COAST TO COAST EXPRESS

16 days from

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

Combining our Freedom Trail and Western Wonder tours, experience the highlights of America's East and West on this all-encompassing trip, crammed into 16 days! Experience the East from its famous cities to lush forests and charming small-town flavour to wondrous Niagara Falls. Fly across the continent to taste Western USA's best bits including California and Arizona's most popular national parks plus incomparable Las Vegas. Add the desert splendour of the Colorado River region, sandwiched 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
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Get your kicks on the original Route 66, stopping in Seligman
  • Hike in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon
  • Visit an Amish community in Lancaster with guided tour
  • Internal flight from New York to Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing in Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco & Hollywood, LA
  • Philadelphia's Liberty Bell and famous 'Rocky' steps
  • Free time to swim or kayak in the Southern Adirondacks
  • Relive the revolution in Boston's historic neighbourhoods
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Incredible national parks - Yosemite & Grand Canyon
Plus you get...
  • Services of TrekAmerica tour leaders (leaders change mid tour)
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 9 camping, 4 hotel & 2 hostel nights
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road

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).

Download Trek Tips for this tour (2016 departures)

Our Coast to Coast Express Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.

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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 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!

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 most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > Smithsonian National Museums - Washington DC US$FREE
  • > Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • > IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • > Clubs & shows - Las Vegas US$10+
  • > Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • > Walk the Freedom Trail - Boston US$FREE
  • > Cave of the Winds tour - Niagara US$14
  • > Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • > Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar - Boston US$FREE
  • > Bike rental - Washington DC US$16-$75
  • > Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • > Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$14-$30
  • > Baseball Game - Boston from US$20
  • > Gun range - Las Vegas US$20-$100
  • > VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) - Las Vegas US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
  • > Hop on hop off bus pass - New York US$38
  • > Universal Studios - Los Angeles US$100
Tour Itinerary

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

  • Day 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC

    First stop is Philadelphia, or 'Philly' if you want to be down with the locals. Check out the Liberty Bell, eat a famous and oh so delicious Philly cheese sandwich, then work it off with a climb up the famous steps from the movie 'Rocky'! Cast your eyes on Independence Hall where brave men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England, an event which helped shape the US Constitution. You may want to head down to Reading Terminal Market for local mouth-watering aromas and local flavours. When it comes to DC's museums the 'Land of the Free' is spot on and the sensational Smithsonian is well worth a visit. For the sport fans amongst you, 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. Stop by an Amish community for an included guided tour and experience a way of life that hasn't changed in over 200 years. Be prepared to feel completely humbled as you see these people who live for family life and keep things simple with no mod-cons. Yep that's right, no mobile phones here! Tonight, your home is under a million stars and this is where you'll really start to settle into a simple life of your very own.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: Niagara Falls

    This road trip is just about to get epic as you visit Niagara Falls. Three waterfalls all rolled into one, Mother Nature should definitely be proud of this natural wonder! From the edge of Lake Ontario you'll see the sensation of crashing water is stupendous and the noise just as immense. Niagara Falls really is one of America's greatest national attractions. For the ultimate front row seat hop aboard the included `Maid of the Mist' cruise and get up close to the majestic falls. Be prepared to get a little wet!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5: Southern Adirondacks

    City folk can't resist hiding out here in the summer months and you'll soon figure out why. With forested hills, quaint farmyards and beautiful lakes aplenty, it would be rude not to hit the water for a swim or try your hand at kayaking. Enjoy country living in this wild and majestic terrain, before you head back to city life tomorrow.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6-7: Boston

    Boston or `Bean Town' as the locals call it is the home to the Freedom Trail. Relive the Revolution as you walk around this exciting city visiting historical sites that uncover America's significant past. Let the Faneuil Hall's street performers, stores and eateries tell their own Bostonian tale. Lounge and watch the locals from the lawns of Boston Common, then pop across to the famous `Cheers' bar for a cheeky beverage. To top off a great day in Boston, why not try the local taste sensation 'Daddy's Dough'? A fried dough delicacy which the locals swear by and so do we!
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included

  • Day 8: 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 scenes from countless movies, watch a Broadway show or hit the clubs.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 9: New York Area - Fly to Los Angeles

    Transfer to the airport and after a flight to the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles it's time to meet your West Coast tour leader and head to the hotel where the remainder of the day's yours to relax. If you want something a bit more exciting, venture out and explore Venice Beach and try some surfing or simply soak up the Californian sunshine! Venture to Santa Monica Boulevard which will make for some great photos and some excellent people watching. For the ultimate LA experience, make a bee-line for Universal Studios to ride the roller coasters.
    Please note: your tour leader will change on this date and you will fly unaccompanied but be met at the other end in Los Angeles.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 10-11: Colorado River & Grand Canyon

    After a short tour of Hollywood you'll leave city life behind you and travel through California and Arizona's cactus-prickled desert. After spending an evening along the Colorado River you'll explore America's premier national park and you'll soon see why this epic natural wonder attracts tons of visitors each year. Keep your feet firmly on the ground or soar above this stunning landscape on an optional helicopter flight. One thing's for sure, this place looks incredible from any angle, but to see it in all its majestic glory head over to the rim and watch the sun rise. Trust us when we say you'll never have seen anything so beautiful!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12-13: Route 66, Hoover Dam & Las Vegas

    Today you drive along a section of the original route 66 to the town of Seligman. Frozen in time, this is a great place to pick up some fab Route 66 memorabilia for your friends and family back home. Next stop is Las Vegas for the ultimate party pit stop! The Strip, the shows, the resort hotels, the clubs; Sin City's glitziest and brashest spots are sure to impress as you cruise the Las Vegas Boulevard on an included limo ride! If you're fan of heights hop onto one of the worlds highest thrill rides at Vegas' Stratosphere. If that's not enough excitement for you, take a helicopter flight down the Strip and see this neon city from the sky. It's also very possible to get married in Vegas (don't worry, it's not legally binding unless you want it to be!) so live for the moment, and marry whoever (and whatever) you like!
    Accommodation: Hotel nights included

  • Day 14-15: Yosemite National Park

    Leave your empty pockets and the desert behind you and head west through beautiful Californian countryside eventually making to Yosemite National Park. Here you'll get the opportunity to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape that was the inspiration for famous American photographer, Ansel Adams! 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 16: 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 Beat 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 see and do, so enjoy! If you really can't bear to leave, why not add on a few extra days to your epic American road trip and see the `City by the Bay' with a local guide on an Urban Adventure tour!

    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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  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
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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.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote.


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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.

Hilton Newark Airport

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT
The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

  • 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.

 

Red Roof Inn San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - RED ROOF INN
This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness centre, 24hr on-site restaurant and 24hr free airport shuttle.

  • 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

We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed.

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
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  • 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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