Begin on highways that pass ancient woodlands, cross salt plains, snake through red rock landscapes of towering arches, and climb to snow-capped peaks. Dive into the pristine wilderness that surrounds the American Rockies and Yellowstone. Cut across cowboy country, learning the stories of Native Americans and camping in the shadow of giant monoliths. Between Chicago and New York, find the watery wonders of Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes. Get a healthy dose of museum time in D.C, stretch your legs on the famous trail in the Appalachian Mountains, then fill your ears with the musical culture of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. From there it’s on to Florida, where sun, surf, beaches and theme parks abound. Stop in Panama City, Orlando and Key West, and celebrate the adventure’s end in lively Miami. You'll soon see why some call it the greatest country on Earth.

Highlights

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and pine trees, Lake Tahoe is idyllic. Shake off the driving dust with a late afternoon dip in the alpine blue waters or relax on a sunset cruise.

Drive along the majestic Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the States, and stare in awe at the sweeping views of Rocky Mountain National Park in all directions. Hike though outstanding landscapes and see elk, pikas, marmots, ptarmigans and bighorn sheep.

Spend an evening on the banks of the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn style, and rent a canoe to paddle along the famous river

Spend two nights in Yellowstone and keep your eyes open for bison, bears and even rare grey wolves

Worship at the sublime altar to Mother Nature that is Niagara Falls, taking an optional wet and wild boat cruise

Enjoy a full day to explore Washington DC. There's lots to see and do in the US capital, and most of it is free. Visit the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Mall, and feel small next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln

The tropical island of Key West may be known for its idyllic snorkelling and diving spots, but its also home to the delicious key lime pie. You'll have enough free time to search out the best pie in town, even if every shop in the Keys claims to sell the original recipe