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.
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.
Head east from Seattle through Idaho and Montana and you reach the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park. The scenery is on a spectacular scale, and looms even larger if you hike and camp out. Turn south to take in Yosemite and Yellowstone too and you’ll have seen some of the most beautiful places on planet Earth.
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.
Texas harbours some amazing art treasures: Renaissance masterpieces, Spanish masters, Impressionists and modern art housed in striking contemporary buildings. This art tour mixes Western landscapes and Southern hospitality, and includes a remarkable sculpture museum in the desert.
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.
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.
We like to think we’re experts on the best drive in America, the Pacific Coast Highway, and if we had to devise the perfect trip it would be… well, this one. Black Tomato have picked the coolest hotels, sensible drive times, the best places to stop, and hottest car. Next time we go – it’s gotta be a Mustang!
Each Hawaiian island is different, so it’s difficult to choose just one for a holiday. With this escorted tour, you’ll visit several islands, taking in highlights such as Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, and an amazing variety of landscapes, from active volcanoes and massive craters to lush rainforest, spectacular coastal cliffs and canyons, along with Hawaii’s history and culture.
We absolutely love Alabama, from its miles of silver-sand beaches – and fabulous seafood – along the Gulf Coast to its moving Civil Rights connections, its soulful Muscle Shoals music, the birthplace of country giant Hank Williams (“the hillbilly Shakespeare”) and the charming town of Monroeville, where Harper Lee set To Kill a Mockingbird.
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.
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.
America is about road trips, and road trips are about friendships and sharing amazing experiences, whether it’s a limo tour of Las Vegas or hiking in Yosemite National Park. These small group adventure tours – for ages 18 to 38 – will create memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
People think New York is expensive but we’ve stayed in some great yet affordable hotels in desirable locations, with extras like free wifi, phone calls and breakfast. We’ve discovered Apple Core Hotels, which has three hotels in perfect locations close to Times Square, the Empire State Building and Museum of Modern Art.
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.
Even after numerous visits, the Southwest still takes our breath away. From the dazzling lights of Las Vegas, head out to the natural wonders of chiselled red rocks, sculpted cliffs and stunning limestone spires and the spectacular Grand Canyon. Throw in a stay in a friendly ranch and this holiday is truly awesome!
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.
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.