WILD WEST COAST TREK NEW YORK AREA to SAN FRANCISCO

DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to SAN FRANCISCO

Trek Code: CCE Destination: Cross Country Departs: May-Sep Accommodation: Camping Age Range: 18-38

Tour Overview

Tour the highlights of America’s East and West on this all-encompassing trip, crammed into two weeks! Experience the East from famous cities to scenic Appalachian forests and mountains, charming small-town flavour to wondrous Niagara Falls grandeur. Fly across the continent to taste the Western USA’s best bits including California & Arizona’s most popular national parks and the incomparable Las Vegas. Add the desert splendour of the Colorado River region and sandwich between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and you’ve got yourself one heck of an adventure!

 

Included Highlights

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Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist Cruise

Evening illumination visit to Washington DC monuments

Limousine ride in Las Vegas

Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset

See Hoover Dam

Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite

Get your kicks on Route 66 and visit Seligman

Hike in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon

Visit an Amish community in Lancaster

Internal flight from New York to Los Angeles

Sightseeing in Washington DC, San Francisco & Hollywood, LA

Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and famous ‘Rocky’ steps

Rolling New England scenery

Relive the revolution in Boston’s historic neighbourhoods

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Incredible National Parks – Yosemite and Grand Canyon

Plus you get…

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

All accommodation – 9 camping, 4 hotel & 1 hostel nights

All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

 

Optional Activities (paid locally)

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There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don’t. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

 

> Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE

> Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274

> Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15

> Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+

> Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32

> Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston US$FREE

> Cave of the Winds tour at Niagara US$11

> Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115

> Visit the famous ‘Cheers’ bar in Boston US$FREE

> Bike rental in Washington DC US$15-$35

> Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30

> Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30

> Baseball Game in Boston US$15-$40

> Lancaster – Amish Museums US$10-$30

> Las Vegas Gun Range from US$30

> Paddleboats in Boston US$25 per hour

Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC

First stop is Philadelphia, or ‘Philly’ as the locals call it, to see the Liberty Bell, eat a delicious local cheese steak and climb the steps from the movie ‘Rocky’! Head to the nation’s capital where America’s leaders shape the country’s future. An evening tour shows off the seat of US power, awash with icons like the White House, Jefferson Monument and Capitol Hill. When it comes to DC’s museums ‘Land of the Free’ is spot on: barely any of them, sensational Smithsonian included, will cost you a dime. Why not take an optional trip to a baseball game (in season) to ensure day two is full to bursting.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 3: Lancaster & Pennsylvania

Turn up the music and enjoy the scenic drive through a countryside that inspired a nation to fight for its freedom, stopping by an Amish community. The Amish haven’t changed their way of living in over 200 years and it’s a really humbling experience, seeing these people who live for family life and keep things simple with no mod-cons. Tonight, your home is under a million stars, and this is where you really start to settle in to a simple life of your very own.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 4: Niagara Falls

From the edge of Lake Ontario, the sensation of crashing water is stupendous, the noise immense from one of America’s greatest national attractions, Niagara Falls. Wait ’til you’re down on the water aboard the included ‘Maid of the Mist’, where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes. That’s what you call a front row seat! Think back to a time when people were travelling over the falls in wooden barrels as you witness the immense power of the cascading water.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 5: The Berkshires

City folk can’t resist hiding out here in summer and you’ll soon figure out why. Trails snake through forested hills and meadows skirt quaint clapboard farms. This is 100% New England! Why not head out for a short forested stroll this evening?

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 6: Boston

Soak in the history and relive the Revolution along the Freedom Trail or let Faneuil Hall’s street performers, stores and eateries tell their own Bostonian tale. Watch the locals from Boston Common, then pop across to the famous “Cheers” bar. For a local slice of Boston’s unique flavour, why not try `Daddy’s Fried Dough’ from the street vendors – the locals swear by it!

Accommodation: Hostel included

Day 7: Boston to New York Area

We head back to the Garden State where our adventure began. The remainder of the evening is free to explore before you fly to the Californian West coast the following day. This is a great opportunity to see neon New York at night, relive the scenes from countless movies, see a Broadway show or hit the clubs.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 8: New York Area – Fly to Los Angeles

Depending on your departure time, there may be time to explore Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village. Transfer to the airport and after a flight to the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles it’s time to meet your tour leader and head to the hotel where the remainder of the day is yours to relax. If you want something a bit more exciting, venture out and explore Venice Beach and Santa Monica Boulevard; they make for some great photos and excellent people watching.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 9-10: Colorado River & Grand Canyon

After a short tour of Hollywood you bid the City of Angels farewell and head through California to the vast swathes of Arizona’s cactus-prickled desert. After spending an evening along the Colorado River we explore America’s premier National Park, and find out why it is called the ‘Grand’ Canyon. Keep your feet firmly on the ground or swoop above it all on an optional helicopter flight. One thing’s for sure though, this place looks incredible from any angle, especially walking along the rim at sunset.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11-12: Las Vegas

Strike out towards the legendary Las Vegas Strip via a section of the original Route 66, stopping in Seligman for a refreshing frosty shake at the famous Snow Cap Diner. Next is the main event – Las Vegas, and the greatest show on earth! Sin City’s glitziest and brashest spots are sure to impress as you cruise Las Vegas Boulevard on an included limo ride! Hop onto one of the world’s highest thrill rides at Vegas’ Stratosphere and it won’t just be your head that’s spinning. And if that’s not enough, take a helicopter flight down The Strip or gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 13-14: Yosemite National Park

Your chance to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Stand at the base of some of the world’s tallest trees, the giant towering Sequoias and gaze out at valley floor vistas as far as the eye can see. Coyote roam freely as well and when the sun goes down, their howling often echoes amidst pines and Sequoias. Admit it; this is what clicks the spirit of the great outdoors up a notch or two.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 15: San Francisco

Head back west through California’s gold country, where in 1848 the finding of a single nugget triggered a stampede of gold-seekers known as the 49’ers, before arriving at the home of the beatnik generation, San Francisco. Walk across Golden Gate Bridge and pay a visit to Haight-Ashbury where the hippie movement still remains. Make sure you spend a couple more days here after the end of the tour, as the lure of `Ever ybody’s favourite city’ is just

too strong to ignore.

 

This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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.

 

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