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Road Trip USA (ex. Los Angeles) - Topdeck
Road Trip USA (ex. Los Angeles) - Topdeck
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Starts
Los Angeles
+20 Destinations
Route 66
Ends
New York City
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Highlights

  • Explore Grand Canyon National Park
  • Take a jeep tour through Monument Valley
  • Visit the Space Center in Houston
  • Enjoy the nightlife of Panama City Beach
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Lodge, Motel
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start in Los Angeles and end in New York City! With the coach/bus tour Road Trip USA (ex. Los Angeles), you have a 26 day tour package taking you from Los Angeles to New York City and through Los Angeles, USA and 21 other destinations in USA. Road Trip USA (ex. Los Angeles) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • AL
    Written on April 30, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    Hey there, I did this tour in January-February 2016, and I was curious to know how much money I would need, and I wanted people to share their experience with me beforehand but no one did, so here is my advice for you. And also, a few tips here and there about the overall tour. (It seems to be very food centred, sorry). Trust me on this one, the more money you have the better! I did it from NYC to LA so here it is. Food is cheap, yes. But, with the conversion rate(coming from Australia) + adding taxes + adding tips, it can get pretty expensive real quick! In New York, a Broadway show, even at a cheaper rate from the discounted ticket place, is at least $100/person, so budget that if you want to (and you have to) see a show. For the "New York Pass" be very careful! We got one for 3 days. We were there in winter, so we got a good deal for our money, however, during summer it is well known that people can only do a few activities and end up wasting money on it. Hop On Hop Off is a good way to get around NYC. Some Hop On Hop Off are included in the different companies that do New York passes types of deals, so check it out. Keep in mind that our tour was the older version, and things and places might vary with your tour guide. On day 1, you stop in Philly for a philly cheese steak... it's good but not AMAZING! haha! Budget $10-$20 for that lunch, the market place is filled with food stalls (cookies and treats will be your best friends during the trip). We had dinner included in Washington on our first night, it was simple, choosing from Burger or salad. In Washington, museums are free, you just need to wake up early to grab a ticket to go at the top of the Washington Monument and then you have all day to explore and say hi to the president and all. In "Charlotte", the hotel we were staying at was across the street from a shopping centre, we got free popcorn and free dinner in the hotel lobby. They also give away two free drinks (alcoholic or not) so that's always good (make sure you tip, $1 per drink, everywhere you go). However, don't expect to see anything from Charlotte, we were probably 40 minutes away from the city and no one was brave enough to go to the CBD, we just all ended up going to the mall. Savannah: The slow ride activity is AMAZING! It is $30 (ish) per person, you get to drink in the streets while riding a fun car/bus/bicycle hybrid type of thing (don't be fooled, you WILL have to pedal) ($30 is just for the activity, it doesn't include your drinks) Orlando: Universal Studios all the way! We arrived early enough so that people could do both major parks in the entire stay (Disneyworld Magic Kingdom on the "half" day (the park stays open until late at night) and then Universal the next day, or the other way around). Budget at least $150/person for the day at each park (entry + food) (and merch is expensive too but good souvenirs) Miami: I had been to Miami before, but didn't remember how expensive everything was. We went out (the whole group) to the Clevelander, a few of us got those massive drinks ($60 each), food is also a bit more expensive. Enjoy the Happy Hour in a lot of the places (buy one get one half price/or free) New Orleans: Fun city, we felt a bit unsafe for some parts (as our guide told us) but it is beautiful. Be careful not to be approached by beggars and thieves, trying to trick you by saying "I bet ya $20 that I can tell where you got your shoes from". A must do is the beignets from Cafe du Monde ($3 or $4 but they're delicious!). Lafayette: HELL HOLE! This is truly a rest stop more than anything. There is nothing to do and nothing to see. You will save money on this stop! We were lucky to have an included dinner, pizza, that we got delivered and ate in the lobby. San Antonio: The place is very cute, a few things to do, but they will/should be included (Fort Alamo, free) next to a shopping centre (for food). Austin: Austin is an amazing city, and is said to be the birth place of food trucks (cheap and delicious food) so it shouldn't be too expensive. Also, make sure you check out Rainey Street! It is very unusual and fun, a full street filled with bars, inside houses! Google it you will want to check it out! Amarillo: Dinner should be included, and it is next door to your hotel! The hotel is AMAZING! It resembles a Western movie decor, and each room has a different themed front. Dinner in Amarillo is at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, home of the 72oz steak challenge (trust me, your dinner will be massive already). Either when you arrive to Amarillo or leave it, you will check out the Cadillac Ranch. Make sure that you have a can of spray paint ($5 from Walmart) so you can enjoy leaving your mark on the cars, without having to share one or two cans of spray paint between a group of 50. Santa Fe: The town of Santa Fe is very cute, very New Mexico ish and feels like a mix of Tatooine and something else. The "hotel" we were at was hell! Someone found a little nugget of poo in their bathroom, while we had little balls of hair on our bathroom floor. Durango: We had one included dinner and included breakfasts at the best breakfast place EVER! They have a huge option of breakfast (it's an actual Diner), their hot chocolate is the best and be careful when ordering pancakes, they're bigger than your face. We left a small tip for both days but consult with your guide on that, as they may already tip them for you at the end of the stay in Durango. The ski resort is fun, budget between $100-$200 for activities (we had snowmobile, in summer I believe it is whitewater rafting). Monument Valley: Probably the best thing on this tour for me. It was very impressive, the narrated tour is quite interesting and well rounded. Lunch wasn't included that day, we ate on the park (a Navajo Taco) it wasn't amazing but it was filling for $7. Grand Canyon (Flagstaff) Once again, the hotel was horrible, the staff was rude (we were freezing, it was -20degrees one day and our heater didn't work, they told us to crank it up, which we had already done, and wait for the room to warm up. We called them again and they brought us a ratchet blanket to make up for it). The helicopter ride was around $280 for 45 minutes, but everyone who did it loved it. Las Vegas: Sin. City. Be very careful in Vegas, it is very easy to blow all your money away in one go (when in doubt, put it all on red)! The Party bus was really fun, bring your own alcohol on it. Make sure to enjoy Fat Tuesday's. A Vegas show might be a good thing to do, but then again, like New York, even discounted tickets are still around the $100 mark. A Grand Canyon Helicopter tour from Vegas is around $300-$400/person but it is SO worth it (it is a different side of the Canyon than the helicopter ride from Flagstaff, more expensive, but on the way back you fly over the Las Vegas Strip, with Elvis Prestley's Viva Las Vegas in your headphones, and that is priceless). The Stratosphere rollercoasters are not too expensive ($35 to go at the top and do all of them). Check out the ferris wheel, called High Roller, and for $37 we went on the Happy Half hour cabin, it goes for half an hour, you have your own bartender and get to drink as much as you can, while enjoying the view. Overall, during your Topdeck tour, try to get your guide to stop you at one or two Walmarts, so you can check out the big fuss around it. Also, try to go to Wholefoods to stock up on healthy snacks and lunches. When your hotel is a La Quinta, do not expect it to be amazing (and check under your pillow, so many maids have left their stray hair under there). Breakfasts are very average (slices of bread wrapped in plastic, dry muffins and cheap coffee are ahead) but a few places have upped their games and you can get a decent breakfast here and there (San Antonio, Miami, Durango). Los Angeles: So many things to do, so little time. Definitely check out Santa Monica/Venice Beach and rent a bike to go from one to the other and back, it's only $10-$20 for an hour from what I can remember. If you can, rent a car. Driving in LA was something I was really scared of, but it is very smooth and straight forward (the highways are the worst, but if you're lucky you'll be driving in traffic so it makes a smooth transition). Check out whatever park you haven't done in Orlando when you're in LA. Disneyland is reportedly smaller than Orlando, or the French one in Paris, but it is still a lot of fun, and make sure you stay for the fireworks at the end of the day, they are worth it! Check the calendar for movie premieres/stars getting their star on Hollywood Blvd/basketball/baseball games. Avoid doing a tour of the celebrity houses, the most you'll get out of it is fun information here and there from your tour guide and pictures of fences and blurry facades. Hop On Hop Off is a good way to get around LA/Beverly Hills if you are afraid of driving. I would budget $100 per day on average, just so you can cover food and activities. On the long days of driving (mainly two big days), you just snack and get cheap food from the truck stops so you don't spend that much then. Remember to also have money for shopping and more expensive activities. Overall, I loved our guide, she was very helpful, always willing to answer our questions. Our bus driver was okay, very nice and friendly, but his driving skills were debatable on some sections, but we all got to our destination safe and sound. The quality of the included meals is not amazing, but if you're on a budget, looking to have fun and make new friends, bonding over an average meal can help. The only thing that needs rethinking is accommodation. The La Quinta chain, as well as the Super 8 and Days Inn are to be banned from this tour. You're on a bus for 24 days, across the country. You want a decent bed, with upper standard hygiene and cleanliness in the room, and wifi that works EVERYWHERE, not just in the lobby. (I had a prepaid Simcard, so whenever the low quality internet dropped out, I could always fall back on my plan, however, those in our group who were relying on wifi were frustrated). Including wifi on the bus would be a good compromise on the last point. Our bus had a dvd player, so we were watching movies, so that definitely helped passing time during long drives.
    Topdeck commented on this review
    Hi Aymeric, thanks very much for the review of your Topdeck Road Trip USA trip. Some really good pointers you have mentioned whilst travelling through USA, I'm sure other passengers will find this handy to know. We are looking to roll out WIFI on our coaches in North America in due course. We hope to see you again soon on another Topdeck trip! ~Topdeck.
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  • Road Trip USA (ex. Los Angeles) reviewer 2
    Written on December 29, 2015
    2.5 - Average

    Excellent coach driver and route, Accommodation and included activities were just alright nothing special but Tour manager was not so great. Had little to no knowledge at all about the general trip.
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  • A
    Written on July 8, 2015
    2.5 - Average

    The tour was was all about drinking and consuming it in loads, With the amount of money that I paid when I believed Topdeck's advertisement with showing things like this would be an amazing trip that it would be and having a trip of a life time although none of which happened. I think Topdrunk tours is the proper name, The whole group was full of people who got intoxicated every night and had hangovers on the bus. The guide who was an arrogant fellow who made the trip quite unpleasant for me.I found it hard to believe he was even employed by Topdeck to be a guide. He always just talked about pubs and drinking in the next town or state every time we where on the bus, Only giving a small amount of time talking about landmarks. Never will I go with Topdeck again.
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  • H
    Written on April 28, 2015
    2.5 - Average

    A road trip across the United States is an incredible idea just not with TopDeck America. I’ve heard and read wonderful things about the TopDeck organisation in Europe, but the newly established American part of the company isn’t worth the money. Pay the extra money and travel with Contiki. When you log onto the website and check the itinerary it reads like a once in a lifetime trip and I did meet some incredible people and see some amazing places, but TopDeck contributed very little to my overall enjoyment and I know that if I had of boarded a bus with the Contiki logo and the same passengers, this would have been the trip of a lifetime TopDeck promised, but failed to deliver. I chose TopDeck over Contiki for the itinerary, it included more destinations than Contiki and the cheaper price was a bonus. Prior to the trip I had visited the US on three separate occasions, but I’d always flown from city to city and the idea of jumping on a bus in NYC and going all the way to LA was weirdly appealing. Where do I start? You’re not off to a good start when your tour leader… wait I can’t refer to her as a tour leader! She was more the front seat occupier that let us all know when we could hop up and use the restroom! Anyway she mentioned TopDeck was planning an alternate tour.. Woohoo I was on board the crappy tour they were no longer doing! Below are the ‘Totally TopDeck’ experiences offered on my trip! Grand Canyon National Park - I chose not to go on the helicopter ride. those I spoke to who did go on the helicopter had a blast. They didn’t get much time to walk around the rim, but the helicopter ride was a hit, but it wasn’t included and had nothing to do with TopDeck so we’ll move on. Sunset at the Grand Canyon (insert laugh here). I spent the day getting my junior park ranger badge and those I spoke to throughout the day politely informed us the meeting point TopDeck had arranged for our totally TopDeck experience wasn’t a great place to go. That can’t be right, TopDeck bring their buses through here all the time, surely they know where to go… Nope! The sun set behind us and our front seat occupier loaded the bus up and had us on our merry way before it even had a chance to set. Las Vegas Party Bus - Las Vegas is an amazing place and the party bus is a great idea, but it was done with a very cheap company. Can’t criticise this too much! I love Las Vegas!! Navajo-guided jeep tour in Monument Valley - This was the highlight of my trip and the highlight for many others as well. Having a local Navajo leader drive you around was amazing and something I will always remember fondly, but I’m not going to lie, a part of me was just relieved I had a tour leader that wasn’t the front seat occupier for a couple of hours. Tour of Graceland - hahahahahaha I can only look back and laugh. Graceland was closed when our bus arrived. Our front seat occupier insisted she had called and checked, but every brochure I’d seen in Memphis clearly mentioned the mansion was closed. No refund or alternate activity was offered. The Civil Rights Museum was also closed when we were in Memphis, making that two very American tourist attractions closed when we arrived in Memphis. Luckily I had some awesome people to entertain me and make my time in Memphis enjoyable. Washington DC night illumination tour - It was an incredibly cold night and our front seat occupier banned us from mentioning it was cold and then reminded us we had booked a winter tour. Not one person on the bus was complaining about the weather. It was very cold and we were all incredibly eager to see the city. Annoying comments by the front seat occupier weren't taken well on day one of this 21 day tour! Anyway Washington DC is an incredible place and I highly recommend it. Tubing in San Marcos River, Texas - Didn’t hear a thing about the Tubing, don’t think we even saw the San Marcos River. Totally get it’s not an appropriate winter activity, but they should take off the activities that aren’t offered in Winter and offer alternatives. Which brings me to the next totally TopDeck experience. Riverboat ride in New Orleans - CLOSED. Doesn’t operate in Winter. Offer an alternative! Tabasco Factory in Lafayette - Not one person on the tour had anything good to say about this waste of time, that was also an unnecessary detour. OUR TOUR LEADER! From what I could gather TopDeck America is designed and ran by a small group of people and looking back this is a big part of their problem. Feedback was ignored and when a friend from the tour was asked by her travel agent how her tour was, she responded with constructive feedback. The travel agent then forwarded the information onto a TopDeck rep that eventually responded with a bunch of rubbish. Which has led to this review. I searched every website I could think of for reviews pre trip and could find very little information before booking. I wish a review like this existed prior to me booking, I could have saved myself a lot of money. At the end of the trip you are given a feedback sheet, myself and a number of other people on the tour left feedback on these sheets. I even wrote please respond! The TopDeck rep wrote back and said no feedback forms ticked please respond. From memory there was no spot to tick for a response, that’s why I clearly wrote please respond. Usually I wouldn’t care but I think it’s unfair that a company asks their travellers to pay $3500 to board a bus, but then fail to deliver on a number of promises. The feedback was meant to be constructive to help future travellers and improve future TopDeck trips, but I’m pretty sure all constructive feedback wasn’t delivered to the appropriate people. Anyway back to our front seat occupier. She played movie after movie and was asked a number of times to initiate games. Travellers that had been on other tours had mentioned this was done with other tour companies and made the drive days a lot easier. When our front seat occupier was asked if this could be done she replied it was too hard. She was asked by several travellers, all were denied. Travellers even considered buying games and running themselves, but this was also not an option. When you're spending hours on the road everyday movies can be incredibly draining! Anyway for 21 days she sat at the front of the bus with her computer and seemed to be the only one on the bus with internet access. She had an enjoyable time while we all watched movie after movie, all chosen by her. The front seat occupier did not like input. She knew best! The included city tours were drive by’s! Basically on the way to the hotel we were staying at she'd close her computer or get off her phone for a minute and point out some landmarks. If you wanted extra information there was a sheet that was passed around, but we weren’t allowed a copy. One copy for 48 people. Very little information was given that wasn’t known. Not many people travel without looking into the places they are going to. We don’t need to hear about the famous places, we wanted the front seat occupier to offer information we didn’t know. We wanted her to point out the hidden gems and share information that wasn’t as available to travellers. This never happened!! Calling them city tours is misleading, don't expect a city tour if you travel with TopDeck. Basically the front seat occupier was not the bubbly tour leader myself and many expected! There were a number of people on the bus that had their first conversation with her at the end of the trip. The bus was 95% Australian which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It would be nice to meet people from other parts of the world, but it’s also convenient making friends with people that live near by. Anyway our front seat occupier wasn't a fan of Australians and I found her comments about Australia insulting. She had the wrong idea about us and on a number of occasions made statements that were inaccurate and offensive to the Australians on board. I've travelled a lot so I'm aware Australians are often misunderstood, but I found it bizarre that a tour leader would make insulting comments about another country especially when 95% of the cliental were from that country. Lucky I bought some cool headphones and some great tunes to rescue me when she grabbed that microphone. Other things that were annoying. Apparently it’s too hard to stop at the Hoover Dam. The bus flew right by the Hoover Dam, which is a well known landmark. If you were on the other side of the bus you couldn’t even see it. Don’t blink on your TopDeck tour or you’ll miss this incredible American attraction. Same thing happened with the NASCAR track. Luckily Mike (the driver) reminded our front seat occupier we’d driven by it, so we could quickly rotate our necks and watch it vanish into the distance. Maps were not supplied and on a number occasions guides at parks and information desks weren’t impressed when 50 people quickly appeared and asked for the last of their maps. I gave up getting a map. A map is something that should be supplied to passengers in cities they are not familiar with. Food recommendations weren't great. Always ask a local for advice on where to go. I asked our front seat occupier if our timing worked with any basketball or hockey games and she said no. Myself and some other passengers googled anyway and there was a hockey game in San Antonio. She didn’t believe us at first, but then when asked by others not sitting with us she pretended she knew and deliberately didn’t mention it because there weren’t enough tickets. So first she wasn’t aware and then she was. The stadium wasn’t even at half capacity. Another lie! The majority of the group booked and went without her. Another example of her doing the bare minimum on my trip. Okay I should probably include some positives I met some incredible people and the places we visited were memorable. There were some places that we could of skipped, but there were a lot of great moments on this trip. I honestly believe TopDeck offered very little to the experience I had on this trip. They got me from A to B, but the front seat occupier never went above and beyond to ensure this was a once in a lifetime trip. The days I loved were the free days when myself and my new friends were left to explore on our own. The nights out were always a blast! IN CONCLUSION I give the itinerary a 7/10. There’s room for improvement, but there a new company in the USA so I’ll be nice. I give our front seat occupier Sage a 1/10. She didn’t make an effort with the majority of people on board, had her favourites and was lazy. She’s the main reason I wouldn’t travel with TopDeck America again. Mike the driver 8/10. He was a man of few words, but his job wasn’t to entertain and inform us. He was friendly whenever we spoke and I felt safe when he was behind the wheel. He did mention Sage was his favourite front seat occupier, so that scares me a little. Overall trip 6/10. I was going to write 4 but I met some awesome people and saw some great things, so it can’t be lower than a 6. After all I did complete a trip I’d always wanted to do, I just wish I had of done it with Contiki or Trek America! TIP - When doing USA trips leave from the east and travel to the west. Time zone changes work better
    Topdeck commented on this review
    Hi, thanks for letting us know about your Topdeck North America trip. We are sorry to hear you had some problems with your trip last year. We will pass this information onto our management team and take your feedback on board. If you wish to provide any additional feedback feel free to email us at feedback@topdecktravel.co.uk Thanks Topdeck.
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  • H
    Written on April 27, 2015
    2.5 - Average

    THE TRIP I WENT ON WAS CALLED THE COAST TO COAST. THIS TRIP NO LONGER EXISTS SO I WENT WITH THE CLOSEST TOUR AVAILABLE. THIS IS A REVIEW OF MY EXPERIENCE WITH TOPDECK AMERICA. A road trip across the United States is an incredible idea just not with TopDeck America. I’ve heard and read wonderful things about the TopDeck organisation in Europe, but the newly established American part of the company isn’t worth the money. Pay the extra money and travel with Contiki. When you log onto the website and check the itinerary it reads like a once in a lifetime trip and I did meet some incredible people and see some amazing places, but TopDeck contributed very little to my overall enjoyment and I know that if I had of boarded a bus with the Contiki logo and the same passengers, this would have been the trip of a lifetime TopDeck promised, but failed to deliver. I chose TopDeck over Contiki for the itinerary, it included more destinations than Contiki and the cheaper price was a bonus. Prior to the trip I had visited the US on three separate occasions, but I’d always flown from city to city and the idea of jumping on a bus in NYC and going all the way to LA was weirdly appealing. Where do I start? You’re not off to a good start when your tour leader… wait I can’t refer to her as a tour leader, she was more a front seat occupier, that told us all when we could hop up and use the restroom! Anyway she mentioned TopDeck was planning an alternate tour.. Woohoo I was on board the crappy tour they were no longer doing! Below are the ‘Totally TopDeck’ experiences offered on my trip! Grand Canyon National Park -  I chose not to go on the helicopter ride. those I spoke to who did go on the helicopter had a blast. They didn’t get much time to walk around the rim, but the helicopter ride was a hit, but it wasn’t included and had nothing to do with TopDeck so we’ll move on. Sunset at the Grand Canyon (insert laugh here). I spent the day getting my junior park ranger badge and those I spoke to throughout the day politely informed us the meeting point TopDeck had arranged for our totally TopDeck experience wasn’t a great place to go. That can’t be right, TopDeck bring their buses through here all the time, surely they know where to go… Nope! The sun set behind us and our front seat occupier loaded the bus up and had us on our merry way before it even had a chance to set. Las Vegas Party Bus - Las Vegas is an amazing place and the party bus is a great idea, but it was done with a very cheap company. Can’t criticise this too much! I love Las Vegas!! Navajo-guided jeep tour in Monument Valley  - This was the highlight of my trip and the highlight for many others as well. Having a local Navajo leader drive you around was amazing and something I will always remember fondly, but I’m not going to lie, a part of me was just relieved I had a tour leader that wasn’t the front seat occupier for a couple of hours. Tour of Graceland - hahahahahaha I can only look back and laugh. Graceland was closed when our bus arrived. Our front seat occupier insisted she had called and checked, but every brochure I’d seen in Memphis clearly mentioned the mansion was closed. No refund or alternate activity was offered. The Civil Rights Museum was also closed when we were in Memphis, making that two very American tourist attractions closed when we arrived in Memphis. Luckily I had some awesome people to entertain me and make my time in Memphis enjoyable. Washington DC night illumination tour - It was an incredibly cold night and our front seat occupier banned us from mentioning it was cold and then reminded us we had booked a winter tour. She was a real bore, more on her later...Anyway Washington DC is an incredible place and I highly recommend it. Tubing in San Marcos River, Texas - Didn’t hear a thing about the Tubing, don’t think we even saw the San Marcos River. Totally get it’s not an appropriate winter activity, but they should take off the activities that aren’t offered in Winter and offer alternatives. Which brings me to the next totally TopDeck experience. Riverboat ride in New Orleans - CLOSED. Doesn’t operate in Winter. Offer an alternative! Tabasco Factory in Lafayette - Not one person on the tour had anything good to say about this waste of time, that was also an unnecessary detour. OUR TOUR LEADER! From what I could gather TopDeck America is designed and ran by a small group of people and looking back this is a big part of their problem. Feedback was ignored and when a friend from the tour was asked by her travel agent how her tour was, she responded with constructive feedback. The travel agent then forwarded the information onto a TopDeck rep that eventually responded with a bunch of rubbish. Which has led to this review. I searched every website I could think of for reviews pre trip and could find very little information before booking. I wish a review like this existed prior to me booking, I could have saved myself a lot of money. At the end of the trip you are given a feedback sheet, myself and a number of other people left feedback on these sheets. I even wrote please respond! The TopDeck rep wrote back and said no feedback forms ticked please respond. From memory there was no spot to tick for a response, that’s why I clearly wrote please respond. Usually I wouldn’t care but I think it’s unfair that a company asks their travellers to pay $3500 to board a bus, but then fail to deliver on a number of promises. The feedback was meant to be constructive to help future travellers, but I’m pretty sure all negative and constructive feedback wasn’t delivered to the appropriate people. Anyway back to our front seat occupier Sage. She played movie after movie and was asked a number of times to initiate games. Travellers that had been on other tours had mentioned this was done with other tour companies and made the drive days a lot easier. When our front seat occupier was asked if this could be done she replied it was too hard. So for 21 days she sat at the front of the bus with her computer and seemed to be the only one on the bus with internet access. She had an enjoyable time while we all watched movie after movie, all chosen by her. The front seat occupier did not like input. She knew best! The included city tours were drive by’s! Basically on the way to the hotel we were staying at she'd close her computer or get off her phone for a minute and point out some landmarks. If you wanted extra information there was a sheet that was passed around, but we weren’t allowed a copy. One copy for 48 people. Very little information was given that wasn’t known. Not many people travel without looking into the places they are going to. We don’t need to hear about the famous places, we wanted the front seat occupier to offer information we didn’t know. We wanted her to point out the hidden gems and share information that wasn’t as available to travellers. Basically the front seat occupier was not the bubbly tour leader myself and many expected! There were a number of people on the bus that hadn’t had a conversation with her until the very end of the trip. The bus was 95% Australian which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It would be nice to meet people from other parts of the world, but it’s also convenient making friends with people that live near by. Anyway back to Sage and Australia. She’s not a fan! She insulted many by defending America’s history of racism by stating we were more racist. She had the wrong idea about Australians and on a number of occasions made statements that were inaccurate and offensive to the Australians on board. When I asked her if she’d visited Australia she said no. For someone who hasn’t been to Australia she sure had a lot of opinions and as a proud Australian I found her quite insulting. Lucky I had some cool headphones and some great tunes when she grabbed that microphone. Other things that were annoying. Apparently it’s too hard to stop at the Hoover Dam. The bus flew right by the Hoover Dam, which is a well known landmark. If you were on the other side of the bus you couldn’t even see it. Don’t blink on your TopDeck tour or you’ll miss this incredible American attraction. I've included a picture of the Hoover Dam from the bus for those who missed it! Same thing happened with the NASCAR track. Luckily Mike (the driver) reminded Sage we’d driven by it, so we could quickly rotate our necks and watch it vanish into the distance. Maps were not supplied and on a number occasions guides at parks and information desks weren’t impressed when 50 people quickly appeared and asked for the last of their maps. A lot of Sage’s food recommendations were crap. If you choose this tour ask a local for advice on where to go. I asked Sage if our timing worked with any basketball or hockey games and she said no. Myself and some other passengers googled anyway and there was a hockey game in San Antonio. She didn’t believe us at first, but then when asked by others not sitting with us she pretended she knew and deliberately didn’t mention it because there weren’t enough tickets. So first she wasn’t aware and then she was. The stadium wasn’t even at half capacity. Another lie! The majority of the group booked and went without her. Okay I should probably include some positives I met some incredible people and the places we visited were memorable. There were some places that we could of skipped, but there were a lot of great moments on this trip. I honestly believe TopDeck offered very little to the experience I had on this trip. They got me from A to B, but the front seat occupier never went above and beyond to ensure this was a once in a lifetime trip. The days I loved were the free days when myself and my new friends were left to explore on our own. The nights out were always a blast! IN CONCLUSION I give the itinerary a 7/10. There’s room for improvement, but there a new company in the USA so I’ll be nice. I give our front seat occupier Sage a 1/10. She didn’t make an effort with the majority of people on board, had her favourites and was lazy. She’s the main reason I wouldn’t travel with TopDeck America again. Mike the drive 8/10. He was a man of few words, but his job wasn’t to entertain and inform us. He was friendly whenever we spoke and I felt safe when he was behind the wheel. He did mention Sage was his favourite front seat occupier, so that scares me a little. Overall trip 6/10. I was going to write 4 but I met some awesome people and saw some great things, so it can’t be lower than a 6. After all I did complete a trip I’d always wanted to do, I just wish I had of done it with Contiki or Trek America!
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  1. Day 1: Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Day 2: Las Vegas
  3. Day 3: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon region, Arizona
  4. Day 4: Grand Canyon to Durango, Colorado (via Monument Valley)
  5. Day 5: Durango
  6. Day 6: Durango to Albuquerque, New Mexico (via Santa Fe)
  7. Day 7: Albuquerque to Amarillo, Texas
  8. Day 8: Amarillo to Dallas/Fort Worth
  9. Day 9: Dallas/Fort Worth to Austin
  10. Day 10: Austin
  11. Day 11: Austin to Lake Charles, Louisiana (via Houston Space Center)
  12. Day 12: Lake Charles to New Orleans (via Baton Rouge)
  13. Day 13: New Orleans
  14. Day 14: New Orleans
  15. Day 15: New Orleans to Panama City Beach, Florida
  16. Day 16: Panama City Beach to Florida Gulf Coast
  17. Day 17: Florida Gulf Coast to Miami
  18. Day 18: Miami
  19. Day 19: Miami to Orlando
  20. Day 20: Orlando
  21. Day 21: Orlando to Savannah, Georgia
  22. Day 22: Savannah
  23. Day 23: Savannah to Wilmington, North Carolina via Charleston, South Carolina
  24. Day 24: Wilmington to Washington, District of Columbia
  25. Day 25: Washington, D.C.
  26. Day 26: Washington, D.C. to New York City, via Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 6,508 km.
  • Los Angeles (USA)
  • 287 km
  • Mojave Desert (USA)
  • 86 km
  • Las Vegas (USA)
  • 335 km
  • Flagstaff (USA)
  • 101 km
  • Grand Canyon (USA)
  • 199 km
  • Monument Valley (USA)
  • 199 km
  • Durango (USA)
  • 248 km
  • Santa Fe (USA)
  • 376 km
  • Amarillo (USA)
  • 717 km
  • San Antonio (USA)
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