Skip to content
French Quarter, New Orleans

US tours

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.

 

Speak to someone
who's been there

Audley Travel Specialist Shannon

Start planning your tailor-made trip by contacting one of our US specialists

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.

  • Desert, Saguaro Cactus, Southern Arizona

    Arizona and New Mexico Discovered Self-Drive

    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

  • Oak Alley plantation, Mississippi

    Discovering the Deep South

    US
    • 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

    US
    • 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

    US
    • 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.

    12 days from $3,795pp

  • 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

    US
    • 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

    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

  • Monument Valley

    National Parks Explored

    US
    • 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

    US
    • 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

    US
    • 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

Filter by destination

Filter by category

Some of our favorite travel guides

Manatees at Crystal River, Florida

5 of the best family activities in the US

Eating lunch with an astronaut in Houston, snorkeling with Florida’s manatees, or a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon’s yawning chasm: our US specialists pick five standout family activities you can include in your trip.

View this travel guide
Saint Paul skyline

Great Lakes

Relax on a lakeside beach or explore cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee. Go wildlife spotting for moose or take part in a range of outdoor activities, the Great Lakes region has plenty to offer visitors of all ages.

View this travel guide
Yosemite National Park

Where to go in the US

The US is so huge that it can be hard to narrow down your options when you’re planning a trip. We’ve drawn up a guide to helping you decide which regions to visit, depending on your individual interests.

View this travel guide
An autumn storm flows over Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall in the US beyond New England

While New England is known for its showstopping fall foliage, there are plenty of other places in the US that can rival the region’s autumnal beauty. Our specialists share worthy alternatives where you can make the most of the changing leaves.

View this travel guide
Blue Ridge Parkway

Self-driving the Blue Ridge Parkway

A self-drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway will take you from nation's capital, Washington D.C. on a journey of discovery through Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. You'll uncover historic towns and marvel at the splendid scenery of national parks such as Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains.

View this travel guide
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Self-driving through Arizona & Utah in America’s Southwest

Our specialists will have traveled the routes we offer so you can rest assured that you'll get the most from your self-drive vacation in the US. They'll also plan the best places to stay, things to see and do, and even what car is most suited to your needs. In short, they make sure everything runs smoothly.

View this travel guide
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Rockies: ranches, wolves & Wild West towns

The Rockies is a region of soaring mountains, wide open plains scattered with bison, and historic Gold Rush towns where time has stood still. US specialist Alex shares the best things to do in the Rockies, from Yellowstone tours to ranch stays.

View this travel guide
Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Family vacations in the US

Ranch stays, glamping in national parks, Hawaiian feasts and Yellowstone’s steaming geysers: the US is packed with enough experiences to fill several family photo albums. US specialist Shannon shares her pick of things to see and do on your next family trip.

View this travel guide
Route 66, Texas

Route 66 vacations

Known as the ‘Mother Road’, Route 66 helped open up America and shape its identity. Whether you choose to drive the whole route or just part of it, your road trip will showcase the country’s culture, history and landscapes.

View this travel guide
Glacier Nationa Park

Self-driving in the Rockies

Experience mountains, native American culture and wildlife with our self-drive guide through the Rockies. Written by US specialist Emma, she's plotted a route that will take you through Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

View this travel guide