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Northern Trail from Los Angeles

  • Code #NL
  • 21 Days
Duration
21 Days
/20 Nights
Availability
Apr,2017-Aug,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Los Angeles
Ends in: 
New York Area
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

This epic tour is one mighty road trip stretching from ocean to ocean. Journey from sizzling California beaches to the skyscrapers of the East Coast. You'll pass the stunning natural wonders of Yosemite and Yellowstone, explore the cool streets of San Francisco and Chicago, and discover cowboy country. Top it all with a visit to the epic Niagara Falls. With America offering so many different extremes, the Northern Trail offers a multitude of incredible vistas and experiences you'll never forget. This all-encompassing tour has it all.

Included Highlights 
  • Locally guided 'bike hike' tour of eclectic Chicago
  • Guided tour of San Francisco's highlights, from Pier 39 to Chinatown & Lombard Street
  • Experience cowboy country at the Cody Rodeo (June to August only)
  • City tour of Hollywood, LA including the iconic Walk of Fame
  • Drive the sparkling Californian coastline with Big Sur views
  • Walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Hike amongst Giant Sequoias and epic waterfalls in Yosemite
  • Relax or take to the water in picture-perfect Lake Tahoe
  • Explore epic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows in Grand Teton
  • Watch Old Faithful geyser explode & spot wildlife in Yellowstone
  • See the famous presidents faces at Mount Rushmore
  • Take in the moonlike landscape of Badlands National Park
  • Visit a traditional Amish community in Shipshewana
  • Gaze upon the breathtaking spectacle of Niagara Falls
  • Admission to national parks & monuments - Yosemite, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore & Badlands
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
16 Nights
Budget Lodging
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
  • 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

Northern Trail
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Los Angeles
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New York
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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.

Also departs from New York

You begin your three week adventure in the gorgeous Californian sunshine and with an included tour of Hollywood, where you can catch a glimpse of the iconic Hollywood sign and find your favourite film star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ocean awaits your arrival as you head to the awesome Pacific Coast. Stop in Santa Barbara to check out the pier and beach, then continue up the coast and spend your first night under the Californian stars; the perfect way to get to know your fellow travellers!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Get away from it all amongst the pristine wilderness of Big Sur and stop for an iconic photo at the McWay Falls viewpoint, where the falls crash onto their own beautiful secluded beach. Next up, it’s super-cool San Francisco. Soak up the hippy vibes in Haight-Ashbury and while you're there why not take a stroll around Golden Gate Park for some stunning views of the bay. To help you scratch beneath the surface of the 'City by the Bay’, we’ve included a guided tour of San Francisco with a local, including Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and  Lombard Street. For the ultimate view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, set sail on an optional sunset sail cruise with great views of the city and Alcatraz.

If 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 3 (1pm onwards).

Accommodation

Hostel included

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
Baseball game from US$20
Alcatraz Prison (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) US$33-$40

Heading through Central California, take a scenic drive into Yosemite National Park. Here you'll get the opportunity to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Explore Yosemite Valley, feel like an ant amongst Giant Sequoia trees, or hike to Yosemite Falls, one of America’s highest. Keep your camera at the ready – not just to capture El Capitan’s profile, but for some incredible wildlife sightings. Bears often frequent the area and when the sun goes down listen out for coyotes howling amidst the pines and sequoias. This is a paradise for any nature lover and whatever activities you get up to in Yosemite, you're sure to have a blast.

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

After all the hiking and biking, you deserve a little break and some chill time. So how about a quick dip in the stunning crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe? The scenery here is incredible, so make the most of your time and soak in the views with an optional sunset sailboat cruise for the perfect end to an awesome day! Then bite off a chunk of the Nevada desert as you cross the Northern Great Basin.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sunset champagne cruise US$53
Casinos FREE

It’s time for the wonderful views and hikes of majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks rise dramatically like teeth from lush, flat meadows and stand out against the bright blue Wyoming sky. We recommend taking the ferry across Jenny Lake with a hike up to Inspiration Point for sensational views of the valley, lake and forest below. Then saddle up for Jackson, a quaint cowboy town. Rafting the raging Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers, should definitely get that adrenaline pumping! If you prefer to stay on dry land, try a spot of mountain biking or horse riding. After all that action, how about a trip to a western saloon for a shot of ‘Red Eye’ whiskey?

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Ferry across Jenny Lake US$15
Mountain biking from US$30-$70
Horseback riding US$65
Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124
Chuck wagon dinner US$25-$35
Million Dollar Saloon US$varies

The scenery just keeps on getting better as you reach Yellowstone National Park, the oldest and most famous national park in the USA. View explosive geysers including 'Old Faithful' and colourful pools, whilst keeping an eye out for unique wildlife. Don't leave your tent without your camera in hand, ready to spot bison, elk or bear. If you're really lucky you may spot a wolf as they have recently been re-introduced to the park. There's 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

Head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Nothing says ‘wild west’ more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson, which is why we include a night out at the Cody Rodeo if you’re in town during rodeo season (June to August only). Normal life will seem a little dull once you've seen how the cowboys live!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

This is a road trip pit stop like no other! It's not every day you get to see the faces of America's presidents peering out from the immense granite face of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it's pretty darn huge with 18 metre high faces, towering more than 150 metres up! Close by is the Crazy Horse monument, a memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader who led the attack against General Custer at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, otherwise known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Very impressive and a sight not to be missed.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Touching down in Badlands National Park feels more like a moon landing due to the bizarre lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges. The rugged beauty draws in people from all over the world and you may even see bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

All signs lead to Wall Drug, the renowned drugstore in the little frontier town of Wall. It's so big you'll need to get your hands on a map to find your way around! Then you’ll head out across the great prairies of America's mid-west and the original western frontier. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle back for some shut-eye under canvas.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

The iconic Willis Tower building helps make up an incredible Chicago skyline that towers over the sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan. You’ll hit all the city’s highlights on our included Bobby's Bike Hike tour, including views of the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. You can't make a stop in Chicago without treating yourself to a delicious slice of famous deep-dish pizza (it definitely tastes as good as it looks). Listen out for the city's unofficial anthem ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, ringing out from the hip blues joints on soulful Halsted Street.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Willis Tower US$22
Museums US$20-$50
Blues clubs from US$6
Baseball game from US$20

Visit an Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana, to witness a more traditional way of life, then cross over into the state of Ohio. Head over to Cedar Point to experience 'The Best Amusement Park in the World'. You'll soon see why, as the park’s roller coasters dominate the skyline as far as the eye can see. After an afternoon of excitement and thrills, you'll be pleased to rest your weary head for a 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

Cruise along the shoreline of Lake Erie to one of North America's greatest natural attractions, Niagara Falls. Opt to experience the full force of the falls and don a famous blue poncho to hop aboard a ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise. Just prepare to get a little wet as you get up close and personal to a serious amount of water. For the ultimate show, head to the falls at night and see them lit up in all their glory, it's a pretty spectacular sight!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Maid of the Mist cruise (summer only) US$19

From the majestic Niagara Falls to the beautiful Cayuga Finger Lake. This is your penultimate day, so make the most of your time in the north and take a dip in the lake’s cool waters. Nothing can beat tasting some of the region's best wines in one heck of a setting, if you fancy hitting the delicious wine trails with your Trek buddies!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Wine tasting US$6-30

Your Northern USA road trip must come to an end as you finally arrive in the New York area after 21 days of action-packed fun. You're in the 'city that never sleeps' so what are you waiting for, go and explore! If time is no issue, make sure you book yourself a couple of extra nights in NYC. Add an Urban Adventure and have the ease of being guided to all the city’s hotspots by a local New Yorker. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building for the ultimate selfie with this awesome city or soak up the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home.

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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.

 

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT EL SEGUNDO

475 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, cable tv and ipod docks, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £80-106 | US$115-151 | Eur96-127 | AU$144-191 | NZ$152-200
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £140-185 | US$200-264 | Eur168-222 | AU$252-333 | NZ$265-350
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free transfer from LAX airport and the shuttle can be picked up at the designated hotel courtesy shuttle area and operates on a continuous loop every 20 minutes. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff. Please note whilst this service is free a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected.

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). 

Booking our 4 day Los Angeles to Grand Canyon mini adventure is a perfect way to extend your adventure. From the bright lights of LA to the even brighter lights of Vegas, you'll be left stunned by the natural beauty which lies between. Criss-cross the Mojave Desert and take in the sheer scale of the Grand Canyon, before cruising down the Vegas Strip in a super-stretch limo.

Grand Canyon Mini Adventure Highlights

  • Tour Hollywood's highlights
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Experience Historic Route 66
  • Limousine tour of Las Vegas

Book your Grand Canyon Mini Adventure here or call us to add to your booking.

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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

4.4 out of 5

Northern Trail 29th July 2014

Past Trekkers Review

great, awesome, fun, amazing National Parks

Reviewed October 2014
This was the best thing I have ever done! It was the end of my Au Pair year and I am so glad that I spent my money for that. We had an amazing tourleader (the best ever!!) and the people, who traveled with me, were just great. We are still in contact. I can't say something negative because there...
Past Trekkers Review

Cities, Wild West, National Parks, Friends - 10/10 :)

Reviewed February 2013
The Northern Trail was my second trip and it was just as enjoyable as my first.Northern trail covers the Pacific Coast highway, followed by the first city stop in San Francisco. Followed by San Francisco is Lake Tahoe and Yellowstone National Park - both amazing! Either side of Yellowstone you have...
Past Trekkers Review

Amazing variety of sites but not enough time.

Reviewed December 2012
Had the most amazing time on this trip and there was so much to see but because of the length of the trip and the distance covered a lot of the days were filled with driving but our tour leader did a good job of breaking up the trip with some interesting sites that wouldn't be on a normal trail ...
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