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Southerner from Miami
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Travel the glorious open road from east to west, leaving the shimmering shores of Florida and making your way across state line after state line towards the bright lights of Las Vegas. 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 track destinations as well as the hard hitting highlights, all on one big 18 day adventure!

North America
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Trekking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SMW/208528
  • Starts: Miami, United States
  • Finishes: Las Vegas, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Miami
  • Key West
  • Orlando
  • Destin Beach
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • East Texas
  • San Antonio
  • Las Cruces
  • Tombstone
  • Monument Valley
  • Las Vegas

Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Miami - Key West

Leave behind the art deco seafront of Miami and head out to the crystal clear waters of Key West, with some awesome opportunities for snorkelling and diving. The amount of fun water-based activities to get involved in here is endless. If you want to relax then you're definitely in the right place. Treat yourself to some delicious Key Lime Pie or head down to South Beach, a popular beach with locals and tourists. End your first day at the famous Mallory Square and toast to your new Trek buddies as you watch the sun go down.

Meals Included: Paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum tour US$14
  • Kayaking (half day) US$65
  • Snorkelling US$45
  • Water sports package (full day) US$150

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Day 3-4: Orlando

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, bound to bring out the big kid you. And if novelty themed rides don’t appeal to you, head over to Kennedy Space Center. Learn about NASA and see where rockets are launched. Pretty epic right?

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Disney World US$119
  • EPCOT Center US$94
  • Kennedy Space Center US$50
  • Universal Studios US$105

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Day 5: Destin Beach

Drive north to the white sand beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Located on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is the perfect post-theme park location. Treat yourself to some beach time where all you need to worry about is which swimmers to wear.

Meals Included: Paid locally

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Day 6-7: New Orleans

Next up, 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!

Meals Included: Paid locally

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-$40
  • School of Cooking US$28-$150

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Day 8: Louisiana - East Texas

Enter gator territory and see how many you can spot, among other wildlife, on our optional Louisiana swamp tour. Slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages while taking in the unique scenery of the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (it’s a must do!). Then on to the ‘Lone Star State’ for a big-hearted welcome for the first of your nights in mighty Texas, a state larger than some countries!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40

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Day 9: San Antonio

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!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Visit the Alamo FREE
  • Alamo IMAX Theater US$14

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Day 10-11: Big Bend National Park

Sitting 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. Save some energy for an included float trip on the Rio Grande, and take in the surrounding Chisos mountains laced in colourful layers of volcanic ash, from the water.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Hot springs FREE

08

Day 12: Las Cruces

Located on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, where the sun’s always shining, Las Cruces is brimming with culture, galleries, interesting museums and delicious Tex-Mex food. Camp beneath the stars on high desert terrain.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Sand boarding US$18

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Day 13: Tombstone

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!

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

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Day 14: Betty & Rusty's Cowboy Camp

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!

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities:

  • Western horseback riding US$70

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Day 15: Monument Valley

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.

Meals Included: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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Day 16-17: Grand Canyon National Park

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.

Meals Included: Paid locally

Optional Activities:

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

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Day 18: Grand Canyon National Park - Route 66 - Las Vegas

Trade in natural wonders for man-made ones, as you make your way to buzzing Las Vegas, with its awesome clubs and glamourous hotels. We recommend you book extra nights to enjoy all that Sin City has to offer. Try an optional helicopter ride down The Strip, see the bright lights or simply chill out by the hotel pool.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

Inclusions:
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Accommodation: Camping 10, Budget Lodging: 4, Hotel: 3
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Tour Highlights:
  • Navajo guided 4x4 backroads tour through Monument Valley
  • Overnight in traditional Navajo hogan in Monument Valley
  • Half day float trip on the Rio Grande in the Big Bend area of Texas
  • Overnight Cowboy Camp including hearty campfire meals
  • Beach life in Destin and Key West
  • Enjoy the legendary nightlife on Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • 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