Are the bright lights of the USA calling? Whether you’re dreamin’ of a California summer or a white Christmas in New York, the United States packs a punch when it comes to adventure. Road trips across the country, grand national parks, world famous landmarks and pant-stretching food are all at your fingertips. So where in the USA do you want to go? Here are our top 10 picks.
Oh New York, New York, the city that captivates our hearts with its bustling city streets, iconic landmarks at every turn and paramount attractions. Whether you visit to see the sights, enjoy a dose of retail therapy or immerse yourself in the wonders of Broadway, New York will always leave you wanting more.
Tip: For impressive views that stretch across the Big Apple, including the Empire State Building, head to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Centre.
The star-studded streets of the USA, beckon travellers from across the globe to experience the enviable life of the rich and famous. From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the sweeping sand of LA’s best beaches, life is peachy all year round in this populous city.
Tip: Shopping at The Grove is a popular pastime but don’t miss out on the abundance of tempting eats at the Original Farmer’s Markets next door.
The pretty city of San Francisco boasts no shortage of incredible sights, from the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge to glorious shopping in Union Square. Travel by cable car up the steep streets and find Lombard Street, the famous crooked laneway featuring 8 hairpin turns.
Tip: As you wander along Fisherman’s Wharf, make your way to Pier 39 to see the playful antics of the cheeky seals that can be found basking in the sun year round.
Not to be outdone by Los Angeles, San Diego holds its own with a bounty of beautiful beaches alongside top American attractions. With a little less of the hustle and bustle, San Diego is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the enviable coastal lifestyle.
Tip: Take the time to explore Balboa Park, a 1,200 acre oasis home to more than 15 museums, lush botanical gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo.
The beating heart of the Nevada dessert, Las Vegas is lauded for its shimmering lights, endless entertainment and energetic atmosphere that exists round the clock. Beyond the black jack table you can enjoy adrenaline-pumping rides, ziplining, shopping and don’t forget to eat a burger from Shake Shack.
Tip: Don’t miss the mesmerising water fountains outside the Bellagio Hotel as they dance in perfect rhythm beneath the Las Vegas sky – it’s free!
Sun seekers from across the globe gather on Hawaii’s pristine beaches to surf on Waikiki Beach or snorkel beside turtles and dolphins in Maui. Whether you plan to shop til you drop at Honolulu’s mega malls or marvel at the incredible Diamond Head Crater, you will experience a true island paradise.
Tip: Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent and carefully restored Iolani Palace, the only official state residence of royalty in the United States.
Bronzed bodies flock year round to South Beach to make the most of Florida’s warm weather. This cool city boasts more than just coastal vibes with a bounty of character-laden neighbourhoods worth exploring, from the creative Art Deco District to the Latin infused area, Little Havana.
Tip: Hire a bike and leisurely pedal all the way up to South Pointe Park and South Pointe Pier before cooling off with a dip in the crystal clear waters of South Beach.
The eclectic Southern city, New Orleans is unlike any other American state. Whether you visit for a taste of signature Creole and Cajun flavours, to listen to the city’s best tunes or simply to wander the historic French Quarter, New Orleans will be forever etched in your memory.
Tip: Join a dinner and dancing cruise along the Mississippi River and enjoy live jazz and authentic Creole fare while admiring the scenic vistas of New Orleans.
The home of country music, Nashville is the place to go for music enthusiasts. Whether you love to hum along to the tunes of Elvis or sing your heart out to the latest Taylor Swift’s chart topper, Nashville hosts a plethora of world class music attractions including the Grand Ole Opry.
Tip: Music lovers must visit the renowned Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with a host of exhibits celebrating timeless music legends.
It is famed for its political prowess but Washington DC is more than a government city - it is a cultural and culinary capital. Boasting an astonishing collection of museums and historic landmarks, alongside a thriving restaurant scene, Washington DC will captivate as much as it will inspire.
Tip: Set aside time to explore the Smithsonian Institution, home to 19 fascinating museums, including the famous National Air and Space Museum.
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