The Appalachian Mountains – mysterious, romantic, beautiful – form the backdrop to this laid-back Southern state. Meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most scenic drives, or try whitewater rafting. North Carolina has great golf courses too, plus dunes and sandy beaches that stretch for hundreds of miles along the Outer Banks.
Texas harbours some amazing art treasures: Renaissance masterpieces, Spanish masters, Impressionists and modern art housed in striking contemporary buildings. This art tour mixes Western landscapes and Southern hospitality, and includes a remarkable sculpture museum in the desert.
Most British visitors only see the Great Lakes by flying over them, admiring the greatest expanse of freshwater in the world, but at ground level they’re even more awe-inspiring. Discover beautiful beaches and dunes, fresh and tasty food, the quiet communities and outdoor lifestyle that all make this region such a wonderful revelation.
If you ever plan to motor west, be warned that nowadays Route 66 is hard to find and follow in places. One option is to join a group tour and let someone else lead the way to the classic diners, the historic landmarks and museums, and everything else that makes this epic journey so special.
Here is a journey into the heartland of America. You’ll drive into the Great Lakes to discover historic towns, beautiful scenery, Indian reservations and the Mall of America, the country’s largest shopping mall. Staying in charming hotels and B&Bs, you’ll explore Lakes Michigan and Superior, and an enchanting island on Lake Huron.
We’ve driven the California coast many times and never tire of its variety. Sonoma is the antithesis of big and brash – a charming county packed with superb places to stay and vineyards tended by real enthusiasts. Wine-tasting, gourmet meals, the odd spa treatment and a final two days on the coast – heaven.
Philadelphia is often overshadowed by other east coast cities, but we love its outstanding art museums, colonial heritage sites, Amish and Italian markets, historic and ethnic neighbourhoods and superb restaurants. Pack light and carry a big suitcase, because the tax-free clothes shopping is great, from trendy boutiques to famous department stores.
With a home in Arizona, we know how popular Scottsdale is for Brits on golfing holidays. We meet them at the airport and on the plane, all saying what a fabulous time they had. With superb courses and more than 300 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder this is a nation of avid golfers.
The Pacific Northwest is home to two of America’s most beautiful rivers, the Snake River and Columbia River, both with jaw-dropping scenery. Alongside natural wonders like the country’s deepest river gorge at Hells Canyon, and the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge, man-made marvels like the Bonneville Dam will take your breath away.
America thinks big, making it the perfect place for a special birthday or anniversary celebration, or family get-together. Rent a large house and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the low cost of eating in or out, whether you opt for Florida beaches or the beauty of Palm Springs, with its year-round sunshine.
Boston is one of the most family-friendly cities we know, if you want relaxed quality time together. It’s walkable, filled with parks, has museums for all ages of children, bike paths, cruises and kid-friendly events. Nearby you can go whale-watching on Cape Cod and explore the rural beauty of New England.
On our travels around the USA over the years we’ve fallen in love at different times with amazing places like the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Bryce Canyon, San Francisco and Yosemite, so one tour that takes in all those places, and more, is something pretty special. You’ll be falling in love with the American West every single day.
Each Hawaiian island is different, so it’s difficult to choose just one for a holiday. With this escorted tour, you’ll visit several islands, taking in highlights such as Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, and an amazing variety of landscapes, from active volcanoes and massive craters to lush rainforest, spectacular coastal cliffs and canyons, along with Hawaii’s history and culture.
We’re smitten with the gracious Southern charms of the Carolinas, from the atmospheric mansions and streets of Charleston that pre-date the Civil War to historic cities and landmarks. But this region’s landscape is equally memorable. Romantic beaches give way to the timeless beauty of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, one of America’s most scenic drives.
New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC – we never tire of this trio of eastern cities with their historic monuments, fabulous museums and invigorating buzz. We especially like this tour because of what lies in between: the marvel of Niagara Falls, quaint and timeless Amish Country, moving Gettysburg and the beautiful scenery of the Finger Lakes wine region.
Taking the garden path is a delightful way to approach two of the East Coast’s greatest cities. Stroll Manhattan’s High Line and Central Park, then visit the renowned Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the lush estate gardens of the Hudson Valley and several outstanding gardens with native trees and plant species in historic Philadelphia.
Rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is the thrill of a lifetime. After the rush of the rapids, there are peaceful nights camping under the stars, and you’ll never forget the magic of the canyon from below. Hiking in the national parks is another great way to immerse yourself in America’s epic landscapes.
Steamboats have come a long way since Mark Twain wrote Life on the Mississippi, and now boast spas, pools and gourmet food while retaining that 19th-century antebellum opulence. Visit the towns and cities along Ol’ Man River – pretty Natchez, pounding Memphis, steamy Baton Rouge – from a luxury river cruise.
Beyond New York’s Long Island is Rhode Island, where the seaside city of Newport is famous for two things – its Jazz Festival and stunning mansions. One of these, the aptly-named Vanderbilt Grace, is now an intimate hotel where guests are pampered beyond belief for the ultimate indulgent holiday.
With its glamorous nightlife and Cuban connections, Miami has the sizzle of the Caribbean and the glamour of New York. Enjoy the city’s unique buzz as you lounge on gorgeous palm-backed beaches and stroll round shops and art galleries. From sleek, modern boutique hotels to retro digs in the famous Art Deco district, style’s the word.
Cape Cod with its beaches, offshore islands, wonderful seafood, whale-watching and fishing, attracts VIP visitors as well as regular American holidaymakers. We can think of no better way to enjoy it than to follow those VIPs and rent a private home to share with friends, and enjoy the fresh-air lifestyle and perfect blue-sky summer weather.
In the USA you can stay and dine in places as classy as anywhere in Europe, but usually without the stuffiness. We like Insight Vacations’ luxury coach tours because they book you into the best hotels and restaurants, and include special extras like hula dancing lessons in Hawaii, cookery demonstrations overlooking the Mississippi, or backstage tours in Nashville.