Chicago to San Francisco Road Trip

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17 days,Chicago to San Francisco
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Camp along the Mississippi River, hike the Badlands, marvel at Yellowstone's geysers, meet the wildlife of Grand Teton National Park, explore the streets of San Francisco

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Remember the country they sing about in 'America the Beautiful'? The one with the spacious skies, gleaming alabaster cities and majestic purple mountains? It’s still out there. Come see it with us. Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and outdoorsy folk who want to see the country by day and revel downtown by night, this trip takes you across the Great West, from the City of Big Shoulders through Yellowstone and Yosemite and past herds of grazing bison to the City by the Bay. In a word: Perfect.

What's Included

Free Wi-FiThis adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.
  • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
  • Beer brewery tour and beer tasting (Milwaukee)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners. (Allow USD150-200 for meals not included.)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
  • Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (13 nts).

Add to Your Experience

Muir Woods & Sonoma Wine Country Tour

Make the most of your time on the West Coast and be blown away by the tallest trees in the world, the Coastal Redwoods. Wander through the paths between the trees and marvel at their size, then head to Sonoma wine country and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tasting some of California’s famous wine.

Napa & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

Wine enthusiasts shouldn't miss this tour that includes visits to both the famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. On this educational tour, you'll walk through the vineyards, view the wine caves, and watch a wine-making demonstration. There'll also be plenty of time to taste the nectar of the gods!

Itinerary

Day 1Chicago

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Chicago/Winona(1D)

Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Explore charming Madison, Wisconsin's state capitol, on the way to the a campground on the banks of the Mississippi.

Day 3Winona/Kennebec(1B, 1L, 1D)

Venture into South Dakota and head into the lands of the Sioux and the Great Plains. Stop at Sioux Falls and take in the beauty of the green hills and cascading water.

Day 4Kennebec/Badlands National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

Day 5Badlands National Park/Custer State Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a final look at Badlands NP en route to Custer State Park. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while exploring Custer's diverse lands.

Day 6Custer State Park(1B, 1L)

Enjoy the Black Hills; trek around Mount Rushmore, which honours US presidents, and tour around Crazy Horse Memorial.

Day 7Custer State Park/Devils Tower(1B, 1D)

Travel back in time to the Wild West at the once illegal settlement of Deadwood. Marvel at the scenery of Spearfish Canyon on the way to Devils Tower.

Day 8Devils Tower/Cody(1B, 1L, 1D)

On the way to Cody, the "Rodeo Capital of the World," drive through the Bighorn National Forest. Opt to go to an authentic rodeo (seasonal).

Day 9Cody/Yellowstone National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to Yellowstone, the world's first national park, and be in awe of the colourful geysers, powerful waterfalls, exciting wildlife, and contrasting scenic beauty around every corner.

Day 10Yellowstone National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Southern Loop.

Day 11Yellowstone National Park/Jackson(1B, 1L)

Cross the Continental Divide en route to Grand Teton NP. Enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks that make up this beautiful drive. Opt to visit a cowboy bar for Western line dancing and live music.

Day 12Jackson/Salt Lake City(1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to go horseback riding or rafting down the Snake River. See the sights of Salt Lake City and tour Temple Square.

Day 13Salt Lake City/Tonopah(1B)

Travel the 'Loneliest Road in America' towards Tonopah. Check out one of the best night skies for some stargazing in an old silver mining town.

Day 14Tonopah/Yosemite National Park(1L, 1D)

Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic drives in California: Tioga Pass!

Day 15Yosemite National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.

Day 16Yosemite National Park/San Francisco(1B)

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.

Day 17San Francisco

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