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 & Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Discover Washington DC like a local on a bike tour
  • > Party in jazz central Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • > See Vegas in style on 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, plus the awesome nightlife of New Orleans and Las Vegas. This is one of our most popular tours and you'll soon see why 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
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip in a super-stretch limo
  • Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps and Liberty Bell
  • Short hike in the lush Appalachian Mountains
  • Visit Memphis, the birthplace of Elvis Presley
  • The sweet sounds of Nashville, New Orleans & Austin
  • Navajo culture and scenery in Monument Valley
  • Awe inspiring sunset / sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  • Dip your toes in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell
  • Explore red canyons and hanging gardens of Zion
  • Guided tour of LA including the Walk of Fame & Hollywood sign
  • Admission to Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and 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).

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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 Los Angeles >

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

    Departing from the New York area, strap on your boxing gloves, 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 the U.S 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, so grab yourself Philly cheese steak from one of the many famous local specialities, yum! Culture vultures rejoice, next up is Washington DC and you'll no doubt enjoy soaking up all the history and culture 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. An included locally guided bike tour of Washington DC's monuments is the perfect way to see the city.
    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 short 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 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 to this day it boasts some of the world's best rafting. Now there's a chance to hit the water, so grab your trusty life jacket and a paddle, it's time to get your thrills on an exhilarating stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip. Whilst you're holding on tight, 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 pack your camera.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5: Nashville

    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 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 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's 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

    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 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 one you won't forget in a long, long time.
    Accommodation: Apartment nights included

  • Day 9: Louisiana, Texas

    Look for gators on our optional Louisiana swamp tour where you'll slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages all while taking in the unique scenery of the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). The Lone Star bids you a big-hearted welcome for the first of your nights in mighty Texas.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 10-11: Austin, Texas

    You better not have had your fill of music, as the tunes keep 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, why not share a cab into the city from your campground for a dose of top shelf music and of course as the drinks start flowing, lots and lots of dancing.
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included (mixed dorm)

  • Day 12: North Texas

    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 (only free with group bookings) for that 100% real Texas experience.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13: Santa Fe

    Follow part of Route 66 and pay visit to Cadillac Ranch on your way to Santa Fe for a unique version of unique desert art. 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 of interest.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14: Monument Valley

    Monument Valley, made famous by appearances in TV adverts and Hollywood films such as Forrest Gump, it's unsurprisingly one of the most photographed parts of America. Immerse yourself in the native Navajo culture on an optional (and highly recommended) 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. After a day of exploring this American wonderland, gather around the campfire and swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars, perfection!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 15-16: Grand Canyon National Park

    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 you Mother Nature a high-five, this place is awesome! Pack your boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise/sunset hike 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 walk along the rim or the ultimate bird's 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 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 with a hike to the unbelievable Angels Landing viewpoint. 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

  • 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 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 rollercoasters straight away. 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

  • 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 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?

    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.

    Book tour departing 15th June 2016



Celebrate Independence Day
  • Celebrate July 4th in New Orleans
  • Enjoy the annual firework extravaganza on the Mississippi River and parties continue through the night.

    Book tour departing 27th June 2016



Nashville bars
  • Celebrate July 4th in Nashville
  • Celebrate the Stars & Stripes in true Country style with live music and entertainment in Nashville!

    Book tour departing 30th June 2016



Capitol Building, Washington DC
  • Celebrate July 4th in Washington DC
  • Join in the celebrations on Independence Day, with spectacular firework displays bursting over the capital's historic monuments.

    Book tour departing 3rd July 2016


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  • 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 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.

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.

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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