USA Tour 21 Day Southern BLT
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From $3,114 (was $3,459), 21 days, USA Trip code: USSB

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Navajo tribal lands in Monument Valley
  • See the sights of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans
  • Watch a stunning sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  • Evening illumination visit to Washington DC Monuments
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Las Vegas limousine tour
  • Sightseeing in Nashville, Memphis, Austin and Los Angeles
  • New Orleans Bourbon Street jazz and blues music
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • Visit Philadelphia's top highlights
  • National Parks - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon

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Travel right across the continent, from the most cool to the most populated US city - that's LA to NY in other words. If you're just not a camping sort of person, there's no finer way to roll on through a kaleidoscope of deserts, mountains, cities and canyons. Magic!


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There isn’t a person out there that hasn’t dreamed of taking off on the ultimate north American road trip with a bunch of mates! Cruising down the open road, tunes cranked, wind in your hair, not a care in the world; getting off the beaten track with a whole continent to discover.

 

The United States is a country of incredible diversity. The nation is home to dynamic cities and small towns that vary dramatically from region to region, and the awe-inspiring National Parks are unparalleled for their beauty and diversity. Eastern energy, slow-paced deep southern charm and a laid back west coast lifestyle, combine to create an incredible culture of virtually everything.

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Day 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego
Take a tour of 'Tinseltown' starting with a drive through Hollywood to the Walk of Fame and a view of the iconic Hollywood sign. Head south 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 and explore famous San Diego Zoo, home to over 3,000 incredible animals, 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.
Accommodation: Hostel nights included

 

Day 3-4: Las Vegas
It's on to a little place we like to call 'Sin City'. With so much to see and do why not start with an included cruise down the Strip in a super-stretch limo and 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. If you want to get extreme, how about a trip to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel for some thrills on the vertigo inducing roller coasters perched at the top! 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. Remember, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".
Accommodation: Hotel nights included

 

Day 5-6: Grand Canyon National Park
En route to the Grand Canyon you'll 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 show stopper, 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. Pack your boots, camera and water before venturing into the canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. Alternatively, opt for a "bird's eye" view on a scenic helicopter flight. Watching the sun rise or set over the canyon with the colours changing is simply breath-taking and not to be missed, so enjoy every minute.
Accommodation: Hotel nights included

 

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 an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and back roads. 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 camp fire stories under a starry sky.
Accommodation: Motel night included

 

Day 8: Santa Fe
With 325 days of sunshine per year and bright blue skies, plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, Santa Fe won't disappoint. For all the art lovers out there Santa Fe is the one 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. Santa Fe will definitely win you over with its laid back charm, and with tons of festivals and events throughout the year, you'll have an absolute blast.
Accommodation: Motel night included

 

Day 9-10: Carlsbad Caverns National Park & San Angelo, Texas
Head on to New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park to explore one of the largest cave systems in the world. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles and stalagmites, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place. Next, prepare for a big welcome as you enter the Lone Star State and overnight in San Angelo. Why not opt for a visit to Fort Concho and then take a step back in time with a trip to Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum, a former brothel.
Accommodation: Motel night included

 

Day 11-12: Austin, Texas & Louisiana
Austin has exploded as the `Live music capital of the world' and is the home of great BBQ Tex-Mex food. The city is packed with "Texas sized" excitement and is sure to impress with a nightlife which rivals some of the biggest cities in the world. We then say goodbye to Texas and head into bayou country, Louisiana.
Accommodation: Hostel & guesthouse nights included

 

Day 13-14: New Orleans
Welcome to the country's 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 relax to the sounds of a jazz or Dixieland band in the French Quarter. New Orleans has more than just incredible tasting food, drink and music to offer. You can take a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana and see all sorts of wildlife in the mysterious wetlands of Cajun country.
Accommodation: Hotel nights included

 

Day 15-16: Memphis
Memphis is the birthplace of Rock'n'Roll, so you won't want to miss out on an included visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and the late BB King recorded their most famous records. Head on down to iconic Beale Street where music is literally playing around every corner. There is more to Memphis than just music, 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. Of course, you can't go home without a trip to the former home of `The King' Elvis Presley in Graceland.
Accommodation: Hotel nights included

 

Day 17-18: Nashville & Virginia
Cowboy boots and sequinned denim anyone? You're in Nashville, the shining star of the country music scene. Hit 'The District' - the nightlife hub of Nashville, laze in the city's parks, trawl the malls or learn to line dance, the opportunities are endless here. Next, touch down in Virginia and the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountain Range.
Accommodation: Hostel & motel nights included

 

Day 19-20: Washington DC
Washington DC is next on the agenda and you'll really enjoy the grandeur of the nation's capital. If museums are you thing, you might want to check out the impressive Smithsonian Museums. Home to 19 different museums, you're bound to learn a thing or two here. From the White House to the city's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. Why not head out to take advantage of the great nightlife in Georgetown?
Accommodation: Hostel nights included

 

Day 21: Philadelphia & New York Area
Leaving the capital behind, drive towards Philadelphia in Pennsylvania 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 cheese steak lunch - delicious! Head over 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? Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laid back vibe of Greenwich Village before sadly heading home.

 

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs. 

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What's included?

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 9 hotel, 6 hostel, 4 motel and 1 guesthouse nights.
  • Activities as listed in the itinerary

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Food (kitty will be collected USD$10 a day)

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old.

 

Accommodation

All accommodation - 9 hotel, 6 hostel, 4 motel and 1 guesthouse nights.

 

Group Size
13

Transportation
Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Trek America.

 

What is a Real Gap Experience Tour?

Our Real Gap Experience Tours are guided tours that are run through our (other) favourite travel companies. Typically, most of your travel will be on a bus/coach and you will stop off at a number of different destinations in your chosen country. We won’t be able to offer you a buddy list for these trips as people will book through different companies.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. How many people will there be on the tour?

Between 6 and 13 people with one tour leader.

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2. What is the average age of the tour participants?

The age range is 18-38 and early to mid twenties are the most common ages.

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3. How fit do I need to be?

There will be a fair bit of walking and hiking on the tour as well as the opportunity to do lots of activities. So you should be relatively fit but dont forget that activities are optional so you can do the trip at your own pace.

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4. Will I be the only person travelling on my own?

No, the majority of our travellers are solo travellers and you will meet lots of people on your tour!

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5. How much money do I need to bring on the tour?

For TrekAmerica camping tours you will need to budget for the food kitty. This is usually US$10 a day however see individual tour pages for specific details. This will cover all of your meals while camping but does not cover meals during hotel stops or when the group chooses to sample regional cuisine.

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6. Do I need to tip?

Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff, any type of guide and taxi drivers. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 15% is standard in restaurants. Your trek leader works long and hard for you. He or she may well become your close friend during the trek, but they also need to pay their bills. If the leader's performance meets or exceeds your expectations we recommend a tip of US $5 per person, per day.

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USA Tour 21 Day Southern BLT

Matthew Thomas - August 2015

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Great friends, lifelong memories, magical exoeriences

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Sunset at Grand Canyon Monument Valley New Orleans Jazz Club

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared Make friends Expect the unexpected

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Emma Davidson - December 2014

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The most amazing sleep deprived and exciting weeks ever experienced.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Washington. Also loved the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Over-estimate the recommended food budget 2. Don't take a hairdryer (every hostel/hotel has one) - it just creates unwanted weight. 3. Have some really good party tunes on your ipod - because you will be expected to play your music in the bus at some point on the trip!

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Rebecca Moore - July 2014

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Incredible, inspirational experience, made great friends, true American road trip

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The Grand Canyon, you must do the bright angel trail hike, the sunrise and the helicopter ride over the canyon.... Amazing!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take ear plugs (sometimes people snore/traffic near by) Make sure you take a medical kit which include mosquito sprays etc A travel pillow for the van

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