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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Explore America with trips to its destination cities

Holidays to the USA have something to offer everyone, from colossal canyons to giant skyscrapers, amazing national parks to golden sandy beaches, and wonderful wildlife to glittering cities. Whether you fancy yourself as an East Coast or a West Coast traveller, the biggest dilemma when travelling to the US is which of its dynamic cities you’ll choose to spend your time in.

If you haven’t already had the experience of New York holidays, a visit to the Big Apple is a must. Give yourself a gentle introduction to the city by exploring its beloved green space, the bountiful Central Park. The best way to see it in its full splendour is in early morning on a bicycle. Later, view one of the world’s finest collections of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (better known as MOMA) and enjoy the feeling of being on a movie set with a visit to Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.

Of all the ultra-touristy sites, the Empire State Building is the one that no visitor to New York should leave without seeing. The stately deco architecture is New York's tallest structure and the views from the 86th-floor observation deck are breathtaking. You probably won't be the only person who's had the same idea though, so prepare to join a long queue when you get there. Mondays through Wednesdays, early in the morning are the best times to avoid the throngs.

For shopping, chain-stores Barneys and Bergdorf's will help you to rev up your credit card with its all-star roster of couture designers on hand. If you’re planning to shop while in New York, bear in mind that Barney’s throws a twice-yearly Warehouse Sale, once in late February and again in late August. But if shopping’s not your thing, take a stroll along the High Line, a favourite Manhattan destination. The miles-long park, built on elevated train tracks long out of use, stretches from the Meatpacking District up to Chelsea and passes some of New York’s favourite eateries.

When it comes to United States holidays, Brits adore Las Vegas. Open 24 hours a day, this is the entertainment capital of the world. You’ll be bowled over by the scale and quantity of casinos that pack the city’s streets. Las Vegas is a glitzy and glamorous town, so pack your evening gowns, stilettos and tuxedos because there is scarcely a locale where they would look out of place. Hotels in Vegas have exceptionally high standards of service and facilities. Luxury tour operator Hayes and Jarvis organises packages to many Vegas hotels, including ARIA at CityCenter, which incorporates some of the most advanced technologies into its architecture and design.

West of Sin City, you’ll find another of America’s signature cities where visitors can combine sunshine with culture. San Francisco’s attractions are manifold. With 43 hills on the tip of a peninsula between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, and linked to neighbouring cities by magnificent bridges, San Francisco also offers the tang of fresh sea air. It's a wonderfully cosmopolitan city, encompassing vibrant Asian and Hispanic communities. As the birthplace of the hippie and peace-love movements, its laid-back, drop-out spirit charms even the most time-focussed of visitors. Even the Golden Gate Bridge – the symbol of the city – is best enjoyed by walking or slowly driving along it.

With such diversity of people and places on offer, isn’t it time you finally booked that American dream holiday?

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