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:
  • > See cowboys towns to cosmopolitan cities
  • > Get soaked on a Niagara Falls boat cruise!
  • > Hike in Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks
Ask a question Book now

Tour Overview

This Trek offers all the splendours of the north with a perfect balance of cities and National Parks. Coast to coast, from the thunder of Niagara Falls and skyscrapers of Chicago, to the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, topped off along California's Pacific Coast. 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
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Guided Chicago Bike Tour
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • City tours of San Francisco & Hollywood, LA
  • Sightseeing in Lake Tahoe
  • Visit Amish community in Shipshewana
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities in Yellowstone & Yosemite
  • See Mount Rushmore
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Explore the California coast - Monterey, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, San Luis Obispo
  • See Old Faithful geyser and spot bear in Yellowstone
  • National Parks - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Yosemite
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 16 camping, 2 hotel & 2 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 & Alaska).

People who viewed this tour also like...

GN Search result image

Grand Trek

43 days from NEW YORK AREA

Mountains to beaches, cities to canyons on this 6 week loop.

> Read more
Search Result Image TNN

Coast to Coast North

28 days from NEW YORK AREA

Explore the North States of America with a jaunt into Canada.

> Read more
Search Result Image NNB

Northern BLT

21 days from NEW YORK AREA

Explore the remarkable north coast to coast on this 21 days lodging tour

> Read more

Like us

Like us on Facebook

Follow us

Follow us on Twitter

Watch us

Watch us on YouTube

Read us

Official TrekAmerica Blog

Ask us

Ask us
Ask a question Book now

Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your Trek Leader you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!

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.

  • > Sea kayaking US$30
  • > Western Saloons US$varies
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > 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
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.

  • Day 1: New York Area & Niagara Falls

    From the New York area to the edge of Lake Ontario, the sensation of crashing water is stupendous, the noise immense, at America's greatest national attractions, Niagara Falls. Wait 'til until you're down on the water aboard the included 'Maid of the Mist' cruise, where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes. That's what you call a front row seat! Maybe return back to the falls at night where the light show reveals Niagara in a very different light.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 2: Ohio

    Ask a "Buckeye" to tell you all about their state nut or how cool they think Cedar Point Amusement Park's rollercoasters are! Ride the Millenium Force - the greatest roller coaster in the world!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-4: Shipshewana & 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 its 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 and grab a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza before taking to peddle power on the included famous "Bobby's Bike Hike" tour.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 5: Wisconsin, Minnesota & South Dakota

    Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier. We pass though Wisconsin, the American home of cheese where your leader will introduce a taste of Wisconsin. We also make visits to the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth before settling in for the night. 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 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 bizzare lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7: Mount Rushmore

    The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. It was sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum and features the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up: the Crazy Horse monument, a nod to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, very impressive!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Cody

    Next, it's Wild Wyoming, in the heart of cowboy country, this is what Cody is all about. From its cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Why not indulge yourself in a nightly rodeo (June-August) as nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: Yellowstone National Park

    Pitch up in the world's first National Park, Yellowstone. This is a superb wilderness of spouting geysers, waterfalls and simmering mud pools. A-grade American stars grace the trails - keep your eyes peeled for this abundant wildlife. Large herds of bison and elk roam the park and if you're lucky, you may even see bear or wolf.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11-12: Jackson & Grand Teton National Park

    Feel the old frontier spirit alive and kicking in the truly western town of Jackson, Wyoming. Nearby you can raft the Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers (suitable to all abilities) on an optional white-water rafting trip, and then corral your posse into the nearest watering hole. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a fine tip, with saddles for stools and trophy cow horns above the counter.

    Grand Teton National Park is an incredible park with giant sharp towers rising from the ground, and surrounded by some of awesome walking trails which offer high chances of seeing bear and moose. It is recommended to take the ferry across Jenny Lake and hike up to Inspiration Point for sensation views of the valley, lake and forest below.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13-14: Idaho/Nevada & Lake Tahoe

    You will pass a load more widescreen scenery as you edge westward across the Northern Great Basin. California is calling though as you bite off a big chunk of Nevada desert and arrive in Tahoe - set sail on an optional sunset cruise or play the house in one of the flash casinos.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 15-16: Yosemite National Park

    Heading through Central California we take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region with the chance to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Hike to Yosemite Falls, one of North America's highest, and capture El Capitan's great granite profile on camera. Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to view the park's abundant wildlife as well as the Giant Sequoia trees towering magnificently above. A different way to see the park is to rent inner tubes and float down the Merced River.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 17-18: San Francisco

    Arriving to the 'City by the Bay', we enjoy a sightseeing tour including the chance to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. This is followed with a walk around Haight-Ashbury which kick-started a generation of hippies and inspired some of the best music of the 1960's and 70's. With a full free day to explore the city there is plenty of time for shopping, visiting Chinatown, Alcatraz (book in advance), Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and the famous painted ladies. In the evening why not venture out onto the water for an evening sunset cruise or hit the areas of Mission, Marina or the old speakeasy pubs which gained popularity during prohibition.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 19: Monterey

    Head along US Highway 1 to the coastal city of Monterey where we can take a guided walk around the coast with possibilities to see whales and sea lions which frequent the area between April and October. We overnight in Monterey with free time for shopping or the chance to get dressed up and hit the night spots.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 20: Big Sur & California Coast

    As the highway snakes further south, get away from it all amongst the pristine wilderness of Big Sur as we stop for that iconic photo viewpoint of McWay Falls. Continue further down California's beautiful coastline until we reach San Luis Obispo named the `happiest place in America' and camp for the final night of the tour under the stars and a chance to reminisce on good memories from the past twenty days.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 21: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

    The last day of tour, but it's not over just yet as we head for Santa Barbara for free time to stroll around the pier or relax on the beach. Finally we roll into LA with a tour including Hollywood Boulevard, stroll the Walk of Fame and photo of the massive Hollywood sign. We visit Venice Beach where the eccentric people of LA hang out making it perfect for people watching with sand between your toes. 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.

Like us

Like us on Facebook

Follow us

Follow us on Twitter

Watch us

Watch us on YouTube

Read us

Official TrekAmerica Blog

Ask us

Ask us

Book Your Trip Online

Comodo Secure Booking Engine

  • > You only need to pay a 10% deposit or (whichever is greatest)
  • > Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • > We're members of ABTA and fully financially bonded so your money is 100% safe at all times
  • > If you prefer to book by telephone please contact our UK sales office
  • > Prices below are land only. Call us on 0844 576 1400 for a flight inclusive quote

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.
  • You will need adequate travel insurance to join this trip. Download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

ABTA Bonded for Financial Protection

Status Key
Guaranteed: Tour will definitely operate. Book Now!
Available: Tour will be guaranteed once minimum numbers reached. Book Now!
Limited: Tour is guaranteed with last few seats remaining. Book Now!
Contact Us: Seats may be available. Please contact us.

Private Departures

Why not arrange your own TrekAmerica departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic "Trek" style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

Like us

Like us on Facebook

Follow us

Follow us on Twitter

Watch us

Watch us on YouTube

Read us

Official TrekAmerica Blog

Ask us

Ask us
Ask a question Book now

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

Wherever you start or finish your trek you won't want to miss the chance to sample some city life. Our hotels make excellent bases for sightseeing or exploring the nightlife, as well as being right at your trek departure point. Solo travellers booking a twin share room will share with a fellow trekker of the same gender.

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.

 

Kawada Hotel

LOS ANGELES - KAWADA HOTEL
Located close to public transport links, this hotel offers urban European style rooms with air conditioning, high speed internet and flat screen TVs.

  • 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. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Book Flights

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

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry.

> Request a flight quote now


Mini Adventures

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

XLA Search result image

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
> View Mini Adventure

City Tours

If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your TrekAmerica trip.

New York City Tours
  • NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES
  • All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your TrekAmerica trip, simply select your chosen city tour from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.

  • > View City Tours

Like us

Like us on Facebook

Follow us

Follow us on Twitter

Watch us

Watch us on YouTube

Read us

Official TrekAmerica Blog

Ask us

Ask us
Ask a question Book now

TrekAmerica Live Reviews

Read the latest Northern Trail reviews below, powered by our community website - TrekAmerica Live.

Check out TrekAmerica Live to read all reviews and view photos, forums and Google maps for this trip.

Been on this trip? Leave a review here



Like us

Like us on Facebook

Follow us

Follow us on Twitter

Watch us

Watch us on YouTube

Read us

Official TrekAmerica Blog

Ask us

Ask us
British Travel Awards
View TrekAmerica videos on YouTube
Join our Facebook Page
Join TrekAmerica Live - Our Community Site
Follow us on Twitter
TrekAmerica Korean website
TrekAmerica German website
TrekAmerica Française