United States - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.
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- In the cultural treasure trove that is New York City, experience two Broadway shows.
- Embark on a voyage to experience "Lady Liberty" up-close.
- Join a local guide for a tour of New York City’s time-honored landmarks.
- New York
- Niagara Falls
- Quebec City
- Quebec City
- Washington, D.C.
- Too young to hire a car? Worry not. This epic American road trip takes you from the national parks of the west to the musical cities of the south east. This is as much USA as you can fit into three weeks.
- Music lovers will dig this itinerary. Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are where it's at for music history and nightlife.
- There's a lot to do in Washington DC. That's why this trip spends a full day there. The best part? Most activities there are free.
- Granite cliffs, redwood forests, star-studded night skies, Instagram-smashing waterfalls... Yosemite National Park feels like utopia. There are two nights spent here, which means a full day to explore.
- A trip like this means LOTS of different flavours. Sample traditional southwestern cuisine in New Mexico and steak that’s bigger than your face in Texas.
- Monument Valley has provided many a backdrop for a classic Western film. Much cooler though is the Navajo history, which you learn all about from a Navajo guide on a 4WD adventure.
- Awesome thrilling trail offers spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock
- Incredible postcard-worthy views of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan
- Enjoy hiking along The Merced River, we’ll take an incredible views of Upper Yosemite Falls
- Hike among zion national park's towering cliffs
- Explore navajo tribal lands on a 4x4
- Admire colourful wood in petrified forest national park
- Take in sunset at the rim of the grand canyon
- Incredible hiking trails that locals consider some of the best in the Sonoran Desert
- Superstition Mountains Wilderness offers towering Saguaro cactus, boulder-filled canyons and soaring, jagged peaks
- Awesome bustling Phoenix, the sixth largest city in the United States
- Chinatown cultural tour, San Francisco
- Local Legend walking tour, New York City
- Party bus, Las Vegas
- Experience some of the highlights of California and Nevada in a short period of time. Enjoy the freedom to discover cities and national parks at your own pace, while letting someone else drive you from A to B
- Towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, redwood forests and epic night skies - Yosemite National Park feels like utopia. While other tour groups breeze through in a day, you'll spend two nights in the park, allowing for a full day of hiking and exploring
- For many, Death Valley conjures up images of a flat and barren wasteland. Be surprised by the park's ethereal landscapes of sand dunes, water-sculpted canyons, extinct volcanic craters and, in the spring, fields of wildflowers
- All roads lead to California. Where better to end your adventure than in San Francisco, the eclectic, multicultural 'City by the Bay'? This city is perfect for relaxation and activity
- Savor a local salmon bake featuring delicious all-you-can-eat Alaskan salmon.
- Enjoy dinner and a show at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater.
- Enjoy breakfast aboard a deluxe dome railcar during your ride to Denali National Park.
- Stop in the village of Carmacks to see the famous Five Finger Rapids.
- Relax on a scenic sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River.
- An expert guide takes you on a Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park.
- Enjoy a scenic glacier cruise of Prince William Sound.
- Marvel at the incredible views along the renowned Top of the World Highway.
- Ride through the famous neighbourhood of Palm Springs
- Experience Hike through Indian Canyons followed by Palm Canyon’s fan palm tree
- Opportunity to ride through Anza Borrego State Park features palm canyons, cacti, and plentiful wildlife, including bighorn sheep
- Hike along a boulder-strewn river bed to one of the region’s only native palm canyons
- The Salmon River Canyons is a trip with “pool and drop” characteristics
- Plenty of rapids, sun and dramatic scenery await you on an adventure-packed day of family white water rafting
- Visit a Native American rock art site, left by the original inhabitants of this rugged land
- We'll see the confluence of the Salmon and Snake Rivers
- We'll see the original Nez Perce trail descending down the canyon to a ford used for centuries by the Nez Perce as they travelled east from the Wallowa Mountains
- Visit our own River Dance Lodge, a beautiful log cabin adventure resort just two hours east.
- Horseback riding, hiking, fishing and biking are a few of the available activities
- Visit Mission Beach (weather permitting)
- Go loco as you feast on traditional Mexican cuisine
- Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
- Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
- Explore Chinatown and its hidden gems
- Trace the steps of 75,000 hippies from the 1960s
- See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury & the city's iconic cable cars
- Treat your tastebuds with a Chinatown dinner & tour in San Fran
- Visit the Mission District
- See the Yosemite’s wilderness allow a clear picture of the hand that glaciers had in shaping Yosemite
- Enjoy the epic views while your guide shares tips, tricks and interpretation
- Visit the world-famous naturalist John Muir became fascinated with glaciers when exploring Yosemite
- Enjoy the summit Half Dome and stand in awe of the incredible view
- Monument Valley: Enjoy an authentic cookout and Highlight Lunch amid the majestic buttes and mesas of the surrounding landscape.
- Moab: Chow down a traditional cowboy barbeque in a scenic alfresco setting at Red Cliffs Lodge.
- Bryce Canyon National Park: Get together with your new friends for a memorable Celebration Dinner within the park’s beautiful surroundings.
- Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).
- Las Vegas: Where else would you want to stay other than ARIA Resort and Casino? A modern, luxury, upscale resort, located right along the famed Las Vegas Strip.
- Grand Canyon: Stay in rustic charm at the historic Grand Canyon Lodge.
- Lake Powell: Relax and enjoy the superb views from your guaranteed Lake View Rooms at the Lake Powell Resort and Marinas.
- Mesa Verde: Enjoy sweeping views of the National Park from the Far View Lodge.
- Moab: Get a real taste of the West at the ranch-style Red Cliffs Lodge, situated under the fiery red cliffs of Moab.
- Bryce Canyon: Located right inside the National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a landmark property.
- Mesa Verde: See the ancient pueblo cliff dwellings, known as the Cliff Palace.
- Arches National Park: Enjoy views of the natural formations, including the iconic Delicate Arch.
- Scenic Drives: Travel the Trail of the Ancients, through the Ute Reservation. Take the All-American Road Scenic Byway 12 through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Drive along Zion National Park Scenic Byway. Virgin River Gorge.
- Take in the iconic trees of joshua tree national park
- Capture sunset at the grand canyon
- Stroll along the boardwalk of santa cruz
- Explore new york city's central park
- Discover washington dc's monuments by moonlight
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Top United States Experiences
Taking a history tour in Boston, along the Freedom Trail and visiting pre-revolutionary sights.
Exploring the busy, vibrant streets of New York City
Taking a small ship cruise in Alaska and admiring the beauty and abundant wildlife of America's "Last Frontier"
Seeing the lush greenery of the Hawaiian Islands
Walking the boardwalks in Yellowstone National Park to view the geysers and boiling, hissing mudpots.
Wine tasting in California and learning about how the wine industry began here
Driving the Avenue of the Giants in northern California, in awe of the ancient redwoods, the tallest trees on earth.
Standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon and peering into the depths of one of nature’s great wonders.
Hiking to a waterfall in California’s Yosemite National Park, where it's easy to find stunning hikes no matter your physical level.
Rafting the Salmon River in Idaho for whitewater thrills.
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United States Attractions & Landmarks Guide
The United States isn’t the largest country in the world -- it’s dwarfed by Russia -- but it packs in a lot of attractions per square mile. At the same time, especially in the western U.S. and Great Plains states, there are plenty of wide open spaces where the roads ahead seem almost endless, often framed by mountain ranges, deserts, fields of wheat and corn and, in the northern winter, fields of snow.
Visitors from abroad (and many Americans, too) seek out the glitz of Las Vegas or the ever-popular family theme parks like Disney World in and around Orlando, Florida. Many want to see Los Angeles, California, with its Hollywood glamor and laid-back Southern California style. And they also head for the big city of New York, a world capital of finance, fashion, cuisine, and much more.
Beyond the Marquee Attractions
But even if Vegas, Disney World, Disneyland, Hollywood, and Times Square top your list of must-sees, there’s a perhaps romanticized but still genuine “real America” also waiting to be discovered.
You may find it in a picturesque New England village, a boisterous college football game in Alabama, a small-town diner in Oklahoma, an artsy enclave like Santa Fe, New Mexico, or at 10,000 feet in the rarefied air of Leadville, Colorado. Even if your tour doesn’t take you to Leadville or Oklahoma, there’s much to be discovered within the union’s 50 states.
California and the Southwest
California alone could fill years of adventures. San Francisco and its nearby counties of Marin, Napa, and Sonoma form an unbeatable combo of urban delights, pastoral vineyards, and rugged coastlines. North of San Francisco are the redwoods, the world’s tallest trees, and in the central part of the state are the groves of Sequoias, the world’s largest living things, all protected in national parks. Highway 1, which runs along the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles and then to San Diego, offers scenery equal to that of Europe’s most famous coastal drives. And the blazing hot desert park of Death Valley draws adventurers from around the world.
The Southwest and Northwest
Heading east from California, the deserts continue into the great Southwest, where you can hike in mountains and canyons (including the Grand Canyon in Arizona), relive the days of the Old West in cities like Tombstone, Arizona, and take week-long horseback treks through New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness. In southern Utah, you can go backpacking in Zion National Park and encounter otherworldly “hoodoos” (rock formations) in Bryce Canyon.
North of California, the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho beckon with magnificent coastlines, wild and scenic rivers, intriguing islands (the San Juans) and the inviting city of Seattle on Puget Sound. Just to the east, the state of Montana is the embodiment of wid3 open spaces, with expansive scenery to match.
The Midwest and New England
More than a thousand miles farther east, the Upper Midwest is one of the loveliest but perhaps least appreciated regions of the country. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, northern Illinois -- anchored by Chicago -- and Ohio all border the Great Lakes, as does upstate New York, another unheralded gem.
New England is not to be missed. From the craggy shores of Maine to the green hills of Vermont, the winding roads of New Hampshire to the city of Boston, Massachusetts -- which played a pivotal role in American independence -- New England combines scenic beauty with history, atmospheric inns, tempting seafood, and plenty of opportunities for biking, hiking and skiing.
South of New England and New York come Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the U.S. Constitution was written, and Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital -- both must-sees for history, architecture, and modern-day vibrancy as well. Along with New York City, Washington offers the country’s top museums.
Heading into the Deep South, the cities of Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, are among the nation’s most alluring. Florida’s beaches are unsurpassed, with Miami and Key West providing a Caribbean vibe.
Alaska and Hawaii
The last two states admitted to the union couldn’t be more different geologically, but are among the nation’s biggest tourist draws despite being farthest away from the lower 48. Hawaii, a string of eight islands far out in the Pacific, is known for its beaches, warm breezes, Hula dancing and surfing. Far colder Alaska attracts visitors for its Inside Passage cruises, whale-watching, glaciers, snow-capped peaks and Denali National Park, home to the country’s highest mountain.
Wherever you choose to go in the U.S., start your search at Stride -- you’ll find that with our easy-to-use tools, you’ll be seeing the near and far corners of the USA sooner that you might have imagined.
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