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Tailor-made USA holidays

Where should you go in the USA? Holidays to America offer amazing diversity, natural beauty, great cities and unrivalled hospitality  made even better with tailor-made travel options from consultants that have explored every corner of the country.

If you're California Dreamin', get your kicks on a Route 66 tour from Chicago to Santa Monica, before checking into a Hotel California in Los Angeles or San Diego for some surfin' USA. From there, take to the striking Pacific Coast Highway north and you too could be sitting on the dock of the bay in San Francisco.

For a USA holiday on the east coast, the streets of Philadelphia are the birthplace of the American nation, and you can explore here and elsewhere on a classic east coast rail journey. While New York is undefeated as the city that never sleeps, there is also plenty to love on our Highlights of New York State self-drive tour.

Further north, for those that love self-drive tours, holidays to New England are characterised by impressive autumn foliage, while New England's natural beauty extends from forested hills to miles of sublime coastline perfect for a summer break.

Take the midnight train to Georgia to discover the Deep South's renowned musical heritage at Graceland. Experience more soul and southern delights in Sweet Home Alabama, or head west for a Rocky Mountain high. And if you love the mountains, America's National Parks – including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley – will leave you spellbound. Or, explore other outdoorsy holiday options in Alaska or Hawaii.

But if you really want to party in the USA, only the big stakes tables of viva Las Vegas will do. Live it up with a tailor-made USA holiday that you'll remember for a lifetime.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
9½ hours

Time Zone
GMT -5 (east coast) to -10 (Hawaii)

Currency
Dollar ($) = 100 cents

Language
English

Visa
Please check the FCO for latest advice

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Where to go in the USA

California

California holidays sum up the best of the American dream. The Golden State is one of scorching deserts, snowcapped Sierra Mountains, vast wilderness areas and national parks, celebrated wineries, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and the seaside cities of San Francisco and San Diego.

New England

Between historic Boston, and idyllic Cape Cod of Massachusetts, the bucolic lands of Vermont and culture-rich Rhode Island, there's so much to see in the north-east of America. Relaxation, road trips and warm hospitality are all prominent features – take advantage of all three with a luxury holiday.

USA's National Parks

America's great national parks are a genuine highlight for many visitors to the US. The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the natural world, while majestic Yellowstone is widely regarded as the oldest national park in the world.

New York

When most people think of New York, it's the skyscrapers of Manhattan that immediately spring to mind, but the Empire State has so much more to offer than the exciting streets of its eponymous major city.

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What to do in the USA

Self-drives

The home of the road trip. Drive spectacular, historic and rewarding roads as you absorb in the sights and sounds of a country so big, so grand, it's no surprise people just have to explore hundreds of miles of it at any one time.

New England History and culture

Colonial heritage is its claim to fame, but New England has plenty more to intrigue the history buff or culture vulture. From Boston’s buzzing arts and dining scene to Maine and Vermont’s artisans and the visible indigenous tribal culture, there is a New England holiday to suit all interests.

Food & Wine Holidays

Diverse influences from the local climate and produce to colonial history and native traditions mean holidays to America always showcase food. Regions such as Napa Valley and Sonoma also lend themselves to wine tours, making a USA holiday the perfect experience for foodies and oenophiles.

Nature Holidays

The size and diversity of the American landscape makes nature holidays to the USA an adventure that captivates many travellers’ imaginations. Explore the US national parks, Hawaii’s volcanoes, New England’s autumn foliage and more.

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The USA is huge and therefore massive variations in the weather occur, dependent on where and when you visit. The northeast experiences a similar climate to the UK, with a distinct winter, spring, summer and autumn. Temperatures can be more extreme however - New York can experience long periods of heavy snowfall in winter and baking hot summers - and rainfall in the far northeast is markedly low. The southeast is more tropical, meaning dry and warm winters and humid summers. The hurricane season lasts between June and late-November. Much of the southwest is hot and dry - Nevada, which lies in the rain shadow of the Californian ranges, is the driest state in the US and experiences huge …

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Top itineraries in the USA

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,145 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £800 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

Iconic cities, spectacular landscapes, fine wines and great food can all be found in America's western states of California and Nevada. Don't miss the splendid driving routes, raucous Vegas stunning scenic highways along the way.

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,595 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £800 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

One of the most impressive self-drives in the USA, the Pacific Coast Highway takes in San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. Incredible mountain and ocean scenery vies for your attention with world-class vineyards, towns and beaches.

Discover New England

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,995 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £800 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

The birthplace of America, New England is brimming with history and culture in an array of excellent cities and villages. Release your inner adventurer on a series of outdoor adventures – all less than seven hours' flight from the UK.

Canyon Country & National Parks Self-Drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £700 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

The deserts of south-west USA are home to some of the most incredible landscapes anywhere on earth. A geological wonderland of giant twisted rock formations, huge arches, spires and some of the deepest canyons on earth characterise this unique and unforgiving terrain.

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Top places to stay in the USA

The Surrey, New York

Contemporary hotel

Built in 1926, this is New York City’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel; it’s even hosted such names as JFK, Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert.

Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia

Historic hotel

With its old-school architecture and Art Deco-inspired interiors, this is a sophisticated retreat in the city’s centre.

The Benjamin, New York

Contemporary hotel

Established in 1927, this 29-floor Beaux-Arts building is considered to be one of the best examples of works of Emery Roth with its artist-inspiring façade. More recently, the hotel has enjoyed a $10m overhaul bringing it firmly into the 21st century.

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Contemporary lodge from £1,195 pp

This Alaskan eco-lodge is completely surrounded by the Kenai Fjords National Park and will immerse you in the magnificence of the wilderness.

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Special offers in the USA

California Classic - USA West Coast

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,145 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £800 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

Iconic cities, spectacular landscapes, fine wines and great food can all be found in America's western states of California and Nevada. Don't miss the splendid driving routes, raucous Vegas stunning scenic highways along the way.

Pacific Coast Highway Tour

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,595 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £800 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

One of the most impressive self-drives in the USA, the Pacific Coast Highway takes in San Francisco, Los Angeles and everything in between. Incredible mountain and ocean scenery vies for your attention with world-class vineyards, towns and beaches.

Discover New England

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,995 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £800 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

The birthplace of America, New England is brimming with history and culture in an array of excellent cities and villages. Release your inner adventurer on a series of outdoor adventures – all less than seven hours' flight from the UK.

Canyon Country & National Parks Self-Drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,195 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £700 per couple
Book by: 21 September 2016

The deserts of south-west USA are home to some of the most incredible landscapes anywhere on earth. A geological wonderland of giant twisted rock formations, huge arches, spires and some of the deepest canyons on earth characterise this unique and unforgiving terrain.

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