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The Great 48

  • Code #GRT
  • 80 Days
Duration
80 Days
/79 Nights
Availability
Apr,2017-Jun,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Miami
Ends in: 
Seattle
Accommodation
Camping

Trip 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 a 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 and state parks, countless small towns and some of the craziest cities - Miami, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, LA, San Francisco... the list could go on! Want to see the real America? You've got it in spades with this sweet 80 day road trip!

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 Appalachian Mountains, the 'Backbone of America'
  • Delve into the nation's history & food in the Deep South
  • Party in Miami, New York, Vegas & 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
  • 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
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
Mountains
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
67 Nights
Budget Lodging
8 Nights
Hotel
4 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi (USA only)
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

The Great 48
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Seattle
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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!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Reality Check

As this is a mammoth trip, with some off-beat destinations, things may not run exactly as listed below 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!

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Water sports package (full day) US$150
Snorkelling US$45
Kayaking (half day) US$65

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Historic Savannah Theatre US$37
Trolley tour US$32
First Africa Baptist Church FREE

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Ghosts of the South tour US$20
Watertaxi US$10
Rickshaw ride US$6
Magnolia Garden US$15

Your Deep South stretch takes an altogether wilder turn as you enter the unique and freaky city streets of Asheville. A great chance to stop and take stock and prepare for tomorrow's exploration into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Just try and stop yourself singing 'Country Roads' as you head northwards out of North Carolina and into West Virginia. For those with an adventurous streak you won’t want to miss a spot of white water rafting or zip lining right next to New River Gorge National River.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Tree canopy zip lining US$80
White water rafting on New River US$75-$90

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). DC is home to some of the most well-known monuments including the White House, Jefferson Monument and Capitol Hill. 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Smithsonian National Museums FREE
Bike rental US$16-$75

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 ‘Rocky’ 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 your day in New York City will be at your leisure and unguided by your leader.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10

After you've had your fill of the ‘Big Apple’ there are two more 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 a 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Walk the Freedom Trail  FREE
Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar FREE
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market FREE
Baseball game from US$20

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. Mount Desert Island gives you the pick of beautiful natural areas and this stop is all about exploring the great outdoors with mountains, woodlands, lakes and ocean views providing an exceptional backdrop.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$20-$25
Sea kayaking US$50

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

The ‘Greens’, as local hikers sometimes refer to this small mountain range, are a perfect introduction to this area. In Autumn this area comes alive with the changing of the colours however, in summer months the thick forest and beautiful views give you an excellent idea why so many Americas travel for miles to visit.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Located on the shores of Lake Erie and packed full of arts and culture, Buffalo is a mere stone's throw from the thundering water of Niagara Falls. This could well be a highlight! 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 spotlights at night. The word ‘magical’ just doesn't do this experience justice.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cave of the Winds tour US$14

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 Country Music 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Country line dancing US$10
Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Country western saloons US$varies
Grand Ole Opry backstage tour US$24
Grand Ole Opry show US$37-$77

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Civil Rights Institute US$12

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 Cajun cuisine, this is the perfect place to celebrate your 30th day on the road.

Accommodation

Apartments included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Jazz clubs US$10-20
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
Mardi Gras World US$20
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20

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' and many more classics!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Elvis birthplace tour US$8-$17

Stop by Clarksdale, which many claim to be the birthplace of the 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 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 Studio as well as the National Civil Rights Museum which presents a thoroughly absorbing tour.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Delta Blues Museum US$7
Tour of Graceland US$35-$70
Civil Rights Museum US$15
Sun Studio US$12
Gibson guitar factory US$10
Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 the 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 promises to be an extremely exciting stopover as you near the halfway stage of your incredible tour of America.

Due to the length of the tour, it is likely your tour leader will change in Chicago.

Accommodation

Hostels included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Willis Tower US$22
'Bobby's Bike Hike' US$35
Baseball game from US$20
Blues clubs from US$6

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Water parks US$45-$55

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. Food' then chomping into a 'Juicy Lucy' burger before you check out America's largest mall. The Minneapolis nightlife comes highly recommended.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Welcome to Texas, the largest of the ‘Lower 48’ states. Things are bigger in Texas and Dallas is no exception. You'll find several museums, as well as some terrific local steakhouses. The assassination of JFK is obviously one of the darker moments in Dallas' history, and with your free time you may want to check out the John F Kennedy tour featuring the grassy knoll and the infamous 6th floor of the School Book Depository. Dallas also has some great live music so may sure you venture out in the evening.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sixth Floor Museum US$13
Heritage Center US$9

See the capitol in Austin before heading to Luckenbach for live music in the rural hill country at night.  It’s remote and in the middle of nowhere but has a real community feel and is known as a unique venue for country music! 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

After taking in the stalactites and stalagmites in the Carlsbad Caverns you may be forgiven for thinking that things couldn't get much spookier. At night this area comes alive with bats -  millions of bats - that come alive with the setting sun. It’s worth checking out!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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. Make sure you grab yourself a burrito at Bumble Bee’s and head on out in the evening to sample some of the Santa Fe nightlife.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

The moment when someone whispers ‘what's that?' is when you know that your wildlife trail has reached its high point. 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

As you start your journey heading west out of North Dakota and into Montana you'll no doubt be discovering more about America's often brutal past and nowhere has this been immortalised more 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 American struggle to survive in an ever-changing world and will no doubt give you the chance to reflect as you pay your respects.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Make sure you keep your eye on your picnic baskets as you head into Yogi country and the awesome range of experiences that 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 swimsuit and camera!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking US$100
Float trip on the Colorado River US$60-$91
Extreme off-road hummer tour US$90-$100

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$254-$284
IMAX Theater US$15

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 67 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Helicopter flight US$124
Roller coasters US$25-$40
Gun range US$20-$100
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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, your time here is going to be awesome!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 80ft. 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

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$12-$34
Float trip on the Merced River US$31

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 speakeasys by night - San Francisco is just one of the places that you'll want to return to again and again.

Accommodation

Hostel includedIf 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.

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cable car ride US$5-$13
Bike rental US$8 per hour / US$32 per day
Sunset sailboat cruise US$45
Alcatraz Prison (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) US$33-$40

opefully 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 79 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 shop are yours to indulge in, so make sure you do! 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Seattle has one heck of a music scene and with Eddie Vedder ringing in your ears it's 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. 

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

MIAMI - COURTYARD MIAMI SOUTH BEACH

1530 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Centrally located in the South Beach Art Deco district of Miami Beach, this hotel offers rooftop outdoor pool, gym and free Wi-Fi.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £94 | US$134 | Eur113 | AU$170 | NZ$178
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £164 | US$234 | Eur197 | AU$296 | NZ$310
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

If you are flying into Miami, take a Super Shuttle service for approximately US$22 per person which operates 24 hours a day. You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for the "Courtyard Miami Beach South Beach" as your drop off point. If you wish to take a taxi, you can find one outside the terminal and should cost approximately US$35 and take 35 minutes depending on traffic. 

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

SEATTLE - CLARION HOTEL

3000 S 176th St, Seattle, WA 98188

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 (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £63 | US$90 | Eur76 | AU$114 | NZ$119
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £110 | US$157 | Eur132 | AU$198 | NZ$208
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel is located one mile from the airport and they provide a free 24-hour airport shuttle service (a nominal tip of approx. US$2 per person is recommended). When you arrive at the airport, go to the courtesy hotel phones in the baggage area and dial #38 to request a pick-up. To meet your shuttle follow the signs to the shuttle pick up area. Head up the escalators, over the sky bridge and back down ground level and wait at island 1 or 3.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. 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.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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 if you want to visit Alcatraz you will need to book your own ticket ahead of time directly with Alcatraz Cruises.

Check the itinerary description for San Francisco above for the recommended date and time for your tour.

Book tickets here with Alcatraz Cruises

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.7 out of 5

Great 48 2015

Past Trekkers Review

an interesting way to see america and make friends

Reviewed April 2016
In a nutshell this is a great trip! you will get to see most of the thing you want, but remember that your aim is to hit all 48 states, so you won't have all the time in the world in each place. its a great experience to be in a different town or city every other day, and the true beauty of this...
Past Trekkers Review

The Good, Bad and Real US

Reviewed March 2016
Couldn't have wished for a better all round trip to the states. Every day seemed to better the last in either another 'bucket list' type experience or just camp bonding with your new best friends. You only get what you put into it so if you view the bus journeys as just wasted time getti...
Past Trekkers Review

Freedom At It's Finest

Reviewed April 2015
As a veteran Trailblazer, it was always going to take a lot to impress me and with so many similarities between the Great 48 and my previous trek, I did wonder if this new trip was going to be all that ambitious. I needn't have worried. From start to finish, my journey through America felt like ...
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Travelling Together

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world 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.

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