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Wildlife holidays in the USA with Naturetrek
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Wildlife holidays in the USA

Tell me about the USA …

Thanks to the images instilled by American domination of our contemporary culture there is a tendency when the USA is mentioned to think of the major cities such as New York and Los Angeles, or perhaps the neon horrors of Las Vegas. However, these represent only one facet of this enormous country and in the abundant wilderness areas the naturalist visitor can witness magnificent wildlife spectacles, the equal of any on our planet.

North America may not automatically spring to mind when considering a wildlife holiday, but there is a network of wildlife refuges and reserves in every state, and the infrastructure is everything that one would expect from the most highly developed nation on Earth.

Our USA specialist recommends...

"Join us on our ‘Whales & Dolphins of Monterey Bay’ holiday to California’s Pacific seaboard where we enjoy the birdlife as well as the wealth of whales, dolphins and other exciting marine mammals for which this bay is justly famed."

Dan Free
Operations Manager

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What’s special about its wildlife?

This is a huge country with borders extending from the tundra of the arctic north to the humid forests and deserts of the south, and almost every type of habitat is embraced within these boundaries. In fact, the range of fauna is simply stunning.

Florida offers interesting bird life among its woodlands, wetlands and sawgrass prairies, while the eastern and western seaboards have unusually rich marine life including whales, dolphins and seabirds.

Naturetrek tours to the USA

Within the United States, Naturetrek offers bird watching holidays in Florida and whale watching and seabird tours to New England and California.

Highlights from our USA wildlife tours include:

  • Humpback Whales, plus possible Blue Whale sightings, in Monterey Bay
  • Seabirds including Sooty & Pink-footed Shearwater, Black-footed Albatross, auklets & Tufted Puffin in Monterey Bay
  • We go whale watching off Cape Cod in search of cetaceans such as North Atlantic Right Whales, Humpback Whales & dolphins
  • Sightseeing in Boston & the historic town of Plymouth
  • Fall colours of New England
  • Florida’s rich bird life & welcome winter sunshine


Staying at one base for the duration of the holiday and being able to come back after a day out, relax and then eat without having to go out again worked well on this holiday. Food, quality and location of hotel excellent. Boat trips excellent. Lots of Whales and wildlife seen every time - saw the Blue Whale! Leader Peter Dunn excellent, ensured everyone was looked after and very knowledgeable - spotted things we would have missed on our own. Loved the tree frogs.
Trip leaders worked hard and delivered in all areas - organisation, bird and whale watching, and identification. And in my case, Peter put in a great deal of effort to ensure my gluten-free diet was well catered for. Nothing seemed too much trouble for either Peter or Ed, which contributed greatly to the great holiday we all enjoyed.
The trip was well planned with lots of opportunity to see Whales and birds. Peter Dunn always on hand to point out and explain all about the local wildlife. After long days out, returning to Carmel Valley, all of the dining arrangements had been taken care of. The food was excellent (breakfast and dinner) and was great to be able to talk about the events seen with the other participants.