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The sheer variety of experiences and sights across the USA never end, and planning a holiday to this diverse country can at first seem daunting. To help, our USA travel guides provide information and recommendations from our specialists, covering everything from sightseeing in New York and the Capital Region to the stunning islands of Hawaii, the autumn colours of New England and the dusty, red terrain of Texas. The USA also presents the opportunity to combine a city break with a wilderness adventure, and the multitude of national parks - including the Rockies, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon - can easily be woven into any tailor-made itinerary.

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Ideas for how to explore the USA

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for the USA. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

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.

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.

Route 190, California

Self-drive holidays in California

Take a fly-drive along the California coast and explore some of the region’s most captivating towns, cities and national parks, from glamorous LA, home of the US film industry, to the dramatic geological spectacles of Yosemite National Park.

Boston Skyline
New England

Insider's guide to Boston

Boston offers a host of historical sites and cultural institutions, including the Revolutionary War history of the Freedom Trail and the ivied halls of Harvard University. But its cobblestone streets are compact and walkable, making it one of America’s most accessible cities.

Rivers in New England
New England

New England highlights guide

New England has beautiful scenery and a shoreline dotted with lighthouses and clapboard houses. The surrounding waters offer you the opportunity to spot whales and the pleasant roads mean it's particularly well suited to self-drive trips.

New England Fall colours
New England

Touring New England in fall

Fall unfurls across New England like a patchwork quilt of scarlet, ochre, russet and gold. Specialist Alice suggests a route that will let you take in the region’s sleepy shore towns, granite mountains, clapboard villages and, of course, the vibrant foliage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peekaboo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park

Self-driving through Arizona & Utah in America’s Southwest

Our specialists will have travelled the routes we offer so you can rest assured that you'll get the most from your self-drive holiday in the US. They'll also plan the best places to stay, things to see and do, and even what car is most suited to your needs. In short, they make sure everything runs smoothly.

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.

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.

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.

South Beach, Miami

Self-drive holidays in Florida

Florida is blessed with both an Atlantic and a Gulf of Mexico coast, and there are a number of self-driving routes throughout the state that combine coastal highlights with some of the region’s most recognisable attractions inland. USA specialist, David, drove across the Florida Keys on his recent trip to the USA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Cascades National Park, USA

Natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest

If you'd like to organise a tailor-made trip to the Pacific Northwest you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the incredible array of wildlife, wilderness and natural wonders, including a guided tour of the infamous Mount St Helens.

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.

Northern part of Hawaii Big Island

Self-driving in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its powdery beaches and swaying palms, but the islands of this tropical archipelago have much more to offer. One of the best ways to experience Hawaii away from the crowds is on a fly-drive tour, giving you the flexibility and freedom to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Aloha state at your own pace.

Valley View, Yosemite National Park

What to do in Yosemite National Park: our highlights guide

Yosemite in California is one of America's most visited national parks. In order to get the most from your trip we highlight some of the finest trails and accommodation as well as recommending the best time to visit.

Redwood National Park

Family holidays in California

USA specialist David picks some of his highlights for a family holiday in California. From enjoying the different cultures in San Francisco to whale watching in Monterey, touring the film studies in Los Angeles to exploring Redwood National Park, California has a range of experiences for all ages.

Bixby bridge, Big Sur

Driving California's Pacific Coast Highway

Experience some of California's most impressive scenery on a drive along its central coast on Highway 1, taking in the sights of San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. USA specialist, Alex, discusses the route’s highlights, from laid-back beach communities to historic towns and vibrant cities.

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.

Glacier Nationa Park

Self-driving in the Rockies

Experience mountains, native American culture and wildlife with our self-drive guide through the Rockies. Written by USA specialist Emma, she's plotted a route that will take you through Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

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.

Peekaboo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park

Walking in the USA's southwest national parks

The USA's southwest region is home to some of the most iconic national parks in the country. Experience the visceral beauty of waterfalls cascading over the granite cliffs of Yosemite, the sun baked red-earthed canyons of Zion, or the mighty sequoia trees of Redwoods National Park on a walking trip.

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Self-driving the Blue Ridge Parkway

A self-drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway will take you from nation's capital, Washington D.C. on a journey of discovery through Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. You'll uncover historic towns and marvel at the splendid scenery of national parks such as Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains.

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.

Grizzly bears

Wildlife holidays in Canada, Alaska & the Arctic

We list here what we think are the most 'iconic' wildlife you can see in Canada, Alaska and the Arctic. We detail some interesting facts & figures about each type, plus of course, the best places and times to see them.