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.
One of the ironies of the Civil War its that many of its major battles took place in breathtaking locations, such as Shenandoah National Park. You don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate the battlefields, monuments and museums, and even hardened travellers are moved to tears reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg itself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hawaii is terrific for surfing and beach holidays but if you go island-hopping on a small ship cruise you’ll discover there’s much more on offer in these lush Pacific islands. You can go whale-watching, snorkelling with giant manta rays and sea turtles, hiking in pine forests … and still laze on those amazing beaches too!
If you want to let the good times roll there’s nowhere better than New Orleans. Yet many of its residents have been badly hit by poverty and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Getting involved in a volunteer project can turn a regular holiday into a life-changing experience – for you and the people you help.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley are forever associated with Palm Springs, but there’s much more to the California golfing resort than just glitz. Sure, there are luxury hotels and swish spas, but plenty of museums and galleries too, mountain hiking and natural wonders like the Joshua Tree National Park on the doorstep.
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.
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.
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.
This tour is like opening a chocolate box of North America’s most awe-inspiring sites and sights. Sandwiched between stays in Denver and Las Vegas, Native American history, the gold rush, natural wonders and breathtaking monuments from Mount Rushmore to the Crazy Horse Memorial, it’s the journey of a lifetime.
We love the combination of history and scenic beauty on this American heritage tour. It’s bookended with some of the country’s most iconic sites in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. In between there are beautiful drives through Shenandoah National Park and the Amish Country, a moving visit to Gettysburg, and fascinating glimpses of colonial life at Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and Monticello.
Whether you fancy yourself as Jack Kerouac or Thelma and Louise, driving is our favourite way to see America. With air-con and cruise control, exploring its highways and by-ways couldn’t be easier. We recommend Rhino Car Hire for its low prices (and 10% off for 101 visitors!) and over 300 locations available in the US.
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.
Florida’s Gulf Coast is idyllic – leave behind the bustle of the mainland and chill out in style at this lovely island resort. Beachcombing on the shell-covered shore is fascinating, plus there’s golf, tennis and watersports. Don’t miss the nature tours, and the chance to see loveable manatees and dolphins.
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.
With so many places that have almost perfect year-round climates, the USA makes a wonderful cycling destination. Hawaii is a great example – if that’s too far, we highly recommend cycling in the outstanding scenery of the South West USA, Glacier National Park in Montana or an unusual destination like Washington’s San Juan Islands.
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 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.