USA Southern BLT

21 days from £2,649

Incredible USA photo opportunities

West to East in 3 weeks!

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West to East in 3 weeks!

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Trip Highlights

  • Road trip across the USA from west to east!
  • Awesome inclusions, such as a stretch limo tour of Las Vegas and a visit to Memphis’ Sun Studio!
  • Watch the sun rise or set at the Grand Canyon!
  • Travel along the USA’s legendary Route 66, the ultimate road trip experience!
  • Check out the epic live music of Austin, New Orleans and Memphis
  • Spend your nights in style in comfortable American hotels and lodging!

Trip Summary

Head east across the USA and discover the southern half of this incredible country! Kicking off in L.A., you’ll head south, stopping off at Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. You’ll then discover the bayous of Louisiana and New Orleans before cruising north through the musical towns of Memphis and Nashville. Your epic trip concludes with a few days in Washington, DC., before rolling into New York. Packed with awesome inclusions and free time in each stop, plus 20 nights of comfortable American accommodation, this fantastic tour is an awesome way to experience the very best of the southern states between Los Angeles and New York!

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Trip Info

Day 1-2: Los Angeles – San Diego

Our fantastic southern route across the USA kicks off early this morning! We recommend arriving the day before and arranging a night of pre-tour accommodation, please contact us for details and prices. Check out Hollywood on an included drive and then head south to San Diego for some blissful beach life. Opt to visit San Diego Zoo or hire some rollerblades and whizz along the coast.

Please note: All optional activities on this tour are at extra cost.

Day 3-4: Las Vegas

Cruise into Sin City, a weird and wonderful place of bright lights, noise and pleasure-seeking. Enjoy an included limousine ride down the main strip and ease into the vibrant atmosphere here. Try your luck at the roulette tables, take in a legendary Vegas show or gorge yourself at an all-you-can eat buffet. For a real glitzy experience, opt to take a helicopter flight over the city.

Day 5-6: Route 66 – Grand Canyon National Park

No American road trip is complete without a drive along Route 66! Join this legendary road and stop off at Seligman to pick up some vintage American souvenirs. Our next stop is the iconic Grand Canyon. Marvel at this epic landscape and venture into the canyon itself with a hike along the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. Watching the sunset or sunrise here is truly unforgettable!

Day 7: Monument Valley

Today, we venture into the legendary landscapes of Monument Valley, the setting for many a Western movie. Enjoy a slice of native culture with an optional Navajo jeep tour. As the sun sets, watch the glittering stars appear in the enormous American sky.

Day 8: Santa Fe

With year-round sunshine and tasty Mexican cuisine, Santa Fe is an awesome city for a stop-off. Discover the arts and crafts scene, nab a souvenir catch some live music in the evening.

Day 9-10: Carlsbad Caverns National Park – San Angelo

See soaring stalagmites and stalactites in these creepy caverns. In the evenings, the night air is swarming with bats! Next up, stop off in San Angelo and opt to visit Fort Concho or Miss Hattie’s Bordello Museum.

Day 11-12: Austin – Louisiana

Known as the ‘live musical capital of the world’, Austin offers loads of excitement for the intrepid American road tripper. Tuck into some BBQ Tex-Mex and see the next big thing on the live music scene. Then venture into the bayous of Louisiana.

Day 13-14: New Orleans

Discover the swamps and wetlands of southern Louisiana on an optional Alligator Tour. Then hit the jazz-soaked streets of New Orleans. Feel the beat in the jazz clubs on Frenchman Street and then party into the night on Bourbon Street!

Day 15: Memphis

Swap jazz for Rock ‘n’ Roll as you cruise into Memphis. Enjoy an included visit to Sun Studio, where Johnny Cash and BB King laid down some of their best-known tracks. Keep things musical with an optional visit to the former home of Elvis. Memphis is also home to a rich civil rights history. Opt to discover this heritage on a visit to the Civil Rights Museum.

Day 16-18: Nashville – Virginia

Boot-clacking and yee-hawing are next on the agenda as we enter the home of country music, Nashville. Then travel to Virginia in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Day 19-20: Washington, DC

Discover the country’s political hub next, with two nights in the nation’s capital. Check out the White House and the city’s awesome free museums.

Day 21: Philadelphia – New York Area

Check out the famous ‘Rocky’ steps and tuck into an iconic Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Other highlights include the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Our tour ends in the New York Area at around 5pm, if you wish to fly out today then please arrange a flight that departs after 9pm to allow enough time for transfers and check in. 

Please note: The above itinerary is for 2018 departures. If you are travelling in 2017 you will follow a slightly different itinerary. You will spend one less day in Nashville and one extra day in Memphis.

Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.

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Whats Included

  • 20 nights’ hotel and lodging accommodation
  • All in-country transport
  • A dedicated tour leader
  • Limo tour of Las Vegas
  • Visit to legendary Sun Studio in Memphis
  • Driving tour of Hollywood’s iconic sights
  • Blissful beach time in San Diego
  • Travel along iconic Route 66
  • Watch an unforgettable sunrise or sunset at the Grand Canyon
  • Free time in Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville
  • Explore Washington, DC, the capital of the USA
  • Admission to Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Carlsbad Caverns
  • 24-hour emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional Activities
  • Airport transfers

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Matthew Thomas

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Sunset at Grand Canyon Monument Valley New Orleans Jazz Club

Tips for other travellers?

Be prepared Make friends Expect the unexpected

emma davidson

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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

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No, it was absolutely brilliant already. Maybe a tour in New Orleans?

Tips for other 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!

rebecca moore

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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!

Tips for other 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

Any other comments?

Best adventure I've been on, awesome trip around the southern states. Made some amazing memories, achieved goals and experienced new things.

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Accommodation & Meals

20 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. Unlike many of our other American tours which require travellers to camp in the evenings, you will spend your nights in warm and comfortable hotel and lodging accommodation! See America in style! 7 nights will be spent in budget lodging and 13 nights will be spent in hotels.

Meals are not included on this tour. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in American culture by finding your own food in delis and diners in each awesome stop!

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Flights

Your tour starts in Los Angeles at 7:30am on your programme start date (day 1). Due to this early start, we recommend you arrive the night before and book an extra night of accommodation at your own cost, please contact .

Your tour ends in the New York Area on your programme end date (day 21) at approx. 5pm. If you plan to fly out that night, please book a flight that departs after 9pm to allow time for transfers and check-in.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at enquiry@realflights.co.uk. They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. Please be aware that the legal drinking age in the USA is 21. If you are under 21 years old you will not be able to buy alcohol or enter clubs/casinos.

British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for up to 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions, you will need to apply for a visa. American immigration procedures can be a little confusing, so for full and further details please either call us, or contact the US Embassy.

how Many People Will There Be On The Tour?

The maximum group size is 13 people.

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.

Does The Tour Include Any Time In New York City?

This tour does not have any scheduled time in New York City itself. We recommend staying a few days after this tour finishes to see the sights. Why not book our 4-day I Love New York programme and see the very best of this awesome city?

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.

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!

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 tour leader works long and hard for you. He or she may well become your close friend during the tour, 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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