AMERICANA ROAD TRIP

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Americana Road Trip
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to SAN FRANCISCO
Trek Code:
AM
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Jun-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping & Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > The ultimate road trip from east to west
  • > Vegas limo & Navajo guided Monument Valley tour
  • > National Parks, Route 66 and Vegas
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Tour Overview

See the weird, wacky and wonderful sides of America on a month-long adventure. Half-buried cars, line dancing and the `Extra-terrestrial Highway' teamed with epic cities, majestic mountains and vast canyons. This amazing journey from east to west reveals the diversity and beauty of America!

Included Highlights
  • Limousine tour of Las Vegas Strip
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
  • Navajo guided Monument Valley 4x4 tour
  • Visit Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse on Route 66
  • Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
  • Visit to the Cadillac Ranch, Texas
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • City tour of San Francisco - walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Sightseeing in Nashville, Memphis, Amarillo, Santa Fe & Lake Tahoe
  • Travel the original Route 66, stopping in iconic Seligman
  • View of the mighty Hoover Dam
  • Admission to incredible national parks - Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Yosemite
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 21 camping, 4 hotel nights
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road

You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our wi-fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

Download Trek Tips for this tour (2016 departures)

Our Americana Road Trip Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.

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Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

Optional Activities (paid locally)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • > Tour of Elvis' Graceland - Memphis US$33-$70
  • > IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • > Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • > Maid of the Mist cruise - Niagara Falls US$15 (CAD$21 for Canadian side)
  • > Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • > Sunset champagne cruise - Lake Tahoe US$53
  • > Grand Ole Opry - Nashville US$19-$90
  • > National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City US$13
  • > Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings - Mesa Verde $US9-12
  • > Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • > Kayaking/watersports - Lake Tahoe US$25
  • > Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$14-$30
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville US$25-$40
  • > Country Western saloons - Nashville US$varies
  • > Wine tasting - Finger Lakes region US$6-$30
  • > Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo US$FREE
  • > Johnny Cash Museum - Nashville US$14
  • > VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) - Las Vegas US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Itinerary Update

For 2016 departures the tour will no longer visit Arkansas Hot Springs and will have an additional night in Nashville.

  • Day 1: New York Area & Finger Lakes

    Be sure to pre book a day or two to experience the excitement of the `Big Apple' before the tour starts. Take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building or go shopping along Fifth Avenue, you'll soon see why everyone falls in love with New York. Next up is the Finger Lakes and we're pretty sure you're going to love it. Here you'll find such an abundance of vineyards and award-winning wines, you won't know where to start!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 2: Niagara Falls

    It's on to one of America's greatest natural attractions, Niagara Falls. Experience the full force of the falls if you choose to don your blue poncho and hop aboard a `Maid of the Mist' cruise. Prepare to get a little wet as you're about to get up close and personal to a serious amount of water! For the ultimate show head to the falls at night to see them lit up in all their glory.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-4: Cleveland & Louisville

    Cleveland prides itself on being a city that doesn't take itself too seriously, so you're bound to have tons of fun here. Within a giant pyramid, the Rock `n' Roll Hall of Fame boasts hand-scribbled lyrics by Lennon and Hendrix. It's home to Jim Morrison's cub-scout outfit and you might even spot people doing yoga on the front lawn, it's just that kind of place. Louisville is one good looking city, with a picturesque waterfront and over 120 parks and the nation's largest urban forest, there are lots of green spaces for you to explore and relax in.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5-6: Nashville

    If you weren't a country music fan before, one visit to toe-tapping Nashville and you soon will be! Pay a visit to one of the biggest music venues in the south, The Grand Ole Opry, and if you're really feeling the country vibe, how about a spot of line dancing? Learn about the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world. One thing's for sure, it's not called 'Music City' for nothing!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7-8: Memphis

    Memphis is the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and you won't want to miss out on a visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and the late BB King recorded their most famous songs. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. Discover a darker side to Memphis with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel. Here you can see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated and learn all about his fight for freedom and equality in the USA. Of course you can't go home without a trip to the former home of 'The King', Elvis Presley, in Graceland.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma is rich in American culture and heritage and as you travel down a section of the original Route 66, now is a great time to pick up some memorabilia for the folks back home. For all things cowboy check out the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 11: Amarillo

    Leaving Oklahoma behind, stop by Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse for a full dose of Americana. Get all your road trip facts at the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, packed to the brim with fab `Mother Road' memorabilia and history. Grab yourself a spray can and head to the iconic Cadillac Ranch where ten vintage cars are buried nose first into the Texan dust. Get creative and be a part of the art as graffiti is welcomed here.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12: Blue Hole, Santa Rosa

    This is definitely no mirage, the crystal clear waters of the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa does exist. This incredible blue pool is part of an underground water system which means the water is renewed every six hours and the result of this is the clearest water you've ever seen. So grab your swimsuit and jump right in, just watch out for the scuba divers who flock here to experience this natural wonder.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13-14: Santa Fe

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

  • Day 15: Durango

    Crossing the Colorado border we hit Durango. The buildings on Main Street still resemble the Old Wild West as steam trains puff into town and with rodeos taking place most evenings, this place is pretty cool. With the beautiful San Juan Islands as a backdrop, there are tons of hiking and biking adventures to be had. Yee-haw!
    Accommodation: Camping included.

  • Day 16: Mesa Verde National Park

    Visit the archaeological UNESCO World Heritage Site and see how the Anasazi lived hundreds of years ago. This is some prime real estate at Mesa Verde National Park and a visit to the stone cut cliff dwellings is highly recommended.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 17: 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, including the recent remake of The Lone Ranger. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an included guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads. As you marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, wait until the sun goes down to swap camp fire stories under a blanket of stars. Monument Valley is one truly special place and your time spent here will stay with you forever!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 18-19: Grand Canyon National Park

    Humongous! Gigantic! No word quite captures the dramatic views that your scenic hike or optional helicopter flight delivers. Walk the rim trail and gaze across and into the vast canyon or take the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens or Plateau Point for a view from deep in the canyon. Whichever route you decide to take, the views will leave you speechless. Watch the colours come alive as you witness the sun set or rise on this phenomenal natural wonder - mind blowing and completely spectacular!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 20-21: Route 66 & Las Vegas

    Today you travel along a section of 'Historic Route 66', which was once the main highway in American connecting East and West. You'll stop off at the quirky town of Seligman, which retains all the flavour of the old road. Just before you reach Las Vegas you'll stop for a view of Hoover Dam then it's time to get your swimsuit on and soak up the desert sun before diving into an included limousine tour of the Strip. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in a show or simply enjoy the dazzling attractions many of the hotels have to offer. For the best views of 'Sin City' take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight down the Strip. For those who want a bit more nature, the famous Red Rock Canyon isn't far away.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 22: Nevada Desert

    Along the 'Extra-terrestrial Highway', we promise only one close encounter - with the town of Rachel, 'UFO capital of the World'. From forest to desert, the drive through Nevada is incredible and you'll be amazed by the contrasting scenery you'll see out your window.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 23: Lake Tahoe

    Tucked away in the Sierra Nevada and with 300-plus days of sunshine a year, Lake Tahoe is a scenic paradise. Swim, kayak, hike or enjoy a myriad of water-based activities in this picturesque setting then top off your evening with an optional sunset catamaran cruise! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash resort hotels or hit a bar with your fellow Trekkers? This is bound to be one awesome day!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 24-25: Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite is the pride and joy of the West Coast and is home to some of the most spectacular scenery around, from Giant Sequoias to glacier carved granite monoliths and thundering waterfalls. Once inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled and your cameras at the ready for some incredible wildlife sightings. Bear 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 26: San Francisco

    On your last day with your fellow Trekkers head back to the bright lights of another exciting city on California's West Coast. Famous for its waterfront full of tasty seafood and what is probably one of the world's most iconic landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll have the chance to walk across with your group or you could hire a bike and feel the wind in your hair as you cross this big red masterpiece. Explore the quirky bars and cafes where the beatnik generation hung out or grab a bite to eat in Chinatown. You'll never be bored in San Francisco, there are heaps of things to do and see.

    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.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

Nashville bars
  • Celebrate July 4th in Nashville!
  • Celebrate the Stars & Stripes in true Country style with live music in Nashville!

    Book 30th June 2016 departure


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  • Book your tour with a 10% deposit per person (no hidden fees)
  • Pay your balance in instalments over the phone or via the website
  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
  • We hold ABTA & ATOL licenses offering financial security for your tour

Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote.


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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Hilton Newark Airport

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT
The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Red Roof Inn San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - RED ROOF INN
This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness centre, 24hr on-site restaurant and 24hr free airport shuttle.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Book Flights

TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed.

Travel insurance

TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


City Tours

If you're spending extra nights in our gateway cities before or after your trip, then make the most of your time by pre-booking a unique city sightseeing tours or experience before you go.

New York City Tours
  • NEW YORK & SAN FRANCISCO
  • Choose from unique city tours led by local experts who are dedicated to taking you behind the scenes, flexible hop on hop off bus tours or a range of unique city experiences.

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