Enjoy the iconic highlights of America, from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon. Start in New York where you can spend a couple of days exploring the museums, cycling around Central Park and walking across the bridge to Brooklyn before flying to Las Vegas for a road trip into the desert. Gaze over the vast Grand Canyon before heading to San Francisco to dig into burritos, wander through Chinatown and sail to Alcatraz. Dance in the honky-tonk bars along Broadway in Nashville and finish your trip on the beach in Miami, with sun, ocean views and mojitos!
This USA multi-centre holiday can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport. You’ll arrive in New York City later the same day, and you’ll make your own way to the hotel to check in for three nights. Why not head to Times Square to get your first view of the city that never sleeps?
Two days in New York City will fly by, so be sure to plan everything you want to experience here, whether it's exploring the Guggenheim, catching a Knicks game at Madison Square Park or taking the boat over to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
If you’re looking for delicious food, then head to Koreatown for BBQ or Greenwich Village for a slice of New York-style pizza. Zoom to the Top of the Rock for views of the Empire State Building and Central Park and, if you have time, take a trip over to Coney Island to experience the classic New Yorker day at the beach. We’ve included a hop on hop off city bus tour and entrance to Top of the Rock, to make sure you enjoy your time here as thoroughly as possible.
Today, you’ll leave the Big Apple behind, heading back to the airport before your flight to Las Vegas. On arrival, you will pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel, where you’ll check in for two nights.
Spend the day exploring Las Vegas – it’s a feast for the senses! We recommend that you start by strolling down the Strip to see the fountains at the Bellagio, the erupting volcano at the Mirage and the pirate show at Treasure Island. Stop in at the Aria or the Cosmopolitan for a flutter on the blackjack tables before heading to see a show, whether it’s Britney, Celine Dion or Cirque du Soleil.
If you want to get out of town, you can take a scenic drive to the Valley of Fire, just 50 miles outside of Vegas. Back in Sin City, tuck into a famous buffet at one of the hotels and toast this over-the-top city with a glass of champagne!
Today, you’ll drive north from Las Vegas towards Zion National Park, where you’ll check in for one night. If you leave early, you’ll have all afternoon to explore the park, so there’s plenty of time for some hiking. Zion has a massive range of hiking trails, ranging from short walks to multi-day treks, so there’s something for everyone.
The most famous trail is the 2.5-mile climb to Angel’s Landing, a reasonably steep uphill climb which reveals spectacular views over the lush valley from the top. For something a little easier try, the Emerald Pools Trail, which will take you past waterfalls, or the Canyon Overlook Trail, filled with picture-postcard views of Zion.
You can choose where to spend today, as the drive to Bryce Canyon is only about 2 hours. We’d recommend spending the morning in Zion before driving towards Bryce around lunchtime. If you’re hungry, grab a tasty slice of cherry pie before checking into your hotel for two nights. Pass the afternoon in Bryce Canyon and when evening comes, go and see the local rodeo or head to a country music show for a hoedown!
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most recognisable in the country, all thanks to its hoodoos. These thin spires of red rock are created when water creeps into cracks in the rock and freezes in the winter, expanding out and forming the hoodoo.
The road trip along the rim will provide stunning views over the canyon, so drive to the end and work your way back before deciding which hike to do. The short Sunset and Sunrise Trails are beautiful, with little chipmunks scurrying around the undergrowth alongside the path. If you want to get up close to this bizarre landscape, you can take a walk down into the canyon itself.
Today, you’ll drive south through the red rock landscape towards Page, a small town that sits on the shore of Lake Powell. The town is charming enough, but the two must-see spots are Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
Antelope Canyon is best seen on a tour, where you will descend deep into the carved-out depths of the rock and walk through pink, orange and red waves as the sunlight hits the beautiful landscape. Horseshoe Bend is a deep curve in the Colorado River where the red rock contrasts with the green water that twists its way through the canyon and is easily accessible by a short drive and hike to the edge of the rock.
If you have time to spare, take a boat trip on Lake Powell. This human-made lake is technically a canyon filled with deep blue water, where locals spend their summers on houseboats, swimming and fishing in the warm air.
Today you’ll drive to the Grand Canyon, one of the most famous national parks in the world. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for two nights. Why not drop your bags and head straight to the rim for sunset views over the canyon below?
A day exploring the Grand Canyon is one you won’t forget in a hurry. This vast expanse stretches out as far as the eye can see and, whether you hike along the Rim Trail or clamber down into the canyon, you won’t be able to tear your eyes away.
For a bird’s eye view of the canyon, we can book you a helicopter tour. You can choose between a simple half-hour flight or zip down to the canyon floor to experience a boat ride on the river and a champagne brunch – ask and we’ll put the arrangements in place!
On your way back to Las Vegas, you can drive a small section of Route 66 and stop at the Hoover Dam before dropping off your rental car at the airport in time to catch your flight to San Francisco. On arrival, you’ll make your own way to your hotel in the city and check in for three nights.
We’ve added a hop on hop off bus pass so you can easily navigate the city, whether you want to grab dim sum in Chinatown, window shop in Union Square or take the ferry over to Alcatraz to explore the famous prison on the rock. Hop on the bus and start your day at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can watch sea lions laze in the sun, before tucking into a clam chowder bread bowl for lunch.
Another great idea is to hire a bike and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge – it’s not only an exciting way to experience this iconic landmark, but you’ll be able to visit the Marin Headlands with beautiful views back over the bridge towards the city. You’ll find history and culture around every corner, whether you’re browsing through the shelves of City Lights Booksellers or trying to find the best burrito in the Mission district.
You can end your time in San Francisco with a delicious meal down by Fisherman’s Wharf, before heading back to the airport and catching your flight to Nashville. On arrival, you’ll make your own way into the city and check in for three nights.
You can begin your visit to Music City with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which has ever-changing exhibits, before wandering along Music Row to RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded many of his tracks. Stop for a plate of hot chicken, Nashville’s favourite meal, and take a walk through Centennial Park, where you’ll find a full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon.
There’s so much more to see and do here. Visit the Johnny Cash Museum, learn to line dance in one of the dance halls, devour a plate of meat or three – your days here will be busy! Spend each evening on Honky Tonk Highway, a street of country music bars where legends like Willie Nelson and Gretchen Wilson started their careers.
Take one last stroll along Broadway and then make your way to the airport to catch your flight to Miami. On arrival, you’ll make your own way to your hotel and check in for three nights.
You’ll finish your holiday with a few days relaxing on this famous stretch of sand and swimming in the turquoise waves. If you’re in the market for retail therapy, Miami Beach has some of the best shopping in the country, housed in huge modern malls. Alternatively, you can head for tiny art deco buildings like The Webster, brimming with boutique designers and cafes. Take a wander through Wynwood, packed with galleries, clubs and street art, before finishing your day with a Cuban sandwich and a few mojitos in one of the beachfront bars.
At last, your USA adventure has come to an end! Make your own way to the airport in time to catch your flight back to the UK.
The best time, weather-wise, to enjoy this trip is April to June or September to November. This allows you to avoid the summer peak period on the west coast, whilst still staying within the good weather windows for all the destinations.
If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post What to do in Nashville: the heart of country music - written by one of our consultants who has been there.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.