UNITED STATES

DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real United States in a way like no other. Supersized and wildly diverse, the United States does everything in epic proportions and leaves no one indifferent. With a mix of seasons, landscapes and cultures, you can experience a new adventure each day as you tour the states. Our holidays in the US will take you from the East Coast, where you can roam the eclectic neighbourhoods and museums of New York and take a boat ride under Niagara Falls, to the West Coast, where you’ll find a new story. Explore the mighty depths of the Grand Canyon, see the glittering lights of Las Vegas, and savour fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. From Washington to the Wild West, from Detroit Motown to New Orleans jazz, from the Texan cowboys to the Inuits of Alaska, and with all the spectacular mountains, forests, beaches and desert in between, the United States is an endless playground.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

With 50 states to choose from, your US holiday can be anything you want it to be. I love showing our guests all sides of the country, from the beautiful national parks to the buzzing city streets.

Travel Director

United States at a

glance

Currency

US Dollar

Winter avg temp

1°C

Summer avg temp

25°C

Time Zone

GMT -5 to 

GMT -10

Capital City

Washington D.C.

Language

English

Good Morning

Good morning

Good evening

Good evening

From the Grand Canyon to glittering Las Vegas, from Washington to the Wild West, from Detroit Motown to the Alaskan Inuits, and with all the mountains, beaches and desert in between, the United States is an endless playground. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and experience a new adventure each day.

Our top 3 things to do in United States

Our USA tour packages will show you all the iconic highlights plus the unexpected gems, from the streets of New York to the vast depths of the Grand Canyon.

Explore the neighbourhoods of New York

You’ll feel like you’re hopping between countries as you roam the streets of New York. Wander Central Park in Manhattan, experience the city’s cultural diversity in Chinatown and Little Italy, see some of the oldest architecture in the Historic District, and ‘Dive into Culture’ with a visit to Brooklyn’s vibrant hip hop scene.

Embark on a boat ride to the base of Niagara Falls

You have to see it to believe it, and we’ll take you up close to the mighty Niagara Falls, the biggest waterfall in North America. We’ll take you on a cruise to Horseshoe Falls where you can see both the American and Canadian sides, and watch over 680,000 gallons flow over the falls every second.

Take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon

We’ll reveal the majesty of the Grand Canyon in ways you could never imagine, with our Local Specialists sharing a different story at every viewpoint. As you pause to soak up the sunset over one of the world’s seven natural wonders, watch how the light dances over the cascading cliffs - it’s a truly mesmerising experience.

Best museums in United States

When you tour the states with Trafalgar, we’ll show you the best museums and galleries across the country, from the famous ‘Met’ to the art of Chicago.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Known as ‘the Met’, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the world’s third most-visited art museum and the biggest art museum in the United States. Founded in 1870, the Met houses over two million works, from antique weapons and ancient Egyptian art, to European sculptural masterpieces and contemporary American art.

American Museum of Natural History

Located in Theodore Roosevelt Park across from Central Park in New York, the American Museum of Natural History is a massive display, with 45 exhibition halls, a planetarium and a library. The museum has over 33 million specimens, ranging from plants, animals, fossils and meteorites to human remains and cultural artefacts.

Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879 in Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and oldest art museums in the United States. With a permanent collection of around 300,000 works, from Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist to Grant Wood’s American Gothic, you can spend hours wandering the collections.

Best food in United States

With a blend of influences from the finest cuisines from all over the world, American food is absolutely yummy. We’ll show you our favourite places for a feast of classic burgers, bagels, peanut butter sandwiches, cakes and more.

New York Bagels

Boiled then baked and fluffy yet dense, with a glossy, crunchy crust, the New York bagel has been perfected to an art. Our Local Specialists will take you to a 100-year old Jewish deli in the Upper West Side, where you can sample the best of these New York delicacies.

Beef Burger

A juicy beef patty, served with cheese, onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and all the special sauces you could want for - burgers are the quintessential American dish. They’re big business in the United States, and we’ll show you where to find the best burgers in town.

Lobster

The American lobster is a species found on the Atlantic coast, with the state of Maine being the largest suppliers. The lobster is steamed or boiled and commonly served whole, and you’ll be given a lobster bib and a set of nutcrackers for your glorious lobster eating experience.

Comfortable shoes

From roaming the endless streets of New York, to exploring the Grand Canyon, you’ll need a sturdy pair of shoes on your adventures.

An adaptor plug

Voltage in Wales is 230V and the sockets are of Type G, with standard British 3-pin plugs.

Layered clothing

From the snowy east to the sunny west, the United States experiences a myriad of seasons and climates, so come prepared with layered and versatile clothing.

Dollar bills

Tipping is customary in the United States, and you’ll be expected to tip at least 15% (although 20 - 25% is appreciated), so be sure to keep some US bills on hand.

Big appetite

The United States is the land of the supersized, and their diverse cuisine comes in big portions with big flavour and plenty of soul.

What to pack for United States

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to US Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for US and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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