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The US is a vast and diverse place and getting your travel plans right can make a big difference to your trip. With so much to see and so many regions to choose from, it's worth thinking carefully about which route to take.

Whether it’s the history of the South or the canyons and vast wilderness of the West that appeal to you, we can offer suggestions about the best way to get around, how to explore the highlights and even suggest some sights you’re not likely to find in a guidebook. Our suggested tours are the product of extensive travel across the US and follow routes that work particularly well.

 

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Our recommended tours in the US

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the US, 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.

  • La Jolla, San Diego

    San Diego short break

    California
    • Stay on Coronado Island, one of the top places to walk to and relax on the beach.

    • Kayak along the California coastline taking in the natural caves and marine wildlife.

    • Explore the USS Midway Museum.

    • Enjoy a variety of small shops and restaurants on Coronado Island.

    5 days from $1,355pp

  • Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui

    Royal Lahaina Resort break

    Hawaii
    • Royal Ocean View Terrace offers delicious food with views over to the islands of Lanai and Molokai.
    • Experience traditional Hawaiian luau with a buffet dinner and open bar.
    • Relax in front of one of the hotel's three large swimming pools.
    • Take a romantic sunset sailing tour down the rugged Maui coastline.

    7 days from $1,510pp

  • Castle/Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, Kauai

    Kiahuna Plantation break

    Hawaii
    • Plantation Gardens restaurant serves Pacific Rim cuisine with a Hawaiian influence.
    • Cottage style condos are comfortable and spacious, with verandas that look out onto the gardens or ocean.
    • Hotel is situated in 35 acres of manicured gardens reaching out to Poipu beach.
    • Situated perfectly to hike, kayak and snorkel on beautiful Kauai.

    7 days from $1,640pp

  • Jekyll Island Club Resort

    Jekyll Island Resort break

    Deep South
    • Standing on undisturbed Jekyll Island, this historic resort feels refined and exclusive.
    • Access to the Jekyll Ocean club offers guests beach chairs, umbrellas and refreshments.
    • The island boasts 63 holes of golf and many more outdoor activities.
    • Dine at the Wharf restaurant, enjoying delicious Southern dishes while watching the sunset.

    7 days from $1,825pp

  • Cheshire Cat Facade

    Cheshire Cat Inn break

    California
    • The B&B has four private onsite cottages with fully equipped kitchens.
    • The inn is situated a short walk from the main retail district in Santa Barbara.
    • A huge variety of fresh, homemade dishes for breakfast.
    • An ideal location for exploring, only five minutes to the beach and 20 minutes to the Old Mission.
    • Each room is unique, with either views over mountains and beach or fireplaces and Jacuzzi baths.

    7 days from $2,080pp

  • Maine Coast USA

    Classic New England self-drive tour

    New England
    • 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.

    13 days from $2,400pp

  • Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite National Park short break

    California
    • Cycle over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito.

    • Take a walk with a local guide and learn about different neighborhoods in San Francisco.

    • Enjoy a full day of privately guided hiking in Yosemite National Park.

    • Try rock climbing in Yosemite National Park.

    6 days from $2,425pp

  • Desert, Saguaro Cactus, Southern Arizona

    Arizona and New Mexico Discovered self-drive tour

    US
    • 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.

    13 days from $2,525pp

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    Southwest break

    US
    • Explore the desert region by horse or foot during your ranch stay.

    • Discover the local film history of Sedona.

    • Hike through the picturesque 'Red Rock Country' of Sedona.

    • Take in the memorable show of Cirque du Soleil, 'Love'.

    8 days from $2,565pp

  • Oak Alley plantation, Mississippi

    Discovering the Deep South

    Deep South
    • 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.

    13 days from $2,995pp

  • Laura Plantation

    Exploring Cajun Country

    Deep South
    • 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.

    10 days from $3,235pp

  • Hotel Wailea, Maui

    Hotel Wailea break

    Hawaii
    • Hotel Wailea is a luxurious adult only escape and the only Relais & Châteaux property on Hawaii.
    • Only a 20 minute walk or complimentary shuttle to the stunning Wailea beach.
    • Set in the tranquility of a tropical garden the hotel offers unobstructed views of the ocean and mountains.
    • Dinner cooked by chef Jonathan De Paz is a culinary delight using the regions local produce.
    • Dine in a dramatic treehouse setting with a seven course private dinner overlooking the ocean.

    7 days from $3,530pp

  • Whales, Hawaii

    Hawaii highlights self-drive tour

    Hawaii and California
    • Explore Maui's white-sand beaches.

    • Experience the heat 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.

    12 days from $3,795pp

  • Kauai landsapcec

    Hawaiian Getaway

    Hawaii
    • Helicopter over the Big Island and see the expansive rainforest.

    • Hike on the Kilauea Volcano.

    • Snorkel with manta rays.

    • Take a private guide tour around Volcanoes National Park

    8 days from $3,840pp

  • Moose in Denali National Park, Alaska

    Alaska's Denali National Park short break

    US
    • Sit back and take in the scenery as you travel through Alaska by train.

    • See the mighty mountains and look for wildlife in spectacular Denali National Park.

    • Take an optional scenic flight in Denali National Park.

    • Enjoy all meals and guided activities during your stay in the national park.

    6 days from $3,925pp

  • Abandon Crystal Mill near Aspen

    Colorado Rockies Explored

    US
    • 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.

    14 days from $4,095pp

  • Napa Valley vineyard

    California Explored

    California
    • 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.

    20 days from $4,260pp

  • Beach, Carlisle Bay, Antigua

    Carlisle Bay and Miami

    Antigua and US
    • Enjoy the Art Deco architecture and exciting atmosphere of Miami Beach before flying to Antigua’s stunning coastline and colonial history for a relaxing week at a luxurious beach resort.

    12 days from $4,305pp

  • Venice Beach, Los Angeles

    Best of the West

    California
    • 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.

    20 days from $4,385pp

  • Historic ruins at Montage Palmetto Bluff

    Montage Palmetto Bluff break

    Deep South
    • Hotel interior boasts traditional Southern style with light and airy decor.
    • Six restaurants offer a wide variety of styles from fine dining to more casual cafés.
    • Access to the fantastic May River Golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
    • Plenty of salt and freshwater water sports on offer to experience the coastal Carolina Marshlands.
    • Set alongside the picturesque May River with accommodation tucked away in-between the trees.

    7 days from $4,635pp

  • Redwood National Park

    Northern California self-drive tour

    California
    • 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.

    13 days from $4,835pp

  • Four Seasons Hualalai

    Four Seasons Hualalai break

    Hawaii
    • 75% of the food served at the Ulu Ocean Grill comes from the ocean and local farms.
    • Play 18 holes at Jack Nicklaus's signature championship course.
    • Hotel features seven different swimming pools each with a unique feature.

    7 days from $4,995pp

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