USA trip ideas
The USA is a vast and diverse place and getting your travel plans right can make all the difference to your holiday. With so much to see and such a large area to cover, it's worth thinking carefully about which route to take.
Whether it’s the rural villages of New England or the ranches of the Deep South that draw you here, we can advise on the logistics of getting around and how to combine some of the country's highlights. Our itinerary ideas are the product of extensive travel in the USA and are routes that work particularly well.
Ideas for your trip to the USA
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the USA, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Visit four national parks, including the more remote North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Marvel at the distinct rock formations in Monument Valley and the ancient Pueblo dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park.
View giant cacti in Saguaro National Park.
Hike the scenic trails in Zion National Park.
Experience the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.
Learn about the plethora of wildlife inhabiting Yellowstone National Park on a group tour.
Explore the geothermal activity of Yellowstone National Park.
Take in the splendour of the Grand Teton Mountain Range in Grand Teton National Park.
Visit the smart mountain town of Jackson Hole.
Enjoy the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan.
Drive the original brick-topped section of Route 66.
Admire St Louis' impressive Gateway Arch.
Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon.
Watch the sunset from Santa Monica.
Discover the revolutionary history of Boston on a guided tour of the Freedom Trail.
Explore the rugged coastline of Maine, dotted with lighthouses and quaint seaside towns.
Wander through the picturesque villages and rolling hills of Vermont.
Take in panoramic views from atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire's magnificent White Mountains.
Go whale watching off the waters of Cape Cod.
Visit the Motown Museum to learn more about its important legacy.
Sample a number of craft beers from local breweries in Detroit.
Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Michigan from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
Climb the sand dunes in Sleeping Bear and photograph Glen Lake from the top.
Take a self-guided tour of historic Fort Mackinac.
Explore the walking trails of Mackinac Island to reach hidden caves and arch rock formations.
Explore Williamsburg's historic colonial buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch in Merchants Square.
Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Charlottesville and Annapolis.
Drive the stunning Skyline Drive through the lush forest scenery of Shenandoah National Park.
Relax on the beautiful beaches of Virginia Beach.
Visit the White House, Capitol Building and national museums in Washington D.C.
Admire the cacti-studded scenery of southern Arizona, exploring Saguaro National Park.
Enjoy scenic drives through forests, deserts and mountains.
Learn all about the Ancestral Puebloan tribes with visits to their ancient cliff dwellings.
Discover the region's Spanish heritage in Santa Fe and visit old mining towns.
Explore the beautiful, cultural city of Boston.
Taste classic New England dishes on a culinary walking tour.
Discover the picturesque coastal town of Kennebunkport.
Take in the serene natural beauty of Acadia National Park.
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 its best in the state capital, Austin.
Sample cowboy culture at Fort Worth's historic Stockyards district.
Soak up the scenery of Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks on ranger-led walks.
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, stopping to explore towns and villages en route.
Visit Washington D.C.'s iconic monuments, memorials, museums and galleries.
Visit the cosmopolitan city of Chicago.
Explore the tranquil shores of lakes Michigan and Superior.
Go walking or cycling on car-free Mackinac Island.
Look for wildlife in Michigan's unspoilt Upper Peninsula.
Wander the streets of Nashville, lined with music venues that you can enjoy any time of the day.
Immerse yourself in US Civil Rights history in Memphis at the moving National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.
Explore the grand antebellum homes and plantation mansions along the Mississippi.
Delve into the culinary history of New Orleans, learning how to cook gumbo and jambalaya.
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.
Tour Alcatraz and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Go whale watching in Monterey, looking out for orca and humpback whales.
Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway with its dramatic views of the rugged coastline and the ocean.
Relax on the soft sands of Pismo Beach.
Enjoy the sparkle and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
Explore Boston's rich history, including its role in the American Revolution.
Experience the bright lights of New York City, visiting the statue of Liberty and Central Park.
See the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
Take a tour around the museums, monuments and memorials in Washington D.C.
Experience the thundering cascades of Niagara Falls by boat or helicopter.
Go walking or canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains, looking out for moose, beavers and coyotes.
Sample wines from the beautiful vineyards of the Finger Lakes region.
Enjoy the multitude of shopping, sightseeing and dining options in New York City.
Tour the cobblestone streets of Boston's North End.
Take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Soak up the culture of the Berkshires in Stockbridge.
Board the 'Hornblower' boat to explore magnificent Niagara Falls.
Learn from a local about traditional Cajun cuisine in an open demonstration cooking class.
Explore a number of plantations to discover Louisiana's rich history.
Taste your way around Baton Rouge's many craft breweries.
Visit the country's largest river swamp and spot a bald eagle at the Atchafalaya Basin.
Explore the magnificent scenery of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Sample bourbon and go horse racing in Kentucky.
Go underground at Mammoth Cave National Park.
Discover the rich country music heritage of Nashville.
Learn about the South's fascinating, and turbulent, civil rights heritage.
Explore the foothills of the Rocky Mountains outside of Denver.
Visit the authentic mountain town of Breckenridge.
Enjoy a white water rafting adventure on the Roaring Fork River outside of Aspen.
See wildlife such as moose and elk in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Stroll through the streets of Charleston with an expert guide and get local insights into the city’s rich history.
Visit a number of historical plantations set upon the Ashley River, just a short drive from Charleston.
Enjoy typical Southern traditions at Montage Palmetto Bluff and sample fire-roasted S’mores, homemade sweet tea and slow-simmered shrimp and grits.
Bask in the Carolina sunshine on Hilton Head Island.
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Pike's Place Market in Seattle.
See the iconic Haystack Rocks at Cannon Beach.
Explore the gorgeous Japanese and Rose gardens in Portland.
Walk the trails and explore the waterfalls around Hood River and Cascade Locks.
Explore alpine meadows around Mount Rainier.
Explore the glamour of Hollywood and chic Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
Follow walking trails and see incredible geological formations in California and Arizona’s national parks.
Drive the iconic Pacific Coast Highway for dramatic views over the ocean and rugged coastline.
Soak up the electric atmosphere of Las Vegas.
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 and Sequoia National Parks.
See the salt flats of Badwater in the desolate Death Valley National Park.
Enjoy wine tasting in the glorious vineyards of the Napa Valley.
Visit the rejuvenated cities of Detroit and Minneapolis - St. Paul.
Explore the enormous sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Go walking and cycling in car-free Mackinac Island.
Relish the tranquility and thriving wildlife in Isle Royale National Park.
Discover Wisconsin's pretty Apostle Islands.
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.
Experience traditional southern charm in Charleston and Savannah.
Visit Cape Canaveral and the 'Space Coast'.
Explore Miami's Art Deco heritage.
Take an airboat ride through the Everglades.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys.
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.
Visit the magnificent Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Marvel at the power of the geysers and look for wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.
Discover the beauty of Grand Teton National Park on a guided trip.
Explore charming Western towns such as Sheridan, Cody and Jackson.
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.
Explore beautiful, cosmopolitan San Francisco.
Go wine tasting in the Sonoma Valley.
Go hiking at Mount Shasta.
Discover the beauty and tranquility of Crater Lake National Park.
See the enormous redwood trees in Redwood National Park.
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.
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.
Admire the beaches, architecture and night life of Chicago.
Marvel at the epic scenery of 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.
Taste local delicacies such as Southern barbecue and Lowcountry boil.
Walk in the shoes of American royalty at Biltmore House.
Delve into Savannah’s culinary scene.
Watch birds and comb the unspoilt beaches on Jekyll Island.
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.
Explore the streets of New Orleans' world-famous French Quarter with a private guide.
Taste the many Cajun and Creole culinary delights on a hands on cooking class.
Tour Memphis is style, in a vintage 1960's car.
Enjoy the musical birth places of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll.
Explore the Museum of Modern Art after hours in a totally private experience.
Take in the history and culture of Boston.
Scale the Cog Railway in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Sail out into the Newport harbour in an authentic America’s Cup yacht.
Relax on the pristine beaches of Chatham, Cape Cod.
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