SOUTHERN SUN

21 days from

Southern Sun
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to LOS ANGELES
Trek Code:
SN
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Mar-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 whitewater rafting, horseback riding and hiking on offer - don't forget about the nightlife of New Orleans and Las Vegas!

Included Highlights
  • Limousine ride in Las Vegas
  • New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • San Antonio's Riverwalk
  • Alien spotting in Roswell
  • Visit the Alamo
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • Tour of Philadelphia, Washington DC & Los Angeles
  • See stunning Lake Powell
  • Walk amongst the Appalachian Mountains
  • National Parks - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Zion
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).

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your Trek Leader you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!

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 riverboat cruise US$60-$70
  • > Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE
  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • > 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
  • > Mardi Gras World in New Orleans US$20
  • > San Antonio Alamo IMAX Theater US$14
  • > New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
  • > Bike rental in Washington DC US$15-$35
  • > New Orleans School of Cooking US$25
  • > San Antonio western gun range from US$65
  • > Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • > Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Las Vegas Gun Range from US$30
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221
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.

Celebrate Independence Day
  • Celebrate Fourth of July in Texas!
  • Celebrate the Stars & Stripes Texan style with fireworks and live music in San Antonio!

    Book 25th June 2014 departure


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.

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

    We head out of the New York area and on to Philadelphia where we have the chance to break a sweat climbing up the famous 'Rocky' steps, see the symbol of American independence the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and opt for an early Philly cheese steak lunch. Why not hit the Reading Terminal Market awash with colour where you can try the local delicacies on sale. Next up is Washington DC, the perfect introduction to the social, cultural and political history of the United States. As the sun sets, why not head out for an illuminated view of the best of America's Capitol - from the Smithsonian Museum to the Lincoln Memorial and Washington's other famous monuments. 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 3: Appalachian Mountains

    You'll need no second invitation to appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. There is time for a short walk in the Appalachians to show you the reason why thousands flock here every year.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: Ocoee, Tennessee

    Next up is the hard-hitting State of Tennessee where we overnight in Ocoee. In 1996 the world's eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the world's first Olympic white water event on a natural river and you have the chance to don a life jacket, grip a paddle and bounce along a churning stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip. Pure adrenalin! For those of you not keen on the rapids, there are a number of surrounding trails to explore.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5: Birmingham, Alabama

    License plates proclaim you're in the 'Heart of Dixie', and the radio pumps out a playlist of blues and country tunes. Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute and the Chickamauga Battlefield guarantee an A+ in American history.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6-7: New Orleans

    Beyond Mississippi we hit Louisiana, home of the Big Easy & Bourbon Street. Now we're talking all that jazz! Every music fan must make a pilgrimage here at least once in their lifetime. We head into the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, echoing with chirpy trumpets and smooth sax. New Orleans has more than just food, drink and music to offer, so after sampling a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's do the Huckleberry Finn thing and chug along the Mississippi River. By staying right in the historic French Quarter you are right in the thick of it!
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 8: 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 four nights in mighty Texas.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: San Antonio

    Don your Davy Crockett hat and check out the Alamo, symbol of Texan pride and independence from Mexico. Included is a stroll on the Paseo del Rio, and if your Spanish is shaky that's the cobbled 'river walk', bursting with greenery, cafes and boutiques. This is one of the unmissable excursions whilst in San Antonio but other excellent options include the Western Shooting Range or a visit to the Majestic Theatre.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11: West Texas

    The biggest state in the continental USA is also home to plenty of Mexican-American cuisine, `Tex-Mex', including 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 and has a cool mineral springs to relax in.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12: Carlsbad Cavern National Park

    Do you know your stalactite from your stalagmite? Carlsbad Caverns boasts over 100 limestone caves sporting glinting minerals and telling names like the Hall of the White Giant and Green Lake Room. Rocky slopes and canyons, cactus, grass, thorny shrubs, and the occasional tree... who could guess at the hidden treasures deep underground?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13: Roswell & Santa Fe

    Alien spotting in Roswell could be on the cards, and with the vast desert stretching out before you, you'll need to keep a sharp eye out for these extraterrestrial beings! Tonight, Santa Fe is sure to work its charm on you with its artsy vibe and best Tex-Mex food in the USA.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14: Monument Valley

    Venturing into the desert southwest, we hit iconic Monument Valley, used in countless Hollywood scenes from Westerns to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Forest Gump. It is also the most photographed place in America and for good reason. Get 4x4-bound and flit between towering buttes and massive mesas. This is sacred Navajo land; take home their secrets, legends and the odd handcrafted keepsake. Tonight, experience a stunning sunset overlooking the valley.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 15-16: Grand Canyon National Park

    No trip west is complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon and we have a full day tomorrow 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 choose the "bird's eye" view on a scenic flight. As you watch the sinking sun paint it amber, maroon and red, its breathtaking immensity will still blow you away.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 17: Lake Powell

    Without 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. 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 18: Zion National Park

    Onwards to Zion National Park and explore the hidden canyons or maybe hike to Angels Landing for incredible views over the valley floor, as well as being an exceptional lunch spot. Okay, so getting up there can be devilish at times, but the famous trail puts on a full 360-degree display of this magnificent national park.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 19-20: Las Vegas

    With a sudden burst of neon, Vegas is right in your face - the greatest show on earth. Watch out though - some dub this place 'Lost Wages'! Cruise "The Strip" in our included super-stretch limo, 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, buy tickets to a show or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos. Oh and there's a saying here: Wwhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegas"!
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 21: Los Angeles

    Our final leg of the journey today has us driving past Joshua Trees to our final stop on the tour, the 'City of Angeles'.but it's not over just yet! With the California sunshine on your face you hit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and photo of that massive Hollywood sign. Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with 21 days of action packed memories!

    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.

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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.
  • You will need adequate travel insurance to join this trip. Download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own TrekAmerica departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic "Trek" style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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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

Wherever you start or finish your trek you won't want to miss the chance to sample some city life. Our hotels make excellent bases for sightseeing or exploring the nightlife, as well as being right at your trek departure point. Solo travellers booking a twin share room will share with a fellow trekker of the same gender.

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.

 

Kawada Hotel

LOS ANGELES - KAWADA HOTEL
Located close to public transport links, this hotel offers urban European style rooms with air conditioning, high speed internet and flat screen TVs.

  • 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. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Book Flights

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

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry.

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Mini Adventures

Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are just the ticket for extending your tour and experiencing 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 are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your TrekAmerica trip.

New York City Tours
  • NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES
  • All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your TrekAmerica trip, simply select your chosen city tour from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.

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