SOUTHERN BLT

21 days from

New Orleans
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to NEW YORK AREA
Trek Code:
SLB
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Feb-Dec
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Visit the Navajo tribal lands in Monument Valley
  • > Explore Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans
  • > Watch a stunning sunrise over the Grand Canyon
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Tour Overview

Take the southern route through sun-drenched San Diego, the mighty Grand Canyon, the exciting neon desert city of Las Vegas and tribal lands of the Navajo in Monument Valley. You'll cross the wild Texan plains and experience Austin's world-renowned nightlife, soak up the southern charm in New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis and see the enormous mountainous spine that is the Appalachian Mountains. Have your fill of history in Washington D.C and finish up your epic trip by the Big Apple, New York!

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Included Highlights
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Las Vegas limousine tour
  • Sightseeing in Nashville, Memphis, Austin and Los Angeles
  • New Orleans Bourbon Street jazz and blues music
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • Visit Philadelphia's top highlights
  • Sun Studios in Memphis (2015 only)
  • See the Hoover Dam (2015 only)
  • National Parks - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 8 hotel, 7 hostel, 3 motel, 1 cabin & 1 guesthouse nights.
BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of hostels, hotels and camping cabins on the Southern BLT. Most cabins are multi-share rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people with shared facilities and hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. A sleeping bag is required on the trip for up to three nights. You can purchase a sleeping bag in Wal-Mart for approx. $30-$50 if you prefer.

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.

  • > 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+
  • > San Diego Zoo US$44
  • > Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75
  • > Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • > New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
  • > Bike rental in Washington DC US$15-$35
  • > Civil Rights Museum in Memphis US$10
  • > Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$24-$35
  • > Country Western Saloons in Nashville US$varies
  • > Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Las Vegas Gun Range from US$50
  • > Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > Drive-in Cinema, Lubbock Texas US$8
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$221
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 New York area

  • Day 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego

    Take a tour of 'Tinseltown' starting with a drive through Hollywood to the Walk of Fame and a view of the iconic Hollywood sign. Head south to San Diego for some seriously laid back vibes and powder white sand beaches. There's loads to keep you busy in here, laze in grassy Balboa Park and explore the famous San Diego Zoo home to over 3,000 incredible animals. Show off your skills by renting some rollerblades or a surfboard, or simply don your shades and soak up some rays. Later, explore the Gaslamp Quarter and experience the heart of San Diego's nightlife.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 3-4: Las Vegas

    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: Budget lodging included

  • Day 5-6: Grand Canyon National Park

    En route to the Grand Canyon you'll drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman; a town frozen in time where you'll find tons of old Americana, so grab a root beer and have a look around! Now it's time for the ultimate show stopper, the mighty Grand Canyon! Once you've cast your eyes upon the deep canyon landscape you'll understand why this great natural wonder is loved by locals and tourists alike. Pack your boots, camera and water and venture into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or choose the "bird's eye" view on a scenic helicopter flight. Watching the sun rise or set over the canyon with the colours changing is simply breath-taking and not to be missed.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging 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: Budget lodging included

  • Day 8: Santa Fe

    With 325 days of sunshine per year and bright blue skies, plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. 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: Budget lodging included

  • Day 9-10: Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Lubbock, Texas

    Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the World. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles and stalagmites that look like twisting totem poles reach upwards, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place. Next, prepare for a big welcome as you enter the Lone Star State, otherwise known as the great state of Texas, the birthplace of Buddy Holly and the world's largest cotton growing region.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 11-12: Austin, Texas & Louisiana

    Austin has exploded as the "Live music capital of the world" and is the home of great BBQ Tex-Mex food. The city is packed with "Texas sized" excitement and is sure to impress with a nightlife which rivals some of the biggest cities in the world. We then say goodbye to Texas and head into bayou country, Louisiana.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 13-14: New Orleans

    Welcome to the country's Deep South, where life moves at a much slower pace. Why not spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or relax to the sounds of a Jazz or Dixieland band in the French Quarter. New Orleans has more than just incredible tasting food, drink and music to offer. You can take a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana, and see all sorts of wildlife in the mysterious wetlands of Cajun country.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 15-16: Memphis

    Memphis is the birthplace of Rock & Roll, and you won't want to miss out on an included visit to Sun Studios (2015 only), where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded their most famous records. Head on down to Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. 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. But, you can't go home without a trip to the former home of `The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 17-18: Nashville & Virginia

    Next is Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. Hit 'The District' - the nightlife hub of Nashville, laze in the city's parks, trawl the malls or learn to line dance, the opportunities are endless here. Cowboy boots and sequinned denim anyone? Next, touch down in Virginia and the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountain Range.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 19-20: Washington DC

    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.
    Accommodation: Budget lodging included

  • Day 21: Philadelphia & New York Area

    Leaving the capital behind, drive towards Philadelphia in Pennsylvania where you can visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and climb the famous steps from the Rocky movies. But, before you leave make sure you treat yourself to a tasty Philly cheese steak lunch - delicious! Then you head over to New York City where the tour will end. If you're not ready to say goodbye to America just yet, why not spend a couple more days after the tour to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own? 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.

Las Vegas City Tours
  • Celebrate July 4th in Las Vegas!
  • Celebrate American Independence Day on The Strip as it comes alive with fireworks and party all night long.

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Essential Information

  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
  • 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.

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.

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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