Grand Southern (Start New York City)(Twin Room,Start New York City, End Los Angeles)

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New York, Arizona, Texas, Florida - you may need a nap by the time we reach LA! If you're hoping for authentic America, we'll drive through the Rocky Mountains, eat local dishes & visit Elvis' home of Graceland. After almost a month on tour y'all be feelin' right at home.


Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
    • Visit the Sixth Floor Museum
    • Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos
    • Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus

What's this trip about?

    New York, Arizona, Texas, Florida - you may need a nap by the time we reach LA! If you're hoping for authentic America, we'll drive through the Rocky Mountains, eat local dishes & visit Elvis' home of Graceland. After almost a month on tour y'all be feelin' right at home.


Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityNew York City
End CityLos Angeles (CA)

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays


  • North America
  • United States


  • Charleston
  • Dallas
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Panama City
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • York


  • Culture
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion

Popular Trips


Day 1: New York City to Washington DC via Philadelphia

A brief foray in the five boroughs will see you meeting the legends you'll be traversing the south with before we hit the road in search of the nation's capital.From New York, we'll make a cheeky stop in Philadelphia - a city teeming with people and history. See the L...

Day 2: Washington DC

Peddle round the city on a pushbike this morning to get your bearings, or take a Segway tour for an almost serious way to get around. Later, you could dose up on intellectualism at one of the 19 Smithsonian Museums. Other history-and-culture must-dos are watching the ...

Day 4: Washington D.C. to Raleigh via Richmond

After breakfast, it's time to leave the political stage behind (sigh) in favour of some good ol' fashioned Southern charm.Tonight we'll be slumbering in the town of Raleigh - a blossoming metropolis that happens to be home to the North Carolina State University. De-bunk the day over a tasty group dinner, then feel free to prowl the nightlife downtown.

Day 5: Raleigh to Savannah via Charleston

From the urban wilds of North Carolina's capital, we continue our journey, heading deeper south toward Savannah via Charleston. Charleston, the birthplace of the dance craze of the same name. Here, horse and carriages are the norm and the ‘low country’ favourite of sh...

Day 6: Savannah to St. Augustine

One last morning under the spell of free-wheeling Savannah, her historic squares and mossy oak trees, then it's on to America's oldest city: St Augustine.St. Augustine may be part of sun-drenched Florida, but an amble around Old Town will show you it's wildly differen...

Day 7: St Augustine to Daytona Beach (Cocoa Beach From Apr 2019) via Kennedy Space Center

It's a verified fact that all children dream of being an astronaut at least once - it's either that or a goldfish, we're not quite sure. Either way, today we leave the cobblestones of St Augustine in our wake and cruise the Space Coast.With less computing power than y...

Day 8: Daytona Beach (Cocoa Beach From Apr 2019) to Miami

This morning is dedicated to down time, either laying low on the beach or hitting the skies on a parasail, then we're back on the road.Hot, loud and fabulously flashy, Miami will knock your socks off. This character driven place has so many diverse neighbourhoods, eac...

Day 9: Miami

Don't hit snooze too many times, because you've been gifted a full day to explore this glittering metropolis. On bikes, we'll check out Miami's waterfront neighbourhoods, spotting icons like the Versace Mansion. If you'd like to shimmy your way into the local Latin cu...

Day 10: Miami to Orlando

Another slightly cleaner type of fun awaits us today - Orlando, the home to more than a dozen theme parks and belly screams a-plenty.Orlando was once a farming town but has since undergone a transformation into the most visited place in Florida. It is now home to the ...

Day 11: Orlando

How you spend today is entirely up to you. Will you be downing butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Straining your vocal chords on slides with gradients that shouldn't be legal at a water park? Or cuddling up to childhood friends...

Day 12: Orlando to Panama City Beach via Tallahassee

You can leave your Mickey ears on, but we're on the move again today, this time westward. We'll be turning the clocks back an hour as we journey to Tallahassee, which means an extra hour in Florida's vibrant capital.Tonight we'll settle in at one of "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" - Panama City Beach, testing out the hype with a dip in the clear blue waters.

Day 13: Panama City Beach to New Orleans via Mobile

We rise early this morning to make the most of the afternoon in what they call the Big Easy, where jazz is as much a part of everyday life as breathing.This city will romance you with its soul and have you swooning over its spiritual heart - the French Quarter. The ma...

Day 14: New Orleans

With a full day to yourself, it's time to get fully immersed in everything New Orleans. Start out at Cafe Du Monde for a tasty beignet, and pick up some treasures at the French Market if you're feeling like dropping some dollar. This diverse city has so much going on;...

Day 15: New Orleans to Memphis via Jackson

You've let the good times roll (or “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler”, as the motto goes). It's time to gather your party beads and empty your hurricane cups, because we're veering north today.If Jackson was cool enough for Johnny Cash to sing about, then it's sure as hel...

Day 16: Memphis

Today we pay homage to Elvis, the late and great King of Rock’n’Roll. We'll visit and tour his former home, Graceland, where you will get up close and personal with his fabulously flamboyant jumpsuits and many gold records. The afternoon is then yours to do with Memphis what you will - we recommend a visit to the Sun Studios where many of the greats have recorded albums over the years.

Day 17: Memphis to Dallas via Little Rock and Taxarkana

Make like a band and get the show back on the road. Today we'll cross the Mississippi River and head through the Deep South, arriving in the Lone Star state by nightfall.We'll make a stop here to look around Little Rock Central High School, one of the founding places ...

Day 18: Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas is home to Oil Tycoons, rich ranchers, a thriving tech industry, and of course the Dallas Cowboys, also known as ''America's Team''.Feeling like an investigation? We include a visit to the 6th floor museum where you can learn more about the assassination of Pre...

Day 19: Dallas to Amarillo

Today we cast the Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleading companions aside and make for the real cowboys of the Texas Panhandle.Heading west we travel into the heart of cowboy country - yes this really is the way to Amarillo. This town may be little but it sure is might...

Day 20: Amarillo to Albuquerque via Santa Fe

Leave the dusty plains of Texas behind in the rearview mirror, because we're en route to the mountains of New Mexico. We'll make a stop on the way out of town where it is strictly Americana with a Cadillac ranch full of unique art and a timeline of Cadillac models. Gr...

Day 21: Albuquerque to Durango

The only way to start your day in Alberquerque is bobbing through the sky in a hot-air balloon, getting snap-happy with the fiery desert vistas below. Quite literally, #nofilterneeded. That being said, a sleep in might be nice too - either way, we'll be on the road to...

Day 22: Durango to Grand Canyon via Monument Valley

This morning we'll leave the Rocky Mountains behind with one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World in our sights.Nothing can prepare you for the impact of the Grand Canyon - it's a legit 'you had to be there' moment. We'll pull in late today, have a moreish group ...

Day 23: Grand Canyon

You will be contemplating life, existence, and the immense size of the Grand Canyon with a free day to spend in Grand Canyon National Park. You can spend your day feeling a part of the wilderness as you go hiking through the exposed rock,but by far the most spine ting...

Day 24: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via Route 66

Immersing yourself in the purity of nature has been magical, but something a little more tainted is calling your name - that's right, we're Vegas bound baby!Following the legendary Route 66, we stop off for a souvenir hunt in the old historical town of Seligman. You’l...

Day 25: Las Vegas

You have today all to yourself but you’ll need to run to a tight schedule to fit in all of Vegas' weird and wonderful charms. Travel the world in a day, taking in the famous Bellagio fountain, a Venetian gondola and even an Egyptian pyramid, all whilst staying firmly ...

Day 26: Las Vegas to Los Angeles

We are on the home stretch peeps. We’re leaving Las Vegas on a journey through the vast and dusty Mojave Desert and back into unmistakable scenery of Southern California.Can it be true - is it really over? We'll finish of this truly slife changing trip by book ending ...

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Last Updated: 0/19/2022

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