Los Angeles to New York Road Trip
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Group Size: Max group size 13.
Trip code: SL
Duration: 21 days
Discover the Deep South on this fantastic coast to coast tour! Starting in Los Angeles, you’ll travel the breadth of this awesome country taking in all the hottest sights along the way. Enjoy the tranquil waters of Lake Powell, a breathtaking sunrise at the Grand Canyon and the atmospheric swamps of Louisiana, plus some of America’s greatest cities, including L.A., Las Vegas, Memphis and Washington DC! Travelling with a troupe of road-trippers and a dedicated guide, you’ll journey through the countryside and camp under the stars as you live the American dream. What are you waiting for? The USA awaits!
- Roll through the bright lights of Las Vegas on a party bus!
- Soak up the awesome landscapes of Zion National Park and the Appalachian Mountains
- Watch the sunrise over the iconic Grand Canyon!
- Discover the swamps of Louisiana and the chic streets of New Orleans
- Take a guided bicycle tour of Washington DC’s historic monuments
This trip can also be booked in reverse, departing from New York and finishing in L.A. Please let your travel advisor know if you wish to book this option.
Day 1-2: Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Meet your group in the morning in the home of showbiz, Los Angeles. Then head to Las Vegas and enjoy an included drive through the main strip on a party bus!
Day 3-4: Zion National Park. Leave the bright lights behind and delve into a spectacular canyon of green trees and soaring red rock cliffs. Hike the hidden trails and trek the incredible Narrows.
Day 5-6: Grand Canyon. Make the most of the epic Grand Canyon walking trails and get set for the most memorable sunset and sunrise of your life! If you’re up for some adventure, hike along Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point or just chill out on the rim and soak up the scenery.
Day 7: Monument Valley. This dramatic landscape of desolate plains and rocky outcrops is straight out of the movies. Join an optional jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation, a unique and memorable insight into native ways of life.
Day 8: Santa Fe. Santa Fe is full of fantastic art galleries, historic buildings and cultural treasures. Wander these interesting streets and, when the sun goes down, drop into a local bar and fill your evening with delicious drinks and toe-tapping live music!
Day 9: Amarillo. Drop into Texas via the legendary Route 66 and stop off at Cadillac Ranch, a line of colourful cars nose-diving into the desert floor! Then arrive into Amarillo and enjoy a big steak dinner – the ultimate American feast!
Day 10-11: Austin. Roll into Austin, a city of art, music and electric nightlife. Spend the days shopping and tucking into scrummy street food and then dance long into the warm nights at one of the pumping late-night bars.
Day 12: Louisiana. Plunge further south to the humming swamps, buzzing towns and fiery jazz of Louisiana. Grab a delicious gumbo stew and camp out under the dazzling Louisiana stars. Next stop New Orleans!
Day 13-14: New Orleans. Take an optional bayou tour en route to New Orleans and keep your eyes peeled for alligators lurking in the murky waters. Then roll into New Orleans! You’ll have plenty of free time to explore the city, so perhaps take a walk around the chic French Quarter or try some freshly caught Louisiana Oysters by the sea.
Day 15: Memphis. Drive towards Memphis, a captivating city of smoking blues and barbeque. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the assassination site of Martin Luther King Jr., or Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.
Day 16: Nashville. Onward to Nashville, the country music capital of the world! Pull on your dancing boots and enjoy the city’s hip swinging, heel clicking music scene!
Day 17: Ocoee. Next stop Ocoee, home to the first ever Olympic white water event! Take on the swirling rapids yourself on an optional white water rafting experience. Alternatively, take a hike along the surrounding forest trails and watch the rafters skim down river.
Day 18: Virginia. Drive through the thick multi-coloured forests of the Appalachian Mountains on your way to Washington DC. Watch out for cougars, deer, and black bears as you drive.
Day 19 – 20: Washington DC. The political hub of the country awaits today. Arrive into Washington DC and check out the huge range of museums and monuments that can be found here. Don’t miss the White House, home of the President! Included bike tour.
Day 21: Philadelphia – New York Area. Your final stop is the East Coast City of Philadelphia. Don’t forget to tuck into a Philly Cheese Steak before you leave! Your tour ends in New York. Make sure to spend a few extra days here and make the most of this epic city.
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Your tour begins in L.A. at 7:30am on day 1. Due to this early start, we recommend you book an extra night of accommodation in L.A. before your tour begins. Any extra accommodation is at your own cost. The hotel in L.A. operates a free shuttle service between the airport and the hotel.
Your tour ends in the New York Area at around 5pm on day 21. An airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Let us know your onward travel plans and we can advise you about your best transfer options.
20 nights of shared accommodation are included on this tour. 13 nights will be spent camping, 3 nights will be spent in budget accommodation and 4 nights will be spent in hotels. All camping equipment and fees are included apart from a sleeping bag, which you will need to bring yourself.
Meals are not included on this tour. A food kitty is in place to cover all meals while camping. You will need to contribute USD10 a day to cover these meals. All cooking equipment is provided and you will take turns as a group to prepare meals. In the cities, you are encouraged to head out and sample local specialities at restaurants and food markets. Please allow some extra spending money for these meals out.
You will need to be 18 in order to join this tour. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39. Please note the legal drinking alcohol age in the USA is 21 years. If you are under 21, you will not be permitted into pubs, bars or casinos.
British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for durations of up to 90 days. All travellers going to the United States will have to complete the ESTA form online for authorisation under the Visa Waiver Programme.
If you intend to stay for longer than 90 days, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions however, you will need to apply for a visa. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.