TORONTO — Intrepid Travel has unveiled its biggest USA program ever in its 30-year history.
At 38 new trips, the collection marks the company’s most robust offering in the U.S., with each itinerary featuring must-see attractions and more curated offerings for guests. Departures start in 2022.
The launch of these new trips brings Intrepid’s total portfolio in the United States to 57 tours, together covering 28 states and Washington D.C.
“We’ve thought for a long time about the unique role Intrepid can play in the United States,” said James Thornton, CEO of Intrepid Travel. “We felt compelled to not only offer sustainable and unique travel experiences for both domestic and international travellers, but to also ensure we use the power of tourism as a force for good.
“We created these itineraries to showcase the U.S. through a more authentic and diverse lens. While they will offer travellers the chance to see the country’s most iconic sites and cities, they also celebrate the lesser-known places, communities and highlights that make up the rich fabric of America.”
New trips include the following:
- South Dakota to Montana Parks Explorer (6 days, from $2,905 per person): Highlights include iconic sites like Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park and Yellowstone, in addition to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument where guests will join a Crow National Guide for a tour.
- Portland to San Francisco Discovery (6 days, from. $3,025 per person): In addition to a visit to Bend to experience its thriving food scene, guests will also enjoy a meal with the First Nations people of Warm Springs during a river-to-table native experience, shuck oysters at Hog Island Oyster CO., and marvel over the deepest lake in the U.S. at Crater Lake National Park.
- Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans (6 days, from $3,470 per person): During this musical journey, guests will take part in a recording session with a professional sound engineer at the iconic Studio B in Nashville, walk in the famous footsteps of BB King and Johnny Cash at the Sun Studio in Memphis, visit Elvis Presley’s home at Graceland, and participate in a jazz-inspired walking tour of New Orleans.
- Best of Montana (6 days, from $2,390 per person): Guests will follow in the path of Lewis and Clark to explore the ‘Gates of the Mountains’ on a river cruise along the Missouri River. They’ll also enjoy backcountry hikes with picnic lunches and learn about the customs of the Blackfeet Native American culture.
- Georgia History Trail to Nashville (7 days, from $3,335 per person): This tour from Atlanta to Nashville includes a visit to a plantation known for being ethical in sharing the history of the enslaved and First Nations people, a stop at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and a Black History walking tour in Charleston.
According to Thornton, the United States will play a big part in Intrepid’s future growth as a company. To increase its capacity and incorporate the highest sustainable and responsible measures, the company has built and launched its own dedicated American operations hub this year, which allows it to build more meaningful and impactful relationships with its suppliers.
For example, when creating the itineraries for its South Dakota trips, Intrepid made sure to acknowledge the sensitivities of certain tourist attractions in relation to the Indigenous experience. Following conversations with and recommendations from both the Crow Nation and Lakota tribe representatives, the company decided to not include a visit to Crazy Horse on its trips, while ensuring it pursues ways to incorporate the Indigenous American perspective during the visit to Mount Rushmore.
For more information on Intrepid Travel’s U.S-based trips, visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/united-states.