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Southern Sun from Los Angeles
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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!

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Trekking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: SL/208518
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States Of America
  • Finishes: New York Area, United States Of America
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • Zion National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Santa Fe
  • Amarillo
  • Austin
  • Louisiana
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Ocoee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • DC
  • Philadelphia
  • New York Area



Day 1-2: Los Angeles - Las Vegas

If you're feeling lucky then you're heading in the right direction – leave sunny LA for a little place called Las Vegas. With so much to see and do why not start with an included tour of The Strip in a party bus? 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, you could even take a helicopter flight back down The Strip!

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


Day 3-4: Zion National Park

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Western horseback riding US$45-$90


Day 5-6: Grand Canyon National Park

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

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


Day 7: Monument Valley

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

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


Day 8: Santa Fe

For all the art lovers out there, Santa Fe is 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. Our top tip here is to visit the brilliantly weird Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience like no other.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Meow Wolf US$20


Day 9: Amarillo

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 before setting up camp in the night in funky Amarillo, situated in the Texas Panhandle.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Spray graffiti at Cadillac Ranch - FREE


Day 10-11: Austin

The tunes keep on flowing in Austin, claiming the title for ‘live music capital of the world’. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city that packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, so get an enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. During the day check out Barton Springs or hit up one of the city’s local food trucks for some tasty cuisine.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Barton Springs US$4


Day 12: Louisiana

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour


Day 13-14: New Orleans

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.

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-$40
  • School of Cooking US$28-$150
  • Mardi Gras World US$20


Day 15: Memphis

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. 

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$19
  • Elvis Experience US$44
  • Sun Studio US$14
  • Gibson guitar factory US$10
  • Graceland entrance only US$35
  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12


Day 16: Nashville

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.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

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


Day 17: Ocoee

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!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • White water rafting US$40-$60


Day 18: Virginia

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour


Day 19-20: Washington, DC

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Smithsonian National Museums FREE


Day 21: Philadelphia - New York Area

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. 

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Philly cheesesteak US$10

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Accommodation: Camping 13, Budget Lodging: 3, Hotel: 4
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip on a party bus
  • Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC's famous monuments
  • Start your tour in glamorous Los Angeles
  • Discover red canyons & hanging gardens of Zion National Park
  • 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