Coast to Coast South from New York

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • TrekAmerica

Can we get a 'hell yeah'?! A whole variety of experiences roll out over 19 states, heading from the Northeast down the Atlantic Coast to the tip of Florida, and on through vast open plains, national parks, mountains and canyons all the way to the awesome West Coast. You'll soak up vibrant jazz and blues in New Orleans, pass through the tribal lands and towering buttes of Monument Valley, and hike the awe-inspiring trails at the Grand Canyon. This is one heck of a sweet road trip!

Highlights
  • Locally guided bike tour of Washington DC's monuments
  • Encounter the bright lights of Vegas on a party bus
  • City tours of Philadelphia & Key West
  • Sightseeing in Charleston, St Augustine & Miami
  • Live music scene & legendary nightlife in New Orleans & Austin
  • Discover one of the world's oldest cave systems at Carlsbad Caverns
  • Alien spotting in extraterrestrial Roswell, New Mexico
  • Hike spectacular trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
  • Visit iconic viewpoints at Dead Horse Point
  • Experience a spectacular Grand Canyon sunrise / sunset
  • Admission to national parks & monuments - Carlsbad Caverns, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon
Food And Meals
  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you have the option to contribute US$10 a day which will cover your meals whilst camping
Accommodation Types
  • Camping
Extras

We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Book Extra Nights in New York Area

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team. NEW YORK AREA - THE KENILWORTH60 S 31st St, Kenilworth, NJ 07033, United StatesClose to Newark Liberty International Airport, this boutique hotel offers air conditioning, flat screen TVs and free WiFi in every room. Please contact our Sales Team for a quote. AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORTTransportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus that can be arranged by calling the hotel on +1 908-241-4100 upon arrival. AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTSFrom both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport.  1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station:  By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip.  By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am.  2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station:  Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train.  3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Kenilworth: The hotel offers a free shuttle bus that can be arranged by calling the hotel on +1 908-241-4100 upon arrival.

Book Extra Nights in Los Angeles

Our tours depart at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.LOS ANGELES - ALOFT EL SEGUNDO - LOS ANGELES AIRPORT475 N Pacific Coast Hwy, El Segundo, CA 90245, United StatesClose to the city's airport, the Aloft is a short walk from Aviation/LAX station on the Los Angeles County Metro Rail Green Line for easy to access to this sprawling city.Please contact our Sales Team for a quote.AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONThis hotel offers a free 24 hour shuttle service. Please call +1 424 2905555 or speak to the hotel reception to arrange.

Book a Niagara Mini Adventure

Booking our 3 day New York to Niagara mini adventure is a perfect way to extend your adventure. Leaving the bright lights and crazy nights of New York area behind, venture deep into 'up state' New York to the thundering wonder of the incomparable Niagara Falls before a night on the shore of the Finger Lakes with it's many waterfalls and wineries.New York Mini Adventure HighlightsDrive through the Delaware Water GapVisit the stunning Finger Lakes town of Seneca FallsNiagara Falls & the Maid of the Mist cruiseWoodbury Common Outlet MallBook your Niagara Mini Adventure here or call us to add to your booking.

Book City Tours Before/After Your Trip

Sticking around for a day or two after your trip? Arriving early for some big city fun? We don’t blame you. Making sure you catch ALL the highlights, we’ve partnered with GetYourGuide to show off the ultimate things to do in our fave cities.Check out our city tours below >New York City toursLos Angeles City tours

Book Flights (UK only)

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Why Book Your Flights with Trek?Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per personDate changes free of charge (subject to terms)We are ATOL protected and IATA licensedPersonal service - you're more than just a numberCall us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers orRequest a flight quote

Travel Insurance

At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ? See our insurance page for more information.

Optional Activities During Your Tour

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above. Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items! As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Destinations
  • Washington
  • Grand Canyon
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Colorado
  • Duval Street
  • Orleans
  • Mississippi
  • Colorado River
  • New York
  • North America
  • USA
  • New York Area
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington, DC
  • North Carolina
  • Charleston
  • St. Augustine
  • Miami
  • Key West
  • Orlando
  • Destin Beach
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • Austin
  • West Texas
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Santa Fe
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Arches National Park
  • Moab
  • Monument Valley
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Lake Powell
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Youth
  • Singles
  • Scenic
  • Music
  • Camping
  • Original
  • Beaches
  • Cities
  • Deserts & Canyons
  • National Parks

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.Also departs from Los Angeles

Day: 1-2

Leave the New York area and travel south to Philadelphia to get a taste of what East Coast living is all about! If you're fan of the movie 'Rocky', head to the famous steps and have your own movie moment! Whilst you're here make sure you see the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Feeling a little peckish? Make a beeline for the Reading Terminal Market where you might want to tuck into a famous Philly cheesesteak for lunch - yum! Then it's onto another awesome city, Washington DC, for an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of the USA. Join an included bike tour led by a local to visit the stunning monuments and get to know your way around this beautiful city. Take time to explore the very best of America's capital city by people watching in one of the many green parks or explore the Smithsonian National Museums, the world's largest museum complex. 

  • New York Area
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington, DC

Day: 3

As you head south, watch as mountain views begin to morph into swamps, plantations and palms. Beautiful scenery will constantly be flying by your window as you make your way to your campsite for the night. Then there's only one thing left to do: devour s'mores around a roaring campfire. What are s'mores? Melted chocolate and marshmallow heated over a fire and sandwiched between two crackers. We're pretty sure it'll be the best thing you've ever tasted!

  • North Carolina

Day: 4

Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina, this place just oozes character - and what better way to experience it than with a stroll along the coast? Take photos of the Morris Island Lighthouse that stands far offshore or jump aboard an optional Charleston water taxi, where you can spot some interesting wildlife. Experience the ultimate taste of the South with a Charleston Nasty Biscuit, a chicken biscuit (which is actually more like a scone) covered in gravy. Sounds gross, right? But it's delicious and a favourite with the locals!

  • Charleston

Day: 5

St Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement on US soil, more commonly known as the ‘Nation's Oldest City’. Wander down the narrow lanes, visit the many museums and explore some of the city's iconic landmarks such as the Spanish-influenced Plaza de la Constitucion and the ‘Fountain of Youth'.

  • St. Augustine

Day: 6-7

The wonderful city of Miami beckons with miles of golden sand beaches and palm trees; it is easy to see why people flock here. Seek out SoBe (aka South Beach) and stroll along the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people in ultra-cool nightspots. With two nights here you have more than enough time to explore everything that Miami has to offer.

  • Miami

Day: 8-9

Hit the water and swim or snorkel to explore the crystal clear waters of Key West, where the possibilities for water based fun are endless. If you simply want to kick back and relax then you're definitely in the right place for that too. More of a culture vulture? We've laid on a tour of this eclectic area, finishing with an optional visit to Ernest Hemingway's House. While you're here you simply must try some Key Lime Pie, then sample the nightlife on Duval Street and watch the sun set on what has been an awesome day.

  • Key West

Day: 10-11

There are plenty of options for a fun day out amongst Orlando's theme parks. Whether you choose Disney's Magic Kingdom or Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando is one big playground and brings out the big kid in us all, no matter how old you are, so don’t try to fight it! After all that excitement, you'll sleep like a baby.

  • Orlando

Day: 12

After all the thrills and excitement in Orlando, it's time to chill out - and what better place to do it than on miles of pristine white sandy beach alongside the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico? Welcome to paradise! Relax with some lazy beach time lying in a hammock or hit the water. The laid back Destin nightlife is a perfect end to a relaxed day, so make sure you pack your dancing shoes as well as your flip-flops. Life just got awesome!

  • Destin Beach

Day: 13-14

New Orleans simmers with Deep South charm! Pull up a chair in the French Quarter to watch the world go by and grab a po-boy, a bowl of gumbo or some home-cooked jambalaya for a taste of the South. Or a delicious sugary beignet if you've got more of a sweet tooth! If the food of the Deep South gets your mouth watering, why not join a cookery course at the New Orleans School of Cookery, so you can make life back home a little tastier with your new-found skills? For something a little different, opt for a 'Voodoo and Graveyard' tour or cruise along the Mississippi River on a traditional steamboat. By night, party hard in legendary Bourbon Street, hear the world-class jazz New Orleans is famous for at Preservation Hall, or explore the bars in Frenchmen Street for live music and dancing without the crowds.

  • New Orleans

Day: 15

As you enter bayou country, you'll be greeted with a big ole' dose of Southern hospitality. Look out for gators and other wildlife in and around the water on our optional Louisana swamp tour, where you'll slowly drift past ancient Indian burial mounds and fishing villages while taking in the unique scenery (it’s a must do!). Set up camp for another night under the stars. Next up, you're headed for mighty Texas!

  • Louisiana

Day: 16-17

The music keeps on flowing as you arrive in Austin, the self-proclaimed live music capital of America. Austin is an electric, cultural and artistic city, with a hippie soul. In your free time why not visit Barton Springs or try one of the city's many local food trucks.

  • Austin

Day: 18

You've discovered by now that everything's supersized in the 'Lone Star State', from the steaks to the hats. The second biggest state has plenty of cacti, cowboys and wild adventures to offer - there really is nowhere else like it.

  • West Texas

Day: 19

Head into New Mexico and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, to explore one of the oldest cave systems in the world with over 100 limestone caves. Gnarled limestone stalactites hang from the ceiling like icicles, and stalagmites that look like twisting totem poles reach upwards, creating a unique and interesting experience for all who walk through this incredible place. There's an insane amount of bats roosting in the caves, so head back at sunset to see the spectacle of 250,000 bats feasting on bugs, it's pretty incredible. Did you know that when bats fly out of their cave they always turn left? Put this fact to the test with an optional Bat Flight Amphitheater visit tonight.

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Day: 20

Pass through Roswell, where they say aliens crashed to earth and they have proof... you'll just have to see for yourself! Next up is Santa Fe, one for all the art lovers. Visit Canyon Road, home to art galleries, cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs, historic adobe buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene. Santa Fe will win you over with its laid-back charm.

  • Santa Fe

Day: 21-22

Adventure is well and truly at the heart of the Colorado Rockies, so get out there and get amongst it! Walking or mountain biking in the craggy scenery will blow your mind as these are some of the world’s most loved trails. With two nights you'll really appreciate why people travel from all corners of the globe to the Colorado Rockies, the scenery is simply magnificent!

  • Colorado Rockies

Day: 23-24

Utah's undisputed adventure capital is next on the cards, and it guarantees non-stop fun. With two days here you'll have plenty of time to explore this incredible place and discover some of the 2,000 gravity defying sandstone arches. Take a sunset stroll and watch as the sun sets over Delicate Arch, the most photographed of the arches. For the action lovers, hire a mountain bike for some adrenaline pumping cycling along Moab's slick rock path. For the ultimate adventure head down the Colorado River on an optional float trip and see this stunning place from a different perspective.

  • Arches National Park
  • Moab

Day: 25

Drive along the Moki Dougway, a switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa, then it’s pistols at dawn as the next stop is straight out of a Western. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscape of Monument Valley on a highly recommended Navajo guided backroads tour with a local, and learn more about Navajo culture. This off the beaten track experience will reveal a richer side of the Monument Valley tribal lands. As the sun slowly sets on the towering buttes and mesas which dominate the landscape around you, now's the time to reflect on one truly special day. So grab your marshmallows and swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars.

  • Monument Valley

Day: 26-27

Just when the scenery seems unbeatable, you journey to the Grand Canyon, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. With two days you'll have plenty of time to hike the rim trails for those incredible views looking down into the vast desert canyons. Why not hike down the snaking trails to reveal a very different side, and become one of only 5% of visitors to venture inside? Or alternatively, you could opt for a flight over the Grand Canyon for the ultimate bird's-eye view. Ready for the best bit? Witness the most stunning sunrise that nature can summon as the rocks change colour in celebration of a new day. 

  • Grand Canyon National Park

Day: 28-29

It's Vegas, baby, and there's nowhere on earth quite like it! Feel like a total legend as you cruise down The Strip on an included limo tour. The neon glitz which Vegas is so famous for will leave you feeling happy to be alive, so why not take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds and neon signs as the hotels try to outdo each other with spectacular attractions. And if that's not enough, take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip. If after all that you're still left wanting more, head on over to a chapel and get hitched (not legally binding!) by the one and only Elvis, and after you've said your vows enjoy a slap-up meal at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Just remember that 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'!

  • Las Vegas

Day: 30

Follow the sun to the Pacific Coast, and arrive in the sprawling 'City of Angels'. If you've got time after the tour, spend a few extra days in this vibrant and exciting city and head down to Venice Beach, the ultimate people watching spot, or let an LA local introduce you to some of the city's famous historic bars on Sips of Old Hollywood tour. Download our LA city guide for more fun ideas.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.

  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Touring with TrekAmerica

TrekAmerica was founded 45 years ago, on a simple concept; get together a group of free-wheeling, independent types, pack up a van with tents, camping gear and a trek leader and follow the road, hitting all the key places along the way. Today, not much has changed, and as the longest running North American, small group tour company, they are proud to say no-one knows the area like them. With ‘Tours for Non-Tourists’, they love bringing together small groups of young, international travellers to experience the best of USA, Canada, Alaska and South America; showing them America's big highlights from bustling cities to jaw-dropping National Parks, and incredible places so hidden only locals like them know about them.

TrekAmerica tours are designed specifically for young, international travellers aged 18-38, so you're guaranteed to be travelling with people of a similar age, all with a sense of fun, adventure and a keen desire to explore. Whether you're travelling alone or with friends, you'll soon be surrounded by like-minded people who will quickly become your new best trek mates. The tour leaders are home-grown, knowledgeable and fun loving folks with a passion for showing you the real Americas. Only the most enthusiastic and committed people are chosen to become tour leaders; they are trained extensively as TrekAmerica believe that the most important ingredient for the success of a tour is a great leader.

With year round departures and over 50 unique itineraries from 3 days to 3 months in length, TrekAmerica offer a wide range of tours and departures and whatever you choose they guarantee you the experience of a lifetime! Each trip offers fantastic value for money; they include all accommodation and transport, your own experienced tour leader, all national park fees and selected meals on some tours. Plus there are no single supplements for those travelling alone. They also include exciting activities along the way so you get serious ‘bang for your buck’. You have a choice of accommodation on each tour; you can opt for full on communing with nature with the camping option, or go the hostel route of group accommodation with the Budget Lodging option, or if you need your creature comforts, the Plus option is for you.

Whichever tour you choose, fun, freedom and flexibility are key to TrekAmerica’s style of travel and with interests as individual as their travellers, you're able to hang out with the group when you want or do your own thing. In addition to the many included highlights and activities, there are also lots of optional activities for you to choose from during your trip. They keep these optional so you have the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't, according to taste and budget.

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