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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: Route 66 Holiday Review

Thank you so much for organising such an amazing trip! Truly such an amazing country.

Few things we realised on our trip was we are country folk not very keen on big city's but so glad that we managed to experience New York and Vegas... LA was a bit better because being in Santa Monica it's quite quiet even though we did explore and sat in the famous LA traffic.

By far our favourite place was the Grand Canyon... Just wow! Words and pictures cannot explain how beautiful this place is! 

And on a final note, she did say yes as I had hoped, and we are now happily engaged! I have included a few photos of our trip for you and cannot thank you enough for organising this trip. We have already recommended you to two of our friends as they want to do LA, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

Thank you so much for organising such an incredible trip and leaving us with the best memories.

We will be in touch to organise our next adventure very soon!!

NE & DD - USA: Route 66 - May 2018

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