Chicago to San Francisco Road Trip
Slutdestination: San Francisco
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 tour 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.
Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking.
Hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (13 nts).
Hands-on: Miller Brewery Tour and Tasting, Milwaukee. Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks, and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Mall of America visit. Wall Drug visit. Deadwood visit. Tioga Pass (seasonal). Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Camp along the Mississippi River, hike the Badlands, marvel at Yellowstone's geysers, chill out at Lake Tahoe, meet the wildlife of Grand Teton National Park, explore the streets of San Francisco
Day 1 Chicago
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Chicago/Frontenac (1D)
Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and enjoy a beer tasting, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Day 3 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.
Day 4 Sioux Falls/Badlands National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills.
Day 5 Badlands National Park/Custer State Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 6 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.
Day 7 Devils Tower/Bozeman (1B, 1L)
Check out the the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument en route to the university town of Bozeman, Montana.
Day 8 Bozeman/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 9 Yellowstone National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Southern Loop.
Day 10 Yellowstone National Park/Jackson (1B, 1L)
Cross the Continental Divide en route to Grand Teton National Park. 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 11 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.
Day 12 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."
Day 13 Reno/Lake Tahoe (1L, 1D)
Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.
Day 14 Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park (1B, 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 15 Yosemite National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.
Day 16 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco (1B)
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Trip ends upon arrival to San Francisco. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.
Day 17 San Francisco
Depart at any time.