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USA travel guides

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.

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    Where to go in the USA by season

    Whatever the time of year, there’s always somewhere in the US ripe for exploring. To help you decide where to go in spring, summer, autumn or winter, our specialists have chosen their top experiences and places to visit in the US by season.

  • Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Park

    Pacific Northwest: our highlights

    A quieter alternative to California, the Pacific Northwest is home to stratovolcanoes, temperate rainforest, deep gorges and a wild coastline. USA specialist Alex shares his highlights of the region, from outdoor activities to food tours in the characterful cities of Portland and Seattle.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Route 66 holidays

    Known as the ‘Mother Road’, Route 66 helped open up America and shape its identity. Whether you choose to drive the whole route or just part of it, your road trip will showcase the country’s culture, history and landscapes.

  • New England Fall colours

    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.

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    Self-drive holidays in New England

    One-time resident Dawn suggests a self-drive route through New England. It allows you to take in the cobbled streets of Boston, the rocky Maine coast, the White Mountains, Vermont’s winding country lanes and the sandy shores of Cape Cod.

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    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.

  • Na Pali Coastline - Kauai, Hawaii

    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.

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    Driving the Mother Road: the highlights of 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    Where to go in the USA

    The USA is so huge that it can be hard to narrow down your options when you’re planning a trip. We’ve drawn up a guide to helping you decide which regions to visit, depending on your individual interests.

  • 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.

  • Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

    Family holidays in the USA

    Ranch stays, glamping in national parks, Hawaiian feasts and Yellowstone’s steaming geysers: the USA is packed with enough experiences to fill several family photo albums. USA specialist Shannon shares her pick of things to see and do on your next family trip.

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    The USA’s Rockies: ranches, wolves & Wild West towns

    The USA’s Rockies is a region of soaring mountains, wide open plains scattered with bison, and historic Gold Rush towns where time has stood still. USA specialist Alex shares the best things to do in the Rockies, from Yellowstone tours to ranch stays.

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    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.

  • Balcony, New Orleans

    Exploring the Deep South: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

    Your guide to exploring the Deep South along the Mississippi River. Sample gumbo in New Orleans, examine the history of slavery at plantations, pay tribute to the King in Memphis and get a behind-the-scenes look at country music’s most storied stage.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Beale street, Memphis

    Music culture of the Deep South

    The birthplace of jazz, blues, rock ’n’ roll, soul and country music, the Deep South is the USA’s undisputed music capital. US specialist Natalie shares her ideas for exploring the region’s musical heritage on your holiday to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.

  • Devil's Elbow bridge on the original Route 66 in Missouri

    Bite-sized Route 66: three sections for three interests

    Route 66 takes you through the very heart and soul of America, and the entire route requires at least three weeks to cover. Our USA specialists advise how you can drive just a portion of the route, focusing on different aspects of American culture.

  • Boston Skyline

    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.

  • French Quarter, New Orleans

    Luxury holidays in the Deep South

    Different to anywhere else in America, the Deep South offers a varied trip focused around music, food, history and a mix of cultures. Specialist Alice shares experiences that can uncover a little more of the region and elevate your trip.

  • An autumn storm flows over Blue Ridge Parkway

    Fall in the USA beyond New England

    While New England is known for its showstopping fall foliage, there are plenty of other places in the USA that can rival the region’s autumnal beauty. Our specialists share worthy alternatives where you can make the most of the changing leaves.

  • 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.

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    Plantation homes of the Deep South

    Juxtaposing extreme wealth and stark poverty, the Deep South’s plantations shine a light on the region’s past. USA specialist Carla shares her recommendations on which plantations to visit for a thorough grounding in the Deep South’s history.

  • New York High Line

    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Spicy Homemade Cajun Jambalaya

    A New Orleans food guide

    From a steaming bowl of belly-warming seafood gumbo to a creamy-sweet praline studded with pecans to a plate of oyster Rockefeller at Antoine’s — USA specialist Natalie introduces you to the distinctive culinary pleasures of New Orleans.

  • Manatees at Crystal River, Florida

    5 of the best family activities in the USA

    Eating lunch with an astronaut in Houston, snorkeling with Florida’s manatees, or a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon’s yawning chasm: our USA specialists pick five standout family activities you can include in your trip.

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    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 and figures about each type, plus of course, the best places and times to see them.