Trip ideas to The USA

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These trip ideas are designed by our specialists, who’ve travelled the routes themselves and have a guidebook-like knowledge of The USA. Each trip idea highlights a route we’ve loved travelling, which showcases aspects of The USA we're passionate about, not just the run-of-the-mill tourist circuits. Use these ideas to give you a starting point, some inspiration, as you decide what you want to do on your trip to The USA. Then speak to us and we’ll start to bring your trip to life to suit your tastes.

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Tailor-made Itineraries to The USA

Classic New England

Explore the highlights of New England including Boston, Cape Cod, the villages of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

  • Take in the splendid history of Boston.

  • Explore the rugged lighthouse-dotted coastline of Maine.

  • Wander through the picturesque villages of Vermont.

  • Go walking or mountain biking in New Hampshire's magnificent White Mountains.

  • Go whale watching off the waters of Cape Cod.

12 Days from £1,690pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains Trail

Explore the great city of Washington D.C., rural Virginia and the magnificent scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks.

  • Discover the amazing splendid scenery of Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks.

  • Participate in park ranger-guided walking tours in both parks.

  • Look out for black bears in Shenandoah, and salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Drive along the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway scenic highways.

  • Visit Washington D.C.'s magnificent monuments, museums and memorials.

14 Days from £2,195pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Discovering the Old South

Discover the highlights of the Deep South, from the vibrant city of New Orleans, the steamy swamps of Louisiana, and the beautiful buildings and history of Natchez and Plantation Country.

  • Explore the grand antebellum homes and plantation mansions along the Mississippi.

  • Enjoy the truly unique Cajun culture, not forgetting tasting the array of Cajun and Creole dishes on offer.

  • Wander the streets of New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz and home to the world famous French Quarter.

  • Take in the views across the Delta from the expansive Mobile Bay.

13 Days from £2,245pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Coastal California

In this itinerary you have time to visit the twin Californian cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as some leisurely exploration of the beautiful rugged Pacific coastline between them.

  • See the stunning scenery of the Pacific coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway.

  • Enjoy the sparkle and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.

  • Explore the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach.

  • Sample the great shopping, sightseeing and dining options in San Francisco.

11 Days from £2,285pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cities of the East

Explore the fantastic cities of the east coast travelling by train: from the historic streets of Boston and the bright lights of New York to the monuments and memorials of Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

  • Explore Boston's rich history from the American Revolution.

  • Experience the bright lights and buzz of New York City

  • See the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

  • Take a tour around the museums, monuments and memorials in Washington D.C.

13 Days from £2,375pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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New York State Discovered

Explore the highlights of New York State from the non-stop city of New York to the tranquil vineyards of the Finger Lakes, spectacular Niagara Falls, and the moody peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.

  • See the stunning scenery of the Niagara Falls.

  • Look for wildlife, go walking or canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains.

  • Explore the beautiful vineyards of the Finger Lakes region.

  • Enjoy the great shopping, sightseeing and dining options in New York City.

13 Days from £2,395pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Historic Route 66

Explore the iconic Route 66 as you travel from the shores of Lake Michigan at Chicago to the golden beaches of California. Not only will you travel through diverse landscapes and climates but you will step back in time to the exciting days of cadillacs, roadside motels and live music venues.

  • Admire the beaches, architecture and nightlife of Chicago.

  • Marvel at the amazing scenery at the Grand Canyon.

  • Enjoy a hike through the beautiful Petrified Forest National Park.

  • Experience the excitement and bright lights of Las Vegas.

  • Soak up the atmosphere, relax on the beach or go shopping in Los Angeles.

19 Days from £2,485pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Maple Leaf Trail

Explore the highlights of eastern Canada and USA including the contrasting cities of Boston, Québec, Montréal, Toronto and New York. In addition, visit Niagara Falls, New Hampshire's White Mountains and the tranquil scenery of New York State.

  • Soak up the bright lights of New York.

  • Board the 'Hornblower' boat to explore magnificent Niagara Falls.

  • Take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

  • Delve into the fascinating history of the old walled city of Québec.

  • Tour the picturesque villages, vineyards, lakes and mountains of New York State.

17 Days from £2,575pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Pennsylvania & Virginia Explored

Explore the great cities of Philadelphia and Washington, rural Pennsylvania, the delightful mountain scenery of Shenandoah National Park and the history of Colonial Williamsburg.

  • Visit the historic battle site at Gettysburg

  • Experience the wonderful colonial heritage of Williamsburg.

  • Tour the monuments and memorials of Washington D.C.

  • Drive along the magnificently scenic Skyland Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

14 Days from £2,620pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Georgia & the Carolinas

Explore the historic Southern cities of the Carolinas together with the beauty of the southern Appalachian mountains and delightful beach resorts.

  • Walk some of the 800 miles of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Relax on the beach or explore the sand dunes of tranquil Jekyll Island.

  • Explore the dramatic Atlantic coastline and the historic waterfront towns of the Carolinas.

  • Visit the historic plantation homes and mansions on Georgia's Antebellum Trail.

14 Days from £2,705pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Texan Trails

This two week trip offers a comprehensive discovery of the highlights of Texas. From the state's ultra-modern cities, and its Spanish and Mexican heritage, to a taste of the cowboy lifestyle in Fort Worth and with a ranch stay, this is the best of Texas.

  • Ride out along the trails and learn about the cowboy way of life on a Texan ranch.

  • Taste the state's culinary speciality, the Texas barbecue.

  • Visit San Antonio's famous Alamo, a shrine of Texan independence.

  • Enjoy live music at it's best in the state capital, Austin.

  • Sample cowboy culture at Fort Worth's historic Stockyards district.

14 Days from £2,800pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Canada & Pacific Northwest Discovered

Two countries in one itinerary - explore the spectacular coastal scenery, magnificent mountains and national parks of British Columbia, Alberta, and Washington State.

  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Pike's Place Market in Seattle.

  • Relax in the tranquillity of Olympic National Park.

  • Visit the iconic Spirit Island on Lake Maligne in Jasper National park.

  • Take a trip by gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff for stunning mountain views.

  • Experience the heart of the Rocky Mountains at Montana's Glacier National Park.

  • Hike around Washington State's picture-perfect North Cascades National Park.

21 Days from £2,995pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Best of the West

Explore the highlights of the west including the cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco and some of the country's most iconic national parks including Yosemite, Death Valley, Monument Valley, Zion and the Grand Canyon.

  • Exploring the glamour of Hollywood and the chic style of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.

  • Visit Yosemite, Death Valley and Grand Canyon national parks.

  • Drive the iconic Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and san Francisco.

  • Explore the amazing geological stacks of Monument Valley Tribal Park.

  • Go walking amid the beautiful mountain scenery of Zion National Park.

  • Soak up the electric atmosphere of Las Vegas.

21 Days from £3,000pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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National Parks Explored

This comprehensive trip visits some of the USA's most breathtaking national parks, such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton as well as getting you off the beaten track in areas such as rural Wyoming and Colorado.

  • Stay in the cosmopolitan city of Salt Lake City, discovering the Great Salt Lake itself and visiting the enormous Mormon temple.

  • Explore the geothermal wonderland and wildlife of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

  • Discover the history of the Ancestral Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park.

  • Explore South Dakota's amazing Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse national monuments.

  • Visit the magnificent red rock mountains of Monument Valley and Zion National Park.

24 Days from £3,025pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Florida Coastal Explorer

Explore the coastline of Southern Florida starting with a stay in Miami then travelling through the Keys and Everglades before finishing with time on the Gulf of Mexico to relax at the end of your trip.

  • Experience the vibrancy of Miami's south beach

  • Explore the literary history of Key West

  • Explore exciting Little Havana in Miami by bike

  • Relax on white sand beaches

14 Days from £3,175pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Dixie Dreaming

This is an all encompassing trip through some of the Deep South's most historic cities, providing a fascinating insight into the region's complex history, culture and wildlife.

  • Soak up the famous Southern charm amongst the pristine architecture of Savannah.

  • Enjoy the musical birth places of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock n' Roll.

  • Taste the many Cajun and Creole culinary delights in Louisiana.

  • Explore the streets of New Orleans' world-famous French Quarter.

19 Days from £3,210pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hawaiian Highlights

Explore the stunning natural beauty of the main Hawaiian Islands and the rich marine life in their surrounding waters. Relax on the soft white sands of Maui and explore the black sands and volcanic landscape of Hawaii Big Island.

  • Explore Maui's white sand beaches.

  • Experience the intense heat and vigour of Kilauea Volcano.

  • Snorkel with sea turtles, whales and dolphins.

  • Between January and March you can also take a boat trip on the Pacific Ocean to see majestic humpback whales at sunrise.

15 Days from £3,230pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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California Explored

Explore the exquisite California coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway before travelling inland to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of some of the country's finest National Parks.

  • Visit Los Angeles and discover the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

  • Explore the beaches and pretty towns along the Pacific coastline.

  • Watch for wildlife and get close to nature in Yosemite National Park.

  • Get close up views of enormous Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park.

  • See the salt flats of Badwater in the desolate Death Valley.

  • Take in the neon lights and electric atmosphere of Las Vegas.

  • Enjoy wine tasting in the glorious vineyards of the Napa Valley

21 Days from £3,265pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Mountain Magic

Explore some of the USA's most spectacular mountain scenery whilst also delving into the fascinating history of the Ancestral Pueblo Indians at Mesa Verde National Park.

  • Delve into the fascinating history of Mesa Verde National Park.

  • Explore the mountain city of Denver.

  • Go white water rafting or explore Arches National Park by 4x4 from Moab.

  • Breathe in the pure air of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

18 Days from £3,330pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Grand New England

This itinerary is a comprehensive exploration of the highlights of New England.

  • Go whale watching and looking for moose in Maine.

  • Scale the Cog Railway in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

  • Take in the history of Boston.

  • Explore the quaint and pretty villages of Vermont.

  • Lap up the swell on Cape Cod's beaches.

21 Days from £3,375pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Pacific Coasts and Volcanoes

This itinerary explores the highlights of the Pacific Northwest, including the cities of San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, the California wine region, and the beautiful rugged beaches, national parks and volcanoes of Washington and Oregon states.

  • Explore the beautiful cities of San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

  • Drive along the scenic coastal highways of California and Oregon.

  • See magnificent giant redwood trees in northern California.

  • At low tide walk to Haystack Rock at Oregon's Cannon Beach.

  • Hike around the temperate rainforests looking for wildlife in Olympic National Park.

21 Days from £4,325pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hawaiian Adventure

Have a real adventure in Hawaii with time on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai and a fantastic range of activities along the way.

  • Experience the glorious beaches of Maui

  • Visit Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu

  • Trek through lush rainforest and past waterfalls on Maui

  • Swim and snorkel off the coast of Kauai

19 Days from £5,190pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Our Hidden Beaches Itineraries

Hidden Beaches is our select collection of exclusive beach destinations.

Beach + City

Mauna Kea and San Francisco

Explore San Francisco's diverse neighbourhoods and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge before a relaxing week discovering Hawaii's 'Big Island'.

13 Days from £2,919pp

3 nights San Francisco, including excursions; 7 nights Mauna Kea, room only. Includes flights and transfers, plus a night in Los Angeles.

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Beach + City

Napili Kai and Los Angeles

Explore the famous sights of Los Angeles before flying over to Maui's beautiful beaches for a week.

11 Days from £2,964pp

3 nights Los Angeles, including excursions; 7 nights Napili Kai, room only. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Koa Kea Hotel and Resort and Volanoes National Park

Spend a few days exploring Volcanoes National Park on 'The Big Island' before relaxing amongst Kauai's natural beauty.

12 Days from £3,086pp

3 nights Volcanoes National Park, room only; 7 nights Koa Kea, room only. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach hopping

Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay Lanai and Hana Maui

Spend a few days in peaceful Hana on Maui's eastern tip before heading to Lanai, one of Hawaii's most tranquil islands.

13 Days from £4,706pp

3 nights Maui, room only; 7 nights Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay, room only. Includes flights and transfers, plus a night in Los Angeles.

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New England

New England has beautiful scenery and a shoreline dotted with lighthouses and clapboard houses. The surrounding waters offer you the opportunity to spot whales and the pleasant roads mean it's particularly well suited to self-drive trips.

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