GRAND BLT

43 days from

Grand Trek BLT GNB
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to NEW YORK AREA
Trek Code:
GNB
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
May-Aug
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Cross 22 States in 6 weeks
  • > Explore Las Vegas, LA, San Fran and Chicago
  • > Discover the Deep South and cowboy country
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Tour Overview

Experience the thrills of the east, the sprawling landscapes of the west, the small town charms of the north and the famous hospitality of the south. Allow us to throw in a few surprises along the way and there's no doubt about it, this epic 6 week loop of the States packs a serious punch.

Included Highlights
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist Cruise
  • Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Time to relax on the beach on the California coast
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • City tour of San Francisco
  • Visit Venice Beach & Santa Monica Pier in LA
  • Incredible wilderness walking trails
  • Enjoy California's sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Las Vegas limousine tour
  • New Orleans Bourbon Street jazz and blues music
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Visit Philadelphia's top highlights
  • Sightseeing in Nashville, Memphis, Austin & LA
  • National Parks - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 12 hotel, 14 hostel, 8 cabin, 6 motel, 1 guesthouse & 1 trailer park nights.
BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of accommodation types on the Grand BLT. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. A sleeping bag is required on the trip.

Free Wi-Fi on the road
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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.

  • > New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20
  • > Mississippi riverboat cruise US$60-$70
  • > Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE
  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • > Tour of Elvis' Graceland in Memphis US$33-$70
  • > Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley US$45-$55
  • > Sea kayaking US$30
  • > Western Saloons US$varies
  • > Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • > Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > San Diego Zoo US$44
  • > Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75
  • > San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • > Willis Tower in Chicago US$18
  • > Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • > Lake Tahoe sunset champagne cruise US$53
  • > Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio US$36-$55
  • > Lake Tahoe casinos US$FREE
  • > New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
  • > Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124
  • > Bike rental in Washington DC US$15-$35
  • > Cody Western Rodeo US$18
  • > Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$10
  • > Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • > Bobby's Bike Hire in Chicago US$35
  • > Lake Tahoe watersports US$25
  • > Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • > Horseback riding in Jackson US$65
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$24-$35
  • > Country Western Saloons in Nashville US$varies
  • > Chicago - Baseball Game US$15-$40
  • > Blues clubs in Chicago US$10-$45
  • > Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > Drive-in Cinema, TexasUS$8
  • > 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 & Niagara Falls

    From the New York area to the edge of Lake Ontario, the sensation of crashing water is stupendous, the noise immense, at one of America's (and Canada's!) greatest national attractions, Niagara Falls. Wait 'til you're down on the water aboard '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!
    Accommodation: Budget lodging 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 GateKeeper - the tallest, fastest and longest wing roller coaster in the world!
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 3-4: Chicago

    The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt modern technology, so step back in time with a visit to the Amish town of Shipshewana to see how these folks live. Next, pass by Gary Indiana to see the house where Michael Jackson grew up before arriving in Chicago - the "Windy City", and home to some of the greatest blues music in America. With so many activities you'll find it hard to choose what to do! Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the city, trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, grab a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza or use peddle power on the famous "Bobby's Bike Hike" tour.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 5-6: South Dakota & Badlands National Park

    Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier. Wisconsin is known as the home of cheese so it would be rude not to stop by to sample some! For more randomness, why not pose by the Jolly Green Giant Statue in a town called Blue Earth? Then never mind the "bad lands", touching down in Badlands National Park feels like landing on the moon. Low-slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw-tooth ridges have a bizarre lunar quality so make sure your camera is charged. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle back for some shut-eye under canvas.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 7: Mount Rushmore

    Yep, we're talking Mount Rushmore and the uniquely sculptured faces of the four greatest Presidents carved into the rock face; see if you can guess their names! 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: Budget lodging included

  • Day 8: Cody

    Next, it's Wild Wyoming, in the heart of cowboy country. Depending on the season, you can check out a traditional Cody Rodeo; nothing says America quite like rodeo! Then shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head!
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 9-10: Yellowstone National Park

    Pitch up in the world's first National Park, Yellowstone. A superb wilderness of spouting geysers, waterfalls and simmering mud pools where you can try to spot wildlife including the elusive Black Bear. Large herds of bison and elk roam the park and bubbling sulphur pools pave the way. Yellowstone is an incredible place to visit in every season, offering something different to travellers, so prepare to be blown away!
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 11-12: Jackson

    Feel the old frontier spirit alive and kicking in the truly western town of Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is the perfect base for exploring the Grand Teton National Park with its spiky peaks and plentiful wildlife, but also has an excellent nightlife to keep you entertained. Why not raft the Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers on an optional white-water rafting trip, and then herd 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.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

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

    Pass a load more widescreen scenery as you edge westward across the Northern Great Basin. California is calling, and Lake Tahoe provides the perfect setting for some watery thrills. For something a bit more chilled, set sail on an optional sunset cruise or hire a pedal boat. Whatever you do, make the most of that lovely water! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash casinos or hit a bar with your fellow trekkers?
    Accommodation: Budget lodging 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 Golden Eagles, marmots, coyote and Black Bears. Why not rent an inflatable tube, and go tubing down the Merced River for action packed fun times?
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 17-18: San Francisco

    Next stop, San Francisco, "Everybody's Favourite City". Tour Haight Ashbury and walk across the Golden Gate Bridge for a true taste of this awesome city. There's plenty of free time for shopping in China Town & Union Square and for sightseeing. Maybe take a cruise on the bay for an unforgettable sunset, and then go bar hopping the 'Speak-easy' pubs that originated as underground drinking establishments during prohibition.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 19: Monterey

    Head down the Pacific Coast Highway past cliffs, beaches and curling waves, all the way to Monterey. Why not stroll along the stunning coastal trails where you can see whales between April and October, as well as cheeky sea lions. Monterey is also well-known for its shopping and nightlife so you'll have plenty to fill your time.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 20: Big Sur State Park & San Luis Obispo

    Today we drive to Big Sur State Park, stopping for the iconic waterfall photo before making our way to San Luis Obispo, right on the Californian Coast. Choose from hiking, biking, beaches, farmer's markets, wine tasting, shopping or just relaxing. In fact, there's so much happening in San Luis Obispo, you'll understand why the area has been called 'the happiest town in America'.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 21-22: Los Angeles

    Santa Barbara's famous beach beckons and the pier is where it's at so make sure you explore before rolling into LA for a free day. Why not hang out at Venice Beach tomorrow - a great places to people-watch with a cocktail or simply sunbathe and breathe the fresh Californian sea breeze.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 23-24: San Diego

    Take a quick tour of 'Tinseltown' before heading south to San Diego for some seriously laid back vibes and powder white sand beaches. There's loads to keep you busy in SD, why not pay a visit to San Diego Zoo. Not your thing? Stick by the coast and show off your skills by renting some rollerblades or a surfboard, or simply don your shades and soak up some rays.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 26-26: Las Vegas

    Las Vegas - the greatest show on earth! Cruise "The Strip" in a super-stretch limo, indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show, ride a roller coaster and party the night away in a super-club. If you're looking to flash the cash even more, why not take a helicopter ride along The Strip or change those dollars for casino chips and gamble 'til the wee hours. As the saying goes; 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas', so enjoy every last second.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 27-28: Route 66 & Grand Canyon National Park

    En route to the Grand Canyon we'll drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman; a town frozen in time and full of old Americana, so grab a root beer and have a look around! Next up, the Grand Canyon should be on everyone's bucket list and once you've cast your eyes upon the deep canyon landscape you'll understand why. Pack your boots, camera and water and venture into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or choose the "bird's eye" view on a scenic helicopter flight. Watching the sun rise or set over the canyon with the colours changing from amber, maroon and red is simply breath-taking.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 29: Monument Valley

    Iconic Monument Valley, used in countless Hollywood Western movies is the most photographed place in America with good reason - but don't be fooled into thinking it's a tourist trap. You can venture well off the beaten track aboard a jeep and let your Navajo guide show off the huge hunks of red rock and share the fables of the sacred lands. Tonight, experience a stunning sunset overlooking the tribal valley and the chance to try the legendary Navajo Taco (if you can finish it that is).
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 30: Santa Fe

    With 325 days of sunshine per year and bright blue skies, plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. Visit Canyon Road; an area of Santa Fe popular for art galleries, cultural treasures (hand-woven Navajo rugs and Southwestern wood carvings), historic adobe buildings, vibrant restaurants and colourful buildings.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 31-32: Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Texas

    Roswell's International UFO Museum makes for an entertaining stop which lays on the Southwestern charm by the bucket load. Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the World. Gnarled limestone stalagmites like the Witch's Finger reach upwards, while stalactites in the Bell Cord Room hang from the cavern ceilings. Next, prepare for a big welcome as you enter the Lone Star State, otherwise known as the great state of Texas, the birthplace of Buddy Holly and the world's largest cotton growing region.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 33-34: Austin, Texas & Louisiana

    Austin has exploded as the "Live music capital of the world" and home of great BBQ Tex Mex food. The city is packed with "Texas sized" excitement and is sure to impress with a nightlife which rivals some of the biggest cities in the world. We then say goodbye to Texas and head into bayou country, Louisiana.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 35-36: New Orleans

    Welcome to the country's Deep South, where life moves at a much slower pace. Why not spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River, relax to the sounds of a Jazz or Dixieland band in the French Quarter and join the party on Bourbon Street. New Orleans has more than just incredible tasting food, drink and music to offer. You can take a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana, and see all sorts of wildlife on the mysterious bayous of Cajun country.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 37-38: Memphis

    Memphis, the Birthplace of the Blues and jazz is next on the list - and what a destination! Strolling along Beale Street must be on your checklist, you'll see influences of Blues and Jazz music everywhere. A visit to the Civil Rights Museum gives you an insight into the history of slavery and the struggles to overcome it. But the top billing has to go to Graceland, former home of 'The King', Elvis Presley.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 39-40: Nashville & Virginia

    Next is Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. Hit 'The District' - the nightlife hub of Nashville, laze in the city's parks, trawl the malls or learn to line dance. Cowboy boots and sequinned denim anyone? Next, touch down in Virginia, home of the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountain Range.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 41-42: Washington DC

    Travel to the Nation's Capital, Washington DC, and the centre for cultural and political history. Want to know a secret? Go undercover at the International Spy Museum. Make tracks to the zoo, and then see where big-hitting political animals shape the nation on an optional self-guided monument tour under an evening neon glow. Why not get up early to beat the crowds to the Lincoln Memorial? It makes for some great photos too!
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 43: Philadelphia & New York Area

    Leaving the capital behind, drive towards Philadelphia in Pennsylvania where you visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, hit the Reading Terminal Market, climb the steps from the Rocky movies, and can have a Philly cheese steak lunch - delicious! Then we head over to New York Area for the end of our epic cross country adventure. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home.

    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.

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  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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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.

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.

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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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