Onward & Upward

TRIO Travel - "Onward and Upward"

Whether you represent Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science, Student Support Services or Educational Talent Search, Big Country Tours is your one stop resource for the perfect TRIO student tour.

For years, our TRIO travel specialists have been creating student tours that include diverse cultural experiences, historical attractions and university tours with a presentation of higher education opportunities.

We work tirelessly for you and your students to develop the perfect TRIO travel experience, customizing each component to meet your educational and budgetary needs.

The TRIO travel specialists of Big Country Tours

Changing Lives, One Trip at a Time!

Ask our friends...

"Big Country Tours has professionally handled ASU’s Trio travel program for all three divisions: Upward Bound, Student Support Services and Math & Science Upward Bound for several years. They are conscientious, cost-effective and their attention to detail is unmatched. Their customer service got ASU’s business and their continued customer service is what keeps it."

Ms. Acquanetta McCants
Coordinator, Student Support Services
Alabama State University Trio Program

Atlanta has it all!

Popular TRIO Destinations - Atlanta

Atlanta is experienced every day by people who have never even visited the city. Each time you watch CNN on television or buy a liter of Coca-Cola from the grocery store, you experience Atlanta.

Some of Atlanta's greatest attractions include the CNN Studio Tour, the Georgia Aquarium, Guided History Tour of Underground Atlanta and professional sporting events such as the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, Falcons or Thrashers.

From Civil War to Civil Rights, Atlanta has it all!

Popular Atlanta colleges and universites include Clark Atlanta, Morehouse College and Spelman College.


One of Big Country Tours' most popular destinations is waiting for you and your TRIO group, Orlando!

Nowhere else in the world will you find seven incredible theme parks, three water parks, dinner theaters, group friendly restaurants, world-class shopping and more than 80 other attractions offering Astronauts to Zoos and everything in between.

Indoors, outdoors and underwater, Big Country Tours has the perfect Orlando TRIO trip just waiting for you!

Popular Colleges to visit include Bethune Cookman, Edward Waters & Florida A & M University.

TRIO hanging with the Pres!

Washington, DC

Big Country Tours welcomes your TRIO group to Washington, DC, the heart of the American Experience. Common threads and combined histories—monuments to the past and aspirations for the future—are all on display here in Washington, DC.

Washington, DC is not only the proud home of the nation's capital, it is a sophisticated city in its own right. Big Country Tours invites you to start in the heart of the city with its well-known monuments and inspiring memorials. Then, step off the mall and journey into DC's soul.

Discover trendy and historic neighborhoods, like Georgetown and Dupont Circle. Take in a world-class or grass roots theater performance. Feel the beat of "Black Broadway" and Duke Ellington still pulsing through U Street. Visit Washington, DC with Big Country Tours and craft your own American Experience!

Popular TRIO Universities include Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.

Hangin' out...TRIO Style!

New York City

Only in New York City will you find all of America’s attributes – the diversity, the culture, the style!

Among the world's most important global cities, New York City is home to a virtually unrivaled collection of world-class museums, galleries, performance venues, media outlets, international corporations, and stock exchanges.

If you're a first-time visitor, come see for yourself! If you've been here before, there's always another neighborhood to explore, another restaurant to try, another Broadway show, another don't-miss cultural performance or sporting event.

Explore New York City with Big Country’s like no other place on earth!

Popular TRIO Universities include Columbia University, Cornell University and Berkeley College.


Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, is a world-class city of unsurpassed beauty. When you arrive in Chicago, you'll be awed by a beautiful lakefront, breathtaking architecture, wonderful museums, great theater, fantastic restaurants and world-class shopping.

No matter what time of year your TRIO group visits Chicago, there is bound to be special events that you don’t want to miss. There is so much to experience in Chicago, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin.

Once you sample what Chicago has to offer, you'll quickly realize that Chicago rivals any city in North America for things to see and do.

Chicago, LIVE IT, LEARN IT, LOVE IT. Let Big Country Tours show your TRIO group the way!

Popular universities to visit include Loyola University, University of Chicago and Columbia College.


This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history. As the region's social and commercial "hub", Boston is willing to accommodate and entertain you as few other cities can.

As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston is rich with economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a center for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England.

Let Big Country Tours take your TRIO group to Boston for its many historic neighborhoods and to take in its vast cultural events.

Popular universites include Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

New Orleans

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, toppling levees, flooding much of the city and drastically changing everything. The most celebrated and historic core of the city not only remains intact, both physically and spiritually, but is thriving.

New Orleans is a cultural gumbo of African, Indian, Cajun and Creole influences and it’s no surprise that the New York Times has named New Orleans the “Comeback of the Year”. Both Orbitz and Travel + Leisure have chosen it as one of their top destinations for 2007. The cultural riches, history and unparalleled service that define the New Orleans experience continue to flourish, as they have for centuries.

New Orleans doesn’t act a part for its visitors; it simply welcomes everyone with open arms to a world all its own. Big Country Tours and New Orleans, with its Caribbean colour and sultry Southern heat, are fully prepared and eager to welcome all TRIO groups again.

Popular universities include Dillard University, Southern University and Xavier University of Louisiana.


The number of TRIO groups requesting a Big Country Tours sample itinerary to Nashville is on the rise, and for good reason!  There is so much for your students to see and do - all in one destination.

You can learn a lot in Music City and about Music City.  Nashville's most popular attractions offer educational programming or special tours designed specially for TRIO students. If you want to really get your students excited, just say "Nashville" and "Music," then watch them sit up and take notice.

As one of the South's premier TRIO destinations, Nashville offers something for everyone.

Popular universities include Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University.

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg

Nestled in the heart of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, offer an entertaining atmosphere for TRIO group travel. From an amusement park or a peaceful hike through the magical Smoky Mountains, there is so much to enjoy.

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg will “wow” you right down to the fabulous variety of entertainment and picturesque mountain accommodations. There is always a unique and exciting variety of events, activities and attractions to choose from. Your students will be amazed!

Depending on your route to or from the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area, the following universities are available for a campus tour:  Lincoln Memorial University, South College and the University of Tennessee.

No matter what destination you choose, we are eager to begin creating the perfect TRIO tour for you and your students.

Please contact your Big Country Tours TRIO travel counselor today and let us show you why more and more TRIO departments are switching to Big Country Tours!


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