With coastlines, forests, deserts and mountains, the United States is an explorer’s paradise. Whether you’re hiking, biking or touring, the beauty of this country will leave you in awe.

From the beautiful coastal roads and the glacial wonder of Alaska to the wine regions of California and all the cultural heritage in between, there are magical moments waiting around every corner and that’s before you even discover the wide array of spectacular parks found across the country, from Bryce Canyon to Yellowstone to Yosemite. This is the U.S.A. with Intrepid. 

 

Top United States travel deals

Departing Days From EUR
17 Apr 2022
Miami to the Florida Keys
5 1790
1701
17 Apr 2022
Cycle Utah: Moab Mountain Biking
6 2565
2437
22 Apr 2022
Hiking in Moab
5 2010
1910
8 May 2022
San Fran to Vegas: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
9 2780
2641
26 May 2022
Real LA to San Francisco
Ages 18 to 29
11 1760
1672

Our United States trips

Search all similar trips
5 Days From 1655

Discover the magic of the Grand Canyon on a 5-day camping adventure, taking in the...

5 Days From 2190

Take a 5-day trip from LA up the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Explore Ventura Beach,...

6 Days From 2165

Fall in love with the untamed beauty of Alaska on a 6-day walking tour that loops you...

7 Days From 2270

Discover Alaska on a 7-day walking tour looping from Anchorage along the Kenai...

5 Days From 1480

Set off on a five-day adventure through some of the USA’s most epic scenery, including...

Tailor-Made trips

Take two or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

4 Days From 1345

Explore Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and Monument Valley on this 4-day...

5 Days From 1745

Explore Joshua Tree and Death Valley on a five-day small group tour which includes...

6 Days From 1900

Explore northern California on this 6-day Intrepid adventure from San Francisco. Hike...

6 Days From 1880

Follow your feet on this 6-day walking tour that shows off the very best of Yosemite...

6 Days From 2155

Explore California’s wine regions on a 6-day cycling adventure with Intrepid from San...

8 Days From 2885

Take an 8-day winter trip in Alaska, visiting Anchorage, Sheep Mountain, Talkeetna,...

6 Days From 2155

Explore Acadia National Park and Maine on a 6-day cycling adventure with Intrepid from...

6 Days From 2685

A 6-day discovery of Wyoming’s highlights, with plenty of wildlife-spotting and vista...

6 Days From 2280

Walk in famous footsteps on a 6-day musical journey from Nashville to Memphis and New...

9 Days From 2765

Explore Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, and Dead...

6 Days From 2005

Explore the beauty of California on a 6-day small group tour which includes San...

12 Days From 4340

Explore the deep South on your way to New Orleans on a twelve-day small group tour...

6 Days From 1570

Explore Montana on a six-day small group tour which includes the Missouri River,...

7 Days From 2190

Explore the Georgia History Trail on your way to Nashville on a seven-day small group...

6 Days From 2565

Jump on your bike and get off-road on a six-day mountain biking adventure in Utah’s...

6 Days From 2300

Hop from New York to Rhode Island, Cape Cod and Boston on a six-day East Coast...

6 Days From 2175

Explore Death Valley and Nevada by bike on 6-day small group cycling tour which...

5 Days From 2080

Explore Utah’s Zion National Park and the North Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon over 5...

6 Days From 2660

Discover the magnificence of the Grand Canyon on a 6-day walking adventure, exploring...

6 Days From 3345

Spend six incredible days exploring Northern Arizona on foot with two expert leaders,...

12 Days From 4175

Discover the best of Alaska on a 7-day hiking adventure taking in Anchorage, the Kenai...

5 Days From 2010

Explore Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park,...

4 Days From 1690

Explore South Dakota on a 4-day small group tour that includes Badlands National Park,...

7 Days From 2920

Discover the best of the USA’s East Coast on a 7-day small-group adventure taking in...

6 Days From 2155

Explore Washington’s best-kept cycling secret on a 6-day tour of the San Juan Islands,...

11 Days From 1760

Take an adventure through California, Arizona and Nevada past Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon...

6 Days From 2775

Explore Grand Tetons National Park and Yellowstone National Park by bike on 6-day small...

10 Days From 3875

Taste the best of the South on a eleven-day adventure from Louisville to Nashville,...

10 Days From 4680

Explore the rugged landscape of icy Alaska. From Anchorage, head north into the wild of...

5 Days From 1565

Step out to explore Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park on a 7-day walking...

6 Days From 1485

Explore Smoky Mountains National Park on a 6-day small group walking tour which also...

5 Days From 1570

Explore the Sierra Nevada Range on a 5-day small group hiking tour which includes...

5 Days From 1710

Taste the best of Louisville and Nashville on a five-day adventure, following the food...

10 Days From 2840

From the glitz of the Vegas Strip to the hush of Monument Valley; travel through Zion...

6 Days From 2095

Explore Southern Utah on a 6-day cycling adventure with Intrepid Travel from Saint...

9 Days From 2570

Take a trip from the steep hills of San Francisco to the flashing lights of Vegas, with...

6 Days From 1910

Explore South Dakota and Montana State Parks on a 6-day small group tour which includes...

6 Days From 3390

Uncover the wonders of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula on a 6-day adventure with Intrepid –...

9 Days From 1790

From New York to New Orleans – take a journey through history and music on a small...

5 Days From 1605

Enjoy a sun-soaked adventure through southern Florida, exploring Miami, the Everglades...

6 Days From 2015

Get pedalling on 6-day cycling adventure through South Dakota, taking in Badlands...

6 Days From 2150

On this 6-day tour of New Mexico, wander the Pueblo streets of Santa Fe and Taos,...

6 Days From 3170

Explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park on foot, by bike and on a...

5 Days From 2330

Travel from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe for a 5-day active adventure in the...

5 Days From 2420

Explore Sedona’s most magnificent river and rock formations and sacred canyons on foot,...

6 Days From 2410

Explore Anchorage, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Seward on foot...

6 Days From 2340

Take the family on a 6-day adventure in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks....

5 Days From 1790

Discover the best of the USA’s Wild West on a six-day family Zion ranch stay in Utah....

5 Days From 1740

This five-day cycling adventure will introduce you to Vermont’s most delightful sights...

5 Days From 915

Take a road trip from Los Angeles to Vegas on a classic five-day Lonely Planet...

6 Days From 830

Hit the road from Las Vegas to San Francisco on a six-day Lonely Planet Experience,...

8 Days From 1555

Explore rugged Utah on this eight-day tour created by Lonely Planet and Intrepid. Hit...

11 Days From 1840

Travel from LA via Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Sierra Nevada to...

6 Days From 1775

Explore Denver, Frisco, the Arkansas River Valley, Lake Dillon, and Salida on foot, by...

18 Days From 3585

Travel for 18 days from Los Angeles to San Francisco, passing through Las Vegas, the...

6 Days From 2085

Spend six days cycling through New Mexico’s most inspiring landscapes, travelling from...

6 Days From 1965

Explore northern California on a 6-day adventure from San Francisco. Hike coast and...

14 Days From 2980

Experience the Alaskan wild with Lonely Planet and Intrepid, from Anchorage Denali,...

7 Days From 3580

Discover the best of Alaska in summer on a week-long family holiday with Intrepid. From...

6 Days From 1990

Explore the USA’s West Coast on a six-day small group tour which includes Portland,...

6 Days From 1615

From Pike Place Market to Mt Rainier, this 5-day tour of the Pacific Northwest packs in...

14 Days From 2500

Beginning in Las Vegas, see Zion, Moab and Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite, the...

11 Days From 3825

From Seattle to San Francisco, this 11-day tour packs in all the highlights

Travel lightly with Intrepid. We’ve offset the main sources of carbon emissions from this trip on your behalf, including transport, accommodation & waste. Read more

United States tour reviews

Video

Articles on United States

United States travel highlights

Transport in United States

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun. 

Depending on which trip you're on while in the US, you may find yourself travelling by:

Passenger boat ferries people along the scenic waters Alaska

Ferry

Be amazed by enormous glaciers and stunning, icy landscapes while travelling on a ferry in Alaska.

Tour group cycle through Yosemite National Park

Bicycle

Use pedal power to see the best of Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Cycling is a great way to see the sights and get fit at the same time.

Street cars on the tracks in San Francisco

Streetcar

Take in the sights while enjoying a ride on one of San Francisco’s icons – the streetcar.

Accommodation in United States

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible. 

When travelling with us in the US you may find yourself staying in a:

Traditional Navajo structure in USA

Hogan

Spend a night sleeping in a hogan – a traditional Navajo structure built with an open roof to view the stars.

Western USA Highlights

Utah Parks Circuit

Group of travellers sit on balcony in Cabin in Yosemite

Cabin

Get back to nature and enjoy staying in quaint cabins throughout the beautiful national parks of America.

Best of Alaska

United States holiday information

At a glance
Best time to visit United States
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Top 10 Must-See Cities in the US
Shopping
Festivals and Events
Health and Safety
Further reading

United States travel FAQs

Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. 

All travellers are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy

Entrance requirements to the USA have changed in recent years so please read the following instructions carefully, even if you have travelled to the USA before.

Many countries now operate under a visa waiver program (meaning a visa isn't required) however you still need to obtain an authorisation which confirms that you have been approved to travel. This authorisation must be obtained in advance of travel.

Many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can travel to the USA without a visa for a 90 day stay, if they meet certain requirements. Travellers from all Visa Waiver Program countries must present a machine-readable passport (which meets US requirements) at the port of entry to enter without a visa, otherwise a US visa is required. You can get further information from the US Department of State website:
- http://travel.state.gov/visa/tempvisitors.html

Also please note, all travellers from Visa Waiver Program countries must obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their flight from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov

All ESTA registration applications or renewals require a US$14.00 fee paid by credit or debit card. You should apply for your visa waiver authorisation at least 1 week prior to travel to avoid any last minute delays. You will require your passport details and your address in the US (you can use the starting point hotel/hostel address).

Please note that if there is any discrepancy between the name on your ESTA, your passport, your tickets and even your frequent flyer membership, you may be detained at Immigration and subject to a secondary inspection which could take a few hours. If you have recently changed your name, please check that your details have been updated everywhere.

If you are from a country eligible for the visa waiver program but are a dual citizen of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan, or if you have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan since 1 March 2011, you will not longer be eligible for the visa waiver program and will instead need to apply for a non-immigrant visa. Please see the Department of State website for more information: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

Tipping is very much a part of the culture in the US. Tips are expected at restaurants, cafes and diners, as well as by taxi drivers, valet attendants, porters and hotel maids. People working the service industry generally receive the minimum wage, which is quite low and therefore rely upon tips as a major source of their income. In general, leave 15% of the bill at places serving food, $1 to bar tenders and a few dollars for hotel staff who provide a personal service like carrying bags or cleaning your room.

Internet access is excellent in the US, and internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots are easily found in most cities and major towns.

Mobile phone coverage is excellent in most parts of the US although coverage may be patchy in remote, mountainous areas like national parks and canyons. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in the US.

Cup of coffee = US$1.50-2
Hotdog from street cart = US$2-3
Newspaper = US$0.50-$2
Cinema admission = US$10-12

Drinking water from taps in the US is considered safe unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in the US. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are common in the US, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year's Day Holiday
  • 16 Jan Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • 29 May Memorial Day
  • 4 Jul Independence Day
  • 4 Sep Labor Day
  • 10 Nov Veterans' Day Holiday
  • 11 Nov Veterans' Day
  • 23 Nov Thanksgiving Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in the US go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/united-states-america/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Travellers walk through plantation in Charleston, USA

How we're giving back

In United States, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.