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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 trip. 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 music cities 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 tour ideas are the product of extensive travel in the USA and are routes that work particularly well.

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Our recommended tours in 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.

  • 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 £2,150pp

  • 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 £2,300pp

  • 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.

    14 days from £2,305pp

  • 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 £2,350pp

  • 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 £2,400pp

  • Desert, Saguaro Cactus, Southern Arizona

    Arizona and New Mexico Discovered self-drive tour

    USA
    • 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 £2,415pp

  • Mist amid the hills of Shenandoah National Park

    Self-Drive Journey Through Virginia

    USA
    • 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 £2,460pp

  • Waterfront on Mackinac Island

    Explore Lake Michigan

    USA
    • Visit the Motown Museum to learn more about its important legacy.

    • Sample a number of craft beers from local breweries in Detroit.

    • Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Michigan from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

    • Climb the sand dunes in Sleeping Bear and photograph Glen Lake from the top.

    • Take a self-guided tour of historic Fort Mackinac.

    • Explore the walking trails of Mackinac Island to reach hidden caves and arch rock formations.

    10 days from £2,595pp

  • Grapevine Hills, Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Texas Trails self-drive tour

    USA
    • 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 £2,640pp

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains self-drive tour

    Deep South
    • 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 £2,815pp

  • 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.

    14 days from £2,955pp

  • Boston skyline

    Cities of the East by rail

    New England
    • Reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday, travelling by rail.

    • 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 £3,110pp

  • 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.

    11 days from £3,130pp

  • Brooklyn Bridge sunset, Manhattan, New York

    New York State Discovered self-drive tour

    USA
    • 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.

    15 days from £3,135pp

  • Bixby Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway at Big Sur, California

    Coastal California Self-Drive

    California
    • Tour Alcatraz and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

    • Go whale watching in Monterey, looking out for orca and humpback whales.

    • Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway with its dramatic views of the rugged coastline and the ocean.

    • Relax on the soft sands of Pismo Beach.

    • Enjoy the sparkle and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.

    11 days from £3,150pp

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario

    New England and Niagara Falls self-drive tour

    Canada and New England
    • Tour the cobblestone streets of Boston's North End.

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

    • Soak up the culture of the Berkshires in Stockbridge.

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

    14 days from £3,225pp

  • Kentucky horses

    Highlights of Kentucky & Tennessee self-drive tour

    Deep South
    • 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 £3,375pp

  • Houses in Charleston's Historic District

    Historic South Carolina self-drive tour

    Deep South
    • Stroll through the streets of Charleston with an expert guide and get local insights into the city’s rich history.

    • Visit a number of historical plantations set upon the Ashley River, just a short drive from Charleston.

    • Enjoy typical Southern traditions at Montage Palmetto Bluff and sample fire-roasted S’mores, homemade sweet tea and slow-simmered shrimp and grits.

    • Bask in the Carolina sunshine on Hilton Head Island.

    12 days from £3,395pp

  • Abandon Crystal Mill near Aspen

    Colorado Rockies Explored

    USA
    • 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.

    15 days from £3,445pp

  • Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

    Boston & Eastern Canada by Cruise & Train

    Canada and New England
    • Explore historic Boston.

    • Cruise to Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown in Atlantic Canada.

    • Enjoy a walking tour of historic Québec City.

    • Visit Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls.

    • Relax and enjoy the many facilities on board your cruise ship.

    16 days from £3,480pp

  • 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.

    21 days from £3,770pp

  • 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.

    21 days from £3,835pp

  • Chicago

    The Great Lakes Trail self-drive tour

    USA
    • 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 £3,845pp

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