Smarter Than Your Average Trip
We’d like to introduce General Sherman. He’s 83 metres tall and his waist is 11 metres. He’s about 2500 years old and weighs as much as 15 blue whales. He’s among the top three biggest living organisms on earth. He’s also a tree. Meet his brothers in Yosemite National Park. Tell ‘em the General sent ya.
Day 1-2 - Los Angeles - Monterey
Meet the people you'll be spending the next three weeks with. You guys are gonna get along great. Quick tour of Hollywood then a couple of days driving along the Pacific Ocean with the wind in your hair (if you choose to stick your head out the window, that is).
- Morning group meeting
- Begin THE three week adventure with a quick tour of Hollywood before leaving Los Angeles and skirting the Pacific shoreline for two days
- Head to Monterey to splash the cash or stroll the coast around this seriously scenic peninsula
Day 3-4 - San Francisco
The official name for the colour of the Golden Gate Bridge is "International Orange". If you want to jazz up your bedroom, the custom formula is on the website. Just ask your friendly paint store to whip it up. You've got a full day to explore San Francisco. We recommend the Mission, Marina or Haight-Ashbury districts.
- Travel to San Francisco
- Enjoy a full day to explore the city with plenty of time for shopping in China Town & Union Square, sightseeing and a stroll over the Golden Gate Bridge
- Maybe take a cruise on the bay for an unforgettable sunset, then go bar hopping 'til the early hours. Mission, Marina or Haight-Ashbury Districts usually tick the right boxes
Day 5-6 - Yosemite National Park
Pay your respects at El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. It's the largest monolith of granite in the world. Imagine how many kitchen benches you could make out of that! Hike or bike or walk, it's up to you.
- Heading through Central California, take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region
- Hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls
- Hike to Yosemite Falls, one of North America's highest, and capture El Capitan's great granite profile on camera
Day 7-8 - Lake Tahoe - Northern Great Basin
There's no such thing as a crap sunset in this part of the world. There's an optional cruise on Lake Tahoe to see one, then you can go splash some cash in the casinos. There's pedal boat rides, parasailing and jet skiing if you feel the need to work up a sweat.
- Set sail at Lake Tahoe on an optional sunset cruise or play the house in one of the flash casinos
- Perhaps a gentle pedal boat ride, scenic parasailing or an energising jet-ski, may just as easily push your buttons
- Enjoy more scenery as you continue across the Northern Great Basin
Day 9-10 - Jackson
If you come to Jackson and don't have a drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy bar, then you just haven't lived. The stools are old saddles, there's silver dollars inlaid in the bar and trophy cow horns lined up above it. Optional whitewater rafting on the Snake River rapids (not actually full of snakes at all).
- Feel the old frontier spirit alive and kicking in the truly western town of Jackson, Wyoming
- Conquer the Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers, on an optional whitewater rafting trip
- Head to the nearest watering hole
- Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a fine tip, with saddles for stools and trophy cow horns above the counter
Day 11-12 - Yellowstone National Park
When you're camping in Yellowstone National Park remember the first rule of tent etiquette: last one in zips up the tent. You don't want Yogi and Boo Boo wandering in during the night.
- Pitch up in the world's first National Park, Yellowstone
- This is a superb wilderness of spouting geysers, waterfalls and simmering mud pool
- Keep your eyes peeled for abundant wildlife - large herds of bison and elk roam the park and if you're lucky, you may even see bear or wolf
Day 13 - Cody
You might want to pop into Wayne's Boot Shop and trade in your Cons before moseying down the streets of Cody. The rodeo capital of the world was named after William Frederick Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill.
- Next, it's Wild Wyoming, in the heart of cowboy country
- From its cowboy roots to its summer rodeos, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head
Day 14 - Mount Rushmore
Things you will learn today: The lucky guys immortalised here are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Each head is six-storeys high. If you worked here you'd have to climb 506 steps each day to reach the top. Dynamite was used to carve 90% of the monument.
- Visit Mount Rushmore and the uniquely sculptured faces of our four greatest Presidents
- Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up: the Crazy Horse monument, a nod to the famed Lakota Indian war leader
Day 15-16 - Badlands National Park - Minnesota
"Low-slung buttes in the Badlands" sounds like a description of summer gangster fashion. Actually, it's just another way of describing all the little hills scattered throughout this national park.
- Low-slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw-tooth ridges have a bizarre lunar quality
- Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle back for some shut-eye under canvas
Day 17-18 - Chicago
Saddle up for Bobby's Bike Hike through the Windy City. This nickname actually has nothing to do with the gusts coming off Lake Michigan, it's because all the politicians are full of hot air. Yuk, let's not discuss politics again. Drown out that conversation in a blues bar.
- Head to Chicago - the "Windy City", home to some of the greatest blues music in America
- Soar up Willis Tower for dizzying views over the Windy City
- Trawl the upmarket malls of Magnificent Mile and grab a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza
- Take to pedal power on the included famous "Bobby's Bike Hike" tour
Day 19 - Ohio
Wear comfy shoes because Cedar Point Amusement Park takes up about 350 acres. This also means it has pretty much the biggest collection of roller coasters on the planet. Our tip? Ride the Millenium Force and Top Thrill Dragster before stuffing your face with hotdogs.
- Ask a "Buckeye" to tell you all about their state nut or how cool they think Cedar Point Amusement Park's rollercoasters are! Ride the Millenium Force - the greatest roller coaster in the world
Day 20 - Niagara Falls
At the current rate of erosion, scientists believe that Niagara Falls might only be around for another 50,000 years. Lucky you made it in time.
Visit Niagara Falls.
- Board the 'Maid of the Mist' cruise, where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes
Day 21 - New York Area
Contrary to popular belief, the Finger Lakes are actually full of water. Things wrap up around 5pm, so you should definitely stay a few extra nights to explore NYC. We can sort you out, just let us know when booking your trip.
- Travel through New York's Finger Lakes region and the Pocono Mountains en-route to the New York Area
- This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own
- Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home
- This tour ends at approximately 5pm, if you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm
What to Know
Tour leader, transport and sightseeing.
- International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed (lunches and dinners), any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
Safety InformationUNFENCED CAMP SITES:
On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.BEARS:
Whilst travelling throughout North America it's not uncommon to encounter bears within campsites and national parks. Your group leader has been specifically trained for these situations and, if camping, will inform the group on how to 'bear proof' the camp in the evenings or when the site is unattended. There's absolutely no reason to be alarmed by this possibility as it is extremely rare for bears to attack humans.
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