Start your search here

    • 16+ years
    • 12-15 years
    • 2-11 years
    • 0-23 months

GRAND BLT

43 days from NEW YORK AREA

DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to NEW YORK AREA

Experience the thrills of the east, the sprawling landscapes of the west, the small town charms of the north and the famous hospitality of the south. There's no doubt about it, this epic 6 week loop of the States packs a serious punch. From towering mountains to white sand beaches, from the top of skyscrapers to the bottom of canyons, this fast and furious loop highlights the best of the USA.

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

May-Aug from £4049

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

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: New York Area & Cayuga Lake You're in the Big Apple so why not stay a couple of nights before the tour departs and explore this iconic 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. Next you'll visit Taughannock State Park with its stunning waterfall that plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge, there is only one word for this and that is EPIC. Not far from here you'll reach the famous Cayuga Finger Lake where you can walk the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, nothing can beat tasting some of the region's best wines in one heck of a stunning setting. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 2-3: Niagara Falls, Lake Erie & Ohio Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it will 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 wet. As you make your way past the shores of Lake Erie why not visit Cedar Point Amusement Park to ride the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster in the world. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 4-5: Chicago Step back in time with a visit to the Amish town of Shipshewana to see how these folks live a simple life, then swing by Michael Jackson's childhood home before arriving in Chicago. The `Windy City" is 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 before taking to pedal power on the optional famous "Bobby's Bike Hike" tour. For awesome views of the city skyline head down to Lake Michigan and take in the laid back city vibes and then go and grab yourself a slice of Chicago's deep-dish pizza, you deserve it! Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 6: Minnesota Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier. We pass though Wisconsin, the American home of cheese where your leader will introduce a taste of Wisconsin. We also make visits to the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth before settling in for the night. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle back for some shut-eye under canvas. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 7: Badlands All signs lead to Wall Drug - the renowned drug store 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. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 8: Mount Rushmore It's not every day you get to see the faces of America's presidents peering out from the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and it is pretty darn huge with 60 foot high faces, 500 feet up. Close by, another rock-carved epic is shaping up: the Crazy Horse monument, a memory to the famed Lakota Indian war leader, very impressive and a sight not to be missed. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 9: Cody Wild Wyoming is up next and you'll head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Embrace the cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! Nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo and a Stetson, so why not indulge yourself in a summer rodeo. Enjoy an included visit to Old Trail Cowboy Town. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 10-11: Yellowstone National Park Pitch up in the world's first National Park, Yellowstone. A superb wilderness of spouting geysers, waterfalls and simmering mud pools where you can try to spot wildlife including the elusive Black Bear. Large herds of bison and elk roam the park and bubbling sulphur pools pave the way. Yellowstone is an incredible place to visit in every season, so prepare to be blown away! Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 12-13: Jackson & Grand Teton National Park 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 spiky peaks and plentiful wildlife. Why not raft the Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers on an optional white-water rafting trip, and then herd your posse into the nearest watering hole. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a fine tip, with saddles for stools and trophy cow horns above the counter. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 14-15: Idaho/Nevada & Lake Tahoe Pass more widescreen scenery as you edge your way westward across the Northern Great Basin. California is calling, and Lake Tahoe provides the perfect setting for some watery thrills. For something a bit more chilled, set sail on an optional sunset sailboat cruise or hire a pedal boat. However you decide to spend your time, make the most of that lovely crystal clear water! Tonight why not play the house in one of the flash casinos or hit a bar with your fellow trekkers? Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 16-17: Yosemite National Park Heading through Central California we take a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region with the chance to explore this extraordinary landscape. Both easy and challenging hikes bring you face to face with stunning glacier-carved granite monoliths, deep valleys, giant sequoias and spectacular waterfalls. Once deep inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including black bears and coyotes. Feel like an ant as you walk beneath the canopy of the Giant Sequoia trees that tower above you. For a different way to see the park, why not enjoy a float down the Merced River on a rubber ring? Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 18-19: San Francisco No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Haight-Ashbury, the home of the hippy vibes and the Golden Gate Bridge, and luckily for you that's exactly what's on the cards today. Wine and dine at the waterfront which offers lovely seafood dishes and don't forget to pay the resident sea lions of Pier 39 a visit. Plus we've included a trip to the incredible offshore prison of Alcatraz, where you can go on a fab audio tour and learn all about the infamous inmates and the failed escape attempts, a 'must do' whilst in San Francisco. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 20: Monterey, Big Sur & California Coast Head down the Pacific Coast Highway past cliffs, beaches and curling waves, all the way to Monterey. Why not stroll along the stunning coastal trails where you can see whales between April and October, as well as sea lions. Monterey is also well-known for its shopping and nightlife so you'll have plenty to fill your time in this laid-back coastal town. As the highway snakes further south, get away from it all amongst the pristine wilderness of Big Sur and stop for that iconic photo of McWay Falls, a stunning 80 foot waterfall that cascades directly onto its own private beach. This is by far one of the best stretches of road on the West Coast. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 21-22: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles Enjoy a few hours of beach life in Santa Barbara a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach before rolling into LA for a free day. Why not hang out at Venice Beach tomorrow - a great places to people-watch with a cocktail or simply sunbathe and breathe the fresh Californian sea breeze. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 23-24: San Diego Take a tour of 'Tinseltown' starting with a drive through Hollywood to the Walk of Fame and a view of the iconic Hollywood sign. Head south to San Diego for some seriously laid back vibes and powder white sand beaches. There's loads to keep you busy in here, laze in grassy Balboa Park and explore the famous San Diego Zoo home to over 3,000 incredible animals. Show off your skills by renting some rollerblades or a surfboard, or simply don your shades and soak up some rays. Later, explore the Gaslamp Quarter and experience the heart of San Diego's nightlife. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 25-26: Las Vegas Then it's on to a little place we like to call `Sin City'. With so much to see and do why not start with an included cruise down "The Strip" in a super-stretch limo and afterwards indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, take a helicopter flight back down The Strip, or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos. Oh and don't forget, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 27-28: Route 66 & Grand Canyon National Park En route to the Grand Canyon you'll drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman; a town frozen in time where you'll find tons of old Americana, so grab a root beer and have a look around! Now it's time for the ultimate show stopper, the mighty Grand Canyon! Once you've cast your eyes upon the deep canyon landscape you'll understand why this great natural wonder is loved by locals and tourists alike. Pack your boots, camera and water and venture into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or choose the "bird's eye" view on a scenic helicopter flight. Watching the sun rise or set over the canyon with the colours changing is simply breath-taking and not to be missed. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 29: Monument Valley On the road again and off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies, including the recent remake of The Lone Ranger. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and back roads. As you marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, wait till the sun goes down and you're swapping camp fire stories under a blanket of stars. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 30: Santa Fe With 325 days of sunshine per year and bright blue skies, plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. For all the art lovers out there Santa Fe is the one for you, visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Santa Fe will definitely win you over with its laid back charm and with tons of festivals and events throughout the year, you're bound to stumble upon something interesting. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 31-32: Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Lubbock, Texas Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the World. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles and stalagmites that look like twisting totem poles reach upwards, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place. Next, prepare for a big welcome as you enter the Lone Star State, otherwise known as the great state of Texas, the birthplace of Buddy Holly and the world's largest cotton growing region. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 33-34: Austin, Texas & Louisiana Austin has exploded as the "Live music capital of the world" and is the home of great BBQ Tex-Mex food. The city is packed with "Texas sized" excitement and is sure to impress with a nightlife which rivals some of the biggest cities in the world. We then say goodbye to Texas and head into bayou country, Louisiana. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 35-36: New Orleans Welcome to the country's Deep South, where life moves at a much slower pace. Why not spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or relax to the sounds of a Jazz or Dixieland band in the French Quarter. New Orleans has more than just incredible tasting food, drink and music to offer. You can take a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana, and see all sorts of wildlife in the mysterious wetlands of Cajun country. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 37-38: Memphis Memphis is the birthplace of Rock & Roll, and you won't want to miss out on an included visit to Sun Studios, where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded their most famous records. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. There is more to Memphis than just music, pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. But, you can't go home without a trip to the former home of `The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 39-40: Nashville & Virginia Next is Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. Hit 'The District' - the nightlife hub of Nashville, laze in the city's parks, trawl the malls or learn to line dance, the opportunities are endless here. Cowboy boots and sequinned denim anyone? Next, touch down in Virginia and the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountain Range. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 41-42: Washington DC Washington DC is next on the agenda and you will really enjoy the grandeur of the nation's capital. From the impressive Smithsonian Museums to the White House and the city's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. Why not hire a bike to cover more ground and then take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown. Accommodation: Budget lodging included

 

Day 43: Philadelphia & New York Area Leaving the capital behind, drive towards Philadelphia in Pennsylvania where you can visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and climb the famous steps from the Rocky movies. But, before you leave make sure you treat yourself to a tasty Philly cheese steak lunch - delicious! Then you head over to New York City where the tour will end. If you're not ready to say goodbye to America just yet, why not spend a couple more days after the tour to 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 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.

Activities

Visit the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana

Walk amongst towering granite peaks in Yosemite

Time to relax on the beach on the California coast

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

City tour of San Francisco

Visit Venice Beach & Santa Monica Pier in LA

Incredible wilderness walking trails

Enjoy California's sandy beaches in San Diego

Las Vegas limousine tour

New Orleans Bourbon Street jazz and blues music

Travel along the original Route 66

Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset

Visit Philadelphia's top highlights

Sightseeing in Nashville, Memphis, Austin & LA

Take a ferry to the infamous Alcatraz Prison

Visit Old Trail Town for a western experience

Sun Studios in Memphis

View the Hoover Dam

National Parks - Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon

 

Plus you get...

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader (leaders change mid tour)

Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

All accommodation - 13 hostel, 12 hotel, 10 cabin, 5 motel, 1 guest house & 1 unique trailer park nights.

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.

> New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20

> Mississippi steamboat ride US$60-$70

> Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE

> Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$254-$284

> Tour of Elvis' Graceland in Memphis US$33-$70

> Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley US$45-$55

> Sea kayaking US$30

> Western Saloons US$varies

> Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15

> Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+

> Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32

> Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise US$16

> San Diego Zoo US$44

> Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75

> San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13

> Willis Tower in Chicago US$18

> Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115

> Lake Tahoe sunset champagne cruise US$53

> Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio US$36-$55

> Lake Tahoe casinos US$FREE

> New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20

> Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124

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

> Cody Western Rodeo US$18

> Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$10

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

> Bobby's Bike Hire in Chicago US$35

> Lake Tahoe watersports US$25

> Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30

> Horseback riding in Jackson US$65

> Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$24-$35

> Country Western Saloons in Nashville US$varies

> Chicago - Baseball Game US$15-$40

> Blues clubs in Chicago US$10-$45

> Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49

> Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14

> Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

> Drive-in Cinema, Lubbock, Texas US$8

> Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221

> You only need to pay a 10% deposit > Full payment is due 12 weeks before the tour departure

BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of accommodation types on the Grand BLT. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. A sleeping bag is required on the trip.

Request a quote below

To prevent us receiving spam emails, please type the text that appears above into the entry box and submit.
ACCEPT COOKIESTo give you the best possible experience, this site uses cookies. Using this site means you agree to our use of cookies. We have published a cookies policy, which you should read to find out more about the cookies we use. View cookies policy.