Heli-skiing in the Rockies, sea kayaking with orcas off the coast of British Columbia, the extraordinary scenery of the Grand Canyon, beautiful national parks like Yosemite, and big, brash cities such as Las Vegas and New York - these are just a selection of what our North American destinations have to offer.

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Our guide to holidays in North America

Original Travel visits and revisits our favourite parts of North America on a regular basis, and any in-depth exploration of this vast continent makes the fact that so few Americans have passports that little bit more comprehensible. Frankly, with all this on your doorstep, why would you bother?


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Canada

Canada

North America

The world’s second largest country, Canada’s star attraction is its sheer vastness – this place is the very definition of the ‘great outdoors’.

Where to go

Canada
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
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
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
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
USA

USA

North America

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

Where to go

USA
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 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
Whale Watching in Canada

Whale Watching in Canada

Canada

Canada is one of the best places in the world for an aw-inspiring whale watching adventure. The enormous coastline offers many spots to observe magnificent whales and gain an unforgettable lifetime experience.

What to do

Whale Watching in Canada
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
Lobby at Clift Hotel, luxury hotel in San Francisco, Big Sur

Clift Hotel

California

The Clift is in the centre of San Francisco, just a stones throw from Union Square, and combines old-school elegance with a distinctly modern touch.

Where to stay

Clift Hotel
Surf Santa Cruz

Surf Santa Cruz

California

Whether you are a pro or complete novice, Santa Cruz boasts secret surf spots, big waves and calmer waters for all ages and levels of surfers, could suggest why Santa Cruz is also known as the ‘surf city’.

What to do

Surf Santa Cruz
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
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
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
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
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
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

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