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Underage (21) Touring in the US

22 Dec 2008 cdm115 said

Benji suggested a sticky thread for underage touring in the US, so here it is.<BR><BR>My advice on it... If drinking is important then wait until you're 21.<BR><BR>You must be 21 to drink and gamble in the US, you'll need your passport as proof of age. You may be able to sneak into a couple places, but many places you will not be able to go to bars and clubs. There are some under 21 clubs which is an option and in some places the tour will not be hitting the bars in a town. Casinos in Vegas, you'll be able to get into them, look around maybe do a little gambling (they don't regularly check id's), but if you win big or look young you might have trouble.
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  • 4 Jan 2009 Kimmibub said


    Play it safe- if you are too young now to go the the US to legally do things, wait until you are. Head off to Europe, New Zealand or Australia where the legal age is lower. Why put you and your tour mates in jeopardy?
    Just to get the full experience of it all and to not have to hope that you don’t get caught being underage and then have to suffer the consequences would be enough for me to wait.

  • 12 Jan 2009 ilse said


    Will there be a lot of partying and drinking?
    I’m planning to do the North by Northeast tour this summer and at that time I’ll be 20. I like to drink once in a while, but I can survive without alcohol Wink<!--graemlin:;)-->
    Is it recommended to wait another year, because otherwise I’ll miss all the fun or will there be more underaged people?

  • 16 Jan 2009 brooke said


    I Did the Best of USA in 2008- and i was 20 almost 21. and i got into most clubs except 2- but we were with a large group when they let us in!! was pretty good!

  • 25 Jan 2009 Katie said


    I just got back from LA to the Bay, there was 3 underage people on board, myself included, we didnt get into many places at all – which didnt really bother me bcoz some nights were jst chill room parties and the other nights i jst caught up on some sleep. so if your desperate to get into clubs n stuff – yeh wait till ur 21! but i loved it even tho i was 20!

  • 18 Mar 2009 Olivia said


    I’m 20, but I don’t drink here anyway, and I’m not interested in clubs/bars etc. Will I have a horrible time on the LA to the Bay (or other) tour if I skip the partying/drinking part?

  • 22 Mar 2009 Cori said


    I’m 20 when starting my tours [New York Explorer + Eastern Discovery] in autumn, too. Hope it won’t be much of a problem to sneak into some clubs because people tell me I look quite a bit oler, but nevertheless I hope I’m not the only one underage on my tours Wink<!--graemlin:;)-->

  • 23 Mar 2009 Explorer04012 said


    I was in the US for 5 weeks and had a ball. I was underage and got served every where.

  • 24 Mar 2009 Jade said


    My friends just got back and they were underage and got in absoulutly everywhere. They took a fake ID and then brought their student card as a back up and they were sweet. My and my friend are goin in june and will do the same thing so u wont have a porblem!

  • 10 Apr 2009 Mel said


    Hey guys, i did LA to the BAy back in Sept 2007, we had about 10 underage girls on our tour, they pretty much all hung out together when everybody else was in nightclubs. But mind you i think they probably made their own fun, if not had more fun, they had no probs getting their hands on alcohol at all. Dont think they got into any of the places we all did, but that didnt bother them at all – they still had the time of their lives ! there is still sooo much to do when you are underage. You can still get into the casinos in Vegas, but just cant bet or i guess get caught betting. All of the nightclubs we went to we had to show our passports, nothing else was accepted and they checked EVERYBODY’S but in saying that other clubs may accept other forms of ID, but just be mindful of the fact that the TM will enforce that you take your passport everywhere with you.Either way you guys will all have an awesome time. Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 21 Apr 2009 i love kangaroo stew said

    i love kangaroo stew

    ^ only passports?

    surely when they saw an aussie driver licence they would have gratiously accepted? LOL.

  • 28 Apr 2009 Mel said


    ummm yeah…. not quite … lol….

  • 29 May 2009 ~*Lana*~ said


    Hey guys,

    I just got back from america and im only 20 and the only one out of 44 who was under the age of 21 but i was fine, i got into every pub i went to and never got asked for id. i never tried to get into the night clubs in vegas because they are apparently really strict. one of my friends used her passport as id and wasnt allowed to be served she had to have her drivers license to. apparently if you show a passport you need another form of id i have no idea why, but just look out for little things like that.

  • 10 Jun 2009 Jessymoo said


    Hiya, i’m 20 and just thinking about booking onto the GS tour in Oct. I can’t drink due to intolerences but i wouldn’t like to be seperated from the group when they go off 2 clubs that i can’t get into. I love clubing at home (England) even without alcohol so i’m hoping they might let me in with the others and i just wouldn’t go 2 the bar. What do you think? I would like to look around the casinos but not 2 fussed about making any bets, would prefer to use my money than waste it anyway!

  • 13 Jun 2009 Explorer1139540 said


    Hey! I’m going on the Western Highlights tour leaving on the 11th November 2009 and I will be 20. Is there anyone else going on this tour in the same boat as me?? I don’t really mind if I miss out on a bit of partying but would like to have someone else for company!

  • 4 Aug 2009 Kate at Contiki said

    Kate at Contiki

    Hey guys,

    As cdm115 mentioned, getting into the clubs is an issue if you’re under 21. Definitely keep this in mind if you’re booking one of our New Year’s Eve tours (NY, Vegas, San Francisco). We don’t want you to be disappointed that you won’t be allowed entry into the clubs!

    Also, if you would like to book pre/post nights at your hotel, keep in mind that USA hotels with casinos require the person booking to be 21 years old (for liability issues). If you’re under 21, but are rooming with someone who is 21 or over, have them book the room for the both of you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Reservations dept. Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

    Hope this helps!

  • 15 Sep 2009 Joel. said


    Hi Kate at Contiki
    I’m 19yrs old… going on New York/New Years this coming December. I’m very excited!

    I understand that there’ll be very little chance that i’ll get in to any clubs, etc. but that’s OK. I’m sure there’s going to be other underage travellers on the tour and we’d be able to go off and do our own thing at times like thia.

    In NY, i assume there are bars, etc. Would there be chances to get in to some of these, or are they extremely strict on this?

    Would you know how many people travel on the NY/New Years trip also… a rough idea?

    I’m sure New York will throw up plenty of activities that us underage travellers will enjoy! You’d probably have a fair idea of what’s on offer in NY…
    Thanks Kate

  • 12 Dec 2009 lenny said


    what if you are 20 and turn 21 in 1 or 2 days time, will they let you in?

  • 12 Dec 2009 Pervy said


    Lenny I would say no, By law you are still underage. Bit stink I know but the law is the law.

  • 26 Dec 2009 cdm115 said


    Lenny, also on your birthday some places might not let you in if they think you’re going to get drunk and cause a scene. It’s not a widespread thing, but not unheard of either.

  • 2 Mar 2010 Wez said


    On my recent tour to the States there were several underage people and they all complained about the restrictiveness. A lot of the clubs only allow over 21’s in and it’s pretty much impossible to buy alcohol if you underage in the States.

    If drinking and partying aren’t important to you then I’m sure you will be fine but I would recommend that party animals wait until the big 21 Wink<!--graemlin:;)-->

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