Attention all Forum Users.
We’re working on a brand new shiny tool to make your experience as simple as possible.
Which means the community forums is now read only whilst we work on a new & improved ‘My Contiki’ space.


HELP! Opinions, Best of USA or Grand Southern?

2 Sep 2014 Missy asked


A friend and myself are looking at either one of these trips for july/august 2015. I want to do the best of USA as it spends a couple of nights in each main city whereas she wants to do the grand southern however I feel it is a long time to spend on a bus and you only get 1 day or night before moving onto the next town. I would rather enjoy places like vegas, san gran & cali for a couple of nights. I need some opinions on which one you guys recommend??? Thanks in advance :)

  • Read the responses 8 responses so far
  • 2 Sep 2014 KellyEsposa said


    I think it would be best if your will try to experience everything because in that way you will have an understanding about such things. –

  • 8 Sep 2014 Sarah86 said


    Best of usa

  • 11 Sep 2014 cuejimmy244 said


    i’m going on the best of USA tour in April 2015

  • 18 Sep 2014 Michelle said


    either option sounds good. it really doesn’t feel that long on the bus because you have stops in between the places listed on the itinerary. plus on the bus everyone is talking, playing games, listening to music, sleeping, and or taking in the scenery. I’ve had 6 hour long bus rides and it felt like 2 hours. worst comes to worst, you guys do your own thing. they are plenty of other travelers that travel alone with contiki and with the amount of other people on the trip, you will never be alone.

  • 25 Sep 2014 ro3ie1 said


    grand southern, i would pay 2 do it more then once its that fun best usa not worth money for the short stay grand southern u see zoo much n do so much n if u like to drink u will drink 90% of the trip u not on the bus that much 6 hours max. but u will c less with the best of usa

  • 20 Oct 2014 Annemarie said


    I am having the same dilemma!!

  • 20 Oct 2014 ro3ie1 said


    u guys need do grand southern, as u cover the places on best usa but u also go new orleans n miami and memphis and a lot more u won’t be disappointed

  • 2 Nov 2014 Lauren said


    Ive done best of USA a few months ago and absolutely loved it!! there is so much to do in all of those cities and you fly everywhere so you definitely get the most out of each place you stay with at least 2 nights in each place!! I’m considering doing grand southern next..or eastern escapades.. can’t decide!!!

    Either way you will love whatever tour you do, and you can always do what I’m doing – did one.. now planning to do the next ;)

We are no longer accepting new responses to this discussion thread.



Visas? Money? Where to go? Chat to us about travel.