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17 Days, Chicago to 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? read more...

    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 16 nights accommodation (Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (13 nts).).
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Air-conditioned private touring van).
  • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursion.
  • Beer brewery tour and beer tasting (Milwaukee).
  • Visit to Mall of America, Wall Drug, Deadwood and the Tioga Pass (Seasonal).
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents.
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 190-250 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Chicago
Day 2 Chicago/Frontenac
Day 3 Frontenac/Sioux Falls
Day 4 Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park
Day 5 Badlands National Park/Custer State Park
Day 6 Custer State Park/Devils Tower
Day 7 Devils Tower/Cody
Day 8 Cody/Yellowstone National Park
Day 9 Yellowstone National Park
Day 10 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson
Day 11 Jackson/Twin Falls
Day 12 Twin Falls/Reno
Day 13 Reno/South Lake Tahoe
Day 14 South Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park
Day 15 Yosemite National Park
Day 16 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco
Day 17 San Francisco
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  • Start
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  • Fri, 18 May '18
  • Sun, 03 Jun '18
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  • Sun, 01 Jul '18
  • Fri, 22 Jun '18
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  • Sun, 09 Sep '18
  • Fri, 31 Aug '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Fri, 21 Sep '18
  • Sun, 07 Oct '18
  • Fri, 05 Oct '18
  • Sun, 21 Oct '18

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Chicago
  • Frontenac
  • Sioux Falls
  • Badlands National Park
  • Custer State Park
  • Devils Tower
  • Cody
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Jackson
  • Reno
  • Twin Falls
  • South Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • DAY 1 Chicago

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 19:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Chicago/Frontenac

    Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Drive through Wisconsin and finish the day at a campground on the banks of the Mississippi River.

    Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting
    Milwaukee 1h
    Enjoy an introduction video and personal tour through Miller Brewery, which has more than 155 years of brewing history. Sit back in the outdoor beer garden after the tour and enjoy a few different Miller Family samples brewed onsite at this historic Milwaukee landmark.

    Private Vehicle
    Chicago - Frontenac 9h 535km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Frontenac/Sioux Falls

    Enjoy a free morning at the largest shopping mall in America - the Mall of America. Afterwards, venture into South Dakota and head into the lands of the Sioux and the Great Plains.

    Private Vehicle
    Frontenac - Sioux Falls 10h 500km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Mall of America visit
    Stop off at one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. Not a shopaholic? No problem! There is an indoor theme park in the centre of the mall, a perfect shopping distraction..

    Optional Activities
    Sioux Falls Visit

    Sioux Falls
    Walk the paths around these shallow cascading waterfalls or relax in the grass under the shade of the trees in these serene surroundings (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park

    Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.

    Private Vehicle
    Sioux Falls - Badlands National Park 6h 450km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Original South Dakota 1880's Town Visit

    Jackson County
    12-17USD per person
    Envision life on the prairie 100 years ago on this visit to a town made up of more than 30 original buildings from the 1880s to 1920s. Authentically equipped with furniture, antiques, and photographs, this town even has a museum dedicated to the many props used in Kevin Costner's famous movie "Dances with Wolves." Enjoy live entertainment or opt to dress up for some "old-time" photos. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Badlands National Park/Custer State Park

    Discover moon-like landscapes on the trails of the Badlands, then drive to Custer SP. Dodge free-roaming bison herds while exploring Custer's diverse lands.

    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.

    Badlands National Park Visit
    Badlands National Park
    The Lakota gave the area its name, "mako sica" meaning "land bad." Discover the park on short hiking trails and enjoy the feeling of true isolation - visitors can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. Keep eyes peeled for the thousands of delightful prairie dogs that pop up and down in the grasslands and the more elusive bison, bighorn sheep, and black-footed ferrets that live in the park.

    Private Vehicle
    Badlands National Park - Custer State Park 6h
    Approximate Distance to Custer: 250km (155 mi)

    Wall Drug Visit
    Discover an American roadside wonder that made "Wall" such a famous place to visit. It all started in the 1930s with free ice water for thirsty tourists coming from the east; today, almost 100 stores and exhibits operate under a single entity making up "America's Favourite Roadside Attraction."

    Optional Activities
    Custer State Park Hike

    Custer State Park 1h-2h
    Explore this fascinating terrain 1,621m (5,318 ft) above sea level. Find your adventure on short hikes through hills, mountainous lakes, rolling prairies, and breathtaking vistas. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Custer State Park/Devils Tower

    Check out the larger than life ex-presidents of Mount Rushmore, tour around Crazy Horse Memorial, and stop off at Deadwood on the way to Devil's Tower in Wyoming.

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit
    Keystone 1h
    Visit one of America's most inspiring symbols of democracy and freedom. Be amazed at the impressive granite faces of four of the most influential presidents of the United States: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Each stone head is as tall as a six-story building.

    Crazy Horse Memorial Visit
    Custer 1h - 02h
    Visit the spectacular Crazy Horse Memorial, which was made to honour the culture, tradition, and living heritage of North American Indians. The words of Chief Standing Bear, "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too" convinced sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to create a Memorial for the Lakota people in 1939. Currently 60-90 years away from completion, the memorial, once finished, will be the largest sculpture in the world.

    Deadwood Visit
    Explore the once lawless town of Deadwood created by the Black Hills Gold Rush, which brought gunfighters, gamblers, and prostitutes. The town achieved notoriety for the murder of "Wild Bill" Hickok. Watch the famous shootout at the Old Style Saloon 10 and witness the shooting of Wild Bill. Check out the fabulous Midnight Star, Kevin Costner's casino, and try your luck at one of the slot machines.

    Private Vehicle
    Custer State Park - Devils Tower 3h 240km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Devils Tower/Cody

    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).

    With crystal-clear lakes, alpine meadows, and glacial carved valleys, the Bighorn National Forest is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming towards Cody, the "Rodeo Capital of the World."

    Private Vehicle
    Devils Tower - Cody 7h 500km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Buffalo Bill Historic Center

    Cody 1h-3h
    19USD per person
    Opt to explore this world-class museum, which depicts the life of "Buffalo Bill" and the history and myth of the American West. Learn how, in an era without TV or movies, Cody used the persona of "Buffalo Bill" to become the voice of history, promise, and enduring spirit of the American West. The museum exhibits the history of the American cowboy, dude ranching, western conservation, frontier entrepreneurship, and the source of concepts about the West.

    Cody Rodeo
    20USD per person
    Watch the bronco busters and cowboys show their skills and compete in this western tradition, which started with Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show more than a century ago. Buffalo Bill wanted to preserve this heritage for cowboys from all over the country to compete and show the "Wild West" to travellers. The Cody Stampede rodeo has been held every summer in the "Rodeo Capitol of the World" since 1919. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Cody/Yellowstone National Park

    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.

    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.

    Yellowstone Northern Loop Excursion
    Yellowstone National Park 8h 2-7km
    Explore the Northern Loop in Yellowstone National Park, which features beautiful scenery, exciting wildlife, and spectacular hydrothermal features. Tour the ever-maturing Mammoth Hot Springs, walk the Porcelain Basin trail through Norris Geyser Basin, and discover the impressive waterfalls and natural colours of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone!

    Lamar Valley Visit
    Yellowstone National Park 1h
    Test your skills at spotting wildlife in Lamar Valley, widely believed to be one of the best places in Yellowstone to view animals, especially bison, grizzly bears, and wolves. Habitat preferences vary by season, with animals migrating west towards more of the thermal features in the park. Keep eyes peeled, but know that spotting animals involves luck and coincidence.

    Private Vehicle
    Cody - Yellowstone National Park 8h 320km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Yellowstone National Park

    Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Southern Loop.

    Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake.

    Yellowstone South Loop Excursion
    Yellowstone National Park 8h 2-5km
    Travel through the Southern Loop of Yellowstone National Park, which features some of the most breathtaking and diverse natural scenery. Watch Old Faithful erupt, check out the colours of the Grand Prismatic Spring, and take in the geysers in West Thumb with Yellowstone Lake as the backdrop.

    Yellowstone National Park 4h
    Lace up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson

    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.

    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.

    Grand Teton National Park Visit
    Grand Teton National Park
    Visit Grand Teton National Park, a natural playground that offers serene landscapes, alluring wildlife, hidden waterfalls, and hundreds of hiking trails throughout the park. Towering above pristine lakes and alpine terrain, the Teton Range includes more than 12 peaks at an elevation greater than 12,000 ft (39370m).

    Private Vehicle
    Yellowstone National Park - Jackson 6h 230km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Jenny Lake Boat Ride

    Grand Teton National Park
    15USD per person
    Stop at beautiful Jenny Lake and take a boat ride across the lake. Hike 3km (1.9 mi) to discover Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point on the other side of the lake.

    Million Dollar Bar Visit
    Jackson 1h-1h
    Free-20USD per person
    Enjoy a night out in a true Western town. Opt to go to the One Million Dollar Bar, Wyoming's landmark watering hole, known for its western dancing, live entertainment, and fascinating decor, including knobbed pine architecture and genuine saddle barstools. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 11 Jackson/Twin Falls

    Opt to go whitewater rafting or horseback riding during a free morning, then cross the border into Idaho. Stop off at Shoshone Falls en route.

    Free Time
    Jackson Morning
    Enjoy a free morning for whitewater rafting or horseback riding.

    Optional Activities
    Whitewater Rafting on Snake River

    75USD per person
    Enjoy a guided tour along the Snake River and learn about the history and geology of the area. Pass by limestone cliffs and over class II and III rapids like The Lunchcounter and the Big Kahuna. Float down the river, keep an eye out for wildlife, and take in the stunning scenery!

    Jackson Horseback Riding
    Jackson 1h-3h
    35-70USD per person
    Saddle up and take a scenic ride through mountain trails into an area of unspoilt natural beauty. Enjoy peaceful surroundings along the famous Snake River and see if you can spot various wildlife in their natural habitat.
    Private Vehicle
    Jackson - Twin Falls 5h 410km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 12 Twin Falls/Reno

    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."

    Private Vehicle
    Twin Falls - Reno 8h 740km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Reno/South Lake Tahoe

    Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.

    Private Vehicle
    Reno - South Lake Tahoe 1h30m 110km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 14 South Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park

    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!

    With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes.

    Tioga Pass Drive
    Tioga Pass 2h-4h
    Take this scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range connecting Bishop with the Yosemite Valley floor. Pass by lakes, meadows, and groves, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.

    Yosemite National Park Visit
    Yosemite National Park 1h-8h
    Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, ancient sequoias and more than 16 types of granite make up this internationally recognized National Park. Hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this gorgeous landscape.

    Private Vehicle
    South Lake Tahoe - Yosemite National Park 8 h385km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 15 Yosemite National Park

    Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Yosemite National Park 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Yosemite National Park Visit
    Yosemite National Park 1h-8h
    Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, ancient sequoias and more than 16 types of granite make up this internationally recognized National Park. Hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this gorgeous landscape.

    Free Time
    Yosemite National Park Whole Day
    Get out and become one with nature.

    Optional Activities
    Yosemite National Park Hike

    Yosemite National Park 1h-6h
    Panoramic vistas, gushing waterfalls, and elusive wildlife await. Bring water, wear a hat and sunscreen, and hike Yosemite NP. Keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and coyotes.

    Yosemite Bike Rental
    Yosemite National Park
    12USD per person
    Set your wheels in motion with tandem, hand crank or mountain bikes, and opt to cycle some of the 20km (12mi) of paved trails throughout the valley floor. Bring a water bottle, stop to shoot photos, and enjoy some of the most picturesque spots in Yosemite NP. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 16 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

    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.

    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.

    For the final night of the tour in San Francisco, stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre.

    Private Vehicle
    Yosemite National Park - San Francisco 6h 225km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Sunset Sailing San Francisco

    San Francisco2h-3h
    45USD per person
    Depart from Fisherman's Wharf and catch a glimpse of marine life as we sail around San Francisco Bay. Admire the city's remarkable skyline, get up close and personal with the infamous Alcatraz Island, and sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the sunset and make a mental note to return.

    Cable Car Ride
    San Francisco1h-3h
    6USD per person
    Iconic to San Francisco, travel back in time and hop on the world's last manually operated cable car system.

    Fisherman's Wharf Visit
    San Francisco
    Visit San Francisco's famous Fishermen's Wharf, walk the piers, check out the marine life, shop and sample the fresh seafood. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 San Francisco

    Optional Activities
    Golden Gate Bridge Visit

    San Francisco
    What trip to San Fran would be complete without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge? Depending on time, step foot on this famous red suspension bridge or find a great viewing point to take some photos.

    Alcatraz Visit
    San Francisco
    30USD per person
    Travel out to Alcatraz Island for a cell-house audio tour of the infamous federal penitentiary. While there, check out the natural side of the rock-with its gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and stunning views of San Francisco Bay.

    Haight-Ashbury Visit
    San Francisco
    Check out this neighbourhood known as the centre of counterculture ideals, drugs, and music during the hippie movement in the 60s. Today, find locally-owned restaurants and bars, boutiques, booksellers, head shops and record stores.

    Bike Rental San Francisco
    San Francisco1h-5h
    8-32USD per person
    Rent a bike to peddle across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the scenic Marina district or perhaps to Golden Gate park.

    Depart at any time.

    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.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 190-250 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 22 passengers, at an average there are 16 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.

  10. Proper sleeping bags are necessary for this tour. Evening temperatures can reach -9degreeC - 0degreeC. Please ensure that your sleeping bag is rated to (-17degreeC for spring and fall trips and 0degreeC for trips June - Sept). If you prefer you can purchase a proper sleeping bag on the first day of the trip. Prices range from $40-$60USD.

  11. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.

  12. All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It's a healthy way to discover North America's beauty and landscape.

  13. Tioga Pass is a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, and we travel through the pass en route. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

  14. Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.

  15. The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. Please be prepared for such extreme conditions.

  16. Regarding our wi-fi equipped vehicles: we have limited bandwidth, and in the interests of allowing all travellers to access the wi-fi, travellers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks).

  17. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind.

  18. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

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