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Trailblazer from New York

  • Code #TN
  • 63 Days
Duration
63 Days
/62 Nights
Availability
Apr,2017-Aug,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
New York Area
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

How about more than two months dedicated to all things stateside? We've thrown our Coast to Coast South and Coast to Coast North tours together and created one awesome road trip circumnavigating the States, with some unmissable Canadian highlights thrown in! This epic 63-day tour will see you crossing 29 US states and 2 Canadian provinces, combining the most sizzling national parks and big-hitting cities with countless opportunities to see incredible wildlife. This is one all-encompassing adventure and you'll go home with a whole heap of amazing memories!

Included Highlights 
  • Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC's monuments
  • Explore the stunning Antelope Slot Canyon
  • Encounter the bright lights of Vegas on a limousine tour
  • Niagara Falls up close on a 'Maid of the Mist' cruise
  • Visit the infamous Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco
  • City tours of Philadelphia, Key West, Hollywood & San Francisco
  • Sightseeing in Charleston, St Augustine, Miami, Seattle, Vancouver & Chicago
  • Live music & legendary nightlife in New Orleans & Austin
  • Discover one of the world's oldest cave systems at Carlsbad Caverns
  • Alien spotting in extraterrestrial Roswell, New Mexico
  • Hike spectacular trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
  • Visit iconic viewpoints at Dead Horse Point & Horseshoe Bend
  • See towering buttes & mesas in Monument Valley
  • Watch an incredible sunrise/sunset over the Grand Canyon
  • Explore the Pacific Coast, from California's Big Sur to Oregon's dunes
  • Hike amongst the granite peaks & waterfalls of Yosemite
  • Walk San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Walk amongst giant Redwoods, the world's tallest trees
  • Western Canada's stunning lakes & mountain scenery
  • Watch Old Faithful geyser erupt in Yellowstone National Park
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities including bear, bison, elk & coyote
  • See the iconic presidential faces at Mount Rushmore
  • Visit a traditional Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana
  • Admission to awesome national parks & monuments - Carlsbad Caverns, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Yosemite, Redwood, Banff/Lake Louise, Glacier, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse & Badlands
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
Mountains
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
45 Nights
Budget Lodging
11 Nights
Hotel
6 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
  • 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

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Los Angeles
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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.

Operates in both directions: Please note this trek may operate in either direction from the New York area. The published itinerary shown here is for departures travelling southbound first. On some departure dates, this tour may operate in the reverse direction (northbound from the New York area).

Also departs from Los Angeles

Leave the New York area and travel south to Philadelphia to get a taste of what East Coast living is all about! If you're fan of the movie 'Rocky', head to the famous steps and have your own movie moment! Whilst you're here make sure you see the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Feeling a little peckish? Make a beeline for the Reading Terminal Market where you might want to tuck into a famous Philly cheesesteak lunch, yum! Then it's onto another awesome city, Washington DC, for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the USA. Join an included bike tour led by a local to visit the stunning monuments and get to know your way around this beautiful city. Take time to explore the very best of America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks or explore the Smithsonian National Museums, the world's largest museum complex. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
Smithsonian National Museums FREE

As you head south, watch as mountain views begin to morph into swamps, plantations and palms. Beautiful scenery will constantly be flying by your window as you make your way to your campsite for the night. Then there's only one thing left to do: devour s'mores around a roaring campfire. What are s'mores? Melted chocolate and marshmallow heated over a fire and sandwiched between two crackers. They're pretty darn delicious!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

The oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston just oozes character and what better way to experience it than with a stroll along the coast. Take photos of the Morris Island Lighthouse that stands several hundred feet offshore or jump aboard an optional Charleston water taxi, where you can spot some interesting wildlife. Experience the ultimate taste of the South with a Charleston Nasty Biscuit; a chicken biscuit (which is actually more like a scone) covered in gravy. Sounds gross, right? But, it's delicious and a favourite with the locals.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Rickshaw ride US$6
Watertaxi US$10

St Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement on US soil, more commonly known as the ‘Nation's Oldest City’. Wander down the narrow lanes, visit the many museums and explore some of the city's iconic landmarks such as the Spanish-influenced Plaza de la Constitucion and the ‘Fountain of Youth'.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

The wonderful city of Miami beckons with miles of golden sand beaches and palm trees; it is easy to see why people flock here. Seek out SoBe (aka South Beach) and stroll along the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people in ultra-cool nightspots. With two nights here you have more than enough time to explore everything that Miami has to offer. 

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Famous for its water sports and beaches, it's time to explore the crystal clear waters of Key West with some incredible snorkelling opportunities. Walking is the best way to see all the sights; head to Duval Street where you can experience the electric atmosphere of all the great bars, shops and cafes! But, if you simply want to kick back and relax, then you can do just that! End your day at the famous Mallory Square and let the celebrations commence as you watch the glowing sun set on what has been one awesome day.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Snorkelling US$45
Kayaking (half day) US$65
Water sports package (full day) US$150
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum tour US$13

There are plenty of options for a fun day out amongst Orlando's theme parks. Whether you choose Disney's Magic Kingdom or Universal's Harry Potter World, Orlando is one big playground and brings out the big kid in us all, no matter how old you are, so embrace it! After all that excitement, you'll sleep like a baby. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Disney World US$114
Universal Studios US$105
Kennedy Space Center US$50
EPCOT Center US$94

After all the excitement in Orlando it's time to chill out and what better place to do so than on miles of pristine white sandy beaches along the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a lazy beach day lying in a hammock or try your hand at activities out on the water. Kick back and relax! Make sure you pack your dancing shoes as well as your flip-flops. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

New Orleans simmers with Deep South charm so pull up a chair in the French Quarter to watch the world go by and grab a po-boy, a bowl of gumbo or some home-cooked jambalaya for a taste of the South - or a delicious sugary beignet if you've got more of a sweet tooth! If the food of the Deep South gets your mouth watering why not join a cookery course at the New Orleans School of Cookery? Or for something a little different, opt for a 'Voodoo and Graveyard' tour or cruise along the Mississippi River on a traditional steamboat. By night, party hard in legendary Bourbon Street, hear the world-class jazz for which New Orleans is renowned at Preservation Hall, or explore the bars in Frenchmen Street for live music and dancing without the crowds.

Accommodation

Apartment included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Jazz clubs US$10-20
Preservation Hall US$15-$20
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
School of Cooking US$28-$150
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80

As you enter bayou country, you'll be greeted with a big ole' dose of Southern hospitality. Look out for gators and other wildlife in and around the water on our optional Louisana swamp tour, where you'll slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages while taking in the unique scenery (it’s a must do!). Set up camp for another night under the stars. Next up, you're headed for mighty Texas!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40

The music keeps on flowing as you arrive in Austin, another place which vies for the title of capital of America's music scene. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city, with a hippie soul. In your free time why not opt for a state capital tour, hit Barton Springs or visit one of the food trucks to tempt your taste buds on local cuisine.

Accommodation

Hostel included (mixed dorm)

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Barton Springs US$4

You've discovered by now that everything's supersized in the 'Lone Star State', from the steaks to the hats. The second biggest state has plenty of cacti, cowboys and Southern hospitality to offer, there really is nowhere else like it.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the world. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles, and stalagmites that look like twisting totem poles reach upwards, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place. The insane amount of bats that roost in the cave are something to admire, so head back at sunset to see the spectacle of 250,000 bats feasting on bugs, it's pretty incredible.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Drive-in movie US$8

Pass through Roswell, where they say aliens crashed to earth and they have proof... you'll just have to see for yourself! Next up is Santa Fe, one for all the art lovers. Visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Santa Fe will win you over with its laid-back charm, and with tons of festivals and events throughout the year, you're bound to stumble upon something interesting.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Adventure is well and truly alive in the Colorado Rockies, so get out there and get amongst it. Walking and biking in the craggy scenery will blow your mind as you walk some of the world's most loved hiking trails. With two nights you'll really appreciate why people travel from all corners of the globe to the Colorado Rockies, the scenery is simply magnificent!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking US$65

Utah's undisputed adventure capital is next on the cards, and it guarantees non-stop fun. With two days here you'll have plenty of time to explore this incredible place and discover some of the 2,000 gravity defying sandstone arches. Take a sunset stroll and watch as the sun sets over Delicate Arch, the most photographed of the arches. For the action lovers, hire a mountain bike for some adrenaline pumping cycling along Moab's slick rock path or tackle the terrain on a Hummer tour. For the ultimate adventure head down the Colorado River on an optional float trip and see this stunning place from a different perspective.

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

Hit the road again, stopping at Moki Dougway for a view of the switchback road cutting into the mountainside. Then it’s pistols at dawn, as the next stop is straight out of a Western. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscape of Monument Valley, on a highly recommended Navajo guided backroads tour. Learn more about Navajo culture and enjoy an off the beaten track experience, which will reveal a richer side of the Monument Valley tribal lands. As the sun slowly sets on the towering buttes and mesas which dominate the landscape around you, it's time to reflect on one truly special day. Grab your marshmallows and swap campfire stories.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

The top-notch scenery keeps on coming and today is a real treat! No road trip around the States would be complete without a journey to the unbeatable Grand Canyon, one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World'. Hike the rim trails for incredible views looking down into the vast desert canyons. Why not hike down the snaking trails to reveal a very different side, and become one of only 5% of visitors to venture inside, or opt for a flight over the Grand Canyon for a bird's-eye view! Ready for the best bit? The most stunning sunrise that nature can summon as the rocks change colour in celebration of a new day.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

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

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop. A visit to the beautifully bizarre Antelope Canyon is included, where you can explore incredible curved canyon walls and watch as stunning shafts of light come down through the rocks; this is one incredible place! After all that exploring, wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a desert paradise. Go for a swim in the crystal clear water or simply sit by the shore and relax.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Swimming FREE

Start with epic views from the top of Bryce Canyon, then venture down into the canyon on walking trails for close encounters of the hoodoo kind! We know what you're thinking, 'What's a hoodoo when it's at home?' Hoodoos are weird and wonderful rock spires arranged in rows that have been shaped by the elements and you're about to spend a whole day gawking at them! They look like something out of a fairy tale, while Native Americans believe these crazy shapes to be ‘Legend People' who were turned to stone for their sins; we'll let you decide. For close up views, take advantage of the park's incredible system of trails. Wherever you walk, you'll encounter a fantastic kaleidoscope of colours.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Kick back and relax beside the gentle flow of the Virgin River, cutting its way between sheer red rock cliffs. For the best views in the park, hike to the famous Angels Landing which offers 360 degrees of the entire park, it's definitely worth the effort! If you prefer to take the low road, explore The Narrows for soaring walls, sandstone grottos and natural springs. It's truly a one-off experience with great views of Zion from the valley floor.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

It's Vegas, baby, and there's nowhere on earth quite like it! Feel like a total legend as you cruise down The Strip on an included limo tour. The neon glitz which Vegas is so famous for will leave you feeling happy to be alive, so why not take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. If after all that you're still left wanting more, head on over to a chapel and get hitched (not legally binding!) by the one and only Elvis, and after you've said your vows enjoy a slap-up meal at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Just remember that 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Roller coasters US$25-$40
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
Helicopter flight US$124
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220

It’s time to head to the 'City of Angels', Los Angeles, and make a beeline for Hollywood Boulevard where you can stroll along the Walk of Fame and take that classic photo of the gigantic Hollywood sign. The following day is yours to do as you please. If it's thrills you're after then try the rides at Universal Studios, or just relax and hang with the cool kids at awesome Venice Beach!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

With the Californian sun on your face, head north up the sparkling Californian coastline to Santa Barbara - a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach. End your day under a blanket of Californian stars, perfect!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Heading east through California's 'gold country', enjoy a scenic drive to everyone's favourite national park, Yosemite. You can either hike or bike through this extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Either way, this park rocks! Once inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for Black Bear and coyote that roam freely. When the sun goes down, their howling often echoes amidst pines and sequoias - now that's not something you hear every day! A couple of nights under canvas in Yosemite definitely takes the spirit of the great outdoors up a notch or two.

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

Come fog or shine, this city is a stunner! Start with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, a street oozing with hippie 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 on an included tour of San Francisco's most famous areas guided by a local. You'll also take in the sights of Union Square, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Some of San Francisco's streets are a little on the steep side, but you can always catch an iconic cable car to scoot around the city and explore more! You might want to grab yourself a delicious crab roll at Fisherman's Wharf and then 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. Of course you can't go all way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge! Better yet, why not set sail on an optional sunset sail cruise for a different perspective of this famous bridge and the chance to snap the ultimate bridge selfie to make all your friends back home green with envy!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cable car ride US$5-$13
Sunset sailboat cruise US$45
Bike rental US$8 per hour / US$32 per day
Baseball game from US$20

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 and keep an eye out for elk and bear who can be found hiding under the canopy of the Redwoods. These trees are the tallest 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. After an amazing day exploring Redwood National Park watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean on what's virtually your own private beach. Sounds like the perfect day, right?

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Florence on the Oregon Coast is the perfect place for relaxation and fun, oh and the ocean views aren't too bad either! Stroll around the Old Town with its charming shops and cafes. You'll find beautiful evergreen forests, the sparkling Pacific Ocean and towering sand dunes to climb and roll down. Take time out, swim and enjoy the Oregon sunshine; this place is a stunner!
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Welcome to Seattle! If it's great city views and a latte you're after, Seattle won't let you down. This cool city is home to the iconic Space Needle, so soar to the top for a bird's-eye view - on a clear day you may even be able to see Mount Rainier across the Puget Sound. Starbucks Coffee was founded here, but the city's got an abundance of other cool and quirky coffee shops too - the perfect place for some people watching! Later, check out the live music this city has come to be known for.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Space Needle US$22-$29

Cross the border straight into Canada, headed for your next super-cool city. Vancouver boasts outstanding views with its stunning combination of mountains and coastline. Rent rollerblades or take to two wheels to explore Stanley Park, then head over to Prospect Point for the best views in town. For a walk with a difference, check out the stunning Capilano Suspension Bridge, 140 metres long and suspended 70 metres above the river. Later, why not head over to Gastown with its award-winning galleries and tons of cafes and restaurants? 

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65
Rollerblading in Stanley Park CA$10-$40
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park CA$38

Head through British Columbia where the scenery will impress you from the word go! In every direction you'll see mirrored lakes, snowy peaks and huge forests of conifer. With the nickname 'Gem of the Rockies', Lake Louise is a real showstopper. The imposing chateau looks on and mountains cluster round the turquoise waters. Hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house to be rewarded with some truly stunning views and treat yourself to some chocolate cake too! Alternatively, grab a paddle and inspect the lake up close on an optional canoe trip.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Canoeing CA$45

Packed full of showstopping trails and incredible wildlife, Banff is Canada's first national park and the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies. It's no surprise this place is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. If it's a relaxing time you're after, take the scenic tramway up Sulphur Mountain or chill out by one of the picturesque lakes, then opt for a dip in the local hot springs. If you simply can't sit still, there are heaps of trails just waiting for you to explore.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Aerial gondola/tramway CA$42
Sulphur Mountain hot springs  CA$8
Scenic glacier flight CA$195-$325

You're back in the USA, and it won't just be Glacier National Park's snow-capped mountains that leave you awestruck. With bear sightings possible and other awesome wildlife in abundance, you're in for a treat. The best way to explore is to lace up your hiking boots and go for a walk. Alpine lakes, sheer peaks and of course the glaciers - all 26 of them - make this a park that'll leave you speechless. Montana is often referred to as 'Big Sky Country', so enjoy a night under its stars. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 first and most famous national park. Large herds of bison and elk roam the park, so have your camera at the ready. If you're lucky you may also catch the ultimate wildlife sighting, as wolves 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Just a short drive from Yellowstone you arrive in the heart of Old West Country, Cody! Embrace the town's 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 if you're in town from June to August we've included a visit to Cody's summer rodeo for you.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

We bet you never thought you'd see the faces of some of America's most loved presidents peering out from the side of a cliff face? Well that's exactly what you can expect to see at Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it's pretty darn huge with 18 metre high faces, more than 150 metres up. Close by, another rock-carved epic captures another piece of American history. The Crazy Horse Memorial, in memory of the famed Lakota Indian war leader, is an impressive sight not to be missed.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

If navigating your way around shopping malls is your forte, you'll feel right at home at your next stop, Wall Drug. The renowned drugstore in the little frontier town of Wall is so big you'll need a map to get around! This is also your last stop before heading into the Badlands National Park. It's out of this world, no not literally, but we imagine this is what it would be like making a moon landing. The bizarre lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges are what geology dreams are made of. 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Say 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

The 'Windy City' of Chicago is home to some of the greatest blues music in America, as well as being famous for its deep-dish pizza so be sure to treat yourself to a slice... you deserve it! Why not soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the city, or for awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan. Shopaholics can get their fix trawling the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, or for a little culture check out the city's museums. An optional 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour is a fantastic way to get a new perspective on the city, guided by a local.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Willis Tower US$22
'Bobby's Bike Hike' US$35
Museums US$20-$50
Baseball game from US$20
Blues clubs from US$6

You'll find no Wi-Fi or McDonalds when you visit an Amish community in Shipshewana where they maintain a more traditional way of life. Then you're Ohio bound, where you can ask a ‘Buckeye' to tell you all about their state nut or how cool they think Cedar Point Amusement Park's roller coasters are! It's probably better to find out for yourself though, by riding the Millennium Force; after all it’s ‘the greatest roller coaster in the world'! That's enough thrills and excitement for one day, so settle down for the night next to the beautiful Lake Erie.
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cedar Point Amusement Park (evening 'Twilight Pass') US$40-$50

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 included ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise; be prepared to get a good soaking, but it's all good fun. Tonight head back to the falls for an illuminated view under a starry sky.
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Leaving the roar of the falls behind, you travel through New York's state'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. Splash your cash along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, take a selfie with Lady Liberty herself or soak up the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. Boy, what an adventure! 

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.

 

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT

1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £76 | US$108 | Eur91 | AU$136 | NZ$143
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £132 | US$189 | Eur159 | AU$238 | NZ$250
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORT

Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. From Baggage Claim at the airport, take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. The journey will take approximately 10mins, depending on traffic. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag).

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTS

From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Hilton Newark Airport: 
After exiting the train follow the signs for the "AIRTRAIN". Take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag). 

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.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.5 out of 5

TREK AMERICA - TRAILBLAZER 2014

Past Trekkers Review

Incredible! Words can't describe how good it was!

Reviewed August 2015
I've just got done with the Trailblazer starting in New York and went south first. I started on the 22nd May and finished on the 24th July 2015. It is an experience I'll never forget! Those 63 days of the tour (65 all together) went so fast. This is definitely the best thing I have ever done...
Past Trekkers Review

Best way to experience the USA!

Reviewed June 2014
Trek America's trailblazer is probably one of the affordable options out there to see a lot of the US in 2 months without emptying your bank account compared to other tour companies that offers similar itenary. The camping experience whether its good or bad will stay with you forever. Prior to ...
Past Trekkers Review

Amazing, Life Changing, Exhausting,Trip of a Lifetime!

Reviewed April 2014
It's been nearly a year since me and my fiance left for New York to start the Trailblazer and it has taken until now to sum up our trip. It really does change things and I miss it everyday. This trip is not for the faint hearted, and tests your personal strengths to the limit, however this does ...
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