COAST TO COAST SOUTH

35 days from

Coast to Coast South
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to NEW YORK AREA
Trek Code:
TLS
Destination:
Cross Country
Departs:
Mar-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Explore incredible national parks
  • > Spot aliens in Roswell & line dance in San Antonio
  • > Party in Jazz central in Bourbon Street, New Orleans
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Tour Overview

Experience everything from the down-home charm of the deep south to the canyons and national parks of the desert southwest, from the beaches and attractions of Florida in the east to the nightlife and wildlife of the west. The epic road trip traverses through ever-changing scenery from lush forest, to blood-red deserts, clear waters of the Straits of Florida to swamps of the south, plus everything in-between. With nineteen states under your belt, a van full of friends and 35 days' worth of memories, this trip ticks all the boxes.

Included Highlights
  • New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • San Antonio's Riverwalk
  • Alien spotting in Roswell
  • Tours of Philadelphia, Key West & Hollywood, LA
  • Louisiana swamp tour
  • Two nights in Key West on the Florida Keys
  • Hike the Colorado Rockies
  • White sand beaches of Florida
  • The bright lights of Vegas
  • Visit iconic Dead Horse Point & Horseshoe Bend
  • Sightseeing in Charleston, St. Augustine, Miami, Florida Keys, Santa Fe and San Diego
  • National Parks - Carlsbad Caverns, Mesa Verde, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 29 camping, 4 hotel & 1hostel nights included.
  • 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 & Alaska).

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.

  • > EPCOT Center in Orlando US$89
  • > New Orleans jazz clubs US$10-$20
  • > Mississippi riverboat cruise US$60-$70
  • > Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE
  • > Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • > Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley US$45-$55
  • > Mountain biking in Moab US$45-$110
  • > Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • > Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • > Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • > Float trip on Colorado River US$43-$85
  • > San Diego Zoo US$44
  • > Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75
  • > Disney World, Orlando US$95
  • > Key West Snorkelling US$45
  • > New Orleans Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
  • > Bike rental in Washington DC US$15-$35
  • > New Orleans School of Cooking US$25
  • > Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • > Western horseback riding at cowboy camp US$65
  • > Extreme off-road hummer tour US$79-$91
  • > Sunset cruise at Panama City Beach US$50
  • > Universal Studios, Orlando US$92
  • > Alligator swamp tour, New Orleans US$23-$49
  • > Visit the Alamo in San Antonio US$free
  • > Mountain bike rental in Telluride US$25
  • > Baseball Game in San Diego US$15-$30
  • > Dolphin spotting cruise, Panama City Beach US$45
  • > Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
  • > Drive-in Cinema, Carlsbad 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

    Kick starting our epic cross country American road trip in the 'City of Angeles' we hit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll down the Walk of Fame and photo of the gigantic Hollywood sign. Next up we sink our toes into the warm California sand in San Diego and see the colourful people strut their stuff. This city is all about the beach: bronzed bodies, big shades and baggy shorts. Wow fellow beachgoers on your surfboard or let the world-famous San Diego Zoo steal the limelight. As the sun goes down the music starts playing so dust off those glad-rags and head out dancing.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3-4: Las Vegas

    Next, Las Vegas - the greatest show on earth! 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 optional limo ride! Hop onto one of the world's highest thrill rides at Vegas' Stratosphere and it won't just be your head that's spinning. And if that's not enough, take a helicopter flight down The Strip, see the free lightshow at the Fremont Experience or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos.
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 5: Zion National Park

    Zion National Park provides your first fix of top-notch trails and the chance to really stretch your legs for rewarding views. Swim and explore the hidden canyons or maybe hike to the top at Angels Landing for incredible views of the valley below; also doubles as an excellent lunch stop as you admire the views around you and see condors circle. Okay, so getting up there can be devilish at times, but the famous trail puts on a 360-degree display of this magnificent national park.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 6-7: Bryce Canyon National Park & Lake Powell

    Bryce is next with its knobbly hoodoos striking their crazy poses as your camera clicks away at a perfect sunset. What's a hoodoo when it's at home? Actually, Hoodoos are weird and wonderful rock spires arranged in rows as far as the eye can see. They will leave you searching for your own way to describe this 'indescribable' place. Now it's time for some stunning R&R, basking in the clear blue waters of Lake Powell ringed by deep red rock. Swim, horse-ride in the desert or just sit back on the shore and soak up the powerful rays of this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8-9: Grand Canyon National Park

    Today we visit the stunning view at Horseshoe bend before we come face to face with the most awe-inspiring national park of them all, the Grand Canyon. Nothing you have ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular site! With two days at the park you have time to hike the rim trails looking down into the canyon floor, as well as hit the snaking trails down into the belly of the canyon to Plateau Point for incredible views of the Colorado River. If this isn't enough to leave you open-jawed, why not take a helicopter flight above it all and marvel at the brilliant colours. One thing's for sure though, this place looks incredible from any angle, especially walking along the rim at sunset or sunrise.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 10: Monument Valley

    Navajo legends rise from crimson flats at Monument Valley. The only things to pre-date the origins of Native American culture are the massive towering rock formations which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape. Take the opportunity to experience it close-up with an optional Navajo guided 4x4 ride before setting up camp on the edge of Monument Valley. What a place to swap campfire stories and songs. Monument Valley isn't America's most photographed monument without good reason.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11-13: Arches National Park & Colorado Rocky Mountains

    Arches - the park's name says it all. Some 2,000 orange sandstone arches strike their poses. The scenery here is breath-taking and a sunset stroll to Delicate Arch tops most 'to do' lists. Take on the famous "Slick Rock" mountain bike trail, float down the Colorado on a scenic rafting trip or tackle the terrain high above on a guided jeep tour. Your leader will take you to the impressive Dead Horse Point State Park for iconic views of the Colorado River snaking through the canyons below. Next, distant peaks sport snowy caps and pines huddle together as you pit yourself against amazing hiking and biking trails in the Rockies.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 14-15: Mesa Verde National Park & Santa Fe

    Explore the ancient dwellings of Ancestral Pueblans cut into the cliff face in Mesa Verde National Park on an optional ranger led hike; viewings are highly recommended! Next, soak up the artsy vibe high up in the desert foothills, in one of the oldest US cities, Santa Fe. We visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures (hand-woven Navajo rugs and Southwestern wood carvings), historic adobe buildings, vibrant restaurants and generally quite a colourful place to explore.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 16: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Check out the International UFO Museum and Research Centre (and gift shop!) in Roswell! They say Aliens crashed to Earth and they have proof! Then onto Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Do you know your stalactite from your stalagmite? Carlsbad Caverns is one of the largest cave systems in the world and boasts over 100 limestone caves sporting bizarre rock formations. In the evening you have the option to return to the park and see the flight of the bats; did you know when bats fly out of a cave they always turn left?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 17-20: West Texas & San Antonio

    Don your Stetson and toast marshmallows as the Lone Star bids you a big-hearted welcome for four nights in the mighty Texas. The second biggest of the states has plenty of oil, cowboys and southern hospitality. Feel that tumbleweed vibe at the Alamo in San Antonio and don't forget to check out the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, crammed with cowboy curiosities.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 21-22: New Orleans

    Now we're talking all that jazz! We head into the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans! Hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, echoing with chirpy trumpet and smooth sax or sample a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's! New Orleans has more than just food, drink and music to offer. Do the Huckleberry Finn thing as you chug along the Mississippi River. For something different, why not opt for the Voodoo and Graveyard tour with a visit to Marie Laveaus House of Voodoo. Then look for gators on an included Louisiana swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country.
    Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

  • Day 23-24: Panama City Beach

    Dream of lazy beach days or windsurf and jet ski the afternoon away. The heat of the beach simmers beyond sundown in this undisputed good-time town. Pack dancing shoes with your flip-flops as the party spirit simmers far into the small hours at the hippest, hottest haunts of the Gulf Coast.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 25-26: Orlando

    It's not far from strip malls and souvenir shops to the Magic Kingdom. Escape from it all with an optional day at Universal Studios or Disneyworld. Forget your age, it makes a big kid of one and all. Who wants to grow up anyhow?
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 27-28: Florida Keys & Key West

    Over Key lime pie, admire a crimson sunset and swap tales from teeming reefs, before celebrating with a sunset party! Your leader will take you on a walking tour finishing at Ernest Hemmingway's former house and now a museum where you have the option to visit. There are endless water based activities during the day or you can simply relax on the beach, but once the sun dips Key West comes alive as a party town. Mallory Square is a great meeting place to wander around at sunset and try conch fritters.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 29-30: Miami & St Augustine

    SoBe (aka South Beach) has it all! Stroll the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people on sugary sand and in ultra-cool nightspots. Magnificent Miami beckons with miles of white beaches and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Then move on to soak up the Spanish vibe of the Sunshine State old timer, St Augustine.
    Accommodation: Hotel & camping included in tour price

  • Day 31-32: Charleston & Carolinas

    Historic Charleston is next. This place oozes old world charm, especially the gaudy mid-1700 houses of Rainbow Row. Then mountain views morph into swamps, plantations and palmetto palms in the Carolinas, time to enjoy a cozy campfire.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 33-34: Washington D.C

    Washington D.C. is the social, cultural and political history of the United States. Explore D.C.'s parks by day and monuments by night. Explore the best of America's Capitol - from the Smithsonian Museum to the Lincoln Memorial on a self-guided tour of Washington's illuminated monuments. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you're done with sightseeing, go people watching in the parks or take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown! A great way to see the city is to explore by bike at your own pace.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 35: Philadelphia & New York Area

    Leaving the nations' capitol behind we travel onto Philadelphia where we have the chance to break a sweat climbing up the famous 'Rocky' steps, see the symbol of American independence the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Why not opt for an early Philly cheese steak lunch or sample foods on sale at the Reading Terminal Market. Then it's off to New York Area for the end of our awesome cross country road trip! This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and 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.

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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.
  • 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.

 

Kawada Hotel

LOS ANGELES - KAWADA HOTEL
Located close to public transport links, this hotel offers urban European style rooms with air conditioning, high speed internet and flat screen TVs.

  • 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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