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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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
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
The pool at El Encanto, luxury hotel in Big Sur

Belmond 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

Belmond El Encanto
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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