The wonders of the West make an unforgettable experience for children. That’s why we like this Western Family Discovery tour. It combines such stunning landscapes as Hoover Dam, Monument Valley and Yosemite, and Zion National Parks with swimming, camping and horse riding. There are tours of San Francisco and Las Vegas too.
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!
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.
Redondo is one of the South Bay beaches where California’s beach culture was born, so there’s no better place to catch the waves and ocean breeze. Live the lifestyle in a beach house, giving you easy access to local markets, cafes and restaurants as well as popular attractions in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Los Angeles and beyond.
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.
The Rocky Mountains’ soft white powder is a skiing experience like no other. Colorado’s famous ski resorts are a joy at every level, from gentle beginner slopes to exhilarating black diamond runs and powder bowls to challenge the most expert skier. Rustic mountain towns, chic modern hotels and fine restaurants make your time here unforgettable.
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.
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.
For the ultimate family winter treat, combine New York City with America’s premier ski destination. Do your Christmas shopping in Manhattan – or grab some bargains in the January sales – then head west to hit the slopes of celebrity-studded Aspen, Colorado, where you’ll stay at the gorgeous ski-in, ski-out Little Nell.
A recent stay at a Colorado ranch really opened our eyes to the extraordinary beauty of the landscape as seen on horseback, and the lives of the cowboys and ranchers who still wrestle a living from the land. Choose between a working ranch, where you’ll ride with the cowboys, guest ranch or a luxury resort ranch with all mod cons. All are great for families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If there’s one country that is perfect for a singles holiday, it’s the USA. Americans are wonderfully friendly and outgoing, particularly when you move away from the big cities. These sociable group tours will take you to the far corners of the nation from Alaska to Hawaii, with no single supplements.
The rolling hills of Napa Valley are perfect for cycling, not too steep and with glorious scenery all round. This enticing tour winds its way through California’s most famous vineyards to charming small towns, Calistoga’s hot springs, redwood forests and the beautiful coastal scenery of Bodega Bay, with outstanding food and wine to fuel the journey.
We like to think we’re experts on the best drive in America, the Pacific Coast Highway, and if we had to devise the perfect trip it would be… well, this one. Black Tomato have picked the coolest hotels, sensible drive times, the best places to stop, and hottest car. Next time we go – it’s gotta be a Mustang!
The Old West is alive and well, thanks to Englishman Nigel Turner’s authentic restoration of Grand Canyon Ranch, right down to the buffalo herd. Take a road trip from Las Vegas for the day, or stay a few nights in a traditional wooden cabin or Indian tipi. The views on the sunset horseback ride are unforgettable.
Seattle is one of the coolest cities in America, exciting in its own right, but also the gateway to a corner of the States we love. The Northwest includes the USA’s only rainforest on the dramatic Olympic Peninsula, the rugged and hauntingly beautiful Oregon coast, and the humbling Giant Redwood trees – just for starters!
One of the best ways to experience Alaska – and it is an experience, much more than just a holiday – is on a small ship. These vessels can take you into some of the world’s deepest fjords where you can hike or kayak, and watch bears on the shoreline, yet also go out to sea to look for whales. Magnificent.