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USA Holidays

Everything is big in America – especially the welcome you’ll get on arrival. The warmth and kindness extended to foreign visitors can be overwhelming but the beauty of a USA holiday is not just in the hospitality but in the sheer variety of options that exist for the curious traveller.

The cities are a great source of cultural interest with excellent museums and art galleries. Move beyond the cities and you find a vast country of mountains, deserts, canyons and grasslands sweeping towards a striking coastline. There are 59 national parks which offer the opportunity to fish, ride horses, go river rafting, track grizzly bears, drive motorbikes, play cowboys or lie on a beach. Travelling around the USA is easy. The plethora of internal airlines makes moving from place to place stress-free. There are hotels of every conceivable standard and style, delicious food and the English accent never fails to win friends.

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Booking a tailor-made trip gives you the flexibility to customise your journey, travelling when and where suits you. Browse our USA holiday ideas to start planning your next journey.

Explore USA

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Deep South
  • Yellowstone and The Rockies
  • Grand Canyon
  • Pacific Northwest
  • New England
  • Hawaii

Experiences

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Visit the world’s highest known natural bridge, the Rainbow Bridge National Monument in southern Utah, and hike across the arid surrounding landscape.

Alaska’s Gold Mining Past

Explore the traditional rustic homes of the original gold prospectors who lived in the harsh conditions of the wild Kantishna Valley.

Explore the Colorado River

Float down Colorado River on a raft to discover its petroglyphs, elusive wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Kayak in Prince William Sound

Take to the water in a kayak, navigating around a sheltered cove of the Prince William Sound while searching for the sea otters and whales that inhabit these waterways.

Try Canyoning

Navigate the maze-like red twisting slot canyons in the company on an expert naturalist guide in Zion National Park.

Glaciers & Mountains by 4×4

Embark on a breathtaking 4×4 road trip alongside the glaciers, wild coastline and snow-capped mountains of the Kenai Peninsula, the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Outdoors in the Kenai Mountains

Set off on foot or mountain bike with a picnic and hot flask to travel along the hundreds of miles of trails in the dramatic Kenai Mountains.

Sip a Glacier G&T

Taste a once-in-a-lifetime beverage, a G&T cooled with 10,000-year-old glacier ice.

Watch Frolicking Sea Otters

Observe as dexterous sea otters move through the water and open clams on their stomachs.

Watch Bears Catching Salmon

Observe as the largest predators in North America gather along rich streams to catch and feast on the annual salmon run, and observe newborn cubs interacting with their mothers.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.
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Paul Bird

In his travel to the USA, New York has remained at the top of Paul’s list. It is certainly not a one-stop destination, and Paul knows the little-visited hot spots and behind-the-scenes experiences that make a visit to this bustling city truly memorable.
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All the way through the process - from us explaining what we wanted through to the programme that Roxy created - everything was excellent. Roxy understood our requirements perfectly and created a trip that exactly fitted the bill.

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From my first conversation with Roxy, it was clear that her knowledge was very good indeed. She listened to our ideas and created a fantastic bespoke holiday for us, and the pre-trip information was first class.

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Frequently asked questions about USA

Should I be concerned of bears?

When travelling in the USA wildlife sightings add an exciting and beautiful wilderness experience. Bears roam many areas of the US and should always be a consideration especially when travelling in the more remote regions. We recommend that you take the time to seek advise when you arrive at your destination whether from the information centres or from a local guide. To prevent your sighting from becoming an encounter, never feed and always keep your distance from wildlife.

What clothing should I take?

Depending on the region it is important to be aware of changeable weather conditions. This is especially the case in the mountainous regions where weather patterns are more dynamic. We recommend that you always pack some warm clothing and a waterproof jacket in the event that the weather turns. Please note that when on a wildlife viewing tour, it is suggested to wear neutral coloured clothing.

How long are the flights to the United States from the UK?

Direct flights to many cities in the US are available from many UK airports. Flights to New York are 7.5 hours with flights to Los Angeles exceeding 11 hours. These are usually shorter on the return due to the trade winds.

Should I be concerned about bears?

When travelling in the USA, wildlife sightings add an exciting and beautiful wilderness experience. Bears roam many areas of the US and should always be a consideration especially when travelling in the more remote regions. We recommend that you take the time to seek advise when you arrive at your destination whether from the information centres or from a local guide. To prevent your sighting from becoming an encounter, never feed animals and always keep your distance from wildlife.

What is mobile reception like in USA?

Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage can vary depending on the location. Public phones either operate with coins or cards. Phoning from any hotel room can be very expensive. Enquire at the reception.

What is the international dialling code for USA?

1

What is the time zone in USA?

The west coast is eight hours behind GMT and the east coast is five hours behind GMT.

How long are the flights to the United States?

Direct flights to many cities in the US are available from many UK airports. Flights to New York are 7.5 hours, while flights to Los Angeles exceed 11 hours. Return flights are usually shorter due to trade winds.

How much luggage can I take?

Most international airlines allow one piece of checked baggage that weighs up to 23kg, as well as one piece of hand luggage. If you are flying premium economy, business or first class, then you are likely to have a more generous allowance. Further details will be available on the airline’s website.

If staying aboard a ship, then packing efficiently is recommended, as some cabins have limited space for luggage. Similarly, if flying by small aircraft, a stricter baggage allowance may be applicable. Your travel expert can confirm this.

Can I use my mobile phone in Alaska?

Coverage is excellent in cities and densely populated areas, but can be poor in remote areas. Furthermore, coverage varies a lot between networks. As always be aware that roaming charges will apply when using your phone in Alaska; these can be very expensive.

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