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Southern BLT from New York

Take the southern route right the way across the continent. Get your culture fix in the country's capital, Washington DC, and follow the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountains, to the South. Soak up the famous Southern charm and sweet sounds of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, before hitting Austin's world-renowned nightlife and crossing the wild Texan plains. Hit the red rock desert of the West, and then it's time for the big event, the mighty Grand Canyon and legendary Las Vegas, before the chance to work on that all-American tan in San Diego. I think the word you're looking for is epic!

  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure:
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Trekking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: SNB/208512
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: New York Area, United States Of America
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States Of America
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • New York Area
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington
  • DC
  • Virginia
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • Austin
  • Lubbock
  • Santa Fe
  • Monument Valley
  • Las Vegas
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles

Itinerary

01

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, and see the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell. Head to Reading Terminal Market on an empty stomach and be prepared to be overwhelmed with delicious smells and flavours. Before you leave make sure you tuck into 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 America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks, discovering the famous monuments or exploring the Smithsonian National Museums. There’s plenty of trendy neighbourhoods to check out by night, head to Dupont Circle for its celebrated nightlife or get down to Georgetown for cool bars and eateries.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Philly cheesesteak US$10
  • Smithsonian National Museums FREE
  • Bike rental US$16-$75

02

Day 3: Virginia

Touch down in the gorgeous pine-clad foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range. The scenery is beautiful and it’s also home to the American Black Bear and a former haunt of the Cherokee Indians.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

03

Day 4-5: Nashville

Up next it’s Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. You've seen the hit TV show, now experience it for yourself. Laze in the city's parks, hit the museums, hear live music in one of the many Broadway bars or learn to line dance - the opportunities are endless!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
  • Country line dancing US$10
  • Country western saloons US$varies
  • Johnny Cash Museum US$19
  • Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90
  • Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30

04

Day 6: Memphis

Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, and you won't want to miss out on an optional visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded some of their most famous records, and for blues music around every corner, head to Beale Street. You won't want to go home without a trip to Graceland, the former home of 'The King of rock ‘n’ roll', Elvis Presley. If you're wanting a little more than just some bluesy beats from your trip to Memphis, there’s much more to the city’s history. 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.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Elvis Experience US$44
  • Civil Rights Museum US$19
  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
  • Gibson guitar factory US$10
  • Graceland entrance only US$35
  • Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE
  • Sun Studio US$14

05

Day 7-8: New Orleans

You're well and truly in America's Deep South, so embrace those laid-back vibes because life moves at a much slower pace here - New Orleans is known as the 'Big Easy' after all. Why not spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or relax to the sounds of Dixieland jazz in the French Quarter. People watch over deep fried beignets at Café du Monde, or for a really authentic Southern experience check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour! When the sun goes down, check out the jazz clubs of Frenchmen Street, hear the real deal in Preservation Hall, or head for the notorious nightlife of Bourbon Street. Whatever you choose, you'll have a blast.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Jazz clubs US$10-20
  • Preservation Hall US$15-$20
  • Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
  • Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20-$40
  • Southern mansion tour US$20-$25
  • Mardi Gras World US$20
  • School of Cooking US$28-$150

06

Day 9: Louisiana

Enjoy an included swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana and see all sorts of wildlife in the mysterious wetlands of Cajun country. This is a long drive day so make sure your music playlist is up to date.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

07

Day 10-11: Austin

Austin has exploded as the ‘live music capital of the world’ and you’ll soon see why. Head to South Congress where some of the best street performers can be found, along with lively outdoor cafes and great boutiques. Grab a pair of cowboy boots at Allens Boots and head to the nearest Honky Tonk for a Texas Twostep session. During the day you can find some beautiful areas to relax, including Barton Springs and the trails around Lady Bird Lake, where you can laze around and watch the stand-up paddle boarders. Alternatively settle those food cravings with BBQ, Tex-Mex or food truck infusions. The night comes alive on Sixth Street, littered with bars and party goers. Or head to Rainy street, a quirky imitation of suburbia.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

08

Day 12: Lubbock

Next up is another Texas gem, home to world class barbeque and the armadillo, though sadly no holiday armadillos! Get to grips with Lubbock’s thriving arts scene, visit the West Texas Walk of Fame or catch a flick at the classic Stars and Stripes movie drive in.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum US$6
  • Drive-in movie US$8

09

Day 13: Santa Fe

With 325 days of sunshine per year plus some of the best Tex-Mex food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. For all the art lovers out there, visit Canyon Road which is home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Head over to Meow Wolf, for a wonderfully weird immersive art experience set in a nondescript building, bound to leave you totally baffled.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Meow Wolf US$20

10

Day 14: Monument Valley

You’re on the road again, and you’re off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes. Hollywood has helped put this place on travel bucket lists the world over. You may recognise Monument Valley from countless Western movies, or from the movie ‘Forrest Gump’! Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, hear your Navajo hosts speak in their native tongue and be blown away by their warm hospitality. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, and the vast blanket of stars overhead when the sun goes down.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55

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Day 15: Grand Canyon National Park

Make your way to the mighty Grand Canyon National Park. Nothing you've ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular sight, it will simply take your breath away. Take an optional helicopter flight for the ultimate bird's-eye view and marvel at the brilliant colours from overhead. Or hike the impressive rim trails. To really see the Grand Canyon in all its glory, catch a sunset or sunrise when the colours really do amaze!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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

12

Day 16-17: Route 66 - Las Vegas

En route to Las Vegas you'll drive along a section of Historic Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman, joyfully frozen in time and full of quirky Americana. Grab a root beer and have a look around! Next it’s on to ‘Sin City’ itself - and there’s nowhere else on earth quite like it! Feel like a celeb on an included party bus and then treat yourself to a show, indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet, or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the glitzy hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. If that's not enough, you can always take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. If you're still left wanting more, head on over to a chapel and get hitched by the one and only Elvis. Don't worry, it's not legally binding, but the folks back home don't know that, so just imagine their surprise!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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

13

Day 18-19: San Diego

Head to San Diego  for some seriously laid-back vibes and powder white sand beaches. There's loads to keep you busy in this awesome West Coast city. Laze in grassy Balboa Park, or show off your skills by renting some rollerblades or a surfboard. You're in paradise so don your shades and soak up some rays. Later, explore the Gaslamp Quarter and experience the heart of San Diego's nightlife.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Rollerblading US$5-15
  • Bike rental US$5-15
  • Water sports US$10-$75

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Day 20: San Diego - Los Angeles

Your tour ends on arrival into the 'City of Angels', LA. If you have time to spend a few extra days in this vibrant and exciting city, check out our city guide on how to get the best out of your time here.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.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 6, Hotel: 13
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for 'gators on a Louisiana swamp tour
  • Party bus tour of Las Vegas
  • Climb Philadelphia's 'Rocky' steps & see the Liberty Bell
  • Visit Washington DC's famous monuments & museums
  • Live music scene in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans & Austin
  • Discover the buzz of New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Experience an epic Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Travel along Historic Route 66 and visit Seligman, AZ
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • End your tour in glamorous LA
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Monument Valley & Grand Canyon