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Northern Adventure

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The one that lets you discover North America’s natural wonders & untold secrets

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    14 places

  • Meals

    10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Chicago, Madison, Sioux Falls, Mt. Rushmore, Cody, Jackson Hole, Salt Lake City, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Utah Lake, Bryce Canyon National Park

Northern Adventure

19 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Drive through the American Midwest's beautiful farmlands
  • Visit Falls Park & see the waterfall that gave the town its name
  • Visit the SPAM museum
  • Entry into Badlands National Park
  • Entry into Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial & Custer State Park
  • Walk the Fossil Trail
  • Entry into Yellowstone National Park
  • See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone the famous 'Old Faithful' geyser, wildlife such as buffalo, elk & possibly bears
  • Entry into Grand Teton National Park
  • Trail Ride & Cookout (seasonal)
  • Whitewater Rafting (seasonal)
  • See Temple Square
  • Entry into Bryce Canyon National Park
  • See the "hoodoo" canyons & rock spires
  • Entry into Zion National Park
  • See the West Temple & Watchman
  • Evening tour of the famous Las Vegas 'Strip'
  • Visit Fremont St
  • Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos

4 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Cody Rodeo USD $19.00
  • Cirque du’ Soleil show USD $87.00
  • VIP club entry
  • High Roller Anytime USD $32.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    9 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Glamping - Luxury Camping

    Throughout this trip you'll be resting your head in cool, comfy & quality hotels. And then we've got something special up our sleeves, a show stopping finale glamping under canvas in the Zion National Park

About this trip

Ready for the ultimate North American adventure? Starting in the Windy City, this one takes you across South Dakota, through America's beautiful heartland, from the icons of Mt. Rushmore and Teton National Park, finishing up with some showstopping glamping under the stars in Zion, before heading for the glittering lights of Vegas.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

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This trip includes 2 nights glamping in Zion National Park. You?ll be sleeping triple-share in a luxurious Safari-style tent with comfortable beds, high quality shared bathrooms and cafe-style dining options. Lucky you.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Chicago

  2. via via

    Milwaukee

  3. 1 1 night

    Madison

  4. 1 1 night

    Sioux Falls

  5. 2 2 nights

    Mt. Rushmore

  6. 2 2 nights

    Cody

  7. via via

    Yellowstone National Park

  8. via via

    Grand Teton National Park

  9. 1 1 night

    Jackson Hole

  10. 1 1 night

    Salt Lake City

  11. via via

    Utah Lake

  12. 2 2 nights

    Zion National Park

  13. via via

    Bryce Canyon National Park

  14. 1 1 night

    Las Vegas

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DAY 1 - Chicago to Madison via Milwaukee

Chicago

You'll meet your Contiki Crew in the city of deep-dish pizzas & American sports today, before we hit the road.

Milwaukee

We'll drive through America's beautiful heartland, stopping off in Milwaukee for a brewery tour, before heading onto Madison.

Madison

Tonight, we arrive at Madison, where we'll hit up its trendy bars.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Drive through the American Midwest's beautiful farmlands

DAY 2 - Madison to Sioux Falls

Madison

Today is abundant with natural beauty, as we swoon at the Minnesotan farmlands, the Kitschy SPAM museum and finally...

Sioux Falls

Situated in rolling hills and along the banks of the Big Sioux River,  South Dakota's largest city plummets through gorgeous rock faces, with a buzzing cityscape housing an incredible culinary scene.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Falls Park & see the waterfall that gave the town its name

  • Visit the SPAM museum

DAY 3 - Sioux Falls to Mt Rushmore

Sioux Falls

Today we'll make our way through some gorgeous scenery towards one of America's most iconic sights.

Mt. Rushmore

With included entry to Badlands National Park, we'll enjoy the dramatic landscapes, steep canyons and towering pines, as well as visiting the Corn Palace.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Badlands National Park

  • Entry into Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial & Custer State Park

  • Walk the Fossil Trail

DAY 4 - Mt.Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore

Completed in 1941, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a gargantuan sculpture carved into the mountain, depicting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. We'll enjoy included entry to the memorial today, gawping at the largest piece of art you've ever seen, before heading onto the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.

DAY 5 - Mt Rushmore to Cody

Mt. Rushmore

Saying farewell to yet another American icon, we'll head to Cody.

Cody

Opt to channel Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid at a seasonal rodeo, or visit the Buffalo Bill centre. As well as being a seriously cool town, Cody is a gateway to one of the most majestic National Parks in the world.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cody Seasonal Rodeo

    USD $19.00

DAY 6 - Yellowstone National Park

Cody

We've got included entry to Yellowstone today. Get ready to have your breath taken away.

Yellowstone National Park

Today we'll explore the hydrothermal wonders of Yellowstone, the first National Park in the world. Comprising canyons, rivers and mountain ranges, the park is centred over the Yellowstone supervolcano. Today we'll visit the parks' centrepiece, it's epic Grand Canyon, check out the Old Faithful geyser and try and spot wildlife such as buffalo, elk and even bears - from a safe distance, of course.

Cody

Back in Cody we'll trade tales about the amazing things we've just seen.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Yellowstone National Park

  • See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone the famous 'Old Faithful' geyser, wildlife such as buffalo, elk & possibly bears

DAY 7 - Cody to Jackson via Grand Teton National Park

Cody

Today we'll pass through the mountain ranges of Wyoming, before reaching Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park

Another day, another mind-blowing National Park. We'll take a trail ride and have a cookout, surrounded by towering Whitebark pines, before heading onto Jackson.

Jackson Hole

Tonight we reach Jackson, a town in Wyoming's plummeting valley.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Grand Teton National Park

  • Trail Ride & Cookout (seasonal)

DAY 8 - Jackson to Salt Lake City

Jackson Hole

Opt for some white-knuckle whitewater rafting today, before we hit up Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City

Sparkling with the rainbow colours of Utah, Salt Lake City is the perfect place to try some delicious regional food.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Whitewater Rafting (seasonal)

  • See Temple Square

DAY 9 - Salt Lake City to Zion National Park via Utah Lake

Salt Lake City

Leaving Salt Lake City, it's time for the trip's showstopper, but not before...

Utah Lake

...we stop off for a picnic beside the glittering Utah lake.

Zion National Park

It's time to check out our amazing glamping digs skirting Zion National Park. Over the next few days we'll be getting up close and personal with Mother Nature.

DAY 10 - Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park

Get your hiking boots on - today we have some jaw-dropping scenery to explore.

Bryce Canyon National Park

You'll be familiar with this place from Pinterest or Instagram, but nothing can compare to the real thing. After seeing the 'hoodoo' canyons and twisting rock spires, we'll head back to our digs.

Zion National Park

 After an afternoon of jaw-dropping scenery, we'll journey back to the campfire to swap stories about our day under a canvas of stars. S'mores anyone?

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Bryce Canyon National Park

  • See the "hoodoo" canyons & rock spires

DAY 11 - Zion National Park to Las Vegas

Zion National Park

Cascading waterfalls & colourful mountains give us a taste of nature before we reach the shimmering lights of the city of sin.

Las Vegas

Tonight we'll take an evening tour of the famous Las Vegas strip, checking out some of the world's largest hotels and casinos. 
Opt for a Cirque du Soleil show or VIP club entry to make this night one to remember.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Zion National Park

  • See the West Temple & Watchman

  • Evening tour of the famous Las Vegas 'Strip'

  • Visit Fremont St

  • Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cirque du’ Soleil show

    USD $87.00

  • VIP club entry

  • High Roller Anytime

    USD $32.00

DAY 12 - Las Vegas

Las Vegas

This epic adventure has finally come to an end, but the memories will stay with us forever. Finish your trip in Vegas this morning, or opt to take the coach back to LA. Either way, our travel friends have become like family, so don't forget to swap deets & start planning the next grand adventure.

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What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
inconvenience
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit Contiki.com/about/contikicares.