museum Walk around and feel the atmosphere of the many areas and neighborhoods of New York These are just some of the experiences and tours that Winberg Travel recommends in New York.
Day 21: Departure from New York
Today the journey goes home. The time depends on when your flight departs.
Day 22: Arrival in ScandinaviaArrival in Scandinavia. Arrival time depends on the airline.
Nineteen nights at the resort / hotel