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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.
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.
The world’s second largest country, Canada’s star attraction is its sheer vastness – this place is the very definition of the ‘great outdoors’.
No picture will make you believe the sight of immensity of the Grand Canyon- one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Have you ever dreamt of feeling like a bird for a day? In Whistler you can, as it’s home to some of Canada’s longest, highest and most exciting Ziplines.
Dive into an ocean of vibrant colours and breathtaking landscape at beautiful Butchart Gardens, Victoria’s most famous attraction. This 55- acre garden of flowers, landscaped theme gardens, streams and ponds makes for an unforgettable stroll throughout every season.
The food in Canada is as diverse as the country itself. In Canada they cannot claim one culinary culture, because every region has its own traditional dishes using the best of the products of their land for a personal touch.
Discover Canada’s dramatic Sea to Sky Climb scenery, expanding from Vancouver to Whistler. A unique way to experience this British Columbia landscape is by joining the Sea to Sky Climb train. Admire breathtaking views between Vancouver and Whistler, and what better way to explore this beautifully extensive region in just one day than travelling in comfort and style.
July and August heralds the arrival of more than 3000 Beluga whales into Hudson Bay, heading for the mouth of the Hudson River where they summer in the estuary.
Hotel Wailea is one of the few quality boutique hotels in Hawaii, with a relaxed, laid back vibe verging on hippy-ish, but authentic all the same.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is, in our humble opinion, the best of the bunch among the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. It seems others agree, as it’s also apparently the most successful Four Seasons in the world.
Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay is perched on top of a red-lava cliff overlooking the lovely Hulopo'e white-sand beach. The resort borders a marine preserve and is coloured with waterfalls, gardens, streams and ponds.
This Four Seasons Resort is located in the white-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast.
Koa Kea on the lush tropical island of Kauai is a smaller set up than the ubiquitous Four Seasons resorts we recommend on other islands.
The St Regis is part of the larger Princeville Resort, which also includes a Westin Hotel, a smattering of condos, two golf courses and a ranch where guests can go riding or zip-wiring.
The Modern is a contemporary urban hotel at the top end of Waikiki Beach on Honolulu. Unlike on some of the other islands where height restrictions are in place, the Modern – all 18 floors of it – is a genuine skyscraper with predictably good views as a result.
Andaz Maui is a new addition to Maui’s trendy beachfront portfolio of luxury hotels. The resort is situated directly on Wailea’s shore displaying a blend of class and eco friendly amenities.
Located in one of the tallest Art Deco buildings on Collins Avenue, SLS is uber cool and one of the go-to hotels of the moment, for the in crowd anyway.
Once again, Soho House brings a slice of Britain across the pond – a la Soho Houses New York and LA – and as before, pulls it off magnificently.
Although a little calmer than its party animal neighbours (some say boring, others say phew), the Setai’s location in the heart of Miami’s South Beach is spot on.
Located on one of the islands along the Venetian Causeway off Miami Beach, the Standard Spa is perfect for organic falalfel eating, kaftan wearing types, and actually anyone else with an eye for the aesthetic and a sense of style.
Located on Ocean Drive (the good end), Tides is just across the road from the beach and within walking distance of all the places a first time visitor should go.
COMO’s first foray into America, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is a new luxury hotel in, as the convoluted name suggests, Miami.
The Bellagio overlooks a 12-acre lake replica of Italy's Lake Como, complete with a choreographed ballet of water, music and lights. Avoid the crowds watching the lake's famous fountain show while enjoying a cocktail in the Bellagio's Hyde Bar.
The Four Seasons Hotel is a sanctuary from the bright lights of the dazzling Las Vegas Strip, with ‘just’ 424 guest rooms and suites, making this one of the more intimate hotels in town.
A mere three billion dollars in the making, Steve Wynn’s eponymous temple to luxury rivals the Bellagio – another of his creations – for sheer opulence. If that wasn't enough, he also built an adjacent sister resort, aptly named Encore.
One of the best new boutique hotels in New York, and sister hotel to Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont, the Mercer prides itself on its service and attention to detail.
The legendary Gramercy Park Hotel has been given the full Ian Schrager treatment since the 2006 relaunch with about as eclectic interiors as a hotel can get away with and stay the right side of good taste.
Part of the ultra cool (and British we may add) Soho House set, Soho House New York has taken a slice of our cool Britannia across the pond, and boy has it done us proud.
Any hotel owned by Robert de Niro is likely to be pretty cool, but you can be pretty sure there won’t be too many unhappy customers demanding face to face complaint time with the owner either.
Surrounded by one of the USA’s most dramatic landscapes with canyons and towering plateaus as far as the eye can see, Amangiri is fairly unassuming from the outside and lets the land do the talking.
With the exception of nearby Philipsburg (population 930), The Ranch at Rock Creek offers the perfect wild west experience, and it really is wild, with 6,600 acres of mountains, meadows, lakes and streams between you and any real evidence of civilisation.
A great alternative to the Ahwahnee Hotel, Tenaya Lodge is just outside Yosemite National Park’s south gate surrounded by almost 50 acres of beautiful forest. This lovely stone and timber lodge has the feel of an alpine lodge with a Native American twist.
The Ahwahnee Hotel sits in splendid isolation in the middle of the Yosemite Valley and for setting alone would rank as the best hotel in the National Park.
El Tovar Hotel first opened its doors in 1905, and has since been a popular luxury hotel located on the rim of the Grand Canyon, at the end of the Santa Fe Railway. It’s so elegant that if its walls could speak they would tell stories of previous famous clientele Bill Clinton and Albert Einstien – to name a few.
Saddle up and prepare for an authentic Western experience. Brush Creek Ranch is a boutique hotel surrounded by 15,000 acres of South Central Wyoming's North Platte River Valley, in the heart of the American West.
Drum roll please… Mustang Monument is a new concept eco-resort surrounded by vast yet stunning open spaces of Nevada, set to open in June this year. Mark our words, these luxury tee-pees will be the ultimate glamping experience.
Loyal to its name ‘Zion’ meaning a place of peace and refuge, Zion Lodge lies secluded from the crowds, nestled inside the Zion National Park, surrounded by red-rock cliffs on all sides. The Park is Utah’s first and it wows with the outstanding beauty of its landscape and diverse flora and fauna.
Bryce Canyon Lodge is a rustic hotel, surrounded by steep cliffs, coloured canyons, attractive rock formations and tremendous deserts of the Bryce Canyon National Park. The National Park is easily accessible and will draw everyone in with its beautiful natural setting.
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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