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From £1,559, 21 days, USA Trip code: USSS

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Evening illumination visit to Washington DC Monuments
  • Limousine ride in Las Vegas 
  • New Orleans' Bourbon Street 
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • San Antonio's Riverwalk 
  • National Parks and Monuments - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion
  • Scan the skies for UFOs and aliens in Roswell!
  • Travel along the original Route 66
  • City tours of Philadelphia, Washington DC and LA
  • See stunning Lake Powell
  • Walk amongst the Appalachian Mountains 

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This chart topping adventure holidays USA tour blends the rugged beauty of America's west and a heaping of southern hospitality with the high-octane energy of the eastern seaboard. Do DC and the Deep South, party it up in New Orleans and cross the great state of Texas. Experience the mystery and wonder of the desert southwest as you mingle with mountains, cavort with canyons and get native with the locals. Go for broke in Las Vegas and experience the laid-back vibe of California and LA. 


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What will I be doing?

  • Day 1 to 4 (4 days)

  • Day 5 to 8 (4 days)

  • Day 9 to 13 (5 days)

  • Day 14 to 17 (4 days)

  • Day 18 to 21 (4 days)

Day 1 to 4: 4 days

Next Leg

Destination info

There isn’t a person out there that hasn’t dreamed of taking off on the ultimate 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. 

  • Location: Los Angeles to Lake Powell

The following itinerary is an example Southern Sun which starts in LA and ends in the New York Area, however you can also start this tour in the New York area and end in LA!

 

Day 1-2: Los Angeles and Las Vegas
With the Californian sunshine on your face we visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and photos of that massive Hollywood sign 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.


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 the magnificent national park. 

 

Day 4: Lake Powell

Time to wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. Swim in 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.

 

Day 5 to 8: 4 days

Next Leg

Destination info

There isn’t a person out there that hasn’t dreamed of taking off on the ultimate 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. 

  • Location: Grand Canyon to Santa Fe

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 will blow you away.

 

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 landscape overlooking the valley.

 

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.
 

Day 9 to 13: 5 days

Next Leg

Destination info

There isn’t a person out there that hasn’t dreamed of taking off on the ultimate 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. 

  • Location: Carlsbad Caverns NP to Louisiana

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?

 

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 the 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 cool mineral springs to relax in.


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.


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.

Day 14 to 17: 4 days

Next Leg

Destination info

There isn’t a person out there that hasn’t dreamed of taking off on the ultimate 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. 

  • Location: New Orleans to Tennessee

Day 14-15: New Orleans
We hit Louisiana and can search for gators on our optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun county (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!


Day 16: Birmingham, Alabama  
Licence 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.

 

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 adrenelin! For those of you not keen on the rapids, there are a number of surrounding trails to explore.

 

Day 18 to 21: 4 days

Destination info

There isn’t a person out there that hasn’t dreamed of taking off on the ultimate 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. 

  • Location: Appalachian Mountains to New York

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.

 

Day 19-20: Washington D.C 
Next up is Washington D.C, 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.


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 Grenwich 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.  

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What's included?

  • Services of a tour leader
  • 16 nights camping fees and equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow) + 4 nights hotel
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • Limo in Las Vegas
  • Admission to all National Parks and monuments
  • Admission to Carlsbad Caverns
  • Night time illumination tour of Washington Monuments
  • Admission to Monument Valley Tribal Lands

What's not included?

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Food
  • Optional activities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age is 18 years. Maximum age is 38 years.

 

Accommodation

16 nights camping (including fees and equipment) and 4 hotel nights

 

Meals

On our camping tours, our groups share in the preparation and cooking of the food. Supplies, excluding soft drinks and alcohol, are purchased from the food kitty, and each member of the group pays US$10 per day en route. This covers three meals on most days while we are camping; eating fresh foods that we purchase as we travel to satisfy the international flavour of the group - a healthy way to travel at an unbeatable price. Naturally this does not cover hotel stops or when Trek groups sometimes sample regional cuisine at local restaurants. 

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Trek America.

 

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 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. Depending on the tour you choose, there may be en-route hotel nights paid locally and the cost will be shown on the itinerary. You should budget for each of these night stops. We recommend you take at least US$40/CAN$40 dollars per day to budget for your optional activities and snacks along the way on all our North American Treks. This does not include money for food kitty and en route hotel expenses. We suggest you bring US $150 with you in cash. ATM’s and cash machines are readily available throughout North America and major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. Traveller’s checks are accepted and can be a safe way to take your funds but aren’t always the most practical. In some off the beaten track destinations ATM’s and cash machines may be limited. Credit card payment can’t be accepted for food kitty and enroute hotel payments.

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2. 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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Yes

USA Experience2013-06-13

Chris Crawford - September 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, made great friends. Loved every minute. Thank you.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Washington DC was really interesting, New Orleans was really fun, white water rafting was great, the cowboy ranch and horseriding was great too. Pretty much the whole trip was a highlight.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

USA Experience2012-09-28

Alice Wainwright - September 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

INCREDIBLE, UNFORGETTABLE, BRILLIANT PEOPLE, AWESOME CAMPING and the BEST TOUR LEADER EVER!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Hiking the Grand Canyon, Camping with Native Americans in Monument Valley and Horseriding with Cowboys.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Review by Alice in Wonderland of USA Experience2012-09-13

Alena Karbach - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

meet a lot of people, my english is better now, Great experience, I will never forget this trip very good service

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Helicopter flight at Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Zion Nationalpark

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

USA Experience2012-02-27

Dana Loew - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

awesome group, beautiful and versatile country, best tour ever- unforgettable!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

White Sands National Park New Mexico, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, New Orleans, San Antonio tubing - I can't even tell: I loved every bit of the tour!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

*make sure you don't economize on your sleeping bag - I'd rather spend a couple of Dollars more and sleep well during the trip, there's a lot to do, believe me: you'll need a good night sleep *prepare for all kinds of different activities: you'll need practical clothes (especially footwear!) as well as some going-out clothes, so just pack a little bit of everything *I'd definitely recommend a pillow not only for the nights but for the very long busrides - you might wanna bring a good book and an iPod as well

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

USA Experience2012-02-27

Nikki Bennett - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Best thing I've ever done! Will be doing it again!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

New Orleans!!!! And also hiking the Crand Canyon and at Zion National Park.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take comfy shoes for hiking!! Don't take travellers cheques, its hard to find exchange places in the South. Keep you travel documents safe!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

USA Experience2012-02-27

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