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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia’s history and scenery are delightful. After the big city lights of Washington DC and Baltimore, shift down into slow gear as you meander along Skyline Drive, with its stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, into Shenandoah National Park. Colonial Williamsburg and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate also impress.
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.
The western National Parks are truly spectacular – to see so many in a grand circular drive adds up to one awesome holiday. We’ve explored these fascinating landscapes, from the Rocky Mountains to wide open ranges and sculpted canyons, towering rock formations, ancient cliff dwellings and Yellowstone’s geysers.
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.
We almost got married in the USA but couldn’t choose between the fun and glitz of Las Vegas, the romance of Hawaii or the glamour and sophistication of New York’s Central Park or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Americans love romance and pizzazz so wherever you want to say “I do”, just do it.
The phenomenal landscapes of southern Utah and northern Arizona make for truly exciting family adventures. Whether you’re hiking in the Grand Canyon or walking amidst the red rock formations of Arches National Park, white water rafting or camping out under the stars, these self-drive tours work for all ages. It’s a great way to see and experience the West.
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.
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.
Fort Lauderdale has everything we love about Florida – it’s got the things you expect but is full of surprises too. It has some of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast, a host of museums, and the Florida Everglades are right on the doorstep. It’s also easy to visit the theme parks of Orlando or see Miami, but with more of a relaxing small town feel.
Our map of America is made up of movies and music – Memphis is Graceland, Clarksdale is the Delta Blues Museum, Chicago is The Blues Brothers and New Orleans is A Streetcar Named Desire. You might not get lucky like a friend of ours who met Clint Eastwood in a filling station – but in the USA you never know!