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Things to do in the US

The US is a gargantuan country with a vast array of options when it comes to things to see and do. Sample Napa Valley's best wines on a bike or train tour to our favorite vineyards or immerse yourself in the rich musical heritage of Nashville with a Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour.

Away from the cities, you can soak up Western culture at a ranch, take a private guided walking tour of California's Yosemite National Park or head to the volcanic islands of Hawaii, where you can go island-hopping and explore its tropical national parks.

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Ideas for experiencing the US

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the US, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Jones Street flags & spanish moss, Savannah, Georgia

    Savannah Old Town Trolley Tour


    On the Old Town Trolley, visitors get an ideal mix of historical icons, local sights of interest and superb architectural landmarks.

  • French Quarter, New Orleans

    French Quarter Walking Tour

    New Orleans

    Let your own 'local expert' unravel the mysteries of one of America's oldest and most unique living neighborhoods.

  • Graceland Mansion, Memphis

    Graceland Platinum Tour


    Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland Mansion.

  • Kennebunkport

    Kennebunkport food tour


    Embark on a culinary tour of Kennebunkport’s signature seafood and artisan fare. Taste your way around the town’s thriving food scene, taking in everything from whoopie pies (the state’s official sweet treat) and blueberry-filled doughnuts to lavender mead and fresh coffee.

  • Steam Train and mountain views from the top of Mount Washington

    Mount Washington Cog Railway

    North Conway

    In 1869 the Mount Washington Cog Railway was completed and today visitors can, weather permitting, take the coal-fired train, or a newer, eco-friendly train, to the mountain's summit. This thrilling trip rewards all passengers with magnificent mountain views.

  • Newport Harbour Rhode Island

    Sailing cruise on an America's cup yacht

    Newport, Rhode Island

    Climb on board an America’s Cup yacht and feel the wind in your face as you sail the waters where the annual regatta customarily took place. From the teak deck, observe Newport’s maritime history, Gilded Age mansions and repaired lighthouses.

  • The Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles city skyline

    Hollywood Hills 2.5 hour Sunset Hike

    Los Angeles

    On this guided tour, you’ll learn about the history of Los Angeles, hike to the top of Mount Hollywood to watch the sunset over the city below and visit the Griffith Observatory.

  • Start of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, LA California

    Hollywood Behind the Scenes Walking Tour

    Los Angeles

    Immerse yourself in the world of film-making and celebrities on this one-hour walking tour of Hollywood. During the walk you’ll visit the area’s key landmarks as well as lesser-known attractions.

  • Chinatown, San Francisco

    Chinatown Walking Food Tour

    San Francisco

    Learn about Chinese tea, explore the markets on Stockton Street, and see fortune cookies being made at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory on this guided tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

  • Santa Monica Beach

    Private 1960s Cadillac Tour

    Los Angeles

    Take in the sites of Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills and Venice Beach in a 1960s Cadillac on this privately-guided tour in los Angeles.

  • Sausalito, San Francisco

    Bike the bay & Golden Gate Bridge

    San Francisco

    This three hour tour begins in Fisherman’s Wharf where you will be provided with a current year model bike with front handlebar bag, rear gear rack, and city map.

  • Alcatraz island,

    California Sunset Cruise

    San Francisco

    On this two hour cruise, enjoy sunset views and a light buffet that includes a complimentary drink.

  • Sedona Outback

    Broken Arrow 4x4 Tour


    This exciting two-hour 4x4 off-road adventure leads you through and over Sedona's beautiful red rocks.

  • Saint Francis Chapel, Balboa Park, San Diego

    San Diego Old Town Trolley Tour

    San Diego

    San Diego offers an abundance of natural beauty, history and an array of cultural, iconic and entertaining attractions. One of the best ways to see it all is on board an Old Town Trolley Tour of San Diego.

  • Hollywood Sign, LA

    Warner Brothers Tour

    Los Angeles

    Go behind the scenes of your favourite shows and films at Warner Brothers, the world's busiest motion picture and television studios with a rare look into the world of entertainment.

  • Kapawui Surfing Excursion L.A. Venice Beach

    Private Surf Lesson

    Los Angeles

    This is an opportunity to try a private surf lesson from an experienced instructor at the Kapowui Surf Club on Los Angeles's famous Santa Monica Beach.

  • 'O' Cirque Du Soleil

    "O" Cirque du Soleil

    Las Vegas

    The world famous Cirque du Soleil has been dazzling spectators for decades. Now, the "O" pays tribute to the acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers performing in, on and above the water.

  • Lip Smacking Tours - Savours of the Strip

    Lip Smacking Tours — Savors of the Strip

    Las Vegas

    This evening tour takes you to some of the culinary highlights of dazzling Las Vegas. Being guided, you'll also get a valuable insight into the city itself.

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    Las Vegas Bright Lights 4x4 City Tour

    Las Vegas

    Traveling in a customized pink, open-air jeep, your chauffer-guide will show you the highlights of this neon city as well recounting some its history.

  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight

    Grand Canyon Flight

    Las Vegas

    Perfect for the time-conscious traveler, this spectacular Maverick air-only excursion flies you through the Grand Canyon.

  • Sedona, USA

    Diamondback Gulch 4x4 Trip


    Enjoy the rugged adventure of a thrilling 4x4 tour as you experience the timeless beauty of famous rock formations such as Capitol Butte, Chimney Rock, Lizard Head and Doe Mesa.

  • Canyonlands National Park, Utah

    Full Day Needles District 4x4 Tour


    This full day Needles 4x4 trip goes to a region of Canyonlands National Park which is, perhaps, one of the park's best -kept secrets.

  • Sedona

    Ancient Ruin 4x4 Tour


    Extraordinary scenery abounds as you travel on this exciting three-hour 4x4 trip through spectacular canyon lands and towering red rock formations.

  • Traditional Navajo Hogans, Monument Valley

    Navajo Canyons Adventure


    This tour encompasses both Navajo and Antelope canyons for a "best of the south lake" experience.

  • Grand Teton National Park

    Grand Tetons Guided Hike

    Teton Village - Grand Teton National Park

    Explore Grand Teton National Park on foot. Tours are customised based on your location at the time of the year, your interests, physical ability and wildlife in the area.

  • National Mall in Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C. Monuments Cycling Tour

    Washington DC

    This three hour afternoon cycling tour is a fun and easy way to explore Washington D.C.s monuments and memorials on the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin.

  • Stagecoach in Tombstone, Arizona

    Tombstone Day Tour from Scottsdale

    This entertaining tour of Tombstone will give you the chance to relive the reality and legends of one of the West's most famous towns.

  • Amish horse-drawn buggy

    Amish Farmlands Tour


    This fascinating tour takes you deep into the heart of the oldest Amish community in the world, which is situated amidst beautiful farmland.

  • The New York skyline

    Top of the Rock Observation Deck

    New York

    Discover New York from 70 stories up in the city's only crystal-clear 360° observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Building.

  • Red Rock Country, Sedona

    Scenic Rim Tour 4x4 Trip


    During this three-hour 4x4 off-road tour you will ascend an amazing 2,000 feet to the very top of the Mogollon Rim.

  • Empire State Building, New York

    Empire State Building Observatory Ticket

    New York

    Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the city's bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass-enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade.

  • Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C. Old Town Trolley Tour

    Washington DC

    This is a tour taking in monuments, memorials, museums, picturesque scenery and magnificent architecture are abundant in Washington D.C.

  • Horse riding, Bryce Canyon National Park

    Ruby's Horseback Rides

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    If you are looking for a scenic tour of the Bryce Canyon area, this one-and-a-half-hour horse ride takes in the Dixie National Forest and the rim of Water Canyon Amphitheater.

  • Grand Canyon by Helicopter

    North Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

    Grand Canyon National Park

    Fly over the widest and deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, known as its most geographically dynamic region.

  • Helicopter landing at the Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon Helicopter & Jeep Tour

    Grand Canyon National Park

    This helicopter and jeep sunset safari puts the Grand Canyon just under your feet and shows its lively skyline before night fall.

  • Broken Arrow Tour, Sedona

    Cayote Canyons 4x4 Trip


    Explore the rugged canyons and soaring red rock spires for which Sedona is famous on this exciting two hour 4x4 adventure.

  • Liberty Island, New York

    Bike the Brooklyn Bridge

    New York

    This is a wonderful opportunity to pedal on a traffic-free bike path along the Hudson River, past famous landmarks and over the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Canyonlands National Park, USA

    Half Day Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour


    This Island in the Sky 4x4 excursion will give you a completely different taste of the wild canyonlands landscapes as you wind through a spectacular landscape with towering rocks and deep canyons.

  • Pearl Habor, Oahu, Hawaii

    Pearl Harbor Tour


    On this guided tour of Pearl Harbor, you can gain a deeper understanding of the 1941 attack on the US naval base and visit the USS Arizona Memorial, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives.

  • Mauna Kea Observatory

    Mauna Kea Summit & Stars

    The Big Island (Hawaii)

    Journeying to the summit of dormant volcano Mauna Kea for sunset, you can navigate the Hawaiian night sky by telescope under the expertise of your stargazing guide. On the way, you’ll see the lava flows of the volcanically shaped landscape.

  • Manta Ray Night Snorkel, Hawaii (Big Island)

    Manta Ray Night Snorkel

    The Big Island (Hawaii)

    Manta rays feed most prolifically at night, and on this experience you can snorkel above them as they glide slowly through the waters around Hawaii scooping up plankton. The trip is led by a team of qualified guides.

  • The Na Pali Cliffs, Kauai

    Captain Andy's Snorkel and Sail


    Take to the water on the Southern Star yacht, cruising along the Na Pali coastline off Kauai, to snorkel at one of Hawaii’s remoter snorkeling sites. The coast’s sheer cliffs, waterfalls and lava tubes are on display from the boat, as you sail by.

  • Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

    Hawaii Big Island Private Guided Tour

    The Big Island (Hawaii)

    Accompanied by a local guide, you'll visit some of Hawaii Big Island’s volcanic sites on this private tour, as well as its beaches. The tour starts in Volcanoes National Park, viewing an active shield volcano, and can end on the coast.

  • Hawaii Molokini crater

    Discover Molokini


    On this guided snorkeling trip to Molokini Crater and Makena, two prime spots in Hawaii, you can view tropical fish and turtles. You also have the opportunity to see whales and dolphins during January to March.