USA Holidays: An Overview

A continent-sized country, the USA pretty much has it all, and Original Travel has cherry-picked the very best bits.

Claudia and Flora are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The incredible diversity means the USA literally has something for everyone - cities, deserts, islands, mountains, wildlife, national parks and even rainforests, which makes it the perfect country for a truly bespoke, tailor made holiday
  • The exchange rate and the plentiful shopping opportunities mean that it's easy (almost too easy) to come home with an extra suitcase or two
  • It's fitting that, as the home of Hollywood, the hub of modern cinema, the USA has such widescreen impact - you won't experience such cinematically epic vistas anywhere else
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Original Highlight

A road-trip is such a special way to explore this country – there are so many classic routes criss-crossing the USA. I loved cruising down Big Sur in California, and driving across Hawaii in a convertible Mustang wasn’t too shabby, either!

Claudia, Original Traveller

A note on price

A weekend in New York will cost around £900 per person, but you can also easily spend three weeks of complete luxury on a USA holiday which will cost in excess of £10,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for USA

Learn to Surf

Learn to Surf

Hawaii

Popularly dubbed ’sports of kings’ Hawaii is the birthplace of big wave surfing and home to some of the best surfing spots in the world, scattered throughout the archipelago.

What to do

Learn to Surf
New York

New York

USA

Does it need an introduction? Go shopping, go partying, stay in an uber cool urban hotel, and enjoy your bite out of the Big Apple.

Where to go

New York
Hawaii

Hawaii

USA

Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.

Where to go

Hawaii
The pool at El Encanto, luxury hotel in Big Sur

El Encanto

California

Dating back to the 1920’s, El Encanto has been meticulously restored by Belmond, and aims to capture the romance and glamour of that era.

Where to stay

El Encanto
Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon

Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon

USA

Viva Las Vegas!

Where to go

Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon
Miami

Miami

USA

A buzzing contemporary art scene, a dance music scene threatening to rival that in Ibiza, the extremely sexy Cuban exile scene, and a gay see and be scene. It could only be Miami.

Where to go

Miami
The Great American Wilderness

The Great American Wilderness

USA

When a country is the size of a continent you’d expect it to have a national park or two, but a visitor to the States could spend every day of the year in a different park and still need another month or two to complete the set. In fact, the US National Park Service protects a total of 84 million acres across every state in the Union. Now that’s impressive.

Where to go

The Great American Wilderness
Terrace at Four Seasons Santa Barbara, luxury hotel in Santa Barbara, Big Sur

Four Seasons Santa Barbara

California

The Four Seasons group acquired this Spanish-style 1920's hacienda during the Reagan era and restored the 22-acre property to make the most of its historic charm.

Where to stay

Four Seasons Santa Barbara
Dive Molokini Crater

Dive Molokini Crater

Hawaii

Molokini Crater is a small volcanic cone, situated only a few miles off Maui’s shore. It is home to more than 250 tropical fish species, a coral reef and amazingly clear waters. With that said this is the number one diving spot for an unforgettably unique experience.

What to do

Dive Molokini Crater
The poolside at Pebble Beach Resort, luxury hotel in San Francisco

Pebble Beach Resort

California

Famous for its four extraordinary golf courses (that have hosted the US Open five times) as well as incredible facilities and settings.

Where to stay

Pebble Beach Resort
Redwood Trees

California

USA

A continent's worth of luxury travel in one very, very special state.

Where to go

California
Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara

Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara

California

Located a few hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has much more to offer than a beautiful town centre and white beaches. Exhibiting sun coated hills and valleys of vineyards; Santa Barbara is home to 103 wineries. Explore the counties Urban Wine Trail and sip your way through a number of magnificent wineries of Downtown Santa Barbara.

What to do

Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara
St Regis San Francisco, luxury hotel in San Francisco

St Regis San Francisco

California

Located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, the city’s cultural hub, the St Regis is in the heart of this lively city.

Where to stay

St Regis San Francisco
Big Sur Road Trip

Big Sur Road Trip

California

The coast of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles is home to one of the most famous stretches of road in the world, and one of the most romantic and dramatic road trips. Travelling south from San Francisco, the famous Route One highway passes through long stretches of wild, rugged scenery, with cliffs, sparsely populated beaches and the Pacific Ocean on your right, and Californian Redwood forests and the hills of the Santa Lucia sierra on your left.

What to do

Big Sur Road Trip
The balcony lounge at Hotel Vitale, luxury hotel in Big Sur

Hotel Vitale

California

The eco-friendly Hotel Vitale occupies an enviable position at the foot of the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront of the Bay of San Francisco.

Where to stay

Hotel Vitale
Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

California

Located on the hilltop of Enchanted Rock, the magnificent Hearst Castle is California’s most famous monument to wealth and ambition, offering breathtaking views across California’s Central Coast and the Pacific Ocean.

What to do

Hearst Castle
Hotel Oceana, luxury hotel in Big Sur

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

California

With its great location, expansive grounds and vibrant décor, Hotel Milo Santa Barbara (formerly Hotel Oceana) is a favourite spot for young travellers, families, locals alike and beach-goers with its colourful design and style.

Where to stay

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
Big Sur

Big Sur

USA

The coast of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles is home to one of the most famous stretches of road in the world, and one of the most romantic and dramatic road trips.

Where to go

Big Sur
Shutters on the Beach, luxury hotel in Los Angeles

Shutters on the Beach

California

Shutters on The Beach is simply the ultimate incarnation of the Californian experience. The hotel evokes a sense of comfortable elegance that one might find in a grand, yet unpretentious, beach home, all with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline.

Where to stay

Shutters on the Beach
Big Sur Whale Watching

Big Sur Whale Watching

California

Whale watching is an amazing activity to do while journeying the Californian Central Coast. The Big Sur is definitely one of those special places in the world to experience the breathtaking beauty of these large aquatic mammals year- round.

What to do

Big Sur Whale Watching
Sunset at Post Ranch Inn, luxury hotel in the Big Sur

Post Ranch Inn

California

This cliff hanger luxury hotel - it literally does hang over the cliffs - is one of the few places to stay along the Big Sur (of this standard anyway), meaning guests can explore uninterrupted to their hearts content.

Where to stay

Post Ranch Inn
Kauai Helicopter Tour

Kauai Helicopter Tour

Hawaii

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands showing off with its immense natural wonders. A helicopter tour is probably the best way to capture the island’s entire natural scenery, lush mountains, beautiful gardens and exotic beaches, but most of all, to fully experience the ‘Garden Isle’s’ hidden wilderness, as over 70% of the Island is inaccessible by land.

What to do

Kauai Helicopter Tour
Entrance at Hotel Zetta, luxury hotel in Big Sur

Hotel Zetta

California

If Soho House were to open a hotel in San Francisco (watch this space) it would look a lot like the Zetta Hotel. This ultimate Californian city hang out comes complete with oversized cushion chairs, pool tables, funky light fittings and a clientele of hip creative types (with the odd business type thrown in for good measure).

Where to stay

Hotel Zetta
Napa & Sonoma Valleys Wine Region

Napa & Sonoma Valleys Wine Region

California

California’s Napa Valley, just a couple of hours outside San Francisco, is the heartland of the winemaking industry in the United States and is well worth a visit while on a luxury holiday.

What to do

Napa & Sonoma Valleys Wine Region

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