We’ve driven the California coast many times and never tire of its variety. Sonoma is the antithesis of big and brash – a charming county packed with superb places to stay and vineyards tended by real enthusiasts. Wine-tasting, gourmet meals, the odd spa treatment and a final two days on the coast – heaven.
If you ever plan to motor west, be warned that nowadays Route 66 is hard to find and follow in places. One option is to join a group tour and let someone else lead the way to the classic diners, the historic landmarks and museums, and everything else that makes this epic journey so special.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This short but very sweet tour highlights all the things that make Louisiana so captivating. From the French Quarter of New Orleans, you’ll travel through plantation country and stay in a gorgeous antebellum mansion, while exploring homes and gardens, swamps and bayous and the Cajun culture unique to the South.
We’re frequent travellers on the stunning Pacific Coast Highway, and this tour stops at two of our favourite spots en route to San Francisco. The scenery is no less breathtaking as you head inland through Napa Valley wine country and the mountains, deserts and giant forests of California’s national parks on your way to Las Vegas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 USA is so renowned for its popular culture that visitors can be surprised to find it has a highbrow side, but New York’s museums and performing venues like the Metropolitan Opera House are among the finest in the world. To stay in Manhattan and spend a night at the Met is to see the city in all its sophistication.
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.
There’s a lot more to Florida than Mickey Mouse. It’s a wonderfully romantic destination for couples, from the hedonistic cool of Miami’s South Beach to the discreet low-key charm of the Keys. Stay in luxurious, intimate hotels, stroll on the beaches, take a sunset cruise and dine by candlelight.
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.