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Seven bucket list holidays in the USA

The USA is a favourite destination and a year-round country offering diverse experiences that are not-to-be-missed. We’ve selected seven of the best holidays in America for everyone’s travel bucket list.

1) Exhilarating road trips

Embark on an epic self-drive holiday along the American open road and experience a variety of landscapes. Drive along the incredible Appalachian Mountains from Virginia to North Carolina; journey from Miami to Key West or along the stretch between San Francisco to LA; travel along the famous Route 66... There are so many self-driving options for an epic American adventure.

Route 66, often classed as one of the best scenic drives in the world, stretches approximately 2,500 miles and it crosses Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The distance you drive also depends on which way you want to go. Many people choose to drive through Chicago, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which allows you to experience gorgeous scenery and the very best landmarks.

This is a truly great trip option to experience the American outdoors and it promises to be an adventure of a lifetime.

2) Enjoy a Californian dream

Home to some of the most stunning beaches, world famous vineyards and national parks, California is a destination that ticks every box.

Any amazing Californian day would involve visiting one of the scenic beaches like Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, giving you the opportunity to spot whales and dolphins from along the shore.

Visit the glamourous Los Angeles, an iconic film scene destination, and don’t miss the Walk of Fame, Beverley Hills and Hollywood. You might even bump into a famous super star.

If you like wine, add a trip to the Napa Valley, finishing in Santa Barbara, stopping at various vineyards along the way. This is an incredible way of experiencing local wine and admiring the charming scenery.

3) Combine a theme park with a beach break in Florida

Combine world-famous theme parks with the best beaches on a holiday to Florida. With year-round sunshine, picture perfect beaches and a variety of family attractions, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in America. Home to the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™, Orlando is the perfect destination for families looking for a once in a lifetime experience.

Explore some of Florida’s main highlights, including two of the best beach destinations - Miami with its Cuban rhythms and Art Deco streets, and St Pete Beach which comprises five islands with a tropical Caribbean climate and pristine beaches. Expect miles of gorgeous beaches, lots of sunshine, a laid-back atmosphere, bustling markets, relaxed restaurants and quirky shops.

Enjoy scuba diving in the pristine coral reefs of the Florida Keys, relax on the beach and swim in the island’s turquoise waters.

4) Experience scenic San Francisco

San Francisco is one of America's most iconic cities and home to a diverse ethnic population. There’s plenty to explore in this unique city. The Golden Gate bridge, an internationally recognised symbol and one of the most photographed bridges in the world, elegant Victorian homes, a variety of world-class restaurants and cool bars are the main characteristics of San Francisco.

Escape from the iconic Alcatraz island, a federal prison from the 1930s to the 1960s; and taste fresh and delicious seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf on Pier 39 once you return to the mainland.

An exciting way to experience San Francisco is riding a cable car. This allows you to admire stunning cityscapes from above, viewing the impressive skyline from a different perspective.

5) Las Vegas: The city of lights

Be sure to add Las Vegas to your bucket list. This American city is well known for its monumental casinos, hotels and world class shopping. The city of lights offers plenty of entertainment for every taste - there's no doubt you will find something that will blow you away.

During the day, watch the Volcano Fountain eruption, take a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel, visit the observation deck on the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. By night, visit the city's trademark bustling casinos, drink a cocktail in one of the many piano bars, sing in a karaoke bar or check out the Fremont Street Experience's lightshow.

If after all that excitement you want to take a break, then get away from the bustling city and take a day trip to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and immerse yourself in its phenomenal scenery. A must-do on your trip to the USA.

6) Visit three of the most important musical cities

If you are a music aficionado, make sure you add New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis to your holiday bucket list. These are the three most vibrant cities on the music scene and are well known for their roots of rock 'n' roll, blues, jazz, blues, gospel; and host some of the best music venues in the world, where big names such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded their top albums.

Expect many live performances and unique food during spring, which is the high season for festivals in New Orleans.

7) A city break to the most exciting city in the world: New York

New York is the perfect choice for a city break. From museums and historical venues, to parks and landmarks, you’ll be spoiled for choice in this city that ‘never sleeps’. Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the iconic Grand Central Terminal are not to be missed.

Remember those who lost their lives at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Head to Manhattan, witness the bright lights of Times Square and take in Broadway shows at one of NYC's 40 Broadway theatres. Be sure to check what shows are on before your holiday, so you get the best prices and ensure availability.

The Big Apple is one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world, and if you are a fashion lover, head to Fifth Avenue and admire the most recent collections from top designers.

The diversity of the US is staggering. We look forward to creating your perfect holiday to the USA.


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