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USA Adventure: SOUTHERN SUN

Party in Jazz central in Bourbon Street, New Orleans..Watch a stunning sunrise over the Grand Canyon... See Vegas in style in an included limousine ride

Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laidback West with exciting activities such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding and hiking on offer - don't forget about the nightlife of New Orleans and Las Vegas!

Included Highlights

  • Limousine ride in Las Vegas
  • New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • San Antonio's Riverwalk
  • Alien spotting in Roswell
  • Visit the Alamo
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • Tour of Philadelphia, Washington DC & Los Angeles
  • Walk amongst the Appalachian Mountains
  • See stunning Lake Powell
  • National Parks - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Zion

Plus you get...

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 16 camping & 4 hotel nights.
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Flexible Itinerary
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

Tour Itinerary
As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

This tour also departs from New York area

Day 1-2: Los Angeles & Las Vegas
With the California sunshine on your face we visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and photo of that massive Hollywood sign. A quick visit to the sandy shores of Venice Beach makes for awesome people watching before leaving LA and onto the desert neon city of Las Vegas - the greatest show on earth. Watch out though, some dub this place 'Lost Wages'! Included is a cruise down "The Strip" in a super-stretch limo but you may want to 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, or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos. Oh and there's a saying here: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

Day 3: Zion National Park
Onwards to Zion National Park and explore the hidden canyons or maybe hike to Angels Landing for incredible views over the valley floor, as well as being an exceptional lunch spot. Okay, so getting up there can be devilish at times, but the famous trail puts on a full 360-degree display of this magnificent national park.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 4: Lake Powell
Time to wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Swim the deep blue water or just sit back on the shore and soak up the powerful rays of this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis.
Accommodation: Camping included

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 big event. No trip west is complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon and we have a full day tomorrow to experience the grandeur of one of the Earth's natural wonders. Pack your best boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise/sunset hike along the rim. For the more ambitious take the long hike down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or choose the "bird's eye" view on a scenic flight. As you watch the sinking sun paint it amber, maroon and red, its breathtaking immensity blow you away.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 7: Monument Valley
Venturing into the desert southwest, we hit iconic Monument Valley, used in countless Hollywood scenes from Westerns to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Forest Gump. It is also the most photographed place in America and for good reason. Get 4x4-bound and flit between towering buttes and massive mesas. This is sacred Navajo land; take home their secrets, legends and the odd handcrafted keepsake. Tonight, experience a stunning sunset overlooking the valley.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 8: Arizona/Roswell & Santa Fe
Alien spotting in Roswell could be on the cards, and with the vast desert stretching out before you, you'll need to keep a sharp eye out for these extraterrestrial beings! Tonight, Santa Fe is sure to work its charm on you with its artsy vibe and best Tex-Mex food in the USA.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 9: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Do you know your stalactite from your stalagmite? Carlsbad Caverns boasts over 100 limestone caves sporting glinting minerals and telling names like the Hall of the White Giant and Green Lake Room. Whilst at Carlsbad Caverns you have the option at dusk to see the 'flight of the bats', did you know bats always turn left when flying out of a cave?
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 10: West Texas
The Lone Star then bids you a big-hearted welcome for four nights in the mighty Texas. The biggest state in the continental USA is also home to plenty of Mexican-American cuisine, `Tex-Mex', including spicy fajitas and tacos. Hitch up in Fort Stockton and opt for a historical tour of this frontier army post, active from 1867-1886, if you want to cover more ground, Balmorhea is a great place to stop and has a cool mineral springs to relax in.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11-12: San Antonio
Don your Davy Crockett hat and check out the Alamo, symbol of Texan pride and independence from Mexico. Included is a stroll on the Paseo del Rio, and if your Spanish is shaky that's the cobbled 'river walk', bursting with greenery, cafes and boutiques. This is one of the unmissable excursions whilst in San Antonio but other excellent options include the Western Shooting Range or a visit to the Majestic Theatre.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 13: East Texas/Louisiana
We say farewell to the biggest state of continental USA, and goodbye to the home of 'Tex-Mex' cuisine and a big hello to Louisiana, the home of gumbo stews and all that jazz.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 14-15: New Orleans
We hit Louisiana and can search for gators on our optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!) Next up is the home of the Big Easy & Bourbon Street - New Orleans. Now we're talking all that jazz! Every music fan must make a pilgrimage here at least once in their lifetime. We head into the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, echoing with chirpy trumpets and smooth sax. New Orleans has more than just food, drink and music to offer, so after sampling a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's do the Huckleberry Finn thing and chug along the Mississippi River. By staying right in the historic French Quarter you are right in the thick of it!
Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

Day 16: Birmingham, Alabama
License plates proclaim you're in the `Heart of Dixie', and the radio pumps out a playlist of blues and country tunes. Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute and the Chickamauga Battlefield guarantee an A+ in American history.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 17: Ocoee, Tennessee
Next up is the hard-hitting State of Tennessee where we overnight in Ocoee. In 1996 the world's eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the world's first Olympic white water event on a natural river and you have the chance to don a life jacket, grip a paddle and bounce along a churning stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip. Pure adrenalin! For those of you not keen on the rapids, there are a number of surrounding trails to explore.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 18: Appalachian Mountains
You'll need no second invitation to appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. There is time for a short walk in the Appalachians to show you the reason why thousands flock here every year.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 19-20: Washington D.C
Next up is Washington DC, the social, cultural and political hub of the United States. A great introduction to the city is to make your way central as the sun goes down for a self-guided illuminated view of America's Capitol - from the Smithsonian Museum to the Lincoln Memorial. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you're done with sightseeing, go people watching in the parks or take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown! A great way to see the city is to explore by bike at your own pace.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day 21: Philadelphia & New York Area
Leaving the capital behind we head to Philadelphia where we have the chance to break a sweat climbing up the famous 'Rocky' steps, see the symbol of American independence the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, plus opt for an early Philly cheese steak lunch. Why not hit the Reading Terminal Market awash with food, colours, flowers and incredible people watching. From here we travel to the final destination of the tour to the New York Area and the end of our cross country adventure. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback 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.

Duration: 
21 days

Gap Year Vitals

  • Location: Departs Los Angeles to New York
  • Duration: 21 days
  • Price: from £1569

Contact

  • Address:
    TrekAmerica Travel Limited
    Grange Mills
    Weir Road
    London
    SW12 0NE
  • Telephone: 0333 999 7951
  • Website: www.trekamerica.co.uk

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