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Southerner from New York

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

Trip Overview

Travel the glorious open road from ocean to ocean, leaving the New York area and making your way across state line after state line towards awesome LA. On the ride enjoy the perfect blend of cosmopolitan cities, small-town America, glorious deserts and the spectacular national parks that pave the way. Discover off the beaten path destinations as well as the more famous highlights, giving you one awesome 21 day tour. 

Included Highlights 
  • Navajo guided 4x4 backroads tour through Monument Valley
  • Overnight in traditional Navajo hogan in Monument Valley
  • Overnight Cowboy Camp including hearty campfire meals
  • See Philadelphia's Liberty Bell & climb the famous 'Rocky' steps
  • Hear live music in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans
  • Enjoy the legendary nightlife on Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • Tuck in to a tasty Tex-Mex burrito in El Paso, Texas
  • Experience an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Travel the original Route 66 & visit the roadside town of Seligman
  • Encounter the neon lights & famous nightlife of Las Vegas
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Big Bend, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Death Valley
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
8 Nights
Budget Lodging
5 Nights
Hotel
7 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$150 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

Southerner
Download Trek Tips
New York
Download City Guide
Los Angeles
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 Los Angeles

Start your epic road trip with a stop in Philadelphia, where you can climb the famous 'Rocky' steps for your own movie moment and see the iconic symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. America is known for its food, so while in Philly make sure you head to Reading Terminal Market, the selection of food on offer is fab! For the ultimate treat why not devour a famous Philly cheesesteak lunch. Then it's on to 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. Wander past incredible monuments and snap a picture of the White House. History and art buffs can get their kicks at the legendary Smithsonian National Museums, the largest museum complex in the world. The bars of Georgetown are awaiting your discovery, so grab your mates and enjoy a tipple or two and experience the treasures of this city by night.

 

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
Smithsonian National Museums FREE

Swap city life for views of the lush green Appalachian Mountains as you cruise through Virginia on your journey south. The scenery is spectacular and it’s also home to the American Black Bear and a former haunt of the Cherokee Indians. Although today is a long drive day, there's time for a short walk to stretch your legs in the Appalachians and show you why thousands flock here every year, before continuing on to the Deep South.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Denim and cowboy hats at the ready? Good, because you're in Nashville and that's how they roll! Music flows through the streets and you'll be toe-tapping from the get-go in this awesome 'Music City'. Get your history fix at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music memorabilia in the world. Nashville is famous for fine music and even finer food, so try the local specialities including hot chicken and BBQ ribs. Nashville puts on a wicked party, so head to the Wild Horse Saloon to learn to line dance, and to the bars on Broadway to dance the night away to live bands. 

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Country western saloons US$varies
Country line dancing US$10
Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Grand Ole Opry backstage tour US$24
Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30
Johnny Cash Museum US$14

As the birthplace of blues and rock 'n' roll, there's no shortage of great music to excite your ears in Memphis. Brush up on your history by visiting the Civil Rights Museum to learn all about the struggle to overcome slavery and see where Martin Luther King was assassinated at the old Lorraine Motel. Find your American soul with a trip to Stax Museum of American Soul Music, or perhaps Sun Studio is more your style, where artists like Johnny Cash and BB King famously recorded some of their tracks. No trip to Memphis is complete without a stroll down Beale Street to see the bright lights and hear the eclectic mix of music flowing from every doorway. For the perfect finish to your stay in Memphis, make an optional visit to the second-most visited private home in the USA after the White House -  Elvis Presley's house in Graceland.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Civil Rights Museum US$15
Sun Studio US$12
Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
Tour of Graceland US$35-$70

Next is a city that requires no introduction, New Orleans! The laid-back vibes, delicious food and all important Southern charm make this Deep South city one of the highlights on your all-American road trip! Explore the enchanting French Quarter, people watch over coffee and sweet fried beignets, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River, enjoy world-class jazz at Preservation Hall or sample a ‘Hurricane’ cocktail at Pat O'Brien's...the opportunities are endless! 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 cook up a big ole' bowl of gumbo! You'll stay right in the heart of the French Quarter so you're never far from all the toe-tapping action!

Accommodation

Apartment included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Jazz clubs US$10-20
Preservation Hall US$15-$20
Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
Southern mansion tour US$20-$25
Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20
School of Cooking US$28-$150

Sam Houston Jones is teeming with awesome wildlife that lives amongst the tree-filled lagoons and pine forests. This naturally beautiful area also creates the perfect conditions for an array of birdlife unique to Louisiana. With a night in a cabin near the water and an evening campfire, it makes for a wonderful place to stay the night and cook s'mores with your travel buddies.

Accommodation

Cabin included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40

Today you head west to historic San Antonio, with a rich and colourful history and the home of the Alamo, a symbol of Texan pride. The famous River Walk is a subterranean complex of boutique shops, bars and restaurants that meanders for 4km through the wooded downtown area and is a fantastic place to while away the afternoon; take advantage of the tax-free shopping!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Visit the Alamo FREE
Alamo IMAX Theater US$14

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. The winter temperatures are a blessing and this is a great spot for hiking, so dust off your walking boots and hit one of 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 before finishing your day with a much needed soak in the local hot springs.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Hot springs FREE

Located at the far western tip of Texas, close to the border with both Mexico and New Mexico, and along the sparkling shores of the Rio Grande, El Paso is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, Native American heritage and Tex-Mex food. Make sure you try the Texas BBQ but to get your taste buds watering, we will treat you to a Tex-Mex burrito taste sensation!
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

You don't get much more Wild West than Tombstone, ‘the town too tough to die’. Unlike some towns that are recreated to look Western, the buildings in Tombstone are the originals and the locals are proud to preserve their heritage. The merchants run their stores in their Western wear, and actors playing the parts of famous locals stroll around Allen Street between shows. Saloons like Big Nose Kate's and Doc Holliday's have barmaids dressed as Western saloon girls that call out at passers-by. On the outskirts of town, the Boothill Cemetery is where people can visit the gravesites of those that died here. Don't miss the re-enactment of the O.K. Corral showdown and a chance to get dressed up in authentic Western clothing. This is the perfect opportunity to snap a Wild West selfie with your fellow cowboys and cowgirls!
 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral US$10
Haunted Bird Cage Theatre US$10

Today you're in for a treat with a stop at an authentic Wild West cowboy camp. You and your band of desperados will strike gold on a unique night in the sticks! Opt to mount a trusty steed and trot between the iconic Saguaro Cacti, with their curved arms and looming up to 6 metres high (20ft). 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 experience you'll be reliving for years to come! 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Western horseback riding US$70

Monument Valley, a land of classic Western scenery and the Navajo Nation's greatest natural treasure, is next on the cards! An included 4x4 jeep tour with a Navajo guide will take you round the remote backroads of an area made famous by scores of celebrated Western movies, where you can learn about their culture. To top off an awesome day of exploring, you'll then spend an unforgettable night in a traditional Navajo hogan, hearing secret stories of Navajo legends around a roaring campfire. 

Accommodation

Hogan included (multi share)

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Just when you thought you'd it seen it all, life got a little more awesome as you and your road trip squad pull up at the epic Grand Canyon! This place is the real deal and as you hit the trails and soak up all this inspiring scenery you'll be lost for words. Pack your boots, camera and water before venturing into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. For a one of a kind (some would say life-changing) experience, choose to take to the skies and fly over the vast canyon below on a truly unmissable scenic helicopter flight. Speechless? You should be! Mother Nature just keeps on giving as you watch the sun rise or set over this special place; make sure to capture some amazing photographs to show the folks back home. 

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

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

Get the true American road trip experience with a cruise along a section of the original Route 66 and a slice of old Americana. Pick up some quirky memorabilia and a cheeky milkshake in the town of Seligman, before arriving at the incredible man-made wonder in the desert - Las Vegas. The Strip, the shows, the hotels, 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! Live life on the edge and head to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel to discover the world's highest thrill rides. If that's not enough excitement for you, take a helicopter flight down The Strip and see this neon city from the sky. Shock the folks back home with a sham wedding (not legally binding unless you want it to be!), so live for the moment and marry whoever (and whatever) you like. Only in Vegas!
 

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
Gun range US$20-$100

Complete your desert experience with this perfect winter destination: Death Valley National Park. The blistering summer heat can be too much to handle, so this national park is the ultimate winter treat and you'll have an unforgettable hike through this unique landscape. 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 Artist's Palette where you'll see a spectacular view of turquoise, orange and red rock as far as the eye can see and Zabriskie Point, which reveals an endless ripple of intriguing grey and gold rock patterns. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Your final destination is glitzy Los Angeles - the place where dreams are made. Swing by Hollywood for a stroll on the Walk of Fame and get that iconic shot of the gigantic Hollywood sign. Venice Beach is calling and it's the perfect place for you to enjoy a little more of that sweet Californian sunshine! Then it's on to your hotel where this larger than life trip ends and it’s time to say goodbye to your new-found Trek mates! 

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
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.

 

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). 

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 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. 

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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

4.6 out of 5

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Past Trekkers Review

Absolutely amazing experience, new friends, new places, loved it!

Reviewed February 2015
This trek was fantastic, we went to so many amazing places that you wouldn't get to on your own. Highlights were the national parks, especially Big Bend. The trek was great because it had a great balance between cities and the middle of nowhere (literally). We met so many interesting characters ...
Past Trekkers Review

Life changing, amazing!

Reviewed December 2014
Absolutley amazing trip. Great trip, great tour leader, great bunch of people to stay in touch with.
Past Trekkers Review

Everything I hoped for!

Reviewed November 2012
This was my first trek but I so hope it wont be my last!!!The destinations were amazing, some long driving days but NEVER a dull moment :-)So many things to do but never any pressure, the guide insisted that WE ran the trek and decided what to do (ranging from the optional activities to changing sto...
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