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Southern Sun from Los Angeles

  • Code #SL
  • 21 Days
Duration
21 Days
/20 Nights
Availability
Mar,2017-Sep,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Los Angeles
Ends in: 
New York Area
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

This is one varied snapshot of the States and our most popular trip for a reason! Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laid-back West Coast, with exciting activities like white water rafting, horseback riding and hiking, together with the awesome nightlife of cities like Las Vegas and New Orleans. Fun times, late nights and incredible scenery lie ahead as you explore from west to east on this epic road trip!

Included Highlights 
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip in a super-stretch limo
  • Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC's famous monuments
  • Guided tour of LA including the Walk of Fame & Hollywood sign
  • Explore red canyons & the hanging gardens of Zion National Park
  • Dip your toes in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell
  • Awe-inspiring sunset / sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  • Navajo culture & famous scenery of Monument Valley
  • The sweet sounds of Austin, New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville
  • Climb Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps & visit the Liberty Bell
  • Admission to national parks & monuments - Zion, Grand Canyon & Monument Valley
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
14 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 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

Southern Sun
Download Trek Tips
Los Angeles
Download City Guide
New York
Download City Guide

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

With the California sunshine on your face it's time to visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and a chance for a quick snap of the Hollywood sign before leaving LA. If you're feeling lucky then you're definitely heading in the right direction, next up it's that little place called Las Vegas. With so much to see and do why not start with an included cruise down The Strip in a super-stretch limo? Afterwards 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 a helicopter flight back down The Strip. Oh and don't forget, ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Helicopter flight US$124
Roller coasters US$25-$40
Gun range US$20-$100
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

It's onwards and upwards to Zion National Park where you and your fellow Trekkers can explore the hidden canyons and take a walk through the incredible Narrows. For the ultimate view of the entire national park, hit the Angels Landing Trail. Even though the hike can be strenuous at times, this thrilling adventure will no doubt impress you with a superb 360 degree display of this magnificent national park as your reward. We promise you won't regret it.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Western horseback riding US$45-$90

Wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. This really is the perfect place to take a dip or just sit back on the shore and soak up the magnificent views of this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Swimming FREE

Without doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop before the main event. No trip west is complete without a stop at the mighty Grand Canyon, to experience the grandeur of one of the earth's natural wonders. Pack your walking boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise or sunset hike along the rim. 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 that’s from a walk along the rim or the ultimate bird's-eye view overhead.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

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

On the road again and off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies, including the recent remake of The Lone Ranger. Immerse yourself in the native culture on a highly recommended optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, an experience that many travellers don't get. 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.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

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. Make sure you head on over to Bumble Bee’s for some delicious Tex-Mex and after the sun goes down, sample some of the live music that Santa Fe is known for.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Next up is a state which is larger than some countries, Texas! Follow part of the original Route 66 and pay a visit to Cadillac Ranch for unique desert art and one of the most talked about roadside attractions in the US. Spend the night in Amarillo, heading 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

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch - FREE

The music keeps on flowing as you arrive in Austin, another place which vies for the title of America's music scene capital. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city which packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, but you may also want to try out Barton Springs or one of the many food trucks to tempt your taste buds with local cuisine.

Accommodation

Hostel nights included (mixed dorm)

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Barton Springs US$4

We say farewell to the biggest state of continental USA and the home of 'Tex-Mex' cuisine and say a big hello to Louisiana, home of gumbo stews and all that jazz.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

On your way to New Orleans you can search for gators on an optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). Next up is the ‘Big Easy’, New Orleans. It’s a place every music lover should visit at least once in their life! 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 is an experience you won't forget in a long, long time.

Accommodation

Apartment nights included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40
Jazz clubs US$10-20
Preservation Hall US$15-$20
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
School of Cooking US$28-$150
Mardi Gras World US$20

Turn up that radio as you're about to hit Memphis, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll! With that in mind why not visit Sun Studio, where many great names in music have passed through since the 1950s. Stroll along Beale Street where the electric atmosphere will keep you entertained for hours as you listen out for some of the best blues music in town. There is more to Memphis than just music, so 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. Memphis is nothing short of awesome. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
Civil Rights Museum US$15
Tour of Graceland US$35-$70
Sun Studio US$12

From honky-tonk bars to The Grand Ole Opry, they don't call Nashville the 'centre of the music world' for nothing! This place is full of life and you'll be hotfooting your way from one country bar to the next. Find out all about the history of music at the Country Music Hall of Fame, home to the largest collection of country music memorabilia in the world. Even if country music isn't your thing, there are live bands of all genres everywhere you go, so you're sure to be singing along by the end of the day.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Country line dancing US$10
Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Grand Ole Opry show US$37-$77
Grand Ole Opry backstage tour US$24
Country western saloons US$varies

In 1996 the world's eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the world's first Olympic white water event and it still boasts some of the world's best rafting. Why not put on a life jacket, grip a paddle and bounce along an exhilarating stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip? But 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 don't forget your camera!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

White water rafting US$40-$60

You'll certainly appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains as you cruise through Virginia. Today's a big travel day, but there may be time for a short hike if time allows. 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 Owls.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Next up is Washington DC, the social, cultural and political hub of the United States. From the Smithsonian Museums to the Lincoln Memorial, the culture vultures amongst you will be in your element here. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you're done with sightseeing, you can go people watching in the parks. Included in your tour and a great way to see Washington DC, is a bike tour of the monuments led by a local. Sights include the Lincoln Memorial, White House & Smithsonian Museums.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Smithsonian National Museums FREE

Leaving the capital behind we head to Philadelphia where you can have your own movie moment with a climb up the famous 'Rocky' steps. See Independence Hall and the symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell, then perhaps grab a Philly cheesesteak for an early lunch. It's food galore at the Reading Terminal Market, so find yourself some tasty treats for your journey to the New York area, your final stop on what has been one heck of a journey. Make sure you book yourself an extra couple of nights to explore this vibrant and exciting city. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laid-back 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. 

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs

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?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

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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

4.7 out of 5

Coast to Coast TrekAmerica 2016

Past Trekkers Review

wild, fun, full, awesome, awesome, awesome

Reviewed November 2015
I did my last trekamerica trek, the southern sun, three years ago. I wanted my last one to be special, and fun enough so that I would never forget it, and I havnt. Kyle was an awesome trek leader, new, but full of energy. We only got lost once, but that wasnt her fault, and we did get to take in the...
Past Trekkers Review

The best trip of my life... Incredible..!!

Reviewed September 2015
This trek was just amazing. When I applied I was just so terrified but just so excited! I was only 18 at the time and this was the only thing I've done completely on my own but boy... What an incredible journey. This was the best choice I've ever made.. One day partying in Vegas and in the ...
Past Trekkers Review

Trip of a lifetime, amazing views, Forrest Gump everywhere!

Reviewed August 2015
If you like Forrest Gump then you will be in for a treat. Starting in Santa Monica with Bubba Gump shop on the pier, to his run down monument valley and finishing with his run in Washington across mirror lake. If you don't think USA is beautiful then you are surely mistaken. Fremont street in ve...
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