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USA Holidays

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, the bright lights of Las Vegas 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 drive California’s epic coastal roads and over the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco. Those looking for the ultimate adventure should head to wild and remote Alaska. At Pettitts Travel, we have been planning unique and tailor-made holidays to the USA for over 30 years. 

Places to visit in USA

America is large, diverse and full of unique experiences and natural beauty. 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 to the wild west as many of our recommended ranches are based in the Western USA and Rocky Mountains. California is fantastic for road trips 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

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.

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Essential Information

Capital: Washington DC

Main Language: English

Time Zone: GMT -5 / GMT -10

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

USA Holiday Review

First, thanks to all for organising. I thought I had not got enough interesting stuff to do or see in Texas especially when we landed to flood warnings, thunderstorms but they were only in Houston, thankfully. I did think ‘uh oh’ this one is going belly up. Wrong!

I jammed with a Texas country band, just on a whim went to Mason and in a tiny museum met the author of a book on Texas history I have got and met the grandson of a guy who was captured by Native Americans in 1870 (Comanches)! Got lost in the wilds of Texas, missed a road and sat nav no help! Staring at the Turkey Buzzard on the fence, no help! Finally found our destination and met a guy, part Cherokee, who looked like he stepped straight out of a western. Had an escorted walking tour of San Antonio all to ourselves. If anyone else goes to Texas advise some time in Gruene (pronounced Green) – it’s like like stepping back in time. I drunk Buffalo Butt beer too! In Fort Worth our hotel was great so it ended on a great note, and we just missed the tornadoes too!

PW - USA - May 2019

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.

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