Yellowstone, the Badlands, and Niagara Falls – once you've escaped the city limits, the US is a country defined by incredible wilderness. This affordable cross-country adventure keeps you on the ground between New York, Chicago, and San Francisco so you can experience what lies in between. Days feature magnificent sites like Yosemite and Old Faithful, while evenings offer experiences like cooking over a fire and camping in the great outdoors. Travel coast to coast and embrace the soul of this great land.
Day 1 - New York
Arrive at any time. Consider arriving a few days early to see more of this famous city. Arrive to the joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:00pm.
From the Statue of Liberty to Ground Zero to Chinatown, New York City is full of things to do and see. We recommend spending extra time here; please speak to your sales agent to book pre-trip accommodation.
Day 2 - New York/Newburgh
Spend the morning exploring the Big Apple before heading to Newburgh. Dive into the hustle and bustle of NYC on a brief orientation to the city with the CEO, then trade in the big city for a campfire.
Day 3 - Newburgh/Finger Lakes
Enjoy a day out in nature taking in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Visit towering Taughannock Falls, cool off in the lake, or sample wine from a local winery. Discover one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, Taughannock Falls. Take a hike to explore this beautiful area on foot, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just relax by the lake. Opt to taste wine from one of the local vineyards.
Day 4 - Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls
Get wet on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, and be sure to check out the falls illuminated in the evening. An exciting adventure awaits in Niagara Falls. Feel the rushing waters of the falls taking the famous "Maid of the Mist Boat Tour." Return after darkness settles over the Niagara region and witness the Falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour!
Day 5 - Niagara Falls/Sandusky
Travel to Sandusky and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park.
Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (17 nts).
Air-conditioned private vehicle, boat, walking
Allow USD250-325 for meals not included.
17 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
Hands-On: Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting, Milwaukee
Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
Maid of the Mist tour (Niagara Falls)
Orientation to Chicago
Amish community visit
Mall of America visit
Wall Drug visit
Drive the Tioga Pass (seasonal)
Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
Optional activity prices are subject to change and can fluctuate in relation to the high/low season and the number of people on a specific excursion. Not all excursions listed here may be available, due to season or weather conditions. As generally not a lot of time is spent in start/end cities, you may want to arrange to arrive early, or stay longer after the trip in order to allow sufficient time to participate in optional activities there.
Please see the full itinerary for information on optional activities, descriptions and estimated pricing.