50 States of variety to choose from…..
The United States of America is a very popular holiday destination with the United Kingdom and why not? It offers variety in each of its states to satisfy any holiday requirement you could possibly desire. There are 48 states on the mainland of America plus Hawaii and Alaska, often people include Puerto Rico or the Capital of the USA, Washington DC but it is not actually part of any state.
Accommodation is in abundance from budget economy hostels to luxury hotels and all-inclusive luxury resorts, choose from coastal destinations, beautiful beaches, wonderful mountains and vast panoramic views such as the Grand Canyon or the romantic islands of Hawaii.
City breaks are also popular with the choice of sightseeing, shopping and a host of evening entertainment as well as a great choice of restaurants and bars. See our lists below of the top cities to Party, Shop and sightsee.
Top 5 Party Cities in the United States of America
Miami Beach – The place to party by the beach, where the beautiful people hang out so make sure you dress to impress and take lots of cash to cover high priced drinks and entrance fees.
New Orleans– Mardi Gras is what attracts droves each year to this city but visit at any time for a great choice of bars with live music that stay open late into the night.
Las Vegas – The city that never sleeps and so true with “Day Clubs” to party in the sun and most hotel bars offering night clubs to dance the night away. Vegas is the ultimate party town.
Chicago – With a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from, Chicago will not disappoint you in the entertainment stakes. For something different take a visit to Wiener Circle
New York – New York has it all from sipping cocktails to bar crawling to dancing the night away or checking out the latest show at the theater.
Top 7 cities to Shop in the United States of America
Philadelphia – Boutique shopping to die for and with no sales tax on clothing one not to be missed.
Phoenix – No hills to tire you out so shop until you drop with a choice of designer shops to bargain stores and 6 Wal-Marts around the city.
Charlotte – Posh labels, high-end stores with 21 Shopping centers including retail giants and discount stores. Sales tax 8.25%
Chicago – Check out Magnificent Mile (Mag Mile) mile-long heaven of shops offering a choice of Boutique to department stores as well as a choice of over 50 hotels to stay in.
New York – With over 75,600 retail stores and 9 shopping centers it is the number 1 choice for shopping in the USA. Sales tax 8.8% Get out of the city and visit one of the retail outlets Woodbury Commons (an outdoor outlet) or Jersey Gardens which is closer to the city and undercover. Empire Outlet at Staten Island is another to consider.
San Francisco – Union Square is the focal point for high-end stores and the major department stores but searches out the retail units and antique stores in the city.
Los Angeles – Rhodeo drives so famous for its fancy high-end boutiques but also popular for the major chain stores and don’t forget the vintage shops for something different.
Top 5 cities for sightseeing in the United States of America
Washington DC – The Capital of the USA so a visit to the White House is a must, but top it with a wide choice of museums and monuments.
Hawaii – From beautiful beaches to stunning volcanoes, Hawaii will not disappoint for a sightseeing holiday. chose from one of the islands or visit them all and embrace the beauty of the Hawaiian islands.
The Grand Canyon – Stretching for over 200 miles the Grand Canyon is a must for any visit, carved out by the Colorado River over thousands of years. Twin it with a city break to Las Vegas.
Florida – Who could forget Mickey the most famous American ever born! But Florida is not just about Disneyland, it offers endless sightseeing opportunities, sandy beaches, vibrant cities and easy to drive around an visit several locations.
Top 5 Beaches in the United States of America
Clearwater Beach Florida – Winner of Best Beach in America due to its white sandy beach and fabulous sunsets. After a long day on the beach relaxing head to Pier 60 for the sunset and watch the street performers performing their shows and stroll among the many street stalls selling locally produced goods.
Panama Beach Florida – This is the choice of the beach walkers out there! With 27 miles of white sandy beach, you will love Panama Beach. It is also home of the SkyWheel which takes you as high as an 18 story building giving stunning views of this coastal town.
Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island Georgia – A stunning natural beach with great photo opportunities of the “Tree Graveyard” This beach is famous for its dramatic fallen trees and scattered driftwood on the beach.
Kailua Beach Park in Kailua Bay, Oahu, Hawaii – Safe and family-friendly due to its crescent-shaped 3-mile cove of white sand. Add to this the warm waters and safe swimming, it is always in the top 5 beaches in America.
Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York – It’s not just Florida, Hawaii and the southern coasts that offer stunning beaches. Just a short drive or train ride out of New York State brings you to Coopers Beach on Long Island. Perfect for beach walks, summer sun with City shopping as a twin-center.
North American Skiing Holidays, Experience the powder.
Skiing is extremely popular in America with the most popular resorts being close to Denver in Colorado. Breckenridge with its brewery and Jackson Hole with its cowboy style offers something different to the European skier. For picture-postcard skiing a visit to Heavenly or Lake Tahoe is one not to miss.
Utah is a great destination to hunt for powder skiing, in particular, the party resort of Salt Lake City, other powder skiing can be found in Vale, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Snow Bird Utah, Crystal mountain and Mount Baker to name just a few.
A guide of approximate driving times United States of America
From Los Angeles
to San Diego is 2 hours,
to Las Vegas is 6 hours,
to San Francisco is 8 hours,
to Phoenix is 8 hours,
to Reno is 10 hours,
to Albuquerque is 16 hours,
to Seattle is 24 hours,
to Dallas is 29 hours,
to Chicago is 44 hours,
to Miami is 58 hours
to New York is 58 hours.
From San Francisco
to Reno is 4 hours,
to Portland (Oregon) is 13 hours,
to Albuquerque is 12 hours,
to Seattle is 16 hours,
to Dallas is 36 hours,
to Chicago is 45 hours,
to New York is 61 hours
to Miami is 65 hours.
All times are based on non-stop driving at or below the applicable speed limits and are a rough guide to help you plan your trip.