SOUTHERN BLT

21 days from

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

Take the southern route from New York State! Get your culture fix in the country's capital, Washington DC before soaking up that famous southern charm in New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis. For the nature lovers you'll get the chance to see the enormous mountainous spine that is the Appalachian Mountains. You'll cross the wild Texan plains and experience Austin's world-renowned nightlife. Then it's time for the main event, the mighty Grand Canyon and legendary Las Vegas, followed by the chance to work on that all-American tan in sun-drenched San Diego.

Included Highlights
  • Las Vegas limousine tour
  • Visit Philadelphia's top highlights
  • Sightseeing in Nashville, Memphis, Austin & Los Angeles
  • Sun Studio in Memphis
  • New Orleans Bourbon Street jazz & blues music
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Admission to amazing national Parks - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley & Grand Canyon
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 9 hotel, 7 hostel & 4 motel nights.
BLT Accommodation

We use a combination of hostels, hotels and 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 and any additional upgrade costs for a private room will need to be covered by the passenger/s en route. You can purchase a sleeping bag in Wal-Mart for approx. $30-$50 if you prefer.

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 BLT 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+
  • > San Diego Zoo US$48
  • > Water sports - San Diego US$10-$75
  • > Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • > Mardi Gras World - New Orleans US$20
  • > Voodoo & Graveyard tour - New Orleans US$20
  • > Bike rental - Washington DC US$16-$75
  • > School of Cooking - New Orleans US$28-$150
  • > Civil Rights Museum - Memphis US$13
  • > Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$14-$30
  • > Rollerblading - San Diego US$5-15
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville US$25-$40
  • > Country Western saloons - Nashville US$varies
  • > Alligator swamp tour - New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Gun range - Las Vegas US$20-$100
  • > Baseball Game - San Diego from US$20
  • > Johnny Cash Museum - Nashville US$14
  • > VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) - Las Vegas US$100
  • > Drive-in Movie - Carlsbad US$8
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
  • > Rock'n'Soul Museum - Memphis US$11
  • > Stax Museum of American Soul Music - Memphis US$12
  • > Southern mansion tour - New Orleans US$20-$25
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

    Leave the New York area and travel to Philadelphia where you can climb the famous 'Rocky' steps for your own movie moment, see the iconic symbol of American independence the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Head to Reading Terminal Market on an empty stomach and be prepared to be overwhelmed with delicious smells and flavours. Before you leave make sure you tuck into a famous Philly cheese steak lunch. Then it's onto Washington DC for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the USA. Take time to explore the very best of America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks or explore the Smithsonian National Museum. Hit the bars and clubs of Georgetown and discover not only the treasures of this town by day, but also by night.
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included

  • Day 3-4: Virginia & Nashville

    Touch down in the Appalachian Mountain Range and the gorgeous pine-clad foothills. Then along comes Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. You've seen the hit TV show now experience it for yourself. 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!
    Accommodation: Hostel and motel included

  • Day 5-6: Memphis

    Memphis is the birthplace of rock `n' roll, and you won't want to miss out on an included visit to Sun Studio, 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. If you're wanting a little more than just some bluesy beats from your trip to Memphis, 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. Of course you can't go home without a trip to the former home of 'The King', Elvis Presley, in Graceland.
    Accommodation: Hotel nights included

  • Day 7-8: New Orleans

    You're well and truly in America's Deep South, so embrace those laid back vibes because life moves at a much slower pace here. 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. For a really authentic southern experience check out a `Voodoo and Graveyard Tour' or grab yourself a big ole' bowl of gumbo!
    Accommodation: Hotel nights included

  • Day 9-10: Louisiana & Austin, Texas

    Here 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. The 'Lone Star State' then bids you a big-hearted welcome. Austin is the `Live music capital of the world' and home of great BBQ cuisine. This city is packed with big "Texas sized" excitement and is sure to impress.
    Accommodation: Hostel or cabin nights included (mixed dorm in Austin)

  • Day 11-12: San Angelo, Texas & Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    San Angelo offers the chance to visit the impressive and historic Fort Concho, just one of the many historic landmarks you'll see on this trip. Take a step back in time and and visit Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum, a former brothel. Then head out of the largest state into 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, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place.
    Accommodation: Motel nights included

  • Day 13: 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 exciting.
    Accommodation: Motel night included

  • Day 14: Monument Valley

    On the road again and your off to one of the most photographed places in the world and one of North America's most iconic landscapes. Hollywood has helped put this place on travel bucket-lists the world over and you may recognise Monument Valley from 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, hear them speak in their native tongue and be blown away by their warm hospitality. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, and the blanket of stars overhead when the sun goes down.
    Accommodation: Motel night included

  • Day 15-16: Grand Canyon National Park

    Today will define the word `epic' as you stop off at the mighty Grand Canyon National Park. Nothing you've ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular sight, it will simply blow your socks off. Hike from the forest above to the desert below, red rock to white powder, or take an optional helicopter flight and marvel at the brilliant colours from the ultimate bird's eye view. With look-out points named `Ooh Aah Point' you know you're in for a real treat here. To really see the Grand Canyon in all its glory wait for sunset or sunrise where the colours really do amaze!
    Accommodation: Hotel nights included

  • Day 17-18: Route 66 & Las Vegas

    En route to Las Vegas you'll drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman; a town frozen in time and full of old Americana, so grab a root beer and have a look around! Nowhere on Earth is quite like it, but we're more than certain you're going to love it! Why not treat yourself to a high-rolling 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 an optional helicopter flight down the Strip. If after all that you're still left wanting more, head on over to a chapel and get hitched by the one and only Elvis. Don't worry it's not legally binding, but the folks back home don't know that, imagine their surprise! Just remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
    Accommodation: Hotel nights included

  • Day 19-20: San Diego

    Head to San Diego where it's all about bronzed bodies, big shades and baggy shorts. Visit the famous San Diego Zoo with over 3,000 animals or simply laze in grassy Balboa Park. It's now time to top up your tan with a trip to Mission Beach one of the nicest beaches on the West Coast and a must see when in San Diego. Later, cruise the Gaslamp Quarter and the heart of San Diego's nightlife and soak up a blazing Californian sunset as the sun goes down on the penultimate day of your American adventure.
    Accommodation: Hostel nights included

  • Day 21: Los Angeles

    The final leg of your journey takes you up the coast to the 'City of Angels', but it's not over just yet! With the California sunshine on your face, visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and grab yourself a photo of that massive Hollywood sign that you've only ever seen on the big screen. And that's a wrap, you now have 21 days of action packed memories to take away with 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.

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  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
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Essential Information

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

 

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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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