The New Orleans Jazz Fest is a great excuse to visit The Big Easy. You’ll discover the best of jazz, blues, Cajun, rock and folk in a fun, intimate atmosphere surrounded by fellow music fans. This trip also includes visits to fascinating towns such as Baton Rouge and Natchez, plus a chance to unwind in the theme parks of Orlando.
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.
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.
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.
From California’s farmers’ markets and wine country, through the Creole cuisine and BBQ of the South to sensational pizzas and cheesecakes in New York City, Trafalgar’s foodie trips enhance regular sightseeing with some of the USA’s finest food. We especially love New England with its cheeses, cranberry bogs and treats like Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream. Yum!
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 getting there is half the fun then there’s no doubt that cruising to New York beats flying any time – and needn’t be that much more expensive. Crossing the Atlantic on a luxury liner like the Queen Mary 2, and watching for the Statue of Liberty to welcome you in the distance, is the most thrilling way to arrive.
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.
People think New York is expensive but we’ve stayed in some great yet affordable hotels in desirable locations, with extras like free wifi, phone calls and breakfast. We’ve discovered Apple Core Hotels, which has three hotels in perfect locations close to Times Square, the Empire State Building and Museum of Modern Art.
Staying on a farm may not be your first thought when planning a USA holiday, but America grew from being settled and farmed and it’s a big part of the nation’s fabric. Sleep in a luxury tent and you can enjoy creature comforts along with fresh air, home-grown food and walks in the countryside.
When John Steinbeck set off on the trip that inspired his 1962 book, Travels with Charley, he chose a campervan as the best way to get to know the USA and his fellow Americans. It’s a classic road-trip experience, and there are RV Parks everywhere, from Vegas to Vermont, wherever your American dreams take you.
Our outstanding memory from our first Alaska trip is the sound of glaciers cracking and crashing into the sea beside our cruise boat. Nothing prepares you for how magnificent Alaska is, from its snow-covered mountain ranges, its vast National Parks, deserted roads and abundance of wildlife, to the ruggedly independent people who live there.
After a full day at the theme parks, it’s great to relax in the comfort of your own rental home – particularly one that has its own private swimming pool. Self-catering will save you money, and give you a lot more space to spread out. Add on a stay on Clearwater’s fabulous beaches for the perfect Florida combination.
Swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove was one of our unexpected highlights in Orlando, alongside wildlife safaris. They were the surprise bonuses as we knew we’d love the theme parks, spending several days each at Sea World, Walt Disney World and Universal – and we must go back to try the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Movies and music are most people’s first taste of the USA, and to hear country music in Nashville, stand in the Memphis studio where Elvis Presley recorded his first hits, and to hear jazz in New Orleans, the home of Louis Armstrong – well, believe us, it really doesn’t get any better for thrilling, spine-tingling music magic.
Everyone that holidays in the States wishes they’d stayed longer. The main cost is in getting there, so make the most of it. This longer trip to New England packs in all the highlights – charming Boston, gorgeous Vermont, whale watching in Acadia National Park and everything else that makes the region so special.
People don’t always appreciate how inexpensive the USA is. We love cheap diners and shopping bargains, the low price of bus travel and budget airfares. Accommodation too is affordable, but low cost doesn’t mean low quality. Far from it. And it’s much easier to meet people, too, staying in hostels and eating in diners.
Top American movies and TV shows have made cities like New York and Boston familiar around the world. From The Sopranos to Friends, Carrie and her pals from Sex and the City to the bar flies from Cheers, following in the footsteps of your favourite characters makes for a fun tour and a fascinating look at the local film industry.
The crazy and captivating city of Las Vegas is quite simply one of the wonders of the modern world. Where else could you spend the morning at an outlet shopping mall and the afternoon at a pool party then stroll down the neon-lit strip to catch Rod Stewart in concert? It’s no gamble – everybody loves Vegas.
We’ve driven through the wild desert and mountain landscapes of Utah and Colorado and would do it again in a heartbeat. The Southern Utah National Parks boast some of the most striking scenery on the planet, and hidden away in the Colorado Rockies are astonishingly stylish spas and hot springs. Hot tubs at midnight? You bet.
If your family can’t decide between city, ranch and beach, why not do all three. On this luxury private tour, spend a few days sightseeing in Manhattan then fly to Montana where you can camp out under a carpet of stars. Finish off the trip at a stylish family beach resort on the California coast.
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.