SOUTHERN SUN

21 days from

Southern Sun
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to LOS ANGELES
Trek Code:
SN
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Apr-Oct
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Party in Jazz central in Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • > Watch a stunning sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  • > See Vegas in style in an included limousine ride
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Tour Overview

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!

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Included Highlights
  • Limousine ride in Las Vegas
  • New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • Tour of Philadelphia, Washington DC & Los Angeles
  • See stunning Lake Powell
  • Walk amongst the Appalachian Mountains
  • National Parks - Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Zion
  • Guided bike tour of Washington DC's Monuments
  • Live music in Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans & Austin, Texas
  • Climb the famous "Rocky Steps"
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 16 camping & 4 hotel nights included.
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road
Wi-Fi Enabled

You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our wi-fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

Optional Activities (paid locally)

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$36-$119
  • > New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20
  • > Mississippi steamboat ride US$60-$70
  • > Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE
  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$254-$284
  • > Tour of Elvis' Graceland in Memphis US$33-$70
  • > Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley US$45-$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$19-$90
  • > 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$25
  • > Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$10
  • > Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • > Country Line Dancing in Nashville US$10
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$24-$35
  • > Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Las Vegas Gun Range from US$50
  • > 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
Tour Itinerary

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

This tour also departs from Los Angeles

  • Day 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC

    Strap on your boxing gloves and head for Philadelphia's famous `Rocky' steps and recreate a piece of movie history. Cast your eyes on Independence Hall where brave men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England which helped shape U.S Constitution. Why not peruse the Reading Terminal Market and if all this action has got you hungry, grab yourself an iconic Philly cheese steak one of the many famous local specialities not to be missed! Washington DC is next on the agenda and you will really enjoy the grandeur of the nation's capital. From the impressive Smithsonian Museums to the White House and the city's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. Why not hire a bike to cover more ground and then take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown, an evening view of the illuminated monuments is worth checking out too.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: Nashville

    From Honky Tonk bars to The Grand Ole Opry, they don't call Nashville the `centre of the music world' for nothing! 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 6: 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 7-8: New Orleans

    Beyond Mississippi we hit Louisiana, home of the Big Easy. Here in jazz central, sultry bass and chirpy rhythms are king, New Orleans is definitely a city every music fan must make a pilgrimage to at least once in their lifetime. 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 9: Louisiana, Texas

    Look for gators on our optional Louisiana swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). The Lone Star bids you a big-hearted welcome for the first of your four nights in mighty Texas.
    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: North Texas

    A state which is larger than some countries is the biggest state in the continental USA and is also home to plenty of delicious Mexican-American cuisine, `Tex-Mex', spicy fajitas and tacos. Hitch up in Fort Stockton and opt for a historical tour of this frontier army post, active from 1867-1886. If you want to cover more ground, Balmorhea is a great place to stop to enjoy the crystal-clear water of the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool. Swim, scuba dive, or just relax under the trees.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13: 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 14: Monument Valley

    Monument Valley is by far one of the most photographed places in America and as soon as you lay eyes on it you will understand why. Immerse yourself in the native Navajo culture on an included guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and back roads. Experience the home of the real `Wild West' as you stand in front of one of the most iconic landscapes in the area, Monument Valley. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape. You won't find a better location to swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 15-16: Grand Canyon National Park

    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 17-18: Lake Powell & Zion National Park

    Without a doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop, before washing off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is desert paradise with a long list of things to do. Go for a swim in the crystal clear waters or simply sit by the shore and relax. Then it's on to epic Zion National Park where you can get unbelievable 360 degree views of the entire National Park with a hike up to Angels Landing. Whether you're up top or down below Zion National Park will blow your mind and you're guaranteed one heck of a great time here.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 19-20: Las Vegas

    Time to put those lucky numbers to the test, not to mention your energy levels in this 24/7 party town. A-list stars swarm here, although breaking the bank may be easier than blagging your way into their swanky celebrity hangouts. If that fails you can still cruise The Strip in a super-stretch limousine or ease the pain in one of the famous all-you-can-eat buffets. But Vegas isn't all about gambling and clubs, why not check out a show, take an evening flight down the Strip or get yourself hitched by Elvis Presley (don't worry it's not legally binding, unless you want it to be).
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 21: Las Vegas & Los Angeles

    Say goodbye to the bright lights of Las Vegas and hello to the beautiful Californian sunshine with your final stop in glitzy Los Angeles. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as a lookout spot to see the Hollywood sign, before heading to Venice Beach boardwalk and then sadly your epic road trip must come to an end, but don't worry you'll have 21 days of awesome memories to take home with you.

    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 22:00 hrs.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

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  • Celebrate July 4th in New Orleans!
  • Enjoy the annual firework extravaganza on the Mississippi River where the fireworks are launched from duelling barges along the banks and parties continue through the night.

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Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.
  • If your chosen date is not available, this tour also departs from Los Angeles
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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Crowne Plaza Newark

NEW YORK AREA - CROWNE PLAZA NEWARK
The Crown Plaza offers a free airport shuttle to Newark Airport and boasts a fully equipped gym, indoor pool and on-site 24 hour dining.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Custom hotel

LOS ANGELES - CUSTOM HOTEL
This full service hotel close to LAX offers a sun deck/pool and 5 social lounges. Perfectly located for Santa Monica & Venice Beach.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Book Flights

TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance

TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


Mini Adventures

Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are perfect for extending your tour and experiencing a few more of North America's most incredible 'must see' highlights. Check out the following adventures relevant to this tour.

New York to Niagara Falls

NEW YORK NIAGARA MINI (HOTEL)

> Scenic Drive through the Delaware Water Gap/Poconos
> Finger Lakes hiking & swimming
> Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist scenic boat cruise
> College town of Ithaca, NY
> Woodbury Common Outlet Mall
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City Tours

If you're spending extra nights in our gateway cities before or after your trip, then make the most of your time by pre-booking a unique city sightseeing tours or experience before you go.

New York City Tours
  • NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES
  • Choose from unique city tours led by local experts who are dedicated to taking you behind the scenes, flexible hop on hop off bus tours or a range of unique city experiences.

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