The USA is a huge country with so many amazing destinations and one of the best ways to travel is on an organised tour. You will get to make new friends and visit incredible places. Search and compare the best small group, overland and adventure trips in the USA from top rated local and international travel operators.
Book a Tour to the United States
The USA is a huge country and when travelling off your own, transport and arranging everything by yourself can be stressful and expensive. The whole experience can be made easier and more fun by booking with a tour company. A tour guide that is assigned to your group does all of the worrying here and this makes the trip more enjoyable.
There are a lot of different tours you can join in USA during summer and every month of the year where you will get guided to the best places in the country. Most of our tours are exclusively designed for 18-35's, where you can discover the country with likeminded similar aged travellers.
Best USA Tour Operators
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USA Small Group Tours
Most tours generally operate using a 10-20 person vehicle which is more than adequate in terms of having enough living space. As well as this, buses sometimes carry a trailer which holds all of the passenger’s luggage which leaves plenty of space inside the van. Much of the bonding on these tours is done on the bus, and you get an opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep after a long day of adventuring so you will be able to make the most of ‘bus-time’.
Adventure & Overland Tours in the USA
Joining an adventure tour is a great way of entering out of your comfort zone and guess what, there are even active family breaks available. It can be difficult when you look at the size of the USA to decide where to go. Travelling overland on a tour is also a much better way to explore a new country as you will see things which you would never normally see when flying. Trips start from a few days to over 2 months where you can explore cities or travel overland taking in every major attraction. Most of our USA adventure tours cater for the 18-35's age group but there are also options for all ages.
There are tours all year round which travel overland and take you to places like New York, California, New Orleans, Chicago, Route 66, Alaska and more. If you have a lot of free time you could travel coast to coast which will let you see as much as possible. Southern USA has lots of places to see, New Orleans is a great city but watch out for hurricane season whilst the South-Western corner can be a good area to focus on. The states of California, Nevada and Arizona all contain areas of natural beauty and it is relatively easy to travel between the three states on a tour.
You will also get to take in large cities and smaller towns depending on what your interests are, a lot of tours in the West Coast USA finish in Las Vegas which is a bustling city full of nightlife and attractions. There are also lots of National Parks to visit, or if you fly into California we recommend doing the celebrity tours of Hollywood. From West to East you can find a large selection of trips, if you are traveling solo tours allow you to travel with other people who might become good friends. The West Coast USA has a good climate almost all year round, you could join a road trip down the coast visiting places like Santa Monica and Santa Cruz, be sure to head to the beaches which are amazing.
Budget Tours in USA
There are lots of cheap tours of the USA available to join all year round. Most tours start from around £250 for 2 weeks but prices can go higher depending on the trip and company. Usually all gas prices and accommodation are included in your initial payment which also helps you budget your trip beforehand.
On most tours you will stay in a range of hotels, hostels, guest houses whilst some even include camping. To get the best deals you will need to book well in advance or last minute. Where you stay can vary depending on the trip and also price. Some companies offer a discount rate of around 10% for international camp counselors, au pairs and anyone interning or working in States.
Post-Summer Camp Tours
If you are working at a sumer camp in the USA and you would like to travel afterwards, our tours will appeal to you. There are lots of good value tour packages available which last a few days to over a month. You can visit a specific destination or travel overland and see multiple destinations. This is perfect if you are planning to work in the USA and want to travel afterwards.
Here is a selection of some of the amazing places you could visit:
With its sandy beaches, world famous cities and stunning coastal roads, California has all the ingredients required for the perfect road trip. But, in a state bigger than most countries, how do you even start planning such an epic adventure? Well, that’s where we come in. Here’s our guide to the ultimate Californian tour experience. You will get to experience and visit the very best places in California on exciting overland adventure which usually start in San Francisco or Los Angeles. You will get to see iconic locations made famous in various films like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Las Vegas, National Parks and more. The undoubted highlights of California include seeing the breathtaking Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park and Yosemite National Park which you will get to explore, there is also an option helicopter ride for thrillseekers.
Not only is Cali spoilt with the Pacific Ocean on its western side but it also has the Yosemite National Park in the east. Spanning 760,000 acres, there are few places on earth that take the breath away quite like Yosemite. Its diverse wildlife coupled with stunning scenery including waterfalls, giant sequoia trees and granite cliffs will leave you in awe of this wonderful park. There’s also the small matter of 800 miles of hiking trails. A particular beauty spot is Glacier Point which offers outstanding views of Yosemite Valley. One final and spectacular voyage into California’s vast land is required to fully complete your trip. To the south of Yosemite National Park is Death Valley, the driest and lowest point of North America. It’s a wilderness unlike anything else California has to offer yet you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities in the Mojave Desert. Make sure to head to Zabriskie Point, especially at sunset, for breath taking panoramas. These are just some highlights of this unique state. Wherever you visit on a tour in California, this state will leave a special place in your heart.
The Grand Canyon
There are over 100 tours to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and other Las Vegas areas. If you would like to visit the West Coast of the United States make the most of the experience with a visit to the Grand Canyon . Tours are available every day of the year and usually depart from California, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona and Sedona. Some trips usually stop at the Hoover Dam too. The price depends on the tour option you choose - prices published online are the prices you will pay, there are no hidden fuel or airport surcharges, national park entry fees, or extra fee add-ons. All tours offer great value.
Yosemite & Yellowstone
Join an ultimate journey through iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the bubbling, gushing wonder of it all - there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world. Even when you close your eyes, you can sense the immense beauty surrounding you. Most tours start in Seattle, San Francisco or LA and a sample itinerary looks like this:
- Coeur D'Alene: See all the hype on an orientation tour of Seattle. Enjoy the scenery en route to Idaho with its beautiful mountains, rivers, and valleys.
- Glacier National Park/Helena: Enter Montana and enjoy a picnic lunch at Flathead Lake. Explore Glacier NP with over 50 glaciers and 200 lakes and streams. Enjoy a boat tour of a Lewis and Clark landmark.
- Yellowstone National Park: Travel to Yellowstone, home to the most wild animals in the US. Tour the Northern Loop—Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Take the South Loop including Old Faithful, Lake Village and Grant Village.
- Grand Teton National Park/Jackson/Salt Lake City: Enjoy the view of more than 12 peaks and take an optional boat ride on Jenny Lake. Opt to visit an authentic cowboy bar for Western line dancing or go rafting. See the sights of Salt Lake City on an orientation tour.
- Tonopah: Drive the 'Loneliest Road in America' before arriving to the silver mining town of Tonopah.
- Yosemite National Park: Marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite's peaks and granite domes. Take hikes to majestic waterfalls, lakes, meadows and amongst giant sequoias.
- San Francisco: Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, or set sail to the setting sun.
Experience the Great Outdoors on an adventure get-away in Alaska. You will be able to see the real North Western America on this exciting adventure holiday, expect the most spectacular nature, scenery and wildlife on this trip, bears, otters, bald eagles and if you are lucky you might even see whales off the Coastline. Highlights include seeing Mount Alyeska, going hiking in rainforests and spending time of the Kenai fjords.
Explore Hawaii and see a different side to the island on a tour. You will get to escape the beach and see a different side to Hawaii on exciting adventure breaks. These are quite active trips perfect if you are looking for an exciting new adventure. Highlights include seeing the crater of Kilauea, meeting local coyboys, cycling along spectacular routes and going snorkelling in remote areas. We recommend Hawaii if you are looking for an off the beaten track destination where you can escape the tourist crowds seeing volcanoes and stunning coastlines.
You will get to visit an active volcanoe - Kilauea and see the crater up close which is spectacular. Some days might be spent riding bikes and visiting local parks and travelling along the stunning Hamakua Coast where you will be able to stop off on route. A popular excursion is to experience the crystal clear waters of Hawaii on a kayaking excursions which lasts around 3-4 hours, there will be lots of breaks and you should get to see sea turtles in their natural habitat. There is free time in the evening to relax. A lot of trips travel to the Kohala Mountains where you will get to meet local cowboys and learn about their lifestyles. Later you will get to go horse riding to the Hawi and Kohala Coast. Most tours start and finish in Hilo / Kona.
USA Tour Reviews
"Having your itinerary sorted, but also the option to participate in rare opportunities, is a huge benefit of joining a tour with a company. I’ll be honest, it would have taken a lot of reading and research for me to have done everything that I managed to do on my three week trip with Trek America." - Helen Winter
"The experience that you have on one of these treks is exactly what you make it, it’s hard not to have a great time when you’re with great people and have very little to worry about so if you are considering travelling anywhere, check out some touring company websites. If you want to see the USA, I’d highly recommend you check out Trek America. I paid £1700 for a three week trek, but you can pay up to £6500 if you fancy an eighty-day adventure across the States. Remember to take into account the fact that you’re up-front cost does not include flights (unless stated so) but Trek America does offer the opportunity to book flights via their website which can be substantially cheaper than doing it directly. Looking back on my trip, it is the best £1700 I have ever spent on travel. If you were to do a three-week trek across America off your own back you could expect to double this cost, and with the added stresses of travel taken away, it’s well worth it. Also, although very cheesy, it’s hard to put a price on the friend’s you’ll make." - Ken Brooksbank
"I joined the LA to San Francisco Highlights Tour with Geckos Adventures which was amazing. My group (8 travellers including me) was fantastic and our guide always made sure we were comfortable." - Phoebe, Australia