Holidays in the USA can be as glitzy or as relaxed as you wish, from the stunning skyline of New York City to the unbelievable beauty of the Californian coastline. See the grand monuments of Washington DC or ride the cable car to San Francisco’s renowned Fisherman’s Wharf. Take the party to Miami’s South Beach neighbourhood or brave the Everglades National Park, to search for wildlife.
Join locals for live jazz and blues in earthy Chicago bars, with a cold beer in hand. The world’s best divas grace the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera: take a seat under the crystal chandeliers to watch them perform. Sports fans will love a high-octane American football game at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.Or check out Denver’s fantastic foodie scene as you discover the ‘Mile High City’s’ renowned cultural highlights.
If a laidback lifestyle, attractions galore and the freedom of the open road sounds like your kind of holiday, head for the USA. America’s main highways are easy to navigate and cruising in your car is the best way to get around and explore. With a fly drive you can discover stunning coastal views from Los Angeles up to the vineyards near San Francisco or through the vast deserts to Las Vegas. Or escape to the beautiful beaches in Florida or the natural bays of New England when you hire a car from Boston. Explore the spectacular Rocky Mountain range with a fly-drive from Denver, Colorado.
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Soft, sandy beaches and bright blue waters combine with a sophisticated ambience and cultural vibe in the USA. Enjoy the best of both when you choose stylish beach cities like Miami, where buff, tanned bodies are as prevalent as palm trees. Or relax on the stunning California coastline, hanging out in Santa Monica – Los Angeles’ oldest beach resort.
Florida's Orlando is the theme park capital of the world: the family will adore the magical show at Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. Whizz up the 605-foot-high Space Needle in Seattle to see snow-capped Mt. Rainier. In glitzy Los Angeles watch fire jugglers on Venice Beach or explore movie sets at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Being such a vast country, America has a hugely varied landscape. Florida will appeal to everyone – it is the home of leisure. Fly to Orlando to sample the golfing delights of the Sunshine State. On the Pacific coast, California offers golfers temperate conditions and dramatic scenery, alongside world-famous courses.
If the mood strikes, whisk your partner off to a Las Vegas wedding chapel to say I do, Elvis suits optional. Inside the glass globe Mapparium in colonial Boston, whisper sweet nothings to your loved-one and hear them echo back even louder. Lovers can seek solitude and find the perfect palm-fringed beach while island hopping the tropical Florida Keys, scattered off the south coast.
The United States has many different ski resorts all with their own pulling power, from the East Coast peaks across to the majestic Rockies and along the West Coast. You’ll find big mountains, some of the best snow conditions in the world, and outstanding hotels – with that all-American service and a smile.
Explore one of California’s most thrilling cities… Los Angeles. See the Beverly Hills mansions of the movie stars and have your photograph taken by the famous Hollywood sign. Make magical family memories at Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland Resort. Or relax on the sun-drenched sands of Santa Monica Beach. Fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, from LA. Unwind on the stunning shores of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach, then experience its vibrant scene after dark. Or escape to Maui, with its unspoilt greenery and tumbling waterfalls.
Glorious weather is one of LA’s most reliable assets – it is one of the US’s sunniest cities, after all, with temperatures balmy enough for year-round jaunts to the beach. But there are other ways to enjoy the al fresco Angeleno lifestyle beyond California’s golden coast. Here are six insider ideas.
The city that brought you Lou Reed, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z has never been short of venues. Whether it’s blockbuster bands or hot new talent you’re after, Edmund Vallance suggests eight of the best places to hear live music.
Who says you have to be a big spender to fully embrace the Big Apple? You can step into an Empire state of mind without ever opening your wallet. Local writer Zach Udko picks 26 free things to do if you’re on a budget in New York City.
For a city that’s only seven miles by seven miles, San Francisco can feel larger than life with its colourful neighbourhoods, thriving foodie scene and must-see museums – not to mention the fact that California’s wine country is right on its doorstep. Here are seven reasons to visit the City by the Bay.
New Yorkers love nothing more than zipping along the Long Island Expressway to the summer playground of the Hamptons. But there are also other hideaways that are just a few hours’ drive in any direction. Lizzy Wilkinson picks three of the best.
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