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Join us on a blood-curdling adventure through America’s haunted past. If you dare…Mwhahahaha

Did you hear the one about the ice-skating ghosts in Central Park? Or the Headless Horseman plaguing Sleepy Hollow? What about the kitchen poltergeist in Boston? The United States’ history is practically dripping with the bloody and the macabre, which makes it the perfect place for some Halloween thrills! Join us as we uncover Salem’s history of witch hunting, carve pumpkins in Danvers, chase ghosts in haunted Newport, and march through New York as part of the glorious Village Halloween Parade. With more treats than tricks, this might just be the best Halloween yet.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
San Francisco, United States
Finish
Newark, United States
Destination
United States
Code
SSOX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15 , Max 0
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why you'll love this trip

  • Learn about Salem's witching history before carving your own jack-o-lantern and getting lost in a corn maze.

  • Get costumed up and take part in the Village Halloween Parade through the streets of Manhattan.

  • Hear some of the spooky legends of one of America's oldest cities on a ghost tour through Newport, Rhode Island.

  • Visit the home of the headless horseman at Sleepy Hollow and take part in some next-level Halloween fun.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Traffic in and out of New York and Boston can be hectic. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep entertained.

  • During this trip you will have free time within the cities you visit. These destinations are best explored on foot, so you'll get the most out of your trip if you're reasonably fit and able to walk moderate-to-long distances. That said, public transportation in these cities is modern and reliable.

  • The cities that we visit on this tour are towards the more expensive end. You should be prepared to pay more for things like food and drinks than you would in other parts of the country

  • The legal drinking age in the US is 21. Our leaders are unable to help under-agers procure alcohol.

  • Please note that this trip stays mostly in hostels. These hostels have separate male and female dorm rooms, so couples will need to be split up.

Itinerary

Welcome to Boston! A welcome meeting will be held at 6pm this evening in the hostel foyer/lobby. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information, so make sure you’ve got everything on hand to give to your leader.

Boston is one of the country’s oldest cities, full of prestigious buildings and institutions, and its compact centre makes it a great place to walk around. Sitting right on the Atlantic coast means Boston’s a great place for seafood, so maybe get to know your new travel companions while swapping ghost stories over some oysters, lobster or clam chowder.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head out on a day trip to historic Salem - famous for its maritime traditions, museums, and historic witch trials. The Salem Witch Trials of 1692, plus a hearty love of all things Halloween, has made this city a hot destination for Halloween. In fact, celebrations here usually go for the entire month of October!

While in Salem you can visit the Witch Museum, Witch House, and Witch Memorial, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables. Alternatively, you can take a stroll through the Haunted Happenings Carnival and step inside one of the many haunted houses. For a Halloween souvenir, check out the Salem Open Market on Derby Square and Essex Street.

Later in the afternoon head to Connors Farm, where you can pick up your own pumpkin to carve and get lost in a corn maze. Return to Boston in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day to explore Boston as you choose. One highly recommended idea is to walk the Freedom Trail. This is Boston’s greatest indoor and outdoor history museum, with 16 'official' sites to explore. You can choose to start at the beginning, middle or end of the trail and wind your way through the streets. Another bright idea is to head to the Samuel Adams Brewery for a free brewery tour. Tonight, perhaps visit the Union Oyster House, which is reputedly the oldest restaurant in the United States.

Included today is a Ghosts and Gravestones Haunted Cemetery tour, a 90 minute tour through Boston’s shadowy and sinister past. Walk amongst the dead in burying grounds nearly 400 years old and hear tales of the sordid practices of the times. A portion of ticket goes towards maintenance of Boston’s historic cemeteries.

If you want to know how the locals do Halloween, take a walk through the Beacon Hill neighbourhood and see one of the best-decorated parts of town.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yosemite National Park
Optional Activities
  • Yosemite National Park - Hiking - Free
  • Yosemite - Cycling in Yosemite Valley - USD12
  • Yosemite - Raft Rental (seasonal) - USD30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Next up, head to the sailing capital of the world, Newport, Rhode Island (1.5-2 hours). You may wish to visit the historic Vanderbilt family summer cottage, also known as The Breakers Mansion, for an optional tour. This Italian Renaissance-style palace has 70 rooms and is one of the grandest estates in all Newport. Alternatively you may wish to explore Banister Wharf and grab lunch. Rest up because tonight you’ll take part in an included lantern-led evening ghost tour through Newport's shadowy lanes. Don’t be surprised if things get a bit chilly while listening to the ghosts and legends of this haunted city by the sea.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Get ready for a short drive to Sleepy Hollow (3.5 hours), where you’ll get the chance to explore the waterfront and start looking for an awesome Halloween outfit. Take it easy during the day because the real excitement starts tonight! After dark, perhaps visit Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities and be led by morbid characters through a gothic castle and its gardens. Subject to availability visit the highly popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze along the river. The electrifying display features over 7,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins set against the mysterious backdrop of Van Cortlandt Manor’s 18th-century buildings. The pumpkins are arranged to form spectacular sculptures, such as dragons, dinosaurs and giant spiders. Wander along the illuminated Pumpkin Promenade and perhaps stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge – a pumpkin-fied version of the Golden Gate bridge!
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Death Valley National Park
Optional Activities
  • Las Vegas - Big Apple Express roller coaster - USD15
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze quickly sells out and is not guaranteed.
Get ready to clap eyes on the Big Apple today. The trip to New York City should take approximately 1 hour, depending on traffic. After arriving and settling in at the hostel, the day is free to explore. You might want to get your costume ready because tonight you’ll be headed downtown to join in the annual Village Halloween Parade. Everyone in New York turns out in their creepiest outfits for this parade down 6th Street. Come ready to see everything from the weird and bizarre to downright ghoulish. Those that don't want to join in can find a spot to watch the parade and see the magnificent costumes. Please note that to participate in the parade you must be in costume.

Some optional activities to try during the day include visiting the Guggenheim Museum or the Empire State Building.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your Halloween adventure comes to an end this morning.
Included Activities
  • Grand Canyon National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take time today to explore at your own pace. Maybe rise early for an incredible sunrise, then soar like a California Condor over the canyon with a scenic helicopter flight (not included). If you get active, then descend through pine trees into the heart of the immense abyss, hiking from red rock to white powder. Discover this stunning gorge – 1.5 kilometres deep and formed by over six million years of erosion from the Colorado River – by strolling around the edges, or hiking along the South Kaibab trail or to Plateau Point. Or perhaps join rangers to learn about the park’s geological story, watch an IMAX film to discover the canyon from a different perspective, or simply relax with a book and a backdrop like no other. Whatever you choose, you’ll find that the canyon depths are nothing short of mind-blowing.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Grand Canyon - IMAX movie - USD15
  • Grand Canyon - Hiking - Free
  • Grand Canyon - Helicopter flight (45 mins) - USD295
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Cruise the scenery of classic Western cinema into the Navajo Nation, home to Monument Valley and one of the largest North American Indian tribes (approximately 4 hours). The reservation here is the largest in the US and home to more than 200,000 Indians of the Navajo Tribe. The towering sandstone formations scattered across the landscape give the area its name, and the angle of the sun means that the landscape is constantly changing colour and it's near impossible to take a bad photo. When you arrive, let a Navajo guide share their culture and knowledge on an optional Jeep ride through the beautiful landscape, taking in flaming red cliffs, visiting traditional Navajo homes, and hiking up sweeping sand dunes. You’ll visit places that are only accessible with a Navajo guide, and tonight you can choose to join the locals for an authentic Navajo dinner around a campfire, listening to their traditional songs and stories.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Monument Valley - Jeep tour & overnight experience - USD90
  • Monument Valley - Navajo-guided jeep tour (2.5 hrs) - USD55
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Step back in time today and understand human history in North American with one of the best and largest archaeological sites in the country. Travel from Monument Valley to Mesa Verde National Park (approximately 3.5 hours). Although the desert-scapes and cactus-spiked mesas might seem pretty uninhabitable, this part of the American Southwest has been settled for thousands of years. The park protects over 4,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans, who made the area their home for over 700 years from A.D. 550 to A.D. 1300. Explore a cliff dwelling on a short walk – where you can descend a ladder into a kiva, a round, subterranean ceremonial structure – or (for a small fee) join a ranger-led walk. The ranger will help you access the more difficult sites like ‘Cliff Palace’ or ‘Balcony House’, and help you learn more about this ancient site.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mesa Verde National Park
Optional Activities
  • Mesa Verde - Guided Tour of Ruins - USD13
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Continue the journey north to Santa Fe (approximately 6.5 hours). Welcome to a place that the locals call ‘the city different’, a place often seen as a haven for colourful characters. Santa Fe is a city whose artistic, musical and culinary offerings are greater than its size suggests. The capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the US, and a place where artists and culture-buffs flourish under the hot desert sun and year-round blue skies. Pop your head into the museums (like that dedicated Georgia O'Keeffe or those dotted around downtown), or contemplate eccentric (weird, wonderful and just downright bizarre!) folk-art at the numerous galleries. You might like to check out the pueblo architecture surrounding the town plaza or see the San Miguel Mission, the USA's oldest church.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head south and unearth a world hidden beneath the stark, barren desert after leaving Texas behind for New Mexico (approximately 5 hours). When you arrive, head deep underground for a world-class cave experience in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Marvel at the massive, ornate formations that burst from the cavern’s edges in the 8.2 acre ‘Big Room’ and beyond. One of the largest caverns in the world, Carlsbad Cavern is still only partially explored, with 119 caves recorded so far. There are yet more wonders outside the cave – take a seat outside the park at sunset and watch hundreds of thousands of bats spiralling out in a swarming column in search of food. Please note that as the bats migrate south in October for the winter, this is a seasonal sight and is best viewed in July and August. You’ll spend the night in a campground near the town of Carlsbad.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a long full day’s drive southwest across the Lone Star state of Texas to San Antonio (approximately 9 hours). This is the perfect chance to soak up the scenery, catch up on some reading, and ask your fellow travellers any questions you’ve been dying to know the answer to. In San Antonio discover a little piece of Mexico in the US and a city full of rich history. San Antonio is home to the famed Alamo, a shrine to Texan liberty. The 18th century Spanish-Mexican fort has been reconstructed and you can relive Davy Crockett’s last days here. The famous frontiersman was one of 187 people who died trying to defend the fort against a 1,000-strong Mexican army. San Antonio is also brimming with historical missions and fine art museums. Don’t miss the chance to meander through the shops and restaurants that line the city’s famous River Walk, sample the impressive cocktail scene, and seek out some of the city's amazing food trucks.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • San Antonio - Riverwalk - Free
  • San Antonio - The Alamo IMAX Theater - USD14
  • San Antonio - The Alamo Mission - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Join the truckers along Highway 10 for the drive towards Louisiana (approximately 7 hours). Today is flexible as we try to cover as much ground as we can to get us as close to New Orleans as possible. We will likely camp somewhere in East Texas, or near Sam Houston Jones State Park or the town of Lafayette in Louisiana.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head across the state of Louisiana to New Orleans - the 'Big Easy' (approximately 2.5 hours). After checking in to your hotel in the French Quarter, use your free time getting to know the ‘Big Easy’. An eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in the city's architecture, cuisine and music scene. Possibly take a walk down rowdy Bourbon Street or through the former plantation area of the Garden District. Perhaps join the rest of the group tonight for a typical Cajun-style dinner and toast to your adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is free to fit in as much of New Orleans as you can. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city and its many attractions combine to make it one of the most visited cities in the USA – a trend that was only momentarily halted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Tour the Honey Island Swamp (watch out for ‘gators), cruise the Mississippi on a riverboat or visit the fascinating little Voodoo Museum. In the evening, perhaps check out a jazz show and dance the night away in the bars along Frenchman Street.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • New Orleans - Presbytere - USD6
  • New Orleans - New Orleans School of Cooking - USD29
  • New Orleans - Ursuline Convent Tours - USD5
  • New Orleans - Bourbon Street - Free
  • New Orleans - French Market - Free
  • New Orleans - Preservation Hall Jazz - USD15
  • New Orleans - Voodoo Museum - USD7
  • New Orleans - Mississippi River Steamboat Jazz Dinner Cruise - USD63
  • New Orleans - Cemetery Tour - USD25
  • New Oleans - Cabildo - USD5
  • New Orleans - Swamp Tour - USD40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet any new travellers that join the group.
Head north today and get into the groove of Memphis, the 'home of the blues' (approximately 6.5 hours). Memphis is a paradise for music lovers – feel the blues at live music venues on Beale Street, made famous by legends such as W.C. Handy, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King; visit the cradle of rock n’ roll – Sun Studios – which boasts the first recordings of legendary performers like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis; or shimmy out to the pilgrimage site of Graceland, the place where Elvis left the building. The King’s former home and the site of his tomb, you can tour the mansion, including the famous Jungle Room, and also see Elvis' cars and private planes. For a different type of history you can visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Memphis - National Civil Rights Museum - USD16
  • Memphis - Graceland Museum - USD35
  • Memphis - Sun Studio tour - USD14
  • Memphis - Sun Studio - USD12
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
From the home of blues to the land of country, break out the cowboy hat and boots as you head east to Nashville, Tennessee (approximately 4 hours). Outside of its music credentials, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state's second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River, it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Once settled into the campgrounds, use your free time to explore. Country music is built into the foundation of the city, so maybe take a stroll through history at the Country Music Hall of Fame, which contains the golden Cadillac that once belonged to Elvis. Music fans should also make their way to the Grand Ole Opry concert hall and to Music Row, where more than 50 recording studios and around 200 music publishing houses are located. You could also take a walk around the pristine gardens of Centennial Park. In the evening, the Wildhorse Saloon is a great spot to experience authentic southern food and live music. Or maybe you could catch a show at the legendary Bluebird Cafe or ‘honky-tonk’ between the city’s great selection of bars.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Nashville - Wildhorse Saloon - USD10
  • Nashville - Ryman Auditorium Tour - USD14
  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame - USD26
  • Nashville - Grand Ole Opry Tour - USD40
  • Nashville - Tennessee State Museum - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Escape the city, cross into the state of Virginia and traverse the jagged Blue Ridge Mountains, a segment of the Appalachian Mountains (approximately 6 hours). Shenandoah National Park is one of the highest and most scenic portions of the Appalachian Mountains, one of the most beautiful and iconic parts of the American landscape, with an abundance of flora and fauna peppering the steep slopes. Dating back over 400 million years, the mountain range is home to wildlife, lush forest, scenic peaks, waterfalls and shallow rivers. You’ll camp here in the heart of the great outdoors for one night en route to Washington DC.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Taking the Skyline Drive along the crest of the mountains, travel through deep woods and past spectacular vistas. Stop to stretch your legs under the impressive oak trees and admire the gorgeous views on the way to Washington DC (approximately 8 hours). Don't worry about not having too much time to explore today, as you'll have a full free day here.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free to explore Washington DC, with the city being easily discovered on foot. To see as much as you can today, it may be an idea to get a map and make a plan. Choose from any of DC’s almost 100 world-class museums – the National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Newseum are just a few. There are also many other small fascinating museums hidden around the city. The city is overflowing with iconic monuments and buildings, so don’t miss the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, MLK Monument, FDR and Jefferson Memorials. You’ll most likely do a lot of walking today, so maybe reward yourself with a relaxing evening.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Washington DC - City tour
Optional Activities
  • Washington DC - Bike and Roll Tour - USD45
  • Washington DC - National Museum of Natural History - Free
  • Washington DC - Newseum - USD22
  • Washington DC - National Museum of Crime and Punishment - Free
  • Washington DC - National Archives - Free
  • Washington DC - National Museum of American History - Free
  • Washington DC - National Gallery of Art - Free
  • Washington DC - National Air & Space Museum - Free
  • Washington DC - Arlington National Cemetery - Free
  • Washington DC - International Spy Museum - USD21
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave Washington DC behind this morning, drive along the Delaware River and pass through the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ en route to New York (Newark) (approximately 5 hours). Philadelphia is the birthplace of America and the perfect place to brush up on your history. It was here that Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and where the United States Constitution was signed 11 years later. You'll have time to see a couple of the highlights of the city’s clustered cultural centre before continuing onto New York (Newark).

The trip finishes on arrival into Newark and no accommodation is provided tonight. The arrival time depends on each group, but if you decide to fly out on this day, please don't book a flight before 9pm. This will give you enough time to catch a shuttle from the hotel to the airport and be there two hours before departure.

If you are staying on, perhaps catch the train over to Manhattan to see the lights of Times Square, or head out for a slice of New York style pizza. As there's a great deal to do in New York City, staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city is recommended. See our list of optional activities below for suggestions of things to do if you are staying on. If you need help booking extra accommodation (subject to availability), our reservations team will be happy to assist you. You could also consider doing one of our one-day Urban Adventure sightseeing tours of New York. For more information, visit urbanadventures.com
Included Activities
  • Philadelphia - City highlights stop
Optional Activities
  • New York - Metropolitan Museum of Art - USD25
  • New York - American Museum of Natural History - USD22
  • New York - Guggenheim Museum - USD22
  • New York - Museum of Modern Art - USD25
  • New York - Empire State Building - USD27
  • New York - Urban Adventure - USD65
  • New York - Brooklyn Bridge - Free
  • New York - Central Park - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (16 nights), Hotel (5 nights)

Included Activities

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Washington DC - City tour
  • Philadelphia - City highlights stop

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