Starting your adventure with a bang, the sensation of crashing water is stupendous at Niagara Falls. Just wait until you're down on the water aboard the included 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour, where the cascades pound, churn and foam right before your eyes. Now that's what you call a front row seat! Head back to the falls in the evening for an incredible illuminated view under a blanket of stars.
It's on to Ohio where you can find out just how cool Cedar Point Amusement Park's roller coasters really are with an afternoon visit. Ride the Millennium Force if you dare - said to be the greatest roller coaster in the world! That's enough thrills and excitement for one day, so settle down for a night close by one of America's five Great Lakes, the beautiful Lake Erie.Please note: Cedar Point in Ohio is open all of June, July and August and on certain days during May, September and October. It may not always be possible to visit Cedar Point Amusement park.
Make your way to Chicago, or as it's better known, the 'Windy City'. For dizzying views over the city zoom up the Willis Tower, or head down to Lake Michigan for awesome views of the city's skyline and the perfect spot to take in the laid-back city vibes. Jump on an 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour to pedal your way around the city's highlights, or if you're a shopaholic then make sure you get your fix along Magnificent Mile. Chicago's home to some of the best blues music in America, so check out the clubs and don't forget to grab yourself a slice of Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza while you're here. After all, you deserve it!
Wisconsin is known for cheese and microbreweries, so you can rest assured you and your fellow Trekkers won't go hungry or thirsty here! Some of the greatest things about an American road trip are the quirky roadside attractions you come across along the way, so be sure to say a big ole' howdy to the Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth. Head out across the great prairies and America's original western frontier. Resident coyotes may utter the occasional howl as you settle down for some shut-eye under canvas.
Touching down in the unique lunar landscape of Badlands National Park feels more like a moon landing due to the bizarre low slung buttes, chiselled spires and saw tooth ridges - but this definitely isn't the moon and there are signs of life – sightings of bison, Bighorn Sheep and prairie dogs can confirm it. For awesome views, watch the sun setting over this surreal landscape.
It's not every day you get to come face-to-face with four of America's most famous presidents, sculpted into the landscape. In the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial honours presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln; and it's pretty darn impressive with 18 metre high faces, more than 150 metres up. Close by, another rock-carved epic captures another piece of American history. The Crazy Horse Memorial, in memory of the famed Lakota Indian war leader, is an impressive sight not to be missed.
Wild Wyoming is up next as you head to Cody in the heart of cowboy country. Embrace the town's cowboy roots, shake a leg and try some two-step as the buckin' bronco rears its massive head! The Old West is literally alive and kicking here and nothing says Wyoming more than a good dose of rodeo, so that's exactly what you'll get if you're in town during the rodeo season (June to August only). Yeehaw!
The scenery just keeps on getting better as you reach Yellowstone National Park. View explosive geysers including 'Old Faithful' and colourful waterfalls while exploring the world's first and most famous national park. Large herds of bison and elk roam the park, so have your camera at the ready and if you're lucky you may also get the ultimate wildlife sighting of bear or wolves, which have recently been re-introduced to the park. There is no doubt about it the next couple of days in Yellowstone National Park will be awesome!
This area sure adds a healthy dose of the wow factor to your trip. Montana is often referred to as 'Big Sky Country' because of its clear skys and high-definition stars, and Glacier National Park is an wilderness paradise that'll leave you awestruck. A walk on the Iceberg Lake Trail is highly recommended and with two days in Glacier, you'll have plenty of time to explore the alpine meadows and shimmering lakes.
Welcome to Canada! Packed full of showstopping trails and incredible wildlife, Banff is Canada's first national park and the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies. It's no surprise this spot is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. If it's a relaxing time you're after, take the scenic tramway up Sulphur Mountain or chill out by one of the picturesque lakes, then opt for a dip in the local hot springs. If you simply can't sit still, there are heaps of trails just waiting for you to explore. For something really special, take to the air on a scenic flight.
A nickname like the 'Gem of the Rockies' is a lot to live up to, but Lake Louise has it covered, no sweat. An imposing chateau and towering mountain peaks overlook its picture-perfect turquoise waters. We recommend you hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house, or inspect the scene by paddle power on an optional canoe trip. Next head through British Columbia where the scenery will impress from the word go! In every direction you'll see mirrored lakes, snowy peaks and huge forests of conifer. We know, we're spoiling you, we just can't help ourselves!
With its stunning combination of mountains and coastline, the city of Vancouver boasts outstanding views. Rent rollerblades or take to two wheels to explore Stanley Park, then head over to Prospect Point for the best views in town; or for a walk on the wild side way up in the tree tops, check out the stunning Capilano Suspension Bridge, 140 metres long and suspended 70 metres above the river. Known for being a city rich in culture, why not head over to Gastown with its award-winning galleries and tons of cafes and restaurants?
You're back in the USA and headed for Seattle! Soar to the top of the iconic Space Needle in a glass-fronted elevator to enjoy incredible views of this cool city - on a clear day you may even be able to see Mount Rainier across the Puget Sound. Visit Pike Place Market for local food and to watch market stallholders 'toss the Pike fish'. If you need a caffeine kick, Seattle has tons of great cafes, and just one of the city's claims to fame is introducing Starbucks to the world - so grab yourself a latte! Later, check out the bohemian Fremont neighbourhood for trendy drinking spots and a renowned foodie scene, or if it's cocktails and secret bars you're after, make sure to check out Capitol Hill.
Call it what you want – ??City of Roses', "Bridge City', or ??Beervana' - Portland is simply awesome! It's a vibrant city full of quirky cafes and cool hipster folk, so grab yourself a flat white and enjoy some people watching.
Take in the stunning scenery as you drive down the Californian Coast to Redwood National Park. Get out and stretch those legs with a hike on the Tall Trees Grove trail and keep an eye out for elk and bear who can be found hiding under the canopy of the Redwoods. These trees are tall! In fact Redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up. As you explore more of the park you might start to recognise the canyons covered in fern and moss from Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World'. After an amazing day in Redwood National Park watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean on what is virtually your own private beach. Sounds like the perfect day, right?
Come fog or shine, this city's always awesome! Start with a tour of Haight-Ashbury, a neighbourhood oozing with hippy vibes and plenty of quirky shops and cafes. Of course you can't go all the way to San Francisco without a stroll across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge too. The highlights keep coming with an included tour of Alcatraz (value US$33). Spend your free time checking out San Francisco's most famous areas. Our favourites include the sights of Union Square, Pier 39, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Some streets are a little on the steep side, but you can always catch an iconic cable car to scoot around the city and explore more. To top it all off, set sail on an optional sunset cruise and get a different perspective of the famous bridge and this awesome city.
You won't know where to focus your gaze as you drive along winding roads that look out across the beautiful Sierra Nevadas. The scenery you pass by will have you itching to hit the trails on foot or by bike and go explore! Yosemite National Park is nature's greatest backyard and with both easy and strenuous hikes available, you're bound to find a trail that suits your ability. Whichever trail you choose you'll be amazed by the magnificent waterfalls and epic granite cliff faces. Famous for its Giant Sequoia trees and with an abundance of wildlife such as bear and coyotes in the park, you should keep your camera to hand at all times! If that isn't enough you can even float down the Merced River on a rubber ring for a different perspective of this truly awesome place.
Brace yourself, because your road trip is about to get a whole lot more beautiful. Turn up the tunes, sit back and watch stunning scenery fly by your window as you follow the winding roads of California's pristine coastline. Finish your day in the San Luis Obispo area with the chance to swim in the North Pacific Ocean.
Uncover more of the sparkling Californian coastline as you head down to Santa Barbara, a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rolling valleys and miles of gorgeous beach. Enjoy some time to check out the pier, top up your tan on the beach or indulge in some retail therapy. Then you're off to the 'City of Angels' to check out Venice Beach before saying farewell to your Trek buddies - until next time.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.