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Coast to Coast South from Los Angeles

  • Code #TLS
  • 33 Days
Duration
33 Days
/32 Nights
Availability
Apr,2017-Sep,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Los Angeles
Ends in: 
New York Area
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

Can we get a 'hell yeah'?! This 33 day road trip rolling out over 19 states is what dreams are made of! Travel from the sparkling Pacific Coast to the red rock national parks of Western USA, past canyons and plains, all the way to the tip of Florida and up the Atlantic Coast to finish in the New York area. You'll hike the awe-inspiring trails of the Grand Canyon, pass through the tribal lands and towering buttes of Monument Valley, and listen to vibrant jazz and blues in New Orleans. This is one sweet road trip!

Included Highlights 
  • Encounter the bright lights of Vegas on a limousine tour
  • Explore the stunning Antelope Slot Canyon
  • Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC's monuments
  • City tours of Hollywood in LA, Philadelphia & Key West
  • Experience a spectacular Grand Canyon sunrise / sunset
  • Visit iconic viewpoints at Horseshoe Bend & Dead Horse Point
  • Hike spectacular trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
  • Alien spotting in extraterrestrial Roswell, New Mexico
  • Discover one of the world's oldest cave systems at Carlsbad Caverns
  • Live music scene & legendary nightlife in Austin & New Orleans
  • Sightseeing in Miami, St Augustine & Charleston
  • Admission to awesome national parks - Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches & Carlsbad Caverns
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
24 Nights
Budget Lodging
4 Nights
Hotel
4 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

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

Resources

Coast to Coast South
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Los Angeles
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New York
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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!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

Also departs from New York

You've seen it in the movies, now it's time to kick-start your epic cross country American road trip in the 'City of Angels'. Visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll down the Walk of Fame and then grab that all important photo in front of the gigantic Hollywood sign. Things are about to get a whole lot hotter as you travel east to the desert city of Las Vegas. Cruise down The Strip like a total legend in a super-stretch limo. With all this excitement you must be feeling hungry? So treat yourself to an all-you-can eat buffet, yum! For your next course you might like to 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 you can take a helicopter flight down The Strip. Oh and don't forget, ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’. We promise!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Roller coasters US$25-$40
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100
Helicopter flight US$124
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220

One visit to Zion National Park and you'll be left feeling super-inspired! This is one of the most stunning national parks in the USA. The Virgin River runs through the very heart of the park and an afternoon spent relaxing here and enjoying the views is an afternoon well spent, yes indeed! For the ultimate viewpoint, hike to the famous Angels Landing which offers 360 degree views of the entire park, trust us when we say the challenge is definitely worth it when you reach the top. If you prefer to take the low road, explore ‘The Narrows’ with its soaring walls, sandstone grottos and natural springs. It truly is a unique experience with great views of Zion from the valley floor too.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Wanna see some crazy rock formations? Well, you're in the right place! Bryce Canyon National Park is famed for its hoodoos. You're probably thinking "What's a hoodoo when it's at home?" Hoodoos are weird and wonderful tall rock spires shaped by the elements and arranged in rows. Native Americans believe these crazy shapes to be ‘Legend People’ who were turned to stone for their sins, but we'll let you decide. Start with epic views from the top of Bryce Canyon, then venture down into the canyon on the park's system of walking trails to encounter the kaleidoscope of colours up close.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Western horseback riding US$65-$90

The scenery just keeps getting better with an included stop at Antelope Canyon. Explore within the curved canyon walls and see beautifully bizarre shafts of light coming down through the rocks; Antelope Canyon is one seriously incredible place. After all that exploring wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Straddling the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a desert paradise. Go for a late afternoon swim in the crystal clear water or simply sit by the shore and relax.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Swimming FREE

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop. Then may we introduce to you the epic Grand Canyon, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Natural World’. With two days you have plenty of time to hike the rim trails for those incredible views looking down into the belly of the canyon. Why not hike down the snaking trails to reveal a very different side, and become one of only 5% of visitors to venture inside. If you want to get a little more extreme, opt for a helicopter flight over the Canyon for the ultimate bird's-eye view! Ready for the best bit? Waking up to the most stunning sunrise that nature can throw at you!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$254-$284
IMAX Theater US$15

You’re on the road again, and off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, Monument Valley, used as the set for countless Western movies. It's the incredible Navajo people who really make Monument Valley the super special place it is today. Immerse yourself in their culture on an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day and when the sun goes down swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars. Now that's what we call an adventure!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

Drive by Moki Dougway, a switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa, on your way to Moab. Utah's undisputed adventure capital guarantees non-stop fun so this one's for you, adventure junkies! With two days in Moab, you'll have plenty of time to explore this incredible place. Discover some of the 2,000 gravity defying sandstone arches in Arches National Park and take a sunset stroll to watch as the sun sets over Delicate Arch. For the action lovers, hire a mountain bike for some adrenaline pumping cycling along Moab's slick rock path, or take an extreme Hummer tour. If you're still craving more adventure, head down the Colorado River on an optional float trip and see this stunning place from a different perspective.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking US$100
Float trip on the Colorado River US$60-$91
Extreme off-road hummer tour US$90-$100

Adventure is well and truly at the heart of the Colorado Rockies, so get out there and get amongst it! Trekking and biking in the craggy scenery will blow your mind as you walk some of the world's most loved trails. With two nights you'll really appreciate why people travel from all corners of the globe to the Colorado Rockies, the scenery is simply magnificent!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking US$65
Telluride Brewing Company FREE
Mountain gondola FREE

For a whole array of arty gifts and cultural treasures, make your way to Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and treat yourself to an authentic Navajo keepsake. Enjoy wandering around the historic buildings and finish your day soaking up the vibrant restaurant scene. Santa Fe will 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 special.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Journey into New Mexico and through the extraterrestrial town of Roswell, where they say aliens crashed to the earth and they have proof. You'll just have to decide for yourself! Head on to Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the oldest 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. Did you know that when bats fly out of their cave they always turn left? Put this fact to the test with an optional Bat Flight Amphitheatre visit tonight!
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Drive-in movie US$8

Welcome to the mighty state of Texas! You'll soon discover everything's supersized in the 'Lone Star State', from the steaks to the hats. The second biggest state has plenty of cacti, cowboys and Southern hospitality to offer; there really is nowhere else quite like it.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Austin is the self-proclaimed live music capital of America, so get ready for an electric, cultural and artistic city with a hippie soul. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week in town but there are a host of other things to fill your time too. These include a state capitol tour, a visit to Barton Springs, or sampling the local cuisine from one of the many food trucks in the city.

Accommodation

Hostel (mixed dorm) included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Barton Springs US$4

As you leave Texas behind and enter Louisiana, you'll be greeted with the distinctive sounds of zydeco music and the sweet, sweet smells of creole cuisine. Louisiana is a place where cultures merge and nature is right on your doorstep. Get up close and personal with gators and critters on our optional swamp tour and learn all about this unique ecosystem.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40

New Orleans simmers with Deep South charm so pull up a chair in the French Quarter to watch the world go by and grab a po-boy, a bowl of gumbo or some home-cooked jambalaya for a taste of the South - or a delicious sugary beignet if you've got more of a sweet tooth! If the food of the Deep South gets your mouth watering why not join a cookery course at the New Orleans School of Cookery, so you can make life back home a little tastier with your new-found skills? Or for something a little different, opt for a 'Voodoo and Graveyard' tour or cruise along the Mississippi River on a traditional steamboat. By night, party hard in legendary Bourbon Street, hear the world-class jazz for which New Orleans is renowned at Preservation Hall, or explore the bars in Frenchmen Street for live music and dancing without the crowds.

Accommodation

Apartment included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Jazz clubs US$10-20
Preservation Hall US$15-$20
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
School of Cooking US$28-$150
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80

After all the partying in New Orleans it's time to chill out and what better place to do so than on 27 miles of pristine white sand beaches alongside the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a lazy beach afternoon lying in a hammock with the sun on your face. Tonight's the night to let your hair down, as you hit the hottest haunts on the Gulf Coast. So kick back and relax in this stunning, chilled out city.
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

There are plenty of options for a fun day out amongst Orlando's theme parks. Whether you choose Disney's Magic Kingdom or Universal's Harry Potter World, Orlando is one big playground and brings out the big kid in us all, no matter how old you are, so don’t try to fight it! After all that excitement, you'll sleep like a baby.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Disney World US$114
Universal Studios US$105
Kennedy Space Center US$50
EPCOT Center US$94

Hit the water and swim, snorkel or go diving to explore the crystal clear waters of Key West, the possibilities for water based fun are endless. If you simply want to kick back and relax then you're definitely in the right place for that too. More of a culture vulture? We've laid on a tour of this eclectic area, finishing with an optional visit to Ernest Hemingway's House. While you're here you simply must try some Key Lime Pie, then sample the nightlife on Duval Street and watch the sun set on what has been an awesome day.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Snorkelling US$45
Kayaking (half day) US$65
Water sports package (full day) US$150
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum tour US$13

The wonderful city of Miami beckons with miles of golden sand beaches and palm trees; it is easy to see why people flock here. Seek out SoBe (aka South Beach) and stroll along the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people on sugary sand before heading to the ultra-cool nightspots. We're pretty sure you'll never tire of seeing the palm trees blowing in the summer breeze.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

St Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement on US soil, more commonly known as the ‘Nation's Oldest City’. Wander down the narrow lanes, visit the many museums and explore some of the city's iconic landmarks such as the Spanish-influenced Plaza de la Constitucion and the ‘Fountain of Youth'.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina and just oozes character. What better way to experience it than with a stroll along the coast. Take photos of the Morris Island Lighthouse that stands several hundred feet offshore or jump aboard an optional Charleston water taxi, where you could spot some interesting wildlife. Experience the ultimate taste of the South with a Charleston Nasty Biscuit, a chicken biscuit (which is actually more like a scone) covered in gravy. It's delicious and a favourite with the locals!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Rickshaw ride US$6
Watertaxi US$10

Watch as palms, swamps and plantations begin to morph into mountain views as you head north through the Carolinas. Set up camp and devour some s'mores around the campfire. What are s'mores? Melted chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two plain biscuits, divine!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Then it's on to Washington DC for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the United States of America. Take time to experience the very best of America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks or explore the Smithsonian National Museums, the world's largest museum complex. Join your included bike tour led by a local to tick off all the stunning monuments, it's a great way to explore the city. You may want to take the bus into the city and hit the bars and clubs of Georgetown to discover the treasures of this town by night.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Smithsonian National Museums FREE

Your epic 33 day road trip is almost coming to an end, but before it does, travel to Philadelphia where you can climb the famous 'Rocky' steps for your own movie moment. Also on the tick list is 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 thing you have to try is the famous Philly cheesesteak lunch! There's no better place to end your awesome adventure than in the New York area. We recommend you book yourself a couple of extra nights at the end of your tour so you can head into New York and really make the most of this unbelievable city. From a trip up the Empire State Building, to a shopping spree along Fifth Avenue, the opportunities are endless. If you really don't know where to begin why not start with one of our city tours?

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.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT EL SEGUNDO

475 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

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 (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £80-106 | US$115-151 | Eur96-127 | AU$144-191 | NZ$152-200
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £140-185 | US$200-264 | Eur168-222 | AU$252-333 | NZ$265-350
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free transfer from LAX airport and the shuttle can be picked up at the designated hotel courtesy shuttle area and operates on a continuous loop every 20 minutes. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff. Please note whilst this service is free a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT

1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £76 | US$108 | Eur91 | AU$136 | NZ$143
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £132 | US$189 | Eur159 | AU$238 | NZ$250
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORT

Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. From Baggage Claim at the airport, take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. The journey will take approximately 10mins, depending on traffic. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag).

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTS

From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Hilton Newark Airport: 
After exiting the train follow the signs for the "AIRTRAIN". Take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag). 

Booking our 3 day New York to Niagara mini adventure is a perfect way to extend your adventure. Leaving the bright lights and crazy nights of New York area behind, venture deep into 'up state' New York to the thundering wonder of the incomparable Niagara Falls before a night on the shore of the Finger Lakes with it's many waterfalls and wineries.

New York Mini Adventure Highlights

  • Drive through the Delaware Water Gap
  • Visit the stunning Finger Lakes town of Seneca Falls
  • Niagara Falls & the Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Woodbury Common Outlet Mall

Book your Niagara Mini Adventure here or call us to add to your booking.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

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  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. 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.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

5 out of 5

Trek America Coast to Coast south

Past Trekkers Review

Best experience EVER

Reviewed July 2014
Started off a little nervous but that soon went, the group really clicked and just had the most amazing time. Everything was organised so well and the down time in camp became some of my best memories. The tour leader (Morgan) was the most enthusiastic and energetic person I've ever encountered....
Past Trekkers Review

amazing, unbelievable and unforgettable experience!!!!

Reviewed June 2014
travelled with a great bunch of people, had a great trek leader, seen a lot of amazing sites, experienced a lot of amazing things, learnt a lot of things, developed as a person, made so many unforgettable memories, would love to do it all over again!!! from the camping to the hotels, camp meals to e...
Past Trekkers Review

MOST LIGIT ROAD TRIP EVER!

Reviewed May 2013
BEST time of my life, MY GROUP IS AMAZING! x
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