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.

Attending a jazz or blues club in New Orleans or Memphis and discovering the roots of authentic American music.

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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Washington D.C.

New York City

Yosemite National Park


Florida Everglades

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon

New Orleans


Alaska’s Inside Passage

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United States Attractions And 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.

Heading South

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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United States Tour Reviews - Summary
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Overall our very first rail vacation was very nice. May 2019


Glacier National Park Escape-Seattle Roundtrip

Overall our very first rail vacation was very nice. The only problems we experienced were with the reliability of the train schedule, and with the service (or lack of service) from the room steward on the return trip from East Glacier to Seattle. I must say, however, that the initial portion of our trip from Seattle to East Glacier was absolutely perfect - particularly the service we received from our steward, Curtis. He was AWESOME! Read more

Operator Vacations By Rail



East Coast USA and Canada November 2016


East Coast USA and Canada Summer 2018

Generally the layout of the itinerary was good but however, some of the local guides can be quite boring. Overall, the travel Director had done a great job and is very knowledgeable and well verse in his history. Read more

Operator Trafalgar





Alaskan Wildlife & Wilderness

A trip of a lifetime with breath-taking scenery! A good balance of challenging hikes and other activities like the whale watching cruise and scenic float plane flight. Its definitely aimed at people who like to be busy and active on their holiday.
The hike to Harding ice field was fantastic with amazing views and ever changing terrain to hike through.

The group leaders were fun-loving and quirky. Their enthusiasm and passion for Alaska was contagious.

Its nothing like I imagined or expected. Go with an open mind and you will love it.

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Operator Exodus Travels



Great trip with Caravan Tours! August 2016


Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Bryce & Zion

We took the Caravan tour of Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, etc. in April 2012. It is a real value for the money. We had visited most of the sites on our own before, but this time did not care to do the driving.

The tour had 45 people where Tauck in the same size bus had 35. They had more leg room. Tauck also provided many more meals. However, we stayed at the same lodge at the south rim; we were both at Lake Powell Resort; we were with them at Zion Lodge. The breakfasts were the same for both. They two dinners that were provided were excellent - a catered dinner in an events room at Bright Angel & a meal at Zion where we could choose anything on the menu.

Our tour guide did a marvelous job; the fellow tour members were a diverse, well-traveled group of unpretentious people. The ages ranged from 11-80.

The only lodging that was not ideal was the Comfort Inn in Kanab, which offered very few dining options.
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Operator Caravan Tours


Our Cuban trip was delightful with wonderful in-country programs, great accommodations, charming restaurants with delicious meals and very comfortable buses. The March weather was delightful. Make this trip before travel from the US inundates the island! Read more

Operator Road Scholar



Activities are really Awesome June 2016


Flathead lake Lodge Company Reviews

The service is excellent and the activities are really awesome.

Operator Flathead Lake Lodge

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