The USA is a bucket list destination for so many people; whether you want to experience the theme parks of Florida or the celeb lifestyle of California. But how on earth do you fit it all into one holiday? Of course, you could stop at multiple destinations within one holiday, but America is a very big place. You can definitely visit a few places, but one thing you should probably decide on first is whether you spend your time on east coast USA or west coast USA? It’s a seriously tough decision, so let me try and break it down into digestible chunks for you (unlike their portion sizes).
The weather is a mixed bag on the east coast, with the year-round sunshine of Florida and the Christmas card scene that is New York over the winter months. But head to California on the west coast, which is famously sunny, and you’re bound to get the beautiful golden glow that you’re looking for from your holiday.
Score: east coast 0 – 1 west coast
You’ll never be short of things to do on the west coast of America, whether that’s heading to San Francisco and experiencing Alcatraz Island or searching out your favourite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. But the east coast is home to the world’s best theme parks; from Walt Disney World Resort to Universal Orlando Resort.
Score: east coast 1 – 1 west coast
The east coast may well be home to the likes of Miami and its incredible beaches, but can it possibly compete with the beaches of California? From Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach in LA, to Malibu Beach and the dramatic coastline at Big Sur; there’s no denying that the west coast comes up trumps on the beach front.
Score: east coast 1 – 2 west coast
Whichever side of the states you choose to holiday on, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a fun and fast-paced game to attend, whether that be football, baseball or basketball. But let’s be honest, which are the biggest American teams you can name? LA might have the Lakers and Dodgers, but that’s nothing compared to the iconic New York Yankees and the New York Knicks.
Score: east coast 2 – 2 west coast
You might stand on the Golden Gate Bridge and look back in awe at San Francisco’s cityscape, but you’ll never see such a sight as the famous New York skyline. Then, of course, there’s the White House in Washington D.C. and the Creole cottages and historic mansions of cultural New Orleans; well worth the journey down the coast.
Score: east coast 3 – 2 west coast
Shopping and fashion
On America’s west coast, you’ll find plenty of outlet malls and shopping districts; enough to grab yourself a bargain. But that’s nothing compared to the shopping opportunities in the likes of Miami and, of course, New York, over on the east coast. Many people head to New York purely for experiencing Fifth Avenue and all the world-famous flagship stores. Plus, it’s one of the most fashion-forward cities in the world.
Score: east coast 4 – 2 west coast
The east coast is famous for some truly delicious foods; from lobster and clam chowder up in Maine, to Philly cheesesteak and New York bagels, pretzels and hot dogs. You’ve got all the mega portions and big restaurant chains on the west coast, and plenty of fro-yo too. But, come on…lobster? Cheesesteak? I know which one gets my vote.
Score: east coast 5 – 2 west coast
City slickers and thrill seekers will love the east coast America vibe, but there’s something so appealing about the lifestyle on America’s west coast. Who doesn’t wish they could be soaking up the sun on Santa Monica Boulevard, with visions of convertible cars reflecting in the lens of your sunglasses? California dreaming, am I right?
Score: east coast 5 – 3 west coast
America’s east coast certainly has some impressive scenery, with breathtaking New England or the lush Florida Everglades, but there’s nothing quite like the scenery you get when travelling along the open roads of the rugged Pacific Coast Highway. From San Diego to Monterey and all the way up to San Francisco, the scenery along the west coast of the USA is sure to blow your mind.