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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.