About America

The USA is a holiday destination that offers incredible diversity. San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles: all great cities, each with their own unique appeals. New York City, Washington DC, Boston and Baltimore, all the cities we've heard so much about. Las Vegas: one of the most famous cities in the world. Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando has to be seen to be believed. Shopping in California can be a chance to score some incredible steals and deals. Find name brands like Calvin Klein, Benetton, Coach and Juicy Couture for less at outlet malls in Gilroy, Folsom and L.A. (Citadel). Embrace California's rich diversity on a road trip! Drive along Pacific Coast Highway or historic Route 66 for seemingly endless stretches of coastal shores, clear skies and sunny weather.

With so much to see and do in the USA we recommend you spend some time talking to our Specialist Consultants & discuss the variety of travel options available to you. We will ensure you find the holiday that best suits your needs, at the best possible price.

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West Coast

"California, here we come!" The song's been running through your head for weeks, and now you're finally living the dream. You've screamed and squealed your way around the Anaheim theme parks, learned to surf at iconic Huntington Beach, applauded clever sea mammals in San Diego and teed off at one of Palm Springs' world class golf courses. You spent yesterday playing "spot the movie star" on the Sunset Strip, and tomorrow you'll be pretending to be one as you stroll along Malibu's Zuma Beach in your oversize sunglasses. It's been the holiday of a lifetime, but you know that the West Coast still has so much more to offer.

San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles: three great cities, each with their own unique appeals. You could easily spend a week in each one, but it's only when you get beyond the cities that you realise just how vast and geographically diverse this region is. The towering Sierra Nevada mountains and eerie Death Valley are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but you've also got the dramatic Pacific Coast, the fabulous wine regions of Sonoma and Napa and some seriously impressive National Parks. And that's just California - it's just a five hour drive from LA to the man-made wonder that is Las Vegas, which is a great base to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon. Not forgetting north of California, the 'Beaver State' of Oregon and the 'Evergreen State' of Washington with a diversity of landscape from the picturesque Pacific coastline to the arid deserts east of the Cascade Range. But it's one thing to run through the near-endless list of highlights: far better that you start planning another visit.

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East Coast

The East Coast is a blended symphony of culture. From the highest concentration of states in the upper North East, to the long and lazy states of the South, the East Coast has something for everyone. Let's start up the top with the likes of New York City, Washington DC, Boston and Baltimore. These are the cities we've heard so much about and seen so many times in the movies we love. You can see some of the most famous spots in the world up there, and you quickly realise that there's nothing quite like actually being there yourself.

The great lakes that line the border to Canada will take your breath away no matter what time of the year you visit, and the countryside that surrounds them is absolutely worth exploring. The cities that line these lakes are also high points of interest, with the likes of Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit; the home of Motown.

Once you head down south you're in for a change of scenery. Launch yourself into relaxation mode on the beaches of Florida and then kick into party gear for the cities of the South. New Orleans is definitely on the menu, so grab yourself a Bourbon on Bourbon Street and watch the world go by.

Now for the halfway point. Immerse yourself in middle America through states like Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. See the great river, get down with the birthplace of country music, and discover the path Elvis took to greatness. This is only the surface of the awesome nature of the East Coast of the USA. It's all there, and it's all begging to be explored.

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Florida

"Don't worry, be happy" are famous words from Bob Marley, that depict the feeling you get whether experiencing the glamour, culture and hip lifestyle of Miami's South Beach or the thrills and fantasies of the Theme Parks in Orlando.

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando has to be seen to be believed. Four Theme Parks and two Water Parks cover 43 square miles wrapped up with shopping at Downtown Disney and entertainment at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. For contrast to Theme Parks, Cape Canaveral is nearby on the coast, so put aside a day to visit Kennedy Space Centre.

Miami is Florida's gateway to the Caribbean. Experience a mixture of flavours from the art deco world of South Beach to the Cuban neighbourhood of Little Havana or take an exhilarating airboat ride across the everglades to see the alligators. So much diversity, so much to see, you will need to come back again.

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Take To The Road

There's a lot to be said for having your own wheels on holiday. Tours are great, but often you'll glimpse an interesting side road or a quaint town, only to discover that your itinerary doesn't go there.

Driving in a foreign country can seem intimidating at first especially driving on the right hand side of the road. However the roads are excellent, well signposted and you will find mainly courteous drivers on the road. If the freeways seem daunting, opt for the minor roads, you never know what you will come across - a unique shop or a hidden gem that only the locals know about. Out in the country, the roads are similar to what you find at home. These days you don't even have to worry about those relationship-testing moments where the navigator mutters "I think that was our exit", as you race past an off ramp. For a little extra, you can have a slightly bossy but very knowledgeable GPS system that'll tell you exactly how to get to where you're going.

There's a range of car types on offer, and if you're worried about your carbon footprint you can even opt for a more eco-friendly hybrid model available in the Hertz Green Collection at specific locations across America. And for those that want to live the America dream of driving a convertible along the open road, the Hertz Fun Collection has a unique line of fun, sporty vehicles. Or if you prefer to take your home with you, a motorhome might be the option for you. For those adventure enthusiasts why not live the dream on the back of a Harley. Once all that's sorted, you're ready to hit the road!

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Family Favourites

America is one big playground for the whole family - not just the kids! You'll likely find yourself rediscovering your youth, too, quite possibly while on a rollercoaster or princess themed ride in Disneyland!

This land of fun and fantasy is naturally the perfect location for a family holiday. You could fill days - or even weeks - in this magical theme park. Kids will love meeting and getting a photo with their Disney favourites like Pocahontas, Ariel and Cinderella or Snow White, or dining at a themed restaurant.

There are rides to cater for all ages, so even if your eight year old doesn't quite make the height restrictions for a rollercoaster, there will be many other enchanting rides for him or her to enjoy.

Universal Studios is another must-see for both film fans and theme park fanatics, with a host of rides and even back-lot studio tours, which take you to famous film sets. You might even stumble upon a new film being shot right in front of you!

How about exploring the rest of Los Angeles? Stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the whole family can find the star of their favourite actors and musicians.

Check out the Chinese Theatre, take pictures with the Hollywood sign, look out for celebrities and maybe even take a trip to the ever-vibrant Venice Beach.

Then of course, there's New York. This is perfect for keeping the kids entertained with a variety of cultural pursuits. Museums are aplenty and both you and your young ones will enjoy looking at anything from jaw-dropping dinosaur skeletons to ancient Egyptian artefacts.

A night out on the town watching Broadway shows, eating hotdogs from street stalls and taking in the twinkling lights of Times Square also provides fun for all ages.

Don't forget San Fran, either. This colourful city provides great dining, shopping and learning - check out the California Academy of Sciences for some interactive enrichment! Or, take a boat to explore eerie island of Alkatraz - this will have the whole family captivated.

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Grown Up Getaways

The USA offers a veritable smorgasbord of exciting destinations, so it's easy to tailor the perfect escape that encompasses all of your dreams and desires.

Of course, it's likely you're yearning for a real getaway from real life, so why not head away on a holiday without the kids in tow? You deserve some time to rest and rejuvenate, after all.

Soaking in the sun along the coast of Florida, sipping margaritas and dipping your toes in the water is one of the best cures for a case of burnout, as is a leisurely wine-tasting tour of the Napa Valley near sunny San Francisco. Treat yourself to a beautiful hotel with all the pampering you can dream of, and your holiday here will be complete.

New York is naturally a great place for a couples' getaway, with its bright lights, inspiring cityscape and never-ending list of things to see and do, whether visiting art galleries and museums, getting a taste of the local nightlife or dining at some of the world's top restaurants. Let's face it, the kids just won't appreciate it like you will!

If your idea of romance is heading into the Great Outdoors and staying at a luxury lodge or perhaps even camping, America's abundance of stunning national parks will serve you well. Traverse the Grand Canyon, gaze in awe at the towering trees of Yosemite, or soak in the unique and mystical formations of Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park. Such locations provide the perfect backdrop for snuggling up and staring into the night sky, with billions of stars visible and twinkling right above you.

Does the words "sleepless nights" conjure images of restless kids - well think again. Las Vegas, where it's acceptable to start your day when the sun goes down. Its not all about gambling? This neon city has so much more nightlife, food lovers fantasy and there's always the grand canyon for those that do want to wake in the day.

If you need help planning your getaway, talk to us. We can give you advice on romantic holiday spots and where to go for that dreamy escape from the daily grind.

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Teen Time

America - land of the brave, home of the free. It's a country we see so often on television, up on the big screen and in the media that sometimes it can feel like our culture is theirs. But to really get a taste of American living, you've simply got to experience it for yourself.

If you can tear your teens away from the TV long enough to plan a holiday, why not try the USA? It offers incredible diversity to satisfy even the most discerning traveller in your family. With so much to see and do, it's a good idea to plan early and set aside a good amount of time to make the most of your holiday!

Teens obsessed with movies and Hollywood culture will love a stopover in Los Angeles. The city is the heart of America's movie industry, where you can get guided studio tours, witness live filmings and even spot a celebrity or two! Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame to travel in your favourite actor's footsteps, and make sure your camera's at the ready to snap away at your favourite stars.

New York is another fantastic city for teenagers. They'll be swept up in the bright, bustling streets and be in awe over the sheer scale of the buildings. It's truly one of the world's great cities, and teens will relish the chance to watch their favourite Broadway show, check out the Empire State Building and pay tribute to the Statue of Liberty herself. Don't even bother trying to limit time spent on their cellphones - there'll be selfies aplenty on this trip, but at least you'll get them off the couch and experiencing the big wide world!

Budding musicians can't go past New Orleans for a taste of real jazz music. You'll all be enchanted by the soul of this city, and the locals are bound to charm you as well. Make sure you enjoy some of the world-famous delicacies while you're there! From po'boys to gumbo to slaw with a twist, you'll never want to leave, even if you have to loosen that belt buckle by a notch or three.

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Baby Steps

America has more family-friendly attractions and activities than you can poke a stick at, and there's no reason why you can't bring along your smallest bundles of joy to enjoy the fun.

Big kids (we're looking at you, Dad!) and tiny tots alike will love Disneyland, where dreams come true and your kids' favourite characters come to life. There's a whole range of things to do, plus the huge size of the park means it will keep little ones entertained for hours upon hours, while you sit back and take a breather.

If you head to Los Angeles you'll find a family friendly pier and beaches for your little ones to run amok on. While they may not be old enough to recognise the Hollywood celebrities that roam the streets (unless, of course, you see The Wiggles), you'll get a kick out of spying on stars eating their lunch or partaking in a spot of sunbathing.

New York is a great place to explore if you want to start your kids' cultural appreciation early. Test out your cherub's artistic flair at the Museum of Modern Art, or spend a day at the Children's Museum of Manhattan for a fantastic learning experience, class or tour.

Central Park is another fantastic destination to take the little ones to. The huge area is filled with playgrounds, refreshment venues, expanses of lawn to play on and, of course, the zoo. Push your pram over to Tisch Children's Zoo to let your tot get up close and personal with goats, sheep and even a pot-bellied pig!

If San Francisco is more your style, you'll love simply strolling along the bay and soaking up the atmosphere. Climb aboard a cable car with your children to experience a transport option with a difference, or head to the Fishermans' Wharf area to spot sea lions and enjoy local artists juggling, miming and making magic.

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