16 Day Chicago to San Francisco Road Trip

G Adventures Small Group Tour starting in Chicago and finishing in San Francisco

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures's 16 Day Chicago to San Francisco Road Trip. 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...read more
Operator: G Adventures
Type: Small Group Tour (Affordable)
Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings
Max Group Size: 22
Duration: 16 Days
From: Chicago to San Francisco
Tour Code: NUCF
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: USA
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Chicago - Frontenac
Tour the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee and enjoy a beer tasting, then camp on the banks of the Mississippi River. Stay: Lake Pepin Campground (D)
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 Great Plains and lands of the Sioux. Stay: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Sioux Falls (B/D)
Sioux Falls - Badlands National Park
Travel through the Badlands before reaching the Black Hills. Stay: KOA Badlands National Park (B/L/D)
Badlands National Park - Custer State Park
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. Stay: Fort Welikit (B/L/D)
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 en route to Devils Tower in Wyoming. Stay: KOA Devils Tower (B/D)
Devils Tower - Bozeman
Check out the the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument en route to the university town of Bozeman, Montana. Stay: Bozeman Campground (B/L)
Bozeman - Yellowstone National Park
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. Stay: Bridge Bay Campground (B/L/D)
Yellowstone National Park
Travel through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, West Thumb, and Yellowstone Lake. Stay: Bridge Bay Campground (B/L/D)
Yellowstone National Park - Jackson
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. Stay: Gros Ventre Campground (B/L)
Jackson - Twin Falls
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. Stay: 1000 Springs Resort (B/L/D)
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." Stay: Harrah's Reno (B/L)
Reno - South Lake Tahoe
Arrive to Lake Tahoe after a short drive. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing. Stay: The Campground by the Lake (L/D)
South Lake Tahoe - Yosemite National Park
With a keen eye and a little luck, spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Stay: Indian Flats Campground (B/L/D)
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. Stay: Indian Flats Campground (B/L/D)
Yosemite National Park - San Francisco
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. 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. (B)
G Adventures Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • 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.
Trip Inclusions
  • 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
  • Hotels/hostels (3 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (13 nts)
  • Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. We use a combination of hotels and hostels, but most of the nights on tour are spent camping in tents in public and private campgrounds.
  • Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is common in the U.S. and is the way you will be spending your hostel nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip.
  • Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in the U.S., couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
  • All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. We supply dome tents that take only 5 minutes to assemble/disassemble. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person pop-up tents, each with 2 separate and convenient zip-up doors and vestibules, so that each person has his/her own entrance.
  • We use 2 types of campgrounds in North America: 1. Private campgrounds: These are privately run sites, usually with all services such as fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets & shower buildings. Some have small outdoor swimming pools and laundry facilities. These campgrounds are typically located near national park entrances or towns.
  • 2. Public campgrounds: These are park-run sites, usually with basic facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and drinking water. In some cases, this type of campground doesn’t have showers, only pit toilets and a lake! In other locations, toilet and shower facilities may be located outside the campground, or at times in another location a drive away. Some may have shower fees for onsite facilities ($2-6/shower).
Your Tour Guides
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
Meals Included
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
Trip Notes
Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your hotel, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions.
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Average Age: 35-55+ years
Types: Small Group Tours, 18-39's Tours, Safaris & Expeditions
Max Group Size(s): 16 (Avg 10)
Budget: Affordable
Destinations: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Canada & Alaska, Europe & UK, New Zealand, South & Central America, USA
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