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SOUTHERN SUN 2

21 days from LOS ANGELES

DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to NEW YORK AREA

This is one varied snapshot of The States! Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laidback West coast, with exciting activities like white-water rafting, horseback riding and hiking, together with the awesome nightlife of New Orleans and Las Vegas. This is one of our most popular tours and you will see why as you explore from East to West on this epic road trip!

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Mar-Sep from £1222

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1-2: Los Angeles & Las Vegas With the California sunshine on your face we visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and a chance for a quick snap of the Hollywood sign before leaving LA and then it's on to a little place we like to call `Sin City'. With so much to see and do why not start with an included cruise down "The Strip" in a super-stretch limo and afterwards indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, take a helicopter flight back down The Strip, or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos. Oh and don't forget, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

 

Day 3: Zion National Park Onwards to Zion National Park where you can explore the hidden canyons and take a walk through the incredible Narrows, but for the ultimate view of the entire national park, hit the Angels Landing trail and even though the hike can be strenuous at times, the full 360-degree display of this magnificent national park, will definitely be worth it. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 4: Lake Powell Time to wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Swim the deep blue water or just sit back on the shore and soak up the powerful rays of this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 5-6: Grand Canyon National Park Without doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop before the big event. No trip west is complete without a stop at the mighty Grand Canyon to experience the grandeur of one of the Earth's natural wonders. Pack your boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise/sunset hike along the rim. For the more ambitious take the long hike down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or take to the sky and see the Grand Canyon in all its glory on an optional helicopter flight. The Grand Canyon is magnificent from any angle, but one thing is for sure you will never forget your first glimpse of the canyon, whether it be from a walk along the rim or the ultimate birds eye view. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 7: Monument Valley On the road again and off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies, including the recent remake of The Lone Ranger. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and back roads. As you marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, wait till the sun goes down and you're swapping camp fire stories under a blanket of stars. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 8: Santa Fe For all the art lovers out there Santa Fe is the one for you, visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Santa Fe will definitely win you over with its laid back charm and with tons of festivals and events throughout the year, you're bound to stumble upon something interesting. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 9: North Texas A state which is larger than some countries is the biggest state in the continental USA. Spend the night in Amarillo and head out for an evening meal at the Big Texan Steak Ranch where you are picked up by limousine (only free with group bookings) for that 100% real Texas experience. Then you follow part of Route 66 and visit to Cadillac Ranch on your way to Santa Fe for a unique version of desert art. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 10-11: Austin Texas The music keeps on flowing as you arrive in Austin, another place which vies for the title of capital of America's music scene. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city which packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, so after a day of exploring, hit up the city for a dose of top shelf music and of course as the drinks start flowing, lots and lots of dancing. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 12: East Texas & Louisiana We say farewell to the biggest state of continental USA, and goodbye to the home of 'Tex-Mex' cuisine and a big hello to Louisiana, the home of gumbo stews and all that jazz and a place every music lover should visit at least once in their life. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 13-14: New Orleans We hit Louisiana and can search for gators on our optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!) Next up is the home of the Big Easy & Bourbon Street - New Orleans. Head into the enchanting French Quarter and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, before tucking into some classic and delicious Southern cuisine. If you don't want to stop at just eating the likes of gumbo and jamabalaya, why not take part in an optional New Orleans cookery class and really impress the folks back home. Make a beeline for the notorious nightlife of Bourbon Street, where almost anything goes. New Orleans is a place full of life and is a place you won't forget in a long, long time. Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

 

Day 15: Memphis Turn up that radio you're about to hit Memphis, the birthplace of Rock `n' Roll! With that in mind why not visit Sun Studios the home of Rock `n' Roll which opened in 1950, a place where many great names have passed through. Stroll along Beale Street where the electric atmosphere will keep you entertained for hours as you listen out for some of the best Jazz and Blues music in town. There is more to Memphis than just music, pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel and see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 16: Nashville From Honky Tonk bars to The Grand Ole Opry, they don't call Nashville the `centre of the music world' for noth-ing! This place is full of life and you'll be hot footing your way from one country bar to the next. Find out all about the history of music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world. Even if Country isn't your thing, there's live bands everywhere you go, so you're sure to be singing along by the end of the day. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 17: Ocoee, Tennessee Next up is the hard-hitting State of Tennessee where you overnight in Ocoee. In 1996 the world's eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the world's first Olympic white water event and still to this day it boasts some of the world's best rafting. Don a life jacket, grip a paddle and bounce along an exhilarating stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip, but don't forget to look up as you'll fly past some pretty awesome scenery. For those of you not keen on the rapids, there are a number of surrounding trails to explore, so don't forget your camera. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 18: Appalachian Mountains You'll certainly appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains as you cruise through Virginia. The numerous trails are calling out your name, so strap on your walking boots and stretch those legs with a memorable walk through the lush national forests. With photo opportunities around every bend, make sure you also keep an eye out for Appalachian residents such as cougars, deers, black bear and great horned owl, this really is a magical place. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 19-20: Washington D.C Next up is Washington DC, the social, cultural and political hub of the United States. A great introduction to the city is to make your way central as the sun goes down for a self-guided illuminated view of America's Capitol - from the Smithsonian Museum to the Lincoln Memorial. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you're done with sightseeing, go people watching in the parks or take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown! A great way to see the city is to explore by bike at your own pace. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 21: Philadelphia & New York Area Leaving the capital behind we head to Philadelphia where you can have your own movie moment with a climb up the famous 'Rocky' steps, see the symbol of American independence the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, plus opt for an early Philly cheese steak lunch. It's food galore at the Reading Terminal Market, so grab yourself some tasty treats for your journey home. Your final stop on what has been one heck of a journey is New York. Make sure yourself an extra couple of nights to explore this vibrant and exciting city. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Activities

Guided tour of LA including the Walk of Fame

Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC, including Lincoln Memorial, White House & Smithsonian

Stroll along the Walk of Fame on a guided tour of LA

Explore red canyons and hanging gardens of Zion

Dip your toes in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell

Awe inspiring sunset / sunrise over the Grand Canyon

Navajo culture and scenery in Monument Valley

The sweet sounds of Nashville, New Orleans & Austin

Visit the homeland of Elvis Presley in Memphis

Hiking the lush trails of the Appalachian Mountains

Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps and Liberty Bell

Cruise the Las Vegas Strip in a super-stretch limo

Admission to Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion

Plus you get...

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

All accommodation - 16 camping & 4 hotel nights

All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

> Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River US$40-$60

> New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20

> Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80

> Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE

> Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$274

> Tour of Elvis' Graceland in Memphis US$33-$70

> Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley US$55

> Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15

> Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+

> Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115

> Grand Ole Opry, Nashville US$32-$75

> Sun Studios in Memphis US$12

> Mardi Gras World in New Orleans US$20

> New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20

> New Orleans School of Cooking US$28-$150

> Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$13

> Las Vegas rollercoasters US$14-$30

> Country Line Dancing in Nashville US$10

> Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$25-$40

> Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$30

> Las Vegas Gun Range from US$20-$100

> Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

> Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221

> Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12

> The Peabody Hotel US$free

You only need to pay a 10% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.

You must have adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

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