Coast to Coast Camping Westbound

18-to-Thirtysomethings, New York to San Francisco

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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.

What’s included

  • Carte Blanche: Chicago 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
  • Deadwood visit
  • Drive the Tioga Pass (seasonal)
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Explore the big apple
  • Feel the spray of niagara falls
  • Brush shoulders with cowboys in america's west
  • Camp under the star-filled skies of the plains
  • Hike in beautiful yellowstone and yosemite national parks.


Day 1 New York 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 New York/Newburgh (1D) 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. Additional Notes: This tour departs New York City mid-day on Day 2. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 112km)
Day 3 Newburgh/Finger Lakes (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Taughannock Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 375km)
Day 4 Finger Lakes/Niagara Falls (1B, 1L, 1D) 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! Included Activities: Maid of the Mist Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 5 Niagara Falls/Sandusky (1B) Travel to Sandusky and opt to catch some thrills at a local amusement park. Transport: Approximate Distance to Sandusky: 430km (267 mi) Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Sandusky/Chicago (1B) There's tons to do in the Windy City – walk along the river to Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music, and stroll the boardwalk of the Navy Pier. Opt to ride to the top of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, or hit the town for a night out with the group. Included Activities: Amish Community Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 275km) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 240km)
Day 7 Chicago Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 8 Chicago/Frontenac (1D) Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and enjoy a beer tasting, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi River. Included Activities: Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 535km)
Day 9 Frontenac/Sioux Falls (1B, 1D) Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America – the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the Great Plains and lands of the Sioux. Included Activities: Mall of America visit Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 500km)
Day 10 Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 11 Badlands National Park/Custer State Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the spectacular, bizarre, and moon-like landscape at Badlands National Park. Discover Wall Drug, an American roadside wonder before reaching the famous Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. Then take the scenic route to Custer State Park. Included Activities: Badlands National Park Visit Wall Drug Visit Transport: Approximate Distance to Custer: 250km (155 mi) Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Custer State Park/Devils Tower (1B, 1D) Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood en route to Devils Tower in Wyoming. Included Activities: Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit Crazy Horse Memorial Visit Deadwood Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Devils Tower/Bozeman (1B, 1L) Check out the the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument en route to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Included Activities: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 650km)
Day 14 Bozeman/Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Yellowstone is beyond special. Geysers, waterfalls, wildlife, and scenic beauty are around every corner just waiting to be explored. In fact, Yellowstone National Park is a super volcano with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S., including roaming bison, gray wolves, elk, black bears, and, of course, the famous grizzly bear. Included Activities: Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 15 Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake. Included Activities: Yellowstone South Loop Excursion Transport: Walking (4.00 hour(s))
Day 16 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B, 1L) Stop at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park and take in the tranquil surroundings. In the late afternoon, reach Jackson and marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. In the evening, enjoy a night out with a true wild western atmosphere at the One Million Dollar Bar. Included Activities: Grand Teton National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 17 Jackson/Twin Falls (1B, 1L, 1D) Choose to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 410km)
Day 18 Twin Falls/Reno (1B, 1L) Sit back and relax during a road trip day, crossing into Nevada. Enjoy the bright lights both in and outside the casinos in "The Biggest Little City in the World." Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 740km)
Day 19 Reno/Lake Tahoe (1L, 1D) Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 110km)
Day 20 Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Included Activities: Tioga Pass Drive Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 385km)
Day 21 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 22 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B) Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town. There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco. We recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Additional Notes: If you are departing on arrival to San Francisco, you will not have enough time to participate in the Sunset Sailing extra. Post-tour accommodation is required to purchase this extra. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)