The Best USA Guided Tour for Every Personality

  • 01 of 07

    Guided Tours Based on Your Personality

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    You may have heard the buzzword phrase "experiential travel," which basically means trips that focus more on connecting with a place or with the locals, or on a personalized and immersive journey aimed at teaching you something new.

    Experiential travel is on the rise, according to a special report by the travel company Peak DMC. Moreover, 72 percent of millennials prefer to spend their hard-earned cash on experiences rather than on material things. 

    No matter what your favorite things are (think: food, nature, animals, or wine), read on for tour ideas that will match your interests and personality.

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  • 02 of 07

    For the Budding Photographer: Fall Foliage Trip

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    ••• Travel Vision Journeys

    Travel Vision Journeys offers a unique way to see fall foliage like you've never seen it before in Maine. Professional photo guides known for their beautiful images of the area will lead you to their favorite hard-to-find spots to take in the autumn scenery. You'll find beautiful sights throughout the trail as you make your way to an incredible view of the Bigelow Mountains; get a guided canoe trip, meals with fresh local food, and photography lessons and tips from experts. 

    The trip lasts six days and five nights and starts at $1,195 per person. All meals are included in addition to lodging and activities and, of course, the amazing tour guides.

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  • 03 of 07

    For the Fitness Fanatic: Cycling Hawaii Trip

    ••• Bike through Hawaii for an experience you'll never forget. Ride and Seek

    Hawaii is famous for unbelievable beaches, stunning views, and perfect weather. Cycling through it is the perfect trip for the fitness fanatic who is looking to see paradise on two wheels.

    Ride and Seek offers an eight-day tour of the Big Island led by ex-pro cyclist Alex Candelario. You'll  ride through volcanoes and the Volcanic national parks, along stunning beaches, and on the roads of the famous Hawaiian Ironman.  

    The bike tour typically costs $3900 per person and includes all hotels, four dinners, all breakfasts and lunches, and biking supplies. 

     

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  • 04 of 07

    For the Nature Lover: An Alaskan Bear Tour and the Northern Lights

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    Dreaming of nights in the wilderness seeing animals in their natural habitats? Gondwana Ecotours has you covered. In this trip to Alaska, you'll see bears hunt salmon in stunning waterfalls. You might get lucky and spot whales, sea otters, puffins, and sea lions in Kenai Fjords National Park.

    Activities include bear-viewing in Katmailand, a boat tour through Kenai Fjords National Park, kayaking, hiking, and a tour of Exit Glacier. Tours are guided by knowledgable locals. This is a unique trip that offers an opportunity to safely see bears hunt in the wilderness! 

    The tour includes seven nights with accommodations, all transportation in the Kenai Peninsula, tour guides, and four lunches. Prices start at $4,325. 

    If you're wanting a natural excursion that focuses less on wildlife spotting and more on star gazing, Alaska's Northern Lights are truly magical. Gondwana Ecotours offers a six-night tour of Alaska outside of Fairbanks, and the trip includes a wake-up service when the...MORE Aurora Borealis is active so you'll never have to risk missing the lights. You'll get to experience a dog-sledding excursion, the Chena Hot Springs, two Alaskan museums, Running Reindeer Ranch, and tours of the area from Alaskan guides-- all in addition to viewing the unforgettable Northern Lights.

    This trip includes a hotel stay, gourmet Alaskan breakfasts and the fun activities listed above and more. There are dates available from September until March every year. Packages start at $2,345 per person. 

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  • 05 of 07

    For the Foodie: Cajun and Creole Cultural Road Trip

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    If you're looking for the perfect way to enjoy Louisiana food and culture, a tour from Cox & King USA offers "a customized driving adventure" through southern Louisiana. It includes an antebellum plantation excursion and time in New Orleans.

    On this tour, you'll dine with local families, visit the Tabasco factory, take a cooking course with a local celebrity chef, and dance to zydeco (a kind of dance music that usually showcases a guitar and accordion). In New Orleans, you'll get to take a culinary and cocktail tour, go inside French Quarter homes, and learn all about New Orleans food, culture, and music.

    This tour includes seven days and six nights, hotels in each destination, some meals, sightseeing, and sedan rental. Starting rates may be about $7,970.

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  • 06 of 07

    For the Wine Aficionado: Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Tour

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    If you're a wine lover, a trip  to the Northern California vineyards is a must do. Classic Journeys offers a trip through the area where you'll sample some of the regions best wines, as well as see the sights of Northern California, like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Redwood forests. In addition to tasting the wine at the vineyards, you'll get to see the sights in one of the most beautiful areas of the USA.  

    This tour is six days and five nights, and boasts full-time experienced guides with you throughout the entire trip. This trip also includes admissions to tastings and historic sites. All breakfasts and three lunches and dinners are also included. Prices start at $3,795. 

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  • 07 of 07

    For the Spiritual Seeker: Recharge in Tucson

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    For those wanting to reconnect to their spiritual side as well as get a healthy dose of relaxation, a spa in the luxurious Southwest is a perfect antidote. The travel and tour company Butterfield & Robinson offers an inclusive spa trip and spiritual journey hosted at the well-known and luxurious Canyon Ranch with mindfulness tips you can use when you return home. The trip includes Spirit Walks, yoga and pilates classes, and calming bike rides. It allows you as much time as you need to unwind with beautiful natural scenery surrounding you. 

    The trip includes five days and four nights and is priced at $5,495 for four people.