Southern BLT from New York

Take the southern route right the way across the continent. Get your culture fix in the country's capital, Washington DC, and follow the 'spine of America', the Appalachian Mountains, to the South. Soak up the famous Southern charm and sweet sounds of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, before hitting Austin's world-renowned nightlife and crossing the wild Texan plains. Hit the red rock desert of the West, and then it's time for the big event, the mighty Grand Canyon and legendary Las Vegas, before the chance to work on that all-American tan in San Diego. I think the word you're looking for is epic!

North America
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Trekking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SNB/208512
  • Starts: New York Area, United States
  • Finishes: Los Angeles, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • New York Area
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington
  • DC
  • Virginia
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • Austin
  • San Angelo
  • Santa Fe
  • Monument Valley
  • Las Vegas
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles



Day 1-2: New York Area - Philadelphia - Washington, DC

Leave the New York area and travel to Philadelphia where you can climb the famous 'Rocky' steps for your own movie moment, and see the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell. Head to Reading Terminal Market on an empty stomach and be prepared to be overwhelmed with delicious smells and flavours. Before you leave make sure you tuck into a famous Philly cheesesteak lunch. Then it's on to Washington DC for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the USA. Take time to explore America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks, discovering the famous monuments or exploring the Smithsonian National Museums. There’s plenty of trendy neighbourhoods to check out by night, 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:

  • Philly cheesesteak US$10
  • Smithsonian National Museums FREE
  • Bike rental US$16-$75


Day 3: 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: All meals to be paid locally


Day 4-5: Nashville

Up next it’s Nashville, Tennessee - the shining star of the country music scene. You've seen the hit TV show, now experience it for yourself. Laze in the city's parks, hit the museums, hear live music in one of the many Broadway bars or learn to line dance - the opportunities are endless!

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


Day 6: Memphis

Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, and you won't want to miss out on an included visit to Sun Studio, where the likes of Johnny Cash and BB King recorded some of their most famous records, and for blues music around every corner, head to Beale Street. You won't want to go home without a trip to Graceland, the former home of 'The King of rock ‘n’ roll', Elvis Presley. If you're wanting a little more than just some bluesy beats from your trip to Memphis, there’s much more to the city’s history. 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: 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


Day 7-8: New Orleans

You're well and truly in America's Deep South, so embrace those laid-back vibes because life moves at a much slower pace here - New Orleans is known as the 'Big Easy' after all. 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 Dixieland jazz in the French Quarter. People watch over deep fried beignets at Café du Monde, or for a really authentic Southern experience check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour! When the sun goes down, check out the jazz clubs of Frenchmen Street, hear the real deal in Preservation Hall, or head for the notorious nightlife of Bourbon Street. Whatever you choose, you'll have a blast.

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


Day 9-10: Louisiana - Austin

Opt for a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana and see all sorts of wildlife in the mysterious wetlands of Cajun country. Then the ‘Lone Star State’ bids you a big-hearted welcome! Austin is packed with big ‘Texas-sized’ excitement and is sure to impress. It’s been proclaimed as the ‘live music capital of the world’ and it’s also home to some truly great BBQ!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40


Day 11-12: San Angelo - Carlsbad Caverns National Park

San Angelo offers the chance to visit the impressive Fort Concho, just one of the many historic landmarks you'll see on this trip. You can also take a step back in time and visit Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum, a former brothel. Then depart the largest state and head into New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, to explore one of the largest and oldest cave systems in the world. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles and stalagmites, creating a unique experience for all who walk through this incredible place.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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


Day 13: 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 which is 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


Day 14: Monument Valley

You’re on the road again, and you’re off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes. Hollywood has helped put this place on travel bucket lists the world over. You may recognise Monument Valley from countless Western movies, or from the movie ‘Forrest Gump’! Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, hear your Navajo hosts speak in their native tongue and be blown away by their warm hospitality. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, and the vast blanket of stars overhead when the sun goes down.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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


Day 15-16: Grand Canyon National Park

Make your way to the mighty Grand Canyon National Park. Nothing you've ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular sight, it will simply take your breath away. Hike from the forest above to the desert below, or take an optional helicopter flight for the ultimate bird's-eye view and marvel at the brilliant colours from overhead. With lookout points aptly named ‘Ooh Aah Point’ you know you're in for a real treat. To really see the Grand Canyon in all its glory, wait for sunset or sunrise when the colours really do amaze!

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

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


Day 17-18: Route 66 - Las Vegas

En route to Las Vegas you'll drive along a section of Historic Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman, joyfully frozen in time and full of quirky Americana. Grab a root beer and have a look around! Next it’s on to ‘Sin City’ itself - 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


Day 19-20: San Diego

Head to San Diego where it's all about bronzed bodies, big shades and baggy shorts. Visit the famous San Diego Zoo with over 3,000 animals or simply laze in grassy Balboa Park. It's time to top up your tan with a trip to Mission Beach, one of the nicest beaches on the West Coast. Try a spot of roller blading, or perhaps take to the surf. Later, tackle the Gaslamp Quarter at the heart of San Diego's nightlife, and watch the Californian sun set on the penultimate day of your American adventure.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Rollerblading US$5-15
  • Bike rental US$5-15
  • Water sports US$10-$75


Day 21: San Diego - Los Angeles

The final leg of your journey takes you up the coast to the 'City of Angels', but it's not over just yet! With the California sunshine on your face, visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and grab yourself a photo of that massive Hollywood sign that you've only ever seen on the big screen. You now have 21 days of action-packed memories to take away with you. And that's a wrap!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: All meals to be paid locally

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 6, Hotel: 14
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Tour Highlights:
  • Pay a visit to the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis
  • Party bus tour of Las Vegas
  • Climb Philadelphia's 'Rocky' steps & see the Liberty Bell
  • Visit Washington DC's famous monuments & museums
  • Live music scene in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans & Austin
  • Discover the buzz of New Orleans' Bourbon Street
  • Experience an epic Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Travel along Historic Route 66 and visit Seligman, AZ
  • California's white sandy beaches in San Diego
  • Explore Hollywood Boulevard including the Walk of Fame
  • Admission to amazing national parks & monuments - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley & Grand Canyon

Reviews (1)
LARISSA B. Posted on: 

I did this trip just on a year ago and it was the most amazing tour I have ever done. From start to finish our tour guide (Craig) went above and beyond. We started in New Jersey then drove down to Washington, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Santa Fe and many more. From Fried chicken to line dancing and even a Tabasco factory. I met so many awesome people and made lifetime friendships. Our tour leader made an effort to talk to everyone, making sure no one felt left out. We stopped at a Brewery and a moonshine distillery and small towns in the south everything was so well planned, but without it feeling too tour like. Do this trip, or any trek america trip for that matter you'll have a blast ! :D

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