America is so vast and varied it’s impossible to even begin to describe in a short destination guide – instead here are some of our most popular US destinations.
The city that never sleeps, New York is viewed by many as the most exciting city in the world. Most of the action is in Manhattan – here you will find iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building, world-famous shopping destinations, Broadway, Central Park and world-class restaurants, bars and clubs. And that’s just for starters.
Probably too large to be explored in a single trip, highlights of California include the effortlessly hip city of San Francisco, the national park of Yosemite, the vast desert of Death Valley (the hottest place on earth), golden beaches and, of course, the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and Hollywood.
The Sunshine State, Florida is best known for miles of sandy beaches and its theme parks, but the state has more to offer than that. The hundred-mile string of islands of Florida Keys are the place to go sports fishing and reef-diving, or you may prefer to explore the alligator-filled plain of the Everglades. Miami itself is both a beautiful city and a cultural hub with many galleries, museums and great restaurants.
On the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago is perhaps best known for its impressive skyline and has one of the world’s best collections of modern architecture. There are also some great museums to browse – don’t miss the Art Institute of Chicago – and a busy live jazz and blues music scene. Take a cruise along the Chicago River at sunset and enjoy some of the fabulous restaurants – usually more reasonably priced than LA or NYC but equally as good.
Capital of the US and its seat of government, Washington attracts tourists in its millions but rarely feels crowded. The major sights such as the White House, Washington Monument and the Smithsonian Institution are all fairly close together along the central mall, while in the evening you might want to head to the bars and restaurants of the historic Georgetown or the hipster Adams Morgan district.
Loved for its spicy home-cooked food, many festivals and its busy music scene, Louisiana (and in particular, New Orleans) is a lively destination which is always full of surprises. Spend some time in the beautiful and historic French quarter and take in the countryside on a paddlewheel boat river cruise.