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Northern Trail from New York

  • Code #NN
  • 21 Days
Duration
21 Days
/20 Nights
Availability
May,2017-Aug,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

This epic tour is one mighty road trip stretching from ocean to ocean. Journey from East Coast skyscrapers to sizzling California beaches. Hear the thunder of Niagara Falls, pass through the cool streets of Chicago and dusty cowboy towns, and be amazed at the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. With America offering so many different extremes, the Northern Trail covers a multitude of incredible vistas and experiences you'll never forget. This coast to coast tour of North America has it all!

Included Highlights 
  • Locally guided 'bike hike' tour of Chicago's highlights
  • See the famous presidents faces at Mount Rushmore
  • Experience cowboy country at the Cody Rodeo (June to August only)
  • Guided San Francisco tour, from Pier 39 to Chinatown & Lombard Street
  • Gaze upon the breathtaking spectacle of Niagara Falls
  • Visit a traditional Amish community in Shipshewana
  • Take in the moonlike landscape of Badlands National Park
  • Watch Old Faithful geyser explode & spot wildlife in Yellowstone
  • Explore epic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows in Grand Teton
  • Relax or take to the water in picture-perfect Lake Tahoe
  • Hike amongst Giant Sequoias and epic waterfalls in Yosemite
  • Walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Drive the sparkling Californian coastline with Big Sur views
  • City tour of Hollywood, LA including the iconic Walk of Fame
  • Admission to national parks & monuments - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Yosemite
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
16 Nights
Budget Lodging
4 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Northern Trail
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New York
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Los Angeles
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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!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Also departs from Los Angeles

Leave city life behind and head to the longest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga. It's one heck of a beautiful setting for your first night under canvas!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 eyes. Get your kicks on an optional 'Maid of the Mist' cruise. You're sure to get wet, but the immense sound and pure awesomeness of the experience is worth it! After a great day at the falls you'll head over to Lake Erie, one of America's five Great Lakes, where you'll spend the night.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Maid of the Mist cruise (summer only) US$19

Travelling further on up the road you'll cross over into the state of Ohio. Still on the shore of Lake Erie you'll head over to Cedar Point, where you'll find 'The Best Amusement Park in the World'. You'll soon see why! The park’s roller coasters dominate the skyline as far as the eye can see. After an afternoon of excitement and thrills, you'll be pleased to rest your weary head for a night next to beautiful Lake Erie.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cedar Point Amusement Park (evening 'Twilight Pass') US$40-$50

Visit an Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana, who maintain a more traditional way of life; then it's onto Chicago, home to some of the greatest blues music in America. Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the ‘Windy City’ or trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, before taking to pedal power on your included - and rightly famous - ‘Bobby's Bike Hike’ tour. For awesome views of the city skyline, head down to Lake Michigan to take in the laid-back city vibes, then grab yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza… yum!

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Willis Tower US$22
Museums US$20-$50
Blues clubs from US$6
Baseball game from US$20

If you live for the dairy delight that is cheese, then you might want to consider moving to Wisconsin. Famed for cheesy goodness, Wisconsin is also known for beer making, so you can rest assured you won't go hungry or thirsty here. Make a quick visit to the iconic Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth and head out across the great prairies of America's original western frontier. Resident coyotes may let loose with the occasional howl as you settle down for some shut-eye under a sky full of stars.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

All signs lead to Wall Drug, the renowned drugstore 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. Don't worry it's not as ‘bad’ as it sounds! The moonlike scenery of Badlands National Park is truly bizarre, so get snap-happy as you explore the unique lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges. But this isn’t the moon and there’s life all around you, so look out for the odd sighting of bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs to confirm it.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Enjoy a morning hiking around the incredible Badlands before checking out the sight of America's famous presidents peering out of the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features the presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – and it's pretty darn huge, with 18 metre high (60 ft.) faces towering up high. Don't forget to check out another immense rock carving that, the impressive Crazy Horse monument, which is a memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader who led the attack against General Custer at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, otherwise known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It’s a sight not to be missed.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

It's pistols at dawn as you enter wild Wyoming and head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Embrace the town’s 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, so if you’re lucky enough to be in Cody during rodeo season (June to August), then you’re in for some fun as we’ve included an evening visit.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Pitch up in the world's first national park, Yellowstone. View the iconic, explosive Old Faithful Geyser and keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife that roams the park including bison, moose, elk and bear if you’re lucky! This geothermal park is so big it spans three American States and with all the geysers, colourful bubbling pools and beautiful waterfalls, you’re bound to fall in love. It’s no surprise that Yellowstone is often a tour leader favourite!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Next up are the wonderful views and hikes that await you in the majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks rise dramatically like teeth from lush, flat meadows and stand out against bright blue skies. We recommend taking the ferry across to Jenny Lake with a hike up to Inspiration Point for sensational views of the valley, lake and forest below. Then saddle up for Jackson, a quaint cowboy town surrounded by green mountains. Rafting the raging Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers, should definitely get that adrenaline pumping! If you prefer to stay on dry land, how about a shot of 'Red Eye' whiskey at the Silver Dollar Saloon?

Please note: Due to the total solar eclipse occurring on August, 21st 2017, the Northern Trail tour departing on 9th August, will not be overnighting in Jackson, Wyoming due to accommodation availability which has been booked up for years. Instead your group will stay in Victor, Idaho which is approximately 38 minutes’ drive from Jackson Town. We will endeavour to keep to your original itinerary as much as possible although it is still unsure how many people are turning up for the event, and how congested the roads will be.  

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Ferry across Jenny Lake US$15
Mountain biking from US$30-$70
Horseback riding US$65
Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124
Chuck wagon dinner US$25-$35
Million Dollar Saloon US$varies

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you and your crew continue westward across the Northern Great Basin. You'll bite off a big chunk of the Nevada desert today and when you arrive in Tahoe you're sure to be blown away by the stunning crystal clear waters and the incredible vistas that surround it. This is the perfect opportunity to go for a quick swim or just chill out. Top the day off with an optional sunset sailboat cruise or try to win big at one of the nearby resort hotels.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sunset champagne cruise US$53
Casinos FREE

Follow the Sierras south as you take a scenic drive into Yosemite National Park, where you'll get the opportunity to hike or bike through an extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Explore Yosemite Valley, feel like an ant amongst Giant Sequoia trees, or hike to Yosemite Falls, one of America’s highest. Keep your camera at the ready – not just to capture El Capitan’s profile, but 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!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$12-$34
Float trip on the Merced River US$31

Come fog or shine, this city's always awesome! Start with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, a neighbourhood oozing with hippy vibes and plenty of quirky shops and cafes. You can't go all the way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, of course. The highlights keep coming thick and fast on an included tour of San Francisco's most famous areas guided by a local, including Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and the famously crooked Lombard Street! Grab yourself a delicious crab roll at Fisherman's Wharf or perhaps some ribs from Tee Off Bar & Grill (as seen on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives’!). To top it all off, set sail on an optional sunset cruise and get a different perspective of the famous bridge and this awesome city.

If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz we recommend you book your tickets well in advance, direct with Alcatraz Cruises. For this tour you should book your ticket for day 19 (1pm onwards).

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cable car ride US$5-$13
Bike rental US$8 per hour / US$32 per day
Sunset sailboat cruise US$45
Baseball game from US$20
Alcatraz Prison (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) US$33-$40

With each passing mile on the Pacific Coast Highway, California's most famous road, the shore grows more spectacular. Redwood forested mountains lean down towards beautiful sandy beaches and the pounding Pacific swell. As the highway snakes further south, get away from it all amongst the pristine wilderness of Big Sur and stop for an iconic photo at the McWay Falls viewpoint, before settling in for a night under canvas on the California Coast.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

It's your final day on the great open road, so enjoy a morning in sunny Santa Barbara to explore the pier, shop, or relax on the beach for a few last rays of California sun. 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 offers some great hiking, kayaking and boogie boarding. This is grade-A California right here! Finally we roll into the ‘City of Angels’, Los Angeles, for an included tour of Hollywood Boulevard, a chance to stroll the Walk of Fame and take a photo of the iconic Hollywood sign. That's a wrap, folks!

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

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs

Meals Included

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

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT

1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £76 | US$108 | Eur91 | AU$136 | NZ$143
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £132 | US$189 | Eur159 | AU$238 | NZ$250
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORT

Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. From Baggage Claim at the airport, take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. The journey will take approximately 10mins, depending on traffic. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag).

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTS

From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Hilton Newark Airport: 
After exiting the train follow the signs for the "AIRTRAIN". Take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag). 

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT EL SEGUNDO

475 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, cable tv and ipod docks, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £80-106 | US$115-151 | Eur96-127 | AU$144-191 | NZ$152-200
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £140-185 | US$200-264 | Eur168-222 | AU$252-333 | NZ$265-350
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free transfer from LAX airport and the shuttle can be picked up at the designated hotel courtesy shuttle area and operates on a continuous loop every 20 minutes. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff. Please note whilst this service is free a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected.

Booking our 4 day Los Angeles to Grand Canyon mini adventure is a perfect way to extend your adventure. From the bright lights of LA to the even brighter lights of Vegas, you'll be left stunned by the natural beauty which lies between. Criss-cross the Mojave Desert and take in the sheer scale of the Grand Canyon, before cruising down the Vegas Strip in a super-stretch limo.

Grand Canyon Mini Adventure Highlights

  • Tour Hollywood's highlights
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Experience Historic Route 66
  • Limousine tour of Las Vegas

Book your Grand Canyon Mini Adventure here or call us to add to your booking.

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. 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.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

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

There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Located in San Francisco bay, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, you can connect with Alcatraz via a return ferry where you explore within the concrete walls and cells with an audio headset to learn the history and conditions within the prison.

Alcatraz tours can sell out far in advance so if you want to visit Alcatraz you will need to book your own ticket ahead of time directly with Alcatraz Cruises.

Check the itinerary description for San Francisco above for the recommended date and time for your tour.

Book tickets here with Alcatraz Cruises

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Trek America - The Northern Trail

Past Trekkers Review

Loved this Trek! Have already booked another

Reviewed January 2016
I had the best time on this trek, I wasn't too sure about booking with Trek America for a second time as I had had a great time on my first trek but wasn't 100% happy with the group I travelled with however I couldn't be more glad I did as I had a fantastic group of people on this trek, ...
Past Trekkers Review

An experience you will never forget!

Reviewed August 2015
It was two years ago, but I remember everything about my trek. It was my first time away from home for so long and what a way to do it! The people In my group were great! We became like a family and we all played our part in making the trek very enjoyable! I was only 18 so I was the youngest, most p...
Past Trekkers Review

An unforgettable experience

Reviewed May 2015
After doing the Southern Sun in 2013 I knew that the Northern Trail had to be my second trek, as the mix of National Parks and cities offered was brilliant, and sounded even better than the Southern Sun (which was immense). This trek is very different from the Southern sun as much of it is spent in ...
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