NORTHERN BLT

21 days from

Northern BLT NNB
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to LOS ANGELES
Trek Code:
NNB
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
May-Aug
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Hike the trails of Yellowstone & Yosemite
  • > Visit the Finger Lakes & Niagara Falls
  • > Walk the Golden Gate Bridge; visit Alcatraz
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Tour Overview

Delve into the treasures of less explored Northern USA as you travel cross-country from coast to coast, a style of travel that has inspired and excited travellers for years. Experience the thunder of Niagara Falls, the skyscrapers of Chicago, and the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. Let San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge pave your way to the city which inspired a generation of hippies, and then drive the stunning Pacific Coast Highway all the way to the home of the stars in Los Angeles.

Included Highlights
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana
  • City tour of San Francisco & walk over Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway with beach time in Santa Barbara
  • Visit Venice Beach & Santa Monica Pier in LA
  • Chill out on the banks of Lake Tahoe
  • Sightseeing in the 'Windy City' Chicago
  • Visit to Cody Rodeo (June to August departures only)
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Yosemite
  • Explore the infmaous offshore prison of Alcatraz
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 7 cabin, 6 hostel, 1 hotel, 5 motel & 1 trailer park nights
BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of hostels, hotels and cabins on the Northern BLT. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are arranged on a single sex multi-share dorm 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 this trip.

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 Northern BLT 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.

  • > Western saloons - Jackson US$varies
  • > Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • > Maid of the Mist cruise - Niagara Falls US$15 (CAD$21 for Canadian side)
  • > Cable car ride - San Francisco US$5-$13
  • > Willis Tower - Chicago US$20
  • > Sunset champagne cruise - Lake Tahoe US$53
  • > Cedar Point Amusement Park - Ohio US$40-$50
  • > Casinos - Lake Tahoe US$FREE
  • > Whitewater rafting on the Snake River - Jackson US$77-$124
  • > 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
  • > Baseball game - San Francisco from US$20
  • > Horseback riding - Jackson US$65
  • > Baseball game - Chicago from US$20
  • > Blues clubs - Chicago from US$15
  • > Mountain biking - Jackson US$30-$70
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: New York Area & Cayuga Lake

    You're in the Big Apple so why not stay a couple of nights before the tour departs and explore this iconic city? Head to the top of the Empire State Building or take a stroll through the beautiful Central Park, there is something for everyone here. As you tour departs, it's time to leave city life behind you and blast off towards the Fingers Lake, an area of natural beauty. Visit Cayuga Lake famous for being the longest of the Finger Lakes, and visit the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, a bunch of outstanding wineries. Nothing can beat tasting some of the region's best wines in one heck of a setting!
    Accommodation: Motel night included

  • Day 2-3: Niagara Falls, Lake Erie & Ohio

    Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it'll be to witness this natural wonder with your own two eyes. Get as close as you dare to the booming cascades of Niagara Falls on an optional `Maid of the Mist' cruise, just be prepared to get a little wet. As you make your way past the shores of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, why not visit Cedar Point Amusement Park to ride one of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coasters in the world?
    Accommodation: 1 night cabin & 1 night trailer-park experience included

  • Day 4-5: Chicago

    Step back in time with a visit to the Amish town of Shipshewana to see how these folks live a simple life, before arriving in Chicago. The 'Windy City' is home to some of the greatest blues music in America. Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the Windy City. Trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile before taking to pedal power on the optional famous 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour. For awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan and take in the laid back city vibes and then go and grab yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza, you deserve it!
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included

  • Day 6: Minnesota

    Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier, passing though Wisconsin, the American home of cheese! Your leader will introduce you to the taste of Wisconsin and you'll also visit the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in the 'City of Blue Earth' before settling in for the night.
    Accommodation: Cabin included

  • Day 7: Badlands

    All signs lead to Wall Drug - the renowned drug store in the little frontier town of Wall. It's so big you need a map to get around and it's also your last stop before heading into the Badlands. Touching down here feels more like a moon landing due to the bizarre lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges. The rugged beauty draws people in from all over the world and you may even see bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs.
    Accommodation: Cabin included

  • Day 8: Mount Rushmore

    It's not every day you get to see the faces of America's presidents peering out from the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it's pretty darn huge with 60 foot high faces, 500 feet up. Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up, the Crazy Horse monument. A memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, this impressive sight is not to be missed.
    Accommodation: Cabin included

  • Day 9: Cody

    Wild Wyoming is up next and you'll head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Embrace the cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson which is why you'll enjoy an included trip to the Cody Rodeo (01 June to 31 August only).
    Accommodation: Cabin included

  • Day 10-11: Yellowstone National Park

    One of the highlights on any trip through Northern USA is definitely exploring the unique landscape of the world's first national park, Yellowstone! This truly is wilderness at its very best, with spouting geysers (including famous Old Faithful), waterfalls and simmering mud pools. Wildlife roams freely around the park, so make sure you keep an eye out for that once in a lifetime wildlife spotting. Black Bear, elk, bison, moose and even the elusive wolf can all be seen on a visit to Yellowstone National Park. Forget about traffic jams here, it's all about bison jams! Don't go anywhere without your trusty camera, this park is full of surprises.
    Accommodation: Cabin included

  • Day 12-13: Jackson & Grand Teton National Park

    Feel the old frontier spirit alive and kicking in the truly western town of Jackson, the perfect base for exploring the Grand Teton National Park with its spiky peaks and plentiful wildlife. 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: Motel nights included

  • Day 14-15: Idaho/Nevada & Lake Tahoe

    Pass more widescreen scenery as you edge your way 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 sailboat cruise or hire a pedal boat. However you decide to spend your time, make the most of that lovely crystal clear water! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash casinos or hit a bar with your fellow trekkers? This road trip just keeps getting better and better!
    Accommodation: Motel nights included

  • Day 16-17: Yosemite National Park

    Following the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region with the chance to explore this extraordinary landscape. Both easy and challenging hikes bring you face to face with stunning glacier-carved granite monoliths, deep valleys, Giant Sequoia trees and spectacular waterfalls. Once deep inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including Black Bear and coyotes. For a different way to see the park, why not enjoy a float down the Merced River in a rubber ring (seasonal)?
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included

  • Day 18-19: San Francisco

    No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Haight-Ashbury, home of hippy vibes, quirky shops and cafe culture. The Golden Gate Bridge is awaiting your arrival so enjoy a walk across this famous big red masterpiece! Wine and dine at the waterfront which offers super-fresh seafood dishes and don't forget to pay the resident sea lions of Pier 39 a visit. We've included a trip to the incredible offshore prison of Alcatraz, where you can go on a fab audio tour and learn all about the infamous inmates and the failed escape attempts, a 'must do'. You'll most definitely leave your heart in San Francisco, it's awesome!
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included

  • Day 20: Big Sur & California Coast

    A drive along the California Coast is what road trip dreams are made of. You won't want to take your eyes off the road as more incredible views await around every twist and turn. Head further down the Pacific Coast Highway for stunning views of Big Sur's iconic McWay Falls, a stunning 80 foot waterfall that cascades directly onto its own private beach. This is by far one of the best stretches of road on the West Coast, so enjoy every minute!
    Accommodation: Hotel night included

  • Day 21: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

    Cruise on down to Santa Barbara where you can enjoy some chill out time on the beach, before rolling up to LA for the grand finale; touring Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. Finally you'll make your way back to the hotel where this trip of a lifetime sadly has to come to an end! Boy, what a trip!

    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.

Hilton Newark Airport

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT (2016 departures)
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.

 

Custom hotel

LOS ANGELES - CUSTOM HOTEL
This full service hotel is luxury at LAX complete with a stadium-style sun deck and pool and minutes from Santa Monica and Venice.

  • 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.


Mini Adventures

Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are perfect for extending your tour and experiencing a few more of North America's most incredible 'must see' highlights. Check out the following adventures relevant to this tour.

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> Tour Hollywood's highlights
> Grand Canyon National Park
> Experience Historic Route 66
> Photo stop at the Hoover Dam
> Limousine tour of Las Vegas
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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
  • 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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