USA Trek Round-Trip
USA Trek Round-Trip
Cross Country - 34 Days
See the highlights of the U.S.A. on this epic backpacker tour, and explore the New York/Boston area on your own. This affordable cross-country camping trek and wilderness expedition includes Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Badlands, Chicago, New Orleans, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and more!
Day 1 - San Francisco/Nevada:
Leave the Golden Gates of San Francisco behind and wake up in the wide-open Nevada country-side. Hike through the pine-studded valleys and take a brisk dip in an alpine lake. The day heats up later with a soak in one of our favorite hot springs!
Day 2 - Wyoming:
It's the wild, wild west out here and it's time to pump up your adrenaline on a white-water rafting trip down the Snake River. Or, choose to roam free like the coyotes and hike beneath jagged mountain peaks. Later, stroll through a frontier town and check out the local watering hole.
Day 3 - Grand Teton National Park:
Plunge deep into rugged terrain and discover Hidden Falls, rent a canoe and glide through the lake, take a bout tour, or climb to the top of Inspiration Point for some breathtaking views. Explore the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone then relax after your scenic trek with a gourmet meal and your new friends.
Day 4 & 5 - Yellowstone National Park:
This extraordinary park is famous for gushing geysers (yes, Old Faithful resides here!), roaming herds of buffalo and elk, and expansive plains enclosed by grandiose mountains. Keep your camera handy — the wildlife viewing here is spectacular!
Day 6 - Montana:
Saddle-up, this is cattle country! Get a sneak peek at cowboy couture and dine with the locals in the small western town of Gardiner. Later soak away the day in Paradise at a nearby hot spring.
Day 7 - Wyoming/South Dakota:
Seek close encounters of the third kind at Devils Tower National Monument, rising out of expansive prairie-lands, you'll see why Native American tribes consider this a sacred place. When you tire of waiting for the mother ship, take a respite in your beautiful Black Hills campsite.
Day 8 - Black Hills/Mount Rushmore:
We're tumbling out of cowboy country and into Sioux Indian Territory, stopping in at the impressive Mount Rushmore National Monument to admire our greatest American presidents carved into the mountain. Later, take in the history of the gold rush town of Custer, and dine with local tribal members on indian tacos.
Day 9 - South Dakota/Badlands:
The mind-blowing landscape of pinnacles, canyons and multi-colored jagged rocks are like a scene from another planet. Pose for photos as you imagine running from the saber-toothed cat, rhino and ancient horse — mammals that roamed here in another era.
Day 10 - Great Plains area:
Chill out among grassy fields, shady trees, and friendly people, or stretch your legs on a hike to the center of a cool, northern states town.
Day 11 - Chicago, Illinois:
Explore the streets of Chicago with your friends and indulge in the region’s most famous culinary treats, absorb the cultural scene at a museum, cruise on an urban boat ride, or hit the breweries with your friends!
Day 12 - Great Lakes/Appalachians:
Say "Goodbye" to Chicago's hustle and grind and "Hello" to swimming, hiking and exploring fresh-water lakes and lush forests. Get on the water and rent a kayak or glide over tranquil lagoons on a pontoon boat. Be ready with your camera, opportunities for wildlife photos await you at our lakeside campsite in the Allegheny Mountains.
Day 13 - Niagara Falls:
These famous falls will amaze you with the sheer volume of water, thundering and crashing to the depths below. Get up close and personal (and a little wet!) in the Maid of the Mist tour for a boat ride you'll never forget!
Day 14 through 20 - Boston/New York City:
From underground nightclubs to the top of the Empire State Building, discover the delights of your choice of bustling cities. This leg of our amazing journey is an unguided week in Boston or New York City. Say goodbye to the bus and discover the east coast of the USA solo or with your friends! Our experts will be happy to recommend the top sights in these amazing cities!
Day 21 - Boston/New York City:
From Boston we strike out through southern New England to meet more of our friends in dazzling New York City. Take a bite out of the "Big Apple" and savor the street food, embark on some sightseeing, or just or hangout with the locals but don't get lost on the subway 'cause we'll be trekking to the nations capital, enjoying the scenic east coast.
Day 22 - Washington D.C.:
The capitol of the United States, Washington D.C., houses the motherlode of historical sights. Explore the museums of the Smithsonian Institution and stroll down the National Mall past the all-star line-up of national treasures, the Washington Monument, the Reflection Pool, and the Lincoln Memorial.
Day 23 - Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Trek by a splashing stream to roaring waterfalls, discover your own hidden spot overlooking the fog-layered flanks of the hills, or relax with your camera handy. Hike through the forest and keep a watchful eye for one of the furry black bears that call this UNESCO World Heritage site home.
Day 24 - Smoky Mountains/Gatlinburg:
Ride the wilds of nature on horseback in America's most visited national park or hop on the bus to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to check out the local attractions like the Aquarium of the Smokies and Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Reunite for an amazing gourmet dinner, and tell your stories during our night on the bus.
Day 25 - New Orleans:
Rise and shine! New Orleans isn't only about the night life in the French Quarter! After a morning beignet and cafe au lait, check out street performers in Jackson Square, and listen to the sidewalk sounds of Zydeco, Dixieland jazz, and Delta blues. Saunter into a Jazz club, sample Cajun fare and live it up with your friends on Bourbon Street.
Day 26 - Texas:
Yee-haw, welcome to Texas, y'all! Hit the big city with your friends and jam to a concert in Austin, take a plunge in the 1,000-foot long natural spring-fed pool at Barton Springs, or explore the trendy cafes of the South Congress district. Later, share your adventures onboard the bus as we roll into the deep south.
Day 27 - Texas/New Mexico:
Swim in the amazing spring-fed oasis at Balmorhea State Park, which provides a home for an incredible array of wildlife and endangered species. Later, we'll roll to New Mexico and camp under the starry night skies.
Day 28 - Guadalupe Mountains/Carlsbad Caverns:
Explore of one of the most extensive cave systems in the world on an underground tour. Marvel at the fantastic limestone stalactites and stalagmites, and peer into dark corners for resident bats. Even though they wont harm us, we'll still boogie outta here tonight!
Day 29 & 30 - Arizona/Utah:
Explore the ancient cliff-dwellings with a Navajo guide in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, then pitch camp on the brinks of the plummeting canyon at Goosenecks State Park. Book a jeep tour into the sacred lands of Monument Valley or feel the wind in your hair on horseback instead. Splash into Lake Powell and cool off before savoring the flavor of a southwest dinner in Paige.
Day 31 - Bryce National Park area:
Home to a brightly layered landscape that rivals the Grand Canyon, Bryce offers stunning desert hiking that stretches into a lunar-like land. Don't wander too far — we're heading towards a little-known location for a gourmet feast and campout under the stars!
Day 32 - Zion National Park:
Ascend the brilliantly-banded sandstone canyons to Angel’s Landing and be rewarded with sweeping views of Zion, or take a short walk to witness the miracle of raindrops cascading directly from the sandstone arch of Weeping Rock. Later, cool your jets with a splash-down in the Virgin River.
Day 33 - Las Vegas, Nevada:
It's Vegas, baby! Get your heart going with adrenaline-pumping rides, take the city by storm in a limo, or get your game on at the black jack tables. Whatever your thrill, Vegas has something for everyone!
Day 34 - San Francisco, California:
Welcome to the west coast of the USA! Our epic American road trip ends today in San Francisco, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end! Relish the sights of our favorite west coast city with your bus mates, then hop on a Yosemite trek and keep the adventure rolling!
I'm ready to make a reservation!
Please note this is a combination trip. Please call our office for details.
Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.
Have you been on this trip? Please tell us what you thought.