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Southern Sun from New York

  • Code #SN
  • 21 Days
Duration
21 Days
/20 Nights
Availability
Mar,2017-Oct,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

This is one varied snapshot of the States! Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laid-back West Coast, with exciting optional activities along the way like white water rafting, horseback riding and hiking, plus the awesome nightlife of cities like New Orleans and Las Vegas. This is our most popular tour and you'll soon see why as you explore from east to west on this epic road trip!

Included Highlights 
  • Guided bike tour of Washington DC's monuments & museums
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip on a super-stretch limo ride
  • Climb Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps & visit the Liberty Bell
  • The sweet sounds of Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans & Austin
  • Navajo culture & famous scenery of Monument Valley
  • Awe-inspiring sunset / sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  • Dip your toes in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell
  • Explore red canyons & hanging gardens of Zion National Park
  • Guided tour of LA including the Walk of Fame & Hollywood sign
  • Admission to national parks & monuments - Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Zion
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
14 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
4 Nights

Food & Meals

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

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Southern Sun
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New York
Download City Guide
Los Angeles
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Also departs from Los Angeles

Departing from the New York area, strap on your boxing gloves and head for Philadelphia's famous ‘Rocky' steps to recreate a piece of movie history. Cast your eyes on the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where brave men gathered and defied the King of England to help shape the US Constitution. The Reading Terminal Market is waiting for you to explore and you're in the right place if you're feeling a little peckish; grab yourself a Philly cheesesteak from one of the many famous local joints. Culture vultures rejoice, as next up is Washington DC where you'll enjoy soaking up all the history and culture of the nation's capital. From the impressive Smithsonian Museums to the White House, to Georgetown's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. A locally guided bike tour of Washington DC's monuments is included and it’s the perfect way to see the city and the famous sights like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
Smithsonian National Museums FREE

Swap city life for views of the rolling green Appalachian Mountains as you cruise through Virginia. The scenery is spectacular and gives you some idea of why locals travel for miles to hike the trails. Although today is a fairly big drive day, there may be time for a short walk to breathe in the sweet mountain air if time is on your side!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Next up is Tennessee. In 1996 the world's eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the world's first Olympic white water event and this stretch of river boasts some of the world's best rafting. Now it’s your chance to hit the water, so grab a trusty life jacket and paddle and get your thrills on an optional white water rafting trip. Whilst you're holding on tight, don't forget to look around you 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.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

White water rafting US$40-$60

From honky-tonk bars to the Grand Ole Opry, they don't call Nashville 'Music City' for nothing! This place is full of life and you'll be hotfooting 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 memorabilia in the world. Even if country isn't your thing, there are live bands everywhere, so you're sure to be toe-tapping by the end of the day.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Country line dancing US$10
Grand Ole Opry backstage tour US$24
Grand Ole Opry show US$37-$77
Country western saloons US$varies

Turn up that radio, you're about to hit Memphis, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll! With that in mind why not visit the home of Elvis in Graceland, or head to Sun Studio, where many of the greats cut their early records, from BB King to Elvis and Johnny Cash. Stroll along Beale Street where the electric atmosphere will keep you entertained for hours as you listen out for some of the best blues music in town. There's more to Memphis than just music, so 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. Everything about this city is awe-inspiring.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
Sun Studio US$12
Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
Tour of Graceland US$35-$70
Civil Rights Museum US$15

Here in the 'Big Easy', 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 jambalaya, why not take part in an optional New Orleans cookery class so you can really impress the folks back home. Make a beeline for the legendary nightlife of Bourbon Street, where almost anything goes. New Orleans is a place full of life and is an experience you won't forget in a long, long time!

Accommodation

Apartment included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Jazz clubs US$10-20
Preservation Hall US$15-$20
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
School of Cooking US$28-$150
Mardi Gras World US$20

Search for gators and other wildlife on our optional Louisiana swamp tour, where you'll slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages while taking in the unique scenery of the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (it’s a must do!). Then the ‘Lone Star State’ bids you a big-hearted welcome for the first of your nights in mighty Texas, a state which is larger than some countries!
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40

You’d better not have had your fill of music, as the tunes keep on flowing in Austin, another place vying for the title of ‘capital of America's music scene’. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city that packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, so after a day of exploring, why not share a cab into the city from your campground for a dose of top-shelf music and lots of dancing. Check out Barton Springs or hit up one of the city’s local food trucks for some tasty cuisine.

Accommodation

Hostel included (mixed dorm)

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Barton Springs US$4

The biggest state in continental USA is home to some of the best steaks in the world, which obviously you’ll need to sample! Spend the night in Amarillo and head out for an evening meal at the Big Texan Steak Ranch where you're picked up by limousine (free with group bookings) for that 100% real Texas experience.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch - FREE

Follow part of Route 66 and pay a visit to Cadillac Ranch for a quirky take on desert art and one of the most talked about roadside attractions in the US. For all the art lovers out there, Santa Fe is 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. Grab a burrito at Bumble Bee’s and check out the city’s live music scene. Santa Fe will win you over with its laid-back charm.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Monument Valley, made famous in Westerns and Hollywood films such as Forrest Gump, is unsurprisingly one of the most recognisable landscapes in America. Immerse yourself in the native Navajo culture on an optional (and highly recommended) guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation. Experience the real 'Wild West' as you marvel at towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape. After a day of exploring this American wonderland, gather around the campfire and swap stories under a blanket of stars, perfection!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

Your next road trip highlight is the epic Grand Canyon and as soon you reach the rim and gaze across the vast canyon you'll be wishing you could give Mother Nature a high-five, this place is so awesome! Pack your boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise or sunset walk along the rim for that extra wow factor! 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's for sure you'll never forget your first glimpse of the canyon, whether it be from a viewpoint on the rim or the ultimate bird's-eye view from overhead.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$254-$284
IMAX Theater US$15

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop, before a chance to wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is desert paradise. Go for a swim in the crystal clear water or simply sit by the shore and relax. Then it's on to picture-perfect Zion National Park where you can get stunning 360 degree views of the entire national park if you take on a challenging hike to the viewpoint at Angels Landing.  Whether you're up top or down below, Zion National Park will blow your mind as you're surrounded by brilliant red rock and bright blue skies; you're guaranteed one heck of a great time here.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Swimming FREE
Western horseback riding US$45-$90

Next up, it’s the one and only Vegas. Time to put those lucky numbers to the test, not to mention your energy levels, in this 24/7 party town. Feel like a celeb for the evening with a cruise along The Strip in a super-stretch limousine. All-you-can-eat buffets are famous here, so it would be rude not to tuck into lots of tasty food on the cheap; just make sure you don't ride the roller coasters straight after! Vegas isn't all about gambling and clubs, so 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

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Roller coasters US$25-$40
Helicopter flight US$124
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
Go karting US$26
Gun range US$20-$100
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

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 Walk of Fame and head for a sweet lookout spot to see the famous Hollywood sign, before your epic road trip sadly comes to an end. Don't worry though, you'll have 21 days of awesome memories to take home with you! If you're spending a few extra days, why not check out Venice Beach and hang out with the cool kids of LA, or stop by Santa Monica Pier and have your fortune told - maybe there’s more travel in store for 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 21:00 hrs.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs

Meals Included

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

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT

1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £76 | US$108 | Eur91 | AU$136 | NZ$143
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £132 | US$189 | Eur159 | AU$238 | NZ$250
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORT

Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. From Baggage Claim at the airport, take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. The journey will take approximately 10mins, depending on traffic. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag).

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTS

From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Hilton Newark Airport: 
After exiting the train follow the signs for the "AIRTRAIN". Take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag). 

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT EL SEGUNDO

475 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, cable tv and ipod docks, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £80-106 | US$115-151 | Eur96-127 | AU$144-191 | NZ$152-200
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £140-185 | US$200-264 | Eur168-222 | AU$252-333 | NZ$265-350
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free transfer from LAX airport and the shuttle can be picked up at the designated hotel courtesy shuttle area and operates on a continuous loop every 20 minutes. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff. Please note whilst this service is free a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected.

Booking our 3 day New York to Niagara mini adventure is a perfect way to extend your adventure. Leaving the bright lights and crazy nights of New York area behind, venture deep into 'up state' New York to the thundering wonder of the incomparable Niagara Falls before a night on the shore of the Finger Lakes with it's many waterfalls and wineries.

New York Mini Adventure Highlights

  • Drive through the Delaware Water Gap
  • Visit the stunning Finger Lakes town of Seneca Falls
  • Niagara Falls & the Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Woodbury Common Outlet Mall

Book your Niagara Mini Adventure here or call us to add to your booking.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

Request a flight quote

At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. 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.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

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

There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.9 out of 5

Trek America Southern Sun May 2016!!

Past Trekkers Review

best 3 weeks

Reviewed August 2016
would definitely recommend this trip and trek america in general. everything we did was so much fun but i especially loved that we were camping. I've done a few different tours similar to trek America and that's what made trek stand out for me. other passengers on the tour were all there jus...
Past Trekkers Review

Life changing experience

Reviewed August 2016
This trek was the most incredible experience of my life and I have absolutely no regrets! If your not sure about this trip please just do it! I met some friends for life, visited the most beautiful places, was surprised ALOT (mostly by Texas) now one of my favourite places ever (Austin I love you), ...
Past Trekkers Review

Fabulous And ironic!

Reviewed May 2016
This trip is the best, especially after finishing summer camp last year in 2015 and after 4 months in the US ended my American adventure in LA and headed back to London! The trip was very organise and the places planned where to go! Had a fantastic leader and knowing the places very well and enjoyed...
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