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Three ways to have a luxurious all-American road trip

Because it’s about the journey and the destinations…

Arguably the best – and best-known – way to travel around the USA is on the wide open road. But did you know you can do it in luxury style ­– without ever getting behind the wheel yourself? So if you’re dreaming of Yellowstone and its famous geysers, or have always wanted to gaze out over the Grand Canyon, here’s how to hit the road in style.

The view from Mesa Arch in Utah – a highlight from Insight Vacation’s Enchanting Canyonlands tour. Image: Getty

On the Road. Route 66. National Lampoon’s Vacation. No form of travel is more engrained or enduring in the American cultural psyche than cross-country drives through wide-open landscapes. And unlike most of Europe, the American train system is disconnected and geared more towards freight transport than passenger travel – which makes it less than pleasurable. So for holiday-makers looking to really see and experience this expansive and diverse country, a road trip is truly the best way to go.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to make an unforgettable American road trip a part of your future: booking an Insight Vacations tour. Here, we’ll run down all of the reasons why using Flight Centre to book a tour on one of an Insight Vacations’ custom coaches is the best way to have an All-American road trip.

Find local experts to enhance iconic sites

While self-guided trips can be great, the magic of discovery can get lost when you do all your own research. Not to mention, nothing can match the on-the-ground experience of a local expert. On the flipside, an Insight Vacations tour, your small group takes part in one-of-a-kind experiences led by locals. On their Enchanting Canyonlands tour – a 7-day adventure from Arizona to Utah – you’ll explore the Grand Canyon with Canyon Tim (or take a flight over it), be guided through Monument Valley by members of the Navajo Nation and enjoy traditional Native American powwow dancing by the Colorado River.

The mittens geologic feature in Monument Valley tribal park in Arizona at sunrise. Image: Getty

There’s just as much to do on the American Parks Trail tour, a 12-day journey through the Old American Frontier. You’ll take the Oregon trail; experience the Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming; see the geysers and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park; be hosted at a Wyoming family ranch (and take a horseback ride with a ranch hand); visit the Ogala Lakota Living History Museum; and access an exclusive Mount Rushmore experience that will literally take you face to face with some of America’s most famous presidents.

Experience the authentic Wild West during a 9-day guided tour in the U.S. Image: Supplied.

Leave motels to the others and make dining a priority

The American motel is one road trip icon that you can safely opt out from.  With Insight Vacations, the business class of touring, you will swap motor inns for premium hotels and boutique stays. You’ll always be staying at four-to-five star hotels, all-included. On the Enchanting Canyonlands and American Parks tour, that means lodges by the Grand Canyon, lodges within Yellowstone, ranch stays, and centrally located boutique hotels picked by your Travel Director. And all your luggage will always be portered and taken care of. Once you do things this way, you’ll have a hard time going back to motels.

Drive and dine in style. Image: Supplied.

All dining is included, too. So whether it’s a Navajo cookout in the middle of the Monument Valley mesas, a family ranch dinner in the middle of Wyoming, or a slick inner-city farm-to-table restaurant, you’re covered. No drive-through fast food stops or greasy diners on this road trip.

Always take the scenic route

When you think of a road trip, what do you picture? No leg room? Always needing a bathroom break? Listening to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours on repeat? You’ll never run into these problems (but you can still listen to Fleetwood Mac if you like) thanks to these coaches’ custom design. Whereas a standard coach will have roughly 53 seats, Insight Vacation coaches have been remodelled to have 40 – that allows for double the legroom, more personal space and more window views for you to enjoy your experience on the road. There’s complimentary wifi, on-board bathrooms and device chargers aplenty. You’ll hardly want to get off.

Insight Vacations takes advantage of these coaches on the Enchanting Canyonlands and American Parks tours to drive you down some of America’s most famous – and stunning – roads, including the acclaimed Route 89, Desert View Drive, the Red Rock Scenic Byway, the South Dakota Black Hills, the Rocky Mountains, and much more.

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