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Grand BLT

  • Code #GNB
  • 43 Days
Duration
43 Days
/42 Nights
Availability
May,2017-Aug,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
New York Area
Accommodation
Budget Lodging

Trip Overview

One word... EPIC! Experience the thrills of the east, the sprawling landscapes of the West, the small town charms of the North and the famous hospitality of the South. There's no doubt about it, this epic 43-day loop of the States packs a serious punch. From towering mountains to white sand beaches and the top of skyscrapers to the bottom of canyons, this fast and furious loop highlights the best of the USA.

Included Highlights 
  • Take a ferry to the infamous Alcatraz Prison
  • Las Vegas stretch limousine tour
  • Sun Studio in Memphis
  • Visit to Cody Rodeo (June to August departures only)
  • Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana
  • Sightseeing in the 'Windy City', Chicago
  • Chill out on the banks of Lake Tahoe
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • City tour of San Francisco & walk over Golden Gate Bridge
  • Visit Venice Beach & Santa Monica Pier in LA
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Live music in Austin, Memphis & Nashville
  • Bourbon Street jazz & blues in New Orleans
  • Visit Philadelphia's top highlights
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley & Carlsbad Caverns
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
Mountains
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Budget Lodging
23 Nights
Hotel
19 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

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of accommodation.

Resources

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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!

BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of accommodation types on the Grand BLT. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed and any additional upgrade costs for a private room will need to be covered by the passenger/s en route. A sleeping bag is required on the trip. 

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

Accommodation

Hotel/motel night included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

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

Accommodation

1 night cabin & 1 night trailer-park experience included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Maid of the Mist cruise (summer only) US$19
Walk across Rainbow Bridge to Canada US$1
Cedar Point Amusement Park (evening 'Twilight Pass') US$40-$50

Step back in time with a visit to the Amish town of Shipshewana to see how these folk live a simple life, before arriving in Chicago. Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the Windy City or enjoy some of the best blues music in America. You could trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile before taking to pedal power on an optional 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour. For awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan and take in the laid-back city vibes and then go and grab yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza, you deserve it!

Accommodation

Hostel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

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

Some of the greatest things about an all-American road trip are the quirky roadside attractions you come across, so say a big howdy to the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth. Head out across the great prairies of America's original western frontier, where resident coyotes utter the occasional howl as you settle down for some shut-eye under canvas.

Accommodation

Cabin included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

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

Accommodation

Cabin included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

It's not every day you get to see the faces of America's presidents peering out from the granite face of Mount Rushmore, so get your camera at the ready. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it's pretty darn huge with 60 ft. high faces, 500 ft. up. Close by you’ll witness another rock-carved epic, the Crazy Horse Memorial. A memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, this is an impressive sight not to be missed.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

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

Accommodation

Cabin included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

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

Accommodation

Cabin included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Feel the old frontier spirit alive and kicking in the truly Western town of Jackson, the perfect base for exploring the Grand Teton National Park with its spiky peaks and plentiful wildlife. Why not raft the Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers on an optional white water rafting trip, and then herd your posse into the nearest watering hole? Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a fine tip, with saddles for stools and trophy cow horns above the counter.

Accommodation

Hostel nights included (multi share)

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Western saloons US$varies
Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124
Horseback riding US$65
Mountain biking from US$30-$70

Roll through more widescreen scenery as you edge your way westward across the Northern Great Basin. Lake Tahoe is perfect for a swim in the sunshine, or you could hire a pedal boat then set sail on an optional sunset sailboat cruise. Whichever way you decide to spend your time, make the most of that lovely crystal clear water! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash resort hotels or hit a bar with your fellow trekkers?

Accommodation

Hotel/motel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Sunset champagne cruise US$53

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

Accommodation

Hostel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

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

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

Accommodation

Hostel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

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

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 wait around every twist and turn. Head further down the Pacific Coast Highway for stunning views of Big Sur's iconic McWay Falls, a stunning 80 ft. waterfall that cascades directly onto its own private beach. This is by far one of the best stretches of road on the West Coast, so enjoy every minute!

Accommodation

Hotel/motel night included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Enjoy a few hours of beach life in Santa Barbara, a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach, before rolling into LA for a free day. Why not hang out at Venice Beach tomorrow - a great place to people watch, sip on a cocktail or simply sunbathe and breathe in the fresh Californian sea breeze.

Accommodation

Hotel/motel night included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Take a tour of 'Tinseltown' starting with a drive through Hollywood to the Walk of Fame and a view of the iconic Hollywood sign. Head south to San Diego for some seriously laid-back vibes and powder white sand beaches. There's loads to keep you busy in this awesome West Coast city. Laze in grassy Balboa Park and explore famous San Diego Zoo, home to over 3,000 animals, or show off your skills by renting some rollerblades or a surfboard. You're in paradise so don your shades and soak up some rays. Later, explore the Gaslamp Quarter and experience the heart of San Diego's nightlife.

Accommodation

Hostel nights included (multi-sex sharing)

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

San Diego Zoo US$48
Water sports US$10-$75
Baseball game from US$20
Bike rental US$5-15

It's on to a little place we like to call 'Sin City'. With so much to see and do why not start with an included cruise down The Strip in a super-stretch limo and afterwards indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. If you want to get extreme, how about a trip to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel for some thrills on the vertigo-inducing roller coasters perched at the top! And if that's not enough, take a helicopter flight back down The Strip! Oh and don't forget, 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'.

Accommodation

Hotel/motel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Helicopter flight US$124
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
Gun range US$20-$100
Roller coasters US$25-$40

En route to the Grand Canyon you'll drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman, a town full to the brim of pure road trip Americana. Grab a root beer, have a look around and pick up some souvenirs for the folks back home. Now it's time for the ultimate showstopper, the mighty Grand Canyon! Pack your boots, camera and water before venturing into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. Alternatively, opt for a bird's-eye view on a scenic helicopter flight. Watching the sun rise or set over the canyon with the colours changing is simply breathtaking and not to be missed, so enjoy every minute.

Accommodation

Hotel/motel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

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

On the road again and off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional (and highly recommended) guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day. At night it gets even more incredible; as the sun goes down you’ll swap campfire stories under a starry sky.

Accommodation

Hotel/motel night included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

With 325 days of sunshine per year, laid-back charm and some of the best Mexican food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. For all the art lovers out there, Santa Fe is the one for you. Visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Be sure to grab yourself a burrito from Bumble Bee’s and head out to sample some live music in the evening.

Accommodation

Hotel/motel night included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Head on to 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, creating a unique and interesting experience as you walk through this incredible place. Next, prepare for a big welcome as you enter the ‘Lone Star State' and overnight in San Angelo. Why not opt for a visit to Fort Concho and then take a step back in time with a trip to Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum, a former brothel.

Accommodation

Hotel/motel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Drive-in movie US$8
Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum US$6

Austin has exploded as the ‘live music capital of the world’ and is the home of great BBQ Tex-Mex food. The city is packed with big Texan-sized excitement and is sure to impress with a nightlife that rivals some of the biggest cities in the world. Next, say goodbye to Texas and head into bayou country, Louisiana.

Accommodation

1 x Hostel night (mixed dorm in Austin) & 1 guesthouse included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Welcome to the country's Deep South, where laid-back living is where it's at! Spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or relax to the sounds of jazz or a Dixieland band in the French Quarter. New Orleans has more than just incredible food, drink and music to offer. You can take a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana and see all sorts of wildlife in the mysterious wetlands of Cajun country. From alligators to all-night parties, New Orleans is a blast!

Accommodation

Suites included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40
Jazz clubs US$10-20
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
Mardi Gras World US$20
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
School of Cooking US$28-$150

Memphis is the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, so you won't want to miss out on an included visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded their most famous records. Head on down to iconic Beale Street where music literally plays around every corner. There's more to Memphis than just music, so pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Of course, you can't go home without a trip to the former home of 'The King', Elvis Presley, in Graceland.

Accommodation

Hotel/motel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Tour of Graceland US$35-$70
Civil Rights Museum US$15
Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
Sun Studio US$12

Cowboy boots and sequinned denim anyone? You're in Nashville, the shining star of the country music scene. Hit 'The District' - the nightlife hub of Nashville, laze in the city's parks, trawl the malls or learn to line dance, the opportunities are endless here. Next, touch down in Virginia and the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountain Range.

Accommodation

Hostel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Country western saloons US$varies
Country line dancing US$10

Washington DC is next on the agenda and you'll really enjoy the grandeur of the nation's capital. If museums are your thing, you might want to check out the impressive Smithsonian Museums. Home to 19 different museums, you're bound to learn a thing or two here. From the White House to the city's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. Why not head out to take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown?

Accommodation

Hostel nights included

Meals Included

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

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

Leaving the capital behind, drive towards Philadelphia where you can visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and then climb the famous steps from the Rocky movies. Before you leave make sure you treat yourself to a tasty Philly cheesesteak lunch - delicious! Head over to the New York area where the tour will end. If you don't want your American adventure to end just yet, don't fear! You're in New York City and there's plenty of things to keep you occupied for at least a couple more days. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich Village before sadly heading home.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. 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

All meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
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

5 out of 5
Past Trekkers Review

Trip of a lifetime!!!

Reviewed July 2014
When I booked this trek I honestly had no idea what to expect...we had so far to travel and I wasn't sure how it was going to work. It was so well organised, everything from days travelling to accommodation each night, we had a perfect amount of time in each place and we managed to do everything...
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