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Guide to U.S. travel and activity planning

The United States has countless options to fill your time and many beautiful places to relax. When planning a trip to the USA, the sheer breadth and variety of places to see and activities to experience can be daunting. Once you decide to travel to the U.S., you might need some help and recommendations on deciding what to do and see.

Here are some helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your next trip to the United States. You can also visit our experiences page to learn more about unique experiences within the U.S. If you are planning a road trip, you can visit our Road Trip planner for more ideas on planning an epic journey. If you already know where you want to go, visit the state and city pages under the Destinations menu above for more in-depth information. 

Knowing the right places to visit and how to get there can be a huge endeavor. Tour operators can be a very helpful resource in planning your trip to the United States. There are three kinds of tour operators: domestic, outbound and inbound. Domestic tour operators usually are U.S. residents and they offer area tours such as the Pacific Northwest and National Parks, as well as specialties like Mississippi River cruises. You can book these tours from home or while you are in the USA. Outbound tour operators arrange for clients to travel from one country to another, while inbound tour operators provide local assistance for tours arriving in their country, providing help with details such as ground transportation, hotels, local tour guides and restaurants.