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Northern BLT

Delve into the remarkable treasures of the less explored Northern USA as you travel cross-country from coast to coast. Experience the thunder of Niagara Falls, the skyscrapers of Chicago, and the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. Let San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge pave your way to the city which inspired a generation of hippies, and then drive the stunning Pacific Coast. From presidents to cowboys, it's highlights all the way to Los Angeles on this blockbuster of a trip!

North America
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NNB/208554
  • Starts: New York Area, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • New York Area
  • Niagara Falls
  • Lake Erie
  • Chicago
  • Minnesota
  • Badlands National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Cody
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Jackson
  • Great Basin Nevada
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • California Coast
  • Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York Area - Niagara Falls

If you’ve got the time, stay a couple of nights before the tour departs to explore New York City - head to the top of the Empire State Building or take a stroll through the beautiful Central Park, there is something for everyone here. As your tour departs, leave city life behind and make your way towards Niagara, to enjoy an evening view of the Falls illuminated at night. Although today is a long drive day, it will give you a chance to appreciate how beautiful New York state is.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 2: Niagara Falls - Lake Erie

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 one of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coasters in the world?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: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Maid of the Mist cruise (summer only) US$19
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park (evening 'Twilight Pass') US$40-$50

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Day 3-4: Chicago

In Chicago, you can soar up to the top of the Willis Tower for dizzying views over the ‘Windy City’ or trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile, before taking to pedal power on an optional 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour. It’s a great way to see the city guided by a local. Chill-out by Lake Michigan and take in the laid-back city vibes, then grab yourself a slice of Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza, you deserve it! Chicago is also home to some of the greatest blues music in America, so be sure to check out the local clubs.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Willis Tower US$23
  • Museums US$18-$50
  • 'Bobby's Bike Hike' US$35
  • Blues clubs from US$6
  • Baseball game from US$20
  • Scenic helicopter flight for 15-17 minutes US$125

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Day 5: Minnesota

Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier, passing though Wisconsin, the American home of cheese! Your leader will introduce you to the taste of Wisconsin and you'll also visit the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in the 'City of Blue Earth' before settling in for the night.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 6: 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 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.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 7: Mount Rushmore

Ever thought you’d see the faces of four of America's greatest presidents, perfectly sculpted into the side of a cliff? Well you’re about to see them peering out from the 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 (60 ft.) faces looming above you. Close by, another ‘must see’ rock carving is the Crazy Horse monument. A memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader who defeated General Custer, this impressive sight is not to be missed.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 8: Cody

Wild Wyoming is up next and you'll head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Nothing says America quite like a good dose of rodeo, which is why we've included a night out at the Cody Rodeo for you (seasonal, June to August only).

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 9-10: Yellowstone National Park

One of the highlights on any trip through Northern USA is definitely exploring the unique landscape of America’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 that once in a lifetime wildlife spotting opportunity. 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.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 11-12: Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

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 jagged peaks and picture-perfect lakes. Get your hiking boots on and explore! If you want more adrenaline, then opt for an optional adventure rafting the white water rapids on the Snake River, one of America's last great untamed rivers. After all that adventure, herd your posse into the nearest watering hole. For something unique, try the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, with saddles for stools and trophy cow horns above the counter.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Mountain biking from US$30-$70
  • Horseback riding US$65
  • Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124
  • Western saloons US$varies
  • Million Dollar Saloon US$varies
  • Aerial tram US$42

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Day 13-14: Great Basin Nevada - Lake Tahoe

Pass the city of Elko and more impeccable scenery as you cross the Northern Great Basin towards Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is perfect for a swim in the sunshine or for an epic experience, set sail on an optional sunset sailboat cruise. However you decide to spend your time, make the most of that lovely crystal clear water!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Sunset champagne cruise US$50

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Day 15-16: Yosemite National Park

Following the Sierra Nevada Mountains, take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region. Explore this extraordinary landscape on foot or by bike, or for a different way to see the park, float down the Merced River in a rubber ring. There are both easy and challenging hikes that will bring you face-to-face with stunning glacier-carved granite monoliths, deep valleys, Giant Sequoia trees and spectacular waterfalls. Once you’re deep inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including Black Bear and coyotes.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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

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Day 17-18: San Francisco

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 also awaiting your arrival, so enjoy a walk across this famous big red masterpiece! We've included a trip to the incredible offshore prison of Alcatraz (value US$33), where you can visit the island and go on a fab audio tour to learn all about the infamous inmates and the failed escape attempts. Don't forget to pay the resident sea lions of Pier 39 a visit, then wine and dine at the waterfront for super-fresh seafood dishes or check out the city’s ‘speakeasy’ pubs that originated underground during prohibition. You'll most definitely leave your heart in San Francisco, it's awesome!

Meals Included: All meals to be 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

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Day 19: California Coast

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 await around every twist and turn. You’ll stop off for the night in the beautiful San Luis Obispo area on the California coast. As you’re close to the beach, it would be a shame not to finish your day with a dip in the North Pacific Ocean.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

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Day 20: Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Cruise on down to Santa Barbara where you can enjoy a little chill-out time on the beach, before rolling into LA for a tour of Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. Finally you'll make your way back to our finish point, where this trip of a lifetime sadly has to come to an end! Boy, what a trip!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: All meals to be paid locally

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 14, Hotel: 5
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore San Francisco's infamous offshore prison of Alcatraz
  • Catch an evening show at the Cody Rodeo (June to August only)
  • Witness the incredible spectacle of Niagara Falls
  • Sightseeing in the 'Windy City' of Chicago
  • See the presidents immortalised at Mount Rushmore
  • Old Faithful geyser & wildlife spotting opportunities in Yellowstone
  • Swim or relax on the shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe
  • Walk amongst towering granite peaks & waterfalls in Yosemite
  • Walk over the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise the Pacific Coast and California beach time
  • Visit Venice Beach & Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Yosemite


Reviews (1)
Kate W Posted on: 

id this trek in august this year and absolutely loved it. I love to travel but i'm not one for camping so the BLT is great for that. Visited some amazing places..my favourites being niagara falls, chicago and the national parks. Our leader was great..always full of energy and had lots of info on the areas we visited. Also met some awesome people..that really helps make the trek. If you don't get on with the people you're not going to have a good time in my opinion as you spend nearly all day every day with these people. Would recommend this trek!

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