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Southern Sun from Los Angeles

Southern Sun from Los Angeles
From £ 2319
Duration 20 Days
From £2319
Duration 20 Days

This is one varied snapshot of the States and our most popular trip for a reason! Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laid-back West Coast, with exciting activities like white water rafting, horseback riding and hiking, together with the awesome nightlife of cities like Las Vegas and New Orleans. Fun times, late nights and incredible scenery lie ahead as you explore from west to east on this epic road trip!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1-2

With the California sunshine on your face it's time to visit Hollywood Boulevard for a stroll along the Walk of Fame and a chance for a quick snap of the Hollywood sign before leaving LA. If you're feeling lucky then you're heading in the right direction - next up, it's that little place called Las Vegas. With so much to see and do why not start with an included tour of The Strip in a party bus? 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. And if that's not enough, you could even take a helicopter flight back down The Strip!

Day 3

It's onwards and upwards to Zion National Park where you and your fellow Trekkers can explore the hidden canyons and take a walk through the incredible Narrows. For the ultimate view of the entire national park, hit the Angels Landing Trail. Even though the hike can be strenuous at times, this thrilling adventure will no doubt impress you with a superb 360 degree display of this magnificent national park as your reward. We promise you won't regret it.

Day 4

Wash off the desert dust in the refreshing waters of Lake Powell. This really is the perfect place to take a dip or just sit back on the shore and soak up the magnificent views of this beautiful and surreal man-made desert oasis.

Day 5-6

Without doubt one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Southwest, Horseshoe Bend makes for an impressive stop before the main event. No trip west is complete without a stop at the mighty Grand Canyon, to experience the grandeur of one of the earth's natural wonders. Pack your walking boots and don't forget your camera for a sunrise or sunset hike along the rim. For the more ambitious, take the long hike down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or take to the sky and see the Grand Canyon in all its glory on an optional helicopter flight. The Grand Canyon is magnificent from any angle, but one thing's for sure you'll never forget your first glimpse of the canyon, whether that’s from a walk along the rim or the ultimate bird's-eye view overhead.

Day 7

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 a highly recommended optional guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads, an experience that many travellers don't get. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day and when the sun goes down swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars.

Day 8

For all the art lovers out there, Santa Fe is 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. Our top tip here is to visit the brilliantly weird Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience like no other.

Day 9

Next up is a state which is larger than some countries, Texas! Follow part of the original Route 66 and pay a visit to Cadillac Ranch for unique desert art and one of the most talked about roadside attractions in the US. Spend the night in Amarillo and make sure you head out for an evening meal at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, they’ll even pick you up in a swanky limousine (free with group bookings) for that 100% real Texas experience.

Day 10-11

The tunes keep on flowing in Austin, claiming the title for ‘live music capital of the world’. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city that packs a punch. Live music can be heard almost any night of the week, so get an enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. During the day check out Barton Springs or hit up one of the city’s local food trucks for some tasty cuisine.

Day 12

We say farewell to the biggest state of continental USA and the home of 'Tex-Mex' cuisine and say a big hello to Louisiana, home of gumbo stews and all that jazz.

Day 13-14

On your way to New Orleans you can search for gators on an optional swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun country (a must do!). Next up is the ‘Big Easy’, New Orleans. It’s a place every music lover should visit at least once in their life! Head into the enchanting French Quarter and hear the real deal at Preservation Hall, before tucking into some classic and delicious Southern cuisine. If you don't want to stop at just eating the likes of gumbo and jambalaya, why not take part in an optional New Orleans cookery class and really impress the folks back home. Make a beeline for the notorious nightlife of Bourbon Street, where almost anything goes. New Orleans is a place full of life and is an experience you won't forget in a long, long time.

Day 15

Turn up that radio as you're about to hit Memphis, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll! With that in mind why not visit Sun Studio, where many great names in music have passed through since the 1950s. Stroll along Beale Street where the electric atmosphere will keep you entertained for hours as you listen out for some of the best blues music in town. There is more to Memphis than just music, so 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. 

Day 16

From honky-tonk bars to The Grand Ole Opry, they don't call Nashville the 'centre of the music world' for nothing! This place is full of life and you'll be hotfooting your way from one country bar to the next. Find out all about the history of music at the Country Music Hall of Fame, home to the largest collection of country music memorabilia in the world. Even if country music isn't your thing, there are live bands of all genres everywhere you go, so you're sure to be singing along by the end of the day.

Day 17

In 1996 the world's eyes were on Ocoee as it hosted the world's first Olympic white water event and it still boasts some of the world's best rafting. Why not put on a life jacket, grip a paddle and bounce along an exhilarating stretch of white water on an optional rafting trip? But don't forget to look up as you'll fly past some pretty awesome scenery. For those of you not keen on the rapids, there are a number of surrounding trails to explore, so don't forget your camera!

Day 18

You'll certainly appreciate the grand views of the rolling green slopes of the Appalachian Mountains as you cruise through Virginia. Today's a big travel day, but there may be time for a short hike if time allows. With photo opportunities around every bend, make sure you also keep an eye out for Appalachian residents such as cougars, deer, Black Bear and Great Horned Owls.

Day 19-20

Next up is Washington DC, the social, cultural and political hub of the United States. From the Smithsonian Museums to the Lincoln Memorial, the culture vultures amongst you will be in your element here. During the day the city is awash with greenery, so once you're done with sightseeing, you can go people watching in the parks. Included in your tour and a great way to see Washington DC, is a bike tour of the monuments led by a local. Sights include the Lincoln Memorial, White House & Smithsonian Museums.

Day 21

Leaving the capital behind we head to Philadelphia where you can have your own movie moment with a climb up the famous 'Rocky' steps. See Independence Hall and the symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell, then perhaps grab a Philly cheesesteak for an early lunch. It's food galore at the Reading Terminal Market, so find yourself some tasty treats for your journey to the New York area, your final stop on what has been one heck of a journey. Make sure you book yourself an extra couple of nights to explore this vibrant and exciting city. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laid-back vibe of Greenwich 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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