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Best of the US Express - G Adventures
Best of the US Express - G Adventures
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Starts
New York City
+14 Destinations
Sun Belt
Ends
San Francisco
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Highlights

  • Walking tour of Washington, DC
  • Travel to Nashville and learn about local music
  • Explore the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, Home of Blues, and the starting point of soul
  • discover something unexpected, the London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City
  • Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park
  • Sights of san francisco
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Camping
Max Group Size
22
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Private Vehicle, Plane
Physical Rating
Active
Start in New York City and end in San Francisco! With the discovery tour Best of the US Express, you have a 14 day tour package taking you from New York City to San Francisco and through New York City, USA and 15 other destinations in USA. Best of the US Express includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Best of the US Express reviewer 1
    Written on December 26, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    I went on the tour "Best of US Express" the summer (July/August) of 2017. I am writing this review as a "guidebook" for future travelers, as I could've needed it myself before traveling! The title itself is very descriptive of the tour. It sure was hectic! Although it is a good thing for experiencing a lot in a short amount of time, you might need some time in the end to relax. You should book extra days in San Francisco in the end, rather than in New York to start. As a 26 year old I would say I was the perfect age compared to the others in the group I was in. I would not recommend the tour for 18-20 year olds, as there is a lot of activity in places where you should be 21 and older to get the "full experience" (as for other places in the US as well). Regarding that subject, I do think the focus of the tour was very much on alcohol and typical party places. I might be a rather "mature" 26 year old, but I guess my focus rather would be on other cultural aspects than that when doing such a tour. When that is said, I did like the tour very much! And the tour is perfect for a brief overview of the U.S., so that you could choose a place for later to experience more thoroughly. Most places you arrive in the evening and travel again early next morning. I would prefer at least getting a whole day in every place. My absolute favorite places were Yosemite National Park (will travel there again and bring my family), Grand Canyon, Washington DC, Las Vegas and Santa Monica Beach (LA). The accommodation was OK+ for the most part. I thought all of the hostels were great and it was no problem sharing rooms, since you got to know the people you are traveling with and would only share with them! All the showers in the different locations were singel stalls. There were a lot of of camping though, as expected. The tents provided were of low quality. When it rained, the inside did get wet, even with extra tarpaulin underneath. If you don't pay extra, you are expected to share a tent (two persons). I was lucky as the number of girls were an odd number, and ended up with a tent by my self. I think the two person policy is a quite unnecessary "restriction", as they had a lot of extra tents. And being of such low quality and so small anyway, I don't see the point in not giving every person a tent by themselves. When it comes to hostels I get the sharing aspect of it. Although I found it kind of weird that when it was a two person room, I always was put in a room with the same person. Some variation would be better, so that you could get to know more people. And if you don't "match" that great, you won't be stuck with the same person all the time. Some of the campgrounds were great, while others not so much. And since I did the tour in the middle of the summer, it was crazy hot inside the tents. Just imagine when it is 46 c/115 f degrees outside, the tents is basically an oven. In some places it was bearable, while in some of the more extreme places I actually would classify it as unsafe. In the hottest places the poorest hostel or motel would be a lot better. We should also have been warned about the water in some of the campgrounds (especially where it was super hot) as the water (at least for my Norwegian tongue), was undrinkable. Not in terms of bacteria, but taste. I tried, but had a very hard time with it. And since we didn't get a warning to stock up on water beforehand or were prepared for the remote locations, I was so dried out! The terrible taste even went through the Gatorade powder provided by the guides. We did get a list of items that was labeled "essentials", and I did in fact buy a lot of things beforehand and pack all of the item on the list. Resulting in very heavy luggage. Most of it was unnecessary as this was not a "wilderness tour" in any aspect (but do bring good walking shoes, you will walk a lot!), and I had no idea what to expect beforehand, so I packed it. They ask you to bring a 4 season sleeping bag and other "warm items". I believe they didn't customize the list for the summer at all. Some items may be necessary for the early spring and late fall, but definitely not in the summer. Do not pack a sleeping bag! Just buy a super cheap (thin) one at Walmart, as that is basically the first place you stop after New York. But one thing you do need a lot more, and I recommend buying, is a sleeping liner (basically a super thin sheet formed as a sleeping bag). The liner was used 90% of the camping nights, as anything more was too hot. Personally I recommend packing your luggage in a suitcase, not a backpack (as they recommend). There is a lot more hassle with a backpack, as you also need a smaller one for the bus (the luggage is in the trailer behind the bus and is not reached through the day). Preferably a suitcase that don't have storage space in the "lid" as well, otherwise it takes up all of the space in the tent when you open it. The transportation is a typical American "school bus". The seats were not very comfy as the back was very short and there was no neck rest. The advertised wifi did not work most of the time. The AC was kind of on and off depending on the outside weather. I do recommend buying a SIM-card with data included, which I did in New York. An essential for getting around exploring the cities is Google Maps! One thing to note is that the internal U.S. flight between New Orleans and Los Angeles is included in the price you pay, but they didn't say anything about the luggage, so everyone had to pay extra for checking in their luggage. It's not like you could do this tour without luggage to check in, so I thought that was kind of a sneaky move of G Adventures. On the other hand, we did get very good seats on the internal flight. The guides were great at picking out restaurants at the different locations were we didn't cook the meals ourselves. The food was so good! The food cooked in camp by the guides with the help from us was ok, but nothing more really. But you could give them suggestions on thing to buy for breakfast and lunch packs. You are expected to participate in both cooking and cleaning throughout the tour. The tour itself is in two parts, and you will have two sets of guides. One set from New York to New Orleans and one set from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Some participants will also continue the tour across the U.S. after New Orleans and not flying with you to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, the group were joined by some new people. Guides will most likely not be the same on every tour, but I was were pleased with the ones I had. Of course the level of knowledge varied, and one guide we had from LA to SF were with no doubt the best. He knew everything and shared so much great knowledge throughout! As a summary I would absolutely recommend this type of traveling! And I do recommend traveling alone! You do get to see a lot of things and places you may not have found on your own, and you basically get everything served to you without having to plan a lot yourself! Good luck! :)
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  1. Day 1 New York
  2. Day 2 New York/Washington D.C. (1D)
  3. Day 3 Washington D.C. (1B)
  4. Day 4 Washington D.C./Appalachia (1B, 1L, 1D)
  5. Day 5 Appalachia/Nashville (1B, 1L)
  6. Day 6 Nashville/Memphis (1B, 1L)
  7. Day 7 Memphis/New Orleans (1B, 1L)
  8. Day 8 New Orleans/Los Angeles
  9. Day 9 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu (1D)
  10. Day 10 Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)
  11. Day 11 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (1B)
  12. Day 12 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas (1L, 1D)
  13. Day 13 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  14. Day 14 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B, 1L)

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 6,471 km.
  • New York City (USA)
  • 328 km
  • Washington DC (USA)
  • 7 km
  • Arlington (USA)
  • 152 km
  • Shenandoah National Park (USA)
  • 755 km
  • Nashville (USA)
  • 316 km
  • Memphis (USA)
  • 579 km
  • New Orleans (USA)
  • 2,688 km
  • Los Angeles (USA)
  • 231 km
  • Joshua Tree NP (USA)
  • 149 km
  • Lake Havasu City (USA)
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