USA Tours & Holidays
Escorted tours of the USA
From soaring mountain peaks down to arid desert plains; from breathtaking national parks to sun-drenched surf beaches, the landscapes of the USA are simply astounding. Throw in some of the most progressive and glamorous cities in the world, and you’ve got a recipe for the ultimate tour of the USA.
Join us on a journey of discovery with our escorted USA holidays and tours; the best way to experience the highlights of an incredible country. Feel the buzz in New York’s glowing Times Square, spot wildlife in a sprawling network of national parks and brush shoulders with cowboys in the Lone star state of Texas.
Escorted tours in the USA are meant for soaking up the laid-back, Californian vibes in Malibu, immersing yourself in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, and hopping on a streetcar in laid back San Francisco. Further inland, the weird, wacky and wonderful combine in tantalising Las Vegas, while the rich and famous hide away in manicured Palm Springs.
Spend your USA tour traversing the depths of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most remarkable geological wonders, or take in Yellowstone National Park, a verdant oasis flourishing on top of a dormant (but active) volcano, or weave your way around the desert dunes of scorching Death Valley. Keep a cautious eye out for indigenous black bears roaming the forests across many of the western states.
To the east, you can soak up the many cultural delights of Washington, New York and Boston. Time your holiday in the USA to arrive in autumn and be dazzled by the spectacular autumn colours in New England, travelling through the picturesque landscapes of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, known for their stunning woodlands and untouched lakeside walks.
Head northwards to the divide between the States and Canada and experience the breathtaking Niagara Falls, or take a deep dive into the southern States and explore the vibrant cultures of Nashville and Memphis in the heartland of Tennessee, where legendary country stars Elvis and Dolly Parton made their names.
Road trips across the States are one of the best ways to experience the ever-changing landscapes, myriad attractions and melting pot of cultures. The vast country has some of the best and most picturesque roadside views in the world, and you can reach almost every desirable destination in our USA tours by road; pack up the trunk and set out on the American adventure you’ve always been dreaming of with Newmarket’s escorted tours of the USA.
Do you have some misgivings about the price of a trip to the USA? While some elements of travel through the States can be expensive, there are plenty of options for cheap holidays to the USA for those on a budget. Once your initial flight has been booked, there are many affordable ways to travel between and within states.
A staggering 3,000 miles wide, and a jigsaw of 50 diverse states, there is so much of America to explore. Fiercely fascinating and totally addictive, holiday tours of the USA are always one to remember. Whether you want to experience the restaurant and bar scenes of the States’ most electrifying cities, or you long to feel the wind on your face as you stroll through bluegrass-backed countryside, the variety and scope of multi centre USA holiday is unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere.
USA Tours for Solo Travellers
Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our group tours. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a tour as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.
Things to do in the USA
The iconic cities of the US need no introduction, and the sheer natural beauty of this continent strikes with awe. From red-rock deserts to mighty glaciers, evocative prairies to sundrenched coastline, America is a diverse country both culturally and geographically.
Whether you're exploring the sophisticated cities of the east coast, relaxing on a virtually undiscovered beach, or climbing the iconic crags of the Grand Canyon – America is certain to take your breath away however you choose to explore it. Here’s our list of some of the unmissable things to see or do on your USA tour.
If you’re a city lover, the States has a wealth of incredible metropolitan areas to enjoy. Starting on the East Coast, New York City is a vibrant hub for culture and arts that will never cease to entertain its visitors. The city is packed with high end restaurants, casual eateries, bars, galleries, museums and sights to see like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.
Leave the city lights behind you and explore the lush green countryside of upstate New York, where there is a wealth of natural phenomena to enjoy, including parkland, mines and rock formations. While you’re on the East Coast, take a trip to Washington DC and experience everything the bustling capital has to offer, which goes far beyond seeing the iconic White House.
Head further east still and you’ll reach the jewel in Massachusetts' crown, Boston, a city filled with excitement and intrigue. Head to one of Boston’s many rooftop bars or world-class eateries, take a stroll through one of the lush parks and green areas such as the flower-filled Arnold Arboretum, and pick up a souvenir at the SoWa Open Market - this super accessible destination has something to offer every kind of traveller.
Heading westwards and down to Tennessee, you can soak up that southern sunshine in Memphis and Nashville and visit the homeland of blues and rock ‘n’ roll; walk the streets once pounded by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and B.B. King. Get a warm welcome at classic Memphis bars and eateries, or head out of town and explore the gorgeous countryside alongside the Mississippi river.
Head further west still and take in the many sights and sounds of the Western states. Las Vegas, Nevada is an adventure in and of itself; from the glittering lights and palpable energy of its nightlife and cabaret performances, to the gorgeous Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and, just outside, the striking Red Rock Canyon nature reserve - there’s more to Vegas than the movies would have you believe.
Explore the most gorgeous corner of the West coast with a trip to the evocative San Francisco in California, where you’ll find breathtaking hills draped in mist which become progressively sun-kissed throughout the day. Discover the vibrant scene of restaurants, bars, museums and markets, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Sausalito, and enjoy a boat trip beneath the legendary Golden Gate Bridge as pelicans fly alongside.
However you choose to spend your time in the States, our USA tours offer a deep dive into the country’s rich heritage and exciting present, giving even the most discerning traveller an insight into what makes the Land of the Free such a special destination.
America’s most famous landmark is of course a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This is one stop-off that should be included in your visit to America’s golden west.
From the birthplace of jazz and the cradle of rock ‘n’ roll to capital of Country Music, the south coast is America’s music heartland. Head to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Elvis’ hometown and guitar-pickin’, banjo-playin’ songwriters’ mecca, Nashville.
Easily one of the most recognisable symbols of America, the Statue of Liberty in New York City personifies the US. See the universal symbol of freedom, and take the chance to experience the city that never sleeps as you walk through bustling Times Square.
Experience some of America’s greatest vistas and natural wonders. See Mother Nature in all her glory as you journey into majestic Yellowstone National Park, visit mesmerising Zion and the majestic Grand Canyon. Visit the glittering desert oasis Las Vegas.
Things to see in the USA
USA tour highlights
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of the USA.
Rocky canyons, conifer woodlands, and dry, desert valleys are some of the landscapes that make up the USA’s incredible range of national parks.
Truly a sight to behold, the Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the work and certainly one of America’s must-sees.
Home to astounding scenery, vibrant culture and a vast array of fantastic dining options, San Francisco is a city that never disappoints its visitors.
Set your eyes on some of the most memorable sights of the world’s most powerful square mile in Washington. See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and the government buildings on ‘the Hill’.
Explore the city of Boston and take in its heritage, memorable sights, and some fantastic shopping opportunities.
Journey to Las Vegas, the world's 'capital of fun'. Take its spectacular natural wonders, fascinating man-made attractions and its world renowned entertainment and casinos.
Discover New York, the world-famous Big Apple - a pulsating metropolis that exudes excitement. Take a holiday to one of the world’s most exciting, most colourful and most welcoming destinations.
Take in the sounds of the music city of Memphis – home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the music city of Memphis.
Food and drink in the USA
It’s time to ditch that concept of oversized greasy fast foods: there’s so much more to the American culinary scene than hamburgers and donuts (although you’ll likely find some delicious examples of these on all of our USA tours). The USA is known throughout the world for its endless culinary creativity, taking inspiration from elsewhere across the globe – German, British, Italian, Dutch, French, and Caribbean are just a small sample of the cultures that have contributed to American cuisine.
Northern states such as Washington and Oregon are famous for delicious wild salmon that flakes and falls delicately from the bone, while California excels in shrimp specialties, such as shrimp salad, shrimp tacos and summery shrimp kebabs.
The Jewish delis of New York, which owe a lot of their flavours and techniques to the Middle East, serve up iconic foods including fresh bagel sandwiches packed with salt beef and pickles or lox and cream cheese. Of course, we couldn’t talk about New York food without mentioning the humble pizza pie, which is indebted to a certain boot-shaped European nation.
Glorious Napa Valley is another incredible destination for food-lovers: home to endless rows of sun-drenched vineyards, this gorgeous corner of California produces some of the world’s finest crisp wines to pair with your meals. Heading to LA? Try an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world including the best fresh sushi on the continent.
To the south, the wonderfully aromatic Creole food takes reign. This spicy fragrant fare is reputed to have roots variously in French, Spanish, Indian, Caribbean, Portuguese, Greek, West African, Italian and Irish cuisine. Be sure to try a traditional gumbo, Po' Boy sandwich and indulgent Beignets while in New Orleans, and of course a sour mash whiskey over ice in Louisiana’s southern heathlands.
American cuisine is a dynamic melting pot of cultural and culinary influences - you certainly won’t go hungry in this enchanting country.
USA by region
With 3.8 million square miles of land, when it comes to your USA holiday, it helps to divide and conquer. From the spicy Creole cuisine and atmospheric bayous of the Deep South to the refined, autumnal university towns and forests of New England, take a look at which destinations and escorted tours best suit you.
First holiday in the USA? Here are a few questions you might have.
- Time Zone
- GMT -5
- Avg. Flight Time
- 8 hours (Washington DC)
- Visa Required
- Visa required
- US Dollars
What are the best tours to the USA?
To get the best of your USA adventure, we recommend the following tours:
- Washington, New York & Niagara Falls
- Hollywood, Vegas & the Grand Canyon
- Elvis Presley's Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville
- New England in the Fall
- America's Golden West
If you'd like to see more USA tours, check out our website.
What is the USA known for?
The USA is known for being a world leader in music, art and popular culture. Home to Hollywood, the USA is one of the most prolific producers of film and television internationally, pioneering motion picture engineering and technology over the years.
The nation also has a diverse array of national parks including Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Teton, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.
What is the currency in the USA?
The United States dollar is the official currency of the USA. Visit XE to see the current exchange rate.
Do I need a visa to travel to the USA?
As the UK is an active member of the Visa Waiver Program, British citizens holidaying in the US for less than 90 days will only need to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online. These are valid for two years after issue.
How long is the flight to the USA?
From London, it takes just under eight hours to fly to New York City and just over 11 hours to reach Los Angeles.
What’s the cuisine like in the USA?
Considering the US is a diverse nation, American cuisine is a melting pot of cultures. Generally, staple foods in the US is made up of grains, so this includes cereal, bread, pastas and snacks. Corn syrup also features heavily in US cuisine as well. During your trip, be sure to try iconic national foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, buffalo wings, mac and cheese, grits and apple pie.
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