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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pacific Northwest is home to two of America’s most beautiful rivers, the Snake River and Columbia River, both with jaw-dropping scenery. Alongside natural wonders like the country’s deepest river gorge at Hells Canyon, and the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge, man-made marvels like the Bonneville Dam will take your breath away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is the thrill of a lifetime. After the rush of the rapids, there are peaceful nights camping under the stars, and you’ll never forget the magic of the canyon from below. Hiking in the national parks is another great way to immerse yourself in America’s epic landscapes.