Traveling by Private Drivers, Trains and Automobiles

If you’re craving a vacation somewhere new and exciting but also want to stay close to home, this is the perfect time to discover a part of America that you haven’t explored before.

From breathtaking national parks to vibrant big cities and historic small towns, there’s a surplus of sights to see and many ways to reach them while letting someone else do the driving. That way, you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

You can travel in a private vehicle with your own driver/guide or take a tour aboard a train or luxury motorcoach. Whichever transportation option you choose, you’ll stay at accommodations that have been thoroughly vetted by the tour operator for safety and comfort.

Your Travel Leaders travel advisor can offer recommendations based on your interests and budget, but here are some ideas for vacation destinations across the United States.

Traveling by car with a driver/guide is the most personalized way to go. Your vacation will reflect what you want to see and the pace that you want to keep. At national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton in Wyoming and Utah’s Bryce Canyon, you’ll be able to stay away from the crowds thanks to expert guides who know great locations off the beaten path. If Alaska is on your travel bucket list, you can do a combination of a guided tour and self-drive adventure that includes a visit to spectacular Denali National Park.

Sometimes you like to be with a group, meeting new people and sharing the excitement that comes from exploring new places together. Aboard a luxury motorcoach, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery on a stress-free ride. A guide who knows the must-see sights and experiences will accompany you every step of the way. Tours can be grouped by theme, like Bourbon, Bridles and Bluegrass, which takes you through Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Asheville, North Carolina; and Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee. Other trips are connected by location, like Southern California Charms, with an itinerary that includes Beverly Hills, Palm Desert and Santa Barbara; or New England and New York’s Hudson Valley, where sightseeing stops include Boston and Portland, Maine. Wherever you go, you’ll have a curated experience.

Traveling by train is another great way to see the country. Whether you’re looking to discover the beauty of national parks out West, like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Bryce or Zion, go on a quick weekend getaway or even cross the country by rail, your travel advisor can help create a customized package that includes accommodations, sightseeing tours, entertainment and dining options. For example, you can travel from Washington, D.C., to Chicago, then from Chicago to the Grand Canyon before ending your journey in Los Angeles. And one of the advantages of train travel — in addition to the great views — is that it’s easy to get up and stretch your legs whenever you like.

For help with your travel plans, contact one of our experienced Travel Advisors.

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