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The Best Places to Visit for American Tourists

Eager travelers based in the US have plenty of options when it comes to exploring new terrain – read on to discover top destinations for American jetsetters and book one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Grace Beard
11 Dec 2021
There’s no time like the present to start planning your next big vacation abroad. Or perhaps you’d rather stay within the United States for now, and explore another part of the country you’ve never been to before? Whether you’re thinking about getting out of town for a few days or escaping to another continent for a longer adventure, our selection of the best TRIPS by Culture Trip for American tourists should give you some inspiration.
1. Northern California, for hiking, biking and wine tasting

If you’re keen to stay in the US for your vacation, consider setting your sights on Northern California. Huge redwood trees, wineries, waterfalls, lakes and a dramatic coastline make this the perfect spot for Americans to get away from the daily grind. On Culture Trip’s specially curated seven-day Northern California adventure, you’ll start off in San Francisco, before hiking through Yosemite National Park, swimming in Tenaya Lake, and sipping wine and cycling in the Napa Valley.

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2. Vietnam, for rural wonders and urban delights

Curved around the eastern edge of mainland Southeast Asia is Vietnam, home to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay and vibrant cities such as Hanoi and Hoi An. Visiting Vietnam as an American requires a visa application, but it’s well worth it, as you’ll soon be on your way to pristine beaches, idyllic national parks and delicious cuisine. If food is your focus when traveling, you’ll love this 12-day Vietnam adventure, which includes Vietnamese street food aplenty, and a cooking masterclass, interspersed with walking tours, swimming, kayaking, and an overnight luxury cruise.

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3. The Galapagos Islands, for incredible wildlife in abundance

A once-in-a-lifetime experience for any American, visiting the Galapagos Islands will bring you up close and personal with the extraordinary biodiversity that influenced Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. An organized tour is the best way to get around the islands – and this express, five-day journey is led by Culture Trip’s Local Insider, who’ll show you the best parts as well as some lesser-known spots. Swim with sea lions, snorkel with sea turtles, hike along lava trails and spot giant Galapagos tortoises roaming in the wild on this bucket list adventure.

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4. Ecuador, for volcano hiking, white water rafting and horse riding

From the Amazon rainforest to the Andes mountains, Ecuador is brimming with natural wonders. When you’re not busy scaling a volcano or white water rafting, you’ll be admiring the colonial architecture and learning the secrets of Ecuadorian cuisine in the high-altitude capital, Quito. This eight-day adventure takes you through the heart of the country, where you’ll go horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park, hike around the Quilotoa crater lake, cycle the Baños Waterfall Route and ride the Swing at the End of the World.

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5. Costa Rica, for jungle trekking, hot springs and waterfalls

Cloud forests, white sand beaches and dozens of volcanoes – the otherworldly landscapes of Costa Rica make it the ideal getaway for Americans, without having to fly long haul. There’s incredible biodiversity in the jungle, including sloths, jaguars and capuchin monkeys. You’ll have a chance to spot these creatures on our nine-day Costa Rica tour, while also enjoying the”pura vida” lifestyle with activities including sunrise yoga, coffee tasting and cooking workshops. White water rafting, ziplining and mountain biking are also on the agenda.

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