Welcome to a wonderland of culture boasting exciting cities, spectacular landscapes, and a bucket-load of great grub for foodies. Say Aloha to the Hawaiian tropics on volcanic beaches, marvel at the world’s most dynamic theme parks in Florida, and discover Miami’s artistic Museums with pockets of colour. Holidays in the United States offer a unique experience for every traveller where you are sure to make the memories of a lifetime.
The United States is home to some of the world’s most unique hotels from A-Z, with all the amenities to suit any traveller preference. We have selected some of our honourable mentions...
One of Hawaii’s grand gems is the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa. This 40-acre hotel embodies the heart of the tropics overlooking the beautiful coast of Grand Wailea, South of Maui. A paradise facing the snow-white sands of Wailea Beach that features five exclusive restaurants boasting International and Hawaiian specialties from freshly prepared seafood to meat entrees. If you’re looking for a mesmerising dinner watching the sunset drop behind gushing waves, the Bistro Restaurant boasts that perfect ambiance. Guests can re-energise in a tranquil spa, head underwater to a reef festooned with corals and sponges, or take a photography class in the botanical gardens - let's not forget that Wailea Canyon Water Park that hosts a lazy river and crystalline waterfalls!
If you wish to sink in the epitome of luxury, Rosen Shingle Creek is a hotel brimmed with possibilities. Boasting a lush area of 255 acres, the hotel features four heated pools, premium amenities, and a championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Thanks to its pristine location, the hotel offers first-class access to the area’s theme parks, tennis court, and a rejuvenating spa for pampering bliss. To top it off, Orlando’s foodie experts claim the Cala Bella restaurant is a must-eat-out choice for the finest dining.
The USA, or the United States of America, sits on the continent of North America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the West and the Atlantic Ocean on the East. The USA sits below Canada above Mexico, and homes 50 states plus the District of Columbia. The country consists of nine islands and 326 Indian reservations.
Most airlines offer the choice of direct and indirect flights to the USA across the UK, depending on your choice of destination. A typical direct flight to the USA takes around eight hours on average, but flights with one or more stopovers can take up to around 10 hours.
As the USA hosts a variety of climates, it all comes down to which region of the country you wish to stay. Generally, to experience hot and balmy sunshine, the best time to visit is between June and September. During this time, destinations such as Miami, Florida, and California offer the best weather conditions for holiday bliss. If you’re not a beachgoer chasing American sunshine, Spring and Autumn time, outside the summer months, boasts the best weather conditions. The average temperatures hover between 14 to 22°C, idyllic for sightseeing and exploring the country’s sundry culture. January marks the wettest month of the year with 3.5 inches of rain on average – rest assured, you can catch bargain prices and brilliant last-minute deals during this time.
A kaleidoscope of national parks is clustered all over the country. From the magnificent rock formations of the Grand Canyon to cascading waterfalls In Yosemite, the Unites States boasts some incredible hikes. One of our all-time favourites is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nestled on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Mostly renowned for its dramatic diversity of wildlife, flora, and fauna, the beauty of its mountains is the biggest eye candy for annual visitors and aids the title of the most visited national park in the United States. Other alternatives include Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon, which offer breath-taking landscapes and gob-smacking camping opportunities.
If you’re visiting America and have no intention to have a ball in one of their world-class theme parks - you must be completely bananas! Some of the world’s most iconic theme parks are dotted all over the country: along the famous Walt Disney World in Florida, choose from the grand Universal Studios Hollywood, the Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm, and more. Although the list is endless, you’ll end up smashing electrifying rides, live entertainment, and a plethora of family-friendly experiences.
For artistic enthusiasts, head to some of the country's best museums and inspiring Art galleries. Take a pick from the neon-coloured statues of Duncan McClellan Gallery, realism paintings of the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, or the Imagine Museum where those vibrant art pieces come to life in your mind.
Finally, nothing is better than exploring some of the most iconic cities in the United States. Enjoy the energetic nightlife of Las Vegas, and discover all the diverse culinary scenes in Orlando, or perhaps you want to visit striking landmarks and cultural institutions? With a multitude of choices, you’re bound for an amazing getaway.
Lanikai Beach is famed for its eye-popping vistas and aquamarine waters. Picture tropical perfection with the calmest tides and a tranquil scenery to match and you’ve got one of the most beautiful bays in Hawaii. The word ‘Lani Kai’ translates to Heavenly Ocean and it’s clear to see why this stretch of bliss got its name. Soak up the sun on this surfing mecca and kayak to the volcanic Mokes opposite the beach.
Clearwater Beach in Florida is renowned for its’ silky-white stretches of sand looming into turquoise waters. As the name suggests, it’s arguably one of the most clear-water lagoons found in the United States, with the sea so clear you can see straight down to the bottom of the shallow seabed. A vibrant atmosphere, watersports galore, plus stunning sunsets make this beach a go-to for holidaymakers staying at and nearby Orlando.
We cannot complete this short list without Siesta Keys Beach in Florida: a vast stretch of white-quartz sands that feels cool to the touch, fringing the Gulf of Mexico. The back of this eight-mile-long bay is aligned with shopping stores, restaurants, and a buzzing nightlife with an arcade of beach amenities for a sun-splashed day in the sun. Many touristic attractions surround this magnificent beach, such as the Ringling Museum, Downtown Sarasota, and the Mall at the University Town Centre.
The United States has a wide variety of cuisine options, reflecting its diverse cultural influences. One of the most iconic food dishes to find across the country is the classic American staple, often enjoyed at a backyard barbeque and casual gatherings – Hamburgers and Hotdogs! With so many customisable options for topping combinations and condiments, you’re bound to find a unique mix for every day of the week (or month).
Southern food is the runner upper in the American food culture. Often associated with comfort and distinct flavours, you’ll find an array of various dishes, from fried chicken and macaroni cheese to collard greens and cornbread. Like during the British summers, smoky aromas of grilled delights fill the air from American barbecues. Traditions may vary across different states, such as Texas, Kansas City, and Carolina, but all over the country, you can relish slow-cooked meats like ribs, pulled pork, and briskets on a sunny afternoon.
When it comes to refreshing beverages, the United States thrives in its craft beer scenes. An eclectic range of breweries producing unique and innovative beers is scattered around the country: from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, there is something for everyone.
The United States is a melting pot of diverse cultures influenced by a multitude of factors, including its history, immigration, and regional differences. Its renowned diversity is reflected in the country’s art, music, food, and traditions.
American citizens highly value personal freedom and individualism. As Katy Perry states in one of her hit singles: Fireworks, the Fourth of July is the national bank holiday to celebrate the passage of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July 1776, by the Continental Congress. The idea revolves around pursuing dreams and aspirations and is deeply ingrained in the American culture, with the belief in the potential for upward mobility. During that time, the country is filled with festivities hosting colourful festivals, lively parades, vibrant firework displays, and most importantly, barbecues.
Thanksgiving Day in America is a national holiday that usually takes place towards the end of November. Dating back to 1621, the British Colonists from Plymouth and the Native American Wampanoag are said to share the very first feast of Thanksgiving celebrations as an autumn harvest. Since 1863, Abraham Lincoln made this time a national holiday held each year where cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends is compulsory. With roasted Turkey starring as the main event, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce will make up the rest of the dish.