Canyons, campfires and cowboys – this is a landscape that still has its wild side
Holidays to USA
Our USA tours are big, bold, all-American adventures. We journey into the heart of some of the country’s justly famous national parks in the Southwest USA to fully immerse you in the remarkable scenery, or delve into the Deep South to discover the homeland of the Delta blues. Just about everything in the USA is on a huge scale, so it’s easy to escape the crowds.
The north also boasts one of the greatest wilderness areas in the world: Alaska. The sheer size of the state is daunting; its total area is over 1,000,000 sq km, yet there are only about 500,000 permanent residents. Alaska contains more than 5000 glaciers, including one the size of Switzerland, and vast areas of uninhabited wilderness. It is by far the USA’s largest state and includes expansive empty tundra plains, mountains, glaciers, rivers and forests, as well as a fascinating history. Our USA holidays really are epic adventures.
California’s Yosemite National Park is blessed with vast areas of forest punctuated with granite outcrops – home to a healthy population of black bears. Further east, the somewhat drier state of Arizona has more barren, but no less striking, scenery. The Grand Canyon is jaw-droppingly huge and stretches off into the distance both longways and downwards. Its steep walls are formed from some of the oldest exposed rock on the planet, making it a draw for geologists from all over the world.
Bryce and Zion National Parks also feature stunning rock formations, best viewed as the sun sets. Then there is Monument Valley with its iconic red sandstone mesas, which instantly conjure up images of cowboys and Indians fighting in old Western films. Further south still and you’ll find yourself in the Deep South, homeland of some of the greatest music the world has ever known, from the deep melodic strains of the blues to the twang of country strings.
Fantastic trip to San Francisco taking in the sights of the city. Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge and seeing China Town. Yosemite National Park was amazing and seeing the Sequoia trees was unbelievable. I loved hiking thr mist trail upto Nevada Falls which was spectacular. Lake Tahoe was also amazing. The clear blue water was fantastic and I lived paddle boarding on the water. I would recommend this trip to anyone as I made great friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Travel from Salt Lake City to Seattle, visiting some of the best US National Parks on the way! An adventure from start to finish. During our time in the impressive Grand Tetons, we had some great walks amongst mountain and lakeside scenery, even spotting moose on the trails. The cosy town of Jackson Hole makes a great base for this part of the tour. We should have had 4 days in Yellowstone but some serious flooding put a very unfortunate stop to that – a last minute itinerary change was handled incredibly well by the experienced team and our wonderful leader Mike. This meant extra time in the Tetons and Glacier, along with some other really interesting stops added along the way. Glacier was a real favourite for me, for the epic landscapes and great walks in ‘bear country’. We saw 3 bears here – a great sighting near the entrance to the park! Can’t wait to come back and see Yellowstone one day..
This was a great trip travelling through 5 US states including spectacular scenery, a variety of walking trails and the opportunity to see wildlife. Despite Yellowstone being completely closed for the first time in 34 years when we visited we still had a great time in a very beautiful part of the world.