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    Best holidays in America

    USA holidaysBest holidays in America

    Mike Gerrard By Donna Dailey and Mike Gerrard, Editors of 101 USA Holidays

    America, the land of the free, is one of the most exciting holiday destinations in the world. It’s not just a country, but a whole continent from sea to shining sea, encompassing mountains, beaches, desert, forests, buzzing cities and unspoilt wilderness. Here is my pick of some of the best holidays in the USA.

    Many visitors don’t look beyond the big gateway cities of New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and you’d be forgiven for getting distracted by these beguiling, addictive cities. But of course there’s so much more to see and do. The obvious places to explore include New England and Florida, but you might want to look beyond the obvious.

    America boasts many more fascinating cities – there’s Boston and Washington D.C. in the East, Seattle in the North West and San Francisco in California. It also boasts some of the world’s most eye-popping natural wonders from Niagara Falls to the Grand Canyon.

    In New York you’ll never be bored, whether you love soaring buildings, shopping bargains, buzzing bars or art and culture. You can arrive in the Big Apple on a Transatlantic cruise, combine it with Las Vegas or jump in a hire car and explore the beautiful countryside of Upstate New York.

    America was built on the back of the automobile and renting a car (or a motorhome) and hitting the open road is still the most exciting and authentic way to experience the country. We’ve collected together some of the most exciting fly-drive itineraries whether you want to exploreNew England or the real Wild West.

    You can tour California, explore the fascinating state of Virginia or drive the Civil War route – an emotional experience.

    If you want somebody else to do the driving, you can opt for an escorted coach tour. You’ll find the coaches are spacious and comfortable and the guides excellent. How about this 14-night Western Discovery tour which starts in Los Angeles and takes in Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

    Florida is by far the most popular state in the South for tourists, whether you’re interested in stylish hotels, deserted beaches or Mickey Mouse and his pals. If you want some grown-up glamour head for Miami and the Keys where we love The Setai South Beach and Little Palm Island.

    California and the West Coast need no introduction. As well as boasting exciting cities, it’s a region of awesome natural beautiful and has some superb places to stay.

    Further north, Alaska is simply stunning. You can see grizzly bears in the wild in Katmai National Park for example.

    For the high-brow, you can combine art and opera in New York, or explore the art and architecture of the USA. Delve into the world of Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Illinois. Or visit Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan on a Galleries of the Midwest tour. See all the options.

    The Mid West is the beating heart of rural America, whether you’re exploring the great National Parks or staying on a ranch in the wide open spaces of Colorado.

    For more great ideas on where to go on holiday in America, see our sister site, 101 USA holidays. Find the best time to visit America.

    Going south of the border? See our full guide to holiday destinations in Latin America.

    Last updated: 19 September 2017

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