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Southern BLT from Los Angeles
SAVE UP TO $870 on this tour

Take the southern route through sun-drenched San Diego, the mighty Grand Canyon, the exciting neon desert city of Las Vegas and the Navajo tribal lands of Monument Valley. Cross the wild Texan plains and soak up the sweet Southern sounds of Austin, New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis. Have your fill of history in Washington DC and finish up your epic trip in the New York area. I think the word you're looking for is epic!

  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Trekking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: SLB/208531
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States
  • Finishes: New York Area, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Las Vegas
  • Monument Valley
  • Santa Fe
  • Lubbock
  • Austin
  • Louisiana
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • DC
  • Philadelphia
  • New York Area

Itinerary

01

Day 1-2: Los Angeles - San Diego

Leave 'Tinseltown' for 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 3-4: Las Vegas

Next it’s on to Las Vegas, 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

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Day 5: Route 66 - Grand Canyon National Park

Drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman, a town frozen in time where you'll find tons of old Americana. Grab a root beer, have a look around and pick up some souvenirs for the folks back home. Now it's time for the ultimate showstopper, the mighty Grand Canyon! Once you've cast your eyes upon the deep canyon landscape you'll understand why this great natural wonder is loved by locals and tourists alike.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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

04

Day 6: Monument Valley

You’re 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 an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day. At night it gets even more incredible; as the sun goes down, swap campfire stories under a starry sky.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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

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Day 7: 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, 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

06

Day 8: Lubbock

Welcome to the ‘Lone Star’ state, 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:

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

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Day 9-10: 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 11: Louisiana

Say goodbye to Texas and enjoy a day of rest, recovery and van games on your long drive  into bayou country, Louisiana.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

09

Day 12-13: New Orleans

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 the Deep South, where life moves at a much slower pace, so embrace it! Why not spice up your trip with lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or people watch and relax to the sounds of a Dixieland jazz band in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Check out the jazz clubs of Frenchmen Street or the notorious nightlife of Bourbon Street. The world is your oyster in ‘N’Awlins’.

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

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Day 14: Memphis

You’ll see the influence of music everywhere in this city, so you won't want to miss out on a visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King made history with some of their famous tracks. Head on down to iconic Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner, and of course, you won't want to leave without a trip to the former home of ‘The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll', Elvis Presley, in Graceland. But there’s more to Memphis’ history than just music, so pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel to 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

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Day 15-16: Nashville

Cowboy boots and sequinned denim anyone? You're in Nashville, the shining star of the country music scene. Laze in the city’s parks, shop for cowboy boots, or visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. When the sun goes down, learn to line dance, check out live bands and hit up some of the Nashville nightlife.

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

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Day 17: 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: Meals paid locally

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Day 18-19: Washington, DC

Washington DC is next on the agenda and you'll really enjoy the grandeur of the nation's capital. If museums are your thing, you might want to check out the impressive Smithsonian National Museums. Home to 19 different museums and galleries, you're bound to learn a thing or two here! From the iconic White House and incredible monuments to the city's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. 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:

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

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Day 20: Philadelphia - New York Area

Leaving the capital behind, drive towards Philadelphia where you can visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and climb the famous steps from the Rocky movies. But, before you leave make sure you treat yourself to a tasty Philly cheesesteak lunch - delicious! Then it’s time to head to the New York area where the tour will end. If you're not ready to say goodbye to America just yet and want to explore New York City, why not spend a couple more days after the tour to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own or with your new Trek buddies? You could jump on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the highlights or take a guided bike tour of Central Park, splurge along Fifth Avenue or soak up the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich Village. The possibilities are endless!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: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Philly cheesesteak US$10

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:
  • Party bus tour of Las Vegas
  • Search for 'gators on a Louisiana swamp tour
  • Start your tour in glamorous LA
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Travel along Historic Route 66 and visit Seligman, AZ
  • Experience an epic Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Discover the buzz of New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Live music scene in Austin, New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville
  • Visit Washington DC's famous monuments & museums
  • Climb Philadelphia's 'Rocky' steps & see the Liberty Bell
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Grand Canyon & Monument Valley