Mornin’ in New Orleans, yo in Toronto, hey in LA – that’s what you say in North America, eh?
Yes, it’s got the lights of Times Square, the celebrity of Hollywood and the soulful jazz of the USA’s deep south, but what you may not consider typically North American will be your greatest discovery. Peering over the desert chasms of Nevada and Utah, braving the ice in Alberta’s glacial canyons and learning civil and cultural history in Atlanta and Washington DC. Feasting on Creole and Cajun cuisine in Louisiana, exploring the quaint towns and backcountry of Alaska, walking among the towering fir trees of Canada’s Vancouver Island and trekking the wild Appalachians – this, here, is the real North America. Will you venture beyond the ordinary?
Your time is precious, and North America is huge. Our trips are your shortcut to the heart of each thumping city or rugged national park. We’ll take you to the hidden diners, show you the best place to watch the sunrise over the canyon, point out the trail that suits your fitness level, and introduce you to local characters.
The small group advantage
The most memorable adventures are ones you can share. With the smallest group tour size in North America, there's an opportunity to make meaningful connections with like-minded explorers. Fewer travellers means you get more than just a photo out of a coach window.
Stay your way
A region this diverse deserves accommodation to match. Stargaze from your wilderness camp in the Canadian Rockies, get cosy in rustic cabins in Yellowstone National Park, or rest up in a hostel after a night out in New Orleans. There’s lodging for every kind of traveller, from rugged explorer to comfort seeker.
Less driving, more exploring
There’s a lot to cover in North America. We’ve tested our routes to make sure itineraries aren’t rushed, and that there’s less driving with longer stays to explore key destinations. You’ll have a flight here and there, if needed, to cut down on travel time so you can enjoy more of the good stuff.
Love your local leader
We realised early on that the best folks to show you the heart of a destination are, funnily enough, the ones that live there. These are our leaders: travel experts and friendly locals who know their countries back-to-front, from every national park lookout to each hidden dive bar. They’re the smiling face of Intrepid (and we couldn’t be prouder).
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’re the world’s largest certified travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
How we get around
Our vehicle of choice is the 14-seat Ford Transit. Spacious, comfortable, sturdy and safe – it’s hard to beat for a cross‑country road trip. If you’re on the taller side – say, more than six foot – don’t worry, there’s some seats with extra leg room available.
Each of our vehicles comes equipped with large windows and a storage trailer, individual seats with seatbelts and headrests, air conditioning, wi-fi (on board our US vehicles) and charging ports.
Spend the night in the heart of Monument Valley, which makes up part of the USA’s biggest Navajo reservation. Sleep in a hogan – the traditional log hut of the Navajo – and marvel at the giant sandstone formations nearby and the stunning starry night skies above.
Explore Canada’s Wells Gray Provincial Park, where the lake water is so fresh you can drink it! Spend a few hours canoeing to your beach campsite, where you’ll set up for a night of good old-fashioned camping, complete with tents and firepits – perfect for cooking s’mores.
Canada in winter is well-known for two sports – ice hockey and curling. In Canmore, don all the gear and learn to skate and hit pucks with local pros, or find out about all things rocks and sweeps when trying your hand at curling.
Head to Berlin – in the heart of Ohio, not Germany – and enjoy a meal with locals in the world’s largest Amish settlement. Share homemade bread, local produce and pie as you learn about your Amish hosts, their culture and a traditional way of life.
The USA’s northernmost state has so much more than ice to offer. Jump in a 4WD in the remote Denali National Park in search of moose, caribou, grizzly bears, wolves and more. With expert rangers on hand to answer any questions, you’ll be an Alaskan wildlife warrior in no time.
The Hawaiian islands are home to some of the most tropical and lush landscapes, and none more so than Maui. Take the coastal highway on the Road to Hana, past pristine coastline, lava tubes, dense rainforests and stunning waterfalls. The best thing is you won’t have to do any of the driving!
One week in North America? Take it easy; focus on a specific section and do it well. There’s no point racing around and trying to tick off everything at once – jumping on overnight buses and rushing to monuments with time for just one picture is not a holiday, in our eyes.
Instead, you could discover the best of Yosemite National Park with two full days filled with hiking, biking and admiring the natural landscapes. Or experience America’s old and new, with Antebellum architecture and down-home cuisine sandwiched among theme parks and beach time. If you’re at one with nature, a week spent on Canada’s pristine Vancouver Island, full of Douglas fir trees, sandy beaches and world-class surf breaks is a stellar option. Whatever your choice, a week in North America opens up a world of exploration.
With a bit more time up your sleeve, a classic road trip around North America is within reach. Stretch out on the open roads, breathe in the crisp mountain air and discover far-off places you’ve only dreamt of visiting.
Two weeks in North America gives you the opportunity to discover the USA’s vibrant and soulful south, explore the canyon-filled desert landscapes of Nevada and Utah, experience the remote reaches of Alaska from all angles, embrace the great outdoors of the Canadian Rockies or soak up the sun in one of the most paradisiacal places on earth – Hawaii.
This is where even more of the good stuff can happen. A wild coastal adventure of a lifetime, the best of Canada’s west and hitting USA’s hotspots all in one. Three weeks discovering this diverse continent is long enough to immerse yourself in North American culture and countryside. Spend longer in one place or see as much as you can – how do you want to do it?
Is it covering the Big Apple to the Big Easy, then jumping across to the City of Angels all the way up to the City by the Bay? Or, is it taking in the wondrous coastline and breathtaking landscapes from Seattle to Las Vegas? Or maybe it’s exploring the alpine countryside and mountainous vistas of the Icefields Parkway, with a week on the natural nook of Vancouver Island.