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Tour Itinerary

Take a trip across America from sea to shining sea on a 24-day adventure to discover many of the iconic destinations of the United States. This affordable U.S. vacation begins in the Big Apple of New York City. Enjoy guided sightseeing of NYC’s famous attractions—Broadway, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chinatown, Wall Street, and more. From New York, travel to the birthplace of Independence—Philadelphia, then to Washington DC, the nation’s capital. See the graves of John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. Your expert Local Guide will show you the historic sites—the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, and more. Stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. Pass through Pennsylvania Dutch country of lovely Amish farmland, through the home of Little League Baseball in Williamsport, and onto the Rainbow Bridge to Canada for a stay at the mammoth Niagara Falls. Explore the falls via sightseeing cruise and drive along Niagara Parkway, then cross the farmlands and vineyards of Ontario to arrive in Dearborn, Michigan. Visit the Henry Ford Museum in this Detroit suburb to learn about the history of the American automobile. Next, travel to Chicago, Illinois, for sightseeing in Lake Michigan’s “Windy City,” then on to Minneapolis, Minnesota—“Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Visit the largest shopping mall in the country, Mall of America, then venture through the farmlands of South Dakota and home of the Sioux Indian Nation. Drive through Fort Pierre National Grassland to see the prairie as it was when thunderous herds of buffalo roamed freely. Visit Badlands National Park, with its dramatic landscape carved by wind and water into steep canyons and towering rock spires amid its vast grasslands. In the Black Hills of South Dakota, visit Mount Rushmore to see the granite monument to four American presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Traverse the legendary cattle ranchland and the Bighorn Mountains to Cody, Wyoming—home of Buffalo Bill. Visit Yellowstone National Park with stunning views of Yellowstone Canyon and magnificent Lower Falls in America’s first National Park. Take in the spectacular wilderness in Yellowstone, abundant wildlife, and amazing thermal features, including the famed Old Faithful geyser. Visit the Wild West town of Jackson at the foot of the Grand Tetons, then continue into Utah to visit Salt Lake City. Continue into breathtaking Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, with sandstone and limestone cliffs of ever-changing colors. Experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Take in the views from the canyon rim, then travel on to Las Vegas, Nevada, for an exciting visit to the “Vegas Strip”—lined with bright lights and casinos. Try your luck at blackjack or the “one-armed bandit” slot machines, then drive through the Mojave Desert and over the San Gabriel Mountains to Los Angeles, California. Enjoy sightseeing in the “The City of Angels,” with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown’s famous sites in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. From New York to L.A., and the historic frontiers in between, this affordable U.S. vacation is a trip for the history books!

  1. Day 1
    NEW YORK CITY
    Welcome to the “Big Apple!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
  2. Day 2
    NEW YORK CITY
    New York City is one of the world’s most exciting cities, buzzing with atmosphere and packed with fascinating sights. On today’s guided sightseeing tour, see the major attractions—Broadway, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, bustling Chinatown, City Hall, Wall Street, and Trinity Church. Your afternoon is free.
  3. Day 3
    NEW YORK CITY–PHILADELPHIA– WASHINGTON DC AREA
    Head south through New Jersey to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States. During your free time, perhaps see Independence Hall and visit the Liberty Bell. On to Washington DC.
  4. Day 4
    WASHINGTON DC AREA
    See the graves of American heroes, including those of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, in beautiful Arlington National Cemetery. The nation’s capital is a sightseeing treasure trove, and your half-day tour with a Local Guide features Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, National WWII Memorial, and other well-known sights. Stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. As the remainder of the day is free, why not visit the Smithsonian museums?
  5. Day 5
    WASHINGTON DC–NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA
    A scenic day as you head north through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home of the Amish and Mennonite religious sects. Then, along the Susquehanna River to Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League baseball and site of the league’s annual “World Series.” Later, cross the Rainbow Bridge to Canada and arrive at Niagara Falls, Ontario, for your overnight stay.
  6. Day 6
    NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA–DEARBORN
    This morning, board your Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for amazing close-up views from the base of the falls. Then, travel the Niagara Parkway, admiring the sweeping landscapes of this scenic countryside. Head southwest and cross the farmlands and vineyards of Ontario, to Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit.

    NOTE:
    Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. If unfavorable conditions exist, a walking tour of the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
  7. Day 7
    DEARBORN–CHICAGO
    Begin the day with a visit to the Henry Ford Museum. Reach Chicago, America’s third-largest city, in the late afternoon. City sightseeing includes all the major landmarks of the “Windy City.” (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    CHICAGO
    Today is free for independent activities. Perhaps take an optional cruise on Lake Michigan and through the locks of the Chicago River.
  9. Day 9
    CHICAGO–MADISON–MINNEAPOLIS
    First stop today is Madison. A vibrant city, situated between two sparkling lakes. A photo stop at the capitol before making our way to Minnesota—the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
  10. Day 10
    MINNEAPOLIS. EXCURSION TO THE MALL OF AMERICA
    Enjoy an orientation tour of the bustling downtown area of Minneapolis before reaching the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States, featuring an extensive range of retail, restaurants, and entertainment.
  11. Day 11
    MINNEAPOLIS–MITCHELL–OACOMA
    Into the rich farmlands of South Dakota, homeland of the great Sioux Indian Nation. Stop in Mitchell to see the Corn Palace, a remarkable Moorish-style building where the interior and exterior are covered with designs of corn outlined with grasses and grain. Stay overnight on the shores of the Missouri River in Oacoma near Chamberlain.
  12. Day 12
    OACOMA–BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK–MOUNT RUSHMORE–CUSTER
    First, a drive through Fort Pierre National Grassland to see the prairie as it once was when only buffalo and the Sioux Indians occupied the land. Next is Badlands National Park, where 37 million years of wind and water have carved a remarkably colorful sight. Then, head into the Black Hills and behold the granite faces of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four American presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt.
  13. Day 13
    CUSTER–CODY
    Head through the rich, mountainous country past Buffalo, where open-range cattle kings made war on the sheep ranchers of the 1880s. See Sheridan and then ascend into the alpine region of the Bighorn Mountains, and site of the Battle of Tongue River. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody. (CB)
  14. Day 14
    CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK–WEST YELLOWSTONE
    Travel through Shoshone National Forest to splendid Yellowstone National Park. Follow Grand Loop Road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, nearly twice the height of Niagara. Yellowstone’s abundant and diverse wildlife are as famous as its geysers. It’s home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope. As a visitor to the world’s first national park, you may be lucky enough to encounter some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Overnight in West Yellowstone, gateway to the geysers of Yellowstone National Park.
  15. Day 15
    WEST YELLOWSTONE. DAY EXCURSION TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
    This morning, return to Yellowstone National Park and visit the bubbling mud paint pots, the reliable “blow” of Old Faithful, Yellowstone’s great geyser, and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Return to West Yellowstone and explore on your own. (CB)
  16. Day 16
    WEST YELLOWSTONE–JACKSON
    Travel south into the Wild West town of Jackson. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. (CB)
  17. Day 17
    JACKSON–SALT LAKE CITY
    Today, drive to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included sightseeing tour shows you the capital of Utah, including Temple Square, the tabernacle, and the Beehive House.
  18. Day 18
    SALT LAKE CITY–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK–CEDAR CITY
    Through the sagebrush landscape of southern Utah to Bryce Canyon National Park with its breathtaking sandstone and limestone cliffs and ever-changing colors. Head west through Dixie National Forest to Cedar City for your overnight. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  19. Day 19
    CEDAR CITY–ZION NATIONAL PARK–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
    First stop is Zion National Park, a landscape that was carved out by rushing streams over a period of a million years. Through Kaibab National Forest to the less visited North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, where you’ll marvel at the stunning views of the flame-colored walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. The evening is free. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  20. Day 20
    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS
    Head to the unique phenomenon of Las Vegas, where today’s fortune hunters try their luck at the 24-hour gambling tables and slots. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.”
  21. Day 21
    LAS VEGAS
    A free day to explore Las Vegas. Your Tour Director can arrange an optional excursion to the Hoover Dam, and will have suggestions for the best shows to see this evening.
  22. Day 22
    LAS VEGAS–LOS ANGELES
    Travel through the Mojave Desert and over the San Gabriel Mountains to America’s second largest city, Los Angeles.
  23. Day 23
    LOS ANGELES
    Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown. You’ll drive to Hollywood, and see the footprints of the glamourous stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, and famous Hollywood Bowl. Then, on to elegant Beverly Hills followed by a drive down the Sunset Strip.
  24. Day 24
    LOS ANGELES
    Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore L.A. further.

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Inclusions

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

This itinerary enters both the US and Canada.

Maximum elevation on tour: 9,900 ft.
Sightseeing & Activities:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

Meals:
3 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

New York City: New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel
Washington DC: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot Alexandria West/Mark Center
Niagara Falls: Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel
Dearborn: Best Western Greenfield Inn
Chicago: Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
Minneapolis: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Oacoma: Arrowwood Resort & Conf Center at Cedar Shore
Cody: Holiday Inn Buffalo Bill Village - Cody
Cody: Buffalo Bill Village
West Yellowstone: Brandin Iron Inn
Jackson: Mountain Modern Motel
Salt Lake City: Crystal Inn & Suites
Cedar City: Best Western Town & Country Inn
Grand Canyon National Park: Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge
Las Vegas: Sahara Las Vegas
Los Angeles: Westin Bonaventure

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Cosmos Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 4056 reviews about Cosmos Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Our accommodations were above our expectations... the tour director was outstanding... very enjoyable vacation

It was an amazing trip the pick up and return to airport was taken care of the cosmos was really good. The tour director so kind, lots of knowledge and take a good care with the group. Overall tour was amazing and excellent.

The services we experience thru Cosmos were so wonderful, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, he did extra miles in effort to make our trip convenient and unforgettable. I would love to book with them in the next trip i'm going to have in the furure. Thank you AFFORDABLE TOUR and COSMOS. I definitely will book again with your company. Have a wonderful day and GOD BLESS US ALL Herminia

The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable and informative. She made the trip very pleasurable.

Trip was Terrific!! Our Tour Guide, Julie was the best we have encountered in 40 years of travel.

Our tour director Deborah is exceptional. She knows the culture and history of places visited inside and out. She made sure that the group is comfortable and well-informed of schedules. Our driver Lee is excellent. He is professional and very skillful in his job. Thumbs up to both of them.

My husband and I appreciate the hard work of the people from Cosmos. Everything was well planned. Our tour director, Debra stayed with us up to the last hour of the tour. We enjoyed this tour so much. We are looking forward to another tour with Affordable Tours.

The tour was very complete. It included all the places I wanted to visit. It was extremely well organized. The Tour Director was very professional and didn't miss one detail. The guides were knowledgeable. It was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to book my next tour with Cosmos.

Our guide was very professional and our bus driver outstanding. Our driver was courteous, always polite and very helpful getting on and off the bus.

I would recommend this trip to anyone. Clyde, our tour guide was knowledgeable and kept things running smoothly. David, our driver was excellent also. I very much enjoyed the whole trip.

Everything was up to expectations our tour director was outstanding.

I thought the tour guides you had on staff were amazing. It really made the tour great. Everything was very clear and made me comfortable. I plan on using your services again soon.

Everything was to my expectations and more. Especially the tour guide: knowledgeable, precise (time wise) and considerate.

tour guide, Keenan and driver Gerry made the trip very enjoyable. 

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