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From soaring mountain peaks down to arid desert plains, and from breathtaking national parks to sun-drenched surf beaches, the landscapes of the USA are simply astounding. Throw in some of the most progressive and glamorous cities in the world, and you’ve got a recipe for the ultimate holiday destination.
Join us to discover American highlights on our escorted USA tours. Feel the buzz in New York’s glowing Times Square, spot wildlife in a sprawling network of national parks and meet a real-life cowboy in the Lone star state of Texas. Soak up the laid-back, Californian vibes in Malibu, the glitz in flashy Los Angeles and let the streetcar take the strain in laidback San Francisco. Further inland, the weird, whacky and wonderful combine in tantalising Las Vegas, while the rich and famous hide away in manicured Palm Springs.
Travel to the depths of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most remarkable geological wonders, or take in Yellowstone National Park, the verdant oasis flourishing on top of a dormant (but active) volcano, or weave your way around the desert dunes of scorching Death Valley. Keep a cautious eye out for indigenous black bears roaming the forests across many of the western states.
To the east, you can soak up the cultural delights of Washington, New York and Boston. Time your trip to arrive in autumn and be dazzled by the spectacular fall colours in New England, travelling through the picturesque landscapes of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
A staggering 3,000 miles wide, and a jigsaw of 50 diverse states, there is so much of America to explore. Fiercely fascinating and totally addictive, a USA tour will be one to remember.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of the USA.
Truly a sight to behold, the Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the work and certainly one of America’s must-sees.Explore
Discover cosmopolitan San Francisco with its countless hills, art culture and remarkable bay. Take in its vibrant culture and contemporary charm.Explore
Set your eyes on some of the most memorable sights of the world’s most powerful square mile in Washington. See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and the government buildings on ‘the Hill’.Explore
Explore the city of Boston and take in its heritage, memorable sights, and some fantastic shopping opportunities.Explore
Journey to Las Vegas, the world's 'capital of fun'. Take its spectacular natural wonders, fascinating man-made attractions and its world renowned entertainment and casinos.Explore
Discover New York, the world-famous Big Apple - a pulsating metropolis that exudes excitement. Take a holiday to one of the world’s most exciting, most colourful and most welcoming destinations.Explore
Take in the sounds of the music city of Memphis – Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the music city of Memphis.Explore
The iconic cities of the US need no introduction, and the sheer natural beauty of this continent strikes with awe. From red-rock deserts to mighty glaciers, America is a diverse country both culturally and geographically. Whether you're exploring the sophisticated cities of the east coast, relaxing on a virtually undiscovered beach, or climbing the iconic crags of the Grand Canyon –America is certain to take your breath away. Here’s our list our some of the unmissable things to see or do on your USA tour.
Ditch that concept of oversized greasy fast foods, there’s so much more to the American culinary scene than hamburgers. The USA has an endless culinary creativity, with influences from elsewhere – German, British, Italian, Dutch, French, and Caribbean are only some of the cultures that have contributed to American cuisine.
Northern states such as Washington and Oregon are famous for delicious wild salmon, while California excels in shrimp specialties. The Jewish delis of New York, which owe so much to the Middle East and, of course, the humble pizza pie, which must be indebted to a certain boot-shaped European nation. Glorious Napa Valley, home to endless rows of sunny vineyards, produces some of the world’s finest crisp wines to pair with your meals.
To the south, the wonderfully aromatic Creole food takes reign. This spicy fragrant fare is reputed to have roots variously in French, Spanish, Indian, Caribbean, Portuguese, Greek, West African, Italian and Irish cuisine. Be sure to try a traditional gumbo while in New Orleans, American-style health-conscious sushi while in LA and, of course a sour mash whiskey over ice in the southern heathlands.
American cuisine is a dynamic melting pot of cultural and culinary influences. You certainly won’t go hungry in this enchanting country.
First trip to the USA? Here are a few questions you might have.
The USA is known for being a world leader in music, art and popular culture. Home to Hollywood, the USA is one of the most prolific producers of film and television internationally, pioneering motion picture engineering and technology over the years.
The nation also has a diverse array of national parks including Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Teton, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.
The United States dollar is the official currency of the USA. Visit XE to see the current exchange rate.
As the UK is an active member of the Visa Waiver Program, British citizens holidaying in the US for less than 90 days will only need to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online. These are valid for two years after issue.
From London, it takes just under eight hours to fly to New York City and just over 11 hours to reach Los Angeles.
Considering the US is a diverse nation, American cuisine is a melting pot of cultures. Generally, staple foods in the US is made up of grains, so this includes cereal, bread, pastas and snacks. Corn syrup also features heavily in US cuisine as well. During your trip, be sure to try iconic national foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, buffalo wings, mac and cheese, grits and apple pie.