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Year-round sunshine, 825 miles of beaches and world-class attractions make Florida holidays top of the list for families and couples alike. In fact, the ‘Sunshine State’ is one of the most popular destinations on the planet, not just for holidays in the USA! Here’s the lowdown to help you decide which of our exciting holidays to Florida to book.
Things to do
Whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family, there are so many amazing things to do in Florida! But you probably already knew that, right?
At Florida’s heart, you’ll find Orlando; the theme park capital of the world, and home to some of the region’s best shopping centres. Orlando holidays are usually focused around the thrill rides, entertainment and brilliantly themed hotels of Walt Disney World Resort (home to the celebrated attractions of Epcot) and Universal Orlando Resort, centred around Universal Studios Florida. But if that’s not quite your thing, or you want to see it all, journey south to visit the stunning palm-lined boulevards, swanky celebrity hotspots and unforgettable nightlife in Miami, or the near-Caribbean island of Key West. It’s a great place to see dolphins in their natural habitat.
Holidays to Florida offer much more than coastlines and coasters, though, and that’s why they’re popular with couples of all ages, as well as families. Make sure you spend time at the Everglades National Park. A hike or boat trip in these wildlife-filled wetlands feels a world away from everything else, even though you’ll be right on the doorstep of some of the state’s most famous attractions. And, over at Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, you could meet somebody who actually has been a world away, with the chance to say hi to a real astronaut. It doesn’t matter how old you are, that’s got to be a pretty special experience. If you’re extra lucky, you might get to watch a space launch!
Where to go
For the best beach breaks in Florida, check out our holidays to Fort Lauderdale, ‘The Venice of America.’ As well as glorious sandy stretches, the designer shopping in this east coast resort is legendary. Or, go west instead and take your pick from the countless white-sand options on an island hopping adventure around Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. Follow the coast north from there and you’ll reach the seaside city of Tampa Bay, home to family attractions such as an aquarium, and all the grown-up fun of a craft beer trail.
Want to see some manatees in the wild? You’re going to love Crystal River! Way more than just a river, it’s a hub for outdoor adventures - there’s everything from forest hikes and paddleboarding across lakes, to diving for scallops and exploring the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Yes, there are beaches too, and they’re beautiful.
Or maybe you prefer something with more of a man-made buzz? Visit NASCAR favourite, the Daytona International Speedway. Join fellow petrolheads at one of the adrenaline-filled events on the speedway calendar, find out more on a behind-the-scenes tour, or sign up for the white-knuckle ride of your life with a Nascar Racing Experience. Our top tip: book before you go!
As for Orlando, there’s nothing quite like Kissimmee holidays for the full-blown experience! You must book a table for a famous Florida dinner and show while you’re there; they’re legendary. Or, stay at the edge of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista. This central spot may be family friendly but you can also indulge in lazy pool days, spa sessions and some of the best golf in Florida, so it’s a dream location for adults, too. There’s even more going on in downtown Orlando, with plenty of entertainment, nightlife and shopping centred around the International Drive Resort area - plus it’s easy to get around thanks to the I-RIDE Trolley.
Best of all, the weather in Florida is perfect for doing it all!
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Holidays to Las Vegas are all about once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Where else in the world can you tie the knot at the top of the Eiffel Tower, enjoy a three-course meal next to an erupting volcano, and whiz around New York on a huge rollercoaster? When the sun goes down, this glittering metropolis pulsates with dazzling shows, world-famous casinos and its famous neon glow.
And alongside its attention-grabbing Strip, Las Vegas holidays are rich in outdoor adventure. Head just two hours east to tick off one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World from your bucket list. The Grand Canyon's West Rim invites thrill-seekers to walk the glass bridge, suspended 4000 feet above the ground. You could try your hand at whitewater rafting down the Colorado River from here. And, if you hire a car for the trip, stop off at Hoover Dam.
Things to do
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! After all, if you can let your hair down anywhere, it’s in Sin City. Whether you want to play poker, hit the shops, or party all night long, nowhere on the planet is as bold, glitzy and outrageous.
By day, if you’re not sightseeing, it’s all about relaxing and preparing yourself for the big night ahead; so why not grab an ice-cold drink and soak up the sun by your hotel pool before the main event? And when you do want to get out and about, here are the sights you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Las Vegas.
Experience the Las Vegas Strip
Neon lights, jumping fountains, and the world's tallest observation wheel. Las Vegas city breaks are full of thrills! Take your pick from spectacular Cirque du Soleil shows, iconic landmarks like Caesars Palace, wow-worthy views from the Stratosphere Tower, and legendary performances by the likes of Elton John.
The Strip is the ultimate playground, and the energy is infectious. Dominated by iconic museums, award-winning restaurants and the best nightclubs in the city - where you can party from happy hour to sunrise. Hotspots include Marquee in Cosmopolitan, renowned for its rooftop pool parties, and XS, the most glamorous club on the Strip.
Rub shoulders with high-rollers
Almost every movie featuring Las Vegas includes shots of Fremont Street. If you haven’t been to this historic gaming spot, can you really say you’ve been to Las Vegas? It’s where it all began, well before the birth of the Strip. Try your hand at blackjack inside the oldest casino in the city, Golden Gate. It first opened its doors in 1906 and holds a legacy that spans the Roaring 20s, Prohibition, and the whole Rat Pack era.
If you want to test your luck on the slot machines, you’ll also need to bring some dollar bills with you! Order your Thomas Cook Travel Money online, and you’ll beat most high street rates. Just make sure you only play with what you can afford to lose - there’s a reason free drinks flow at the gaming table!
Swap the glitz of the city for some awe-inspiring nature. The Grand Canyon is just a two-hour drive away. You can join a tour, hire a car, or, for the ultimate treat, take an unforgettable Grand Canyon helicopter ride.
And what trip to Las Vegas would be complete without ripping through the red sands of Nevada on the desert dune buggies. It's such an exciting way to get stuck into the city’s natural outback! The best months to give it a go are from March to May and September to November when the weather in Las Vegas is slightly cooler.
Vegas family trips
Thinking of treating the family to the trip of a lifetime? There are so many things to do with the kids in Las Vegas. Become an agent at Marvel Avengers. Come face-to-face with giant rays, rare golden crocodiles and sharks at Mandalay Bay. Along the Strip, you’ll also find spellbinding shows, from Witches and Warlocks to comedy magic.
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Travel on holiday to the third biggest state in the US; it’s home to famous cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. The snow-capped peaks of Lake Tahoe in the north, and vast deserts of Southern California show just how diverse this part of the USA is. But wherever you go, one thing’s for sure; you’ll never be too far the laid-back beach life along the stunning coastline. Whether you’re travelling to the Golden State as a couple or with the family in tow, you’ll discover that the possibilities are practically endless on your California holidays. No wonder it’s one of the most popular destinations in the world!
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Set on a peninsula on California’s north-west coast, the famously hilly San Francisco has a distinctive ‘village’ feel. There’s a vibrant social and theatre scene here, and foodies should head to the wineries of Sonoma and Napa Valleys. In southern California is the glamorous Los Angeles, home of red carpets and golden sands – think Laguna Beach and the iconic Malibu Beach (which inspired Baywatch). Further south of LA is sunny San Diego, which borders Mexico. Delight the kids with nature theme parks such as San Diego Zoo, and enjoy its lively cultural hub Balboa Park.
If you’re on the search for sunshine, you’ll love lazy days on the beach. With mile upon mile of stunning coastline, tall rocky cliffs make way for stretches of soft sand, perfect for family days by the sparkling sea. From San Francisco’s romantic Ocean Beach to LA’s chilled-out Laguna Beach, there’s no shortage of choice as you pull up a sun lounger and get into the true Californian spirit.
If you’re going away with the family, there are endless possibilities to keep the kids entertained. With world class attractions like Disneyland Resort to choose from, days out in California are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
If you like to get a culture fix on holiday, you’re in for a treat. Whether you’re exploring the museums and theatres of San Francisco, visiting Balboa Park or looking at the night sky from the Griffith Observatory, California is a treasure-trove of fascinating sights that will entertain and amaze.
You’ll be spoiled for choice if you’re a bit of a foodie, with everything from wineries to bubble tea stands and seafood stalls to breakfast pancakes on offer. Of course, your visit to Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without sipping a frappuccino on Sunset Boulevard, watching the glitzy world of Hollywood go by.
California’s landscapes are breathtakingly gorgeous, making it the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Trek the mountains at Yosemite Valley, take a sunrise hike through Death Valley or explore Lassen Volcanic National Park to really experience this beautiful east coast state in all its jaw-dropping glory.
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Miami has long been one of USA’s favourite holiday destinations, especially in the winter months, as the city stays consistently warm; although it has been known to have the occasional cool snap. With some of the best beaches in the country, impressive Art Deco landmarks, world-class cultural sights, stunning coral reefs and aquatic life of Biscayne Bay, there's no shortage of exciting places to visit during your Miami holiday.
Whether you’re a beach lover or here with the family, holidays here have it all.the USA’s great beach destinations. Here is the perfect backdrop to a metropolis that pulses with the rhythms of its diverse population: year-round sunshine, top-ranked beaches, and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay. Boasting Art Deco architecture and a vibrant arts and cultural scene, plus renowned nightlife and world-class dining, Miami draws an eclectic mix of visitors, from celebrities to families seeking fun in the sun.
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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. At the southern tip of the island is the famous South Beach (and its nightlife), not to mention the Art Deco hotels of Ocean Drive. Hotels in Miami place you near shopping destinations like Collins Avenue; Miami’s world-class boutiques, stores, restaurants and galleries are waiting to be explored.
Miami Beach is where you’ll find the majority of Miami’s sandy shore locations. The manmade island was created to be a glamorous holiday retreat, with art deco hotels, bustling nightlife and world famous beaches. Enjoy the long stretch of soft sand, decorated with a string of palm trees along the promenade of Miami’s South Beach.
Recline on a sun lounger in the heat and enjoy the views of the glistening turquoise seas. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at water sports or join the locals and roller skate down the paved boardwalk. South beach has an upbeat atmosphere and great things to experience nearby like, golf, street performers and plenty of restaurants and bars.
Art Deco History
Miami’s oldest neighbourhood, Coconut Grove was founded in 1873, but most of the historic buildings can be found near South Beach in the Art Deco District. The area contains more than 800 buildings dating from the 1920s to the 1940s that were traditionally white with subtle pastel and gold trims. The buildings were only painted in their iconic bright colours in the 80s to grab the attention of tourists. Walk along the streets of Ocean Drive to enjoy the striking geometric architecture in all its glamour and elegance.
There is lots going on both day and night in Miami so you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes. After dark, the iconic South Beach comes alive with a fantastic club scene, infused by a range of music styles, from dancehall and reggae to house, rock and R&B. If you want to sample a delicious cocktail or have a relaxing glass of wine, head Downtown to one of the vibrant bars, jazz clubs or salsa venues. Enjoy live music and a range of delicious cuisine from a variety of themed restaurants.
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