Chicago to San Francisco Road Trip

Remember the country they sing about in "America the Beautiful"? The one with the spacious skies, gleaming alabaster cities, and majestic purple mountains? Its still out there. Come see it with us. Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and outdoorsy folk who want to see the country by day and revel downtown by night, this tour takes you across the Great West, from the City of Big Shoulders through Yellowstone and Yosemite and past herds of grazing bison to the City by the Bay. In a word: Perfect.

North America

Duration: 17 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127010
Starts: Chicago, USA Finishes: San Francisco, USA
You will visit
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco



Day 1: Chicago

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
This group tour departs the city early on Day 2. We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation in Chicago if you'd like to spend any time exploring the sights and sounds the city has to offer. It is, afterall, a massive sports hub (pro hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer teams!), home to an award-winning skyline, and has a history–and nightlife–steeped in blues and jazz.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Chicago/Frontenac (1D)

Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Drive through Wisconsin and finish the day at a campground on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Included Activities:
Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting

Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 535km)


Day 3: Frontenac/Sioux Falls (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America – the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the lands of the Sioux and the Great Plains.

Included Activities:
Mall of America visit

Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 500km)


Day 4: Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 450km)


Day 5: Badlands National Park/Custer State Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore the spectacular, bizarre, and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before reaching the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. Then take the scenic route to Custer State Park.

Included Activities:
Badlands National Park Visit
Wall Drug Visit

Approximate Distance to Custer: 250km (155 mi)
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Custer State Park/Devils Tower (1B, 1D)

Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood on the way to Devil's Tower in Wyoming.

Included Activities:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit
Crazy Horse Memorial Visit
Deadwood Visit

Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 240km)


Day 7: Devils Tower/Cody (1B, 1L)

With crystal-clear lakes, alpine meadows, and glacial carved valleys, the Bighorn National Forest is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming towards Cody, the "Rodeo Capital of the World."

Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)


Day 8: Cody/Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Yellowstone is beyond special. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife, and scenic beauty are around every corner just waiting to be explored. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world's largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and, of course, the famous grizzly bear.

Included Activities:
Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion
Lamar Valley Visit

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 320km)


Day 9: Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.

Included Activities:
Yellowstone South Loop Excursion

Walking (4.00 hour(s))


Day 10: Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B, 1L)

Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.

In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square's elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar.

Included Activities:
Grand Teton National Park Visit

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)


Day 11: Jackson/Twin Falls (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route.

Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 410km)


Day 12: Twin Falls/Reno (1B, 1L)

Sit back and relax during a road trip day, crossing into Nevada. Enjoy the bright lights both in and outside the casinos in "The Biggest Little City in the World."

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 740km)


Day 13: Reno/South Lake Tahoe (1L, 1D)

Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.

Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 110km)


Day 14: South Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1L, 1D)

With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

Included Activities:
Tioga Pass Drive
Yosemite National Park Visit

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 385km)


Day 15: Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 16: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B)

Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town.

For the final night of the tour in San Francisco, stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.

Additional Notes:
Stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre of San Francisco.

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 225km)


Day 17: San Francisco

There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco. We recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks, and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
    • Beer brewery tour and beer tasting (Milwaukee)
    • Visit to Mall of America, Wall Drug, Deadwood, and the Tioga Pass (seasonal)
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (13 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
    • Air-conditioned private touring van
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Camp along the Mississippi River
  • Hike the Badlands
  • Marvel at Yellowstone's geysers
  • Chill out at Lake Tahoe
  • Meet the wildlife of Grand Teton National Park
  • Explore the streets of San Francisco