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.

Will, Hero and Ysobel 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
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Luxury Holidays to the USA: The Detail

We offer tailor made holidays to include experiences as different as the brash hedonism of Las Vegas and the wide open spaces of Montana, and the beaches of the Florida Keys or the majestic scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

Did you know

  • The USA boasts 715,000 cities with 50,000 people living in them
  • No official language exists in the USA, although English is the most commonly spoken language
  • The USA is the 4th largest country in the world by land area and 3rd by population
  • The Mississippi River and the Missouri River combine to form the biggest river system in the US and the fourth biggest in the world
  • 100 acres of pizza are served in the US every day

The USA offers an extraordinary diversity of experiences. Our favourite USA holidays? Driving the beautiful, rugged coastline of Big Sur on the west coast, or sampling the pleasures of the Big Apple on the east. We'll tailor make your perfect luxury holiday - we can arrange all your accommodation, car hire, guides, you name it. In between, there are natural wonders such as Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon, and the USA is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with great skiing in Utah a particular highlight.

Excellent infrastructure and internal connections means that the country's many attractions can be easily combined with each other, or with trips to Central America, the Caribbean and Canada, to create your ideal multi-centre holiday. Add a refreshing 'can do' attitude and exemplary service, and the USA is a country that's a pleasure to travel around.

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We want our clients to live their American dream, and we don't mean the kind Arthur Miller writes about, but the luxury USA holidays that are no doubt on many people's travel bucket lists. Our North America team are passionate about the USA and the great places to visit, whether you want to feel like a celebrity in Miami or indulge in some serious luxury in Hawaii, the Original Travel crew are on hand to tailor make a trip that fulfills those very important USA travel wish lists.


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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!

Ysobel , 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

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Language

English

Currency

US Dollar

Visa Requirements

Not required

Religion

Catholic

Food & Drink

Mac’n’Cheese, Tater tots, twinkies, meatloaf, lucky charms

What to pack

comfortable walking shoes, a good camera for all those amazing sights and landscapes (and wide clothing if you’re planning on trying all that fabulous fast food!)

Flight from London

8:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs


Top picks for USA

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
XV Beacon

XV Beacon

New England

On the crest of Beacon Hill lies the XV Beacon, set within a 20th century Beaux Arts building in one of Boston’s most historic districts. The historic façade conceals a modern boutique hotel, where slick service and personalised experiences are the order of the day.

Where to stay

XV Beacon
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
Cheeca Lodge

Cheeca Lodge

Florida Keys

Located on a beautiful and secluded private estate on Islamorada Key, Cheeca Lodge is a tropical retreat, complete with 1,000ft of private beach and a fishing pier.

Where to stay

Cheeca Lodge
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole

Amangani might have the finer location, but the Four Seasons Resort at Jackson Hole takes top prize for hotels in and around Teton Village itself.

Where to stay

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Ranch Holidays in the USA

Ranch Holidays in the USA

The American West

Few things are more quintessentially American than the cowboy, and staying at a ranch in the American West is the perfect way to indulge any Wild West wish fulfilment fantasies.

What to do

Ranch Holidays in the USA
Florida Keys

Florida Keys

USA

Road Trips in the US are almost a right of passage, including the iconic Route 66, and California's Highway 1, but the beach bums among you should fear not, as Florida is the perfect jumping off point for a quintessential and compact US road trip with a Caribbean twist, down in the Keys.

Where to go

Florida Keys
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
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole

USA

Jackson Hole might just be the best ski resort in North America, and great in summers, too.

Where to go

Jackson Hole
New York Helicopter Tour

New York Helicopter Tour

New York

Escape the tourist crowds and see New York City like never before! A comfortable helicopter tour, high above the grounds of New York City provides an unforgettable adventure with spectacular aerial views of the entire city.

What to do

New York Helicopter Tour
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
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
Redwood Trees

California

USA

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

Where to go

California
Elk Mountain Ranch

Elk Mountain Ranch

The American West

Elk Mountain Ranch is a dude ranch in the heart of the Rockies, just two hour’s drive from either Denver or Colorado Springs in Colorado.

Where to stay

Elk Mountain Ranch
The National Parks

The National Parks

The American West

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.

What to do

The National Parks
Washington DC

Washington DC

USA

Welcome to Washington DC, the most powerful city in the most powerful country in the world, and one that's well worth exploration.

Where to go

Washington DC
The Mayflower Grace

The Mayflower Grace

New England

The Mayflower Grace is a quintessential country house hotel in rural Connecticut, surrounded by 58 acres of gardens and woodland and just two hours’ drive from New York City. There are 30 rooms in total, spread across four main buildings and all with antique four poster beds, marble topped baths, 18th and 19th century art and oriental rugs for that sense of staying in an extremely comfortable private house.

Where to stay

The Mayflower Grace
Tranquility Bay

Tranquility Bay

Florida Keys

Towards the tail end of the Florida Keys, the idyllic Tranquility Bay is a wonderful family-friendly resort on the island of Marathon. The Resort sits upon 1,100ft of private white sand shore, dotted with swaying palms, and fronted by the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Where to stay

Tranquility Bay
Amangani

Amangani

Jackson Hole

Amangani was the Aman group’s first foray into the New World way back in 1998, and sits at the foot of the dramatic Teton Mountains near Jackson Hole, with just a elk refuge and a ten minute drive separating the hotel from what is regularly voted the finest ski resort in North America.

Where to stay

Amangani
Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Hawaii

Nicknamed by Mark Twain a hundred years ago as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, the Waimea Canyon on Kauai Island is the Pacific’s largest Canyon and a must-see geological wonder for everyone strolling around this region.

What to do

Waimea Canyon
The Vanderbilt Grace

The Vanderbilt Grace

New England

The Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island, was built by a scion of the supremely wealthy Vanderbilt clan during the so-called Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th Century, and as such is one of the only famous Rhode Island mansions now operating as a luxury hotel.

Where to stay

The Vanderbilt Grace
The American West

The American West

USA

Cowboys and National Parks are two of America's greatest inventions, and found in one place in particular - the American West.

Where to go

The American West
White Stallion Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

The American West

White Stallion Ranch is one of the best dude ranches in southern Arizona, within easy reach of Tucson and surrounded by 3000 acres of beautiful countryside at the foot of the Tucson Mountains.

Where to stay

White Stallion Ranch
Big Sur Whale Watching

Big Sur Whale Watching

Highway One, the California Coast Road Trip

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
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
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon

No picture will make you believe the sight of immensity of the Grand Canyon- one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders.

What to do

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Twin Farms

Twin Farms

New England

Twin Farms is a luxurious country house hotel surrounded by 300 acres of meadows and forests in the Green Mountains of Vermont, just 15 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock.

Where to stay

Twin Farms
Volcano Tour Hawaii

Volcano Tour Hawaii

Hawaii

As if white, sandy beaches, tranquil waters and fresh floral air weren’t enough, the state of Hawaii tops it all with its breathtaking natural beauty, including numerous impressive and still active volcanoes.

What to do

Volcano Tour Hawaii
Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon

Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon

USA

Viva Las Vegas!

Where to go

Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon
New England

New England

USA

Parts of New England will feel strangely familiar, but all of it will feel thoroughly pleasurable.

Where to go

New England

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