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Southern Sun From Los Angeles - Trek America
Southern Sun From Los Angeles - Trek America
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Starts
Los Angeles
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Sun Belt
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New York City
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Start in Los Angeles and end in New York City! With the discovery tour Southern Sun From Los Angeles, you have a 21 day tour package taking you from Los Angeles to New York City and through Los Angeles, USA and 16 other destinations in USA. Southern Sun From Los Angeles is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 38 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Camping, Lodge
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13
Transportation
Private Vehicle

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  • RL
    Written on August 26, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was the absolute best way to see America! Would recommend Southern Sun to anyone I know! Also my tourguide Cheyenne was an absolute Gem , so much energy and enthusiasm and I learn so much from her!! Thanks for an absolutely amazing experience Trek America
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  • Southern Sun From Los Angeles reviewer 2
    Written on December 11, 2014
    3.0 - Average

    Our guide was great! She was always enthusiastic, informative, and friendly. The trip hits some great must-sees of the USA - although most stops are only for a night so you do not get much time to see everything. The trip is more suited for people who want to see as much as possible in a short time. The accommodation is camping - although some of the tents could have done with repairing/replacing. The van itself created a great atmosphere for travel, but a bit cramped for long travel hours, and the back row would take a long time to get A/C.
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  • A
    Written on July 26, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing trip. Visited so many great places. This was my 2nd trek now and Im still not bored of it. We changed the itinerary slightly so we could spend 4th of july in Memphis which was epic. Thanks Ellyn! As with my last trek, its the other people on the trip that make it for me; traveling with friends is defiantly better than going it alone! Was absolutely gutted to come home and go back to work, roll on next summer - and my 3rd!

  • A
    Written on July 24, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I started my trek in LA and had no idea what to expect. I'd flown over by myself and thought I would be sharing with someone from my group, which I wasn't, so I didn't meet anyone until the morning of the trip. Throughout this trip I did things I never thought I would do, I went very far out of my comfort zone (I am not a camping kind of person) and I loved it. I hiked, put up tents in the rain, dealt with cockroaches, fly infestations, spiders (including a lot of tarantulas in the site near Carlsbad!) ants and a lot of Mosquitos- my legs still look like I have some kind of disease! I was sceptical about van time thinking it would be wasting time sitting there all day but it gave us quality time to bond as a group. But through all of it I have had the best time of my life. I met some amazing people including our incredible leader Ellyn and have done things I would have only dreamed of doing before and will have the most incredible memories I can treasure forever. It cost me a lot of money, but it was very well spent. Money comes and goes but this trip will stay with me always and I'm already planning one for next year. Please do it, you won't regret it!

  • A
    Written on July 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I have just returned from this trip, 2nd day home now and I am gutted. Went from having the best time of my life to waiting to go back to work... Not good!!! The beginning, I arrived at LA a few days before the trek started and soon found out after going on a bus tour that LA really isnt my kind of place. Just after the bus trip finished (6 hours) I met up with my first 3 trek friends who I went to Manhattan Beach with, this was more like it a nice beach all chilled out and that. We just spent a few hours walking and talking and had our first American Hot Dog. Do all the activities, I skipped the helicopter flight over Vegas as nobody else was doing it but after the Grand Canyon one, meh I regret it. Now the day after the actual trek began, I am not going to go to much into this as I will spoil it for you all, Vegas = crazy and can be very expensive, spent $300 the first night in some club Lavo or something but it was well worth it!!!! (I wouldnt go to Caesars Palace if you want to see a nice casino, made me feel a bit empty inside in there). Zion NP, you may take your camera but dont expect the pictures to look anywhere near as good as the place looks no matter how much you spend on it. If I could, I would live here. Grand Canyon NP, more massive than anything you can imagine to be honest, the flight is awesome, the treks into the canyon are awesome (Awesome was a word used a lot on our trek, seems to be a very common word for the Americans to describe anything). Monument Valley NP, I bought a Stetson!!!!!! Well worth the money if you can get it home without creasing it. This place is amazing, the stories you will hear from the guides and the Navajo people are well AWESOME!! haha. Im not going any further as I dont want to spoil the suprises but I will just say again that this was the most fun I have ever had in my life, I met the best people and found out how alike we English people are with the Kiwi's. Watch out for Tarantula's we had one crawl out of its hole in the night, now although they dont really hurt you, wont be a nice feeling if you stand on one with bare feet. Found a wolf spider near our tent at one point that was about 4 inches from end to end (Not deadly either) and some other amazing little bugs. You will get bitten by mosquito's as you leave Texas and for the rest of the holiday unless you are lucky like me. Go with an open mind and you will come back with lots of new friends and experiences to share with everybody. Next year I am going to New Zealand to visit some trek friends and if we are still speaking planning on doing the Northern Trail in 2 years time.

  • A
    Written on June 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This a fantastic tour if you’re a lone traveller thinking of trekking across America and wanting the best of both worlds – i.e. some amazing natural sights / treks twinned with some great cities to explore and spend a night out! I've done a couple of group trek trips across the world now - so hopefully this review helps you out if you're thinking of embarking on an epic adventure with trek America... Tour leader: It’s pot luck… But luckily the tour we were blessed with having was a true legend of a leader! Crazy, inspiring, knowledgeable, enthusiastic – the list could go on… But if you’re ever lucky enough to do a Trek America trip and you get Hyme Wilkins as your Tour Leader, you’re in for a real treat! He’s pretty damn good at his job! Before you start your Trek, I’d recommend staying a few days in LA – there’s so much to see and do there and it’s well worth it. The trip starts off with the ultimate ice breaker. You drive straight from LA to Vegas – and if everyone buys into it, you can have yourselves an absolutely fantastic first night in Vegas! The limo tour takes you on a booze cruise down the strip and then you’re free to explore what Vegas has to throw at you. I’d recommend saving up some money pre-tour and going to see a show in Vegas – as we had a great second evening doing exactly that as a group. After Vegas you drive to Zion – where formations from millions of years of sedimentation create a fantastic National Park. We did an early morning hike to the top of Angel’s Landing – sitting at 5,790 feet – which is well worth the effort for the epic view! This is the perfect ‘holiday’ trip – due to the fact that amongst all the trekking and sight-seeing, there are some ‘lazy’ days, like for example when we went to the Cowboy Camp in Utah - where we just chilled and played a bit of corn holing, volleyball, had a great steak dinner and followed this with fun drinking games into the early hours. You then get to see two natural wonders. First is the Horseshoe Bend – an epic meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona. Then there’s the Grand Canyon! I won’t ruin your Tour Leaders surprise as to how they first show you the Grand Canyon – but let’s just say our Leader’s imagination made our experience something we’ll definitely remember for the rest of our lives! A further personal recommend here is saving up and doing the helicopter flight of the Grand Canyon. It’s well worth it even if it seems a little expensive! There’s quite a bit of sitting down on the trip (driving here and there, etc) – so it’s well worth doing a trail at the Grand Canyon. Our group (mixed abilities / physiques) all did the Bright Angel trail, which originates at the Grand Canyon Village on the south rim of Grand Canyon and descends 4380 feet to the Colorado River. The round trip took us around 5.5 hours – and it’s physically hard to battle the heat and dehydration, but looking back it was a great experience and well worth doing! The next major site of interest is Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. This is a special region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes and again well worth paying for a local guide to take you on the tour. You simply can’t access parts of it without them. Just as an example of how cool and respectful the Navejo and Trek American people are – I left my bag on the ground here (containing my passport, mobile phone, etc) while taking a jumping photo in front of one of the monuments – clumsy, I know… Only realised I’d left it behind me 45mins later. Went back to the site and couldn’t find it anywhere. Luckily a Navejo guide had found it and returned my bag and all its contents to the visitors desk and another Trek America Tour Leader posted it to a hotel that I’d be staying at a few days later. This is just one other reason to do a Trek America trip - they’re so big / always having people on the road, it makes them one of the best connected travelling companies in the States and they can help fix these pretty major issues when the arise. Note – passports are pretty vital as I.D in the US, but luckily my UK driving license sufficed (as it had a reflective on it). Depending on who your Tour Leader is - they have a few tricks up their sleeves. Our Leader took us to a secret vantage point one evening – totally off the beaten track - which provided panoramic vistas of the desert landscape of southern Utah and northern Arizona, Monument Valley was visible in the distance while the San Juan River cuts into the canyon below. A truly amazing view and epic sunset to witness! Also the itinerary can be quite flexible in one or two places - and as a group we decided to go to Taos rather than Santa Fe – largely because our Leader called in an epic favour from a family member that proved to be the ultimate chill-out / recharge stop for us. I don’t really buy-in to the alien thing, so Roswell (and the UFO museum) didn’t impress me too much – but a trip to the Bottomless* (*not so bottomless) Lake that day made it all the better - such a great place to swim and muck about. After this there’s another epic natural wonder – the Carlsbad Caverns National Park - in the Guadalupe Mountains in south eastern New Mexico. Stalagmites, stalactites and chambers that will amaze you! You then head to the great city of San Antonio. Here we visited the Alamo and all that this site symbolises in Texan and America history. It was day 11 in the Trek here and as a result of everyone now knowing each other well and enjoying each other’s company; we ended up having a great night out in San Antonio. The drinks were flowing, live music, and boogying away into the early hours. Following this we had a chilled out day at the Lafayette KOA Campground – Louisiana and then drove to ‘Narlans’ (New Orleans – pronounce it like it is in the inverted commas, otherwise you’ll be ripped by the locals) where we stayed in the French Quarter. As a group, we all loved Tobasco sauce (who doesn’t…) - so it was great to stop off on the drive to visit Avery Island and the factory there. New Orleans was great fun – we done a boat trip through the Honey Island Swamp (one of the wildest swamps in Louisiana full of alligators and other wildlife), we went out for an authentic Créole dinner, and then we had a good session down Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street (open 24hrs). Again, a great city and great fun was had by all! Following this we had a fairly chilled out day as we drove over the longest bridge in the US spanning Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and camped in Alabama. Following this was a morning of white water rafting in Tennessee – which was great fun tackling the grade 3, 4 and 5 rapids of the Ocoee River. After another chilled out day in Virginia, we then drove into Washington. Luckily for us it was Memorial Day the day we were there – a national holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Everything was covered in the stars and stripes, and it made our visits to the Lincoln Memorial, the War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, The White House, Capitol Building, etc. all the more poignant and special. We had our last group dinner in a brewery in Washington that night and it was a really nice way to cap off a great trip. We then went back to the campsite and finished off all the supplies in the drinks cooler… Which of course left us with horrific hangovers the next day – ha ha! Great times though. The last day involved our last and a pretty sad drive to New Jersey – which is followed by goodbyes all round. Our group got on really well and formed a pretty strong bond amongst ourselves and with our Tour Leader. All of us were staying in New York for a few days after the Trek, so we managed to catch up a few times before heading home. There’s plenty to see in New York, so it’s well worth having a few days to see it. Lastly I just wanted to cover a few other things... 1) Communal cooking: There is a fair bit of group cooking involved. Some people on your trip will be able to cook, others won’t. But as long as everyone chips in one way or the other, it’ll all go well and you won’t go hungry. 2) Food kitty: You all put in money for a food kitty in the beginning – so don’t be shy to make recommendations for dinners / lunches. 3) Camping: The tents that Trek America provides are really easy to pitch and big enough / comfortable to sleep in. You should bring along a good sleeping bag (as it can get cold at some places in the night) and also a roll up inflatable camping mattress is a good idea. 4) Bring a good quality reusable water bottle – as its hydrate or die! 5) Bring some good deet spray (e.g. 50%) – as there’s nothing worse than itchy bug bites. 6) Bring walking shoes – as you need something comfortable for the long walks. 7) Load your mp3 music player up with music as it makes the drives go a lot quicker. 8) The Leader has a wi-fi device which can be activated from time-to-time, as do the various campsites / hotels – but to be honest, turn your phone / laptop off… You’re on holiday! 9) The van: You will come to appreciate it one way or another. There are one or two long drives, but most of the time the drives are pretty comfortable, it’s fully air conditioned with a decent sound system, and has ample space for long legs. 10) Who you’re trekking with: its pot luck, but you can guarantee that it takes a certain person to book on this sort of a trip, so more often than not their going to be pretty cool and up for an adventure. Luckily everyone on my trip was great craic and we had an awesome time. All in all, this trip is a great way to see America! I'll definitely look at doing another trip with Trek America up north, in Alaska or in South America.

  • A
    Written on April 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I have done the usual travelling of Australia and around Europe, but had never been to the states before this trip. That was mainly to do with the cost. Until I found Trek America. The value for money is excellent, there really is no better way of seeing this amazing country for less. Right that's the boring financial justification for this trip. I know people looking at booking this trip will have reservations if they are on their own, please don't!! It might seem easy for me to say as a bloke, but the girls on my tour who were on their own loved every minute of it as well. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people from all corners of the world. Remember everybody else has the same mind set as you. Too explore this great country and have a good time. I have read on here that people might get put off by camping, don't be. Tents were easy to put up/ take down. Also found you bond more with people camping, our evening meals and drinks round the fire made for good entertainment. This tour showed me the majority of America I wanted to see, the rest will be seen on another tour I will be doing with Trek America. I can't finish this without mentioning our brilliant tour leader Amanda, who really did go out of her way to help and show us everything she possibly could.

  • A
    Written on December 5, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a great way to travel across the country. I met a lot of cool people through this trip and it is a very comfortable way of traveling. After being out traveling for a long time before I headed to America it was pretty nice to have all highlights planned. We had a cool guide who could answer all kinds of questions, were helpful and was a part of all our activities. It was also possible to come with suggestions on what to do and where to go. All this, but still with the feeling of being a backpacker. The only bad thing I felt was that there were some hidden costs, which is a bit hard to deal with when you're a poor backpacker. But I would definitely use trek America again!

  • A
    Written on December 5, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    If you are a traveller, alone, and thinking of joining this trek because you don't fancy 'doing america' alone then just hurry up and give them your money. It is of course complete luck who you end up with, but that is part of the fun. For instance on my trek we had 2 koreans, who spoke some but not perfect english - but they loved it, and we loved them! The rest were a mix of couples, singles, aussies and english, and ben (in a category of his own!) Genuine friendship created amidst beautiful vistas, vegas and hogans. Get over your fear, give over your dollar, and take a risk. Why are you travelling anyway?!

  • A
    Written on December 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Definitely worth the money and had a fantastic time! It was my first time travelling alone but everyone else on my trek was too. Good mix of national parks and cities and you get to see a lot of the US, good times.

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  • Days 1-2: Los Angeles, Las Vegas
  • Day 3: Zion National Park
  • Day 4: Lake Powell
  • Days 5-6: Grand Canyon National Park
  • Day 7: Monument Valley
  • Day 8: Santa Fe
  • Day 9: Amarillo
  • Days 10-11: Austin
  • Day 12: Louisiana
  • Days 13-14: New Orleans
  • Day 15: Memphis
  • Day 16: Nashville
  • Day 17: Ocoee
  • Day 18: Appalachian Mountains
  • Days 19-20: Washington, DC
  • Day 21: Philadelphia, New York Area

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    Covering a total distance of approx 5,662 km.
    • Los Angeles (USA)
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