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A land of diversity and striking contrasts, the USA caters to every possible holiday requirement. From impeccable beaches, remarkable natural beauty, world-class museums, theatres and art galleries, to an exceptional music and nightlife scene and top-notch sports facilities - it’s far more likely that you’ll be spoilt for choice than be stuck for things to do.
The images of America created in our minds tell of a land of dazzling cityscapes teeming with people, as often as they do of desert roads, cacti, milkshakes and diners, and you can find all of these on your American holiday. And then there’s the country’s outstanding natural attractions making it a paradise for hikers, surfers, skiers and those who love the great outdoors.
Things to do
Eat your way round the world
From the delis of New York and the organic juice bars of Los Angeles, to New England lobster and California burritos, food is a dominant part of US culture. California is known as the cereal bowl of the nation, and its excellent climate means it supplies the freshest produce throughout the land. Fresh fish is caught every day off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and of course, you can’t go far in the US without encountering a burger bar or hotdog stand. From Chinatown to Little India, thriving immigrant communities also mean that authentic and delicious international cuisine is available pretty much everywhere you go.
Art and Culture
Try Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art or choose from Washington DC’s excellent Smithsonian collection. History buffs will love walking the Freedom Trail in Boston, The National Mall in Washington DCor the staggeringly impressive Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. America boasts some of the best live performance venues in the world so why not catch a show on Broadway or visit the San Francisco Ballet during your trip. Music fans have their pick of iconic venues like Radio City Music Hall, or smaller clubs like Blues Alley in Washington DC.
Hike, Swim, Ski
With a range of options as diverse as the landscape, whatever activity tickles your fancy, you’ll find it in the USA. The Yosemite National Park in California offers some glorious hiking, with a mix of easy and difficult trails suitable for everyone from amateurs to experts. If swimming’s your thing, aside from the great beaches on both the east and west coasts, there are some great alternative places for a dip, from secluded swim holes to crystal clear lakes. And if you’re after winter sports, Colorado is the place for you, whether you’re a snowboarding thrill seeker, a first time skier or whether you’re looking for a family winter wonderland.
Where to go
For sun, sand, bright lights and big cities, you can’t beat California. It has all the elements that make up the perfect luxury holiday, from first class resorts and excellent restaurants, to beautiful beaches and vibrant culture and nightlife. For less glitz but lots of culture, natural beauty and history, head for Boston. The city’s busy traffic has been tunnelled underground, which makes the centre a great place to mooch around on a gorgeous Autumnal day. The city’s museums and historic monuments are also a must-see such as the Bunker Hill Monument and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library. You can venture out to see more of picturesque New England with excursions to Cambridge or Cape Cod. The US capital, Washington DC is known to most of us because of its iconic buildings, but delve under the surface and there’s also a great city to explore, rich in nightlife, fantastic food and excellent shopping.
Best time to go
Choosing when to go depends very much on what type of 5 star holiday you’re after. The USA is a year round destination with four distinct seasons each with its own merits, so opt for the holiday you want and you’ll almost certainly find it in the USA.