COAST TO COAST NORTH

29 days from

Coast to Coast North
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to NEW YORK AREA
Trek Code:
TLN
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
May-Aug
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > San Francisco's Alcatraz & Niagara Falls boat trip
  • > Hike the trails of Yellowstone, Banff and Yosemite
  • > Explore Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and more!
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Tour Overview

Passing the big, the bold and the downright incredible, this route carves a breath-taking trail through National Parks, over state lines and across the Canadian border. Visit the infamous Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco, get very wet on a Maid of the Mist boat trip at Niagara Falls, hike incredible National Park trails keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife, and blast your way down the California Coast. With some awesome American cities and remote areas, this tour is a great way to experience America and Canada's best scenery on one epic cross country road trip!

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Included Highlights
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Walk San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge & Haight-Ashbury
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias in Yosemite
  • Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Hike amongst Giant Redwoods in Redwood National Park
  • Canada's stunning mountains & lakes
  • Explore the California Coast - Monterey, Big Sur & Santa Barbara
  • Sightseeing in Chicago, Vancouver, Seattle & Hollywood, LA
  • National Parks - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Banff, Lake Louise, Redwood and Yosemite
  • See the iconic granite faces at Mount Rushmore
  • Visit Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco (new for 2015)
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi (USA only)
  • All accommodation - 22 camping, 4 hostel & 2 hotel nights.
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road
Wi-Fi Enabled

You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our wi-fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

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.

  • > Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$35
  • > Seattle Space Needle US$21-$29
  • > Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • > San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • > Willis Tower in Chicago US$18
  • > Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio US$36-$55
  • > Bike rental in Stanley Park CAD$10-$65
  • > Cody Western Rodeo US$18
  • > Monterey Bay Aquarium US$35
  • > Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • > Bobby's Bike Hire in Chicago US$35
  • > Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40
  • > San Francisco Bay sunset sailboat cruise US$40
  • > Chicago - Baseball Game US$15-$40
  • > Blues clubs in Chicago US$10-$45
  • > Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$85-$130
  • > Canoeing on Lake Louise CAD$45 per hour
  • > Sulphur Mountain hot springs, Banff CAD$7
  • > Rollerblading in Stanley Park CAD$10-$40
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.

This tour also departs from New York area

  • Day 1: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & California Coast

    With the Californian sun on your face you're off to Hollywood where you'll find the famous sign and Walk of Fame. Once you've finished hanging out with the stars make sure you check out the skate park at Venice Beach, the coolest place to be seen in LA. Uncover the sparkling Californian coastline heading north up to Santa Barbara a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach. As the highway snakes further north, get away from it all amongst the pristine wilderness of Big Sur as we stop for that iconic photo viewpoint of McWay Falls a stunning 80 foot waterfall that cascades directly onto its own private beach. End your first day under a blanket of Californian stars.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 2-3: Yosemite National Park

    Heading east through California's gold country you follow the scenic drive into Yosemite National Park, where you can either hike or bike, through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Either way, this park rocks! Once inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for black bears and coyote that roam freely as well and when the sun goes down, their howling often echoes amidst pines and sequoias. Admit it, this is what clicks the spirit of the great outdoors up a notch or two.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4-5: San Francisco

    Come fog or shine this city is awesome! Start with a tour of Haight-Ashbury a street oozing with hippy vibes and plenty of quirky shops and cafes. Head down to Pier 39 to see the resident sea lions who flock there in their hundreds and then grab yourself a delicious crab roll at Fisherman's Wharf. The highlights keep coming thick and fast with an included trip to the city's most famous attraction, Alcatraz. Learn all about the prisoners who spent their lives trying to escape with a superb audio tour. You can't go all way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and better yet why not set sail on an optional sunset sail cruise for a different perspective of the famous bridge.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 6-7: Redwood National Park

    Take in the stunning scenery as you drive up the Californian Coast to Redwood National Park .Get out and stretch those legs with a hike through Tall Trees Grove trail and keep an eye out for elk and bears who can be found hiding under the canopy of the Redwoods too. These trees are tall and are in fact the tallest trees on earth, so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up. As you explore more of the park you might start to recognise the canyons covered in fern and moss from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World, don't worry the dinosaurs are long gone. After an amazing day in Redwood National Park watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean on what is virtually your own private beach. Sounds like the perfect day, right?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Florence, Oregon Coast

    The Florence Oregon Coast is the perfect place for relaxation and fun, stroll around the Old Town with its charming shops and cafes. You'll find beautiful evergreen forests, the sparkling Pacific Ocean and towering dunes for you to spend time climbing and rolling down. Take time out swimming and having fun in the Oregon sunshine, this place is delightful!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: Seattle

    Welcome to the home of the iconic Space Needle, soar to the top and enjoy a bird's eye view of this cool city, on a clear day you may even be able to see Mount Rainier across the Puget Sound, in the distance. Visit Pike market where you can see market stall holders 'toss the Pike fish', visit chewing gum alley, or hit the nightlife which Seattle has come to be known for. It is also the founding city of Starbuck's coffee and has an abundance of other cool and quirky coffee shops, the perfect place for some people watching.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 11: Vancouver

    Cross the border from one awesome city to the next, Vancouver. With its stunning combination of mountains and coastline, the city boasts outstanding views. Take to Stanley Park on two wheels, treat yourself to some moreish Maple Cookies and then head over to Prospect Point for the best views in town. Known for being a city rich in culture, why not head over to Gastown with its award-winning galleries and tons of cafes and restaurants serving delicious food.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12-13: British Columbia & Lake Louise

    Heading through British Columbia you'll no doubt be impressed from the word go! In every direction you will see incredible scenery from mirrored lakes, snowy peaks and huge forests of conifer. With the nickname like the "gem of the Rockies", Lake Louise is the real show stopper around these parts. The imposing chateau looks on as mountains cluster round the turquoise surface. We recommend you hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers or inspect the scene by paddle power on an optional canoe trip.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14-15: Banff National Park

    Packed full of show-stopping trails and incredible wildlife for you to enjoy, Banff, Canada's first national park is the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies and it's no surprise it is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. If it's a relaxing time you're after, chill out by one of the picturesque lakes and the local hot springs or if you simply can't sit still, there are heaps of trails just waiting for you to explore.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 16-18: Glacier National Park & Montana

    With bear sightings possible and other awesome wildlife in an abundance, it won't just be the snow-capped mountains that leave you awe-struck. The best way to see Glacier National Park is to don your hiking boots and go for a walk, from the alpine lakes, sheer peaks and of course the glaciers, all 26 of them, this is a park that will leave you speechless around every corner. Montana is often referred to as 'Big Sky Country' because of its numerous stars, but it is also a trekkers' paradise. This area sure adds a healthy dose of the wow factor.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 19-20: Yellowstone National Park

    Heading out of Montana straight into Wyoming the scenery just keeps on getting better as you reach Yellowstone National Park. View explosive geysers including `Old Faithful' and colourful waterfalls while exploring the world's oldest and most famous national park. There is an abundance of wildlife here so have your camera at the ready and if you're lucky you may spot bison, elk, and bears and if you're really lucky you may spot a wolf as they have recently been re-introduced to the park. There is no doubt about it the next couple of days in Yellowstone National Park will be awesome!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 21: 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, so why not indulge yourself in a summer rodeo.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 22: 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 is 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, very impressive and a sight not to be missed.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 23: Badlands National Park

    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 in people from all over the world and you may even see bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 24: Minnesota & Wisconsin

    Wisconsin is known for cheese and today you'll have your first taste of Wisconsin before saying hello to the Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth. Head out across the great prairies of America's original western frontier. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle down for some shut-eye under canvas.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 25-26: 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 included

  • Day 27: Cedar Point, Ohio & Lake Erie

    We make a brief stop to Gary, Indiana for a photo of the house where Michael Jackson grew up, followed by a visit to the Amish community in Shipshewana who maintain a more traditional way of life. Then it's Ohio, where you can ask a "Buckeye" to tell you all about their state nut or how cool they think Cedar Point Amusement Park's rollercoasters are! But it's probably better to find out for yourself, ride the Millennium Force - the greatest roller coaster in the world! That's enough thrills and excitement for one day, so settle down for a night next to the beautiful Lake Erie.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 28: Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it will 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 included Maid of the Mist cruise, just be prepared to get wet. Tonight head back to the falls for an illuminated view under a blanket of stars.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 29: New York Area

    Leaving the roar of the falls behind we travel through New York's Finger Lakes region and the Pocono Mountains en-route to the New York Area. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book a few extra 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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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.
  • If your chosen date is not available, this tour also departs from New York area

Itinerary Update: Please note from 01/01/2015, this tour will become a 30 day trip with 1 day added in the Finger Lakes in eastern USA, and an extra day in Washington's Seattle. Also included is a visit to the infamous San Francisco prison Alcatraz and Old Trail Town in Wyoming.



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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.

 

Kawada Hotel

LOS ANGELES - KAWADA HOTEL (to 30-Sep-14 only)
Located close to public transport links, this hotel offers urban European style rooms with air conditioning, high speed internet and flat screen TVs.

  • 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 (from 01-OCT-14)
This full service hotel close to LAX offers a sun deck/pool and 5 social lounges. Perfectly located for Santa Monica & Venice Beach.

  • 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.

Los Angeles 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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