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Holidays in the USA

From the sparse natural scenery of the Mojave Desert to the bustling metropolis of New York, the USA is a vast land where the people are as diverse as the landscape. Whether you want sun-kissed golden beaches, ultra chic nightspots or exhilarating family attractions; USA holidays have got it all and more.

30-40 °C

Spring or autumn when temperatures are usually comfortably warm.

8-9 hours

The main airport near Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando. The main airport near Las Vegas is McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is 8km south of downtown Las Vegas.

Book at Thomas Cook holiday to the USA for rugged natural landscapes, electrifying theme parks and neon cities that never sleep.

Recommended Offers in the USA

Caesars Palace

The Strip, Las Vegas

  • Fine-dining options
  • Enormous range of pampering spa treatments
  • Sumptuous luxury

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£1133

Rosen Inn International

International Drive, Orlando

  • 20 minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 10 minute drive to Universal Orlando® Resort
  • Centrally located on bustling International Drive

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£563

Disney's Port Orleans Resort–Riverside & French Quarter

WDW Hotels, Orlando

  • Fishing hole
  • Disney movies under the stars
  • Boats to Downtown Disney

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£1009

Standard Villas

Kissimmee, Orlando

  • Sleeps up to 14
  • Great option for families and groups of friends
  • Car hire included

What is included?

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£646

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

International Drive, Orlando

  • Close to shops, restaurants and entertainment
  • 20 minute drive from Walt Disney World Resort
  • Three swimming pools

What is included?

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£600

Bellagio

The Strip, Las Vegas

  • Luxurious furnishings and décor
  • Dancing water fountains
  • Unbeatable location at the heart of The Strip

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£1353

Vista Cay Resort by Millenium

International Drive, Orlando

  • Spacious apartments, ideal for families
  • 20 minutes' drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Home-from-home luxury

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£705

Sheraton Vistana Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

  • Seven swimming pools
  • Spacious‚ well–equipped apartments
  • Surrounded by lakes‚ fountains and waterfalls

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£918

Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

  • Quick drive to SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando®
  • Next to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Relaxing atmosphere

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£531

International Palms

International Drive, Orlando

  • Fabulous lagoon-style pool
  • A 25-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Great central location in heart of Orlando

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£546

The dazzling lights of Las Vegas are in the south-western part of the USA. The Strip is where you’ll find the glamorous hotel resorts that have made Las Vegas the iconic city it is today. On the USA’s south-eastern tip, Florida offers pristine beaches, trendy nightspots and rich tropical scenery. Orlando’s outstanding theme parks make it one of the best family destinations in the world. Head to the west coast and southern California for the glamorous Los Angeles, home of red carpets and golden sands. Further south of LA is sunny San Diego. Delight the kids with nature theme parks such as SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo, and enjoy its lively cultural hub Balboa Park.

The American party capital, Las Vegas is a fast-paced neon city where the fun never stops. The iconic Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the best hotels in the USA, with everything from casinos and shopping centres to dolphin aquariums and manmade volcanoes.

From Key West’s laid-back tropical beaches to Miami’s glitzy club scene, the Sunshine State has it all. Orlando is jam-packed with theme parks and kid-friendly activities, making it one of the best family resorts in the USA. Whisk the kids off to Walt Disney World for a dream family holiday

A destination like no other, Orlando is home to some of the most famous theme parks in the world. Experience white-knuckle rides, fairy tale fantasies, awe-inspiring shows and incredible shopping malls all in one fun-filled holiday to Orlando. If you want to stay in the heart of the action, opt for a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Called ‘The Aloha State’, Hawaii’s six islands welcome you with a smile; ‘Aloha’ is both a greeting and a lifestyle. Each island has its own distinctive character - Oahu is lively and Maui is captivating; Kauai is perfect for rejuvenating and Hawaii Island is for the adventurer.

Famously called ‘so good they named it twice’, New York isn’t just a city, but a fast-paced and energetic experience. Located in New York State’s central borough of Manhattan, it invites you to explore beyond its grid-like streets. Take a walk above the city, and enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline at dizzying heights.

Famously called ‘so good they named it twice’, New York isn’t just a city, but a fast-paced and energetic experience. Located in New York State’s central borough of Manhattan, it invites you to explore beyond its grid-like streets. Take a walk above the city, and enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline at dizzying heights.

From Lake Tahoe’s snow-capped peaks in the north to the shimmering sands of Malibu in the south, the Golden State of California is a cosmopolitan world all of its own. Where else could you hug Mickey Mouse and spot A-list celebrities, or snowboard and sunbathe?

San Francisco is known as ‘The City’ to the natives, but it feels like a mix of little villages thrown side by side. To the south is the up-and-coming Tenderloin; to the north the picturesque and serene Nob Hill. In the middle is Downtown, where The City hustles and bustles 24 hours a day, and you’ll find Union Square’s shops, theatres and the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art).

Hollywood is the diverse beating heart of L.A. and the entertainment industry. Look up at the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign from Sunset Boulevard, and movie premieres at the grand old movie theatres. Known to locals as ‘WeHo’, West Hollywood is noted for being walkable in a car-centric city.

In the south-western South Texas Plains region is San Antonio, one of the best resorts in Texas for families. Look out for huge theme parks like Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld and Splashtown. In the central Hill Country region, further north, is bohemian state capital Austin.

New England’s picture postcard scenery is filled with charming little villages, lush green valleys and a seemingly endless coastline. Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, and one of the oldest cities in the USA. With its narrow, winding roads and red brick buildings, the city has an old world European feel to it.

A man-made island off the Miami mainland, Miami Beach was purposely created to be a glamorous winter getaway. To the north you’ll find Miami Beach itself, where you can take in panoramic views of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean while on its lovely soft sands.

Whether they’re after heart-pumping thrills or gentle rides, you’ll find that sun-drenched Florida has some of the best things for kids to do in the USA. Walt Disney World is a children’s paradise of shows, parades and exciting attractions. At Magic Kingdom® you’ll ride on Aladdin’s magic carpet and blast off into outer space on Space Mountain. Universal Orlando® is a rip-roaring journey through cinematic history with attractions dedicated to Despicable Me, Transformers and The Mummy. Universal’s Islands of Adventure is where you’ll find the high-speed Incredible Hulk Coaster® and the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter®.

From the luxury boutiques of Fifth Avenue to the quirky vintage shops of Greenwich Village, New York is one of the best places in the USA for shopping. If you love to bag a bargain but aren’t so keen on the crowds, then Orlando Premium Outlets® is just for you. It’s a stylish Mediterranean-style shopping village with sparkling fountains and shady palm trees where you can wander around at your own pace. In Las Vegas, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is a unique shopping experience. As well as 160 stores, you’ll also find an aquarium, talking statues and an elaborate replica of the Trevi fountain.

Just a few hours’ drive from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon is one of the most magnificent natural attractions in the USA. The rugged ochre gorge was formed over six million years, and reaches plunging depths of 1.5 km. The eerily beautiful Death Valley is a couple of hours from Las Vegas. Come in the springtime for the seas of glittering gold wildflowers. The rich, green wetland of the Florida Everglades is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the USA. Catch an airboat ride and see if you can spot wild manatees and alligators.

USA IS BEST FOR

Adventurers: Hire a classic car and live your dream of a great American road trip.

Families: Florida's world-class theme parks and pristine sandy beaches.

Party animals: Dance ‘til dawn at one of Las Vegas’ coolest nightclubs.

Nature lovers: The raw beauty of the Grand Canyon and the wild alligators and manatees of the Florida Everglades. 


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: Orlando and New York are 5 hours behind GMT/UK time. Las Vegas and Los Angeles are 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The main airport near Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando. The main airport near Las Vegas is McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is 8km south of downtown Las Vegas.

Flight time from UK: 8-9 hours to Orlando and 10-11 hours to Las Vegas.
Tourist Information: Further USA tourist information can be found at www.discoveramerica.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and general advice on visas and health for your holiday to the USA. For information on the Visa Waiver Program for international travellers looking to travel to the United States please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 30-40 (°C) during the summer months in destinations like Florida and Las Vegas.

Best time to visit USA: Spring or autumn when temperatures are usually comfortably warm.
From sun-drenched California to the snowy peaks of Montana, the weather in the USA can differ greatly from state to state. In Florida, you can expect year-round sunshine with temperatures averaging in the early 30s (°C) during the summer months. Las Vegas weather is hot and dry throughout the year and temperatures often exceed 40 °C in July/August.


GETTING AROUND

By hire car: Hire a rental car to explore the USA’s rich and varied landscape at your own pace. Be aware that you’ll find toll booths across the country, so keep a few dollars to hand when you’re driving.

By monorail: The Las Vegas Monorail serves the major resorts along the Strip.

By trolley bus: In Florida, Orlando’s I-Drive trolley bus is a handy way to get around the restaurants and attractions of International Drive.

By cable car: The quaint cable cars of San Francisco offer a fantastic way to see the city.

By plane or boat: Hop between the Hawaiian islands with the inter-island airlines, or take the ferry which leaves from Maui's Lahaina Harbour.


EVENTS

Super Bowl: The biggest sporting event in the USA is Super Bowl Sunday, which takes place at the end of February. The two most successful teams in the NFL battle it out for the prestigious Super Bowl trophy in a different American city each year.

4th July: American Independence Day on the 4th of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Parades, barbeques and fireworks are traditional around this time, and you’ll see American flags on every corner.

Ringing the changes: New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is the ultimate night out. Crowds of thousands descend on the Las Vegas Strip and the party doesn’t stop until the sun comes up.

Film festivals: On the must-see list are the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, and September’s SoCal Independent Film Festival, in Orange County’s Huntington Beach.

Music and Culture: Austin, Texas is famous for its festivals:  South by Southwest (SXSW) is an extravaganza of film and music held every March, and there’s also Austin City Limits Festival (October).

Foodie Fun: In July, indulge your senses at the Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest food festival. Three million visitors descend on Grant Park to taste the city’s diverse cuisine, from traditional deep-dish Chicago pizza to spicy African stews.


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