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From sea to shining sea…the wonderful and wacky, beautiful but bizarre, mesmerising and maddening United States of America is not so much one country as a collection of countries under a single star spangled banner.

Outsiders may struggle to grasp the scale of the US or to understand it—hardly surprising when the natives often seem to be strangers to each other. The super rich of Silicone Valley may not have much in common with the folks making ends meet in rural Kentucky; It can seem that the vast areas insultingly dubbed the 'flyover states' are a world apart from the cosmopolitan seaboard cities.

So how is a visitor to make sense of the vastness and variety of the USA? You can have fun trying, or you could just go along for the ride.

The first challenge is deciding which USA you want to see, because a lifetime’s worth of trips won't be enough.

There’s the natural America: The landscapes, of course, are mind-blowing, the wildlife fabulous. The national parks are unmissable, the mountains breathtaking. We all know about the Rockies, but what about the Appalachians—or the Sierra Nevada range, or the Cascades?

Away from mountains, the deserts are forbidding but unforgettable, the coastlines magnificent. From New England in the Fall, to the beaches of California, to the drama of Alaska; from hot springs to hotter volcanoes; from one of the highest points on earth to one of the deepest. All this and more is waiting for you.

Let’s not forget the cities, among the most vibrant on earth. But where to start? Perhaps with gaudy, in-your-face Las Vegas; or New York, one of the most exciting collections of humanity on the planet? Cool Boston? Sophisticated Seattle? It’s your choice.

And we haven’t touched on the sport, the food, music, the culture—the US has some of the finest art galleries, museums and theatres in the world—and of course the history which has shaped the can-do attitude that the rest of the world has come to associate with America, and the Americans.

Of course as with any good friend, you don’t have to be blind to the difficulties they may be facing to admire them, even love them. The US has its share of problems and there’s no point in pretending otherwise. But go with an open mind, open eyes and an open heart. Whichever America you opt for, prepared to be welcomed, surprised, enlivened and enriched.

21 days

Discover Western USA

A route combining top cities and wilderness attractions
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14 days

Self-drive California

A scenic coastal route
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16 days

The best of the American West

A route to the top natural and historic attractions
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10 days

Tour northern California

Waterfalls and history in the golden state
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8 days

Wine lovers’ California

A grand tour of California’s wine region
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  • Alaska

    Alaska

    Super-sized wilderness
    If you thought everything about the USA was big, well, Alaska is just...
  • Anchorage

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  • Turquoise Lake

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  • Chugach National Forest

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  • Noatak National Preserve

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  • Kongakut River

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  • Kobuk Valley National Park

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  • Aleutian Islands

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  • Katmai National Park

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  • Denali National Park

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  • Great Kobuk Sand Dunes

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  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

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  • Western USA

    Western USA

    Adventures on an American scale
    The American West...
  • Arizona

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  • San Francisco

    San Francisco

    California's greatest city
    Crammed into less than 50 square miles and with a population of less than a million, small San Francisco packs a mighty punch...
  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles

    Stroll along Hollywood Boulevard, spot your favourite TV and film stars on the Walk of Fame, and you can’t miss the hillside Hollywood sign...
  • Las Vegas

    Las Vegas

    Spend a day or two discovering the grandeur of Las Vegas and its famously flamboyant attractions...
  • San Diego

    San Diego

    A two hour drive south from L...
  • Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite National Park

    There are 800 miles of trails through the mountains and woodlands of Yosemite, where you can spot black bears, coyotes, bobcats and mule deer among other wildlife...
  • Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon

    Follow the trails to explore Grand Canyon National Park and be sure to stop at the canyon edge to fully appreciate its enormity...
  • Death Valley National Park

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  • Arches National Park

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  • Napa Valley

    Napa Valley

    Napa Valley is filled with lush vineyards that can be visited on foot or with the vintage railcars of the Napa Valley Wine Train which covers 36 miles...
  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    Set in possibly the most biologically diverse ecosystem in the Americas, Palm Springs is not only a winter playground for celebrities, but also a stylish place to relax in hot springs, spas and top-class golf courses at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains...
  • Estes Park

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  • Sedona

    Sedona

    On arrival to the unique geological area of Sedona, you will be welcomed by red-rock monoliths, with names such as Coffee Pot and Cathedral, protruding from the desert landscape...
  • Monument Valley

    Monument Valley

    Pass through the Painted Desert with its kaleidoscope of colours to reach Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border...
  • Lake Powell

    Lake Powell

    The concrete Glen Canyon Dam would dominate the scenery if it was not for the commanding Colorado River and the bright blue waters of Lake Powell that lap against the tall red walls of the canyon...
  • Bryce Canyon

    Bryce Canyon

    Within the Mormon State of Utah is this multi-coloured spectacle of protruding sandstone pinnacles that gather along the edges and deep inside Bryce Canyon...
  • Zion National Park

    Zion National Park

    Visit Zion National Park with its towering rock formations that have been carved over time with the help of the mighty Virgin River...
  • Mammoth Lakes

    Mammoth Lakes

    Journey through Death Valley and ascend the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort of Mammoth Lakes, famous for its skiing and hiking trails...
  • Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara

    Backed by the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara, is a hot-spot for white-sand beaches and palm-lined promenades...
  • Monterey Peninsula

    Monterey Peninsula

    Monterey Peninsula offers a mix of wind-whipped beaches, hidden coves and delicious seafood...
  • Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe

    Explore the surroundings of this clear mountain lake by bike, kayak or cruise, or relax on one of its beaches to enjoy the unique views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Carson Range...
  • Sacramento

    Sacramento

    You can easily spend a few hours at the 28-acre Old Sacramento State Historic Park learning about The California Gold Rush, which took place in 1848–1855...
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

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  • Great Sand Dunes National Park

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  • Mesa Verde National Park

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  • Yellowstone National Park

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  • Colorado

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  • California

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  • Utah

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  • Washington

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  • Louisiana

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The United States Travel Specialists

Alaska Alpine Adventures

Small-group adventure holidays in Alaska
Destinations Alaska
Tour Type Group tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, Birdwatching, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking, Water Sports, Fishing

SA Expeditions

Tailor-made trips to South America & California
Destinations North America, South America
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Luxury, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Active, Hiking & Trekking

Bindlestiff Tours

Destinations San Francisco, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon, Death Valley National Park, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park
Tour Type Group tour, Private tour
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking, Road Trips, Solo Travel

Wildland Trekking

Hiking vacations in the US and beyond
Destinations Arizona, Colorado, California, Utah
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking, Backpacking, Camping

Tour Estes Park

Personalized day tours of Rocky Mountain National Park
Destinations Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
Tour Type Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, Active, Hiking & Trekking

Sigs Rides

Guided & self-guided motorbike tours
Destinations Colorado, Utah
Tour Type Group tour, Private tour
Activity Active, Biking, Road Trips

The Landing at Estes Park

Riverside retreat just outside Rocky Mountain National Park
Destinations Estes Park
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active

Tiny Town Cabins

Cozy cabin getaway in Estes Park
Destinations Estes Park
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active

Rams Horn Village Resort

Luxury vacation cabins in Estes Park
Destinations Estes Park
Activity Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active

Yavapai Lodge

Prime location within Grand Canyon National Park
Destinations Grand Canyon
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active

Phantom Ranch

The only lodging below the canyon rim
Destinations Grand Canyon
Activity Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active

Great Sand Dunes Lodge

Traditional lodge at the entrance of the National Park
Destinations Great Sand Dunes National Park
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active

Starry Nights Ranch B&B

Rustic B&B near Mesa Verde National Park
Destinations Mesa Verde National Park
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active

Off The Beaten Path

Exceptional trips for curious travelers
Destinations Alaska, Western USA
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Active, Walking Holiday, Hiking & Trekking, Backpacking, Camping, Winter Sports, Fishing, Horseback Riding

Rock Light Photo Tours

National park photography workshops
Destinations Western USA
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks

Yellowstone Dreamin Adventures

Year-round wildlife tours of Yellowstone NP
Destinations Yellowstone National Park
Tour Type Group tour, Private tour
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Active, Walking Holiday, Hiking & Trekking, Winter Sports, Fishing, Accessible Travel

Hondoo Rivers & Trails

Discover Utah's canyon country
Destinations Utah
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, Active, Hiking & Trekking, Camping, Horseback Riding

Yellowstone Adventure Tours

Private safari tours of Yellowstone NP
Destinations Yellowstone National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private tour
Activity Safari, Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking

Get In The Wild

Outdoor adventures in Utah & Washington
Destinations Utah, Washington
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Active, Hiking & Trekking, Backpacking, Camping, Climbing

Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris

In-depth nature & wildlife tours in outstanding destinations
Destinations The United States
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Safari, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Responsible Travel, Conservation, Eco-travel, Active

Gondwana Ecotours

Private and Small Group Travel To Exciting Destinations
Destinations Alaska, Louisiana
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Group tour, Private tour
Activity Safari, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Culinary, Food, Responsible Travel, Conservation, Eco-travel, Active, Hiking & Trekking, Winter Sports

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