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Top US Trips You Need to Take Before You Die

Planning a tour of America? These are the best USA travel ideas from TRIPS by Culture Trip to make your dreams a reality.
Richard Collett
21 Dec 2021
Jazz music and crawfish boils in New Orleans; campfires and craft beer on Lake Tahoe; the Northern Lights in wintry Alaska – the USA is the land of bucket-list travel. The opportunities for adventurous North America tours are as boundless as the national parks waiting to be explored. Planning a tour of America? These are the best USA travel ideas – bookable with TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1. New Orleans, for jazz and Southern comfort food
Do you love jazz and have a hunger for Southern food? The musically inspired streets of New Orleans should be top of your North America travel bucket list. Get to know the home city of jazz over four days as our Local Insider takes you out for a tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter, stopping off for an evening jazz concert at Preservation Hall. You’ll also travel south to the Mississippi, and set sail downriver for a night of live jazz and fresh crawfish on an old paddle steamer.
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2. Hudson Valley, to relax and unwind with meditation
Need to reset and recharge? Join this relaxing retreat in the Hudson Valley. Experienced mindfulness instructors will teach you how to meditate like a pro in this leafy landscape, offering the most natural environment for separating mind from body. As if that’s not enough, you’ll ramble through the woods, paddleboard on the Hudson River and spend hours exploring your inner self. Alcohol isn’t off-limits either – unwind further at the end of each day with cocktails as you swap new-found meditation tips with your tourmates.
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3. A West Coast road trip, ticking off Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley
Tick off Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley on this adventure-packed seven-day group tour. You’ll fill your camera roll quickly with visits to waterfalls, valleys and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada range, before unwinding at some of the best wineries in California and road-tripping along the Pacific Coast, with a stop-off in San Francisco. It’s the epitome of bucket-list West Coast travel.
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4. Utah and Colorado, to go off-grid, hike and wild swim
The Rocky Mountains and vast red deserts of Utah and Colorado beckon adventurous travelers. These two Western favorites are awesome for traveling off-road. On this tour, you’ll hike through canyons in Arches National Park, whitewater raft on the Colorado River, mountain bike on desert trails and wild swim in high-altitude alpine lakes. At the end of it all, you’ll have well and truly earned some craft beer in Denver.
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5. Lake Tahoe to stargaze, walk woodland and meditate
Craft beer, toasty s’mores and hot tubs – sound good? You’ll find all that and more on the shores of Lake Tahoe, a high-altitude lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains that has to be on every USA bucket list. Join this four-day meditation retreat and rediscover the world with woodland walks, sunset boat rides and campfire stargazing. Reconnect with nature and yourself, before connecting with fellow travelers in the lakeside bar.
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