On this tour you’ll see why the Great Smoky Mountains is the most popular national park in the USA, and why the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the country’s most scenic drives. It’s an area we absolutely love, from its bourbon distilleries to its mansions, and all the way from Dollywood to the White House!
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.
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.
Head east from Seattle through Idaho and Montana and you reach the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park. The scenery is on a spectacular scale, and looms even larger if you hike and camp out. Turn south to take in Yosemite and Yellowstone too and you’ll have seen some of the most beautiful places on planet Earth.
We live near Tucson and always love to visit Albuquerque. This is a truly unique event, as you watch hundreds of vividly-coloured balloons soaring into the New Mexico sky, taking your heart soaring with them. Combine it with a trip on America’s historic railroads for an even more memorable holiday.
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.
Our Chicago highlights include architecture tours and President Obama’s barbershop. Head north from the Windy City and you’re into the beautiful area of Michigan tucked between Lakes Michigan and Huron. Here you’ll find rural bliss by way of lovely little lakeside towns, wine trails, cycle paths, strolling on beaches or canoeing in Saginaw Bay.
Santa Monica is one of our favourite spots on the California coast, great for visiting Los Angeles while staying by the ocean. There’s no better hotel than the chic and relaxing Shutters on the Beach, just a stroll from Santa Monica Pier, the terrific Farmers Market and all the attractions downtown.
Seeing soul legend Wilson Pickett in Denver was one of our greatest music festival memories. And that was only a small local festival. Go to a major event and you’ll be blown away by the line up, the atmosphere and the energy, whether you like rock, country, jazz or folk. For music festivals, there’s no place like the States.
The beautiful scenery of upstate New York is a wonderful contrast to the buzz of New York City. We love the Finger Lakes region for its tranquil beauty and superb wineries, and the thrill of Niagara Falls. Rochester makes a pleasant stop before the lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks, where you can enjoy the great outdoors.
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.
Sometimes you just want someone else to take the wheel, and do the planning, while you sit back and relax. On these New England coach tours, your hardest decision will be what flavour to choose on your Ben and Jerry’s visit, or how you want your lobster cooked for dinner. New England has fine food as well as fine scenery.
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.
California has an over-abundance of great places to stay, from the wacky to the wonderful. Ultra-chic hotels can be found in fun cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, while boutique wine-country retreats and even remote ranches provide style and that welcoming American hospitality.
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.
Scottsdale is golf and spa heaven. Endless sunshine and the backdrop of Camelback Mountain make for memorable games of golf, while the spirituality of the Sonoran desert infuses the spas and inspires timeless treatments. Add in fine dining, art and shopping, and this is the perfect pampering holiday.
The phenomenal landscape of Yellowstone National Park is transformed in winter to a world most tourists never see. Wolves were brought back from near extinction here, and the chance to track them in the wild is a rare experience. The valleys beneath the peaks of the Grand Tetons are teaming with wildlife, from bison to bald eagles.
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.
To make the most of every minute in Manhattan, it’s all about location. Midtown is a great base for shopping, major museums and sightseeing. We love the Downtown neighbourhoods for hanging out and soaking up the atmosphere. New York is never cheap, but you can find central hotels with character in all price brackets.
Apart from its famous monuments, we love Washington DC for its outstanding museums, from art and space exploration to international spying. New York’s Finger Lakes region is scenically gorgeous and its wines are superb, especially the ice wines. Throw in the thrilling cruise beneath Niagara Falls and this is a unique cultural camping trip.
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.
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.