Big, bold and beautiful; holidays in the USA take you on silver-screen adventures from glitzy cities to natural wonders.
There’s no one-size-fits-all description for this colossal country. You can road trip down long and winding highways, lose yourself in culture-rich cities that seem familiar yet foreign or feel dwarfed by natural wonders that embody the true meaning of ‘awesome’. Everything about the USA is diverse. There are sleepy towns and villages which sit within easy reach of cities that don’t sleep; and the natural landscapes include rocky coastlines, meandering rivers, forest-clad mountains, deep canyons and fertile plains that stretch as far as the eye can see. And while the United States may not be at the front of travellers’ minds when it comes to history and heritage, if you scratch below the surface there are plenty of human interest stories to be discovered. We’ve explored each corner of the United States, seeking the finest hotels in the best locations, and we work with partners that pride themselves on the unique experiences they provide on their unforgettable journeys. Whatever adventure you’re dreaming of, speak to one of our USA Experts or pop into your local store to create your perfect tailor-made USA holiday.
The best time to visit the USA depends heavily on the location and season. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) usually deliver comfortable temperatures during the day for citywide exploration or National Park adventure. Regardless of the region, summer typically brings sunshine and warm temperatures, which are tempered by cooling sea breezes on the coast. Winters also vary substantially depending on where you are. Generally speaking, southern states are much warmer than northern states.
It is standard practice for resorts/hotels within the USA to charge a mandatory resort fee which is payable locally. This fee can be anywhere between 5USD to 40 USD per room per night and is not included in the cost of your Kuoni holiday
The ‘Golden State’ of California is the US destination of dreams. Like cities? California has its fair share of famous towns with San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego dotted along its magnificent coastline. More at one with nature? California has more national parks than all but one of the country’s 50 states. Alongside the poster child of Yosemite, which attracts millions of visitors each year with its granite valleys, tumbling waterfalls and world-class hikes, there are a handful of smaller, less-frequently visited parks such as geothermic Lassen and mountainous Sequoia. If you ‘re in search of the most underrated yet up-and-coming cities and picturesque coastlines in the USA head to the Pacific North West. Within just a short space of time you can get to know cities such as Portland or Seattle, drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and head inland to enjoy mountain adventures in the Cascades.
The string of volcanic islands that make up the island of Hawaii sometimes seem as if they’ve purely been created by Hollywood studios as the backdrop to Jurassic Park. However, there’s nothing fake about the forest-clad peaks and valleys, the active volcanoes with their constant lava flows and the rolling waves speckled with surfers.
Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon couldn’t be more different– Vegas is a man-made city in the desert where anything goes while the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. But a visit to the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ is only enhanced by taking some time out to appreciate the beauty of this region. With the west rim of the Grand Canyon just a short helicopter ride away it’s an easy trip to make and you’ll be back in Vegas in time to enjoy some fine dining before a show or a bit of shopping. Grand Canyon National Park is a little further afield so we highly recommend heading out from Vegas on a South West road trip and making the park your first stop. Aside from the canyon, Arizona has some real natural beauties as well as modern cities and artsy towns surrounded by red rock canyons. The real gem in the state’s crown is Monument Valley; the word awesome is often misused but that’s definitely not the case here – the views of the buttes and mesas rising up from the valley floor really do inspire awe. Head onwards in to Utah and it’s a case of spectacular landscape after spectacular landscape. In Moab there are the twin national parks of Arches and Canyonlands while in the south west of the state the other-worldly scenes belong to Bryce Canyon National Park, a land of sandstone hoodoos, and Zion National Park with its sheer-sided valleys and rock temples. The USA’s west seems to have an embarrassment of riches with the parks and coast of the Pacific states and the scenically stunning Utah and Arizona. Add to this the Rocky Mountain states of Wyoming and Montana and what you get is wilderness lover’s paradise. Yellowstone National Park is the region’s most famous attraction and it’s not hard to see why with its distinctive geological and geothermal wonders and animal inhabitants.
It almost goes without saying that the USA is one of the biggest shopping destinations for us Brits. Whether you’re on a dedicated shopping trip to New York, or shopping is just a small part of your holiday, there’s pretty much nothing you can’t buy here. While the exchange rate may not work in our favour as it once did, you can still find many brands cheaper across the pond. Clothes and shoes are the obvious choice, as are electronics (although you’ll need to check if there are any regional usage restrictions), make up and confectionary.
New York City hardly needs an introduction. It’s been the backdrop to so many films and television programmes we feel like we know it inside out. Nothing beats actually being there and feeling the tangible energy the city has. The first time you walk down a Manhattan street, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a city that is never silent and never rests, is unforgettable. There’s so much to see and do that one visit will never be enough and every time you visit you’ll discover something new whether it’s another green space – try people watching in Bryant Park – a museum or a favourite viewpoint. Nearby Boston is the gateway to New England, and it has a whole different vibe to New York. It’s less frenetic but no less intriguing and its Revolutionary history, which you can recall on the self-guided Freedom Trail, is its main draw. While the south-west states may boast epic landscapes, it’s the villages and towns of the north east that are full of charm and welcoming residents which perhaps creates a more familiar atmosphere. Iconic monuments, cities with a rich heritage, battlefields and beautiful coastlines are just a few highlights of USA’s Capital Region. Washington D.C. sits has lots of well-known sights such as the White House, The National Mall and the Capitol building. What’s a little less expected are its eclectic range of neighbourhoods from DuPont Circle to Georgetown.
It would be hard to find a place that is as soulful as the South. In cities such as Memphis, Nashville and Tennessee music spills out onto the street as budding musicians make a name for themselves, while the vast plains of Georgia and South Carolina are home to antebellum mansions surrounded by historic plantations and cities that radiate that renowned Southern charm. Family-favourite Florida is home to world-famous theme parks, ultra-modern coastal cities and the paradise Keys, a string of islands and cays that stretch for over a hundred miles off the southern tip of the state. If you have children, or are just a grown-up kid yourself, head to Orlando to meet iconic characters and raise your adrenaline levels on seemingly gravity-defying rides. If your tastes are more sedate, the resorts of the Gulf of Mexico such as Naples and St Pete’s or the Keys may be more your style. Glistening Miami has a completely different character with its lively beaches, and world-class nightlife.
The USA’s wide, open roads, spectacular scenery, iconic cities and incredible national parks are made for self-drives. Hitting the open road is a great way to explore the places and attractions that you long to see, while travelling at your own pace. It’s also ideal for families, groups of friends and couples who enjoy a more independent holiday. You can choose between a hire car or motorhome which are available in a number of different sizes and styles. To cover long distances between cities, the most convenient and cost effective way to travel is by plane. The United States has a vast network of routes and airlines to choose from. Train travel in the USA is not as widespread as it is in Europe. However, it is a convenient way to travel between some of the main cities in the eastern states such as Boston, New York City, Washington D.C and Philadelphia.
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- The great outdoors – there are 59 national parks throughout the country and hundreds of state parks
- Exploring iconic cities bursting with world famous sights and cultural attractions
- Family adventures at the theme parks in California and Florid
- EA melting pot of cultures and a wide variety of cuisines (and large portions)
- Spectacular coastlines from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic
Resorts & hotels in Usa
Combine desert luxury and monumental red rock canyons with Atlantic Ocean beaches and iconic Manhattan skylines, or those famous Orlando theme parks with Caribbean white sands on USA multi-centre holidays
Explore the beautiful California coast, fly over the Grand Canyon by helicopter, try your Lady Luck in Las Vegas and lead the jet set lifestyle in Miami. Visit the White House and historic Philadelphia before a spellbinding trip to the top of the Empire State Building in New York or experience the rhythm and blues of the Deep South through Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. Discover the most amazing places in America with our USA multi-centre holidays. Our hand crafted itineraries are completely personalised, ensuring you experience everything you want to on your USA multi-centre holiday; bright lights, big cities and family friendly theme parks; Atlantic coast self drives through charming New England towns; or Californian jet set vibes and tropical Hawaiian beaches.
Our favourite USA multi-centre holidays
Las Vegas, Los Angeles & San Francisco If you want to indulge in the show-stopping Broadway shows, lavish pool parties and decadent nightlife of Las Vegas but feel like your holiday should include a little but more, our Las Vegas multi centre holidays take you to the bright lights of Sin City and onwards to LA’s laid-back beaches and San Franscisco’s ‘City-of-the-Bay’ waterfront-lined streets and world-class museums. The perfect combination of sultry desert nightlife, SoCal vibes and city culture.
New York, Boston & Cape Cod
An exhilarating holiday in the city that never sleeps experiencing iconic monuments, world-renowned museums, impressive shopping and magical Central Park before sinking into a slower pace of life surrounded by the beauty and charm of New England, where the historic city of Boston takes you through enchanting brownstone lined streets, and lobster shacks meet white sand beaches in exclusive Cape Cod. Miami & Bahamas A dreamy multi-centre holiday for beach lovers that just can’t decide between the Caribbean or the USA, our twin centre lets you discover the glamorous side of Miami Beach and Downtown’s Art District before landing on a blissful white sand beach in the Bahamas, where it’s all about swimming, diving and snorkelling. Our Personal Travel Experts know the best sandstone desert hotels, oceanfront resorts and decadent city suites to stay in as you travel across America, so give us a call and we’ll tailor make your dream USA multi-centre holiday
New York is the most exceptionally beautiful city in the world. It offers visitors so much to explore, admire, and enjoy. From Statue of Liberty to Time Square to Empire State Building, to cool restaurants, you have so much to see in this stunning city. If you are a first time visitor, walking through the streets will make you feel like you are exploring a movie set.
San Francisco is the most charming West Coast city, famous for its streets, sites, beautiful views, outdoor dining restaurants, and much more. If you visit San Francisco, do visit and explore beautiful Alcatraz, stunning Golden Gate Bridge, and explore the streets and city sites. This city a must see a place for all age group. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore this beautiful destination with your loved ones!
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a must-see destination for every generation. Gazing out the cliff walls to an endless depth below is something you will definitely enjoy. You can take a train trip from Williams, AZ to enjoy the delightful experience to a canyon. Also, you can explore the south rim of the Grand Canyon, which is well-known and most popular section among tourists.
When it comes to fun and entertainment, Las Vegas is the perfect destination! Whether you are hanging out with your family or with your buddies, this place offers something to everyone. Las Vegas is home to many music industry top stars. If you are a night person and love doping partiers, come let’s take a tour to Vegas nightlife!
British passport holders must have a full 10-year British Passport that is valid for six months after you return to the UK. You will also need a USA visa or waiver form/ESTA. Apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before travelling (http://esta.cbp.dhs.gov).
The domestic electrical supply is 110V, 60 cycles AC. Sockets are for plugs with two flat pins.
• 01 January: New Year's Day
• Third Monday in January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• Third Monday in February: Presidents Day
• Last Monday in May: Memorial Day
• 04 July: Independence Day
• First Monday in September: Labor Day
• Second Monday in October: Columbus Day
• 11 November: Veterans Day
• Fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day
• 25 December: Christmas Day
Tipping is an established and accepted custom in America. For good service, waiters and taxi drivers expect 15-20%, and counter and bar staff 10-15%. Porters can expect from $3-$5 per case, while tour guides can be given the equivalent of £2-£3 per day.