USA Tour Grand Trek

42 days from £3,861 (was £4,289)

Trip Highlights

  • Niagara Falls night time illuminations and Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Take a limousine ride in Las Vegas and Amarillo
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • View the spectacular scenery and wildlife in nine different national parks
  • City tours of Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco & Hollywood
  • Tour the Grand Canyon by sunrise or sunset and travel along the original Route 66

Trip Summary

Want to see everything the USA has to offer? Well, you can! Over an exhilarating six-week tour of this spectacular country, you'll get to travel from coast to coast. Starting off on the east side, you'll make your way from the New York area and travel through America's northern states, stopping off at some of the country's most remarkable sights - think Niagara Falls, Cedar Point, Chicago, and Minnesota. Continuing across the country, we'll find ourselves heading through national parks and taking in outstanding scenic views of America's wide and sprawling landscape before landing on the country's glitzy west coast. Heading south, from the mighty Yosemite National Park, through San Fran, Santa Barbara, and LA, we'll make our way into America's wild west, stopping off to see the bright neon lights of Las Vegas before staying at some of the country's most iconic natural landmarks through the desert - Zion National Park, Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley. We'll hit the southern states as we make our way back across to the east coast, travelling through Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, before taking a tour of Washington DC and ending up back in the Philadelphia and New York area. Stopping in 24 states across the USA, this is a big trip, which is only right for such a big country!

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Trip Info

Day 1: New York Area & Niagara Falls

It's worth arriving in New York a couple of days before the first day of the itinerary so you can explore the Big Apple at your leisure. Once you meet up with the rest of the group we'll make our way across New York State to Niagara for you first glimpse of the falls - the night time illuminations are something else! Accommodation: Camping included

Day 2: Niagara Falls & Cedar Point

Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it will 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 wet. Afterwards we'll travel into Ohio to Cedar Point, where you'll find `The Best Amusement in the World' and you'll soon see why as the parks roller coasters dominate the skyline as far as the eye can see. After a day full of excitement and thrills, you'll be pleased to rest your weary head for another night next to the beautiful Lake Erie. Accommodation: Camping included

Please note: Cedar Point in Ohio is open throughout June, July, and August, but only on some days during May, September, and October, so it might not always be possible to visit the amusement park.

Day 3-4: Chicago 

Next up, Chicago - the 'Windy City', and home to some of the greatest blues music in America. Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the city and trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, before taking to pedal power on the included 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour. For awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan taking in the laid back city vibes and then go and grab yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza - yum! Accommodation: Hostel included

Day 5: Minnesota 

Wisconsin is known for cheese, and today you'll get a taste of Wisconsin before saying 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 back for some shut-eye under canvas. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 6: Badlands National Park 

All signs lead to Wall Drug - the renowned drug store in the little frontier town of Wall, it's so big you'll 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: Camping included

Day 7: 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 is pretty darn huge with 60 foot high faces, 500 feet up. Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up: the Crazy Horse monument, in memory of the famed Lakota Indian war leader, very impressive and a sight not to be missed. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 8: 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 or jump on the back of a buckin' bronco! Nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and during June to August you'll get to enjoy an included visit to Cody Rodeo for an evening of fun. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 9-10: Yellowstone National Park

Pitch up in the world's first National Park, Yellowstone. View the iconic explosive Old Faithful Geyser and colourful waterfalls whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife that the roam park such as, bison, bear, moose, and elk. If after all that exploring of this beautiful park you're a little tired, why not make the most of the nearby boiling river for a well-earned soak in the hot springs? Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11-12: Grand Teton National Park & Jackson

Next up are the wonderful views and hikes that await in the majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks here rise like teeth from lush, flat meadows against bright blue sky. We recommend taking the ferry across Jenny Lake with a hike up to Inspiration Point for sensational views of the valley, lake, and forest below. Next you'll visit the truly western town of Jackson, Wyoming. Rafting the raging Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers, should definitely get that adrenaline pumping but, if you prefer to stay on dry land, how about a shot of 'Red-Eye' whiskey at the Silver Dollar Saloon?
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 13-14: Nevada & Lake Tahoe 

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you and your travelling posse continue westward across the Northern Great Basin. You'll bite off a big chunk of Nevada desert today, but when you arrive in Tahoe you are sure to be blown away by the stunning crystal clear waters and the incredible vistas that surround it, making this the perfect opportunity to go for a quick swim or just chill out. Top the day off with an optional sunset sailboat cruise and then try and win big at one of the nearby casinos. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 15-16: Yosemite National Park 

Heading through Central California we'll take a scenic drive into Yosemite National Park, here you will get the opportunity to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Once inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled and your cameras at the ready for some incredible wildlife sightings. Bears often frequent the area and when the sun goes down listen out for coyotes howling amidst the pines and sequoias. This is a paradise for any lover of the outdoors and whatever activities you get up to in Yosemite, you're sure to have a blast. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 17-18: 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. The highlights keep coming thick and fast with an included guided tour of San Francisco's famous Chinatown, Union Square, and the famously crooked Lombard Street. Head down to Pier 39 to see the resident sea lions who flock there in their hundreds and then grab yourself a delicious crab roll at Fisherman's Wharf. You can't go all way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and, better still, try out an optional sunset cruise for a different perspective of the famous bridge. Accommodation: Hostel included

Day 19: California Coast 

With each passing mile on California's most famous road, the Pacific Coast Highway, the shore grows yet more spectacular, as Redwood forest mountains lean down towards beautiful sandy beaches and the pounding Pacific swell. We'll be stopping off for the night in the beautiful San Luis Obispo area, so make the most of being so close to the beach, and take an evening dip in the North Pacific Ocean before calling it a night under canvas on the Californian Coast.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 20: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

Enjoy a free day in sunny Santa Barbara to explore the pier, relax on the beach, or indulge in a little retail therapy. Known as 'The American Riviera', you'll find no shortage of palm trees to sit beneath - perhaps with a glass of local wine. Want more adventure? This quirky town is surrounded by mountains and offers some great hiking, kayaking and boogie boarding. This is grade-A California right here! We'll then roll into LA with a tour including Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame, and the massive Hollywood sign. Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 21: Los Angeles 

A free day to explore the city at your own pace. Relax on the beach, check out Santa Monica Pier or take on the rides at Universal Studios. Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 22-23: Las Vegas 

On day 22 we'll head into the desert towards the neon city lights of Las Vegas - the greatest show on earth. Watch out though, some dub this place 'Lost Wages'! With so much to see and do why not start with an included cruise down The Strip in a super-stretch limo and afterwards indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show, or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, take a helicopter flight over the city, or try your hand in one of the world-class casinos. Oh and don't forget, 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.' Accommodation: Hotels included

Day 24: Zion National Park 

Onwards to Zion National Park where you can explore the hidden canyons and take a walk through the incredible Narrows. For the ultimate view of the entire national park, hit the Angels Landing trail - the hike can be strenuous at times, the full 360-degree display of this magnificent national park, will definitely be worth it. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 25: Lake Powell 

Time to wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Swim in the deep blue waters or sit back on shore and soak up your surroundings in this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis.
Accommodation: Camping included 

Day 26-27: Grand Canyon National Park 

Without doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop before the big event. No trip west is complete without a stop at the mighty Grand Canyon to experience the grandeur of one of the Earth's natural wonders. Pack your boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise/sunset hike along the rim. For the more ambitious take the long hike down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or take to the sky and see the Grand Canyon in all its glory on an optional helicopter flight. The Grand Canyon is magnificent from any angle, but one thing's for sure - you will never forget your first glimpse of the canyon. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 28: Monument Valley 

On the road again and off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and back roads, and marvel at the sight of the towering buttes and mesas that dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day then, when the sun goes down, swap camp fire stories under a blanket of stars. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 29: Santa Fe 

For all the art lovers out there, Santa Fe is for you. Visit Canyon Road, 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 laidback charm, and with tons of festivals and events throughout the year, you're bound to stumble upon something interesting. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 30: Amarillo 

Making our way to Texas, a state larger than some countries and the biggest state in continental USA, we'll travel down part of the original Route 66, stopping off at the unusual roadside attraction of Cadillac Ranch to add our own artistry to the site before spending the night in Amarillo. We'll make our way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch tonight, arriving by limo (in true Texan-style!). Accommodation: Camping included

Please note: limousine pick up is only free with group bookings to the Big Texan Steak Ranch.

Day 31-32: Austin Texas

The music keeps on flowing as you arrive in Austin, another place which vies for the title of the capital of America's music scene. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city that packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, so after a day of exploring, hit up the city for a dose of lively music and plenty of dancing. Accommodation: Hostel included

Day 33: Louisiana

We say farewell to the biggest state of continental USA, and goodbye to the home of 'Tex-Mex' cuisine and a big hello to Louisiana, the home of gumbo stews and all that jazz. Accommodation: Camping included

Days 34-35: New Orleans

On our way through Louisiana, stop and search for gators on an optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). Next up is the home of the Big Easy & Bourbon Street - New Orleans - every music fan must make a pilgrimage here at least once in their lifetime. We'll head into the enchanting French Quarter and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, echoing with chirpy trumpets and smooth sax. New Orleans has more than just food, drink and music to offer, so after sampling a 'Hurricane' at Pat O'Brien's, do the Huckleberry Finn thing and chug along the Mississippi River. By staying right in the historic French Quarter you are right in the thick of it! Accommodation: Apartment included

Day 36: Memphis 

Turn up that radio you're about to hit Memphis - the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll! With that in mind, try out a trip to Sun Studios, where many great names have passed through, or stroll along Beale Street, where the electric atmosphere will keep you entertained for hours as you listen out for some of the best Jazz and Blues music in town. There is more to Memphis than just music, pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 37: Nashville 

From Honky Tonk bars to The Grand Ole Opry, they don't call Nashville the 'centre of the music world' for nothing! This place is full of life and you'll be hot-footing your way from one country bar to the next. Find out all about the history of music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum -  home to the largest collection of country music in the world. Even if country music isn't your thing, there's a range of live music everywhere, so you're sure to be singing along by the end of the day. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 38: Ocoee

Next up is the hard-hitting State of Tennessee where we'll overnight in Ocoee. In 1996 the world's eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the very first Olympic white water event and still to this day it boasts some of the world's best rafting. Don a life jacket, grip a paddle and bounce along an exhilarating stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip - don't forget to look up as you fly past some pretty awesome scenery. For those of you not keen on the rapids, there are a number of surrounding trails to explore, so don't forget your camera. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 39: Appalachian Mountains

You'll certainly appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains as you cruise through Virginia. The numerous trails are calling out your name, so strap on your walking boots and stretch those legs with a memorable walk through the lush national forests. With photo opportunities around every bend, make sure you also keep an eye out for Appalachian residents such as cougars, deer, black bear and great horned owls, this really is a magical place. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 40-41: Washington DC 

Next up is Washington DC, the social, cultural and political hub of the United States. A great introduction to the city is on an included bicycle tour of America's Capital - from the Smithsonian Museum to the Lincoln Memorial and White House. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you're done with sightseeing, go people watching in the parks or take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown! Accommodation: Camping included

Day 42: Philadelphia & New York Area 

Leaving the capital behind we head to Philadelphia where you can have your own movie moment with a climb up the famous 'Rocky' steps, see the symbol of American independence the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and stop for an early Philly cheese steak lunch. It's food galore at the Reading Terminal Market, so grab yourself some tasty treats for the journey home. Your final stop on what has been one heck of a journey is the New York area. If you weren't able to book a few extra nights before day one of the itinerary, why not stay an extra couple of nights at the end of the trip? Splurge along Fifth Ave, climb to 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 post-tour accommodation for you at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please don't book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

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Whats Included

  • Services of a tour leader
  • Transportation by adventure vehicle
  • Admission to Carlsbad Caves
  • Crazy Horse Monument
  • Guided Chicago Bike Tour
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist Cruise
  • Admission to Monument Valley
  • Illumination Tour of Washington Monuments
  • Admission to all National Parks and Monuments
  • All Accommodation - 32 camping, 8 hotel and 2 hostel nights
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Food
  • Optional Activities

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The national parks, Chicago bike tour, white water rafting, helicopter ride in the Grand Canyon, staying in a Navajo Indian camp in Monument Valley... We did so many amazing things it's hard to pick just a few highlights!

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Accommodation & Meals

All accommodation - 32 camping, 4 hotel, 2 hostel nights and 2 apartment nights

On our camping tours, our groups share in the preparation and cooking of the food. Supplies, excluding soft drinks and alcohol, are purchased from the food kitty, and each member of the group pays US$10 per day en route. This covers three meals on most days while we are camping; eating fresh foods that we purchase as we travel to satisfy the international flavour of the group - a healthy way to travel at an unbeatable price. Naturally this does not cover hotel stops or when Trek groups sometimes sample regional cuisine at local restaurants.

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Real Gap Experience are not visa experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel documents before your trip starts. We advise you check the visa and general entry requirements with the relevant embassy before travel.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

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

How Many People Will There Be On The Tour?

Between 6 and 13 people with one tour leader.

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.

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.

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!

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.

How Much Money Do I Need To Bring On The Tour?

For 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.

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 tour leader works long and hard for you. He or she may well become your close friend during the tour, 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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