Southern Dream Westbound
Southern Dream Westbound
Cross Country - 14 Days
Travel across the USA in unique style with a Green Tortoise adventure bus tour you will never forget! The Southern Dream is an affordable cross-country camping trek and wilderness adventure that takes you from New York to San Francisco, with stops at the best National Parks and city highlights!
Day 0 & 1- New York City/ Washington D.C.:
Leave the hustle and bustle of the "Big Apple" behind, as we strike south to the nation's capitol, Washington D.C. on our overnight drive. 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 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - New Orleans:
Rise and shine! New Orleans isn't only 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. Saunter into a Jazz club, sample Cajun fare and live it up with your friends on Bourbon Street.
Day 5 - 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 6 - Austin/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 adventures onboard the bus as we roll into the deep south.
Day 7 - Texas/New Mexico:
Swim in the amazing spring-fed oasis at Balmorhea State Park, which provides a home for an incredible array of wildlife and endangered species. Later, we'll roll to New Mexico and camp under the starry night skies.
Day 8 - Guadalupe Mountains/Carlsbad Caverns:
Explore of one of the most extensive cave systems in the world on an underground tour. Marvel at the fantastic limestone stalactites and stalagmites, and peer into dark corners for resident bats. Even though they wont harm us, we'll still boogie outta here tonight!
Day 9 & 10 - Arizona/Utah:
Explore the ancient cliff-dwellings with a Navajo guide in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, then pitch camp on the brinks of the plummeting canyon at Goosenecks State Park. Book a jeep tour into the sacred lands of Monument Valley or feel the wind in your hair on horseback instead. Splash into Lake Powell and cool off before savoring the flavor of a southwest dinner in Paige.
Day 11 - Bryce National Park area:
Home to a brightly layered landscape that rivals the Grand Canyon, Bryce offers stunning desert hiking that stretches into a lunar-like land. Don't wander too far — we're heading towards a little-known location for a gourmet feast and campout under the stars!
Day 12 - Zion National Park:
Ascend the brilliantly-banded sandstone canyons to Angel’s Landing and be rewarded with sweeping views of Zion, or take a short walk to witness the miracle of raindrops cascading directly from the sandstone arch of Weeping Rock. Later, cool your jets with a splash-down in the Virgin River.
Day 13 - Las Vegas, Nevada:
It's Vegas, baby! Get your heart going with adrenaline-pumping rides, take the city by storm in a limo, or get your game on at the black jack tables. Whatever your thrill, Vegas has something for everyone!
Day 14 - San Francisco, California:
Welcome to the other side of the USA! Our cross-country journey ends today in San Francisco, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end! Relish the sights of this famous west coast city with your bus mates, then hop on a Yosemite trek or an eastbound trip and return to the east 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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