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The Great 48 GRT
Trek Code:
Cross Country
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Best of Trek:
  • > Travel through 48 of America's 50 States
  • > Explore 18 incredible National & State Parks
  • > See the 'Real America' - coast to coast
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Tour Overview

One word - EPIC! Want to see it all? How about the chance to travel through the great 48 states of America's 50 on one incredible road trip extravaganza! Feel truly inspired on this one-of-kind road trip, from the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys all the way to the city of Seattle in Washington State. Snake the continent taking in 18 national parks, countless small towns and some of the craziest cities - Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Chicago... the list could go on! Want to see the real America? You've got it in spades with this sweet 80 day road trip!

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Included Highlights
  • Enjoy a stretch-limo tour of Las Vegas
  • See Niagara Falls by night & on a `Maid of the Mist' cruise
  • Swim in the Homestead Crater featured in the movie '127 hours'
  • Party as the sun goes down in Key West
  • Hike the 'Backbone of America', the Appalachian Mountains
  • Delve into the nation's history & food in the Deep South
  • Party in Vegas, Miami, New York & San Francisco
  • Run down or board white sand dunes
  • Explore one of 400 caves at Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Check out the live music scene in Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis & Austin
  • Search the southern state swamps for alligators
  • Stop by the 'Waterpark Capital of the World', Wisconsin Dells
  • Stroll the eclectic San Antonio River Walk, Texas
  • Explore gnarly cave systems & see bats in Carlsbad Caverns NP
  • Spot Black Bear & eagles in the Rocky Mountains
  • See the faces of the presidents at Mount Rushmore
  • Watch Old Faithful blow its top in Yellowstone National Park
  • Explore the wind-carved landscapes of Arches & Monument Valley
  • Watch the sun set over the Grand Canyon
  • Spot sea-lions off the California coast
  • See Giant Sequoias & Half Dome's granite profile in Yosemite
  • Experience the buzz of Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • Admission to 18 incredible national parks, state parks, national monuments and national forests
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 68 camping nights, 7 hostel nights, 2 hotel nights & 2 suite 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).

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Our The Great 48 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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Travelling on The Great 48
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Just like all TrekAmerica trips, The Great 48 is designed for young international travellers aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers. Plus there are no single supplements.

The tour price includes your own tour leader, all transport and accommodation plus a whole host of highlights and inclusions, 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 it trip offers fantastic value for money!

If you're thinking about embarking on this epic adventure, we've put together a quick guide on what you can expect on this one-of-a kind 80 day road trip!

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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.

  • > White water rafting - New River US$70-$90
  • > Jazz clubs - New Orleans US$10-$20
  • > Mississippi steamboat ride - New Orleans US$30-$80
  • > Smithsonian National Museums - Washington DC US$FREE
  • > Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • > Tour of Elvis' Graceland - Memphis US$33-$70
  • > Navajo guided 4x4 tour - Monument Valley US$55
  • > Mountain biking - Moab US$45-$110
  • > IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • > Clubs & casino shows - Las Vegas US$10+
  • > Float trip on the Colorado River - Moab US$60-$90
  • > Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • > Walk the Freedom Trail - Boston US$FREE
  • > Cable car ride - San Francisco US$5-$13
  • > Willis Tower - Chicago US$20
  • > Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • > Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar - Boston US$FREE
  • > Snorkelling - Key West US$45
  • > Mardi Gras World - New Orleans US$20
  • > Alamo IMAX Theater - San Antonio US$14
  • > Voodoo & Graveyard tour - New Orleans US$20
  • > Bike rental - Washington DC US$16-$75
  • > Civil Rights Museum - Memphis US$13
  • > Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • > 'Bobby's Bike Hike' - Chicago US$35
  • > Bike Rental - San Francisco US$8 per hour/$32 per day
  • > Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$14-$30
  • > Extreme off-road hummer tour - Moab US$90-$100
  • > Sunset sailboat cruise - San Francisco Bay US$45
  • > Country line dancing - Nashville US$10
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville US$25-$40
  • > Country Western saloons - Nashville US$varies
  • > Baseball game - Chicago from US$20
  • > Blues clubs - Chicago from US$15
  • > Bike rental - Acadia US$20-$25
  • > Sea kayaking - Acadia US$50
  • > Visit the Alamo - San Antonio US$free
  • > Waterparks - Wisconsin Dells US$40-$50
  • > Civil Rights Institute - Birmingham, Alabama US$12
  • > Elvis birthplace tour - Tupelo US$8-$17
  • > Delta Blues Museum - Clarksdale US$7
  • > Barton Springs - Austin US$4
  • > Full day water sports package - Key West US$150
  • > Kayaking - Lake George, Vermont US$30
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
  • > Alcatraz Prison - San Francisco (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) US$30-$37
Tour Itinerary

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

Itinerary Update

For 2016 departures this tour will have a revised itinerary for the fist 9 days of the trip. The itinerary will be updated at the end of August once all details have been confirmed.

  • Day 1-2: Miami & Key West, Florida

    Here we go! This is going to be one heck of an adventure that will take you from the sublime sunsets of the Florida Keys all the way to those coffee shop mornings in Seattle. So, hold onto your sunhats as you depart Miami and head for the bright lights and uber-cool beach bars in Key West. Start as you mean to go on and celebrate the good times ahead.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3: Key West & Daytona Beach, Florida

    There's no way that last night's party is going to keep you from checking out the rest of Florida! As you travel north through some superb waterways, you'll be right on track for Daytona Beach and your next overnight stop. With palm trees lining the boulevards and more fabulous opportunities to shop, explore and soak up the sun than you'd care to imagine, it's no wonder that you'll already be getting into the holiday vibe!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: Savannah, Georgia & South Carolina

    The oldest city in the whole of Georgia is your stop for today and you'll get your first chance to sample the music, heritage and delicious grub of the Deep South. With just over 20 historic squares it's easy to see why this was once the state's colonial capital. If you're looking for a combination of historic homes, park fountains and a huge helping of Southern hospitality (devilled crab and smoked pork anyone?) then you'll be in your absolute element.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5: Charleston, South Carolina

    Charleston is defined by its beautiful cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel pre-Civil-War-era houses. Take a wander through the bustling French Quarter and Battery areas on a self-guided walking tour to really pull out the unique flavours of this city.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6: Asheville, North Carolina

    Wave goodbye to Savannah, your Deep South stretch takes an altogether wilder turn as you enter the unique and freaky city streets of Asheville. This place serves as a great stop to take stock and prepare for tomorrow's exploration into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7-8: Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

    This is what the Blue Ridge Mountains are all about and although this is America's most-popular national park you'll still be treated to a peaceful and inspirational natural experience that'll stay with you for years to come. Loads of hiking trails give everyone the chance to soak up the misty mountain views and if you fancy a cheeky spot of white-water rafting then this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9: West Virginia

    Just try and stop yourself singing 'Country Road' as you head northwards out of North Carolina and into West Virginia. The state capital and largest city is Charleston and that's where you'll be heading to prior to tomorrow's trip to Washington DC. Why not visit the Morgan's Kitchen Plantation Museum, used as a hospital and a kitchen for both sides during the Civil War. This log kitchen displays an open fireplace and a bear trap! The West Virginia State Capitol Building is impressive, as well as being sure-fire photo stop.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 10-11: Washington DC

    Cross the great state of Virginia and hike a section of the Appalachian Mountains on your way to Washington DC. Interestingly, Washington DC is not in a state, but its own District - the District of Columbia (DC for short). Your first evening in DC couldn't get any better than with a self-guided illuminated view of the White House, Jefferson Monument and Capitol Hill, as well as all of the other iconic landmarks that are known the world over. Thanks to the Smithsonian Institution's generous attitude towards art and culture you'll be able to enter the majority of the capital's museums free of charge - great news if you're planning to save your dimes for a night out in New York!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12-13: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey & New York City

    The states on this side of the country are pretty small so you can cruise through five of them in no time at all. Try to collect a souvenir from each state on your way through! After visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and shouting `Adriaaaan' from the steps leading up to Philadelphia's Museum of Art, it's time to move on to a few more famous film sites as you head for the city that never sleeps - New York. The next two days will be crammed full of iconic buildings, historic monuments and more razzmatazz and bright lights than vendors selling pretzels and hot dogs. This is your chance to revel amongst some of the world's most famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.
    Please note: you leader is unable to guide you in New York City.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 14-15: Connecticut, Rhode Island & Boston, Massachusetts

    After you've had your fill of the `Big Apple' there are two more tiny states to tick off your list as you make tracks for the cobbled streets and cultural trails of Boston, renowned as being one of the key locations for the start of the American Revolution. Aside from the Freedom Trail (which takes in 16 revolutionary sites), Boston is also an absolute legend on the food and drink scene. Delight in a whole host of Irish bars, coffee shops and snack-joints providing the sustenance to keep you going until the wee small hours.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 16-17: Acadia National Park, Maine

    Onwards and upwards through New England and into Maine which is not only the birthplace of Stephen King but also the home of Acadia National Park. This is the perfect place to hike, picnic and mountain bike; you'll even have the opportunity to go deep-sea fishing. This is all about exploring the great outdoors with mountains, woodlands, lakes and ocean views providing the backdrop to an exceptional array of scenery and Mount Desert Island giving you the pick of more beautiful natural areas.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 18-19: White Mountains National Park, New Hampshire

    After time spent in Maine, it's time to hop over to the neighbouring state of New Hampshire and discover over 100 miles of Appalachian Trail, criss-crossing through the White Mountains National Forest. The tree-covered trails provide not only some shaded respite from the sun but also plenty of optional activities. This place will have you hiking and camping amongst some of the best terrain that New England has to offer. As weather conditions can change in a flash you're advised to pack accordingly but, with views above the timberline ranging from 'WOW' to 'OMG', a spot of drizzle will probably be the last thing on your mind.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 20: Lake George & Vermont

    Just over 30 miles in length and three miles across, Lake George is pretty tricky to miss. As you head across the border into the maple syrup territory of Vermont you'll be able to make the most of a stretch of water that has been attracting NYC's wealthy and wise since way back in the 1800's. This is a great chance to kayak, hike or simply rest up and relax in and around one of the most popular lakes on the East Coast.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 21: Buffalo, New York State

    Located on the shores of Lake Erie and packed full of arts and culture, Buffalo is a totally worthwhile city to visit and as you're a mere stone's throw from the thundering water of Niagara Falls. This could well be a highlight that you wouldn't previously have imagined! Your visit to the famous falls takes place this evening and if you thought this incredible landmark looked cool in the day then try taking a look when it's illuminated with coloured spot-lights at night. Magical just doesn't do this experience justice.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 22: Cleveland, Ohio

    Today you'll be donning your waterproof poncho and clambering aboard the `Maid of the Mist' before you venture into the spray-drenching realm of pretty much the most famous water feature on the planet. After Niagara by day you'll be skirting the edge of Lake Erie as you journey to Cleveland, Ohio, for a spot of free time and lake swimming.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 23-24: Van Buren State Park, Michigan

    You should be getting the hang of 'lake life' by now and you'll be pleased to know that for the next couple of nights you'll be located within Van Buren State Park which promises 400 acres of woodland trails, gigantic sand dunes and a mile of sandy beach. Unwind with some excellent spots for swimming and generally taking it easy.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 25: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Now for something completely different as you travel south to Indianapolis and the kooky capital of Indiana. Guaranteed to feed your cultural, retail and nightclub needs, Indianapolis is an awesome city with indie brewery tours, ethnic food corridors and mind-bending live shows always proving popular.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 26: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

    Still pondering last night's mind-tripping show you'll continue south and into Kentucky where the world's longest known cave system, the aptly named Mammoth Cave, is awaiting your exploration. This is twice the size of the world's next largest cave setting with over 400 miles of sandstone and limestone passageways, corridors, rivers, stalactites and stalagmites providing an amazing adventure deep beneath the hills of Green River Valley.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 27-28: Nashville, Tennessee

    Nashville has so much more to offer than catchy country tunes and as you venture ever-further into America's Deep South you'll be treated to a whole host of things to do along the banks of the Cumberland River. The Hall of Fame, Civil War heritage, Elvis's recording studios and more honky-tonk bars than you can hit with a banjo - have fun y'all!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 29: Birmingham, Alabama

    Time to tune into Lynyrd Skynyrd as you check into Birmingham, Alabama, the home of southern jazz, civil-rights and juicy country-fried steak with butter beans - mmmm!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 30-31: New Orleans, Louisiana

    If you've just started to get into jazz then prepare to crank it up a notch as you make your way into New Orleans' historic French Quarter. Here, you're never far away from a sax or trumpet, as well as some darn fine bars to kick up your heels. Your home for the next couple of nights is right in the beating heart of New Orleans and from tours along the Mississippi to tasty of Cajun cuisine, this is the perfect place to celebrate your 30th day on the road.
    Accommodation: Suites included

  • Day 32: Tupelo, Mississippi

    For all you lovers of slicked back hair and rock 'n' roll, Tupelo will certainly resonate as this is the birthplace of `The King'. A visit to the stomping ground and birthplace of Elvis Presley will no doubt inspire at least a couple of renditions of `Blue Suede Shoes', `Hound Dog', etc.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 33-34: Clarksdale & Memphis, Tennessee

    Stop by Clarksdale, which many claim to be the birthplace of blues, to see the famous crossroads of Highway 61. More musical heritage can, of course, be found in Memphis and as we turn our attention to blues, country and 60's soul, we'll stop for a couple of nights just to check that the largest city on the Mississippi has still got it going on. With Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters and Otis Reading to guide you, this stopover in Memphis is pure gold for music fans. Take the chance to visit Graceland and Sun Studios as well as the National Civil-Rights Museum which presents a thoroughly absorbing tour, no matter what you're into.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 35-36: St Louis, Missouri

    After managing to scrape the swamp off those rhinestone boots you bought in Memphis it's time to hit the 'coasters and thrill rides at Six Flags, St. Louis, before checking out the night life or sampling the local beer on an Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 37-38: Chicago, Illinois

    Cross the state of Illinois heading north and you'll find your home for the next two nights surrounded by the shimmering towers, designer malls and all-important Lake Michigan views of Chicago. The `Windy City' is an exciting and fast-paced metropolis with a huge range of cultural museums, live music venues and deep-dish pizza houses. This promised to be an extremely exciting stopover as you near the halfway stage of this incredible tour of America.
    Accommodation: Hostels included

  • Day 39: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    After all of that deep-filled pizza indulgence you may consider taking it easy for the next few days however, you're bound to find room for some tasty Wisconsin Dells fudge before you ease in the reigns. Aside from the sugar-laced loveliness, The Dells is jam-packed full of water parks, roller coaster rides and chances to tour on land and water on-board an amphibious Wisconsin Duck bus.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 40: Black River Falls & Minneapolis, Minnesota

    You've made it to the halfway stage of this phenomenal tour and now you'll get the chance to celebrate in Minneapolis on a short break for lunch at Black River Falls. More cascading water lies in-store this afternoon at Minnehaha Falls and if you fancy going all 'Man v's Food' then chomping into a 'Jucy Lucy' burger before you check out America's largest mall. The Minneapolis' nightlife comes highly recommended.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 41: Des Moines, Iowa, Missouri & Kansas City, Kansas

    There's no place like home and as you travel through Iowa, Missouri, and into Kansas you'll get to stop at Des Moines for lunch before reaching the heart of Middle America. Steamboat museums, barbecue smoke pits and some fairly swanky country clubs provide plenty of options for your single night in Kansas.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 42: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    You're on the southern trail again where the wind comes rushing across the plain as you head to Oklahoma City; the home of cattle, cowboys and some of the wildest nightspots this side of Texas.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 43-44: Austin, Texas

    Prizes go to the first person to spot a 'Keep Austin Weird' bumper sticker and as you enter the `Lone Star State' and try to shake off the Dallas theme tune. Here, you'll be able to discover just how Austin, Texas, has managed to gain the reputation as being one of the best live music locations on the planet. Aside from the music scene Austin also has over 50 parks and public swimming pools which will be great news if you need to cool off after a night out on 6th Street.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 45: San Antonio, Texas

    Obviously as Texas is so vast, visiting another city was always on the cards. The chance to check out the restaurants, bars and tax-free shopping opportunities on San Antonio's River Walk is certainly worthwhile before heading west into New Mexico. As an alternative to some retail therapy, San Antonio is also well-known as the site of the Battle of the Alamo. Make the most of your chance to find out a bit more at the Alamo Mission which presents a fascinating insight into America's relationship with its neighbours south of the border.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 46-47: Carlsbad & Roswell, New Mexico

    After taking in the stalactites and stalagmites in the Carlsbad Caverns you may be forgiven for thinking that things couldn't get much spookier. We spend tonight camping outside Roswell hunting for aliens!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 48-49: Roswell & Santa Fe

    Roswell is shrouded in mystery for all things of the alien kind. No trip to Roswell is complete without a visit to the Roswell UFO Museum & Research Center. Here, travellers can really explore the truth behind the mysterious crash of 1947. Moving onto Santa Fe, we soak up the artsy vibe of this oldest US capital city high in the desert foothills. Stroll down Canyon Road where locals are peddling their wares and get ready to hit the town tonight.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 50-51: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Buena Vista, Colorado

    As you travel northwards and across the border into Colorado you'll be well-aware of the ever-changing scenery that has formed the backbone of your tour. Entering Great Sand Dunes National Park provides yet another chance to immerse yourself in some incredible landscapes. After a spot of sand-surfing and swimming in Medano Creek it's time to spend a night surrounded by snow-capped mountains under a velvet blanket pin-pricked with twinkling stars as you camp out in Buena Vista at the foot of the Continental Divide. Hiking the trails or meandering around the shops are all part of the Buena Vista social experience.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 52-53: Boulder & Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

    The moment when someone whispers `what's that?' is when you know that your wildlife trail has reached its highpoint. The chance to hike amongst the fantastic formations of the Rocky Mountain National Park has to be up there with the best of them! Spending two days exploring and keeping your eyes peeled for eagles, elk and bear is definitely an experience to savour.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 54-55: Nebraska, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota & Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

    Check out the views as you travel further north through Nebraska and into South Dakota where you'll be treated to a photographic opportunity like no other as you edge ever closer to the chiselled presidential features of Mount Rushmore. Step into the shadows of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln prior to paying your respects to another heroic icon from American history, Crazy Horse, who also has a mountain memorial carved in his honour. Next up, explore Theodore Roosevelt National Park. If you're starting to get into your birdwatching you'll have around 200 species to look out for including grouse, eagles and wild turkeys.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 56: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

    As you start your journey west of North Dakota and into Montana you'll no doubt be discovering more about America's often brutal past and nowhere more-so has this been immortalised other than the place of Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn. The national monument is a shrine to the Sioux and Cheyenne Native Americans struggle to survive in an ever-changing world and will no doubt give you chance to reflect as you pay your respects.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 57-58: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    Make sure you keep your eye on your picnic baskets as you head into Yogi country and the awesome range of experiences that are abound in one of the best-loved national parks on the planet, Yellowstone. Spurting geysers, grazing buffalo, star-filled nights and no end of wildlife peeping out from lush green forest and valley trails will make the next two days incredibly special, so enjoy every minute of it!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 59: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

    The solidified lava flows here are the closest thing you'll get to a real lunar landscape. Explore the cinder cones and caves and appreciate this surreal experience that you'll no doubt remember for many moons to come.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 60-61: Salt Lake City & Homestead Crater, Utah

    Temples, museums, heritage parks and hip-hop clubs can be all found in Salt Lake City. For those that fancy a bit of a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour then the Salt Lake Connect Pass is the way to go. If you've seen the film '127 hours', you may be pleased to hear that your second day in Utah's all about the Homestead Crater in Blue John Canyon which features in the film! Don't forget your swimsuits and camera!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 62-64: Moab/Arches National Park & Dead Horse Point, Utah

    Photography students take note: if you're searching for a sandstone archway juxtaposed against an infinite blue sky you'll find plenty of that here - you won't know where to point your camera first! Arches National Park not only contains more than 2000 natural archways but it's also considered to be America's ultimate adventure playground with mountain biking, hummer safaris and canyon trekking all considered epic fun in the sun. Add in the Tower of Babel, the Organ, Delicate Arch and Dead Horse Point State Park - it's no wonder that Moab is Utah's inspirational adventure capital.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 65: Monument Valley, Utah

    More movie moments arise today as you hit the trail into Monument Valley and those legendary landscapes that have formed the backdrop to a whole host of Westerns. Optional 4x4 tours with a Native Navajo guide will take you deep into the heart of the valley where you'll discover the sandstone formations and vast stretches of canyon that have long been the spiritual home of the Navajo nation.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 66-67: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

    Undoubtedly the highlight of any trip to Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park is simply a breathtaking experience that you'll want to enjoy again and again. Optional helicopter rides take you swooping through the valleys and buzzing over the river far below. No matter how you decide to spend your time, the sunset on your first day will prove to be another moment that'll leave you speechless. If your first day was spent looking down then the next day should all be about delving into the depths of the canyon from the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. The views of the epic Colorado River have never looked so grand!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 68-69: Route 66 & Las Vegas, Nevada

    There are road trips and then there's a journey down the infamous Route 66. As you leave Arizona behind and head west into Nevada you'll get that tingling feeling that something special is just around the bend. After a cheeky stopover in the long-preserved town of Seligman, it's time to hit the slots, soak up the sights and party like you've just been on tour for 69 days, that's right - you're in Vegas baby! The Strip, the Fremont Experience, the Bellagio Fountains and a couple of nights in a hotel - is there any reason not to get excited?
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 70: Los Angeles, California

    So, you've just left `Sin City', where next? Well, there's only one stop on the California trail that's going to top Vegas and that's the movie star-filled boulevards and beaches of LA. Los Angeles presents your first taste of the Pacific Coast with the brash and the beautiful! From Venice Beach and Santa Monica to Mullholland Drive and the Hollywood sign, this is where your tour really gets the VIP treatment.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 71: Santa Barbara, California

    Head away from the bright lights of Hollywood as you continue your Californian leg northwards and onto the prestigious waterfront attractions of Santa Barbara. If you're hoping to chill and watch the world go by over a coffee or sip on some tasty vino from a local vineyard then you'll find plenty of opportunities to do so in Santa Barbara. There's also almost 700 eateries and a whole host of arts and crafts centres to help you get into the laid-back West Coast vibe, you're time here is going to be awesome!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 72: Monterey, California

    This is the Californian Coast at its very best! The draw for most visitors here is the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which makes for a fabulous location to try and spot whales, sea-lions and dolphins. Spend an afternoon wandering through Monterey State Historic Park and step into Monterey's past then enjoy the sights of some of California's most historic homes, buildings and beautiful gardens.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 73-74: Yosemite National Park, California

    Just when you thought there was nothing else that could cap your tour you end up strolling around Yosemite National Park for a couple of days. Attempt to put your arms around a Giant Sequoia, dip your toes into the Merced River or simply marvel at the mountains as you hike or bike over some of the lesser-frequented forest trails - it's easy to understand why this is one of America's most treasured national parks. With legendary land features (Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks) as well as some of the world's highest waterfalls (Nevada, Vernal and Yosemite), Yosemite National Park will definitely be one of your road trip highlights, there's no doubt about it!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 75-76: San Francisco, California

    Say goodbye to Yosemite and hello to San Francisco as you reach the epic red arches of the Golden Gate Bridge. With a tour of the famous bridge included you'll also be treated to an array of classic San Francisco highlights with a free day enabling you to discover Chinatown, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf and even the foreboding walls of Alcatraz (make sure you book this well in advance of your tour as spaces fill up fast). Clam chowder, sea-lions and cable cars by day combined with clubs, bars and speakeasy's by night, San Francisco is just one of the places that you'll want to return to again and again.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

    If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz we recommend you book your tickets well in advance direct with Alcatraz Cruises. For this tour you should book your ticket for day 76 (anytime). See Tour Extras tab for more information.

  • Day 77-78: Eureka & Redwood National Park, California

    Hopefully you've saved room on your camera for a few more shots of California's giants as over the next couple of days you're going to be gazing skywards as you enter the realm of the tallest trees on the planet, the Giant Redwoods. Infinite prairies, sublime coastline and rushing river trails - there's going to be much more to Redwood National Park than you may have first imagined.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 79: Portland, Oregon

    Your penultimate day on tour sees you head to Portland where you'll have the chance to recount a few of the many awesome highlights that you've experienced over the past 80 days with your new Trek mates. Portland is one of the coolest cities on the West Coast and the hipster vibes and friendly locals will see that your road trip ends on a high. The micro-breweries and Voodoo Donut shops of Portland are yours to indulge in so make sure you do!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 80: Seattle, Washington State

    Seattle has one heck of a music scene and with Eddie Vedder ringing in your ears it's time to say goodbye to your travelling companions after one last opportunity to get some souvenirs at the boardwalk empire of Pike Market. If you have any camera space left then the Space Needle is always worth a snap however, you may just want to save your last iota of memory for a group shot as your epic trip finally draws to a close.

    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.

Itinerary Notes

As this is a new mammoth trip, with some off-beat destinations, things may not run exactly as listed above for each day. For example, some drives may be longer than expected; others shorter. But this is all part of the pioneering spirit of this exclusive adventure. Come with a fun, flexible outlook and let's make the road trip part of the journey!

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.

Celebrate Independence Day
  • Celebrate July 4th in New Orleans
  • Enjoy the annual firework extravganza on the Mississippi River where the fireworks are launched from duelling barges along the banks and parties continue through the night.

    Book tour departing 4th June 2016

Celebrate Independence Day
  • Celebrate the 4th of July in Washington DC
  • Join the celebration on Independence Day with amazing fireworks over the capital's historic monuments.

    Book tour departing 24th June 2016

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  • You only need to pay a 10% deposit with full payment due 12 weeks before departure.
  • There are no credit card fees or hidden surcharges.
  • We are an ABTA and ATOL operator offering financial security for our inclusive tours.
  • Prices below are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote.

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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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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.

Clarion Hotel

This hotel is conveniently located next to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, with a 24 courtesy shuttle and is adjacent to the Light Link Rail to downtown Seattle.

  • 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.


The Clay Hotel, Miami

Originally built in 1925, this hotel offers free WiFi in all rooms. It provides bell hop service, a 24-hour reception, laundry and ATM facilities.

  • 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.


Want to tick off ALL 50 States?

Why not add on our 4 night Alaska extension where you can explore the wilds of Alaska's most incredible National Park, Denali. This is one of the few parks where you are actively encouraged to leave the main trails to explore and search for wildlife including the mighty Black Bear.

After this you can add on as many days as you like in Hawaii's fabulous Honolulu where you can laze about in the incredible sunshine or enjoy a myriad of water activities.

Contact us on 0208 682 8920 for more details and the opportunity to complete this epic adventure!

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TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

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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.

Alcatraz Cruises

Located in San Francisco bay, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.

  • Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, you can connect with Alcatraz via a return ferry where you explore within the concrete walls and cells with an audio headset to learn the history and conditions within the prison.

    Alcatraz tours can sell out far in advance so you will need to book your own ticket ahead of time directly with Alcatraz Cruises. See itinerary tab for the recommended date and time for your tour.

  • > Book tickets directly with Alcatraz Cruises

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.

Miami City Tours
  • 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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