Walking the Appalachian Trail is one of the great American outdoor adventures. This northern section of the route runs from the famous beauty spots of the Catskills and Berkshire mountains, through the forests of Vermont into the rugged White Mountains, and on to the wilderness of northern Maine. It’s a thrilling way to see New England.
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 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.
Palm Beach is a classic destination for couples seeking luxury and romance. Soak up the Florida sunshine on idyllic beaches or a championship golf course, or indulge in some posh shopping or spa pampering. The elegant resorts here are among the country’s finest, making Palm Beach a perfect choice for a honeymoon or anniversary.
We’d love to live in New York, the most exciting city we’ve visited anywhere in the world. Every visitor takes some of that energy away with them … and you’ll need it as you move on to Las Vegas, with its slots and its shows, its glitz and glamour. The most exciting two-centre holiday on the planet!
Driving the coral islands that make up the Florida Keys is like leaving mainland America behind and skipping like a stone towards the Caribbean. The Overseas Highway is an exhilarating drive, taking you to famous names like Key Largo, Islamorada and Key West, as far south as you can go in the USA. Beachfront tiki bars, kayaking with dolphins and luxury resorts add to the charm.
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.
Like an American version of the Alps, the Grand Tetons rise to 4,200m and provide some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the USA – and some of its most thrilling skiing, especially in Jackson Hole. Wyoming is another world, like the Wild West but with spectacular snowfalls in winter.
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.
We’ve spent a lot of time in Chicago and still haven’t done everything we want to do. Its skyscrapers are stunning from the outside, and going to their top decks is not for the nervous. We’ve had the best pizza ever, admired the art and science museums, found the friendliest people and had fun every day. We love Chicago. Everyone loves Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, a golf resort or the wide open spaces of Wyoming.
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.
Covered bridges and rolling hills, whitewashed church steeples and Cape Cod beaches…this beautiful driving tour takes in all the quintessential delights of New England. From historic Boston to the coast of Maine, you’ll discover quaint villages and artsy towns, famous colonial sights, scenic lakes and mountains.
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.
We got a real kick recently when we saw the stretch of road where they filmed the opening of Easy Rider, the movie that inspired a generation to feel they were born to be wild, rev up a Harley, and hit the highway to adventure. And on road trips like this, you really do live the dream.