With the changing colours, it’s time for a change of scenery

September brings autumn to the United States: the perfect season to head for the hills…or, in this case, the national parks. From sleeping under the stars in Zion National Park and marvelling at the geysers in Yellowstone to trekking through the Utah desert in search of natural monuments that’ll take your breath away, our tours in September are for rugging up and heading off into the great outdoors. 

Top 10 United States tours September 2024

Departing Days From EUR
1 Sep 2024
Best of California's National Parks
6 2135
1 Sep 2024
Vegas to San Fran
6 1110
1 Sep 2024
South Dakota to Yellowstone Parks Explorer
6 2870
1 Sep 2024
Real San Francisco to LA
Ages 18 to 35
13 2585
1 Sep 2024
Hiking in Denali National Park
6 2905
1 Sep 2024
Alaska Hike, Bike & Kayak
6 3185
1 Sep 2024
Great American West
12 6170
1 Sep 2024
Epic American West
Ages 18 to 35
16 3065
1 Sep 2024
LA to Vegas: Grand National Parks
10 4190
1 Sep 2024
Hiking in Yosemite National Park
5 2310
1 Sep 2024
Hiking and Camping in Utah
6 2190
1 Sep 2024
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Adventure
6 3045
1 Sep 2024
Hiking in Yellowstone
5 3555
1 Sep 2024
LA to San Fran: Ultimate National Parks
17 7830
2 Sep 2024
Hiking and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park
5 1940
2 Sep 2024
Hiking in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
5 1845
1753
2 Sep 2024
Hiking and Camping in Yellowstone
5 2070
2 Sep 2024
Hiking the Best of the Grand Canyon
3 1715
2 Sep 2024
Hiking in the Grand Canyon: North & South Rims
5 2885
2 Sep 2024
Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains
3 995
3 Sep 2024
LA to Vegas Adventure
5 1295
3 Sep 2024
Western USA Highlights
18 4475
3 Sep 2024
Wild Western USA
11 2320
3 Sep 2024
Hiking the Best of Rocky Mountain National Park
5 3095
4 Sep 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse
5 1900
5 Sep 2024
Hiking the Best of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
5 3830
5 Sep 2024
Zion Glamping Adventure
4 2110
5 Sep 2024
Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans
14 6070
5 Sep 2024
Georgia History Trail to Nashville
8 3200
7 Sep 2024
Best of Montana
6 3195
7 Sep 2024
Utah, Nevada & California
14 3215
7 Sep 2024
Western USA National Parks Loop
5 2065
7 Sep 2024
Utah Parks Circuit
8 2130
8 Sep 2024
Real Big Apple to Big Easy
Ages 18 to 35
10 2450
8 Sep 2024
Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park and Mt Rainier
6 4245
10 Sep 2024
Las Vegas to San Fran: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
8 3575
11 Sep 2024
Best of Western USA
10 4075
11 Sep 2024
Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon
4 2430
12 Sep 2024
Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans
7 3055
12 Sep 2024
Hike New Hampshire's Appalachian Trail and Presidential Peaks
4 1760
12 Sep 2024
Hiking and Camping in Zion
3 1450
13 Sep 2024
Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park
3 2000
13 Sep 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Utah's Coyote Gulch
4 1615
13 Sep 2024
Real California Coastal Road Trip
Ages 18 to 35
4 765
14 Sep 2024
Hiking Utah's National Parks
9 3525
15 Sep 2024
Hiking the Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
5 3190
16 Sep 2024
Hiking and Camping in Grand Canyon - South Rim
4 1715
16 Sep 2024
Hiking the Best of Moab: Arches and Canyonlands
5 3230
21 Sep 2024
Western USA Family Holiday
8 3105
21 Sep 2024
San Francisco to Seattle
9 3355

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Getting to California is relatively easy as there are a variety of options available including flying, driving, and taking public transport. You can fly into both big airports, such as LAX (Los Angeles), or small airports like Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) depending on which part of California you're traveling in. You can also drive to California if you're from a neighboring state (or want to go on an epic road trip) or you can take a bus or a train with several routes to all the popular destinations. 

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Driving is the most time-efficient and popular way of getting around Los Angeles due to the city's size. While there is public transportation in the form of a bus network and the local metro, it's sometimes unreliable and can be quite time-consuming. Los Angeles is known for its crazy traffic situations, especially during peak periods of the day, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get around. 

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The time it takes to travel from California to Utah depends on how you're traveling and where in California you're traveling from. Flying is by far the quickest way to travel to Utah with a flight between LAX and SLC (Salt Lake City Airport) taking just under 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive between the two states for an epic road trip that's 12 hours long. If you were to take public transport between the two states it would be longer still but is a relatively cheap option. 

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Yes, it does snow during winter in Salt Lake City. Snow is expected to fall between November and March but it's not unheard of to experience snowfall as early as October or as late as April. Salt Lake City is a great place to participate in winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and bobsledding, with neighboring mountains close to the city itself. 

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Due to New Orleans' geographical location, the weather can vary significantly during the year. Being near large bodies of water, such as the Mississippi River, the weather in New Orleans is often wet in the colder months and humid in spring and summer. There are lots of sunny days during June, July, and August with the average temperature being a warm 78°F. However, the weather can be quite unpredictable at times so make sure you're checking weather forecasts before you travel so you're prepared for what to expect. 

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You'll want to make sure you're as comfortable as possible while walking the many amazing hikes and trails in Yellowstone National Park so packing clothes, including hiking boots and socks, that you're familiar with is a must. Regardless of the season you're traveling in, the weather can be quite cold at nighttime so ensure you're packing a heavier jacket or coat to keep you warm. You should also pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and other items that will protect you from the sun during the day. 

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It's hard to pinpoint the best time to visit Denali National Park as the landscapes are beautiful all year round. When to visit Denali largely depends on what kind of vacation you're looking for. If you really want to see snow on the surrounding mountains and explore the ultimate winter wonderland then winter would be the best time to go, however, spring and summer see the flowers and vegetation bloom in an array of colors.

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There are heaps of fun and exciting things to do in Zion National Park, so much so, that you could spend days there and still not see it all. Promising a uniquely unforgettable experience, Zion National Park is full of expansive landscapes just waiting to be explored. Some of the activities you can participate in include cycling, hiking, river tubing, and rock climbing. You can also camp at the park and do a little stargazing to make the most of your time in the great outdoors. 

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