USA Tour 21 Day Northern BLT
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From $3,729, 21 days, USA Trip code: USNN

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Hike the trails of Yellowstone & Yosemite
  • Visit the Finger Lakes & Niagara Falls
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge; visit Alcatraz
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana
  • City tour of San Francisco & walk over Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway with beach time in Santa Barbara
  • Visit Venice Beach & Santa Monica Pier in LA
  • Chill out on the banks of Lake Tahoe
  • Sightseeing in the 'Windy City' Chicago
  • Visit to Cody Rodeo (June to August departures only)
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Yosemite
  • Explore the infmaous offshore prison of Alcatraz

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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.


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10 May 201621 days$3,729AvailableBook now
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What will I be doing?

  • New York to Chicago (Days 1-5)

  • Minnesota to Mount Rushmore (Days 6-8)

  • Cody to Grand Teton National Park (Days 9-13)

  • Idaho to Yosemite National Park (Days 14-17)

  • San Francisco to Los Angeles (Days 18-21)

New York to Chicago: Days 1-5

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Destination info

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.

  • Location: New York Area, Cayuga Lake, Niagara Falls, Lake Erie, Ohio,Chicago

1 - New York Area & Cayuga Lake

You're in the Big Apple so why not stay a couple of nights before the tour departs and explore this iconic city? Head to the top of the Empire State Building or take a stroll through the beautiful Central Park, there is something for everyone here. As you tour departs, it's time to leave city life behind you and blast off towards the Fingers Lake, an area of natural beauty. Visit Cayuga Lake famous for being the longest of the Finger Lakes, and visit the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, a bunch of outstanding wineries. Nothing can beat tasting some of the region's best wines in one heck of a setting! Accommodation: Motel night included

 

2-3 - Niagara Falls, Lake Erie & Ohio

Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it'll be to witness this natural wonder with your own two eyes. Get as close as you dare to the booming cascades of Niagara Falls on an optional `Maid of the Mist' cruise, just be prepared to get a little wet. As you make your way past the shores of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, why not visit Cedar Point Amusement Park to ride one of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coasters in the world? Accommodation: 1 night cabin & 1 night trailer-park experience included

 

4-5 - Chicago

Step back in time with a visit to the Amish town of Shipshewana to see how these folks live a simple life, before arriving in Chicago. The 'Windy City' is home to some of the greatest blues music in America. Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the Windy City. Trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile before taking to pedal power on the optional famous 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour. For awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan and take in the laid back city vibes and then go and grab yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza, you deserve it! Accommodation: Hostel nights included

Minnesota to Mount Rushmore: Days 6-8

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Destination info

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.

  • Location: Minnesota, Badlands, Mount Rushmore

6 - Minnesota

Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier, passing though Wisconsin, the American home of cheese! Your leader will introduce you to the taste of Wisconsin and you'll also visit the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in the 'City of Blue Earth' before settling in for the night. Accommodation: Cabin included

 

7 - Badlands

All signs lead to Wall Drug - the renowned drug store in the little frontier town of Wall. It's so big you need a map to get around and it's also your last stop before heading into the Badlands. Touching down here feels more like a moon landing due to the bizarre lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges. The rugged beauty draws people in from all over the world and you may even see bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs. Accommodation: Cabin included

 

8 - Mount Rushmore

It's not every day you get to see the faces of America's presidents peering out from the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it's pretty darn huge with 60 foot high faces, 500 feet up. Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up, the Crazy Horse monument. A memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, this impressive sight is not to be missed. Accommodation: Cabin included

Cody to Grand Teton National Park: Days 9-13

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Destination info

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.

  • Location: Cody, Yellowstone NP, Jackson, Grand Teton NP

9 - Cody

Wild Wyoming is up next and you'll head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Embrace the cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson which is why you'll enjoy an included trip to the Cody Rodeo (01 June to 31 August only). Accommodation: Cabin included

 

10-11 - Yellowstone National Park

One of the highlights on any trip through Northern USA is definitely exploring the unique landscape of the world's first national park, Yellowstone! This truly is wilderness at its very best, with spouting geysers (including famous Old Faithful), waterfalls and simmering mud pools. Wildlife roams freely around the park, so make sure you keep an eye out for that once in a lifetime wildlife spotting. Black Bear, elk, bison, moose and even the elusive wolf can all be seen on a visit to Yellowstone National Park. Forget about traffic jams here, it's all about bison jams! Don't go anywhere without your trusty camera, this park is full of surprises. Accommodation: Cabin included

 

12-13 - Jackson & Grand Teton National Park

Feel the old frontier spirit alive and kicking in the truly western town of Jackson, the perfect base for exploring the Grand Teton National Park with its spiky peaks and plentiful wildlife. 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: Motel nights included

Idaho to Yosemite National Park: Days 14-17

Next Leg

Destination info

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.

  • Location: Idaho/Nevada, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite NP

14-15 - Idaho/Nevada & Lake Tahoe

Pass more widescreen scenery as you edge your way westward across the Northern Great Basin. California is calling, and Lake Tahoe provides the perfect setting for some watery thrills. For something a bit more chilled, set sail on an optional sunset sailboat cruise or hire a pedal boat. However you decide to spend your time, make the most of that lovely crystal clear water! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash casinos or hit a bar with your fellow trekkers? This road trip just keeps getting better and better! Accommodation: Motel nights included

 

16-17 - Yosemite National Park

Following the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region with the chance to explore this extraordinary landscape. Both easy and challenging hikes bring you face to face with stunning glacier-carved granite monoliths, deep valleys, Giant Sequoia trees and spectacular waterfalls. Once deep inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including Black Bear and coyotes. For a different way to see the park, why not enjoy a float down the Merced River in a rubber ring (seasonal)? Accommodation: Hostel nights included

San Francisco to Los Angeles: Days 18-21

Destination info

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.

  • Location: San Francisco, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles

18-19 - San Francisco

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Haight-Ashbury, home of hippy vibes, quirky shops and cafe culture. The Golden Gate Bridge is awaiting your arrival so enjoy a walk across this famous big red masterpiece! Wine and dine at the waterfront which offers super-fresh seafood dishes and don't forget to pay the resident sea lions of Pier 39 a visit. We've included a trip to the incredible offshore prison of Alcatraz, where you can go on a fab audio tour and learn all about the infamous inmates and the failed escape attempts, a 'must do'. You'll most definitely leave your heart in San Francisco, it's awesome! Accommodation: Hostel nights included

 

20 - Big Sur & California Coast

A drive along the California Coast is what road trip dreams are made of. You won't want to take your eyes off the road as more incredible views await around every twist and turn. Head further down the Pacific Coast Highway for stunning views of Big Sur's iconic McWay Falls, a stunning 80 foot waterfall that cascades directly onto its own private beach. This is by far one of the best stretches of road on the West Coast, so enjoy every minute! Accommodation: Hotel night included

 

21 - Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

Cruise on down to Santa Barbara where you can enjoy some chill out time on the beach, before rolling up to LA for the grand finale; touring Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. Finally you'll make your way back to the hotel where this trip of a lifetime sadly has to come to an end! Boy, what a trip! 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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What's included?

  • Visit to Alcatraz
  • City tour of San Francisco & walk over Golden Gate Bridge
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments
  • Services of a tour leader
  • Transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 7 cabin, 6 hostel, 1 hotel, 5 motel & 1 trailer park nights

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Food
  • Optional activities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old.

 

Accommodation

We use a combination of hostels, hotels and cabins on the Northern BLT. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are arranged on a single sex multi-share dorm basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. A sleeping bag is required on this trip.

 

Group Size
14

Transportation
Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Trek America.

 

What is a Real Gap Experience Tour? 

Our Real Gap Experience Tours are guided tours that are run through our (other) favourite travel companies. Typically, most of your travel will be on a bus/coach and you will stop off at a number of different destinations in your chosen country. We won’t be able to offer you a buddy list for these trips as people will book through different companies.

 

Advice & Safety

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.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

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.

 

FAQ

1. How many people will there be on the tour?

Between 6 and 13 people with one tour leader.

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2. What is the average age of the tour participants?

The age range is 18-38 and early to mid twenties are the most common ages.

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3. How fit do I need to be?

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.

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4. Will I be the only person travelling on my own?

No, the majority of our travellers are solo travellers and you will meet lots of people on your tour!

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5. Do I need to tip?

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.

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