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USA trip ideas

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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.

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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.

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.

14 Days from £1,775pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Highlights of Route 66 Self-Drive

  • 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.

15 Days from £2,295pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Self-Drive Journey Through Virginia

  • 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.

13 Days from £2,310pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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New York State Discovered Self-Drive

  • 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.

13 Days from £2,555pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Texas Trails Self-Drive

  • 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.

14 Days from £2,625pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Great Lakes Self-Drive

  • 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.

16 Days from £2,755pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains Self-Drive

  • 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.

14 Days from £2,780pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cultures & Canyons of Western USA Self-Drive

  • 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.

20 Days from £2,940pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Pennsylvania & Virginia Self-Drive

  • 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.

15 Days from £2,985pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

14 Days from £3,065pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cities of the East

  • 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.

13 Days from £3,085pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Maine and New Brunswick Seascapes Self-Drive

  • Explore the beautiful, cultural city of Boston.

  • Discover coastal settlements and pretty driving routes.

  • Go whale watching and look for moose.

  • Indulge in outdoor activities on Grand Manan Island.

14 Days from £3,170pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Georgia & the Carolinas Self-Drive

  • Walk some of the 800 miles of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Relax on the beach or explore the sand dunes of tranquil Jekyll Island.

  • Explore the dramatic Atlantic coastline and the historic waterfront towns of the Carolinas.

  • Visit the historic plantation homes and mansions on Georgia's Antebellum Trail.

15 Days from £3,235pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Maple Leaf Trail Self-Drive

  • Soak up the bright lights of New York.

  • Board the 'Hornblower' boat to explore magnificent Niagara Falls.

  • Take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

  • Delve into the fascinating history of the old walled city of Québec.

  • Tour the picturesque villages, vineyards, lakes and mountains of New York State.

17 Days from £3,275pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Canada & USA Pacific Northwest Self-Drive

  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Pike's Place Market in Seattle.

  • See the totem poles of Vancouver’s Stanley Park and visit vibrant Chinatown.

  • Take a trip by gondola to the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain for far-reaching mountain views.

  • Visit the iconic Spirit Island on Lake Maligne in Jasper National Park.

  • Hike in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at Montana's Glacier National Park.

21 Days from £3,310pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Highlights of Kentucky & Tennessee Self-Drive

  • 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.

16 Days from £3,325pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Colorado Rockies Explored

  • Explore the foothills of the Rocky Mountains outside of Denver.

  • Ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado Springs, the highest train in the country.

  • Visit the authentic mountain town of Breckenridge.

  • Enjoy a white water rafting adventure on the Snake River outside of Aspen.

  • See wildlife such as moose and elk in Rocky Mountain National Park.

15 Days from £3,425pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

21 Days from £3,710pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

21 Days from £3,775pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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The Great Lakes Trail Self-Drive

  • 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.

17 Days from £3,775pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Carolinas to Key West Florida Self-Drive

  • 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.

19 Days from £3,785pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Mountains of Colorado & Utah Self-Drive

  • 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.

18 Days from £3,800pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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On the Trail of the Bison

  • 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.

15 Days from £3,875pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hawaii Highlights Self-Drive

  • 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.

15 Days from £3,930pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Florida Coastal Explorer Self-Drive

  • 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.

14 Days from £3,990pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Yellowstone & Glacier National Park Self-Drive

  • Spend time visiting Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.

  • Explore the wildlife and geothermal activity of Yellowstone National Park.

  • Discover the small character towns of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Take in the magnificent scenery of Glacier National Park.

  • Try some the region's many thrilling outdoor activities.

14 Days from £4,240pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

25 Days from £4,280pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Grand New England Self-Drive

  • Go whale watching and looking for moose in Maine.

  • Scale the Cog Railway in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

  • Take in the history of Boston.

  • Explore the quaint and pretty villages of Vermont.

  • Lap up the swell on Cape Cod's beaches.

21 Days from £4,365pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Dixie Dreaming

  • Soak up the famous Southern charm amongst the pristine architecture of Savannah.

  • Enjoy the musical birth places of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock n' Roll.

  • Taste the many Cajun and Creole culinary delights in Louisiana.

  • Explore the streets of New Orleans' world-famous French Quarter.

19 Days from £4,405pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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California, Oregon & Washington State Self-Drive

  • 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.

21 Days from £5,625pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hawaiian Island Hopping Adventure

  • 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.

20 Days from £6,520pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

Beach + City

Le Maitai Polynesia & Los Angeles

Spend a few days on the US west coast discovering Los Angeles' diverse attractions from renowned galleries to famous film studios before a complete change on the picture perfect islands of French Polynesia.

16 Days from £3,184pp

3 nights Los Angeles, including excursions; 7 nights Le Maitai Polynesia including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Beach hopping

Carlisle Bay and Miami

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 £3,918pp

3 nights Miami, room only; 7 nights Carlisle Bay, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers

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Beach + City

Le Tahaa Island Resort and Spa and Los Angeles

This is a stunning two centre itinerary offering the exciting energy and bright lights of Los Angeles with an exclusive stay in French Polynesia.

13 Days from £4,156pp

2 nights Los Angeles, room-only, including excursion; 7 nights Le Taha’a, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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