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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.

  • Maine Coast USA

    Classic New England Self-Drive

    • 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

  • Desert, Saguaro Cactus, Southern Arizona

    Arizona and New Mexico Discovered Self-Drive

    • 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

  • Oak Alley plantation, Mississippi

    Discovering the 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

    • 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

  • Whales, Hawaii

    Hawaii Highlights Self-Drive

    • 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

  • Abandon Crystal Mill near Aspen

    Colorado Rockies Explored

    • 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

    • 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

  • Venice Beach, Los Angeles

    Best of the West

    • 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

  • Monument Valley

    National Parks Explored

    • 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 $4,820pp

  • Redwood National Park

    Northern California Self-Drive

    • 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

  • Jackson Square in New Orleans

    Luxury Deep South Self-drive

    • 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.

    15 days from $6,260pp

  • Bison in Yellowstone in the winter

    Winter in Yellowstone National Park

    • Enjoy wildlife watching in Grand Teton National Park at sunrise with a naturalist guide.

    • Visit the Million Dollar Cowboy bar in Jackson.

    • Experience Yellowstone National Park as a winter wonderland and without the crowds.

    • Try your hand at cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Yellowstone National Park.

    • Take a moon-lit sleigh ride to a remote cabin for dinner and live music at Lone Mountain Ranch.

    13 days from $7,185pp

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Beach tours with a touch of exploration

These tour ideas, from our Caribbean collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each tour combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. They’re only suggestions though, and your specialist will create a trip that’s built around your individual interests.

  • Beach, Carlisle Bay, Antigua

    Carlisle Bay and Miami

    Beach + Beach hopping

    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 $3,920pp

    3 nights Miami, room only; 7 nights Carlisle Bay, including breakfast. The price below is per person, exclusive of international flights, and is intended as a broad indication of how much you should budget for your trip. We will tailor your itinerary to match your specific budget, dates and interests.

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