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Grand Trek

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JAYNE G.
Grand Trek

Best thing I've ever done

Reviewed October 2017

Amazing, there was so much to do and see, the hikes where alot harder than a thought but after a couple of weeks you're body gets use to being active, I had the best group and leaders to get me through the whole of the trip, would definitely book again.

Past Trekkers Review
Grand Trek

A good way to see the USA's 'Greatest Hits'

Reviewed July 2016

I had a list of places to see such as Niagra Falls, Las Vegas, Chicago and the Grand Canyon. This seemed the best trip to cover everything. Most places I can definitely now say 'been there, done that'.

Time.
My concern at the start was the amount of time we had at each place. Niagra Falls, Mount Rushmore definately dont need anymore than a day. A couple of days at the National Parks seems about right for most people (though these where my fave stops so an extra day in some would have been nice). The only places that really lose out are the citys. I would have liked an extra day in Chicago, Austin Memphis and Nashville. I left these places feeling I hadn't seen much of them.

Camping.
Pros:
Definitely a good option if you don't have a huge budget. You need to be prepared to shop and cook food (in a team) for the group every 3/4 days but this works out sooo much cheaper than eating out all the time which I was told the BLT tours do. (around $10 rather than $20 a day)
Also, there is teamwork involved in buying/cooking food and building tents. This is a good way to mix and bond with the group, as well as being around the camp fire making Smores.
Overall the campsites where very good. The KOA chain sites have particularly good standards.

Cons:
Rain sucks when you camp. We mostly had lovely sun but there was rain on about 3/4 occasions. For various reasons this means the tent can get wet inside (e.g setting up in the rain). Our tent was never soaking wet inside but enough for it to be a bit unpleasant.
Campsite locations are annoying at times. Particularly in Memphis, Nashville and DC, our campsite was a bit of a journey into the citys. You are reliant on your guide to drive you there. This is generally fine but if you want a night out you'll want a full taxi because it will be pricey.
Having to cook might seem a chore sometimes after a long day.

Guides:
We had 2 as the Grand Trek is split in 2 halves, 1 guide for each half. Our first guide had a few years experience, the second was in their first year. I liked both of them but the first was definitely more enthusiastic, organised and made the overall experience easier and more enjoyable. This was their career/passion rather than a summer job. That said, both kept a reasonable standard.

Under 21's:
I don't recommend this for under 21's. If you're 20, I'd definitely suggest waiting a year and save up in that time. If you want to go to clubs and bars this is very difficult for under 21s, even if you don't drink. It proved easier for girls at times but some places just ID everyone on entry.
That being said, the under 21s on our trip still really enjoyed the trip. If you don't think you'll get the opportunity to go after you reach 21 then you can still have an enjoyable trip. There is still lots to do and see. You just don't quite get the full experience.

Grand Treck Notes:
Pros,
You see so much. Its really cool travelling from one places and arriving somewhere completely different. There's a great variety of scenery.
Its handy starting and finishing in the same place. It was nice coming back to somewhere familiar and booking/catching flights was just easier with the same location.

Cons,
6 weeks is a long time. Its great being able to see so much but I was feeling tired/drained during the final week. Having limited time in each place means you want to make the most of it and hard to take time out and chill. Even with the long times sat in the van, I found myself still craving some time out.
Naturally, being a large area, there is a lot of driving. Somedays will be purely for driving. Some stops are purely there as a break between A + B.

Overall:
I loved the trip. Memories I will hold forever. There are lots of 'cons' in this review are a sort of 'heads up'. In hind sight with these in mind I think I would have done a shorter trip. Perhaps 2/3 shorter ones over a few years.

Past Trekkers Review
Grand Trek

Great, a must if you have the time and money.

Reviewed July 2016

Our two tour leaders during the 43 days were great people and so was the rest of the group. I had a lot of fun and it made me uncover a hunger for camping. It is a great way to get a taste of the USA as a whole.

Past Trekkers Review
Grand Trek

A fun, entertaining and cultural experience full of laughs and great people.

Reviewed July 2016

I am so glad that I did this trek. It is by far the best thing I have done. Over the 6 weeks I have made some great friends and have seen places I would have never gone to on my own. Each day was different and you get to see so much in a short space of time. There was a good mix of cities and national parks so we got close to nature and the city hostel nights were a welcome break from the tent. The group bonded really well around the campfire and through the long drives. I can't pick a favourite place as there are so many great places however I you want to see Alcatraz get tickets early. I would definitely do this trip again as it something for everyone. You will make some great friends, experience a lot of culture and make some amazing memories. Book it today as it is a trip not to be missed.

Past Trekkers Review
Grand Trek

10 words isn't enough for a summary of the amazingness

Reviewed October 2015

I had so much fun. Got along with most of my group and both guides were amazing. Too many things to love like the night bike ride though Chicago, amazing views in Zion or the Cadillac Ranch in Texas. Some inclusions were pricy but most worth it.

Past Trekkers Review
Grand Trek

Best time ever with the best people ever

Reviewed March 2015

So I went last year, end of April to beginning of June. I've always loved America so I knew this experience was going to be good no matter what. I was not ready for it. The people that I meet on the trip were amazing, I seriously hit the jackpot. We all still talk regularly and meeting up quite soon. I went on my own which I was a little bit nervous about but I was quickly but at ease as many others also came alone. The activities we did the places we have seen the stories we have I cannot repeat on here but it was the most amazing thing I will ever experience and properly could never re-create ever again. If your thinking about going, do it! Don't hesitate or you will defiantly miss out. I'm thinking about going again real soon. Also i bought way to much junk out there lol so don't forget about your luggage weight on the way back. oops!

Past Trekkers Review
Grand Trek

Worth every single penny, experience of a lifetime!!

Reviewed January 2015

Im going to try my best to sum this experience up in words but its difficult. This trip makes you so grateful to be privileged enough to partake in such an incredible experience. to see so much of America in such short space. Something that most Americans won't even get the chance to do in their lifetime. Please if you're considering it, take out that loan book it and go. Worry about the consequences after, I promise you its worth every single penny.

Past Trekkers Review
Grand Trek

Surreal, mind-blowing and unforgettable

Reviewed October 2014

Just unbelievable from start to finish. The thought of the long drives was a concern but in truth they're all part of the fun. Have met friends for life, seen places I will never forget and have had an unforgettable time

Also a special mention to our first tour leader, Ryan Martin. Was faultless throughout the trip, continually going that extra mile and always positive when situations dictated otherwise