One Epic Adventure
PNW 2021 has been cancelled. We look forward to resuming the trip in 2022.
10th grade | 5 Weeks
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Experience the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of the western United States and Canada. Explore Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park and the original Starbucks located in Seattle. Discover the splendor of Banff, Jasper and Vancouver. Along with the adventure, form lifelong friendships and create lasting memories.
All travel is done by air-conditioned coach bus. Each 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 sets up camp, cooks meals and has a chance to lead.
PNW is open to all campers, both new and returning to Chi.
Camp Chi has been a leader in teen tours and outdoor adventure trips for over 40 years. Campers on PNW are guided by highly trained and experienced trip leaders.
We’ve created the ultimate line-up of amazing destinations and thrilling excursions. Our trip changes year to year so specific schedules for each bus are provided prior to departure.
For most campers, the trip begins either at bus departure 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. You’ll meet your trip leaders and get acquainted with your bus group. Everyone will practice setting up tents, packing and using equipment.
At the end of five weeks of travel, the trip concludes with one night at Camp Chi before heading home.
*Other travel options can be arranged, including drop off at Camp Chi.
From the underground world of Wind Cave to the majestic figures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln, there are monumental parks, amazing attractions and hidden gems throughout South Dakota.
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Wind Cave National Park
- Mitchell Corn Palace
- Crazy Horse Memorial
Why Wyoming? Because it is filled with unbelievable places that not only need to be seen but experienced. Find out why Old Faithful lives up to its name, journey to a psychedelic log house and hike some of the most picturesque parks in the United States.
- Jackson Hole
- Yellowstone National Park & Old Faithful
- Smith Mansion in Cody
- Grand Teton National Park
The landscape of Idaho – from prairie to mountains and sand dunes to lava flows – provides varied scenery and terrain perfect for hiking. We camp in areas that are within a designated dark sky reserve, which means millions and millions of stars can be seen each night.
- Bruneau Dunes State Park
- Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
- ERR-1 Atomic Museum in Butte County, Idaho
At the seashore, on mountain summits and in cities, Washington is a haven for outdoor activities, natural beauty and landmark destinations.
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Surfing in the Pacific Ocean
- Seattle: Pike Place Fish Market, Original Starbucks, Space Needle
- Major league sports game
- Olympic National Forest
Snow in the summer! Crossing the border into Canada is a highlight for everyone. Ocean views, glacial mountains and serious adventure define our travels in British Columbia.
- Sea to Sky Gondola
- White Water Rafting on Kicking Horse River
- Canadian Rockies
- Whistler Town & Ski Resort
- Stawamus Chief Hike
- Revelstoke Mountain
Every moment through Alberta is filled with breathtaking beauty and awesome outdoor adventure (with a little shopping thrown in for good measure). Trekking glacial ice fields, hiking to reach the shores of Lake Louise and exploring waterfall-filled canyons create memories to treasure forever.
- Banff National Park
- Town of Banff
- Lake Louise
- Tea House Hike
- Johnston Canyon
- Jasper & Jasper National Park
- Whistlers Mountain
- Columbia Ice Field
- Edmonton Mall
“Big Sky Country” is an understatement. We’ll hike through grand landscapes, remote buttes and tree-shaded bluffs alongside winding rivers. Sight see in big cities that feel like ultra-cool small towns.
- Glacier National Park & St. Mary Valley
- Helena National Forest
- Custer Gallatin National Forest
- Granite Peak
The second tour through Wyoming focuses on the northeast corner of the state that brings to life the song “Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play.” Hiking and tours includes some of the most unique geologic features in the United States.
- Black Hills National Forest
- Devils Tower National Monument
- Thunder Basin National Grassland
- Bridal Veil Falls
A long shower, clean clothes and food prepared by camp chefs waits for campers when they arrive for one night of camping at Camp Chi before heading home.