United States of America, Coast to Coast
September 2019 | NYC to Los Angeles
A once-in-a-lifetime journey from Wall Street to Hollywood through Main Street, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas
From the impressive skyscrapers and bridges of New York City to the occult history of Washington DC, from the Romanticism of America's South to the rugged beauty of its Southwest, from the otherworldly rocky landscapes of Grand Canyon to the giant millennia-old sequoias of Yosemite National Park, this is America – a country quite unlike any other, ready to welcome you with its wide open spaces and a dizzying kaleidoscope of color, culture, and history.
From the moon-like gypsum dunes of New Mexico's White Sands to American Indian culture on Arizona's Hopi Reservation, from the paradise of excess that is Las Vegas to the majesty of California's Mount Shasta, and from storied San Francisco to glitzy Los Angeles, we will cross the USA by car and by plane, starting with New York harbor on the Atlantic Ocean, and finishing in San Diego's La Jolla – rightly known as The Gem – looking out on the Pacific.
Come with us on an ambitious, unforgettable, endlessly educational, headspinningly gorgeous 3-week journey across the United States. Reserve your space now!
NYC to Los Angeles
Day 0: Arrive in NYC
Day 1-3: NYC
Day 1 Freedom Tower, the Financial District, Broadway, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge
Day 2 Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Greenwich Village, Times Square
Day 3 Columbia University, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Nicholas Roerich Museum, Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum
Day 4 Early morning: NYC–Philadelphia – 1:45, 160km.
Walk Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia to DC – 2:25, 225km.
Arrive in DC in the evening; walk the mall. DC
Days 5-6: DC
Day 5 Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, Washington National Cathedral Museums: choose your own among: Smithsonian, National Gallery, Air Space Museum, etc. DC
Day 6 Early morning: DC to Monticello, VA – 3 hours, 118 mi; visit Monticello, storied estate of Founding Father and US President Thomas Jefferson.
Monticello to Richmond, VA – 1:20, 120km. Richmond
Day 7 Walk Richmond, capital of Virginia; lecture on the Civil War; Richmond to Asheville, NC – 5:45, 600km. Asheville
Day 8 Walk Asheville, visit the unique Biltmore Estate.
Asheville to Atlanta – 4 hours, 300km; a beautiful route through a forest. Have peach cobbler as a group.
Flight from Atlanta to Tucson, AZ Tucson. Tucson
Day 9 Walk Tucson.
Tucson, AZ to White Sands, NM – 4:40, 500km.
Spend time among the dunes. Camp at White Sands
Day 10 White Sands to Albuquerque, NM – 3:40, 395km. Explore Albuquerque, including the Sandia Peak Tramway (elevation 3170 m). Albuquerque
Day 11 Albuquerque to Hopi Indian Reservation – 4 hours, 410km Meet with Hopi Indians; lecture Hopi Reservation.
Camp for the night on the Hopi Indian Reservation
Day 12 Hopi Reservation to Sedona, AZ – 2:30, 205km.
Walk Sedona Sedona, AZ to Arcosanti, AZ – 1 hr, 85km.
Walk Arcosanti, a unique intentional community. Arcosanti
Days 13-15: Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, Mt. Zion.
Arcosanti to Grand Canyon National Park – 2:30, 260km. Grand Canyon National Park
Day 14 Visiting other canyons in the Grand Canyon National Park
Day 15 Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas – 2:35, 260km Walk Las Vegas Optional helicopter/plane flight over canyons, Cirque du Soleil show in the evening. Las Vegas
Day 16 Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe, CA – 7:30 hours, 710km.
A scenic drive: desert and forest. Lake Tahoe
Day 17 Lake Tahoe to Mount Shasta – 4:30, 405km.
Day 18 Mount Shasta to San Francisco – 4:15, 445km.
Day 19 walk San Francisco. Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Haight-Ashbury, et al. San Francisco
Day 20 SF to LA – 5:50 hours, 620km evening promenade / a drive through the city center: Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Blvd LA
Day 21 Griffith Observatory, Getty Museum a taco lunch LA to San Diego – 1:50, 185km La Jolla: The Salk Institute at sunset back to LA. LA
Day 22 Transfer from hotel to LAX. Fly home.
Qi-Yo Qi Gong, warm up and form
Full: USD9990 / HKD78400 / EUR8875
Early-bird discount: USD9490 / HKD74460 / EUR8450
The name of a city in bold at the end of a day means that we are spending the night there
Museums and tours/lectures (those listed in the program)
Lunch and dinner
Museums, sites, and attractions not listed in the program