One Epic Adventure
July 1 – August 4, 2024
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Experience the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of the northwest United States, exploring some of the nation’s parks across 7 states. Trekking through dense coastal rainforests, geothermal hot springs, glacial peaks, and everything in between, there’s no better way to form lifelong friendships and create lasting memories.
All travel is done by air-conditioned coach bus. Every night campers sleep in tents (and occasionally under the stars) at campsites in some of the most incredible places in North America. The group is a team where everyone helps set up camp, cook meals, and has a chance to lead.
Camp Chi has been a leader in teen tours and outdoor adventure trips for over 40 years. Campers on PNW are led by highly trained and experienced trip leaders. PNW is open to all campers, both new and returning to Chi.
We’ve created the ultimate line-up of amazing destinations and thrilling excursions. While our trip changes year to year, the below is an example itinerary. Specific schedules for each bus are provided prior to departure.
For most campers, the trip begins either at the bus departure site in Chicago or a flight to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.* From there, we head to Camp Chi in Lake Delton, Wisconsin for two days of pre-trip orientation. Campers will meet their trip leaders and get acquainted with their bus group. Everyone will practice setting up tents, packing and using equipment, and working as a team.
*Other travel options can be arranged, including drop off at Camp Chi.
Starting the trip off in the Minnesota State Park system, campers get to ease into life outdoors while experiencing some natural beauty close to home. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is a great gateway to say goodbye to the Midwest and embark out into the Pacific Northwest!
The dramatic and alien scenery of Badlands National Park will immediately remind campers they’re not in Lake Delton anymore. Surrounded by bighorn sheep and herds of bison, The Badlands offers a natural playground for campers to explore.
Home to two of the most popular stops on the trip, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming is a wilderness heaven. With stops in the underrated Black Hills and Bighorn National Forests, the beauty of Wyoming will be hard to forget.
Although there are many highlights on PNW, there’s something special about Glacier National Park. It feels like there’s magic in the alpine lakes, sharp pointed mountains, and – of course – glaciers! The Big Sky Country offers much more to experience than open skies.
Campers will be immersed in the incredible beauty of the Pacific Northwest as they stop in a couple of state parks on their way to some unquestionable highlights of the trip: The iconic volcano Mt. Rainier, the Pacific Ocean, and the incredible Olympic National Park, home to multiple unique ecosystems including glacial peaks and old growth rainforest.
As we turn back eastward, we’ll stop in what might be the most underrated state in terms of natural beauty. A couple of nights near the Coeur D’Aline National Forest will leave campers itching to return to a place they never knew they wanted to visit.
On the home stretch now, campers will have the chance to explore some of the beauty outside of the National Parks, as they stop in the largest National Forest in Montana: Beaverhead-Deerlodge, and hike outside the Yellowstone Park boundary in Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Our route brings us back through the Bighorn and Black Hills National Forests, giving campers the opportunity to check out some of the trails that they didn’t have time to explore on their way out.
Easing back into life in the Midwest, the trip winds down in the same place it started off.
Back to our home away from home, campers get a chance to relax, shower, and experience a little Camp Chi Magic to end their summer.