Self-drive America

Mark and David's verdict
There's only one way to see America in our view - on the road. Driving the freeways and backroads of the USA is not only the most fun way to appreciate this vast and diverse country, from sea to shining sea, it's also the key to experiencing the small, quirky, friendly side of small town America. Explore dark desert highways and spectacular National Parks, refuelling at diners, truck stops and gourmet restaurants.

Recommended tour operator: American Sky

American Sky says

There is nothing quite like the sense of freedom, discovery and exhilaration as you hit the open road in the USA – whether it’s the coastal highways of California, the rural beauty of New England or America’s spectacular National Parks.

  • Action-packed itineraries
  • Pre-booked hotels
  • Motorhome option

We have done all the hard work for you with a quality car waiting for you on arrival, tried and tested routes, easy-to-follow directions, sight-seeing tips, first class hotels each evening and your international flights. We can adjust your accommodation to suit your budget and there’s a wide choice of vehicles – even a classic Mustang Convertible for something really special.

The West Coast is a huge draw and our California fly-drives are some of the most popular. Golden California is a classic route from San Francisco to San Diego via Las Vegas.

How about a road trip that takes in no fewer than five National Parks? American Grandeurs is packed with jaw-dropping experiences – it includes Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon and Mesa Verde National Parks, as well as Lake Powell.

Our Route 66 self-drive holiday is a 15-nighter from east to west. Travel from Chicago through cities such as St Louis, Tulsa, Amarillo, Albuquerque and Las Vegas before finishing up in Santa Monica and flying home from LA.  It’s iconic, spectacular and a true taste of Americana.

New England never disappoints, at any time of year, and our 11-night road trip is arguably the most picturesque in the whole of the USA. The circular route from Boston takes you from the White Mountains and The Berkshires to Cape Cod and many points in between.

Families will love our Exhilarating Western trip which includes stays on a dude ranch, a night clamping under the stars in Arizona and the theme parks of Southern California. A bit less adventurous but no less appealing is our Experience California family self-drive holiday, from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

We also offer motorhome holidays with options in California, Oregon, Utah, New England and the Deep South.

Find out more about our fly-drive holidays throughout the USA.

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