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USA holidays

Welcome to the cultural wonderland of exciting cities, spectacular scenery and plenty of great food for gourmands. Say Aloha to the Hawaiian tropics on volcanic beaches, marvel at the world's most dynamic theme parks in Florida, and discover Miami's art museums with pockets of colour. Holidays in the United States offer a unique experience to all travellers, who are sure to leave with unforgettable memories.

USA holiday destinations

Hotels in USA

The United States is home to some of the world's most unique hotels, from A to Z, with every amenity to satisfy every traveller's preferences. We have selected some of our most remarkable hotels…

The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is one of Hawaii's jewels. This 40-acre hotel embodies the heart of the tropics, overlooking the magnificent coastline of Grand Wailea, south of Maui. A paradise set against the white sands of Wailea Beach, with five exclusive restaurants offering international and Hawaiian specialities, from freshly prepared seafood to meat dishes. The Bistro restaurant offers the perfect ambience for a spellbinding dinner while watching the sun set behind the crashing waves. Guests can unwind in a tranquil spa, dive in a reef dotted with coral and sponges or take a photography class in the botanical gardens. And let's not forget the Wailea Canyon Water Park, with its tranquil river and crystal-clear waterfalls!

If you're looking to immerse yourself in the ultimate in luxury, Rosen Shingle Creek is a hotel bursting with possibilities. Set in 255 acres of lush grounds, the hotel boasts four heated swimming pools, top-of-the-range facilities and a championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Thanks to its privileged location, the hotel offers first-class access to the region's theme parks, a tennis court and a rejuvenating spa for pampering. To top it all off, Orlando's culinary experts say the Cala Bella restaurant is a must for fine dining.

Where is the USA?

The USA, or the United States of America, sits on the continent of North America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The United States lies below Canada, above Mexico, and comprises 50 states plus the District of Columbia. The country includes nine islands and 326 Indian reservations.

Most airlines offer direct or indirect flights to the United States from the UK, depending on the destination. A direct flight to the United States takes an average of eight hours, but flights with one or more stopovers can take up to 10 hours.

USA travel FAQ

As the United States has a wide variety of climates, it all depends on which part of the country you want to visit. In general, the best time to visit the United States is between June and September, when the sun is warm and shining. During this period, destinations such as Miami, Florida and California offer the best weather conditions for a successful holiday. If you're not a beachgoer in search of the American sun, spring and autumn, outside the summer months, offer the best weather. Average temperatures range between 14 and 22°C, ideal for sightseeing and discovering the country's varied culture. January is the wettest month of the year, with an average of 3.5 inches of rain. Rest assured, this is when you can take advantage of bargain prices and last-minute bargains.

A kaleidoscope of national parks is scattered across the country. From the magnificent rock formations of the Grand Canyon to the waterfalls of Yosemite, the United States boasts some incredible hikes. One of our favourites is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nestled on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Primarily renowned for its diversity of flora and fauna, the beauty of its mountains is the biggest draw for annual visitors and the most visited national park in the US. Other options include Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, which offer breathtaking scenery and stunning camping opportunities.

If you're visiting America and you're not planning to have a blast at one of its world-class theme parks, you must be out of your mind! Some of the world's most iconic theme parks are scattered across the country: the famous Walt Disney World in Florida, the grandiose Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm and many more. Although the list is endless, you'll discover electrifying rides, live shows and a plethora of family experiences.

For art lovers, head to some of the country's best museums and galleries. Take your pick from the neon-coloured statues at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, the realistic paintings at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, or the Imagine Museum, where these vibrant works of art come to life in your mind.

Finally, there's nothing like exploring some of America's most iconic cities. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Las Vegas and discover Orlando's diverse culinary scene, or perhaps you'd like to visit some remarkable monuments and cultural institutions? With so much to choose from, you're sure to have an extraordinary getaway.

Lanikai Beach is famous for its breathtaking views and aquamarine waters. Imagine tropical perfection with the calmest tides and a tranquil landscape, and you get one of Hawaii's most beautiful bays. The word 'Lani Kai' translates as 'heavenly ocean' and it's easy to see why this stretch of bliss was so named. Sunbathe in this surfing mecca and kayak to the Mokes volcano opposite the beach.

Clearwater Beach, Florida, is famous for its silky white stretches of sand set against turquoise waters. As its name suggests, it is undoubtedly one of the clearest lagoons in the United States, with a sea so clear that you can see right down to the bottom of the shallow waters. A lively atmosphere, water sports galore and breathtaking sunsets make this beach a favourite for holidaymakers staying in Orlando or the surrounding area.

It's impossible to finish this short list without Florida's Siesta Keys beach: a vast expanse of cool-touch quartz-white sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The back of this eight-mile-long bay is lined with shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife, as well as a range of beach facilities for a sunny day. Many tourist attractions surround this beautiful beach, including the Ringling Museum, downtown Sarasota and the Mall at the University Town Centre.

The United States has a wide variety of cuisines, reflecting its diverse cultural influences. One of the most iconic dishes found throughout the country is the great American classic, often enjoyed at backyard barbecues or casual gatherings: hamburgers and hot dogs! Thanks to the many possibilities for customising combinations of toppings and condiments, you're sure to find a unique mix for every day of the week (or month).

Southern cuisine is the backbone of American food culture. Often associated with comfort and distinct flavours, it comes in a multitude of dishes, from fried chicken and macaroni to greens and cornbread. As in British summers, the smoky aromas of grilled delicacies fill the air at American barbecues. Traditions may vary from state to state, such as Texas, Kansas City and Carolina, but across the country you can enjoy slow-cooked meats such as ribs, pulled pork and briskets on a sunny afternoon.

When it comes to refreshing beverages, the United States stands out for its craft beers. An eclectic range of breweries producing unique and innovative beers is scattered across the country: from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, there's something for everyone.

The United States is a melting pot of diverse cultures influenced by a multitude of factors, including history, immigration and regional differences. This acknowledged diversity is reflected in the country's art, music, food and traditions.

American citizens place a high value on personal freedom and individualism. As Katy Perry says in one of her hits, Fireworks, 4 July is the national holiday to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776 by the Continental Congress. The idea revolves around the pursuit of dreams and aspirations and is deeply rooted in American culture, with a belief in the potential for upward mobility. During this time, the country is full of festivities, with colourful festivals, lively parades, vibrant fireworks displays and, above all, barbecues.

Thanksgiving Day in America is a bank holiday that usually takes place towards the end of November. In 1621, the British settlers of Plymouth and the Wampanoag Native Americans are said to have shared the very first Thanksgiving feast as an autumn harvest. Since 1863, Abraham Lincoln has made this an annual bank holidays, during which it is compulsory to cook and share a hearty meal with family and friends. Roast turkey is the main course, while mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce make up the rest of the dish.

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