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USA holidays

USA holidays

Visit New York or California or take a classic roadtrip along Route 66 on a tailor-made self-drive tour of America

The USA’s cities and landscapes are comfortably familiar, but as a country it defies simple description. Its sheer size and breadth of experiences mean you could still find new discoveries here after a lifetime spent exploring. Our specialists have journeyed from north to south and coast to coast to uncover the best things to see and do in the States. They can use their first-hand knowledge to help plan your holiday to the USA.

Self-driving is the most convenient and flexible way to scratch below the surface. You could travel across the country on the fabled Route 66, wind along the clifftops of the Pacific Coast Highway, and pass through the varied landscapes of national parks like Yellowstone and Death Valley. Along the way, we can advise you on everything from where to find New York’s finest bagel to the best trails in Yosemite.

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Suggested itineraries for the USA

These itineraries give you a starting point for what your trip to the USA could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Guides to the USA's regions

To help you decide where to focus your time in the USA, our region guides describe the areas that you're most likely to visit when travelling. Each guide highlights the types of experiences the region can offer.

South Beach, Miami

Florida holidays

Florida has national parks to visit, a variety of wildlife to discover on land and in the water, and lakes, rivers and coastlines to explore. Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Key West have a wide selection of activities, restaurants and while Tallahassee and St. Augustine provide historic charm and character.

Saint Paul skyline

Great Lakes

Relax on a lakeside beach or explore cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee. Go wildlife spotting for moose or take part in a range of outdoor activities, the Great Lakes region has plenty to offer visitors of all ages.

Flatiron Building, New York

New York City & Capital Region

This region includes New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Whether you want to visit coastal settlements, discover Virginia's history, or drive through New York state's magnificent scenery, we can provide detailed advice and plan a trip to suit you.

Trail to Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park

Pacific Northwest

Cities such as Seattle and Portland, national parks consisting of volcanic mountain ranges, vast areas of temperate forests and varied wildlife make up this beautiful region. If you would like to explore our Country Specialists are on hand to help you plan you trip.

Yellowstone National Park

The Rockies

The Rockies boast many national parks with glaciers, geysers and abundant wildlife. Take advantage of the wealth of outdoor activities on offer, admire the magnificent mountain ranges or experience a working ranch. We can help you make the most of this beautiful region.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Texas & Southwest

Visit the Grand Canyon and Utah's national parks, explore Wild West landscapes, learn about native culture and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities with a tailor-made itinerary to Texas and the Southwest.

Louisiana Swamplands

The Deep South

The Deep South captivates visitors with its easy charm. You can take a cruise on the Mississippi River, stay in a stately plantation home, or visit the birthplace of soul, jazz, and blues in this diverse region.

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Our expert guides to travelling in the USA

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to the USA. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate the USA at its best.

A road through Monument Valley

Self-drive holidays in the United States

Pick the right fly-drive holiday in the USA for you with our travel guide that looks at some the best drives across America. You’ll find ideas for where to stop along your journey to enjoy this vast country’s national parks, cities, wildlife and history.

Route 66, Texas

Driving Route 66

Route 66 is one of the USA’s most iconic drives, stretching for 2,400 miles from Chicago on the Great Lakes, to Los Angeles in the west. US specialist, Rob, details his experience of the route, and the highlights along the way.

Yavapai Viewpoint, Grand Canyon National Park

Visiting the Grand Canyon

For many visitors to the Rockies and the Southwest Region of the USA, a visit the Grand Canyon is an absolute must. You can marvel at the iconic views as well as the diversity of the flora and fauna here, with a tailor-made trip that is custom built by our Country Specialists.

Hamakua Coast, Hawaii. (Source: HTA / Kirk Lee Aeder)

What to do in Hawaii: our highlights guide

There’s more to Hawaii than just beaches, according to USA specialist Gillian. With six main islands to discover, you can spend your days exploring ever-changing volcanic landscapes, snorkeling with manta rays, taking a helicopter flight over cliffs, and soaking up the Polynesian culture.

Monmouth Plantation Inn, Natchez

Plantation homes of the Deep South

Plantation properties can be found across the Deep South of the USA. Include a visit to these homes are part of your tailor-made trip to the Deep South and glimpse into the lives of wealthy estate owners, their families and slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Charleston, South Carolina

Exploring the Deep South: Georgia and the Carolinas

There’s more to the Deep South than the food, music and culture of Louisiana and Tennessee. USA specialist Molly ventured farther east to the less-visited states of Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Here, you can balance historical cities with beach relaxation and mountain scenery.

Painted Ladies, Alamo Square, San Francisco

Combine a USA city break with a wilderness adventure

Combining a city break with some of the USA's national parks is an ideal way to experience the best of both worlds on a trip to this vast country. Our Country Specialists can help you to decide which cities and parks are best suited to your preferences and needs.

Yellowstone National Park

Experience Yellowstone National Park

Located in Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone is America's oldest and largest national park. Here you can experience the world-famous geothermal features, abundant wildlife, lakes, rivers and canyons, as well as hiking and other outdoor activities.

Merced River & El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

Honeymoons in the USA

As a honeymoon destination, the United States has a lot to offer. USA specialist, Carl, picks some of his top choices, from exploring San Francisco and driving the Pacific Coast Highway to staying on a ranch in the Rocky Mountain states and experiencing the swamplands and culture of Louisiana.

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Family holidays in the USA

The USA makes a great destination for families, offering a variety of experiences for all ages and interests in its vibrant cities, wild west countryside and epic national parks. USA specialist, Emma, discusses ideas on how to make the most of your family trip to the USA.

Grand Central Station, New York

The boroughs of New York City

Whether you're planning a trip to New York to see its architecture, to go shopping, take in a Broadway show or visit one or more of its museums and galleries, the five boroughs that make up the 'Big Apple' have something to offer everyone.

Lizzie at Akaka Falls, Island of Hawaii
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