A Gap Year in USA

Why go backpacking in USA?

With buzzing cities, wide-open spaces, endless opportunity for adventure, friendly people and no language barrier to contend with, backpacking in USA is a great idea for either seasoned or first-time backpackers. You could easily spend months travelling around this enormous country and still not see everything.

As well as offering incredible travelling opportunities, the USA is also a fantastic place for UK gappers to find paid employment, which is usually in the form of working with kids at summer camps. You can also find numerous study abroad opportunities.

The USA really needs to be seen to be believed – what are you waiting for?

Things to do in the USA

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Performing Arts Jobs at Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Teach Performing Arts in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over...

Combined TEFL Course Wisconsin

from £935

5 days

United States of America

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Madison and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Combined TEFL Course in Michigan

from £935

5 days

United States of America

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Ann Arbor and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign...

Combined TEFL Course Oregon

from £935

5 days

United States of America

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Portland and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Combined TEFL Course California

from £935

5 days

United States of America

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Orange County California and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a...

Combined TEFL Course Arizona

from £935

5 days

United States of America

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Phoenix and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Gain Business Experience in New York

from £4595

42 - 180 days

United States of America

Intern in the Global Capital of Culture and Commerce, New York City, in order to gain hands-on business experience and...

The Ultimate Roadtripper

from £1899

21 - 360 days

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Head overland from Nairobi to Jo'burg, Cairns to Sydney and Los Angeles to New York. We've basically put together all...

Hiking and Trip Leading at Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Hike and lead trips in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain...

Gymnastics Coach at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Become a Gymnastics Instructor in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain...

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The cities

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the USA is that all those cities you saw in the movies are real! There’s New York’s world class nightlife, culture, and near-endless iconic buildings, the urban sprawl of sizzling Los Angeles, cool San Francisco (home to the Golden Gate Bridge), Boston, Washington D.C., Seattle… the list of cities worth seeing would be very long indeed.

Golden Gate Bridge fog

It’s really a case of working out what you want from a city – be it nightlife, sights, shopping, or something else entirely – and planning your trip to make sure you’ll be satisfied. It’s incredibly unlikely you’ll see it all in one go, so make sure you don’t miss out on your most desired destinations!

The scenery

The same goes for natural sights. The USA is so vast, and home to so many different kinds of landscape and climate, that it’s simply impossible for one gap year trip to include it all. Head towards Arizona and Utah to find the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Yosemite National Park in California offer up huge slabs of American wilderness and wildlife, and Niagara Falls in New York state is a sight (and sound) you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

Monument Valley USA

From the giant redwoods in California to the parched expanse of Death Valley, the steamy Florida Everglades to the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, the range of natural wonders in the USA is far too vast to see in a lifetime, let alone a single gap year. And this isn’t even all of North America!

We’re here to help you plan your perfect trip around the great United States of America.

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