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Coach tours in America

Mike GerrardBy Donna Dailey and Mike Gerrard, Editors of 101 USA Holidays

New England

The six states of New England – Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut – are perfect for coach tours as they are packed with fascinating sights and beautiful countryside, and the distances and journey times are relatively short. The most popular time is during autumn for “leaf peeping” – see this nine day Fall Foliage of New England tour.

Ultimate tour of the West

This 14-night Western Discovery tour is packed with iconic sights including the Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, Yosemite National Park and the cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas. It begins and ends in Los Angeles and includes tours of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, San Diego, Oak Creek Canyon, Yosemite and San Francisco. There are visits to Palm Springs, Death Valley, Carmel, Monterey and Santa Barbara.

Texas

Discover the best of Texas on this 14-day escorted tour that includes stays in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston – plus Lafayette and New Orleans in Louisiana. Visit the Southfork ranch, NASA’s headquarters in Houston, the site of The Alamo, wine-tasting in Fredericksburg, a cruise through the bayou swamps and a former sugar plantation. It costs from £1,935 per person including international flights.

Route 66

Route 66 runs between Chicago and Los Angeles and is a fascinating slice through America’s history, culture and natural wonders. Highlights include St Louis and Branson, Oklahoma City and Amarillo (home to the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum), Sante Fe, the Acoma Indian Reservation in Gallup, the Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas. See details of this 12-night Historic Route 66 trip.

Colorado

Discover the beauty of the American West on an escorted tour. Highlights include a ride on the world’s highest cog railroad to Pike’s Peak, a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs, and two nights in the Old West cowboy town of Durango.

New Orleans

Visit the home of jazz at one of the most exciting times of year. The New Orleans Jazz Fest celebrates the music and culture of Louisiana and New Orleans including blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, folk, country and bluegrass. This escorted tour costs from £1,975 per person, including international flights. See more escorted coach tours in the USA.

Cities of the East

Visit three great centres of commerce, politics and culture – New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC- on this 8-day Great Eastern Cities escorted coach tour. It also includes visits to Niagara Falls and Amish Country. It costs from £1,299 per person, including transatlantic flights.

Hawaii

Take a two-week escorted tour of the Hawaiian Islands that includes four nights in Waikiki Beach, with visits to Pearl Harbour, the USS Arizona Memorial and downtown Honolulu. Fly to Kauai to visit Waimea Canyon and the Spouting Horn blowhole, then take a helicopter trip over the island to see Hanalei Bay, where South Pacific was filmed. You’ll also visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea Crater on Big Island. This 15-day Hawaiian Islands escorted tour costs from £2,495 including first-class hotel accommodation, and flights.

Singles tours

If you’re on your own, join a singles tour of America. Escorted coach tours include this West Coast tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Alaska

Alaska is America at its wildest. Take a tour to discover beautiful landscapes, isolated communities, wildlife and natural wonders. From glaciers to grizzly bears, Alaska will amaze you. Find singles holiday ideas in the USA.

Art tour of Texas

This fascinating Art in Texas Tour will introduce you to the Kimbell in Fort Worth, Menil in Houston, Blanton in Austin, McNay in San Antonio, Fine Arts in Dallas and Houston, and Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation. Find more cultural tours in the USA.

* You may also be interested in our pick of the best rail holidays in America.

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