Epic LA to Miami road trip across the Deep South!
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Group Size: Avg 30-35
Trip code: CTKLM
Duration: 12 or 21 days
Country music, Route 66, Universal Studios, Graceland, the Grand Canyon – this tour’s as American as apple pie! Spot the stars in LA, hit the blackjack tables in Vegas, hike into the Grand Canyon, get jazzy in New Orleans, ride the ‘coasters in Orlando, and party the night away in Miami. It’s a dream road trip y’all! Go from LA to Miami over 21 days, or LA to Dallas over 12 – the choice is yours.
- Ride a party bus down the neon-lit Vegas Strip.
- Watch the sun go down over the unforgettable Grand Canyon.
- Join the non-stop jazz festival in atmospheric New Orleans.
- Visit the home of Elvis in Memphis, Tennessee
- Sip some butterbeer in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Orlando
- Hang with the hipsters on Venice Beach, LA
Day 1: Los Angeles. Ah LA. City of sunshine, glamour and golden sands. Spot your favourite stars on the Walk of Fame, cruise Sunset Strip and Melrose Avenue, marvel at billionaire row in Beverley Hills, hit Santa Monica pier and do some people-watching on Venice Beach. After dark, hit the bars and clubs – LA parties hard!
Day 2: Los Angeles. Today’s a no-brainer for theme park lovers - Universal Studios or Disneyland! Or stay in the city and grab some lunch from Grand Central Market, take a tour of the Arts District, ride Santa Monica Ferris Wheel or take an optional food tour downtown. After dark, hit some of the swanky roof-top bars.
Day 3: Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Travel through the Mojave Desert to the whirlwind of neon lights, glitter and debauchery that is Vegas. Take an evening tour of the Strip, stop for pics at the Vegas sign, then see the dazzling light and laser show on Fremont Street, before partying all night long.
Day 4: Las Vegas. Free day today to shake off the night before, so why not take a gondola ride in the Venetian then visit Excalibur, play the blackjack tables, ride the High Roller, and hang with Elvis? Get ready for another big night with a party bus for you and your buddies – remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
Day 5: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon (via Route 66). Get your kicks on the legendary Route 66 today. Stop in historic Seligman for kitsch souvenirs, vintage motels and retro diners. Then get ready to have your mind blown. Destination: Grand Canyon!
Day 6: The Grand Canyon. Spectacular, majestic, spine-tingling. Words can’t do the Grand Canyon justice; you have to see it to understand. Hike the southern rim, go jeep riding, or take an unforgettable helicopter ride. This evening watch the sun set over the rugged landscape – amazing.
Day 7: Grand Canyon to Durango (via Monument Valley). You are now entering the Wild West! Visit a Native American reservation to learn about the Navajos, see the striped rocks of the Painted Desert and spend a night in the historic mining town of Durango, drinking in the Victorian saloons.
Day 8: Durango to Santa Fe. White-water rafting this morning anybody? That’s a way to wake up! Then head for the blue skies and sun-baked buildings of Santa Fe. Check out the art galleries, shop for turquoise jewellery from local artisans, and visit Meow Wolf - a psychedelic art ‘experience’
Day 9: Santa Fe to Amarillo. Is this the way to Amarillo? See some vintage Americana today with a visit to the Cadillac ranch, and take a hot air balloon flight over the city. Tonight, it’s you versus food at the Big Texan Steak Challenge - get your eating trousers on!
Day 10: Amarillo to Dallas / Fort Worth. Sleep off the steak before heading to the cowboy town of Fort Worth. If you’re still hungry there’s a BBQ feast on offer, before a big Texan night out with the locals – yee-ha!
Day 11: Dallas / Fort Worth. Saddle up cowboys (and girls)! Opt to visit the 6th floor museum to learn about the assassination of JFK, try some craft beers on the Ale Trail and pick up some Dallas souvenirs at Justin’s Boots. This evening grab your Stetson– we’re off to the world’s largest honky-tonk!
Day 12: Trip end (12 day trip)/ Fort Worth to Memphis (21 day trip). If you’re on the 12 day trip, it’s time to say goodbye. If you’re staying on, we’ll visit Little Rock High School, before continuing on to music lovers’ Mecca, Memphis. Kick off with a city tour, including Beale Street, the home of blues.
Day 13: Memphis. Today’s all about the music – the beating heart of Memphis. Visit Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded his first song, see Graceland, or check out the Rock and Soul museum. Head out tonight for some pulled pork, drinks in a microbrewery and some more live music.
Day 14: Memphis to New Orleans. Non-stop jazz, Creole cuisine, voodoo, and a festival for every day of the week, New Orleans is a bewitching place. Take a tour of the French Quarter, with its iconic wrought-iron balconies. This evening, we’re off to Bourbon Street, where the party never stops
Day 15: New Orleans. Today’s yours. Take a steamboat cruise, visit Lafayette Cemetery, pick up some po-boys or take an airboat into the swamps (look out for ‘gators!) This evening hit the New Orleans School of Cooking for a demo and dinner, or follow the sound of jazz to the bars.
Day 16: New Orleans to Panama City Beach. White sands, turquoise waters and colourful reefs - PCB is the beach resort of dreams. Soak up the sun, take a dip, or play some beach volleyball with your buddies. Then wash the salt out of your hair and hit the bars.
Day 17: Panama City Beach to Orlando. Pack your bikinis away and prepare for some serious adrenaline rushes - we’re off to theme park central!
Day 18: Orlando. OMG it’s Universal Studios! Visit Diagon Alley, get wet and wild in the huge water park, meet a t-rex in Jurassic Park, take the ET Adventure Ride and see Shrek in 4D. It’s a dizzying mega-mix of rides, film and entertainment that you’ll never forget (entry payable locally).
Day 19: Orlando to Miami. It’s our last stop today and it’s a good one – welcome to Miami. Tuck into some lip-smacking Cuban cuisine, take a tour of some of the pastel-coloured art deco hotels and get your kicks on a Thriller speedboat ride. When the sun goes down, the party starts.
Day 20: Miami. Bayside Marketplace, Wynwood Halls and South Beach are waiting for you today. There’s also a bike tour of South Beach, a party boat adventure, kayaking and a salsa lesson on offer. This evening get your face glitter on – it’s your last night, so make it count!
Day 21: Trip end. All good things come to an end, so pack your bags, say your goodbyes, and start planning the next trip!
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The trip kicks off on day 1 in Los Angeles. Arrive in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and make your way to your starting hotel.
There are activities planned for day 1, so we recommend that you arrive the day before or earlier. We can book pre-trip accommodation for you (at an additional cost). Speak to your travel adviser for more information.
The trip ends on day 12 in Dallas if you’ve taken the 12 day option, and day 21 in Miami if you’ve taken the 21 day option.
Where you will be staying...
We have selected some unique places for you to stay during your trip. Accommodation is twin share rooms in 3-4* properties and located close to all the action. 11 or 20 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip, depending on which trip length you select.
Below are some examples of the hotels that you may stay in on this trip:
- Los Angeles - Kawada Hotel
- Las Vegas - Rio Hotel & Resort
- Grand Canyon - Under Canvas
- Durango - Days Inn
- Santa Fe - The Lodge at Santa Fe
- Amarillo - The Big Texan
- Dallas/Fort Worth - Sheraton Fort Worth
- Memphis - Crowne Plaza Memphis
- New Orleans - La Quinta
- Orlando - Baymont Hotel
- Miami - Washington Park Hotel
9 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included on the 12 day trip, and 18 breakfasts and 7 dinners on the 21 day trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine.
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.
British passport holders can enter the USA for up to 90 days without a visa. You’ll need to apply online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) though. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
If you’re under 21, you won’t be able to enter bars, clubs or other establishments where alcohol is served. It’s recommended that even if you are over 21, you always carry a valid form of ID.
Please note: Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip.
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.