Feel the vibe of the legendary road trip across the USA. Once you're on the road, you'll definitely feel the excitement. Step onto the edge of the Great Canyon and sink in the wonder of nature that can be seen from outer space. Marvel at the panoramic views of Bryce Canyon National Park, where you'll see rock formations that are one of a kind. Live the adventure of spending a night in Las Vegas. Cross a wild river in Zion. Walk around the one and only San Francisco. Feel the energy of the sun and the ocean on the beaches of Los Angeles. Exchange dreams for reality, and share this experience with other college students, who just as you, set off on this unreal adventure into the Wild West.
Dates in 2021 year
12th of August 2021 - 25th of August 2021
22nd of August - 4th of September 2021
9th of September - 22nd of September 2021
26th of September - 9th of October 2021
The number of participants is limited. Apply early to guarantee yourself a seat on the bus towards adventure!
Day 1 - Las Vegas
On that first day you will have a warm welcome from the AmericanTrip crew at a hotel in Las Vegas. In the evening, we will rest after the long journey and get to know the area around the hotel.
Day 2 - Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon is one of the most spectacular parks in the United States. This miracle of nature will be our plan for the day. It is said to be a work of art, hand-crafted by mother nature over thousands of years. We will gaze upon the fairytale-like scenery with an incredible range of colors from the sun-rays and see unbelievable rock formations called Hoodoos. We will have plenty of time to spend here, so everyone will be able to admire the amazing panoramas from the viewpoints: Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point (or Bryce Point). You will build an emotional connection with the park as you start your descent into the canyon though the Navajo Loop Trial trail. This is the most exciting hike in the park, it is a 2.5 km walk with a 157-meter difference in elevation. This hike will remain in your memory for a long time as one of the most breathtaking places on planet earth.
Day 3 - Zion National Park
Zion National Park was named after the Mormon pioneers, the name Zion means a sanctuary or a refuge . We will spend the whole day here because like the name says, it is true, the park is like a natural sanctuary or paradise. This place will evoke unique emotions while looking at the majestic views of the rocks that surround this wonderful valley. The most challenging routes are the famous Angels Landing and The Narrows - probably the most spectacular trail in the entire United States, which is largely covered by walking through the water. The constant noise of flowing water, the presence of 455 meters high rock monoliths, crossing the constantly changing virgin river is an adventure that we will remember for the rest of our lives. The second part of the day is time to discover the other beautiful trails or simply rest in these extraordinary natural circumstances.
Day 4 - Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
On this day, we will land onto the surface of a different planet. This day will be a photo and videographer's paradise. When you visit Antelope Canyon you will literally feel like you are in another world. It's hard to imagine this colorful canyon without seeing it with your own eyes. This is where the most expensive photo ever was taken at. In 2014 "Phantom" was sold for 6.5 million dollars. Bring your phones and cameras with you so you can hunt for the most beautiful photo of your life.
After we finish our visit at the amazing Antelope Canyon, we will go to the breathtaking viewpoint - Horseshoe Bed. It is impossible to describe how magical this place is and we guarantee that you will have a tremendous feeling of emotions going through you when you see the famous "horseshoe" in the Colorado River. It's amazing to see that this is another masterpiece carved out solely by mother nature. This place is one of the most photographed views in the USA. It will definitely be an amazing experience!
Day 5 - Grand Canyon Natonal Park
On Day 5 we will travel to the famous and iconic Grand Canyon South Rim - recognized as the most spectacular view in the whole wide world. No Description needed... It is impossible to imagine its size until you stand on its edge and gaze into the abyss. On the way to Las Vegas, a stopover is scheduled in the historic town of Seligman. This is where you will be able to see old American cars, old gas stations and stylish restaurants. We will literally go back into to the past and feel the atmosphere of the legendary Route 66, the mother's way in the USA. In the evening it will be time to party! We will celebrate our unique adventure with our companions by hitting the streets of Las Vegas inside a party bus. This is where we will we get pumped up from our favorite music and get ready for the unforgettable night in the famous entertainment capital.
Day 6 - Las Vegas
This is the perfect day for recharging your batteries. We shall rest and relax, chilling at the hotel by the pool or if you want it?s a perfect day to go shopping. In Las Vegas, there are enormous outlets with top brand boutiques, full of great deals and discounts. This is the perfect moment to find bargains and deals you've been waiting for!
Day 7 - Death Valley
In terms of temperature, this is the most extreme day of our trip. We'll go to Death Valley, which is not only a grand, picturesque place, but also one of the hottest places on Earth. Another must-see on our agenda is Zabriskie Point, where we will find astonishing rock formations, created by the process of erosion; it is the most famous area of the Death Valley. After that, we'll head towards Mesquite Sand Dunes. A landscape that takes your breath away; it is as if someone brought a piece of the Sahara desert and left it there. And in the afternoon we'll depart to towards our next checkpoint; the wonderful Yosemite National Park where we will spend the night close by.
Day 8 - Yosemite National Park
On Day 8 we will spend the whole day in Yosemite National Park which has over 3018 square kilometers of breathtaking landscape in the West Part of Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. This park puts every tourist in awe with its granite peaks, numerous lakes, meadows, forests and stunning waterfalls. It's the location of the highest granite rock formation called El Capitan. We will later head off towards San Fransisco to get a good nights rest.
Day 9 - San Francisco
For the next two days, we set off on a journey through San Francisco, a city located on 28 hills. During this time, we will see the Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous bridge in the world. There are many attractions here, not to mention the symbol of the city the Coit Tower. We will do some relaxation on the beach with a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and all those willing will set off on a cruise to Alcatraz Island, where the former prison is open to the public. It was considered one of the toughest prisons in the USA and was considered impossible to escape.
The cost of the cruise on Alcatraz: USD 40 per person.
Day 10 - San Francisco
You will have all day off to spend hanging out in San Francisco. Everyone will be able choose their own points that they would love to visit. We especially recommend places like: Bay Bridge, Lombard Street, Pier 39, Ferry Building, a walk around Golden Gate Park (one of the most visited city parks), Alamo Square, Painted Ladies, and Chinatown. Everybody must take a ride on the famous Cable Car. Don't worry, before you set off on your dream walk around this charming city, you will receive all tips you need to get to know the selected attractions even better, and we will also share a list of recommended restaurants where it is worth stopping during the visit.
Day 11 - Santa Barbara
We leave San Francisco and head towards the Santa Barbara resort. Santa Barbara is a place where Hollywood's greatest stars have their mansions. We will spend a mesmerizing evening here walking around on the beach and gazing at the swaying yachts in the ocean. For those who are done with relaxing on the beach, the town's main street "State Street" is waiting for you with a large number of pubs, restaurants, and shops.
Day 12 - Los Angeles
Some people will say that there is nothing to see in Los Angeles. For others it is a city of fulfilled dreams and beautiful stories. It is said that people who want to start a new and better life come to the famous City of Angels. We all know the stars from TV and the Movies, this is the city of success, luxury and prosperity. It's time find out and see for yourself how it really is here in the City of Angels. You will find the star of your favorite actor or actress on the iconic Walk of Fame. You will see how many stairs you have to climb to receive an Oscar at the legendary Dolby Theater. You will walk down the richest street in the United States - Rodeo Drive in famous Beverly Hills. You can't visit LA without hitting the beach and since LA is primarily made of of beaches, it won?t be a problem finding one. For the second half of the day we will land on the most famous of them, Santa Monica Beach, the scene of the cult series "Baywatch".
Day 13 - Los Angeles
You will have all day to get to know the other charms of Los Angeles, and above all a chance to really soak up the Californian lifestyle. It's said that when you come here and stand under the most famous sign in the world "HOLLYWOOD", you get a huge boost of positive energy. In this moment you will feel like you are at the top of the world. There will be plenty of opportunities to choose from and experience unique moments in the "Film Capital of the World". From the Warner Bros, film studios, the best amusement parks in the world, Universal Studios, even hiking under the Hollywood sign to see the famous inscription up close. You can end the day chilling on the beach sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. You must take advantage of all this city has to offer. It is one of the richest and most influential cities in the world!
Day 14 - LAZY DAY and return to Las Vegas
After 13 days of excitement, it's time to end our trip. We have had amazing adventures every day and discovered some of the most wonderful places on Planet Earth. From morning time to around 1 p.m. we will relax and take it easy on Californian beaches, and then return to Las Vegas that afternoon. Unfortunately it is a sad day, but we will all thank each other for the memories we've made on this journey together. We will have packs of tissues ready for everyone so that the goodbyes will be easier to handle :) :)
* People who will fly from Las Vegas that day will be driven to the airport. The expected arrival time is 8 PM. The rest who plan to stay in Las Vegas will be taken to the city center.
3 or 4 persons in room (per person)
If you signed up until the end of June: 1099 USD
After 30th June:
1199 USD the price is valid for 4 people accommodated in 1 room * each room with two double beds
2 persons in room (per person)
If you signed up until the end of June: 1299 USD
After 30th June::
1399 USD the price is valid for 2 people accommodated in 1 room
• 13 nights in hotel **
• 6 breakfasts
• transport by motor coach
• entrance to National Parks
• sightseeing Los Angeles and San Francisco
• tour guide
• party bus in Las Vegas
• official movie of the whole trip
• $2 / per day - driver tip
• admission ticket to Antelope Canyon: $60 per person
• Cruise to Alcatraz and visiting the former prison: $40 per person.
Practical tips from us to you
The American Trip itinerary has been created in such a way to ensure a peak of excitement from experiencing National Parks and cities of the United States. This means that during our journey, there will be some days when we will need to drive approximately 600 km in a day. During the drive, there's a stop at least once every 4 hours. We believe that such form of travelling will enable you to see America in a special manner and feel the momentum of a real American road trip.
Even though we move around in a group, it does not mean that you don't get to spend some time as an individual, by your own preferences. In fact, the only attraction that we visit as an organized tourist group per se, is the Antelope Canyon, to which you can descend only with a designated guide. But most of the time, in places like the Grand Canyon or cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, every participant discovers them in their own fashion. Our guide gives clues for exploring a certain area, especially when it comes to indicating time and place of pick up and return. Thanks to this system, everyone can sightsee without any hurry and manage their time individually.
In the American culture, breakfast customs differ significantly from those in Europe. Usually, an American breakfast consists of coffee/ tea, juice, toast with butter or jelly and cereal. Therefore, we strive to look for accommodation spots that are in a vicinity of super stores such as Walmart or Target. This way you will be able to equip yourself in nutrition essentials, i.e. veggies, fruit, bread, and beverages almost every day.
Excluding Las Vegas, hotels are on the suburbs of big cities (Los Angeles or San Francisco). However, we make sure that locations of the hotels we pick won't make us drive for longer than 45 minutes to get to the city center.
Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi. However, its quality and stability might be low. The power of reception depends mainly on the distance from a certain room to the nearest Wi-Fi router. In many cases it is better to take advantage of the Internet access in common spaces, where the reception is better. There are hotels that charge for using the Internet. In those cases, the quality of service is better.
One should mind that temperature and general weather condition, between one location and another, may differ significantly. Practically that means that in Las Vegas the weather will be hot, but in San Francisco, during that very same trip, might be much colder, with a cool breeze. Therefore, we encourage you to pack some warm clothes.
Pictures from our trips
One-of-a-kind pack of students on a J1 in the USA!
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