Delve into the pristine wilderness of the American Rockies on this adventure from Denver to Chicago.
Herds of bison slowly graze their way across golden prairies under the icy watch of snow-capped mountains. Welcome to North America's wild Old West, home to some of the country's most stunning national parks and environments. Spot bears and wolves on a trek across Yellowstone National Park, come face to face (literally) with the giant presidents of Mount Rushmore, and spend a night camping under the stars in the shadow of the Devils Tower. Learn the stories of the Native Americans and meet real cowboys on this incredible adventure across the American Rockies.
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Spanning three National Parks, two National Monuments, and a collection of State and County Parks, this is a must for nature lovers
Spend an evening on the banks of the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn style, and rent a canoe to paddle along the famous river
Spend two nights in Yellowstone and keep your eyes open for bison, bears, even rare grey wolves
Take a scenic drive through the spectacular snow-capped mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers of Grand Teton National Park, one of America's natural treasures
End the trip in the bustling, lakefront city of Chicago. It's one of America's most attractive cities
Witness some of America's roadside kitsch at places such as Wall Drug, Corn Palace and the Spam Museum
This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team! You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Well that’s extra true on this trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand – everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately US$10 per day, run to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is, and actually helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional pizza night! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.
The United States is a world of endless possibilities – that’s why our Basix trips are designed so they fit together as (not quite endless) combinations. That means while you might just be starting your trip, some of your new travel mates may have been travelling together for a week or more (and so have some great tips for you). You can see how our trips fit together and all the different possible combinations at www.intrepidtravel.com/brochures. Simply click view/download on the North America brochure and look at the combo map on page 12.
Please note that this is a fast-moving trip with a lot of driving. There aren't many two night stops and there are a few long drive days. The destinations are worth it, but you need to be mindful that it isn't a 'relaxing' holiday.
The weather in the north can be unpredictable at times and you need to be prepared for all weather conditions. It can get suprisingly hot in summer, but it could also be quite cold. We suggest you bring layers.
Summer is mosquito season, especially in areas such as Minnesota and Wisconsin, where they are jokingly referred to as the State bird. It's a good idea to bring repellant.
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1. This trip finishes on arrival into Chicago in the afternoon on day 10.
Our Rockies, Yellowstone & Mt Rushmore trips score an average of 4.72 out of 5 based on 18 reviews in the last year.
Denver to Chicago is a long way so there is a lot of driving and it is important to keep moving. An extra day or two would have been nice to further explore this part of the USA. Late summer is an excellent time to visit this area - not too hot during the day but chilly at night in a tent! Amazing scenery in the National Parks and a great opportunity to explore native American culture at the Crazy Horse memorial.
Review submitted 07 Oct 2017