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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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...

Climbing and Outdoor Jobs at Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Become a climbing, ropes, or outdoor instructor at one of over 500 summer camps in America with children of all...

The World Escape

from £1579

From 30 days

Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, United ...

The best way to see North America and maybe even squeeze in a ski season, before heading to Australia to...

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 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 San Diego, California

from £935

5 days

United States of America

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

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...

Sports Coaching Jobs at Camp

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic and motivated staff to teach various sports at some amazing summer camps in the...

Outdoor Adventure Jobs, USA

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

Kids like to get muddy and climb trees. Sounds like fun? Become an Adventure Instructor at camp! We are looking...

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...

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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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