Southern Sun

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Southern Sun

from £1,889
Duration: up to 21 days
Countries: United States of America
Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laidback West - don’t forget about the nightlife of New Orleans and Las Vegas!

Southern Sun

This is one varied snapshot of The States! Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laidback West coast, with exciting activities like white-water rafting, horseback riding and hiking, together with the awesome nightlife of New Orleans and Las Vegas. This is one of our most popular tours and you will see why as you explore from East to West on this epic road trip!


Day 1-2 - New York Area & Washington DC
We head out of the New York area and on to Washington DC, the perfect introduction to the social, cultural and political history of the United States. Explore the best of America's Capitol - from the Smithsonian Museum to the Lincoln Memorial on a guided tour.

Day 3-4Virginia & Tennessee
You'll need no second invitation to appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia.

Day 5 -Alabama/Mississippi
Next, travel into the 'Deep South' to Alabama and Mississippi for a taste of true southern hospitality. License plates proclaim you're in the 'Heart of Dixie' and the radio pumps out a hatful of country tunes to back this up.

Day 6-7 - New Orleans
Beyond Mississippi we hit Louisiana, home of the Big Easy & Bourbon Street. Now we're talking all that jazz! We head into the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall.

Day 8 - Louisiana/Texas
Look for gators on our optional Louisiana swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). The Lone Star bids you a big-hearted welcome for four nights in mighty Texas.

Day 9-10 -  San Antonio
Don your Davy Crockett hat and check out the Alamo, symbol of Texan pride and independence from Mexico. Or stroll the Paseo del Rio. If your Spanish is shaky, that's the cobbled 'river walk', bursting with greenery, cafes and boutiques.

Day 11-12 - West Texas & Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The biggest state of the continental USA is also home to plenty of Mexican-American cuisine, “Tex-Mex”, so spicy fajitas and tacos are on the menu tonight.

Day 13 - Roswell, New Mexico/Arizona
A little alien spotting in Roswell could be on the cards today, and with the vast desert stretching out before us, we'll go wherever the mood takes us! If you choose Santa Fe for the night, its sure to works its charm on you with its artsy vibe and the best Mexican food in the USA.

Day 14 - Monument Valley
Venturing into the desert southwest, we hit iconic Monument Valley, used in countless Hollywood scenes from Westerns to 2001: A Space Odyssey. 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.

Day 15-16 - Grand Canyon National Park
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 boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise/sunset hike along the rim.

Day 17-18 - Lake Powell & Zion National Park
Swim the deep blue waters of Lake Powell, formerly the great Glenn Canyon, or just sit back on the shore and soak up the powerful rays of this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis. Then onwards to Zion National Park. Explore the hidden canyons or maybe hike to Angels Landing.

Day 19-20Las Vegas
With a sudden burst of neon, Vegas is right in your face - the greatest show on earth.
Accommodation: 2 en-route hotel nights paid locally

Day 21Los Angeles
Top it all off with a journey across the desert and some California sun as you roll into the larger than life LA scene. Hangin' out at the beach is a fine way to finish off the ultimate road trip!

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16 nights camping & equipment (except sleeping bag).


All transportation by private adventure vehicle.


Evening illumination visit to Washington DC monuments.
Limousine tour of Las Vegas Strip.
New Orleans’ Bourbon Street.
Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset.
San Antonio’s Riverwalk.
Alien spotting in Roswell.
Scenic walks and hikes.
National parks and monuments - Carlsbad Caverns, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon/Lake Powell, Grand Canyon and Zion.
Visit the Alamo.

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