Who could resist the United States of America? Home to some of the most famous metropolises in the world and rural towns that are just as iconic, it's a destination with a reputation as big as they come. Away from the cities there are soaring mountains, steep canyons, sweeping desserts and world-class beaches to discover. A Contiki tour is a fabulous way to see it all - and they have some of the most varied and unique itineraries on offer. Check out our top five USA tours with Contiki.
L.A. to the Bay (11 days)
Forget the coastal route – this is the long way from Los Angeles to San Francisco and the sights are worth the detour! Leave Hollywood in a cloud of dust behind you and soak up the Californian vibes of San Diego, home to heaps of beaches and parks, before continuing on to the desert city of Phoenix for a hot-air balloon ride over the ‘Valley of the Sun’. Next up, the Grand Canyon is sure to take your breath away. Las Vegas is your chance to indulge in the biggest sins of all of America’s cities, before taking in some more natural beauty and wildlife at Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park. From here it’s a cruise back to beautiful San Francisco along the coast, where tram rides, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and seafood by the bay are sure to fill your days.
Best of USA (14 days)
The name says it all: this is the ultimate tour of the USA’s four best cities. Best of all – it’s flights instead of buses all the way! Soak up the iconic hotspots of Los Angeles – spot celebrities in Hollywood, laze along the sun-drenched shores of Santa Monica and shop your heart out at Melrose Avenue – before taking in the iconic sights of the Bay City, San Francisco. Las Vegas brings the chance to let your hair down amongst the sea of neon lights, the shows and casinos, before topping it all off with a taste of New York, from the Statue of Liberty to the dazzle of Times Square.
Grand Southern (26 days)
Skirt around the southern highlights of the USA, from the west coast to the east coast, and practice that southern drawl. Famous highlights include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, New York and Washington DC. But you’ll also get to tuck into some tasty Creole food in New Orleans, tap your toes to some soul and check out the home of Elvis in Memphis, and try some salsa dancing with the locals in Caribbean-infused Miami. From the remote vistas of Texas to the skyscrapers of Dallas, the Mississippi River to the Kennedy Space Center, this is an all-encompassing tour that’ll leave you loving the deep south.
The Big West (22 days)
If you’re interested in the western highlights of both the USA and Canada, this is the tour for you. Get your city fix in San Francisco and San Diego, soak up the traquility of nature in Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon, and check out the desert in Phoenix and around Las Vegas. A quick flight later and you’re ready to explore a scenic loop from Vancouver, where city and nature collide. Stop in famous Whistler, admire the incredible Rocky Mountains and see the hot springs and lakes around beautiful Banff.
Eastern Discovery (14 days)
For a fabulous mix of famous highlights and lesser known gems that perfectly combines adventure and downtime, this is the perfect itinerary. Starting in New Orleans and finishing in New York City, you’ll get to stop by Miami for a swim and check out the USA’s museum-laden capital, Washington D.C. In between, you’ll fall in love with the historic city squares of Savannah, get your thrills at the theme parks of Orlando, and snap some pics of the world-class beaches around Panama City. Along this eastern route you'll also find yourself admiring important monuments, cruising through a wildlife reserve and even gazing at stars at the Kennedy Space Center.