SOUTHERN SUN

21 days from

Welcome to Las Vegas
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to NEW YORK AREA
Trek Code:
SL
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Mar-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping & Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Party in jazz central, 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 and our most popular trip for a reason! 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. Fun times, late nights and incredible scenery lie ahead as you explore from east to west on this epic road trip!

Included Highlights
  • Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC, including Lincoln Memorial, White House & Smithsonian
  • Guided tour of LA including the Walk of Fame & Hollywood sign
  • Explore red canyons & the hanging gardens of Zion
  • Dip your toes in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell
  • Awe inspiring sunset / sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  • Navajo culture & scenery in Monument Valley
  • The sweet sounds of Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans & Austin
  • Visit Elvis Presley's homeland, Memphis
  • Short hike in the lush Appalachian Mountains
  • Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps & Liberty Bell
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip in a super-stretch limo
  • Admission to Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Zion
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 14 camping, 2 hotel, 2 hostel & 2 apartment nights
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road

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).

Download Trek Tips for this tour (2016 departures)

Our Southern Sun Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.

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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 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!

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 most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > Jazz clubs - New Orleans US$10-$20
  • > Mississippi steamboat ride - New Orleans US$30-$80
  • > Smithsonian National Museums - Washington DC US$FREE
  • > Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • > Tour of Elvis' Graceland - Memphis US$33-$70
  • > Navajo guided 4x4 tour - Monument Valley US$55
  • > IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • > Clubs & shows - Las Vegas US$10+
  • > Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • > Grand Ole Opry - Nashville US$19-$90
  • > Sun Studio - Memphis US$12
  • > Mardi Gras World - New Orleans US$20
  • > Voodoo & Graveyard tour - New Orleans US$20
  • > School of Cooking - New Orleans US$28-$150
  • > Civil Rights Museum - Memphis US$13
  • > Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$14-$30
  • > Country line dancing - Nashville US$10
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville US$25-$40
  • > Alligator swamp tour - New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Western horseback riding - Zion US$40-$80
  • > Gun range - Las Vegas US$20-$100
  • > VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) - Las Vegas US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
  • > Stax Museum of American Soul Music - Memphis US$12
  • > The Peabody Hotel - Memphis US$FREE
  • > White water rafting - Ocoee River US$40-$60
Tour Itinerary

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

This tour also departs from New York area >

  • Day 1-2: Los Angeles & Las Vegas

    With the California sunshine on your face it's time to 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. If you're feeling lucky then you're definitely heading in the right direction, next up it's that little place called Las Vegas. With so much to see and do why not start with an included cruise down the Strip in a super-stretch limo. 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. Oh and don't forget, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas".
    Accommodation: Hotels included

  • Day 3: Zion National Park

    It's onwards and upwards to Zion National Park where you and your fellow Trekkers can explore the hidden canyons and take a walk through the incredible Narrows. For the ultimate view of the entire national park, hit the Angels Landing Trail. Even though the hike can be strenuous at times, this thrilling adventure will no doubt impress you with a superb 360-degree display of this magnificent national park. We promise you won't regret it.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: Lake Powell

    Wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. This really is the perfect place to take a swim or just sit back on the shore and soak up the magnificent views 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 main 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 walking 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's for sure you'll never forget your first glimpse of the canyon, whether it be from a walk along the rim or the ultimate bird's 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 a highly recommended optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, an experience that many travellers don't often get. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day and when the sun goes down swap 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

    Follow part of the original Route 66 and pay visit to Cadillac Ranch for a unique version of desert art and to see one of the most talked about road side attractions in the US. Next up is a state which is larger than some countries and the biggest state in continental USA, Texas! Spend the night in Amarillo, heading out for an evening meal at the Big Texan Steak Ranch where you're picked up by limousine (only free with group bookings) for that 100% real Texas experience.
    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 America's music scene capital. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city which packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, but you may also want to try out Barton Springs or one of the many food trucks to tempt your taste buds with local cuisine.
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included (mixed dorm)

  • Day 12: East Texas & Louisiana

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

  • Day 13-14: New Orleans

    On your way to New Orleans you can search for gators on an optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). Next up is the home of the Big Easy and 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 jambalaya, 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: Apartment nights included

  • 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. Memphis is nothing short of awesome!
    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 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, home to the largest collection of country music in the world. Even if Country music 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 it still boasts some of the world's best rafting. Why not put on 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. Today's a big travel day, but there's just enough time for a short hike on one of the numerous trails throughout the area. 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, deer, Black Bear and Great Horned Owls.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 19-20: Washington DC

    Next up is Washington DC, the social, cultural and political hub of the United States. From the Smithsonian Museum to the Lincoln Memorial, the culture vultures amongst you will be in your element here. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you're done with sightseeing, you can go people watching in the parks. Included in your tour and a great way to see Washington DC, is a bike tour of the monuments led by a local. Sights include the Lincoln Memorial, White House & Smithsonian Museum.
    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 the New York area. Make sure you book 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.

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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Pay in monthly instalments

  • Book your tour with a 10% deposit per person (no hidden fees)
  • Pay your balance in instalments over the phone or via the website
  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
  • We hold ABTA & ATOL licenses offering financial security for your tour

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.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote.
  • If your chosen date is not available, this tour also departs from New York area


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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.

Hilton Newark Airport

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT
The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

  • 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.

 

Aloft El Segundo

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT
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: 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

We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed.

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 TO NIAGARA

> 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.

Los Angeles City Tours
  • LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK
  • 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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