The USA has something to suit every kind of traveller – from the buzzing nightlife of New York City to the laid-back glamour of California, the USA is sure to set your holiday dreams alight. A multi-cultural country with a melting pot of sights, sounds and tastes makes holidays in the USA an absolute must. Take your pick from a huge choice of city and rural locations – from Chicago and San Francisco to the beaches of Florida and California, there’s something for everyone. Whether you are a city lover, a country bumpkin, beach babe or someone looking for that classic golf break, the majestic USA is full of places that will leave your jaw dropped around every turn.
Made up of 50 diverse and thrilling states, no two holidays to the US will ever be the same.
New York City often tops many people’s must visit lists, and it’s no wonder with its majestic skyline, gorgeous parks and irresistible atmosphere. The City that Never Sleeps is one of the world’s most bustling and modern destinations with plenty to offer the avid city goer. Full of museums, parks, clubs, bars, shopping opportunities and the world’s most desirable restaurants, New York is the ultimate American city destination.
California is a diverse state in itself. From the glamour of Hollywood to the impressive Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and some truly breathtaking beaches, California has got something for everyone. From 5-star USA hotels that ooze style and sophistication to wallet-friendly comfort, your holiday needs will most certainly be covered here.
To test how lucky you really are, can you think of anything better than Las Vegas? Get lost in the bright lights of this vibrant city – there’s really nowhere quite like it anywhere else on the planet.
USA holidays, as we’ve already professed, are ideal for all types of jetsetters. Boasting a vast range of cultures, traditions and scenery, it is sure to have your eyes popping at every corner. Those who enjoy scenery should visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona, which can be enjoyed by chartered helicopter. Talk about phenomenal views – these will truly leave you speechless. The relaxing Yellowstone Park in Wyoming is a great place to unwind and marvel at the diverse range of wildlife which inhabit the area, which include grizzly bears. Sun worshippers should head to Florida on the East Coast or California on the West Coast, where there is no shortage of stunning beaches and warm waters to cool down in.
Temperatures in America are as diverse as the landscapes that make it. From the cooler lows of Alaska to the scorching highs of Nevada, what you pack in your suitcase is entirely dependent on where in this vast country you visit. The seasons of America reflect ours – so, summer during the months of June-September, winter between November-February and the rest in between. However, they do weather a lot better than us – expect hotter summers and, in certain places, much colder winters.
The USA is full of highlights and unique places of interest which are well worth a visit. The iconic Statue of Liberty in the Big Apple is a must see for those who want to get a closer look at one of America’s most world-renowned monuments. Head south to Washington DC which is home to a few recognisable structures of its own – anyone up for a visit to the White House?
Sporting opportunities are in abundance in America. The beaches of California are a particular highlight, and they regularly play host to swimmers, surfers and sailors. The ski slopes of Colorado, meanwhile, are an ideal choice for lovers of winter sports, so no matter if you want to ‘shoop shoop’ on your skis or race down the slopes on a snowboard, there’s no better place to do it.
America also has a wide choice of cities for those who want to shop ‘til they drop. New York is the home of Macy’s and Bloomingdales, which are famous for their designer labels and great value prices. Elsewhere, you’ll be greeted with many a mall, plenty of outlet centres and unique boutiques. Whatever your tastes, holidays in the US are not going to leave you disappointed.
Hawaii is a great place for a beach holiday with almost year round sunshine and picture perfect beaches which are ideal for relaxing and soaking up the warm rays. California is the state to visit for beaches on the west coast - you will be left spoilt for choice with the picture perfect beaches in San Diego.
Kilauea is the active volcano that dominates the Hawaiian Islands, and the world’s most active volcano. The USA is a fantastic destination for spa holidays as there are thousands of spas along its coastal resorts that are perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Dolphin and Whale Watching is a popular activity along both coast of the USA with plenty of tour operators running boats out to see the animals in their natural habitat.
Snorkelling is a great way to experience some of the underwater marine life, especially if you aren’t a qualified diver. Surfing is popular all over the USA especially in California and Hawaii where the conditions are perfect almost all year round. Water sports are available along most of the coastline in both the east and west of America so you can try your hand at jet skiing, water skiing or body-boarding at your leisure.
There is no shortage of hotels in the popular beach destinations, whether you are looking for luxury, or affordable accommodation you won’t struggle to find somewhere to suit you.
New York is one of the world’s most vibrant and exhilarating cities with so much to see and do, you’ll never have enough time in the Big Apple. Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood on America’s west coast. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, in the middle of the Nevada desert, the home of big casinos and big hotels. Boston is a historic city on the eastern coast of the USA. Washington DC is the capital of the United States and the centre of government.
The White House is one of the world’s most famous buildings, home of the President of the United States in Washington DC. The Golden Gate Bridge is an enormous suspension bridge that spans the San Francisco Bay, one of the modern Wonders of the World. Alcatraz Island, or The Rock, is the infamous prison island in the San Francisco Bay. Tours now operate around the prison on a regular basis.
Walking around a city is one of the best ways to get a feel for the place, soak up the atmosphere and stumble across some of its best kept secrets. Cycling is a great way to experience a city, as you can see so much more on a bike than on foot, though navigating some of the busier roads can be a bit hairy. If you want to you can spend your entire holiday shopping and still not see it all, Americans take their shopping seriously.
America has no shortage of restaurants ranging from fast food joint all the way through to Michelin Star restaurants with everything in between.
Broadway in New York is home to some of the finest shows and play in the world. If you are in New York and have an evening spare then a trip to Broadway is recommended even if you don’t catch a show just for the exciting atmosphere.
There are huge numbers of live music venues as well as plenty of concerts and performances in all the major cities across the country
America is home to a wide variety of wildlife many of which are protected in Wildlife Parks which are open to the public. The USA is filled with famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building in New York, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Scenic flights across the country are a great way to see some of the fantastic variety of landscapes that you wouldn’t normally get to see.
Day cruises along the coast or along one of the Great Lakes are a fun and romantic way to see the beautiful American landscape. Horse riding can be a great activity wherever you chose to visit whether it’s on the coast or inland. Food tours are perfect for foodies or anyone who wants to sample some delicious American cuisine.
Broadway in New York is home to some of the finest shows and play in the world. If you are in New York and have an evening spare then a trip to Broadway is recommended even if you don’t catch a show just for the exciting atmosphere. There are plenty of romantic restaurants that are the perfect place to spend a quiet evening. Depending on what you fancy there’s no end to number of bars you can chose from.
You can find hotels to suit whatever you fancy; a luxury New York hotel in the centre of the city, or a relaxed country retreat surrounded by forest or even a room overlooking the Pacific coast.
The USA has a huge number of National Parks which are open to the public; some are vast expanses of desert, others are huge stretches of untamed forest. Niagara Falls is one of the world’s largest natural waterfalls, situated at the border between the USA and Canada. The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most famous natural landscapes, over a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide it is a fantastic natural formation. For fantastic family days out, head to Anahiem and Buena Park to make the most of the many theme parks that reside there!
Shopping is a popular holiday activity in America, home to a large number of popular brands and designer labels. Water activities are available almost everywhere in the USA, along the coast or on one of its many lakes and rivers. Walking tours are a great way to explore the rich and varied landscape of the USA. Movie and TV tours are always popular with tourists, head to Hollywood for the studio tours and you might even catch sight of a few celebs.
America has no shortage of restaurants and most of them cater for families especially families with children. There are huge numbers of live music venues as well as plenty of concerts and performances all over the country. If you fancy making an evening of it catch a Broadway show if you are in New York.
Most hotels in the USA are family friendly and many have recreation areas and entertainment for children. Whether you are after a luxury hotel for relaxation or an affordable room to use as a base to explore the country you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. Los Angeles' Anaheim has a number of great properties for familes so you can be sure to have a holiday to remember.