It’s doubtful that there’s any other destination in the world that offers as many experiences on so many levels as the USA, which is why many visitors to its shores come back time and time again (more, please!). Its sheer size means that while snow is falling in some places, the sun is beaming in others. Head to the west or east coast in the winter for a ski holiday, and fly down to Florida on the same visit to pack in some salubrious beach time before heading home. It’s a diverse and eclectic country, one that has something (lots of things, in fact) for everyone of any age and, by and large, if you speak English, you’re all set.
The notorious friendliness of the people is infectious; before too long, you’ll find yourself saying “have a nice day” as you bid goodbye to everyone you meet. ‘Only in America’ is an expression that will go through your mind time and time again, whatever the experience you embark on, as will the realisation that everything is supersized – well, almost everything.
Road trips are a great way to take it all in if you’re staying a while: historical sights, national parks, exciting cities, small towns, sporting events, theme parks, museums, beaches, mountains and vast shopping malls (of course). It’s also a good way to experience the varied cuisine that each region boasts (from fish tacos in California, to rattlesnake – in Texas, where else?), and the chance to stay in a wide range of hotels and maybe a few luxury bed and breakfasts.
So where to begin? Elvis fans may opt to fly into Memphis, Tennesee directly, while oenophiles will head to San Francisco and hop over to Napa. Families have probably plans that include Orlando, but most of us will no doubt find it easier to fly into New York City, although other big cities like Chicago, LA, DC, Boston and Miami are other fun places to begin the adventure. Head off as a couple; travel with friends; take the grand-parents; fly at half-term; or hop over for a city break. Year-round, the US is ready with open arms.