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Contiki’s Top 5 tours in the USA

Published February 3rd, 2016

Everything’s bigger, better and bolder in the good old USA, so save yourself time and hassle by hopping on board a tour with one of the most fun and friendly tour groups around. If you’re up for some serious fun stateside, here are some of Contiki’s best trips…

Ultimate selfie at the Grand Canyon

Southern Adventure

Got a hankering to see the big south? This grand tour takes you through 11 US states, with a whole smorgasbord of scenery and culture, guaranteed to amaze. Starting off in LA, the 13-day Southern Adventure takes you on an adventure ride through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, before ending up in Louisiana. Along the way you can gasp in awe at the scale of the Grand Canyon from above in a helicopter ride, try some true finger lickin’ Texan ribs, check out Elvis’s pad in Memphis, and ‘laissez les bon temps rouler' in New Orleans! Travel is in an air-conditioned coach and accommodation and many meals are also included. What are you waiting for?!

Dollar dollar bills, Vegas, y'all!

Western Highlights

Get to know America’s spectacular Wild West on this fun-filled 9 day tour, which takes in everything from surfing in California, to partying in Las Vegas and lots of scenic drives through some stunning desert scenery. Starting in LA, you’ll head off to San Diego for some SOCal sunshine, surf and sand before heading on to Phoenix and the incredible Grand Canyon. The tour ends up in Sin City, where you can party all night long under the neon lights. The Western Highlights Tour includes accommodation in hotels and lodges, lots of meals, and transport in an air-conditioned coach.

Grand Canadian

Embrace the diversity of the America’s on this epic 20-day tour, which takes you from the bright lights of the Big Apple to the astonishing natural beauty of the Canadian Wilderness. In between you’ll also get a chance to soak up the sights and sounds of Boston, the historic UNESCO World Heritage Listed Quebec City, try poutine in Montreal (trust me it’s amazing), and revel in the cosmopolitan vibe of Toronto. After getting a taste for the eastern part of Canada, you’ll hop on a plane to the spectacular British Columbia and visit Vancouver and epic Whistler, before
hitting the Rockies including Jasper and Banff. This will truly be the trip of a lifetime!

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Eastern Escapade

Explore the eastern states of the US and Canada on this 14-day tour. Starting with a couple of days in Boston, you’ll then head to the Big Apple to see the sights and sounds and take a cycle tour of Central Park. Next it’s on to America’s seat of power at Washington D.C. and then to Pittsburgh, before heading up to Canada to check out the jaw-dropping Niagara Falls. Once you’ve experienced the epic falls, it’s time to check out some of Canada’s great cities, Montreal and Toronto, before returning back to Boston. The Eastern Escapade trip includes hotel accommodation and comfortable transport in an air-conditioned coach.

New York, New York!

Grand Northern

This is the motherload of US / Canada tours. For 26 fun packed days, you’ll journey across 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces, experiencing so many different landscapes and cultures. This massive trip takes you all the way from the bright lights of New York right across the top of the states, through Canada and on wards to LA. Be dazzled by some of the world’s best cities, take in the breathtaking views of National Parks and Great Lakes, and indulge in some seriously tasty regional cuisine along the way. Some of the places you’ll get to visit on this epic trip include Boston, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Vegas. All transport is included in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, as well as hotel accommodation and lots of meals.

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.