Our USA vacations

Our USA vacations might start and finish in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas, but they quickly whisk you into the great outdoors. Everything feels bigger here: the wildlife, the landscapes... and the food, of course. In the national parks, our expert partners come into their own. You might go wildlife watching, spotting whales in Alaskaís Denali National Park or tracking wolves in Yellowstone. Or you could camp with the family or flex your freedom with a self drive vacation, staying in welcoming, locally owned hotels. Wherever you go, expect to be wowed.

Our top USA vacations

Self drive tour of the National Parks of America

From £4435
24 days inc UK flights
Explore the United States fantastic National Parks.
Tailor made

Family camping vacation in America

From US $3599 to US $3949
12 days ex flights
Camp under the stars in America
Small group2022: 1 Aug, 2023: 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 14 Aug

Alaska adventure vacation, salmon run

From US $4090 to US $4880
20 days ex flights
Active small group adventures in a retrofitted school bus
Small group2022: 16 Jul, 6 Aug, 2023: 3 Jun, 24 Jun, 15 Jul, 5 Aug

Colorado vacation, self drive tour, USA

From £3700
18 days inc UK flights
Explore the varied National Parks of the United States.
Tailor made

Coastal California self drive vacation

From £3215
11 days inc UK flights
Discover coastal California on this tailor made tour

Denali National Park vacation in Alaska

From US $2440 to US $2990
12 days ex flights
Experience untouched wilderness off the beaten path
Small group2022: 24 Jul, 14 Aug, 27 Aug, 2023: 11 Jun, 2 Jul, 23 Jul, 13 Aug, 26 Aug

Wolf watching vacation in Yellowstone, USA

From £2615
7 days ex flights
Expert guided trips to track & watch wolves in Yellowstone
Tailor made

Deep South Delta Blues tour

From US $5279 to US $5779
12 days ex flights
A journey through America's cultural and musical heritage
Small group2022: 3 Sep, 15 Oct, 12 Nov, 2023: 22 Apr, 24 Jun, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 14 Oct, 11 Nov

Alaska Glacier Bay small ship cruise

From £2925
8 days ex flights
Get close up to Alaska where the big ships can't go
Small group2022: 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep

About our USA vacations

The big outdoors in America

In the USA, the big outdoors is just that – big. You can hike trails that range from the Appalachian Way to lakeside loops around Grand Teton National Park. Native American guides can teach you about the indigenous roots and routes of canoeing – perhaps along the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River. Then there are the coastlines: Pacific Coasts that wind from sun-bleached New Mexico to glacier-cracked Alaska, the Atlantic Coast from the Deep South to the autumn foliage of Maine, and also the volcanic beaches of Hawaii. Best of all, you share that big outdoors with eagles, bears, elks and whales. Browse our USA adventure vacations.

USA vacations, Alaska

Alaska is wild. There’s the wilderness, yes: tundra, glaciers and permafrost; mountainous national parks roamed by bears following the salmon run; fjords only accessible by small ships or canoes. But even the cities walk on the wild side. The remote state capital Juneau doesn’t have road access – it’s fly- or sail-in only – and Anchorage has the friendly, appealingly unruly feel of a real outpost. The national parks are the real appeal, though, including Denali (for stargazing and bear watching), volcano-studded Katmai, and Kenai Fjords, where intrepid hikers can traipse across the Harding Icefield.

National parks vacations in America

We all know Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon… but what about the Great Sand Dunes or Mesa Verde? There are 62 national parks in the USA, all designed to protect the wildlife and ecosystems they live in. A walking vacation to the USA is one of the best ways to explore them, following Native American trails and camping opposite creaking glacier fields or deep in redwoods forests. Try a small group tour that explores three neighbouring parks – say Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon – or focus in on vast, sizzling Yellowstone, the first national park in the world.

Wildlife vacations in America

Wildlife vacations in the USA focus on the wildest corners of the country: the Colorado forests where bears rummage for berries in autumn; the Alaskan islands where thousands of whales and orca feed; the Louisiana swamps where alligators lurk. Yellowstone National Park has the ace up its sleeve – wolves which, after being hunted to death in the 1920s, were reintroduced in the 1980s. It’s one of the most successful examples of rewilding, keeping overgrown elk herds in check. Prehistoric-looking bison also roam in huge herds, while bald eagles swoop on exhausted salmon making the epic journey from ocean to spawning grounds.

Family vacations in America

Rafting down white water rivers or road-tripping down the panoramic Big Sur – family vacations to the USA are an adventure. Small group trips give you a readymade traveling group for toasting marshmallows under the stars in Monument Valley and rafting along the foot of the Grand Canyon. Self drive family vacations are tailor made, so the route will be plotted to your family’s needs. The Pacific-view and desert roads of Western USA offer some of the most cinematic scenery for kids’ attention spans; you can pair national parks like Joshua Tree with fun-loving cities like San Francisco or Monterey.

Small group vacations in the USA

Fancy meeting some great traveling companions? Small group vacations to the USA match you with an expert guide and a group of 6-18 fellow adventurers. Most things are arranged for you, including hotels or camping, travel, and some meals and activities. They also follow some iconic routes. You could get your kicks on Route 66 or pile into a converted school bus to follow the salmon run through Alaska. Small group trips to the Deep South are usually music and cultural tours exploring blues, delta and slave history, while the West Coast introduces you to the legendary landscapes of California, Arizona and Nevada.
[The big outdoors: Kirk Thornton] [Alaska: Joris Beugels] [National parks: Mathieu Olivares] [Wildlife: Paxson Woelber] [Families: Loren Kerns] [Small group vacations: Mike Erskine]
Photo credits: [Page banner: rayb777] [The big outdoors: Kirk Thornton] [Alaska: Joris Beugels] [National parks: Mathieu Olivares] [Wildlife: Paxson Woelber] [Families: Loren Kerns] [Small group vacations: Mike Erskine]