DAY 1 - Arrive Los Angeles
Get yourself in gear for glamour, grit, and the American Dream. Today we’re in Los Angeles, where stars are born and history is made. The day is yours, where first? Feel famous at Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held, see the handprints of industry greats in cement at Mann's Chinese Theatre, cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue. Go for a drive through one of the world's wealthiest suburbs, Beverly Hills, or maybe sunbathe in Santa Monica, LA's oldest beach resort.
Get a feel for street life on the buzzing boardwalk of Venice Beach, see bodybuilders pumping iron at the famous open-air gym, Muscle Beach. Then wrap up for the evening at the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), where you can grab dinner alongside the towering billboards or keep the party going at one of the many clubs in the area.
DAY 2 - Los Angeles
The day is yours to explore the City of Angels. Opt to visit Universal Studios or Disneyland or check out LA Live entertainment venue. The shopping goes off, so look for deals in the garment district. Visit the Grammy Museum and for the foodies among us there's a downtown LA food tour to taste all of the wonders of the multicultural food Mecca.
DAY 3 - Los Angeles to Las Vegas
We'll kick things off today in the famed City of Angels, where we'll set off through the Mojave Desert, marvelling at the majestic Joshua Trees, before reaching the one and only Las Vegas.
On arrival we'll cruise the iconic strip & check out the Vegas sign. Speaking of iconic, why not stop by and see one of the many Elvis impersonators for a shotgun wedding ceremony, and maybe even get hitched yourself...(joking). Tonight, choose to hang out around Fremont Street or opt for a VIP nightclub experience for the kind of glitzy night out that only Vegas can provide.
DAY 4 - Las Vegas
You're in Vegas, baby! And the city's weird & wonderful charm isn't going to uncover itself. Experience the grandeur of the city's opulent casinos before joining our famed party bus. As we cruise down the strip and dance the night away, this is the perfect way to bond with your Contiki family, Vegas style.
DAY 5 - Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon
Today we'll leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind for something even more jaw-dropping.
Cruising the historic route 66, we'll stop for some photo ops before reaching the Grand Canyon National Park (entrance included, naturally).
DAY 6 - Grand Canyon
You will be contemplating life, existence, and the immense size of the Grand Canyon with a free day to spend in Grand Canyon National Park. You can spend your day feeling a part of the wilderness as you go hiking through the exposed rock, but by far the most spine tingling experience at this natural wonder is one of our optional chopper rides through the UNESCO World Heritage site. Indulgent sure, but one of those life moments you deserve to treat yourself to. Tonight settle in to watch the sunset on the rim - the image with plaster a wide grin on your face for years to come.
DAY 7 - Grand Canyon to Durango via Monument Valley
With the beauty of the Grand Canyon imprinted on our brains forever, we'll journey past some Wild Western landscapes towards...
...this monumental place has an iconic cluster of sandstone buttes, and we'll get a chance to visit the Monument Valley Tribal park as we wind our way through the Rocky Mountains.
We've arrived in our home for the evening, Colorado's adventure capital: Durango
DAY 8 - Durango to Santa Fe
The great outdoors is a way of life in Durango with adrenaline pumping river rafting on offer to you and your fellow thrill seekers. This afternoon it’s a total change of scenery when we enter New Mexico, where sun-baked earthen brick buildings stand out against the bright blue sky.
Boasting influences from Mexico, Spain, and Native American cultures, historic Santa Fe is a true melting pot of culture. Take a walk around town to see interesting styles of architecture, shop for beautiful turquoise jewellery in the market and sample all of the different types of regional food on offer.
DAY 9 - Santa Fe to Amarillo
Rise and shine! Does anyone know the way to Amarillo? We're headed to this larger than life city this morning.
In true Americana Style, we'll visit Cadillac Ranch, a unique art exhibit celebrating the golden age of Cadillacs. Our accommodation tonight even has a Texas shaped pool and a hotel for your horse if you thought to bring it along. Tonight, try your hat at the "Big Texan Steak Challenge" for a true man vs food moment. Eternal glory awaits anyone who can finish this Texas sized meal in one hour or less.
DAY 10 - Amarillo to Fort Worth
We'll say farewell to Amarillo and sweet Marie today as we head towards a Texan icon.
Here in the land of leather boots & Cadillacs, you'll soon learn that ‘bigger is better' is a way of life. An overnight stay in the cowboy town of Fort Worth will give you the full Texan experience.
DAY 11 - Dallas/Fort Worth
Today we'll dive deep into the Texan way of life. We'll see a cattle drive, visit the Dealey Plaza and have options to tour the iconic home of the Dallas Cowboys or see the 6th floor museum.
DAY 12 - Fort Worth to Memphis
Swinging past Little Rock High School, a historic site of the Civil Rights movement, we'll head to a place with a big rock heritage.
We'll get a city orientation of musical Memphis this afternoon, with a whole day of sightseeing awaiting us tomorrow.
DAY 13 - Memphis
Today's the day to get into the history of music your way. We'll start with a visit to Sun Studios where Elvis recorded his very first song. Want more? Why not check out Graceland, the home of the King, or the Rock and Soul Museum.
DAY 14 - Memphis to New Orleans
We'll say farewell to Memphis today as we head to somewhere with a meaty musical heritage of its own.
This city will romance you with its soul and have you swooning over its spiritual heart - the French Quarter. The main drag culminates at Jackson Square with the iconic wrought iron balconies lining the streets. You'll be hard pressed to pick which you find more enchanting, the European/Caribbean fusion food or the non-stop jazz festival vibe. No matter which, tonight we turn up the volume and hit Bourbon Street to sample the live music and bar culture that New Orleans has to offer. This evening, why not opt for a Taste of New Orleans dinner, to taste all the melting pot of flavours this fascinating place has to offer?
DAY 15 - New Orleans
Now that you know New Orleans like one of the locals, it's your day to do your own thing. Stroll down Frenchmen street for the sounds of jazz and funk, head to the vast grassy oasis of the city park or check out the New Orleans museum of art for an extensive collection of gorgeous French masterpieces. Our recommendation? Head to the New Orleans school of Cooking for some classic gumbo, or experience your own Airboat adventure.
DAY 16 - New Orleans to Panama City Beach
Leaving New Orleans won't be easy, but knowing we're bound for one of the “world's most beautiful beaches” helps.
Panama City Beach
There's only one way to test the rumours, so we'll take a dip in the crystal clear waters and kick back on the pure white sands of Panama City Beach.
DAY 17 - Panama City Beach to Orlando
Panama City Beach
Tear yourself away from the beach, there are exciting times ahead!
We arrive in Orlando today with a trip to Universal Studios on the cards. We hope you budgeted for butterbeer.
DAY 18 - Orlando
Today is your opportunity to visit the epic Universal Studios, where you can visit Diagon Alley, splash around in the vast water park or visit the islands of adventure. There's something for everyone in this dizzying spectacle of rides, film and entertainment.
DAY 19 - Orlando to Miami
We'll venture south to glamorous Miami today.
A little mouthwatering Cuban cuisine will get us in the mood with a delicious regional group deal setting the scene for two full days of art deco & celeb-spotting in this tropical paradise. For anyone looking for an adrenaline rush, the option is there for a Thriller Speedboat across the bay.
DAY 20 - Miami
It's time for some magical Miami sightseeing today. We'll head downtown, hit the Bayside Marketplace, Wynwood Walls and of course the South Beach. Options for a bike down the beach or a Party Boat adventure are on the cards for anyone who wants to party in the city where the heat is on.
DAY 21 - Depart Miami
Time to say goodbye to your crew. It's been a blast, but all good things must come to an end. With our sun-kissed skin and eyes on the next horizon, it's time to plan our next Contiki. Peru, anyone?