SOUTHERNER

21 days from

Western horse back riding
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to LOS ANGELES
Trek Code:
SNW
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Oct-Mar
Accommodation:
Camping/Hotels
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Overnight in a cowboy camp and Navajo Hogan
  • > Party in Jazz central in Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • > Explore American National Parks and cities
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Tour Overview

Beat a path from ocean to ocean, leaving New York for LA. Along the way enjoy the perfect blend of cosmopolitan cities, small-town America, glorious deserts and spectacular National Parks. From nightlife to wildlife, the Southerner explores the "off the beaten path" destinations as well as the more famous areas producing on awesome 21 day tour.

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Included Highlights
  • Overnight Cowboy Camp including campfire meals
  • Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley
  • Overnight in traditional Navajo "Hogan"
  • Party on Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • See the bright lights of Vegas
  • Philadelphia's Liberty Bell & steps from the movie 'Rocky'
  • Travel the original Route 66 and visit Seligman
  • Live music opportunities in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans
  • View of the Hoover Dam
  • National Parks - Big Bend, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, White Sands & Death Valley
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation: 8 hotel, 7 camping, 4 hostel & 1 Hogan nights.
  • 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).

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
  • > Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • > Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • > Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • > Sun Studios in Memphis US$12
  • > San Antonio Alamo IMAX Theater US$14
  • > New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
  • > Tombstone gun fight at the OK Corral US$10
  • > Bike rental in Washington DC US$15-$35
  • > Western horseback riding at cowboy camp US$65
  • > Country Western Saloons in Nashville US$varies
  • > Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Visit the Alamo in San Antonio US$free
  • > Haunted Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone US$10
  • > Las Vegas Gun Range from US$50
  • > Sand Boarding in White Sands US$17
  • > Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > 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 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, one you have to try is the famous Philly cheese steak lunch. Then it's onto Washington DC for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the United States of America. 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. A great way to pack in all of the city highlights is by renting a bike and riding around at your own pace.
    Accommodation: Hostels included

  • Day 3: Appalachian Mountains

    From the Shenandoah to the lush, natural beauty of the Appalachians - this super-sized, 1500 mile mountain chain is superb for stretching the legs. Also home to the American black bear and former haunt of the Cherokee Indians, there is time for a short walk in the Appalachians to show you why thousands flock here every year, before continuing into the Deep South.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 4: Nashville

    Now is the time to don your denim and cowboy hats and learn how to line dance at the Wild Horse Saloon. Get your history fix at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world. Nashville is famous for its fine music and even finer food, so try the local specialties including Hot Chicken and BBQ ribs. Nashville puts on a wicked party, so head to the Grand Ole Opry and dance the night away.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 5: Memphis

    As the birthplace of Blues and Jazz there is no shortage of great music to excite your ears. Brush up on your history as you visit the Civil Rights Museum and learn all about the struggle to overcome slavery. Find your American soul with a trip to Stax Museum of American Soul Music. No trip to Memphis is complete without a stroll down Beale Street to see the bright lights and hear the eclectic mix of blues and jazz flowing out of every doorway. Finish your visit to Memphis with a visit to the second-most visited private home in the USA after the White House, Elvis Presley's house in Graceland.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 6-7: New Orleans

    Next is New Orleans, the place everyone loves to visit, with its exciting nightlife and that special French flavour. Every music lover should make at least one pilgrimage to New Orleans in their lifetime. Explore the enchanting French Quarter, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River, enjoy traditional jazz at Preservation Hall or sample a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's! For a really authentic southern experience check out a voodoo and graveyard tour or brush up on your cooking skills at the New Orleans School of Cooking and make yourself a big ole' bowl of gumbo! You'll stay right in the heart of the French Quarter so you are right in the middle of the action!
    Accommodation: Hotels included

  • Day 8: Lafayette

    Travel deep into the Mississippi Delta where live Cajun and Zdeco music fills the air. With more restaurants per capita than any other American city, and many of them specializing in the distinctive, seafood-laden regional cuisine, such as gumbo and jambalaya you definitely won't go hungry here. Visitors can learn about the area's roots by touring the Acadian Cultural Center and then why not head out to Julian's Famous Cajun Style cuisine followed by a night at the Blue Moon Saloon; America's premier venue for roots music.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9: San Antonio

    You head west to historic San Antonio, home of the Alamo; a symbol of Texan pride. San Antonio has a rich and colourful past with strong cultural links to its neighbours to the south. The famous Riverwalk is a subterranean complex of boutique shops, bars and restaurants that meanders for 2.5 miles through the wooded downtown area, and is a fantastic place to while away the afternoon, just make sure take advantage of the tax free shopping.
    Accommodation: Cabin included

  • Day 10-11: Big Bend National Park

    Situated right on the Mexican border and named after the sharp twist in the Rio Grande, you're going to have a fantastic time in this truly memorable national park. Dust off your walking boots as it's time to hit the many desert trails where you'll see plants, lizards and fields of cacti, finishing with a blazing sunset. Don't forget to check out the `Lost Mine Trail' and rest your aching feet in the local hot springs.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12: White Sands National Monument

    One of America's hidden gems is White Sands National Monument; the world's largest dune field made up of blinding white gypsum sand. These rolling white dunes have made it into several movies and if you've ever seen the movie Transformers, you've seen White Sands. With huge mountain ranges to the east and west, White Sands is famous for wildly colourful sunrises and sunsets. Why not rent sand boards at the gift shop to experience these dunes the high-adrenaline way.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13: Tombstone

    You don't get much more "Wild West" than Tombstone, the scene of the OK Corral shootout, the 'Town Too Tough To Die' sports genuine gun-slinging streets right out of a western movie. Unlike some towns that are recreated to look western, the buildings in Tombstone are the originals and the locals are proud to preserve the heritage of this Wild West town. Browse the rogue's gallery buried at Boothill and wet parched throats at the Crystal Palace Saloon. Don't miss the re-enactment of the showdown and chance to get dressed up in authentic Wild West clothing.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14: Betty & Rusty's Wild West Cowboy Camp

    Our Wild West Cowboy Camp is calling and your band of desperados will strike gold on a unique night in the sticks! Opt to mount your trusty steed and trot between the iconic saguaro cacti, with curved arms looming as high as 20 feet. Fresh from the saddle, tuck into an authentic dinner cooked on the open fire before a night under a million desert stars. This is an exclusive experience to TrekAmerica.
    Accommodation: Cowboy camping included

  • Day 15: Monument Valley

    Monument Valley, a land of classic western scenery and the Navajo Nation's greatest natural treasure. Monu-ment Valley also happens to be the most photographed place in America and for good reason. Included is a 4x4 jeep tour with a Navajo guide into a remote area made famous by scores of celebrated western movies. You will then spend an unforgettable night in a traditional Navajo Hogan, hearing secret stories and legends around the campfire.
    Accommodation: Hogan included

  • Day 16-17: Grand Canyon National Park

    Just when the scenery seems unbeatable, 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 and your memories of the Grand Canyon will stay firmly imprinted on your mind forever.
    Accommodation: Hotels included

  • Day 18-19: Las Vegas

    En route to Las Vegas we travel a section of the original Route 66 for a slice of old Americana in the quirky town of Seligman where you can pick up some classic road trip memorabilia. On to an incredible man-made wonder in the desert - Las Vegas. The Strip, the shows, the casinos, the clubs; Sin City's glitziest and brashest spots are sure to impress as you cruise the Las Vegas Boulevard on an included limo ride! If you're fan of heights hop onto one of the world's highest thrill rides at Vegas' Stratosphere, if that's not enough excitement for you, take a helicopter flight down The Strip and see this neon city from the sky. It's also very possible to get married in Vegas (don't worry, it's not legally binding unless you want it to be!) so live for the moment, and marry whoever (and whatever) you like!
    Accommodation: Hotels included

  • Day 20: Death Valley National Park

    Your desert experience is completed by this perfect winter destination: Death Valley National Park. The blistering summer heat is too much to handle, so this national park is the ultimate winter treat. Explore this unique landscape and head down to the valley floor and walk on the salt flats where you can get creative with some cool perspective shots. Other highlights include the Artist's Palette where you will see a spectacular view of turquoise, orange and red rock as far as the eye can see.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 21: Los Angeles

    Our final destination is the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Swing by Hollywood for a stroll on the Walk of Fame and get that iconic shot of the gigantic Hollywood sign. Hang out with all the cool kids at Venice Beach and feel the sand between your toes or hit the water and rent a surf board and then it's back to your hotel to say goodbye to your new Trek buddies.


    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.

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 New Year's Eve in Las Vegas
  • See the strip filled with revellers and the fireworks light the sky as you party the night away in Vegas for a night to remember.

    > Book 13th December 2014



New Orleans masks
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve in New Orleans
  • See in the New Year in the Big Easy - soak up the southern vibe, creole flavours and party in the jazz capital.

    > Book 25th December 2014 departure



New Orleans Mardi Gras
  • Be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras
  • The excitement of New Orleans with its music, food and culture is year-round, but everyone needs to experience 'the greatest free show on Earth' at least once in their lifetime.

    > Book 26th January 2015 or 3rd February 2016 departure


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Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$150 which covers all your meals during the trip whilst camping.
  • 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.

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 (from 01-OCT-14)
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.


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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