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Experience the thrills of the east, the sprawling landscapes of the west, the small town charms of the north and the famous hospitality of the south - this epic 6 week loop of the States packs a serious punch.
|Dates of Departures||Duration||Price (Land Only)||Trip Status|
|12 May 2015||43 days||$6,879||Available||Book now|
|9 June 2015||43 days||$6,879||Available||Book now|
|23 June 2015||43 days||$7,039||Available||Book now|
|14 July 2015||43 days||$7,209||Available||Book now|
|25 August 2015||43 days||$7,049||Available||Book now|
|10 May 2016||43 days||$7,219||Available||Book now|
|7 June 2016||43 days||$7,219||Available||Book now|
|21 June 2016||43 days||$7,389||Available||Book now|
|12 July 2016||43 days||$7,559||Available||Book now|
|23 August 2016||43 days||$7,409||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
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
21-22 - 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 a free day. Why not hang out at Venice Beach tomorrow - a great places to people-watch with a cocktail or simply sunbathe and breathe the fresh Californian sea breeze. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
23-24 - San Diego
Take a quick tour of 'Tinseltown' before heading south to San Diego for some seriously laid back vibes and powder white sand beaches. There's loads to keep you busy in SD, why not pay Shamu a visit at SeaWorld or visit the 'best zoo in the world', San Diego Zoo. Not your thing? Stick by the coast and show off your skills by renting some rollerblades or a surfboard, or simply don your shades and soak up some rays. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
25-26 - Las Vegas
Las Vegas - the greatest show on earth! Cruise "The Strip" in a super-stretch limo, indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show, ride a roller coaster and party the night away in a super-club. If you're looking to flash the cash even more, why not take a helicopter ride along The Strip or change those dollars for casino chips and gamble 'til the wee hours. As the saying goes; 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas', so enjoy every last second. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
27-28 - Route 66 & Grand Canyon National Park
En route to the Grand Canyon we'll drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman; a town frozen in time and full of old Americana, so grab a root beer and have a look around! Next up, the Grand Canyon should be on everyone's bucket list and once you've cast your eyes upon the deep canyon landscape you'll understand why. Pack your boots, camera and water and venture into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or choose the "bird's eye" view on a scenic helicopter flight. Watching the sun rise or set over the canyon with the colours changing from amber, maroon and red is simply breath-taking. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
29 - Monument Valley
Iconic Monument Valley, used in countless Hollywood Western movies is the most photographed place in America with good reason - but don't be fooled into thinking it's a tourist trap. You can venture well off the beaten track aboard a jeep and let your Navajo guide show off the huge hunks of red rock and share the fables of the sacred lands. Tonight, experience a stunning sunset overlooking the tribal valley and the chance to try the legendary Navajo Taco (if you can finish it that is). Accommodation: Budget lodging included
30 - Santa Fe
With 325 days of sunshine per year and bright blue skies, plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. Visit Canyon Road; an area of Santa Fe popular for art galleries, cultural treasures (hand-woven Navajo rugs and Southwestern wood carvings), historic adobe buildings, vibrant restaurants and colourful buildings. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
31-32 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Texas
Roswell's International UFO Museum makes for an entertaining stop which lays on the Southwestern charm by the bucket load. Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the World. Gnarled limestone stalagmites like the Witch's Finger reach upwards, while stalactites in the Bell Cord Room hang from the cavern ceilings. Next, prepare for a big welcome as you enter the Lone Star State, otherwise known as the great state of Texas, the birthplace of Buddy Holly and the world's largest cotton growing region. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
33-34 - Austin, Texas & Louisiana
Austin has exploded as the "Live music capital of the world" and home of great BBQ Tex Mex food. The city is packed with "Texas sized" excitement and is sure to impress with a nightlife which rivals some of the biggest cities in the world. We then say goodbye to Texas and head into bayou country, Louisiana. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
35-36 - New Orleans
Welcome to the country's Deep South, where life moves at a much slower pace. Why not spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River, relax to the sounds of a Jazz or Dixieland band in the French Quarter and join the party on Bourbon Street. New Orleans has more than just incredible tasting food, drink and music to offer. You can take a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana, and see all sorts of wildlife on the mysterious bayous of Cajun country. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
37-38 - Memphis
Memphis, the Birthplace of the Blues and jazz is next on the list - and what a destination! Strolling along Beale Street must be on your checklist, you'll see influences of Blues and Jazz music everywhere. A visit to the Civil Rights Museum gives you an insight into the history of slavery and the struggles to overcome it. But the top billing has to go to Graceland, former home of 'The King', Elvis Presley. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
39-40 - Nashville & Virginia
Next is Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. Hit 'The District' - the nightlife hub of Nashville, laze in the city's parks, trawl the malls or learn to line dance. Cowboy boots and sequinned denim anyone? Next, touch down in Virginia, home of the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountain Range. Accommodation: Budget lodging included
41-42 - Washington DC
Travel to the Nation's Capital, Washington DC, the centre for cultural and political history. Want to know a secret? Go undercover at the International Spy Museum. Make tracks to the zoo, and then see where big-hitting political animals shape the nation on an included monument tour under an evening neon glow. Why not get up early to beat the crowds to the Lincoln Memorial? It makes for some great photos too! Accommodation: Budget lodging included
43 - Philadelphia & New York Area
Leaving the capital behind, drive towards Philadelphia in Pennsylvania where you visit the Liberty Bell, the steps from the Rocky movies, and can have a Philly cheese steak lunch - delicious! Then we head over to New York Area for the end of our epic cross country adventure. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. 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 - 12 hotel, 14 hostel, 8 cabin, 6 motel, 1 guesthouse & 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.
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.
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.