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Holidays in the USA: Sprawling cities and natural wonders

Holidays in the USA suit every type of traveller. Find big-city excitement and world-famous landmarks in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago; sail the coasts of Florida or New England; enjoy an unforgettable helicopter ride above the Grand Canyon; or drive around mighty Yellowstone National Park.

What are the most exciting cities to visit in the USA?

The United States is well known for its vast range of megacities. New York City, perhaps the best known, boasts world-class museums such as MoMA, iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, and chic shopping on Fifth Avenue.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles is the great American city of the West Coast. Visit the home of the Hollywood film industry to see your favourite celebrities immortalised on the Walk of Fame, take in sprawling views across the hills and downtown from Griffith Observatory, and have a drink at hipster bars in Highland Park.

Chicago features the Miracle Mile, a mecca for shopping; Boston is known for baseball culture; and New Orleans' French Quarter has charmed visitors for centuries.

The most popular US cities for holidays

  1. New York, New York

  2. Chicago, Illinois

  3. Atlanta, Georgia

  4. Anaheim, California

  5. Orlando, Florida

  6. Los Angeles, California

  7. Las Vegas, Nevada

  8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  9. San Diego, California

  10. San Francisco, California

Is the USA a good destination for a road trip?

Los Angeles is a great base for seeing many of America's other great cities. With your own transport or the superb and affordable train and bus services, you can reach Las Vegas in four hours, San Francisco in seven hours, and San Diego in two hours. You'll pass along historic Route 66 on your way to Vegas, and once you're there, time will slip away at the casinos, legendary shows, pool parties, and nightclubs.

Travel along the Pacific Highway, which connects San Francisco in the north to San Diego in the south; drive from Charleston to New Orleans to enjoy the culture and food of the Deep South; or travel from Denver, Colorado, to Glacier National Park to appreciate America's wild beauty.

What other aspects of American culture can I experience on USA holidays?

  • Watch baseball games, concerts, and more at iconic arenas such as Fenway Park in Boston or Madison Square Garden in NYC.

  • Savour affordable, generously portioned, and satisfying fast food at In-N-Out Burger, Roscoe's Chicken, Arby's, Jack in the Box, Dairy Queen, and other all-American outlets.

  • See the White House, Washington Monument, Capitol Building, and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • Head to Florida for Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, Universal Studios, and many more family-friendly theme parks.

  • Tour stunning national parks such as Redwood, Yosemite, Zion, and Sequoia.