NORTHERN TRAIL

21 days from

Mount Rushmore
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to LOS ANGELES
Trek Code:
NN
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
May-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Hike in Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks
  • > See the Presidents at Mount Rushmore
  • > See cowboys towns & cosmopolitan cities
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Tour Overview

This epic tour is one almighty sweep stretching from ocean to ocean. Journey from coast to coast and hear the thunder of Niagara Falls, pass the skyscrapers of Chicago and be amazed at the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. With America offering so many different extremes the Northern Trail offers a multitude of incredible vistas and experiences you will never forget. This all-encompassing tour has it all.

Included Highlights
  • Guided Chicago Bike Tour
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge & tour Haight-Ashbury
  • City tour of Hollywood, LA
  • Sightseeing in Lake Tahoe
  • Visit Amish community in Shipshewana
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities in Yellowstone & Yosemite
  • See the iconic presidents at Mount Rushmore
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Explore the California coast - Monterey, Santa Barbara & Big Sur
  • See Old Faithful geyser and spot bear in Yellowstone
  • National Parks - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Yosemite
  • Guided tour of Chinatown and North Beach in San Francisco
  • Explore Western Old Trail Town
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 16 camping & 4 hostel nights.
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road
Wi-Fi Enabled

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).

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 night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique 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 main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

  • > Western Saloons US$varies
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise US$16
  • > San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • > Willis Tower in Chicago US$18
  • > Lake Tahoe sunset champagne cruise US$53
  • > Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio US$36-$55
  • > Lake Tahoe casinos US$FREE
  • > Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124
  • > Cody Western Rodeo US$18
  • > Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • > Bike Rental in San Francisco US$32-$60
  • > San Francisco Bay sunset sailboat cruise US$40
  • > Horseback riding in Jackson US$65
  • > Chicago - Baseball Game US$15-$40
  • > Blues clubs in Chicago US$10-$45
  • > Mountain biking in Jackson US$20-$65
  • > San Francisco's Alcatraz Prison (must be booked in advance directly with Alcatraz Cruises) US$30-$37
Tour Itinerary

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

This tour also departs from Los Angeles

  • Day 1: New York Area & Cayuga Lake

    You're in the Big Apple so why not stay a couple of nights before the tour departs and explore this iconic city? Head to the top of the Empire State Building or take a stroll through the beautiful Central Park, there is something for everyone here. Next you'll visit Taughannock State Park with its stunning waterfall that plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge, there is only one word for this and that is EPIC. Not far from here you'll reach the famous Cayuga Finger Lake where you can walk the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, nothing can beat tasting some of the region's best wines in one heck of a stunning setting.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 2: Niagara Falls & Lake Erie

    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. After an awesome day at the falls you'll head over to Lake Erie where you'll spend the night.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3: Cedar Point, Ohio

    Travelling further on up the road you'll cross over into the state of Ohio, ask a `Buckeye' to tell you all about their beloved state nut. Still on the shore of Lake Erie you'll head over 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

  • Day 4-5: Chicago

    Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana who maintain a more traditional way of life, and make a brief stop in Gary, Indiana for a photo of the house that Michael Jackson grew up in; then it's into Chicago - the "Windy City", home to some of the greatest blues music in America. Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the Windy City. Trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile before taking to pedal power on the included famous "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 6: Wisconsin & Minnesota

    Wisconsin is known for cheese, and today and you have 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 7: 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 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 in people from all over the world and you may even see bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Mount Rushmore

    It's not every day you get to see the faces of America's presidents peering out from the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it 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, a memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, very impressive and a sight not to be missed.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9: Cody

    Wild Wyoming is up next and you'll head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Embrace the cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson, so why not indulge yourself in a summer rodeo. Enjoy an included visit to Old Trail Cowboy Town.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 10-11: 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 spring?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12-13: Jackson & Grand Teton National Park

    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 sensation views of the valley, lake and forest below. Next you 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 14-15: Elko, 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 16-17: Yosemite National Park

    Heading through Central California we take a scenic drive into the 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 18-19: 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 and 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. You can't go all way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and better yet why not set sail on an optional sunset sail cruise for a different perspective of the famous bridge.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 20: Monterey, Big Sur & California Coast

    With each passing mile on California's most famous road, the Pacific Coast Highway the shore grows yet more spectacular, as Redwood forested mountains lean down towards beautiful sandy beaches and the pounding Pacific swell. Stick close to the coast and soak up the chilled-out vibe in historic Monterey. Whales and sea lions frequent this area from April-October so keep your eyes and cameras at the ready. As the highway snakes further south, get away from it all amongst the pristine wilderness of Big Sur and stop for that iconic photo viewpoint of McWay Falls before settling in for a night under canvas on the California Coast.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 21: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

    Enjoy a free day in sunny Santa Barbara to explore the pier, shop or relax on the beach. 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! Finally we roll into LA with an included tour of Hollywood Boulevard, stroll the Walk of Fame and take a photo of the iconic Hollywood sign. That's a wrap!!

    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 22:00 hrs.

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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.
  • If your chosen date is not available, this tour also departs from Los Angeles


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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.

Crowne Plaza Newark

NEW YORK AREA - CROWNE PLAZA NEWARK
The Crown Plaza offers a free airport shuttle to Newark Airport and boasts a fully equipped gym, indoor pool and on-site 24 hour dining.

  • 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.

 

Custom hotel

LOS ANGELES - CUSTOM HOTEL
This full service hotel close to LAX offers a sun deck/pool and 5 social lounges. Perfectly located for Santa Monica & Venice Beach.

  • 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

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

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.


Mini Adventures

Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are perfect for extending your tour and experiencing a few more of North America's most incredible 'must see' highlights. Check out the following adventures relevant to this tour.

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LA & GRAND CANYON MINI

> Tour Hollywood's highlights
> Grand Canyon National Park
> Experience Historic Route 66
> Photo stop at the Hoover Dam
> Limousine tour of Las Vegas
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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 & LOS ANGELES
  • 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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