US road trips the easy way.
FREEWAYS, highways and inviting backroads - America is all about the lure of the open road. But not everyone wants to be behind the wheel, especially when there are hundreds of miles ahead.
Of course the iconic Greyhound buses are always an option (greyhound.com). But for comfort, escorted tours are the way to go. Flights and accommodation are all sorted, and a tour guide takes charge, leaving you free to sit back and watch the landscape slip by.
There are escorted tours for all types of travellers; Contiki (contiki.com) specialises in escorted tours for 20-somethings and Smithsonian Journeys puts hiking into the mix (smithsonianjourneys.org).
Leger has one of the most comprehensive selections. It's rare for an escorted tour to the USA to come in under PS1,000, but Leger manages it with its nine-day tour taking in Charleston, Savannah, Washington DC and the Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll tour the graceful Southern cities and have plenty of time to visit Washington's museums and monuments. The PS999pp price includes flights, B&B accommodation and all transportation. leger.co.uk, 01709 787 463 If you want to take the words of the Star Spangled Banner to heart, you can head from sea to shining sea on Titan's 30-day Grand America Coast to Coast tour, travelling between Los Angeles and New York.
Starting at PS3,999pp, it's packed with bucket list stopovers include the Grand Canyon, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Washington DC. titantravel.co.uk This year is the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service and Insight Vacations' 9-day American Parks Trail visits some of its most famous attractions; including the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone Park, the presidential monument at Mount Rushmore and Deadwood, home of the wild west. The PS2,298pp price includes, flights, transfers, B&B accommodation, some other meals and all touring. insightvacations.com
WHITE HOUSE Many tours go to Washington