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The best US tours to explore all of America

From Hawaii to Alaska and California, these US tours will have you travel and explore America like never before

By Tolly Wright |
North Rim, Grand Canyon
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Though organized tours can cost a fair amount of money on the outset, considering what you and your travel companions will save on transportation between destinations, admission to popular sites and on hotels, the best US tours can turn out to be some of the best cheap family vacations in America. The extra money will also guarantee you some time with an expert guide that will uncover the most delicious secret menu items across America and introduce you to some of the best hiking trails across America. So, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure in Hawaii, a history-filled sightseeing expedition in Alaska or an exciting trip through California, these tours have got you covered.

Best US tours

Liberty Bell
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America’s Historic East

For those folks who couldn’t get enough of their American history class or who want to feel closer to the country’s distant past, jump on board this eight-day tour. Globus Journeys will expertly guide you through historic presidential houses like Mount Vernon and Monticello, beautiful parks like Shenandoah National Park, Valley Forge and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, and the living history museums at Jamestown and Williamsburg. The trip ends in Philadelphia, home to the Liberty Bell and to a great set of stairs Rocky once ran up (in case all this learning has left you feeling energized). $2,269 per person, includes travel, accommodations, entrance to attractions, breakfast and some dinners

Northern Lights
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Northern Lights Viewing Tour in Alaska

Alaska might not be the only place in the United States where you can catch a glimpse of the awe-worthy, spectacular Northern Lights, but it is where you’ll get one of the clearest views of this natural wonder. After a full day exploring Anchorage, the Go Alaska Tour takes you to the Northern, historic city of Fairbanks for four days in the hopes of catching the Aurora Borealis. During the trip, you’ll see dog sledding (and can even opt to purchase a ride), the Aurora Ice Museum, the Chena Hot Springs Resort, where you can take a dip in the relaxing waters, and an unforgettable astronomical experience. $1,535 per person August 2-August 31; $1,360 September 1-15; $1,060 September 16-April 15. Price includes travel between locations, admission to the Chena Hot Springs, Aurora Borealis viewing, accommodations, breakfast

Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame
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Texas the Lonestar State

A true paradox, Texas can feel like both one of the most American states in the union and a country into itself all at once. Including many of America's biggest cities, a savory type of food all its own (Tex-Mex) and a lion's share of historic sites, Texas is truly unique. See most of it when signing up for Cosmos’ 13-day tour, from Dallas to New Orleans. Highlights of the tour include the Sixth Floor Museum, where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shot that killed President John F. Kennedy, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Austin’s Texas White House, San Antonio’s Mexican market place El Mercado and Houston’s Johnson Space Center. There will be plenty of good eating and sightseeing along the way. $1,929 per person, includes travel, accommodations and breakfast

Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center
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Highlights of Sunny Florida

Laying out on pristine beaches, exploring cultural institutions and eating delicious Caribbean and Cuban food make for an ideal Florida vacation, but why choose just one of the premiere tourist destinations when you could visit nearly 10 in 10 days? On Cosmos’ coach bus tour, you’ll visit the amazing museums of St. Petersburg, the history of St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center, the white sands of Clearwater, the boisterous streets of Miami, gorgeous Key West and more. $1,675 and up, tour includes travel, accommodations and four breakfasts

Mt. Rushmore
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Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills

While South Dakota isn’t always thought of as an ideal vacation destination, its history and nature should be on any American’s list of places to see at least once. Get the most of your trip to the badlands and beyond by booking a day tour with Black Hills Adventure Tours. This local company is full of experts on the region who offer different tours highlighting the one-of-a-kind creation Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, as well as the wild buffalos of Custer State Park. Learn about the culture, art and history of the area’s Native Americans at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Tours typically last 7 to 9 hours, $129-375. Tour includes transportation and guide

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