You'll never run out of things to do in the USA, and with a good Stirling to US dollar rate at the moment, it's an affordable option for a great family holiday. From celebrity spotting in LA to selfies by the Golden Gate Bridge, the US is amazing for an action-packed holiday. One visit isn't enough to see everything this vast continent has to offer. So, there's a good chance you'll need several trips to take it all in. If you've never been 'Stateside' before, it's time to discover the American dream for yourself. Book your flights, swap some sterling for US dollars
,and experience some of the best things America has to offer.
Top Things to DoThe Empire State Building is an absolute must. Arguably the most famous observation deck in the world, you'll enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view of New York City from the top of this Art Deco icon. Topping out at 381m metres high, the Empire State Building was the world's tallest building back when it was completed in 1931. If you're over in Chicago, head to the observation deck at the Willis Tower. Walk on the glass floor and experience a bird's eye view of the city. While you're there, try and spot all the famous landmarks by looking down through the glass floor (if you've got a head for heights, that is). If you're visiting San Francisco, don't forget to visit the Golden Gate bridge. Then hop on a ferry to the infamous Alcatraz Island and explore the notorious prison. Top Tip: before you jet off, research the best US dollar rate. It's the easiest way to make your spending money go in further.
Attractions & LandmarksFor family fun, Disneyworld near Orlando, Florida, is one of the top things to do in the States. Take the family to this colossal-sized theme park and enjoy everything from adrenaline-pumping water parks to Disney film exhibitions and luxury hotels. Alternatively, you can savour panoramic views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign from The Griffith Observatory. Located on Mount Hollywood (so you're certain to get a fabulous view of 'LaLa Land' in all its glory), this world-famous science exhibit is well worth a visit. View famous landmarks like never before with one of their telescopes, and head to the viewing deck and sunset to relish one of the most spectacular sights you've ever seen. If you're in New York, take the free Staten Island Ferry from the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. You'll enjoy breath-taking views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
Must See PlacesVisit one of the world's greatest natural attractions, the Grand Canyon National Park. Here you'll see spectacular rock formations dating back millions of years. Stay until sunset and watch the rocks turn beautiful shades of orange and red Niagara Falls is another natural wonder. This awe-inspiring waterfall on the US-Canadian border is nothing short of dazzling. The three waterfalls: the Canadian Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls, are 51 metres high, and in the winter they've been known to partially freeze. This is an absolute must-see. If you're after a splash of culture, explore Miami's Little Havana. Here you can enjoy the best Cuban cuisine in the country. Named after the capital of Cuba, this area boasts some of the best art galleries, fruit markets, and cafés, in the city. Head over to Venice Beach, California to explore one of the most laid back, bohemian neighbourhoods in America. Just an 18-mile drive from Downtown LA, Venice Beach is known for its quirky shops, amazing street artists, and is home to the famous 'Muscle Beach' outdoor gym.
Our AdviceRemember, don't wait until you get to the airport to get your currency, it's almost a dead certainty you won't get the best US dollar rate here. Save yourself money and buy your currency direct from us, or pop into your local Thomas Cook outlet before heading off to the States. You can also apply for a Lyk cash card that you can use just like a credit card. Top up whenever you want for free.
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