Some of the best travel experiences in America may be in Rural America, home to some of the most unexpected, fascinating and exciting places in the USA. Visit a Native American reservation, stay on a farm, talk to a colonial blacksmith, explore a National Park or have a rural tour operator design an itinerary to include several of these options on one trip. Use this list as a launching point to find your perfect destination in Rural America, and from the U.S. Commercial Service Rural Team, Happy Trails!

Native Americana

Agritourism

Food and Beverage

Active & Outdoor

Rural Tour Operators

Cultural & Historic

 

Tourism Guides & Info

 

Native American Travel and Tourism

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association - Native American and Alaska Native tribes and tribal tourism opportunities.

Agritourism

Farm Stay U.S. – Farm and ranch stays throughout the U.S.

Agritourism World – Connect to farms, ranches, orchards, and other rural places for stays in order to learn more about what goes on there

Farm Stay Planet – A website for directing you to farm and ranch vacations across the country and the world

Food and Beverage

America’s Wine Trails – Search for wineries or wine trails by state

Craft Beer Directory – Craft beer locations available by state and you can create your own brewery tour itinerary

Edible Destinations – Pre-packaged tours of culinary destinations as well as a list of cooking schools by state

Taste Trekkers – Culinary and foods tours that are searchable by city or state

Zephyr Adventures – Organizes wine, beer, and food tours around the globe

Cultural and Historic

National Historical Parks – Historical sites of interest all around the country, from presidential birthplaces to historic cities and more

Living history museums – Living history museums use interpreters to showcase the daily lives, homes, work, and experiences from the past

Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries (listed by state)– Ideas for themed travel sites from the National Parks Service with trips relating to the Underground Railroad, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Civil Rights Movement, and many more

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Historic sites all over the country, including unique categories like historic bars, theaters, and film sites

American Cruise Lines – Offering cruises, some on paddlewheel boats, in the U.S. by destination or theme

America by Rail – A travel company that offers group tours of rural and urban areas of the U.S. by train

America’s Byways – The Federal Highway Administration has information, maps, and photos from 150 scenic drives along byways across the country

Road Trip USA – Site with maps and route details for a variety of road trips all over the U.S., from Route 66 to the Oregon Trail and the Great River Road

The History Place Tourism Guide – Links to some historical sites listed by state

Active and Outdoor

National Park Service – This federal agency manages national parks, monuments, and historical properties. Click here to see info on National Parks Adventure, an IMAX film about U.S. National Parks.

Recreation.gov – “Build a Trip” around visits to parks and recreation areas

Find Your Park - Brought to you by the National Park Service, this site allows you to search for parks across the country as well as experiences or events that are happening at each park

Rural Tour Operators

Backroads – A travel company that offers active tours of rural areas in the U.S.

Collette – A travel company offering group tours of rural and urban areas of the U.S.

Country Travel Discoveries – A travel company with unique tours to a variety of rural locations in the U.S.

G Adventures – A travel company offering group tours through several states or cross-country through rural and urban areas

Globus Journeys – A travel company that offers tours around the U.S., including the National Parks

Grand American Adventures – A travel company that offers small group tours and camping trips to rural areas and national parks

Intrepid Travel – A travel company that offers small group tours of rural and urban areas of the U.S.

Smithsonian Journeys – a variety of tour packages across America offered by the Smithsonian Institution

Trusted Adventures – A travel company offering active tours throughout the U.S. for all lengths of time

Tauck – A travel company offering a variety of tour experiences across the U.S.

Travel Rural – A company specialized in promoting rural tourism globally with travel packages to the U.S. available

Tourism Guides and Other Information

Visit the USA – the official guide for traveling to the USA

State Tourism Offices - Links to the office of tourism website for each state

International Inbound Travel Association – Tools and programs for inbound USA tour operators and suppliers

National Geographic – Guides, information, and top destinations for each of the 50 states

Fodor’s Travel – A travel guide company with information on many rural towns and sites



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