Hit the open road and discover the natural wonders that lie between Chicago and New York.
Three major cities, three very different worlds. Head out on an all-American road trip that gets under the skin of the USA’s culture and throws in some of its natural wonders for good measure. From the laidback local vibe of Chicago, find the American dream rising again in the modern renaissance city of Detroit. Discover the man-made thrills of the Midwest in coaster city USA, then stand in awe at Niagara Falls - a roaring monument to the power of mother nature. Rolling hills, wineries and waterfalls welcome you to New York state, then skyscrapers and endless possibilities lie in store in the Big Apple.
Kick things off with a stroll through the ‘Windy City’ of Chicago. Meander along lakeside paths, then dig into a signature deep-dish pizza
Detroit is back on its feet after hitting a rough patch. Feel its renewed energy and look back into its famous history of cars and Motown
Sandusky is a place for the child and thrill seeker inside you. Feel your stomach drop on one of the world’s best rollercoasters at Cedar Point Amusement Park
Worship at the sublime altar to Mother Nature that is Niagara Falls, taking an optional wet and wild boat cruise
Waterfalls and wine tastings await in the incredible Fingers Lakes, home to some of New York state's most prized wineries
This trip is a great way to cover a lot of ground, while also enjoying free time to explore. Cross four states and stop by six different destinations in a week
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.
Road tripping is the ultimate way to see the USA. So on this trip you'll be spending a fair amount of time in a van with other travellers, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure, however, and you might even make some lifetime friends.
Traffic in and out of the big cities can be hectic, especially during holiday periods. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep you entertained.
During this trip you'll find you have some free time within the cities you visit. These are best explored on foot, so you'll get the most out of your trip if you're reasonably fit and able to walk moderate-to-long distances. However, public transportation in these cities is also modern and reliable.
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1. This trip finishes on arrival into New York in the afternoon on day 6.
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