The Appalachian Mountains – mysterious, romantic, beautiful – form the backdrop to this laid-back Southern state. Meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most scenic drives, or try whitewater rafting. North Carolina has great golf courses too, plus dunes and sandy beaches that stretch for hundreds of miles along the Outer Banks.
We’ve driven the California coast many times and never tire of its variety. Sonoma is the antithesis of big and brash – a charming county packed with superb places to stay and vineyards tended by real enthusiasts. Wine-tasting, gourmet meals, the odd spa treatment and a final two days on the coast – heaven.
From California’s farmers’ markets and wine country, through the Creole cuisine and BBQ of the South to sensational pizzas and cheesecakes in New York City, Trafalgar’s foodie trips enhance regular sightseeing with some of the USA’s finest food. We especially love New England with its cheeses, cranberry bogs and treats like Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream. Yum!
Taking the garden path is a delightful way to approach two of the East Coast’s greatest cities. Stroll Manhattan’s High Line and Central Park, then visit the renowned Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the lush estate gardens of the Hudson Valley and several outstanding gardens with native trees and plant species in historic Philadelphia.
The beautiful scenery of upstate New York is a wonderful contrast to the buzz of New York City. We love the Finger Lakes region for its tranquil beauty and superb wineries, and the thrill of Niagara Falls. Rochester makes a pleasant stop before the lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks, where you can enjoy the great outdoors.
We’ve spent a lot of time in Chicago and still haven’t done everything we want to do. Its skyscrapers are stunning from the outside, and going to their top decks is not for the nervous. We’ve had the best pizza ever, admired the art and science museums, found the friendliest people and had fun every day. We love Chicago. Everyone loves Chicago.
We’re frequent travellers on the stunning Pacific Coast Highway, and this tour stops at two of our favourite spots en route to San Francisco. The scenery is no less breathtaking as you head inland through Napa Valley wine country and the mountains, deserts and giant forests of California’s national parks on your way to Las Vegas.
On our travels around the USA over the years we’ve fallen in love at different times with amazing places like the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Bryce Canyon, San Francisco and Yosemite, so one tour that takes in all those places, and more, is something pretty special. You’ll be falling in love with the American West every single day.
When John Steinbeck set off on the trip that inspired his 1962 book, Travels with Charley, he chose a campervan as the best way to get to know the USA and his fellow Americans. It’s a classic road-trip experience, and there are RV Parks everywhere, from Vegas to Vermont, wherever your American dreams take you.
If you ever plan to motor west, be warned that nowadays Route 66 is hard to find and follow in places. One option is to join a group tour and let someone else lead the way to the classic diners, the historic landmarks and museums, and everything else that makes this epic journey so special.
New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC – we never tire of this trio of eastern cities with their historic monuments, fabulous museums and invigorating buzz. We especially like this tour because of what lies in between: the marvel of Niagara Falls, quaint and timeless Amish Country, moving Gettysburg and the beautiful scenery of the Finger Lakes wine region.
Rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is the thrill of a lifetime. After the rush of the rapids, there are peaceful nights camping under the stars, and you’ll never forget the magic of the canyon from below. Hiking in the national parks is another great way to immerse yourself in America’s epic landscapes.
We’ve driven through the wild desert and mountain landscapes of Utah and Colorado and would do it again in a heartbeat. The Southern Utah National Parks boast some of the most striking scenery on the planet, and hidden away in the Colorado Rockies are astonishingly stylish spas and hot springs. Hot tubs at midnight? You bet.
We almost got married in the USA but couldn’t choose between the fun and glitz of Las Vegas, the romance of Hawaii or the glamour and sophistication of New York’s Central Park or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Americans love romance and pizzazz so wherever you want to say “I do”, just do it.
We absolutely love Alabama, from its miles of silver-sand beaches – and fabulous seafood – along the Gulf Coast to its moving Civil Rights connections, its soulful Muscle Shoals music, the birthplace of country giant Hank Williams (“the hillbilly Shakespeare”) and the charming town of Monroeville, where Harper Lee set To Kill a Mockingbird.
Each Hawaiian island is different, so it’s difficult to choose just one for a holiday. With this escorted tour, you’ll visit several islands, taking in highlights such as Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, and an amazing variety of landscapes, from active volcanoes and massive craters to lush rainforest, spectacular coastal cliffs and canyons, along with Hawaii’s history and culture.
Seattle is one of the coolest cities in America, exciting in its own right, but also the gateway to a corner of the States we love. The Northwest includes the USA’s only rainforest on the dramatic Olympic Peninsula, the rugged and hauntingly beautiful Oregon coast, and the humbling Giant Redwood trees – just for starters!
Virginia’s history and scenery are delightful. After the big city lights of Washington DC and Baltimore, shift down into slow gear as you meander along Skyline Drive, with its stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, into Shenandoah National Park. Colonial Williamsburg and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate also impress.
Here is a journey into the heartland of America. You’ll drive into the Great Lakes to discover historic towns, beautiful scenery, Indian reservations and the Mall of America, the country’s largest shopping mall. Staying in charming hotels and B&Bs, you’ll explore Lakes Michigan and Superior, and an enchanting island on Lake Huron.
The phenomenal landscapes of southern Utah and northern Arizona make for truly exciting family adventures. Whether you’re hiking in the Grand Canyon or walking amidst the red rock formations of Arches National Park, white water rafting or camping out under the stars, these self-drive tours work for all ages. It’s a great way to see and experience the West.
Our outstanding memory from our first Alaska trip is the sound of glaciers cracking and crashing into the sea beside our cruise boat. Nothing prepares you for how magnificent Alaska is, from its snow-covered mountain ranges, its vast National Parks, deserted roads and abundance of wildlife, to the ruggedly independent people who live there.
With its glamorous nightlife and Cuban connections, Miami has the sizzle of the Caribbean and the glamour of New York. Enjoy the city’s unique buzz as you lounge on gorgeous palm-backed beaches and stroll round shops and art galleries. From sleek, modern boutique hotels to retro digs in the famous Art Deco district, style’s the word.