101 USA Holidays

Click on the images to discover 101 USA holidays selected by two of the UK's leading travel writers Donna Dailey and Mike Gerrard.

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  • Escorted tour of American West

    Ultimate tour of the West

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    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.

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  • Civil War driving tour

    Drive the Civil War route

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    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.

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  • Transatlantic cruises

    Cruise the Atlantic

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    If getting there is half the fun then there’s no doubt that cruising to New York beats flying any time – and needn’t be that much more expensive. Crossing the Atlantic on a luxury liner like the Queen Mary 2, and watching for the Statue of Liberty to welcome you in the distance, is the most thrilling way to arrive.

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  • Music & Movies Trails

    Music ‘n’ movies trails

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    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!

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  • Walk the Appalachian Trail

    Walk the Appalachian Trail

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    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.

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  • National Parks fly-drive

    Best of the National Parks

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    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.

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  • Hawaii island hopping

    Highlights of Hawaii

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    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.

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  • Alaska cruises and tours

    Amazing Alaska

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    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.

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  • Mississippi River Cruise

    Mississippi River Cruise

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    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.

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  • Carolinas fly drive

    Explore the Carolinas

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    We’re smitten with the gracious Southern charms of the Carolinas, from the atmospheric mansions and streets of Charleston that pre-date the Civil War to historic cities and landmarks. But this region’s landscape is equally memorable. Romantic beaches give way to the timeless beauty of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, one of America’s most scenic drives.

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  • Vanderbilt Grace, Newport, Rhode Island

    Gracious luxury in Rhode Island

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    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.

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  • Shutters on the Beach

    Shutters on the Beach

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    Santa Monica is one of our favourite spots on the California coast, great for visiting Los Angeles while staying by the ocean. There’s no better hotel than the chic and relaxing Shutters on the Beach, just a stroll from Santa Monica Pier, the terrific Farmers Market and all the attractions downtown.

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  • New York State fly drive

    Upstate New York

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    The beautiful scenery of upstate New York is a wonderful contrast to the buzz of New York City. We love the Finger Lakes region for its tranquil beauty and superb wineries, and the thrill of Niagara Falls. Rochester makes a pleasant stop before the lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks, where you can enjoy the great outdoors.

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  • Music tour by rail

    Music-themed tour by rail

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    The blues singers of the South rode the trains north to Chicago’s big city lights. To visit a Chicago blues club then make that same journey back south to Memphis is to take a train ride into musical history, seeing Beale Street rock and, like Paul Simon, going to Graceland, before touring the jazz bars of Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

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  • Foodie trips in America

    Foodie trips in America

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    From California’s farmers’ markets and wine country, through the Creole cuisine and BBQ of the South to sensational pizzas and cheesecakes in New York City, Trafalgar’s foodie trips enhance regular sightseeing with some of the USA’s finest food. We especially love New England with its cheeses, cranberry bogs and treats like Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream. Yum!

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  • New England escorted tour

    New England escorted tour

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    Sometimes you just want someone else to take the wheel, and do the planning, while you sit back and relax. On these New England coach tours, your hardest decision will be what flavour to choose on your Ben and Jerry’s visit, or how you want your lobster cooked for dinner. New England has fine food as well as fine scenery.

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  • Virginia fly-drive

    Highlights of Virginia

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    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.

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  • Apple Core Hotels, New York

    Affordable New York hotels

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    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.

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  • Luxury coach tours

    Luxury coach tours

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    In the USA you can stay and dine in places as classy as anywhere in Europe, but usually without the stuffiness. We like Insight Vacations’ luxury coach tours because they book you into the best hotels and restaurants, and include special extras like hula dancing lessons in Hawaii, cookery demonstrations overlooking the Mississippi, or backstage tours in Nashville.

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  • farm stays

    Stay on a working farm

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    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.

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  • Cities of the North East

    Cities of the North East

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    New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC – we never tire of this trio of eastern cities with their historic monuments, fabulous museums and invigorating buzz. We especially like this tour because of what lies in between: the marvel of Niagara Falls, quaint and timeless Amish Country, moving Gettysburg and the beautiful scenery of the Finger Lakes wine region.

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  • Wyoming fly-drive

    Explore the Wild West in Wyoming

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    Say “wide open spaces” and we instantly think of Wyoming. This spectacular drive starts in Denver, with its lively restaurants and brewpubs, and takes in iconic Old West sights, from pioneer towns to grazing buffalo to Mount Rushmore. Visits to two of our favourite national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, are highlights.

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  • Boston family city breaks

    Boston for families

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    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.

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  • Florida fly drive

    The best of Florida

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    This is our idea of a Florida holiday: a few fun days at Orlando’s theme parks, relax on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast; explore the exotic wildlife and landscape of the Everglades, then chill out in the tropical islands of the Keys (Margaritaville, anyone?) before one last bash in Miami. Heaven…

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  • Snake river cruises

    Northwest river cruises

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    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.

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  • Chicago, Rockies by rail and Alaska cruise

    Chicago, Rockies by rail and Alaska cruise

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    Chicago blew us away when we first visited, and Alaska introduced us to the most stunning US landscapes. Combining those contrasting experiences with a visit to another vibrant city, Seattle, via a luxury train ride through the northern plains and across the Cascade Mountains – that’s heaven.

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  • Redondo Beach home rentals

    Redondo Beach house

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    Redondo is one of the South Bay beaches where California’s beach culture was born, so there’s no better place to catch the waves and ocean breeze. Live the lifestyle in a beach house, giving you easy access to local markets, cafes and restaurants as well as popular attractions in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Los Angeles and beyond.

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  • New York, DC and Niagara camping

    New York, DC and Niagara camping

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    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.

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  • Las Vegas city breaks

    Las Vegas city breaks

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    The crazy and captivating city of Las Vegas is quite simply one of the wonders of the modern world. Where else could you spend the morning at an outlet shopping mall and the afternoon at a pool party then stroll down the neon-lit strip to catch Rod Stewart in concert? It’s no gamble – everybody loves Vegas.

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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

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    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.

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  • Chicago to the Grand Canyon by rail

    Chicago to the Grand Canyon by rail

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    The most evocative way to arrive at the Grand Canyon is on the Grand Canyon Railroad. This epic journey begins on the Southwest Chief sleeper train from Chicago to Los Angeles. It also takes in one of our favourite cities, Santa Fe in New Mexico, and a chance to get your Route 66 kicks in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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  • Las Vegas Grand Canyon tour

    Vegas and Grand Canyon

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    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 Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks with their chiselled red rocks, sculpted cliffs and stunning limestone spires, the towering buttes of Monument Valley and the spectacular Grand Canyon. Truly awesome!

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  • TrekAmerica group adventures

    Hit the road with friends

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    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.

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  • Colorado, the big outdoors

    Colorado, the big outdoors

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    Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful, whether you’re driving across the Continental Divide or riding an historic steam train. From the fun-loving capital, Denver, to rustic mining towns and mountain resorts, you’ll discover ancient cliff dwellings, deep canyons, sculpted rock formations and pristine national parks.

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  • Boutique hotels in California

    Hotel California

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    California has an over-abundance of great places to stay, from the wacky to the wonderful. Ultra-chic hotels can be found in fun cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, while boutique wine-country retreatss and even remote ranches provide style and that welcoming American hospitality.

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  • Club Med The Sandpiper

    Club Med in Florida

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    Club Med set the standard for all-inclusive holidays. Their Sandpiper Bay resort is ideally located between Orlando and Miami, but with its gourmet meals, golf course, water park and beautiful riverside setting, you won’t want to leave. Golf and tennis lessons, sailing and a host of other sporting activities are included – anyone for lessons on the Flying Trapeze?

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  • New Orleans Jazz Fest

    New Orleans Jazz Fest

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    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.

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  • New England fly drive

    Classic New England

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    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.

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  • Northern Rockies camping tour

    Northern Rockies camping

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    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.

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  • Extended New England fly drive

    New England: the Big Road Trip

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    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.

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  • Coast Starlight Railway

    Seattle to LA by rail

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    The Coast Starlight is one of America’s best-loved rail journeys, taking in the west coast’s three great cities: Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It weaves its way through several National Forests before reaching the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco, then there’s a spectacular coast-hugging stretch through Santa Barbara and into LA.

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  • Miami boutique hotels

    Cool boutique Miami

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    With its glamorous nightlife and Cuban connections, Miami has the sizzle of the Caribbean and the glamour of New York. Enjoy the city’s unique buzz as you lounge on gorgeous palm-backed beaches and stroll round shops and art galleries. From sleek, modern boutique hotels to retro digs in the famous Art Deco district, style’s the word.

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  • Golfing holidays in America

    America’s best golf courses

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    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.

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  • Chicago and the Great Lakes

    Michigan fly drive

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    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.

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  • Cheap deals in Orlando

    Cheap deals in Orlando

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    Swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove was one of our unexpected highlights in Orlando, alongside wildlife safaris. They were the surprise bonuses as we knew we’d love the theme parks, spending several days each at Sea World, Walt Disney World and Universal – and we must go back to try the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

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  • Car hire

    Rent a car and hit the road

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    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.

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  • Get married in America

    Get married in America

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    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.

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  • Luxury hotels in Scottsdale

    Luxury in the desert

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    Scottsdale is golf and spa heaven. Endless sunshine and the backdrop of Camelback Mountain make for memorable games of golf, while the spirituality of the Sonoran desert infuses the spas and inspires timeless treatments. Add in fine dining, art and shopping, and this is the perfect pampering holiday. 

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  • Florida's Gulf Coast

    Florida’s Gulf Coast

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    Florida’s Gulf Coast is idyllic – leave behind the bustle of the mainland and chill out in style at this lovely island resort. Beachcombing on the shell-covered shore is fascinating, plus there’s golf, tennis and watersports. Don’t miss the nature tours, and the chance to see loveable manatees and dolphins.

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  • City, ranch and beach

    City, ranch and beach

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    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.

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  • Martin Luther King tour

    Footsteps of Martin Luther King

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    We wept at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, to see the spot where Martin Luther King Jr was shot. Yet to tour the South and see the places associated with him is powerfully uplifting too. To discover how one strong man can inspire millions is truly inspiring – not just a holiday but a life-enhancing experience.

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  • Texas art tour

    Texas art tour

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    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.

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  • Alabama fly drive

    Sweet home Alabama

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    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.

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  • Rent a large house

    Rent a large house

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    America thinks big, making it the perfect place for a special birthday or anniversary celebration, or family get-together. Rent a large house and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the low cost of eating in or out, whether you opt for Florida beaches, a golf resort or the wide open spaces of Wyoming.

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  • Utah to Colorado in style

    Utah to Colorado in style

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    We’ve driven through the wild desert and mountain landscapes of Utah and Colorado and would do it again in a heartbeat. The Southern Utah National Parks boast some of the most striking scenery on the planet, and hidden away in the Colorado Rockies are astonishingly stylish spas and hot springs. Hot tubs at midnight? You bet.

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  • Cycling in Napa Valley

    Cycling in Napa Valley

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    The rolling hills of Napa Valley are perfect for cycling, not too steep and with glorious scenery all round. This enticing tour winds its way through California’s most famous vineyards to charming small towns, Calistoga’s hot springs, redwood forests and the beautiful coastal scenery of Bodega Bay, with outstanding food and wine to fuel the journey. 

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  • Harley-Davidson holidays

    Rent a Harley-Davidson

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    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.

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  • Cruise Hawaii

    Island hopping cruise in Hawaii

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    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!

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  • New York City and Aspen for families

    New York and Aspen for families

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    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.

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  • Singles holidays in America

    Singles holidays

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    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.

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  • New Orleans to Charleston fly drive

    New Orleans to Charleston

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    You’ll fall in love, as we did, with America’s Deep South on this fly-drive tour that includes a private tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, a wonderful hotel in New Orleans, Music Row in Nashville plus a luxury retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains and mint juleps in Charleston.

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  • Georgia & South Carolina

    Georgia & South Carolina

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    From vibrant Atlanta, this holiday takes you on a gracious tour of the Old South. Former plantations with stately mansions and lush gardens, and the historic cities of Savannah and Charleston are highlights, while the landscape, beaches and wildlife offer unexpected delights.

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  • Music holidays in the South

    Rhythms of the South

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    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.

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  • Adventure cycle tours

    Adventure cycle tours

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    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.

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  • Go on location

    Go on location

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    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.

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  • Rent a motorhome

    Rent a motorhome

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    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.

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  • Route 66 guided tour

    Route 66 guided tour

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    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.

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  • Texas escorted tour

    The best of Texas

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    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.

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  • California to Las Vegas fly-drive

    California to Las Vegas

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    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.

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  • Florida keys fly drive

    Drive the Florida Keys

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    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.

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  • Grizzly bear safari, Kodiak, Alaska

    Grizzly bear safari

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    America’s wildlife is one of its greatest wonders. Seeing the world’s largest grizzly bears in their home on Kodiak Island, Alaska, is the heart-pounding experience of a lifetime, especially if you’re lucky enough to be there during the mating season or when young cubs are around. Whales, bald eagles and other creatures also abound here.

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  • Beauty of the Lakes

    Beauty of the Lakes

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    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.

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  • Fly-drive adventures with kids

    Fly-drive adventures with kids

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    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.

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  • Grand Canyon Ranch Resort

    Grand Canyon Ranch

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    The Old West is alive and well, thanks to Englishman Nigel Turner’s authentic restoration of Grand Canyon Ranch, right down to the buffalo herd. You can fly in by helicopter from Las Vegas for the day, or stay a few nights in a traditional wooden cabin or Indian tipi. The views on the sunset horseback ride are unforgettable.

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  • Orlando home rentals

    Orlando home rentals

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    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. It’s a perfect option for a family or group of friends.

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  • Skiing in Colorado

    Skiing in Colorado

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    The Rocky Mountains’ soft white powder is a skiing experience like no other. Colorado’s famous ski resorts are a joy at every level, from gentle beginner slopes to exhilarating black diamond runs and powder bowls to challenge the most expert skier. Rustic mountain towns, chic modern hotels and fine restaurants make your time here unforgettable.

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  • Kaua'i, Hawaii

    Kaua’i

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    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.

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  • Explore the Great Lakes

    Explore the Great Lakes

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    Most British visitors only see the Great Lakes by flying over them, admiring the greatest expanse of freshwater in the world, but at ground level they’re even more awe-inspiring. Discover beautiful beaches and dunes, fresh and tasty food, the quiet communities and outdoor lifestyle that all make this region such a wonderful revelation.

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  • Rafting the Grand Canyon

    Rafting the Grand Canyon

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    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.

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  • New Orleans voluntourism

    New Orleans voluntourism

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    If you want to let the good times roll there’s nowhere better than New Orleans. Yet many of its residents have been badly hit by poverty and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Getting involved in a volunteer project can turn a regular holiday into a life-changing experience – for you and the people you help.

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  • Garden tours of America

    America’s great gardens

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    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.

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  • Cape Cod house rentals

    Rent a house in Cape Cod

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    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.

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  • New York and Las Vegas

    New York and Las Vegas

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    We’d love to live in New York, the most exciting city we’ve visited anywhere in the world. Every visitor takes some of that energy away with them … and you’ll need it as you move on to Las Vegas, with its slots and its shows, its glitz and glamour. The most exciting two-centre holiday on the planet!

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  • Track wolves in Yellowstone

    Track wolves in Yellowstone

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    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. 

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  • Louisiana plantation homes

    Louisiana plantation homes

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    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.

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  • Family adventure holidays in America

    Family adventure holidays

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    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.

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  • Small ship cruise Alaska

    Small ship cruise in Alaska

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    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.

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  • Ranch holidays

    Ranch holidays

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    A recent stay at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Arizona really opened our eyes to the 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, and a luxury resort ranch with all mod cons. Both are great for families.

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  • Northwest fly drive

    Explore the Northwest

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    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!

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  • Budget motels

    Budget motels

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    Many times at the end of a day’s driving we’ve welcomed the sight of a motel sign from the highway, especially if it’s Motel 6, the cheapest and first of the budget motel chains. We know we’re guaranteed a clean room, a good rest, maybe a pool, and certainly a fair price.

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  • Music festivals

    Music festivals

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    Seeing soul legend Wilson Pickett in Denver was one of our greatest music festival memories. And that was only a small local festival. Go to a major event and you’ll be blown away by the line up, the atmosphere and the energy, whether you like rock, country, jazz or folk. For music festivals, there’s no place like the States.

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  • California fly drive in convertible

    California in a convertible

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    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!

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  • North Carolina

    North Carolina

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    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.

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  • Chicago city breaks

    Chicago city breaks

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    We’ve spent a lot of time in Chicago and still haven’t done everything we want to do. Its skyscrapers are stunning from the outside, and going to their top decks is not for the nervous. We’ve had the best pizza ever, admired the art and science museums, found the friendliest people and had fun every day. We love Chicago. Everyone loves Chicago.

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  • Luxury skiing in Wyoming

    Luxury skiing in Wyoming

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    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.

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  • You’ll love Philadelphia

    You’ll love Philadelphia

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    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.

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  • New York boutique hotels

    New York boutique hotels

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    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.

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  • Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

    Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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    We live near Tucson so we know this trip puts together the best things we tell our visitors to go see, like the fun Old West town of Tombstone and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. But it adds an event that is unique, as you watch hundreds of vividly-coloured balloons soaring into the New Mexico sky, taking your heart soaring with them.

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  • New York opera holidays

    Opera and art in New York

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    The USA is so renowned for its popular culture that visitors can be surprised to find it has a highbrow side, but New York’s museums and performing venues like the Metropolitan Opera House are among the finest in the world. To stay in Manhattan and spend a night at the Met is to see the city in all its sophistication.

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  • Luxury Miami and Florida Keys

    Miami and Florida Keys

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    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.

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  • Southern California coastal fly drive

    San Francisco to San Diego

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    We’ve driven the California coast many times and never tire of its variety. Big Sur is one of the most achingly beautiful coastlines in the world, there are sophisticated and fun cities like San Francisco and San Diego, sweet towns like Carmel, cultural highlights such as Hearst Castle and the unexpected thrill of magnificent wildlife.

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