Do the kids need a holiday? Or do you need a holiday from the kids? Either way, travel is bound to broaden their horizons...and who knows, it may even inspire them to move out all together! Contiki is perfect for young travellers aged 18 to 35 looking to venture out into the world. With an experienced tour guide and a group of like-minded new buddies, the focus is on adventure, exploration and having a great time in incredible destinations. And what better part of the world to discover than the USA? Full of iconic highlights, here are our favourites that feature regularly on Contiki tours through the USA. Go on, send them packing!
New York, New York... it’s impossible to resist. The Big Apple has been enthralling travellers young and old for years, because everyone can find a corner of this sprawling city that perfectly suits their vibe. This is the home of buzzing Times Square, the iconic Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal and the Empire State Building. From glamorous shopping and eating to famous movie sites, New York has it all.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – and the only one in North America – the Grand Canyon is mighty amazing and truly world-class for all its sweeping and soaring red beauty. Its sandstone canyons, volcanic features, pine and fir forests, mesas and plateaus are a sight to behold. With many access points and ways to explore it, from helicopter flights to guided hikes, the Grand Canyon never gets old.
There’s nowhere quite like Las Vegas. Famous for its dazzling and glitzy high-rollers clubs, its bright neon lights and its ritzy theatres and shows, this is one destination your cherubs will never forget. Nightlife, casinos and fabulous entertainment all merge here in the Mojave Desert. With a tour guide on hand to keep the group company on their encounters through Sin City, it’s certainly one of the best ways to experience it.
Yosemite National Park
Nature-lovers, wildlife-chasers and landscape-admirers alike will enjoy the myriad of wilderness encounters in Yosemite National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Yosemite touts thundering waterfalls, gemstone lakes, soaring cliffs, lush valleys and snow-capped peaks. A popular wildlife-spotting destination, pack the kids some binoculars so they don’t miss the coyotes, black bears, squirrels, mountain lions and many species of birdlife.
The home of Hollywood, a trip to the USA isn’t complete without some star-spangled action in Los Angeles. Shopping along Rodeo Drive, catching a show along Hollywood Boulevard and touring the movie studios are the tried and tested favourites in town. But there are also famous beaches at hand, like Santa Monica and Malibu, TV talk shows to watch from the live audiences and many great dining and drinking venues to taste. Glitz and glamour awaits in LA.
If your children are adrenalin-seekers or simply love to have great time, they’ll be in their element in Orlando. There’s a theme park for practically every day of the week, with Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida at the top of most travellers’ lists. The most famous though is no doubt the magical Walt Disney World Resort. To add to the fun, there are numerous water parks, wildlife parks and dinner theatres too that are bound to keep everybody entertained every minute of the day and night.