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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Waterski and Wakeboard Jobs

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

Spend your summer days in a speed boat, working at a camp in the USA. We are looking for waterskiers...

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...

Special Needs Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Summer camp in America provides limitless opportunities for campers to step outside their comfort zone. It is the setting for...

In-Class TEFL Course in New York

from £1

20 days

United States of America

Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in New York City and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a...

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...

Pure Pacific

from £1295

From 30 days

Cook Islands, New Zealand, United States of Americ...

The quickest and best way to get to New Zealand just happens to be via the Cook Islands. Why not...

Climbing & Ropes Camp Jobs

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

If you love heights, climbing up rock faces and swinging from trees then we have a USA camp job for...

Combined TEFL Course Ohio

from £935

5 days

United States of America

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

Tennis Coaching Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Coach tennis in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over 800...

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...

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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.

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.

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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