AMERICANA ROAD TRIP

26 days from

Americana Road Trip
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to SAN FRANCISCO
Trek Code:
AM
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Jun-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > The ultimate road trip from east to west
  • > Enjoy a good healthy dose of Americana
  • > National Parks, Monument Valley and Vegas
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Tour Overview

The freedom to follow the open road, the freedom of America. Travel from coast-to-coast from east to west in search of the wonderfully wild and wacky America. It's not just about seeing America, it's about experiencing some of 'the biggest', 'the best', 'the oldest,' and 'oddest' sites, sounds and attractions in the world. This tour also delivers a careful balance of the most incredible national parks of America, best music cities, trails to hike and night hot spots to frequent including Vegas. This is Americana in all her glory!

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Included Highlights
  • Limousine tour of Las Vegas strip
  • Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame
  • Kentucky bourbon/whiskey trail
  • Visit to Texas Cadillac Ranch
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • City tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing in Nashville, Memphis, Amarillo, Santa Fe & Lake Tahoe
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
  • Visit Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse on Route 66
  • Travel the original Route 66 stopping at Seligman
  • Watch the sunset over Monument Valley
  • View of the mighty Hoover Dam
  • National Parks - Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon and Yosemite
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 22 camping, 2 hotel & 1 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.

  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$254-$284
  • > Tour of Elvis' Graceland in Memphis US$33-$70
  • > Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley US$45-$55
  • > Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise US$16
  • > Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • > Lake Tahoe sunset champagne cruise US$53
  • > Lake Tahoe casinos US$FREE
  • > Grand Ole Opry, Nashville US$19-$90
  • > Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum US$13
  • > Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde $US9-12
  • > Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • > Lake Tahoe watersports US$25
  • > Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$24-$35
  • > Country Western Saloons in Nashville US$varies
  • > Wine tasting in Finger Lakes Region US$3-$30
  • > Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo US$free
  • > Buckstaff Baths Hot Springs US$30-$70
  • > Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221
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 & Finger Lakes

    Be sure to leave yourself 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, the opportunities are endless. Next up is Finger Lakes and we're pretty sure you're going to love it. Here you'll find an abundance of vineyards and award-winning wines, you won't know where to start.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 2: Niagara Falls

    Then it's on to one of America's greatest natural attractions, Niagara Falls. Experience the full force of the falls as you don your blue poncho and hop aboard the Maid of the Mist cruise, just prepare to get a little wet as you get up close and personal to a serious amount of water. For the ultimate show head to the falls at night and see the falls 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 and Roll Hall of Fame boasts hand-scribbled lyrics by Lennon, Hendrix, and Jim Morrison's cub-scout outfit, 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: 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: Hostel included

  • Day 6-7: Memphis

    Memphis is the birthplace of Rock & Roll, and you won't want to miss out on a visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded their most famous records. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. 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. But, you can't go home without a trip to the former home of `The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Hot Springs, Arkansas

    No prizes for guessing how Arkansas' Spa City got its name, one of the smallest national parks in the system and the perfect spot to relax and rest your tired bones in the hot springs.
    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, pick up some memorabilia for the folks back home. For all things cowboy check out the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In the evening step into the Wild Horse Saloon for some dancing.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11: Amarillo

    Leaving Oklahoma behind, stop by Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse for a full dose of Americana. Next get all your road trip facts at the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, chock-full of 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 definitely is no mirage, the crystal clear waters of the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa definitely 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 its rodeo time most evenings. Yee-hah! With the beautiful San Juan Islands as a backdrop, there are tons of hiking and biking adventures to be had.
    Accommodation: Camping included.

  • Day 16: Mesa Verde National Park

    Visit the archaeological world heritage site and see how the Anasazi used to live hundreds of years ago. This is some prime real estate at Mesa Verde National Par and the stone cut cliff dwellings are 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 optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and back roads. As you marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, wait till the sun goes down and you're swapping camp fire stories under a blanket of stars.
    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!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 20-21: Las Vegas

    Today you travel along a section of the original Route 66, which at one time, was the only way to travel on the great American road trip. You'll stop off at the quirky town of Seligman, where you will have the chance to buy some classic Americana memorabilia for your friends and family back home. Just before you reach the neon city you'll stop for a view of Hoover Dam and then it's time to get your swimsuit on and soak up the desert sun before diving into a limousine tour of The Strip. Indulge in an all you can eat buffet, take in a show or simply enjoy the neon attractions many of the hotel casinos have to offer. For the best view of Sin City take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. For those who want a bit more nature, then the famous Red Rock Canyon isn't far either.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 22: Nevada Desert

    Along the 'Extraterrestrial Highway', we only promise one close encounter - with the town of Rachel, 'UFO capital of the World'. From the forests to the desert the drive through Nevada is incredible and you will be amazed at the fascinating and contrasting scenery you see out of 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 and top off your evening with an optional sunset catamaran cruise! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash casinos or hit a bar with your fellow trekkers?
    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. 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 26: San Francisco

    On your last day with your fellow Trekkers you 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. 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 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.

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 Nashille!

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

Best Western Americania

SAN FRANCISCO - BEST WESTERN AMERICANIA
An artfully designed hotel offering a heated roof top pool and located one block from the Historic Market Street Railway for access easy around the city.

  • 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.

 

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.

 

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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.


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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