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There is nowhere quite like America. A kaleidoscopic patchwork of traditions, languages, distinct food cultures, fantastic music and striking ethereal landscapes, the USA is a remarkable, and often contradictory, land. Where else can you mingle with celebrities in Los Angeles one day, then locals in a rural Louisiana jazz club the next? Enjoy a traditional Southern barbecue or fabulous seafood in a quaint New England fishing town? Experience the wilderness of a national park, stand in the heart of pulsating downtown Manhattan then gaze at Plymouth Rock or NASA’s futuristic space centre? Hit the road and follow Route 66 through the heart of the Midwest, visit the Grand Canyon and the astonishing national parks of Arizona and Utah, travel lonely Nevadan roads in search of ET and stay on a traditional family-run Rocky Mountain ranch. Food and music lovers should make for Nashville and Memphis then explore the Deep South or travel California’s epic coastal roads to San Francisco. Those looking for the ultimate adventure should head to wild and remote Alaska.

Places to visit in USA

America is large, diverse and full of unique experiences. Eastern USA is brimming with iconic cities and historical landmarks with a highlight being New England where you will find quaint country inns, stunning autumnal foliage and the rugged Atlantic coastline. Midwest America sees the starting point of Route 66 in Chicago whilst the Deep South is a world of superb Southern cuisine, an unrivalled musical heritage and charming antebellum homes. Don your cowboy boots if you choose to travel west as many of our recommended ranches are based in the Western USA and Rocky Mountains. California is fantastic for road-trip with its fabulous cities and stunning coastal roads or head north to Alaska, America’s last frontier, with its diverse wildlife and striking mountainous scenery.

When to Visit USA

This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country.
Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

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With its diverse terrains and differing topography, this substantial country is a year-round destination where weather patterns and climatic systems can vary at both a national and state level. As a general rule, spring and autumn are the best times of year to visit due to milder temperatures whilst the summer months can be hot, and sometimes, very humid. In many parts of the country, winter ushers in extremely cold conditions – especially in more mountainous regions. Away from the lower 48 states, Hawaii has a tropical climate with little range in temperatures, although December to April is slightly cooler and wetter. Due to its size, Alaska’s climate is extreme and varies greatly but, typically, summers are warm with long days and winters harsh and, in some places, exceptionally severe.

Essential Information

Capital: Washington DC Main Language: English
Time Zone: GMT -5 / GMT -10 Currency: US Dollar (USD)

Accommodation in USA

The range of accommodation in the USA is vast and varied. From charming family-run homestays, simple motels and luxurious hotels to atmospheric national park lodges, rural ranches and picturesque campsites, there is something for everyone. Hotel options, in particular, are comprehensive with a full spectrum of national and international chains present throughout the country. Ranch accommodation can be found in the Rockies and southwestern states, each unique and offering varying types of experiences. Dude ranches offer a range of activities and the chance to experience ranch life, whilst working ranches cater to the more adventurous as guests take an active part in the ranch operation. Guest and resort ranches offer more comfortable accommodation and are family friendly.

USA & Canada Holiday Review

We’re home after an amazing holiday. All went well with flights etc., the hotels were lovely and very good locations in both Toronto and New York.

We loved Niagara Falls and in Toronto the CN Tower was really good and would recommend the hop on hop off bus tour which included a boat trip around the islands giving a good view of the city skyline. We also went to a baseball game at the nearby Rogers centre.

In New York we used the airport super shuttle bus which worked well. We did all the sights including 9/11, water taxi hop on hop off including Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. Loved Central Park, Top of the Rock and Empire at night and loved grand central station. Did a radio city tour which was great and also saw Kinky Boots, again fabulous. Walked everywhere and the high line was lovely.

Many thanks for your help and recommendations. It has been a truly memorable trip.

JD - USA & Canada - June 2018

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