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Northern Trail from Los Angeles

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.

North America
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NL/208505
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States
  • Finishes: New York Area, United States
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • Santa Barbara
  • California Coast
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Great Basin Nevada
  • Jackson
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Cody
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Badlands National Park
  • Minnesota
  • Chicago
  • Lake Erie
  • Niagara Falls
  • New York Area

Itinerary

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Day 1: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - California Coast

You begin your three week adventure in the gorgeous Californian sunshine. Kick off the fun with a mooch around Hollywood Boulevard, 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 stars; the perfect way to get to know your fellow travellers!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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Day 2-3: San Francisco

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? To help you scratch beneath the surface of the 'City by the Bay’, we’ve included a locally led tour of Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and Lombard Street. For the ultimate view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, jump aboard an optional sunset sail cruise, offering a different perspective on 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).

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Cable car ride US$5-$13
  • Bike rental US$8 per hour / US$32 per day
  • Sunset sailboat cruise US$50
  • Baseball game from US$20
  • Alcatraz Prison (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) US$33-$40

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Day 4-5: Yosemite National Park

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

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

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Day 6-7: Lake Tahoe - Great Basin Nevada

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Sunset champagne cruise US$50
  • Casinos US$FREE

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Day 8-9: Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

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?

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
  • Aerial tram US$42

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Day 10-11: Yellowstone National Park

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!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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Day 12: Cody

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!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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Day 13: Mount Rushmore

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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Day 14: Badlands National Park

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. Then head into the Badlands. Don't worry it's not as ‘bad’ as it sounds! The moonlike scenery of Badlands National Park is truly bizarre, so get snap-happy as you explore the unique lunar landscape of low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges. But this isn’t the moon, and there’s life all around you, so look out for the odd sighting of bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs to confirm it.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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Day 15: Minnesota

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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Day 16-17: Chicago

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Willis Tower US$23
  • Museums US$18-$50
  • Blues clubs from US$6
  • Baseball game from US$20
  • Scenic helicopter flight for 15-17 minutes US$125

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Day 18: Lake Erie

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.Please note: Cedar Point in Ohio is open all of June, July and August and on certain days during May, September and October. It may not always be possible to visit Cedar Point Amusement park.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

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

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Day 19: Niagara Falls

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 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!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

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

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Day 20: New York Area

Your Northern USA road trip must come to an end as you finally arrive in the New York area after 20 days of action-packed fun. If time is no issue, make sure you book yourself a couple of extra nights to fully Explore 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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Accommodation: Camping 15, Budget Lodging: 4
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Tour Highlights:
  • Locally guided 'bike hike' tour of eclectic Chicago
  • Experience cowboy country at the Cody Rodeo (June to August only)
  • Locally led tour of Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and Lombard Street
  • Explore Hollywood Boulevard
  • 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
  • Gaze upon the breathtaking spectacle of Niagara Falls
  • Admission to national parks & monuments - Yosemite, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore & Badlands


Reviews (1)
Ksmiffy Posted on: 

It has been a few weeks since I arrived home from my 3rd Trek and I have to say it was my favorite. Don our leader was just incredible nothing was too much effort and he went out of his way to make it enjoyable. I managed to tick a number of things off my bucket list which I didn't think i'd be able to do. The first; being surrounded by snow in America and secondly staying in log cabins. We were given the option of upgrading on a number of the nights and we jumped at the chance as it was freezing. The places you visit on this Trek are just breathtaking. The first highlight (2nd day in) was the sunset cruise in San Francisco that will stay with me for a while just breathtaking. Even though it was hard hiking to Upper Yosemite Falls is a must the views make it worth it.. you feel on top of the world. I will also never forget hiking in the snow in Grand Teton National Park there are too many to mention I will be here all day! That is what I love about Trek... you do things you would never dream of doing. Like I said this is my third trek and the things I have learnt about myself and the confidence I have got from going with Trek America is incredible I have to thank them. If you are not sure whether to book a trek please just book it... you will not regret it. After finishing this review I am about to start researching my 4th!

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