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TrekAmerica
New York Area to Miami
14 days
From $2,939
Tour code: AN

Highlights

  • Guided bike tour of Washington DC's monuments
  • Spot alligators on a guided swamp tour
  • Visit Philadelphia's Liberty Bell & famous 'Rocky' steps
  • Get back to nature in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  • Listen to live country, jazz & blues music
  • Enjoy nightlife on Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • Soak up the Deep South culture
  • Camp near white sand beaches in Florida

Cram a huge helping of virtually everything into two fantastic weeks, from the bustling excitement of the big cities, to the fun and sun of Florida's beaches and everything else in between. Visit historical Philadelphia, Washington DC and Shenandoah National Park and don't forget the option to embrace your inner child at Disney World, Florida. Enter gator territory and take an included tour through the swamplands, before taking it easy with some live music in the Deep South. Spend the last leg of the tour on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, checking out springs and topping up your tan on Florida's endless white sand beaches. There's no surprise that this tour is one of our faves!

What's included?

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Transport

Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

Accommodation

Camping (11 nights), budget lodging (2 nights)

Itinerary

Days 1-2
New York Area - Washington, DC
Heading out of the New York area, your first stop is Philadelphia to check out the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the famous ‘Rocky’ steps. So grab your camera and recreate a piece of movie history! If all that running has got you hungry, you can hit the Reading Terminal Market for local treats or grab yourself a Philly cheesesteak - a famous local specialty and not to be missed! Arrive in the nation's capital an explore the best of this historic city with an included bike tour, then take advantage of the great nightlife in picturesque Georgetown.

Optional activities:

  • Philly cheesesteak US$10
  • Smithsonian National Museums FREE

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 3
Virginia
It's time to be awestruck as you drive towards Virginia. The drive is beautiful and you’ll soon understand why this place is a popular thoroughfare for travellers and locals alike. Depending on the pace of the day there may be time for a walk en route or once you reach the campsite.

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 4
Ocoee
It's time for some excitement as you enter the vibrant and eclectic Deep South. Tennessee is the home of country music so make sure your vocals are at the ready because you'll be singing along in no time. Want more action? For pure adrenaline don a lifejacket, grip a paddle and bounce along a churning stretch of white water down the Ocoee River, which was the actual course used during the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996. 

Optional activities: White water rafting US$40-$60

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Days 5-6
Nashville
From honky-tonk bars to The Grand Ole Opry, they don't call Nashville the 'centre of the music world' for nothing! Find out all about the history of music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to the largest collection of country music in the world. This place is full of life and you'll be hotfooting your way from one bar to the next checking out the live music. 

Optional activities:

  • Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90
  • Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30
  • Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
  • Johnny Cash Museum US$19
  • Country line dancing US$10
  • Country western saloons US$varies

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 7
Memphis
Located on the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Why not visit Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley? Elvis had a huge influence on country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll music, and his former home is the second-most visited private home in the USA after the White House. Visit Sun Studio, where famous blues and rock 'n' roll tracks have been laid down since 1950, a place many a great name has passed through. There's more to Memphis than just music, and you can pay a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel to see the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. In the evening, head over to legendary Beale Street which really comes alive with neon-lit signs, live street performers and blues music playing at every turn.

Optional activities:

  • Elvis Experience US$44
  • Sun Studio US$14
  • Civil Rights Museum US$19
  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum US$12
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
  • Graceland entrance only US$35
  • Visit the Peabody Hotel FREE

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Days 8-9
New Orleans
You've arrived in the legendary 'Big Easy'. Enjoy an included boat ride through the Louisiana swamps in search of gators! Back in the city, why not take a slow steamboat ride along the Mississippi River, Huckleberry Finn style? New Orleans simmers with Deep South charm and the food here is some of the tastiest around so grab a po-boy, a bowl of gumbo or some home cooked jambalaya and pull up a chair in the French Quarter to watch the world go by. If the food of the Deep South gets your mouth watering why not join a cookery class at the New Orleans School of Cookery? By night, explore the bars in Frenchman Street for live music and dancing without the crowds, or head to the iconic Preservation Hall for world-class live jazz almost every evening.

Optional activities:

  • Mississippi steamboat ride US$30-$80
  • Jazz clubs US$10-20
  • Preservation Hall US$15-$20
  • School of Cooking US$28-$150
  • Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20-$40

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Days 10-11
Destin Beach
Get your first taste of American beach life as you hit Destin on Florida's Emerald Coast. Known for impossible stretches of white sand beaches and playful bottlenose dolphins close to shore. Enjoy some beach time, there are plenty of water-sports on offer. Take in the sunset on an optional paddleboard excursion. In the evening, the party spirit simmers into the small hours at the beachfront clubs!

Optional activities: Sunset stand-up paddle boarding Approx. US$60

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Days 12-13
Orlando
Embrace your inner kid with an optional visit to Disney World. Meet your childhood hero, Mickey Mouse, or if that isn't your thing then you could battle Voldemort at Universal Studios' Harry Potter World or cross the final frontier at Kennedy Space Center - both of which are out of this world. Orlando is one big playground and after a full day satisfying your thirst for fun, you'll sleep like a baby.

Optional activities:

  • Disney World US$119
  • Universal Studios US$105
  • Kennedy Space Center US$50

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 14
Orlando - Miami
Before you head home, arrive in Miami and make sure you get your last fix of sandy beaches and glorious sunshine at SoBe (aka South Beach). Stroll the art deco seafront, or if you're staying on for another night after the tour ends, pose with the beautiful people in ultra-cool nightspots as you celebrate a fantastic trip. Stay longer in this sun-soaked city to mingle with the locals and salsa the night away!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.

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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