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Seven bucket list holidays in the USA
The USA is one of our favourite destinations and a year-round country offering diverse experiences that are not-to-be-missed, so we’ve selected seven of the best holidays in America for everyone’s travel bucket list.
1. Exhilarating road trips
Embark on an epic self-drive holiday along the American open road and experience a variety of landscapes. From a drive along the incredible Appalachian Mountains from Virginia to the National Park in North Carolina; journeys from Miami to Key West or the stretch between San Francisco to LA; to the most famous Route 66, there are many self-driving options for an epic American adventure.
Whereas driving through the Central Valley and along the Californian coast you will be amazed at the stunning coastal scenery, the Western route gives you views of great deserts, mountains and National Parks. Route 66, often classed as one of the best scenic drives in the world, stretches approximately 2,500 miles and it crosses Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The distance you drive also depends on which way you want to go, many people choose to drive through Chicago, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which allows you to experience gorgeous scenery and the very best landmarks.
This is a truly great trip option to experience the American outdoors and it promises to be an adventure of a lifetime.
2. Enjoy a Californian dream
Home to some of the most stunning beaches, world famous vineyards and National Parks, California is a destination that ticks every box.
The ‘Golden State’ hosts Natural Parks, palm-fringed golden beaches and a variety of shops and restaurants. Any amazing Californian day would involve visiting one of the scenic beaches like Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, giving you the opportunity to spot whales and dolphins from along the shore.
Visit the glamourous Los Angeles, an iconic film scene destination, and don’t miss the Walk of Fame, Beverley Hills and Hollywood, and who knows if you are lucky you might bump into a famous super star.
If you like wine, add a trip to the Napa Valley, finishing in Santa Barbara, stopping at various vineyards along the way. This is an incredible way of experiencing local wine and admiring the charming scenery.
3. Combine a theme park with a beach break in Florida
Combine world-famous theme parks with the best beaches on a holiday to Florida. With year-round sunshine, picture perfect beaches and a variety of family attractions, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in America. Home to the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™, Orlando is the perfect destination for families looking for a once in a lifetime experience.
Explore some of Florida’s main highlights, including two of the best beach destinations; Miami with its Cuban rhythms and Art Deco streets, and St Pete Beach comprised of by five islands with a tropical Caribbean climate and pristine beaches. Expect miles of gorgeous beaches, lots of sunshine, a laid-back atmosphere, bustling markets, relaxed restaurants and quirky shops. Enjoy scuba diving in the pristine coral reefs of the Florida Keys, relax on the beach and swim on the island’s turquoise waters.
4. Experience scenic San Francisco
San Francisco is one of America’s most iconic cities and home to a diverse ethnic population. There’s plenty to explore in this unique city. The Golden Gate bridge, an internationally recognised symbol and one of the most photographed bridges in the world, elegant Victorian homes, a variety of world-class restaurants and cool bars are the main characteristics of San Francisco.
Escape from the iconic Alcatraz island, a federal prison during the 1930’s – 60’s, where prisoners such as Robert Franklin Stroud and Al Capone spent many years; and taste fresh and delicious seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf on Pier 39 once you return to the mainland.
An exciting way to experience San Francisco is riding a cable car. This allows you to admire stunning cityscapes from above, viewing the impressive skyline from a different perspective.
5. Las Vegas: The city of lights
Be sure to add Las Vegas to your bucket list. This American city is well known for its monumental casinos, hotels and world class shopping. The city of lights offers plenty of entertainment for every taste, there’s no doubt you will find something that will blow you away. During the day watch the Volcano Fountain eruption, take a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel, visit the observation deck on the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel; and by night visit the city trademark bustling casinos, dink a cocktail in one of the many piano bars, sing in a karaoke bar or check out the Fremont Street Experience’s lightshow.
If after all that excitement you want to take a break, then get away from the bustling city and take a day trip to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and immerse yourself in its phenomenal scenery. A must-do on your trip to the USA.
6. Visit three of the most important musical cities
If you are a music aficionado, make sure you add New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis to your holiday bucket list. These are the three most vibrant cities in the music scene and well known for their roots of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, blues, gospel and host some of the best music venues in the world where big names such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded their top albums.
Expect many live performances and unique food during spring, which is the high season for festivals in New Orleans. Nashville and Memphis offer vibrant entertainment. Whereas Nashville is famous by its country music venues; Memphis is the choice for the best Blues.
7. A city break to the most exciting city in the world: New York
New York is the perfect choice for a city break. From museums and historical venues, to parks and landmarks you’ll be spoiled for choice in this city that ‘never sleeps’. Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the iconic Grand Central Terminal are not to be missed. Remember those who lost their lives during 11 September at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Head to Manhattan, witness the bright lights of Times Square and take in Broadway shows at one of NYC’s 40 Broadway theatres. Be sure to check what shows are on before your holiday, so you get the best prices and ensure availability. The Big Apple is one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world, and if you are a fashion lover, head to Fifth Avenue and admire the most recent collections from top designers. If this appeals to you, be sure to add one of the most exciting cities in the world to your holiday.
The diversity of the US is staggering, so do not delay booking what promises to be a holiday of a lifetime. Speak to a travel expert who’s experienced these destinations first-hand. Get in touch today and we’ll help you create your perfect holiday to the USA.