America the Beautiful - Preview 2021
From 19/04/2021 to 04/10/2021
Included Insight Services.
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times.
If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Welcome to Los Angeles. Welcome to the City of Angels. On arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, your transfer will take you to your sleek, centrally located hotel. Enjoy some free time and explore the local area. The Staples Center Arena, Grammy Museum and the L.A. Convention Center are all within walking distance. You can also explore the streets of downtown LA if you fancy a slightly longer walk. If you're feeling peckish, there are a number of restaurants and cafes close by to choose from. At 18:00, head back to the hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner and wine.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 - The City of Angels. IIt's time to explore Tinseltown. Channel your inner movie star and check out TCL Chinese Theatre, a movie palace on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can walk in the steps of icons including Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn. Continue your star-studded day with a private tour of the Dolby Theatre(R), the current home of the Oscars. If all this sightseeing makes you hungry, you'll find plenty of choices to tempt your palette at the historic L.A. Farmers Market. Featuring more than 100 vendors serving a variety of foods, including local American cuisine and international foods, it's the perfect place to rejuvenate after a day of sightseeing. End the day with a Highlight Dinner at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse with the rest of the group.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 3 - From Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Say goodbye to Los Angeles and head towards the glittering bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas. This dazzling neon haven comes with dining and shopping options aplenty, while its casinos and live shows will keep night owls entertained. Just make sure you bring your poker face! If you'd prefer to rest for the day ahead, your hotel room comes with a mini bar area, sitting room and expansive views of the strip and downtown Las Vegas.(Breakfast)
Day 4 - Leisure Time in Sin City. The day is free for you to enjoy. Relax by the swimming pool, try your luck at the casinos, or explore the famous Strip, where you'll find the musical water ballet of the Bellagio's fountains and world-famous shopping. From browsing the Forum Shops at Caesars to the luxe Crystals Mall at City Center, featuring the world's most elite designers, prepare to shop till you drop.(Breakfast)
Day 5 - Get Your Kicks and the Grand Canyon. It's time to bid farewell to the bright lights of Vegas as you move on to an all-American experience of classic motels, diners and gas stations. Cruise along a portion of the celebrated Route 66, before making stops at revered hotspots Seligman and Kingman, where you'll find fun caf? menus and souvenir shops to browse. Seligman was also the birthplace of the original Route 66. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, where the wild beauty of one of the world's greatest natural wonders awaits. Learn all about the vibrantly coloured hues of the canyon from Local Expert, Tim, as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine. With over seven years of experience in geology, you'll be taught all about the origins of the five-million-year-old canyon, its rock formation and impact now. He'll also talk to you about the local flora and fauna, and where you might be able to spot the land's elk, mule deer, coyotes, grey foxes, bobcats and mountain lions. End your day with a tranquil night inside the park and an appetising Highlight Dinner with wine in the inviting Thunderbird Room of your lodge. Situated on the South Rim, this centrally-located venue offers a wet-bar, barbeque and private balcony, so you can feast on hearty food while taking in the stunning views of the canyon.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6 - Mystical Sedona and Flagstaff. Before bidding farewell to the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, you have the option of taking a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour across the Grand Canyon. Journey on to the bohemian colony of Sedona. Attractive to healers, this spiritual town's vortexes are rumoured to offer alternative medicines and practices. If retail therapy is more your thing, explore Sedona's shops and galleries, or simply take in its natural rugged beauty, which makes it a hotspot for hikers, swimmers and eager campers.(Breakfast)
Day 7 - From Flagstaff to Santa Fe. Depart Flagstaff for the town of Winslow, in Navajo County. Famous for the Eagles song 'Take it Easy', you can check out the town's bronze statue of the 'man standin' on the corner, which pays homage to the hit. Sometimes you can find a red antique Ford parked next to it in celebration of the song's famous girl. You'll end your day in New Mexico's striking capital city, Santa Fe, a destination rich in both history and heritage. End your day by choosing from a selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 8 - Is this the way to Amarillo? In the morning, take part in a guided trolley tour of the historic city of Santa Fe. Here you'll discover its local art colony and Pueblo traditions. You'll also take in the striking architecture of the Palace of the Governors and the Loretto Chapel with a Santa Fe specialist. Journey to Amarillo and catch the 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation. End the day with a tasty Texan treat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch. If you're feeling brave, you can try to take on this saloon-style steakhouse's all-American 72oz steak challenge.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9 - Cattle and Country Western. Say goodbye to Amarillo and move on to the modern Dallas/Fort Worth area. Once a trading post for cowboys, the city of Fort Worth is famous for rodeos and the National Cowgirl Museum. On arrival, your Travel director will take you on an orientation tour of Dallas. Your evening is free to do as you please. Perhaps wander down to Dallas' historic West End District which dates back to 1872. The area is now home to numerous restaurants, bars and cafes.(Breakfast)
Day 10 - Deep in the Heart of Texas. You can't talk about Dallas without mentioning The Dallas Cowboys. One of the country's richest sports franchises, football fans will be in their element with a guided VIP tour of AT&T Stadium, formerly known as the Cowboys Stadium (subject to availability). In a fascinating look behind the scenes, you will be privy to places normally off limits during game days: the field, media press box, and locker rooms are all included. Visit Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth's livestock history and promote the heritage of one of the greatest agriculture industries in the world.(Breakfast)
Day 11 - From Big Texas to A Taste of Little Rock. Today you'll head to Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas. Enjoy a tour and private bourbon tasting at the Rock Town Distillery, known for crafting spirits using locally-grown grain. Save the evening for a Highlight Dinner with wine at Marlsgate Plantation. With its ancient oak trees, views across the serene waters of Bearskin Lake and majestic acres of land, this columned mansion offers a dreamy location for your evening meal.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 12 - Memphis, Home of the Blues. Before leaving Little Rock, delve into the history of this iconic city. Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum dedicated in 2004 to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. The museum features replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, and highlights his life at the White House. From presidential history to cultural, arrive in Memphis 'Home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock N' Roll', for a musical stay on the Mississippi River. End the day with wine at a Beale Street speakeasy-style restaurant, located inside BB King's Blues Club.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 13 - Graceland and Everything Elvis. This morning, enjoy an Insight Choice between a guided visit to Sun Studios or the National Civil Rights Museum. The rest of your day is dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley. You'll fall in love with his Memphis 13.8-acre Colonial-style mansion, otherwise known as Graceland. Explore Presley's final resting ground with an interactive guided tour before heading for an evening at leisure on famous Beale Street in Downtown Memphis. Renowned for blues music, this district has an array of restaurants and bars to choose from.(Breakfast)
Day 14 - Atlanta, Cultural Capital of the New South. In keeping with the blues spirit, it's time to head off on your 'midnight train', well, morning coach to Georgia. You'll stay in Atlanta, named in honour of railroad engineer, J. Edgar Thompson and his Atlantica-Pacifica railway. Indulge at Mary Mac's in the evening for your highlight dinner. You'll be welcomed into this famous Tea Room for a comforting dinner of southern food and wine. And with over 70 years of cooking experience this welcoming bistro really does set the standard for Southern cooking.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 15 - Georgia's Capital and Southern Traditions. Make headlines as you journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for a close-up look at global news in the making. An exclusive guided tour will take you behind-the-scenes of the fast-paced working studios. Move on to the Southern charms of South Carolina with a Highlight Dinner at Poogan's Porch. One of Charleston's oldest independent restaurants, this rustic gem comes with plenty of classic magic, priding itself on its handwritten recipes and gracious hospitality.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 16 - Charming Charleston. Discover Charleston, South Carolina's oldest city, during a historic carriage ride and take in the quaint beauty of this romantic hotspot. From the bright Georgian houses of Rainbow Row, to the city's hidden gardens, courtyards and churches, this picture worthy city offers perfect snap happy moments. Visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a walk around one of the oldest plantations in the South. Dating back to 1676, it is the only Plantation on the Ashley River that survived the American Revolution and Civil War.(Breakfast)
Day 17 - The Carolinas and Tobacco Farms. Discover a simpler way of life at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. This turn-of-the-century homestead will show you how rural families lived, worked and cultivated one of the country's most important crops. Set out for the other Carolina - North Carolina, that is - and arrive in its capital city, Raleigh, otherwise known as the City of Oaks. Founded in 1792, this government town is famous for its universities, technology and research. There are a number of museums and galleries downtown for those searching for some aesthetic culture.(Breakfast)
Day 18 - The City of Oaks to Monumental Washington, D.C. Leave Raleigh behind as you make your way to Washington, D.C. On arrival, you'll have time to acquaint yourself with the capital. End the day with a delicious Highlight Dinner at one of the city's popular local restaurants.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 19 - Sightseeing in the Capital. Take a city tour of Washington, D.C. and discover all of the iconic memorials and monuments, including the White House, Washington Monument, and National Mall. The rest of the day is yours do as you please, so whether you fancy heading to a free museum on the National Mall, a trip to the zoo or a coffee and cake in a local caf?, the choice is yours.(Breakfast)
Day 20 - New York, the City That Never Sleeps. Follow the bright lights to The Big Apple. Whether you want to take a causal stroll, head out and watch a Broadway show or relax back at your hotel, the evening is at your leisure.(Breakfast)
Day 21 - A Manhattan Masterpiece. Take a bite of the Big Apple on a tour of the city's highlights with a Local Expert. See the towering Empire State Building and the mirrored peak of the Art Deco Chrysler Building as you admire one of the world's most striking skylines. For a full view of this monumental city, ascend to the Top of the Rock - the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center - for a sweeping view of the skyscrapers, parks, rivers and urban canyons that make up the isle of Manhattan. If it's tranquillity you're after, relish the calm of Central Park, an expansive space designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and offers New Yorkers a break from the concrete jungle. At night, join your Travel Director for a lively Celebration Dinner at Bond 45, a typical N.Y.C. steak and seafood restaurant, where you'll toast to new friends and fantastic memories.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 22 - Depart New York. It's time to say goodbye to The Empire State. A morning transfer will take you to JFK International, LaGuardia or Newark Liberty International Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, if you want to see more of New York, extend your stay at your own pleasure.(Breakfast) Authentic Dining Los Angeles: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse. Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room taking in awe-inspiring views. Amarillo: Savour a Highlight Dinner at the Big Texan, where everything truly is bigger in Texas. Little Rock: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Marlsgate Plantation, a stately mansion with a majestic setting. Memphis: Uncover a local gem, a lesser-known speakeasy above BB King's Blues Club for an atmospheric Highlight Dinner of Southern cuisine. South Carolina: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Poogan's Porch, a local institution and favourite. Washington, D.C.: Indulge in a delicious Highlight Dinner at one of the city's popular local restaurants. New York: Bid farewell to your newfound friends at a lively Celebration Dinner at Bond 45, recipient of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Dining Summary: 21 Breakfasts (B), and 11 Dinners with wine (DW). Insight Experiences Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet with a theatre guide for a behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars(R) on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre(R). Grand Canyon: With a Local Expert, learn about the formation of one of the United States' most renowned natural wonders, while sipping a glass of sparkling wine. Santa Fe: Tour historic Santa Fe on a guided trolley tour. Dallas: Can you remember where you were when you heard? Visit the site of JFK's assassination. Atlanta: Step into the world of world news and live broadcast at a behind-the-scenes, exclusive guided tour of the Global Headquarters of CNN. New York: Visit some of the city's most iconic sites with a Local Expert. Stay in Style Los Angeles: The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown offers breathtaking views from the unique 70th floor sky lobby in the tallest building on the west. Las Vegas: The luxurious Caesars Palace on the iconic Vegas Strip offers restaurants, nightlife, relaxation, and entertainment. It's distinct style is a tribute to Rome's opulence. Grand Canyon: Spend the night near the rim of the Grand Canyon, inside the National Park. Flagstaff: Stay amidst Ponderosa Pines, near downtown. Santa Fe: Experience the splendor of the American Southwest at La Fonda on the Plaza, the only hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Here you'll find tasteful, modern conveniences blended with the warmth of authentic New Mexican style. Dallas: The Magnolia Dallas Downtown offers a comfortable stay and ideal location in the Historic District. Memphis: The Guest House at Graceland is located just steps away from Graceland Mansion. You'll enjoy the rock 'n' royal treatment at one of the largest hotels in Memphis, the 450-room resort is a reflection of Elvis' personal style, with designs inspired by Graceland Mansion. Atlanta: Discover one of the best hotels in downtown Atlanta with stunning views of the skyline. Charleston: Located in the heart of the historic district and recently restored, the Andrew Pinckney Inn is at the center of everything Charleston has to offer. Find yourself just steps away from the lively atmosphere of renowned restaurants and shops that surround Charleston's historic City Market. Washington, D.C.: Stay at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, a Washington, D.C. landmark for over 90 years ago. New York: The Renwick is a contemporary, newly re-imagined hotel housed in an iconic 1920's brick building. Located in Midtown Manhattan, 2 blocks from Grand Central Terminal and walking distance to the Empire State Building, New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Fifth Avenue shopping. Named for the architect and creator of St. Patrick's Cathedral, James Renwick, the hotel was once home to artists' studios and many celebrated writers (including John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald). Top Rated Highlights Route 66: Stop in Kingman and Seligman. Sedona: Spend time in this mystical town. Winslow: Stop to pay homage to the 'Man Standin' on the Corner. Cadillac Ranch: See the 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt. Fort Worth: Visit the Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth's rich livestock history. Little Rock: Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Memphis: Explore the Graceland Mansion and grounds. Charleston: Step back in time with a visit to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. North Carolina: At the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, learn about cultivating one of the most important crops in this part of the country. Washington, D.C.: See all of the amazing memorials and monuments in the nation's capital. New York: Marvel at the sweeping skyline views, including some of the city's most prominent landmarks from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center.
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