COAST TO COAST EXPRESS

15 days from

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DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to SAN FRANCISCO
Trek Code:
CCE
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
May-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Get soaked on a Niagara Falls boat cruise
  • > Explore the mighty Grand Canyon
  • > Enjoy America's top highlights from East to West
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Tour Overview

Tour the highlights of America's East and West on this all-encompassing trip, crammed into two weeks! Experience the East from famous cities to scenic Appalachian forests and mountains, charming small-town flavour to wondrous Niagara Falls grandeur. Fly across the continent to taste the Western USA's best bits including California & Arizona's most popular national parks and the incomparable Las Vegas. Add the desert splendour of the Colorado River region and sandwich between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and you've got yourself one heck of an adventure!

Included Highlights
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist Cruise
  • Limousine ride in Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • See Hoover Dam
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Get your kicks on Route 66 and visit Seligman
  • Hike in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
  • Visit an Amish community in Lancaster
  • Internal flight from New York to Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing in Washington DC, San Francisco & Hollywood, LA
  • Philadelphia's Liberty Bell and famous 'Rocky' steps
  • Rolling New England scenery
  • Relive the revolution in Boston's historic neighbourhoods
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Incredible National Parks - Yosemite and Grand Canyon
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 9 camping, 4 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 & Alaska).

Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers 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.

  • > Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE
  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • > Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • > Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston US$FREE
  • > Cave of the Winds tour at Niagara US$11
  • > Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • > Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar in Boston US$FREE
  • > Bike rental in Washington DC US$15-$35
  • > Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • > Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • > Baseball Game in Boston US$15-$40
  • > Lancaster - Amish Museums US$10-$30
  • > Las Vegas Gun Range from US$30
  • > Paddleboats in Boston US$25 per hour
  • > 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 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC

    First stop is Philadelphia, or 'Philly' as the locals call it, to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, opt to try a delicious local cheese steak and climb the steps from the movie 'Rocky'! Armed with free time why not head down to Reading Terminal Market for a spot of people watching, food sampling and bargain hunting. Next up is the nation's capital where America's leaders shape the country's future. Recommended is an evening illuminated tour as the sun sets which highlights icons like the White House, Jefferson Monument and Capitol Hill. When it comes to DC's museums 'Land of the Free' is spot on: barely any of them, sensational Smithsonian included, will cost you a dime. Why not take an optional trip to a baseball game (in season) to ensure day two is full to bursting.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3: Lancaster & Pennsylvania

    Turn up the music and enjoy the scenic drive through a countryside that inspired a nation to fight for its freedom, stopping by an Amish community. The Amish haven't changed their way of living in over 200 years and it's a really humbling experience, seeing these people who live for family life and keep things simple with no mod-cons. Tonight, your home is under a million stars, and this is where you really start to settle in to a simple life of your very own.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: Niagara Falls

    From the edge of Lake Ontario, the sensation of crashing water is stupendous, the noise immense from one of America's greatest national attractions, Niagara Falls. Wait 'til you're down on the water aboard the included 'Maid of the Mist', where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes. That's what you call a front row seat! Think back to a time when people were travelling over the falls in wooden barrels as you witness the immense power of the cascading water.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5: The Berkshires

    City folk can't resist hiding out here in summer and you'll soon figure out why. Trails snake through forested hills and meadows skirt quaint clapboard farms. This is 100% New England! Why not head out for a short forested stroll this evening?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6: Boston

    Soak in the history and relive the Revolution along the Freedom Trail or let Faneuil Hall's street performers, stores and eateries tell their own Bostonian tale. Watch the locals from Boston Common, then pop across to the famous "Cheers" bar. For a local slice of Boston's unique flavour, why not try `Daddy's Fried Dough' from the street vendors - the locals swear by it!
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 7: Boston to New York Area

    We head back to the Garden State where our adventure began. The remainder of the evening is free to explore before you fly to the Californian West coast the following day. This is a great opportunity to see neon New York at night, relive the scenes from countless movies, see a Broadway show or hit the clubs.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 8: New York Area - Fly to Los Angeles

    Depending on your departure time, there may be time to explore Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village. Transfer to the airport and after a flight to the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles it's time to meet your tour leader and head to the hotel where the remainder of the day is yours to relax. If you want something a bit more exciting, venture out and explore Venice Beach and Santa Monica Boulevard; they make for some great photos and excellent people watching.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 9-10: Colorado River & Grand Canyon

    After a short tour of Hollywood you bid the City of Angels farewell and head through California to the vast swathes of Arizona's cactus-prickled desert. After spending an evening along the Colorado River we explore America's premier National Park, and find out why it is called the 'Grand' Canyon. Keep your feet firmly on the ground or swoop above it all on an optional helicopter flight. One thing's for sure though, this place looks incredible from any angle, especially walking along the rim at sunset.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11-12: Las Vegas

    Strike out towards the legendary Las Vegas Strip via a section of the original Route 66, stopping in Seligman for a refreshing frosty shake at the famous Snow Cap Diner. Next is the main event - Las Vegas, and the greatest show on earth! Sin City's glitziest and brashest spots are sure to impress as you cruise Las Vegas Boulevard on an included limo ride! Hop onto one of the world's highest thrill rides at Vegas' Stratosphere and it won't just be your head that's spinning. And if that's not enough, take a helicopter flight down The Strip or gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 13-14: Yosemite National Park

    Your chance to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Stand at the base of the giant towering Sequoias and gaze out at valley floor vistas as far as the eye can see. Coyote roam freely as well and when the sun goes down, their howling often echoes amidst pines and Sequoias. Admit it; this is what clicks the spirit of the great outdoors up a notch or two.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 15: San Francisco

    Head back west through California's gold country, where in 1848 the finding of a single nugget triggered a stampede of gold-seekers known as the 49'ers, before arriving at the home of the beatnik generation, San Francisco. Walk across Golden Gate Bridge and pay a visit to Haight-Ashbury where the hippie movement still remains. Make sure you spend a couple more days here after the end of the tour, as the lure of `Ever ybody's favourite city' is just
    too strong to ignore.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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.

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  • > 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 0333 999 7951 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.


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Private Departures

For groups of 8 or more, we can offer a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic "Trek" style of travel. Tours will generally run as per our standard itinerary shown here, small changes can be considered. (Choice of date is subject to any seasonal or operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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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.

 

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.


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 & 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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