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Delve into the treasures of the less explored northern USA and travel cross-country from coast to coast. Experience Niagara Falls, Chicago, Yellowstone and Yosemite followed by San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge and the California coast.
|Dates of Departures||Duration||Price (Land Only)||Trip Status|
|12 May 2015||21 days||$3,599||Available||Book now|
|9 June 2015||21 days||$3,599||Available||Book now|
|23 June 2015||21 days||$3,599||Available||Book now|
|14 July 2015||21 days||$3,789||Available||Book now|
|25 August 2015||21 days||$3,789||Available||Book now|
|10 May 2016||21 days||$3,769||Available||Book now|
|7 June 2016||21 days||$3,769||Available||Book now|
|21 June 2016||21 days||$3,769||Available||Book now|
|12 July 2016||21 days||$3,979||Available||Book now|
|23 August 2016||21 days||$3,979||Available||Book now|
There isn’t a person out there that hasn’t dreamed of taking off on the ultimate north American road trip with a bunch of mates! Cruising down the open road, tunes cranked, wind in your hair, not a care in the world; getting off the beaten track with a whole continent to discover.
The United States is a country of incredible diversity. The nation is home to dynamic cities and small towns that vary dramatically from region to region, and the awe-inspiring National Parks are unparalleled for their beauty and diversity. Eastern energy, slow-paced deep southern charm and a laid back west coast lifestyle, combine to create an incredible culture of virtually everything.
1 - New York Area & Niagara Falls
From the New York area to the edge of Lake Ontario, the sensation of crashing water is stupendous, the noise immense, at one of America's (and Canada's!) greatest national attractions, Niagara Falls. Wait 'til you're down on the water aboard 'Maid of the Mist' cruise, where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes. That's what you call a front row seat! Accommodation: Budget lodging included
2 - Ohio
Ask a "Buckeye" to tell you all about their state nut or how cool they think Cedar Point Amusement Park's rollercoasters are! Ride the GateKeeper - the tallest, fastest and longest wing roller coaster in the world! Accommodation: Budget lodging included
3-4 - Chicago
The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt modern technology, so step back in time with a visit to the Amish town of Shipshewana to see how these folks live. Next, pass by Gary Indiana to see the house where Michael Jackson grew up before arriving in Chicago - the "Windy City", and home to some of the greatest blues music in America. With so many activities you'll find it hard to choose what to do! Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the city, trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, grab a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza or use peddle power on the famous "Bobby's Bike Hike" tour. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
5-6 - South Dakota & Badlands National Park
Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier. Wisconsin is known as the home of cheese so it would be rude not to stop by to sample some! For more randomness, why not pose by the Jolly Green Giant Statue in a town called Blue Earth? Then never mind the "bad lands", touching down in Badlands National Park feels like landing on the moon. Low-slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw-tooth ridges have a bizarre lunar quality so make sure your camera is charged. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle back for some shut-eye under canvas. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
7 - Mount Rushmore
Yep, we're talking Mount Rushmore and the uniquely sculptured faces of the four greatest Presidents carved into the rock face; see if you can guess their names! Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up: the Crazy Horse monument, a nod to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, very impressive! Accommodation: Budget lodging included
8 - Cody
Next, it's Wild Wyoming, in the heart of cowboy country. Depending on the season, you can check out a traditional Cody Rodeo; nothing says America quite like rodeo! Then shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Accommodation: Budget lodging included
9-10 - Yellowstone National Park
Pitch up in the world's first National Park, Yellowstone. A superb wilderness of spouting geysers, waterfalls and simmering mud pools where you can try to spot wildlife including the elusive Black Bear. Large herds of bison and elk roam the park and bubbling sulphur pools pave the way. Yellowstone is an incredible place to visit in every season, offering something different to travellers, so prepare to be blown away! Accommodation: Budget lodging included
11-12 - Jackson & Grand Teton National Park
Feel the old frontier spirit alive and kicking in the truly western town of Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is the perfect base for exploring the Grand Teton National Park with its spiky peaks and plentiful wildlife, but also has an excellent nightlife to keep you entertained. Why not raft the Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers on an optional white-water rafting trip, and then herd your posse into the nearest watering hole. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a fine tip, with saddles for stools and trophy cow horns above the counter. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
13-14 - Idaho/Nevada & Lake Tahoe
Pass a load more widescreen scenery as you edge westward across the Northern Great Basin. California is calling, and Lake Tahoe provides the perfect setting for some watery thrills. Go parasailing or take an energising jet-ski across the lake. For something a bit more chilled, set sail on an optional sunset cruise or hire a pedal boat. Whatever you do, make the most of that lovely water! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash casinos or hit a bar with your fellow trekkers? Accommodation: Budget lodging included
15-16 - Yosemite National Park
Heading through Central California we take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region with the chance to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Hike to Yosemite Falls, one of North America's highest, and capture El Capitan's great granite profile on camera. Keep your eyes peeled for Golden Eagles, marmots, coyote and Black Bears. Why not rent an inflatable tube, and go tubing down the Merced River for action packed fun times? Accommodation: Budget lodging included
17-18 - San Francisco
Stop by the Iron Door Saloon, the oldest pub in California en route to San Francisco, "Everybody's Favourite City". Tour Haight Ashbury and walk across the Golden Gate Bridge for a true taste of this awesome city. There's plenty of free time for shopping in China Town & Union Square and for sightseeing. Maybe take a cruise on the bay for an unforgettable sunset, and then go bar hopping the 'Speak-easy' pubs that originated as underground drinking establishments during prohibition. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
19 - Monterey
Head down the Pacific Coast Highway past cliffs, beaches and curling waves, all the way to Monterey. Why not stroll along the stunning coastal trails where you can see whales between April and October, as well as cheeky sea lions. Monterey is also well-known for its shopping and nightlife so you'll have plenty to fill your time. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
20 - Big Sur State Park & San Luis Obispo
Today we drive to Big Sur State Park, stopping for the iconic waterfall photo before making our way to San Luis Obispo, right on the Californian Coast. Choose from hiking, biking, beaches, farmer's markets, wine tasting, shopping or just relaxing. In fact, there's so much happening in San Luis Obispo, you'll understand why the area has been called 'the happiest town in America'. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
21 - Santa Barbara & Los Angeles
Santa Barbara's famous beach beckons and the pier is where it's at so make sure you explore before rolling into LA for the grand finale; a tour of Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Both of these places are amongst Los Angeles' most iconic and great places to people-watch with a cocktail or simply sunbathe and breathe the fresh Californian sea breeze. Then it's onto the hotel where the tour ends... aaand that's a wrap!! This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
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Minimum age 18 years old.
All accommodation - 7 hostel, 7 cabin, 3 motel, 2 hotel & 1 trailer park nights
Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
This tour is operated by Trek America.
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.
In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.
Between 6 and 13 people with one tour leader.
The age range is 18-38 and early to mid twenties are the most common ages.
There will be a fair bit of walking and hiking on the tour as well as the opportunity to do lots of activities. So you should be relatively fit but dont forget that activities are optional so you can do the trip at your own pace.
No, the majority of our travellers are solo travellers and you will meet lots of people on your tour!
Don't worry, your fantastic tour leader will show you how to put your tent up and use your camping equipment.
For TrekAmerica camping tours you will need to budget for the food kitty. This is usually US$10 a day however see individual tour pages for specific details. This will cover all of your meals while camping but does not cover meals during hotel stops or when the group chooses to sample regional cuisine.
Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff, any type of guide and taxi drivers. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 15% is standard in restaurants. Your trek leader works long and hard for you. He or she may well become your close friend during the trek, but they also need to pay their bills. If the leader's performance meets or exceeds your expectations we recommend a tip of US $5 per person, per day.
This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this.
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