The 10 BEST North American road trips to take this summer

If you’re planning your first (or your fifth) road trip, you want each day’s drive to count.

Which is where we come in – for over 40 years, we’ve been mapping the best routes with local leaders, making sure you make the most of your dream American holiday! Our small group tours can help you see the best sights, pack in the best activities, and eat the best food (obviously) – with none of the stress of planning it out yourself.

One of the questions we get asked the most here at Trek HQ is ‘Where should I go?’ – which is why we’ve put together a list of our top ten, bestselling routes in the USA and Canada.

PLUS, for a limited time only until the 4th July, you can bag yourself 10% off if you book onto one of our favourites from this list. Which one takes your fancy?!

Southern Sun

Monument Valley

The original and best! This one’s been a bestseller since we started out on the road in 1972, and over the years, thousands of awesome Trekkers have fallen in love with this iconic journey from one ocean to the other. Whether you’re pining for the desert scenery of the Southwest, wanna party in the Deep South or have a beach day in Los Angeles, this tour does it all and a whole lot more!

Southern Sun – New York to LA
Southern Sun – LA to New York

Western Wonder

Two girls looking out over Yosemite National Park

Short, sweet, and packed full of wonder! If you’ve only got a week but want to pack in an epic mix of cities and national parks, this one’s for you. From star-studded LA to sunny San Francisco, with stop-offs at two of America’s most breathtaking national parks: the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Oh, and you’ll spend two nights in the country’s party capital – viva Las Vegas!!

Western Wonder – LA to San Fran
Western Wonder – San Fran to LA

Mountie

Canoeing on Lake Louise

Seen those amazing pics of the Canadian Rockies? Trust us, it’s 100x more amazing IRL! Aside from the BEAUTIFUL locations, western Canada has so much to offer – think canoeing across sparkling lakes, pulling over on the road to watch bears in the wild, ranching up at Wells Gray and hiking on an actual glacier. Pretty cool, huh?

Mountie

Atlantic Dream

Group on the beach in Miami

Cities, beaches and theme parks – your dream summer’s right over here! Winding your way from New York to Miami, you’ll be partying in Nashville and Memphis, feeling the Southern hospitality in New Orleans, and deciding between Disney and Universal in sun-soaked Orlando. If all that fun tires you out, you’ll be more than ready to roll out that towel and top up your tan on some of Florida’s best beaches!

Atlantic Dream

Westerner 2

Man standing at Grand Canyon edge with arms outstretched

Our first-timers’ favourite, the West doesn’t get much wilder than these two weeks! Walk San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate bridge, hang out in San Diego, and heat up your holiday in Death Valley – one of the world’s hottest places! Top it all off with a drive down the California coast, aka America’s most scenic drive, and some chilled out Cali beach time. All your national park admission and camping gear’s included, so all you need to worry about is stocking up on swimwear!

Westerner 2

Best of the East

Chicago

The beating heart of all-American culture and history! Starting out from the metropolis of the Big Apple, you’ll be able to taste deep dish pizza in Chicago, explore the monuments and museums of Washington D.C, and get up close to Niagara Falls on a Maid of the Mist cruise. Need some downtime? Chill out to country tunes in Nashville and enjoy the peace of the Great Smoky Mountains. If that’s not enough, you’ll even get the chance to recreate THAT famous Rocky scene in Philadelphia!

Best of the East

Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

Group looking at landscape in Canada

Want to check out Canada but like your home comforts? Our ‘Plus’ tour was made with you in mind! You’ll get all the mountain scenery and adventure you’d expect from a ride around the Rockies, winding down every night in a comfortable hotel bed. For a shot of adrenaline, you can raft in Jasper and find adventure in Whistler; and you’ll get a warm welcome in Kamloops, known as British Columbia’s friendliest city!

Glaciers and Grizzlies Plus

Western BLT, Westerner 2 BLT, Southern BLT

Aerial view of Las Vegas

LOVE the line-up of our Western Wonder, Westerner 2 or Southern Sun, but not feeling the camping vibe? Don’t worry – we got ya! Enjoy the same fun-packed routes, but with a comforting roof over your head in a mixture of budget lodging properties.

What’s budget lodging? Think basic but clean and comfortable hotels and hostels. We keep costs down by pairing up solo travellers to share a room, which means less cost for you AND an awesome roomie to share the adventure with!

Western BLT – LA to San Fran
Western BLT – San Fran to LA
Westerner 2 BLT
Southern BLT from Los Angeles
Southern BLT from New York

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