No other country boasts variety quite the way the United States of America does. From sleepy towns to vibrant cities, from desert plains to soaring mountain ranges, and from white sand beaches to unparallelled theme parks, there’s no shortage of choice on a USA holiday.
Discover the coastal glamour of California as you visit Los Angeles and travel along the rugged, untamed shoreline of the Big Sur region, or head inland to Arizona’s mighty Grand Canyon National Park. In the Deep South, music reigns supreme, second only to great food. Soft notes of jazz fills the air in New Orleans, Memphis’ Beale Street resonates with the blues, and Nashville’s country music beckons visitors onto honky tonk dance floors. Head east in the region’s famous fall foliage season and you’ll find New England’s sleepy towns, covered bridges, and rolling hills cosied under a blanket of red and gold.
The USA’s Big Names
Adventure abounds in the playground created by the USA’s landscapes, but between the mountains, lakes, beaches and forests sit iconic cities lit by lights almost as bright as their spirits. They call you to discover their vibrancy, their history and their unique cultures, from Washington DC’s political monuments and museums, to Boston’s red brick walkways; from New York’s Statue of Liberty, to Austin’s dynamic music scene.
With such a diverse range of destinations, why not visit a few places during your USA holiday? Hire a motorhome and experience some of the country’s most incredible national parks, like Yellowstone and Yosemite, or perhaps pair a beach stay on one of Hawaii’s enchanting islands with a Deep South adventure. When it comes to the USA, the possibilities are truly endless.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for USA holidays. Our destination experts can create a bespoke holiday in the USA, tailored to include your dream experiences, visits and must-sees. Almost anything is possible, so please call us to discuss all your options.
River Cruise - New Orleans to Memphis
Escorted Tour Of Texas Usa
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Discover hidden secrets, get off the beaten track and above all else, create incredible memories. We love the expansive diversity that is on offer in the USA. For music lovers; immerse yourself with rock 'n' roll, country, jazz and smoky blues in the Deep South. Be witness to some of the most iconic landmarks of New York, Washington DC and even Seattle. Paddle board in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Florida or California. Fly a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, jump on the wine train in Napa Valley, learn to line dance, whale watch… the list is endless. Don't let this worry you though as you just need to tell our experts what you want to see and do and we will make it happen.
See the USA on two or four wheels – take the iconic Route 66 or cruise the rugged Pacific Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle. With EagleRider, you can hire a motorbike from one of 75 locations countrywide. Either create your own itinerary or join an escorted tour for guidance along the way. Drive on mountain roads and through national parks, Canyonlands and coastlines on the Wild West route, covering Las Vegas and Hollywood.
Cowboys and Ranches
Embrace your inner cowboy on ranch holidays the USA for an authentic Wild West experience. Holiday among the cactus covered peaks of Utah and Arizona and ride horseback through the dusty desert. In the Rockies, weave through deep forests, fascinating rock formations and gushing rivers, getting a feel for life as an all-American cowherder. At Carmel Valley Ranch in California, you can get lost in the vineyard and visit a farmstead.
Eat, eat, eat
It wouldn’t be a USA holiday without feasting on culinary delights. Whether it’s clam chowder in Boston, a classic hamburger with fries, a Texas BBQ, or a tasty slice of Chicago style deep dish pizza, you’ll be spoilt for choice every mealtime. Snack on bagels in Manhattan or, for a sweeter treat, order a stack of fluffy pancakes. Don’t forget the quintessentially American apple pie, with buttery pastry – or will you choose key lime or pecan?
"If you plan on visiting three or more national parks on your USA holiday, it’s well worth purchasing the ‘America the Beautiful’ pass, which saves you on entry fees. This pass is available on all national park gates."
"When it comes to dining out, don't always go with what’s familiar. Venture further and ask your hotel's concierge whether there is a restaurant or local area they recommend that’s off-the-beaten track. Some of the USA’s best restaurants are tucked away."
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your USA holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Dubbed as ‘the greatest spectacle in racing’, the Indy 500 brings together 33 drivers each May to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. This single-day motorsport event is enjoyed on the Sunday of each Memorial Day weekend and attracts hundreds of thousands of fans, all keen to witness the action.
Sundance Film Festival
The country’s biggest independent film festival, Sundance Film Festival is held in Utah’s Park City. You will get the chance to immerse yourself in innovative films showcased by independent filmmakers, both from the USA and from around the world.
One of the United States’ most celebrated days, Independence Day celebrates the country’s Declaration of Independence signed on the fourth of July 1776. Nowadays, Americans throughout the country spend each fourth of July marking the public holiday with celebrations and many scheduled events, including impressive fireworks displays.
An event that is akin to an American tradition, the Super Bowl is a yearly football game that sees two of the country’s leading football teams go head to head. Different cities act as hosts each year, though many people from across the country choose to watch the game live on TV. This patriotic event is well-known for its half-time entertainment that features incredible performances by some of music’s biggest names.
In the USA, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November. Once a harvest festival celebration, Thanksgiving is now a public holiday that sees families come together to give thanks and celebrate with a big feast. There are also public events to mark the occasion, the most famous of which is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that colours the streets of New York City.
Held every April in the city of San Diego, California, Comic-Con is a world-famous comic convention. Fans travel from around the world to meet with other fans, learn about new releases, and hear guest speakers discuss the hot topics of the comic scene.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your USA holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.
Southern Comfort Food
In the USA’s Deep South, you’ll find a whole array of sumptuous staples on any menu. There’s a focus on hearty comfort here, with influences that tell the tale of the region’s history; among others, you’ll find flavours from Europe, Africa and Native Americans. Must-try dishes range from soupy gumbo and jambalaya, to fried green tomatoes, indulgent fried chicken and smothered barbecue delights.
In the states close to Mexico, there’s an unmistakable Mexican influence in the local dishes. In Texas, you’ll find a bounty of Tex-Mex foods, defined by its heavy use of cheese, meats and beans. Head to the West Coast and you’ll find California’s take on Mexican, with favourites like fish tacos and the California burrito.
East Coast Favourites
USA’s East Coast boasts a whole host of fresh seafood. Menus up and down the coast are full of East Coast classics, like creamy clam and seafood chowders served in a bread bowl, fresh lobster and lobster rolls, fresh crab, and comforting seafood bakes.
Many USA cities boast their very own creations that have been popular for many years. These are a must if you’re visiting a city. Among others, there’s Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, Boston’s baked beans, Philadelphia’s philly cheesesteak, and Washington DC”s half-smoked sausage.
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