Fall in love with the USA in October

With mild weather and stunning autumn foliage taking over the landscapes, October is an awesome time to get active in the great outdoors. Discover geysers and wildlife in Yellowstone, slot canyons in Zion or giant sequoias in Yosemite. Prefer cowboy boots over hiking shoes, or neon lights over night skies? Embark on a toe-tapping, barbeque-filled adventure from Tennessee to New Orleans. Or perhaps discover the culture, history and stories of the Gullah Geechee people on an enlightening tour from Charleston to Savannah.

Top 10 United States tours in October 2024

Departing Days From USD
1 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Grand Canyon - South Rim
4 1850
1 Oct 2024
Hiking in the Grand Canyon: North & South Rims
5 3110
1 Oct 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Utah's Coyote Gulch
4 1740
2 Oct 2024
Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon
4 2400
2 Oct 2024
Western USA National Parks Loop
5 2140
2 Oct 2024
Best of Western USA
10 4225
3 Oct 2024
Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans
14 6295
3 Oct 2024
Zion Glamping Adventure
4 2190
3 Oct 2024
Georgia History Trail to Nashville
8 3320
4 Oct 2024
Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Trail
3 1070
4 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Zion
3 1560
4 Oct 2024
Hiking Sedona's Red Rock Country
4 2365
5 Oct 2024
Hiking Utah's National Parks
9 3655
6 Oct 2024
Real San Francisco to LA
Ages 18 to 29
13 2940
6 Oct 2024
Best of California's National Parks
6 2215
6 Oct 2024
Real Big Apple to Big Easy
Ages 18 to 29
10 2895
6 Oct 2024
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Adventure
6 3035
6 Oct 2024
Hiking the Best of the Grand Canyon
3 1845
6 Oct 2024
Hiking in Yosemite National Park
5 2305
6 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Utah
6 2360
7 Oct 2024
Hiking the Best of Moab: Arches and Canyonlands
5 3045
7 Oct 2024
Hike Vermont: Fall Foliage
5 3285
7 Oct 2024
Hiking the Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
5 3435
8 Oct 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Utah's Boulder Mail Trail
5 1810
8 Oct 2024
Las Vegas to San Fran: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
8 3710
10 Oct 2024
Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans
7 3165
13 Oct 2024
LA to San Fran: Ultimate National Parks
17 8120
13 Oct 2024
LA to Vegas: Grand National Parks
10 4340
16 Oct 2024
Hike the Great Smoky Mountains: Fall Foliage
4 3155
27 Oct 2024
Hiking the best of Death Valley & Joshua Tree
6 3840
29 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Death Valley
4 1805

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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It depends on where you’re from. Many countries now operate under the United States Visa Waiver Program, meaning a visa isn't required for stays of up to 90 days for travel purposes. There are 40 participating countries including the United KingdomAustralia, New Zealand, Germany and Spain.

If you are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain an authorization letter confirming you have been approved to travel. Authorization letters can be obtained by submitting an application through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, also known as ESTA. It takes roughly 20 minutes to apply, and you'll need to complete the application before you travel to the States.

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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 in the service industry generally are generally paid a wage that is lower than the country's minimum wage and therefore rely upon tips as a major source of their income. In general, leave 15-20% of the bill at places serving food and a few dollars for hotel staff who provide a personal service like carrying bags or cleaning your room.

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

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. If you need to withdraw cash, ATMs in major cities are abundant

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