In a USA frame of mind? Get off the beaten track – just a little – and whack a few new experiences under your land-of-the-stars-and-stripes belt. Los Angeles and Las Vegas are two of the most popular stops, but away from the bustling obvious, some tantalising experiences lie within arm’s reach.
See the sparkles of LA from edgy West Hollywood or duck off to Santa Monica for some sun, sea and sand. In Nevada, explore beyond Sin City to soak up the cowboy culture, outdoor adventures and scenic panoramas. It’s time to see the flip side of the USA. Here's a few of our favourites.
Nevada is more than round-the-clock Las Vegas. Venture beyond the glitter strip for a taste of fascinating cowboy culture, history, outdoor adventure and exceptional natural beauty. Enjoy a change of pace in casino-happy Reno, flock to the many ski resorts and summertime hiking trails of Lake Tahoe or experience the authentic Wild West atmosphere of cowboy town Elko. From the forever-stretching deserts and scenic highways to the alpine lakes, caves and peaks of Great Basin National Park, Nevada sparkles from top to bottom.
With a nickname like ‘WeHo’, it’s clear West Hollywood is one of Los Angeles’ most-loved neighbourhoods. Nurturing a fusion of endless entertainment, high-glam fashion and star-studded culture – with a few famous sites thrown in for good measure – this is a top area to both explore and stay. Meander the famous Sunset Boulevard, indulge in the thriving fine dining and nightlife scenes and duck into a few art and design galleries. Colourful and progressive, West Hollywood offers a unique LA experience like no other.
The sunny gem of Southern California, Santa Monica is LA’s charming beachside hotspot. Bathed in a wonderful laidback atmosphere – and year-round sun – it’s a far cry from glitzy Venice Beach and Malibu, yet still offers a sense of big city sophistication. Winding walking paths offer beachfront panoramas while the city streets hail great shopping, dining and entertainment. From the iconic amusements of Santa Monica Pier to the many daytrips on its doorstep, Santa Monica is a beach with a difference.
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