We've all dreamed of it, that iconic USA holiday. It comes in myriad forms, from cross-country road trips in a convertible (top down of course) to big city breaks in the penthouse (how else do you do Vegas?) and into the wild-style escapes where it's just you and the great outdoors. It's a holiday that features all the hallmarks of the 50 states: the sunshine of California, the national parks of the mid-west, the famed hospitality of the south and the seaside beauty of the east coast.
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Where to Go in the USA
From coast to coast, the list of places to visit in the USA runs long. If you’re dreaming of a USA beach holiday, we love the golden shores of Florida, California or Hawaii. For culture, you’ll find it along the East Coast in places like Boston or New York, or in the Deep South to experience unique cities like New Orleans And if it’s adventure you seek, you’ll love the nation’s national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. For inspiration and advice, check out some of our favourite places to visit in the USA:
USA Holiday Types
When it comes to the USA, our holiday types offer you the chance to choose your own adventure based on your interests. Relax and soak up some sun with a USA beach holiday, or head off on a full-on adventure visiting the country’s epic national parks. Our USA fly-drive holidays are particularly popular, which plot out some of the country’s most popular road trip itineraries. Click below to browse our best USA holiday ideas or talk to our Experts for more options.
USA Holiday Ideas and Advice
Inspired to visit the US but don’t know where to start? We can help. Our Experts love the USA so much that we’ve collated all of our best USA holiday ideas and advice. From city guides to road trip tips and unique tours and experiences, you’ll find everything you need to help you start planning your next visit.
- Top things to do
- Top places to see
- When to go
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Top Things to Do on a USA holiday
Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is thought of by many as the most photographed landmark in the world, and it is easy to see why. This enormous suspension bridge across the bay has become synonymous with San Francisco and, indeed, America. To grab the best photo on your American holiday perch yourself on the Marin headlands or Fort Point or, to get up close and personal cycle across the bridge to the laid back town of Sausalito.
Hike in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is absolutely indescribable. Only by visiting tunnel view and staring down the valley carved by glaciation and the Merced River or standing beneath the immense El Capitan granite rock face can you appreciate the lack of superlatives to describe it. This Park is a mecca for outdoor adventure lovers and you should absolutely treat yourself to the privilege of being awe struck by it on your USA holiday.
Get a bagel and walk through Central Park
Right in Manhattan’s bustling centre sits Central Park. Make sure you make the most of the opportunity to stroll through the parklands in this relatively peaceful park of the city and, of course, make sure you do it with one of New York’s greatest exports in hand.
Go to a ball game
Baseball isn’t called “America’s pastime” for nothing – going to a ‘ball game’ is a quintessential experience to have when on your American Holiday. ‘Ball Parks’ can be found in most large US cities so you have no excuse to miss out on the opportunity to grab yourself a hot dog and see what all the fuss is about. The most scenic ballparks are: AT&T Park in San Francisco – where the stadium looks out directly onto the bay, Yankee Park – home of the infamous Yankees … obviously, and Dodger Stadium – which looks out onto the rolling SoCal hills.
Road Trip down Route 66 or Highway 1
Nothing screams American holiday like a road trip, although you are spoilt for choice in the US it’s hard to ignore the two most renowned road trips: Route 66 and Highway 1. Route 66 will take you through the heart of the American West.
Dance the delta blues
Head to the Music Meccas of Nashville and Memphis to dance to the array of iconic artists that have called this corner of the world home. Extend your American holiday to New Orleans to really keep the party moving.
Put a bet on in Las Vegas
Las Vegas screams pure indulgence. Sin city sits in Nevada’s Mojave desert and is famed for its nightlife and the world renowned 4 mile long strip. This is the place where truly everything goes which, of course, includes the casinos. Don’t leave Las Vegas without trying your luck.
Top Things to See on a USA Holiday
2 billion years of shaping this immense landscape has carved out the largest canyon in the world. This epic natural monument serves up out-of-this-world views of multi-coloured exposed rock textured dramatically by the cuts made from the Colorado River. The best viewing can be had at sunrise and sunset.
Statue of Liberty
At 93 metres high the Statue of Liberty stands proud at the mouth of New York harbour, she will have been the first sight of many arriving by boat to the US and is a symbol of freedom to people around the world.
The white house, the mall and Capitol building
So often Washington DC feels like the epicentre of the world. See the White House, Capitol building and stroll along the Mall and make sure you don’t miss the city’s excellent museums.
Santa Monica Pier
This, often photographed, landmark is the iconic end of Route 66 and what an excellent end-point it is. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean from the glamorous Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica it makes the perfect place for a stroll to look out over the seeping beach with some delicious local eats.
Volcanoes in Hawaii
The archipelago of Hawaii is formed by fire and, as such, is filled with dramatic landscapes and lush vegetation. The islands are still erupting so you can see the youngest parts of Hawaii being formed as the lava flows straight into the sea.
The Hollywood walk of fame
Have a photograph next to your favourite stars, literally – find the Hollywood star of your icon amongst the hundreds on Hollywood boulevard.
Connected by Bridges to Miami city, Miami beach this spit of sand is popular with models and celebrities, lounge on the beach opposite historic Art Deco buildings.
Yellowstone national park
This gigantic national park in Wyoming is the oldest national park in America is home to some of America’s most iconic wildlife – wolves, bison, elk, antelope and bears as well as some fascinating scenery such as the Old Faithful Geyser.
When to Go to the USA
If ever there were a destination that you could visit anytime of the year and still experience something amazing, the USA would be it. There’s so much to see and do, so many thrilling adventures to be had, and the chance to do them year-round means you can visit the same place in four different seasons and have a unique experience each time. Seasonal highlights in the USA include summer in California, autumn leaves in New England, spring cherry blossoms in Washington, DC and a white Christmas in New York.
More About the USA
Capital city: Washington DC
Currency: US Dollar
Vaccinations: Extra vaccinations are not required.
Visas: British citizens require an ESTA, which you can apply for online.