USA Tour 63 Day Trailblazer
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From $7,939, 63 days, USA Trip code: USTB

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

  • Cross 28 US states & 2 Canadian provinces
  • Explore Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Evening illumination visit to Washington DC Monuments
  • New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • San Antonio's Riverwalk
  • Alien spotting in Roswell
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Louisianna swamp tour
  • Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indianna
  • White Sand beaches of Florida
  • Sightseeing in Charleston, St. Augustine, Miami, Florida Keys, Santa Fe, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver and Chicago
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias
  • National parks and monuments - Carlsbad Caverns, Mesa Verde, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Banff/Lake Louise, Redwood and Yosemite

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So how about more than two months dedicated to all things Stateside? We've combined our Coast to Coast North and South Treks to create one vast circuit that takes in the best of the US. Seriously, if you want full throttle adventure, this is the big one!


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What will I be doing?

  • New York to Orlando (11 days)

  • Orlando to Monument Valley (14 days)

  • Grand Canyon to San Francisco (14 days)

  • San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park (15 days)

  • Cody to New York Area (9 days)

New York to Orlando: 11 days

Next Leg

Destination info

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.

  • Location:

Day 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC

Leave the New York area and travel south to Philadelphia to get a taste of what East Coast living is all about! If you're fan of the movie `Rocky' head to the famous steps and have your own movie moment! Whilst you're here make sure you see the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Feeling a little peckish? Make a beeline for the Reading Terminal Market and tuck into a famous Philly cheese steak lunch, yum! Then it's onto another awesome city, Washington DC, for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the USA. A bike tour led by a local is included show you the monuments and real flavours of this beautiful city. Take time to explore the very best of America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks or explore the Smithsonian National Museum, the world's largest museum complex.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 3: Carolinas

Watch as mountain views morph into swamps, plantations and palms in this colourful area of the USA. Beautiful scenery will constantly fly by your window as you make your way to your campsite for the night. When you arrive there's only one thing left to do, devour s'mores around a roaring campfire. That's melted chocolate and marshmallows heated over a fire and sandwiched between two crackers. They're pretty darn delicious!

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 4: Charleston

The oldest city in South Carolina, this places just oozes character and what better way to experience it than with a stroll along the coast. Take photos of the Morris Island Lighthouse that stands several hundred feet offshore or jump aboard an optional Charleston water taxi, where you can spot some interesting wildlife. Experience the ultimate taste of the South with a Charleston nasty biscuit; a chicken biscuit (which is actually more like a scone) covered in gravy. Sounds gross, right? But, it's delicious and a favourite with the locals. 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 5: St Augustine

St Augustine is more commonly known as the `Nation's Oldest City' and has a strong European influence. Wander down the narrow lanes, visit the many museums and explore some of the cities iconic landmarks such as the Plaza de la Constitucion and the `Fountain of Youth'. Make the most of the Florida sunshine and head to one of the many lovely beaches and enjoy some watery fun! 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 6-7: Miami

The wonderful city of Miami beckons with miles of golden sand beaches and palm trees; it's easy to see why people flock here every year. Seek out SoBe (aka South Beach) and stroll along the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people on sugary sand and in ultra-cool nightspots. With two nights here you have more than enough time to explore everything that Miami has to offer.

Accommodation: Hostel nights included

 

Day 8-9: Key West

Famous for its water sports and beaches it's time to explore the crystal clear waters of Key West with some awesome snorkelling opportunities. Walking is the best way to see all the sights, head to Duval Street where you can experience the electric atmosphere of all the great bars, shops and cafes! But, if you simply want to kick back and relax, then you can do just that! End your day at the famous Mallory Square and let the celebrations commence as you watch the glowing pink and red sun set on what has been one awesome day.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 10-11: Orlando

Embrace your inner child as you explore Orlando's theme and water parks. The thrills and excitement come in thick and fast as you hit up Disney's Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Wet `n' Wild or Universal's Harry Potter World. Orlando is one big playground and after a full day satisfying your thirst for fun, you'll sleep like a baby.

Accommodation: Camping included

Orlando to Monument Valley: 14 days

Next Leg

Destination info

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.

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Day 12: Panama City Beach

After all the excitement in Orlando it's time to chill out and what better place to do so than on 27 miles of pristine white sandy beaches along the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a lazy beach day lying in a hammock or try your hand at windsurfing or jet skiing out on the water. Make sure you pack your dancing shoes as well as your flip-flops as you hit the hottest haunts on the Gulf Coast. So kick back and relax in this stunning, chilled out city, life just got awesome!

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 13-14: New Orleans

The fascinating city of New Orleans is now yours to explore! Chug along the Mississippi River and embrace the laid-back way of life. The Deep South charm is yours for the taking so grab a po-boy, a bowl of gumbo or some home cooked jambalaya and pull up a chair in the French Quarter to watch the world go by. If the food of the Deep South gets your mouth watering why not join a cookery course at the New Orleans School of Cookery and make life back home a little tastier with your new found skills? By night, explore the bars in Frenchman Street for live music and dancing without the crowds.

Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 15: Louisiana & Texas

As you enter Bayou country, you'll be greeted with a big ole' dose of Southern hospitality. Listen out for the distinctive sounds of zydeco music and look out for gators and critters on our optional swamp tour. Then don your Stetson and toast marshmallows under a blanket of stars in the `Lone Star' sky.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 16-17: Austin, Texas

The music keeps on flowing as you arrive in Austin, another place which vies for the title of capital of America's music scene. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city, with a hippie soul. In your free time why not opt for a state capital tour, hit Barton Springs or visit one of the food trucks to tempt your taste buds on local cuisine.

Accommodation: Hostel nights included

 

Day 18: West Texas

The second biggest state has plenty of cacti, cowboys and Southern hospitality to offer, there really is nowhere else like it.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 19: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the World. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles and stalagmites that look like twisting totem poles reach upwards, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place. The insane amount of bats that roost in the cave are something to admire, so head back at sunset to see the 250,000 bat spectacle feasting on bugs, it's pretty incredible.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 20: Santa Fe & Roswell

Canyon Road is where it's at if art's your thing. This place is home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Santa Fe will definitely win you over with its laid back charm, and with tons of festivals and events throughout the year, you're bound to stumble upon something interesting. Next check out the International UFO Museum and Research Centre (and gift shop) in Roswell. They say Aliens crashed to Earth and they have proof, you'll just have to see for yourself! 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 21-22: Colorado Rockies

Adventure is well and truly alive in the Colorado Rockies, so get out there and get amongst it. Walking and biking in the craggy scenery will blow your mind as you walk some of the world's most loved hiking trails. With two nights you'll really appreciate why people travel from all corners of the globe to the Colorado Rockies, the scenery is simply magnificent!

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 23-24: Moab/Arches National Park

Utah's undisputed adventure capital is next up on the cards, and it guarantees non-stop fun. You'll have plenty of time to explore this incredible place and discover some of the 2,000 gravity defying sandstone arches. Take a sunset stroll and watch as the sun sets over Delicate Arch, the most photographed of the arches. For the action lovers, hire a mountain bike for some adrenalin pumping cycling along Moab's slick rock path or tackle the terrain on a Hummer tour. But, for the ultimate adventure head down the Colorado River on an optional float trip and see this stunning place from a different perspective.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 25: Monument Valley

Pistols at dawn, the next stop is straight out of a Western. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscape of Monument Valley with a local on a highly recommended Navajo guided backroads tour to learn more about Navajo culture; an experience off the beaten track, which will reveal a richer side of the Monument Valley tribal lands. As the sun slowly sets on the towering buttes and mesas which dominate the landscape around you, it's time to reflect on one truly special day. Grab your marshmallows and swap camp fire stories under a blanket of stars. 

Accommodation: Camping included

Grand Canyon to San Francisco: 14 days

Next Leg

Destination info

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.

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Day 26-27: Grand Canyon National Park

The top-notch scenery keeps on coming and today is a real treat! No road trip around the states would be complete without a journey to the unbeatable Grand Canyon, one of the `Seven Wonders of the World'. Hike the rim trails for those incredible views looking down into the vast desert canyons. Why not hike down the snaking trails to reveal a very different side, and become one of the only 5% of visitors to venture inside, or opt for a flight over the Grand Canyon for a bird's eye view! Ready for the best bit? The most stunning sunrise nature can summon as the rocks change colour in celebration of a new day.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 28: Lake Powell & Antelope Canyon

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop. You have an included visit to the beautifully bizarre Antelope Canyon, where you can explore incredible curved canyon walls and watch on as stunning shafts of light come down through the rocks; this is one incredible place! After all that exploring wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is desert paradise with a long list of things to do. Go for a swim in the crystal clear water or simply sit by the shore and relax.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 29: Bryce Canyon

It's `hoodoos' galore in Bryce Canyon and we know what you're thinking, "What's a hoodoo when it's at home?" Hoodoos are weird and wonderful rock spires arranged in rows and you're about to spend a whole day gawking at them! `Mysterious', `breathtaking' and `out of this world' are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. For close up views you'll have plenty of time to take advantage of the park's incredible system of trails. Wherever you walk, you'll encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasy land of rock spires that'll leave you searching for your own way to describe this 'indescribable' place

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 30: Zion National Park

Kick back and relax beside the gentle flow of the Virgin River, cutting its way between sheer red rock cliffs. For the best views in the park hike to the famous Angels Landing which offers 360 degrees of the entire park, it's definitely worth the effort. If you prefer to take the low road explore The Narrows soaring walls, sandstone grottos and natural springs. It's truly a one-off experience with great views of Zion from the valley floor.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 31-32: Las Vegas

It's Vegas, baby and there's nowhere on Earth quite like it. Feel like a total legend as you cruise down the Strip on an included limo tour. The neon glitz which Vegas is so famous for will leave you feeling happy to be alive. Why not take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the hotels try to out-do each other with spectacular attractions? And if that's not enough, take an optional helicopter flight down the Strip or gamble the night away in one of the world-class casinos. If after all that you're still left wanting more, head on over to a chapel and get hitched (not legally binding) by the one and only Elvis. After you've said your vows enjoy a slap up meal at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Just remember, `what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'.

Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 33-34: Los Angeles

Today you head to the 'City of Angels', Los Angeles, and make a beeline for Hollywood Boulevard where you can stroll along the Walk of Fame and take that classic photo of the gigantic Hollywood sign. The following day is yours to do as you please. If it's thrills you're after, try the rides at Universal Studios or relax and hang with the cool kids at Venice Beach, awesome!

Accommodation: Hotel included 

 

Day 35: Santa Barbara & California Coast

With the Californian sun on your face uncover the sparkling Californian coastline heading north up to Santa Barbara - a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach. End your first day under a blanket of Californian stars, perfect!

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 36-37: Yosemite National Park

Heading east through California's gold country you follow the scenic drive and enter everyone's favourite national park, Yosemite. Here you can hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite peaks and spectacular waterfalls. Either way, this park rocks! Once inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for Black Bear and coyote that roam freely. When the sun goes down, their howling often echoes amidst pines and sequoias - now that's not something you hear every day! A couple of nights under canvas in Yosemite definitely takes the spirit of the great outdoors up a notch or two.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 38-39: San Francisco

Come fog or shine this city is awesome! Start with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, a street oozing with hippy vibes and plenty of quirky shops and cafes. Head down to Pier 39 to see the resident sea-lions who flock there in their hundreds then grab yourself a delicious crab roll at Fisherman's Wharf. The highlights keep coming thick and fast with an included trip to the city's most famous attraction, Alcatraz. Learn all about the prisoners who spent their lives trying to escape with a superb audio tour. Of course you can't go all way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge! Better yet, why not set sail on an optional sunset sail cruise for a different perspective of this famous bridge and the chance to snap the ultimate bridge selfie and make all your friends back home green with envy! 

Accommodation: Hotel included

San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park: 15 days

Next Leg

Destination info

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.

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Day 40-41: Redwood National Park

Take in the stunning scenery as you drive up the Californian coast to Redwood National Park. Get out and stretch those legs with a hike through Tall Trees Grove and keep an eye out for elk and bear who can be found hiding under the canopy of the Redwoods. These trees are the tallest on Earth, so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up. As you explore more of the park you might start to recognise the canyons covered in fern and moss from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World. After an amazing day exploring Redwood National Park watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean on what's virtually your own private beach. Sounds like the perfect day, right?

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 42: Florence, Oregon Coast

The Florence Oregon Coast is the perfect place for relaxation and fun, oh and the ocean views aren't too bad either. Stroll around the Old Town with its charming shops and cafes. You'll find beautiful evergreen forests, the sparkling Pacific Ocean and towering dunes to climb and roll down. Take time out, swim and enjoy the Oregon sunshine, this place is a stunner! 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 43-44: Seattle

Welcome to the home of the iconic Space Needle and the original Starbuck's coffee! If it's great city views and a latte you're after, Seattle won't let you down. At the top of the Space Needle you'll be treated to an awesome bird's eye view of this cool city and on a clear day you may even be able to see Mount Rainier across the Puget Sound. Visit bustling Pike Market where you can see market stall holders 'toss the Pike fish', visit `Gum Wall', or hit the nightlife which Seattle has come to be known for. 

Accommodation: Hostel included

 

Day 45: Vancouver

Cross the American border straight into Canada, as you travel from one awesome city to the next, Vancouver. With its stunning combination of mountains and coastline, the city boasts outstanding views. Head to Stanley Park on two wheels, treat yourself to some moreish maple cookies and then pop across to Prospect Point for the best views in town. Known for being a city rich in culture, why not head over to Gastown with its award-winning galleries and tons of cafes and restaurants serving delicious food. This is one super cool city and you'll find it hard to pack up and leave!

Accommodation: Hostel included

 

Day 46-47: British Columbia & Lake Louise

Heading through British Columbia you'll no doubt be impressed from the word go! In every direction you'll see incredible scenery from mirrored lakes, snowy peaks and huge forests of conifer. With the nickname the `Gem of the Rockies', Lake Louise is the real show stopper around these parts. The picturesque chateau looks on as mountains cluster round the turquoise surface. We recommend you hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers which will reward you with some truly stunning views! Don't just stop there, grab a paddle and inspect the scene on an optional canoe trip. 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 48-49: Banff National Park

Packed full of show-stopping trails and incredible wildlife for you to enjoy, Banff is Canada's first national park and the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies. It's no surprise that this place is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. If it's a relaxing time you're after, chill out by one of the picturesque lakes and local hot springs or if you simply can't sit still, there are heaps of trails just waiting for you to explore on foot or on two wheels.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 50-52: Glacier National Park & Montana

With bear sightings possible and other awesome wildlife in abundance, it won't just be the snow-capped mountains that leave you awe-struck. The best way to see Glacier National Park is to don your hiking boots and go for a walk. Alpine lakes, sheer peaks and of course the glaciers, all 26 of them, make this a park that'll leave you speechless. Montana is often referred to as 'Big Sky Country' because of its numerous stars, but it's also a hiker's paradise. This area sure adds a healthy dose of the wow factor to your already awesome road trip! 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 53-54: Yellowstone National Park

Heading out of Montana straight into Wyoming the scenery just keeps getting better as you reach Yellowstone National Park. View explosive geysers, including Old Faithful, and colourful waterfalls while exploring the world's oldest and most famous national park. If bison, elk and bear are on your list of wildlife you must see on your trip, you're exactly where you need to be, so have your camera at the ready! If you're really lucky you may even spot a wolf as they have recently been re-introduced to the park. There's no doubt about it, the next couple of days in Yellowstone National Park will be awesome!

Accommodation: Camping included

Cody to New York Area: 9 days

Destination info

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.

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Day 55: Cody

Just a short drive from Yellowstone you arrive in the heart of Old West Country, Cody! Embrace the cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! This is the centre of cowboy country and nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson which is why we've included a visit to Cody summer rodeo for you, you're welcome. 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 56: Mount Rushmore

We bet you never thought you'd see the faces of some of America's most prolific presidents peering out from the granite rock face? Well that's exactly what you can expect to see at Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it is pretty darn huge with 60 foot high faces, 500 feet up. Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up, impressive Crazy Horse Memorial. Dedicated to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, this is a sight not to be missed.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 57: Badlands National Park

If navigating your way around shopping malls is your forte, you'll feel right at home at your next stop, Wall Drug. The renowned drug store in the little frontier town of Wall is so big you'll need a map to get around! This is also your last stop before heading into the Badlands National Park. This place is out of this world - not literally but we imagine this is what it would be like making a moon landing. The bizarre lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges are what geology dreams are made of. The rugged beauty draws in people from all over the world and you may even see bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs. 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 58: South Dakota & Minnesota

Say hello to the Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth. Head out across the great prairies of America's original western frontier. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle down for some shut-eye under canvas. You're definitely living the American dream here!

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 59-60: Chicago

The `Windy City' is home to some of the greatest blues music in America. Why not soar up the Willis Tower for dizzying views over the city? Trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile before taking to pedal power on the optional famous `Bobby's Bike Hike' tour. For more awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan and take in the laid back city vibes before grabbing yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza. After all this excitement you'll be ready for it!

Accommodation: Hostel included

 

Day 61: Cedar Point, Ohio & Lake Erie

We make a brief stop in Gary, Indiana for a photo of the house where Michael Jackson grew up, followed by a visit to an Amish community in Shipshewana. You'll find no Wi-Fi or McDonalds here as the Amish people maintain a more traditional way of life. Then you're Ohio bound, where you can ask a `Buckeye' to tell you all about their state nut or how cool they think Cedar Point Amusement Park's roller coasters are! It's probably better to find out for yourself though, by riding the Millennium Force - `the greatest roller coaster in the world'! That's enough thrills and excitement for one day, so settle down for the night next to the beautiful Lake Erie. 

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 62: Niagara Falls

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 included `Maid of the Mist' cruise, just be prepared to get a good soaking, it's all good fun though. Tonight head back to the falls for an illuminated view under a blanket of stars.

Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 63: New York Area

Leaving the roar of the falls behind you travel through New York's state's Finger Lakes region and the Pocono Mountains en route to the New York area. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book a few extra nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own. Splash your cash along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, take a selfie with Lady Liberty herself or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. Boy, what an adventure!

 

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

 

Please note: This trek operates in either direction from New York. The published itinerary shown here is for departures operating southbound first.

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What's included?

  • Services of a tour leader
  • 45 camping, 6 hotel, 5 hostel & 2 apartment nights
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Night time illumination tour of Washington DC monuments
  • New Orleans Bourbon Street
  • San Antonio's Riverwalk
  • Alien spotting in Roswell
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • City tour of Las Vegas, Hollywood and San Francisco
  • National Parks and Monuments
  • All accommodation

What's not included?

  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Food (kitty will be collected USD$10 a day)
  • Optional activities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age is 18 years. Maximum age is 38 years.

 

Accommodation

45 camping, 6 hotel, 5 hostel & 2 apartment nights.

 

Group Size
13

Transportation
All transportation by private adventure vehicle

Budget
Food Kitty: US$10 per day. 

 

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.

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. What if I have never camped before?

Don't worry, your fantastic tour leader will show you how to put your tent up and use your camping equipment.

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6. How much money do I need to bring on the tour?

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.

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7. 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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Darryl Van - July 2015

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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Saw really awesome places and the activities were amazing !!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Come prepared for sleeping short hours and early mornings Be prepared to hike long hikes Be flexible in your bad habits or set ways

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George Foord - July 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience , you have to do it , save up money and do it You will not regret it

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

visiting the whole sites of america was awesome travelling on the open road was really brilliant the national parks were amazing especially Yellowstone and Yosemite San Francisco and Vancouver were amazing and the city tours were very interesting

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Have plenty of spending money Take comfortable but walking shoes Take as many pictures as you can

USA Tour 64 Day Trailblazer2014-07-05

Jacqueline Schutze - February 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
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An interesting experience where I learned about people and myself.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Hiking at Glacier Mountain, Banff, Las Vegas, meeting locals, wildlife watch

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't have any dietary restrictions. Don't expect environmental friendly travel. Write a journal

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George Foord - June 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Had an amazing experience mane lots of friends you gotta do it

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

VISITING THE GREAT CITIES OF AMERICA INCLUDING SAN FRANSISCO , SEATTLE , CHICAGO AND SAN ANTIONIO AS WELL AS VISITING THE AMAZING NATIONAL PARKS

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH MUSIC TO LISTEN TO ON THE BUS MAKE SURE YOU BUDGET WELL FOR THE TRIP AND INCLUDE TIPS ASK YOUR TOUR LEADER AS MANY QUESTIONS AS YOU CAN THEY ARE VERY HELPFUL

USA Tour 64 Day Trailblazer2013-06-17

James Newton - May 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Incredible experience, once in a lifetime trip, completely unforgettable.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All the national parks, the Navajo stop over night, the big cities and the amazing people.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make sure you have enough spending money so you can do everything you want to during the trip, there is a lot of extra optional activities and they are all good fun and worth doing! Only take what you need, any extras can be bought much cheaper in the states! Relax and have Fun!

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