Southern Crossing Eastbound
Southern Crossing Eastbound
Cross Country - 14 Days
Cross the USA from west to east on this legendary cross-country camping trek and wilderness adventure! The Southern Crossing is an affordable cross-country adventure bus tour that takes you from San Francisco to New York, with stops at the best National Parks and city highlights!
Day 1 - San Francisco/California Coastline:
We begin our journey by rolling south, soaking up the sun along California's dramatic Highway 1. Wiggle your toes in the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean and check out seal pups at the protected elephant seal sanctuary on Piedras Blancas beach. Stroll Monterey's Cannery Row, before saying goodbye to the coast and heading east.
Day 2 - Joshua Tree/Las Vegas:
This morning, wind your way around massive boulders (or flex your arms and scramble over them) on a hike through the desert wonderland of Joshua Tree National Park. Named after the tree that has become the iconic symbol of the American Southwest, this wild area is home to hidden mines, countless legends, big horn sheep, 5 oases and one desert tortoise! Later, we rock our way into Las Vegas where you can jump-start your heart with adrenaline-pumping rides, take the city by storm in a limo, visit the old neon graveyard museum or get your game on at the black jack tables. Whatever your thrill, Vegas has something for everyone!
Day 3 & 4 - Grand Canyon National Park:
At Arizona s awe-inspiring park, stroll along the Rim Trail and behold the canyon s wonder from the many overlooks, or go for the gusto and descend into the canyon on one of the routes on Bright Angel or South Kaibab trails. Whichever you choose, enjoy the mind-blowing panorama -- a perfect backdrop to our gourmet cookout.
Day 5 - New Mexico/Gila Wilderness:
Absorb the nature of this rustic desert terrain of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument on a tour of the natural caves -- inhabited more than 700 years ago by ancestral Pueblo people. Reflect on ancient times while soaking in a natural hot springs under the starry skies of a cool desert night.
Day 6 - New Mexico/Tularosa Basin:
Traverse the largest gypsum sand dunes in the world and try to capture photos of African Onyx, or just roll around in the sparkling White Sands National Monument for your own playful photographic opportunities. Round-em up, we'll head out toward the "Lone Star State" after a desert sunset.
Day 7 - Texas:
Yee-haw, welcome to Texas, y'all! Hit the big city with your friends and jam to a concert in Austin, take a plunge in the 1,000-foot long natural spring-fed pool at Barton Springs, or explore the trendy cafes of the South Congress district. Later share your stories onboard the bus as we roll into the deep south.
Day 8 - Louisiana:
We get down-home and back-woods in the swamplands of the south today. Get some of that southern hospitality and flavor on an alligator-spotting boat tour though the bayou. If you see one, shout out "See ya later, alligator" 'cause we'll be heading out to New Orleans to sample some smooth jazz, hot cajun fare and the all-night entertainment of Bourbon Street.
Day 9 - New Orleans:
Rise and shine, party-goers, New Orleans is not just about the night life in the French Quarter! After a morning beignet and cafe au lait, check out street performers in Jackson Square, and listen to the sidewalk sounds of Zydeco, Dixieland jazz, and Delta blues. Capture local folklore at the Voodoo Museum, then take a cemetery tour by ornate and mysterious mausoleums.
Day 10 - Florida:
Release your inner beach-bum and kick back on the beaches ribboning the Gulf of Mexico, known for its turquoise waters and bleach-blonde sands. You'll find peace whether you swim, snorkel or just spot herons and ibis on this mile-and-a-half stretch of paradise.
Day 11 - Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Trek by a splashing stream to roaring waterfalls, discover your own hidden spot overlooking the fog-layered flanks of the hills, or relax with your camera handy. Hike through the forest and keep a watchful eye for one of the furry black bears that call this UNESCO World Heritage site home.
Day 12 - Smoky Mountains/Gatlinburg:
Ride the wilds of nature on horseback in America's most visited national park or hop on the bus to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to check out the local attractions like the Aquarium of the Smokies and Ripley s Believe it or Not! Reunite for an amazing gourmet dinner, and tell your stories during our night on the bus.
Day 13 - Washington D.C.:
The capitol of the United States, Washington D.C., houses the motherlode of historical sights. Explore the museums of the Smithsonian Institution and stroll down the National Mall, past the all-star line-up of national treasures, the Washington Monument, the Reflection Pool, and the Lincoln Memorial.
Day 14 - New York City:
Welcome to the other side of the USA! Our epic trek across America ends today with a morning drop off in New York. But the fun doesn't have to end here. Explore the city with your friends from the trip then board one of our westbound adventures and travel back to the west coast with us!
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Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.
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