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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

Indigenous Cultures

Discover the ancestral stories and hunter-gatherer culture of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and see their heraldic crests and ancestral demi-gods carved in totems.

Explore the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Walk atop the ash flow in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a landscape created by a volcanic eruption in 1912.

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

Walk part of the Pacific Crest Trail, an iconic 2,650 miles trek through California, Oregon and Washington.

Wildlife of Denali National Park

Head out with an expert naturalist guide and tracker in search of the swimming moose, black or grizzly bears, elusive grey wolves and roaming caribou that inhabit the park.

Unwind on Lake Powell

Head off the beaten track with an expert guide to discover Lake Powell, looking out for peaceful areas to absorb the atmosphere and appreciate the beauty.

Kayaking on Wonder Lake

Take to the cold waters of Denali National Park in a kayak, cutting through Wonder Lake with views to the sweeping Alaskan landscape.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park

Explore the dramatic waterfalls, craggy coastlines and huge redwood forests of Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park.

Fly over Denali

Board a plane for a flightseeing trip around Denali, the third most isolated peak on Earth after Mount Everest and Aconcagua and one of the world’s “Seven Summits”.

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.

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.

Destination: USA
Travel Expert: Roxy

Frequently asked questions about USA

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 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.

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.

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.

Will there be medical assistance available?

Medical assistance is easily available close to large population centres, but limited elsewhere.

On board ships, the situation is difficult. Although there is generally not a doctor on board, the guides are trained in first aid and have access to medical supplies. If you have any concerns or a specific medical condition, please talk to your GP, as well as your travel expert.

Do most hotels and ships have hair dryers?

Most hotels and ships supply these in the rooms or they are available through the reception/expedition office.

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