Top 5 iconic American holidays you must do!
by Kelly Felstead / 2019-03-08 16:19:36
Dazzling cities, famous landmarks, breathtaking landscapes, stunning beaches, thrilling theme parks and glorious national parks – America has it all.
One minute you can be sunning yourself on the beach, the next minute riding a rollercoaster or exploring a big city – and all in the same day!
If you dream of an American adventure, check out our top five iconic American multi-centre holidays that should be on everyone’s itineraries.
1. New York and Las Vegas city break
From the bright lights of the Big Apple to the casinos of wonderful Las Vegas! Two of America’s most iconic destinations make the ideal city break escape when enjoyed together. New York will dazzle you with its famous monuments and fantastic shopping, while Las Vegas offers a rather different experience: flashy casinos, thrilling rides on top of buildings and outrageous nightlife.
2. Florida theme parks and beach
Few places can compete with Florida as a top family holiday destination. Orlando is the perfect base from which to sample its well-known theme parks, including Walt Disney World Resort for the youngsters and Universal Orlando Resort for the adults and teenagers. There’s more fun to be had at International Drive, which boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants and premium shopping outlets.
Following a week in Orlando, you’ll be ready for some much-needed R&R! The beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast, such as St Pete’s and Clearwater, are ideal for families with their soft powdery sands and shallower warmer waters.
3. California self-drive
Think of the Golden State and Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego immediately spring to mind. No visit would be complete without stopping off at these iconic destinations, and a self-drive tour from northern to southern California is the best way to see them – and more – on one whirlwind trip.
To experience all of California’s charms, add on a stop at Monterey – a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row is a must-do – before driving south along the Pacific Coast Highway on one of the most scenic drives of your life.
4. Best of New England
A land of picturesque landscapes, quaint towns and villages, and history around every corner, New England definitely lives up to its name. Fly into Boston and discover historic landmarks such as the Tea Party Ships and Museum, or walk the Freedom Trail.
The area surrounding the city is made of up soaring mountains, brilliant fall foliage and expansive lakes. Spend a night or two in Bar Harbor, Maine, which features one of the oldest and most beautiful national parks in America. Magnificent Cape Cod is another highlight of the region – make sure to try the seafood.
5. New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC
Combine a few nights in New York with Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, and the country’s political powerhouse, Washington, DC. Whizz between each north-eastern city on board Amtrak rail, where the journey is just an enjoyable as the destinations.
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