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.
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.
To follow the story of Elvis from his shotgun-shack birthplace in Tupelo to his early recordings at Sun Studio in Memphis, and to his OTT home at Graceland, isn’t any old rags to riches tale. It’s the birth of modern music, when country met blues and became rock ‘n’ roll. Throw in Nashville too and it’s our idea of musical bliss.
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.
Like Texas itself, this tour has so much variety it’s like visiting a separate country. Along with customary highlights such as the Alamo and the Cowboy Hall of Fame, it takes in sophisticated Dallas, the music city of Austin, Houston’s Space Center and more. The tour through Louisiana’s bayou country and New Orleans is icing on the cake.
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.
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.
The New Orleans Jazz Fest is a great excuse to visit The Big Easy. You’ll discover the best of jazz, blues, Cajun, rock and folk in a fun, intimate atmosphere surrounded by fellow music fans. This trip also includes visits to fascinating towns such as Baton Rouge and Natchez, plus a chance to unwind in the theme parks of Orlando.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Movies and music are most people’s first taste of the USA, and to hear country music in Nashville, stand in the Memphis studio where Elvis Presley recorded his first hits, and to hear jazz in New Orleans, the home of Louis Armstrong – well, believe us, it really doesn’t get any better for thrilling, spine-tingling music magic.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.