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.
Beyond New York’s Long Island is Rhode Island, where the seaside city of Newport is famous for two things – its Jazz Festival and stunning mansions. One of these, the aptly-named Vanderbilt Grace, is now an intimate hotel where guests are pampered beyond belief for the ultimate indulgent holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Americans themselves choose Hawaii for romantic holidays, and of the main islands, Kaua’i is among our top picks. We love the Garden Isle for its lush exotic landscape, waterfalls, the dramatic sea cliffs of the Napali Coast and the incredible vistas over Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. No wonder Jurassic Park was filmed here.
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.
Taking the garden path is a delightful way to approach two of the East Coast’s greatest cities. Stroll Manhattan’s High Line and Central Park, then visit the renowned Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the lush estate gardens of the Hudson Valley and several outstanding gardens with native trees and plant species in historic Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
After a full day at the theme parks, it’s great to relax in the comfort of your own rental home – particularly one that has its own private swimming pool. Self-catering will save you money, and give you a lot more space to spread out. Add on a stay on Clearwater’s fabulous beaches for the perfect Florida combination.
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.