With the long-awaited news that the U.S will finally open to fully vaccinated from the U.K in November, we are eagerly preparing our suitcases for the trip across the Atlantic. But where to head to first? Never fear, we have you covered. Here are our top recommendations for your first trip back to the U.S!
Visit North Carolina
North Carolina Discovery
North Carolina is one of the most historic states in the U.S. The history of the state can be dated back to the reign of Charles II, where the sole Carolina colony was first formed in the 1660’s. In the present day, the region is split North and South, and offer miles of coastline and beaches, mountain scenery, championship golf and true southern hospitality.
This trip takes visitors to Charlotte, the Home of NASCAR and Bank of America, its size and draw give the city world-class sporting events, arts and entertainment. The city is so called named after the wife of King George in 1768, and therefore also goes by the moniker of the “Queen City”. From Charlotte, head to Asheville, home to the historic country retreat of the Biltmore Estate, while also exploring the many local breweries and eateries that call North Carolina home. After a couple of nights in Asheville, travel to Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, with its elements of coastal and piedmont culture combined. Raleigh has everything a large cosmopolitan city has to offer yet retains the pace and gentility of a smaller southern city. Take the journey from Raleigh to the scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina, home to stunning beaches, amazing open wildlife (including roaming wild horses), and the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. The Outer Banks is also home of the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Finally, stop in Wilmington and Cape Fear, before heading back to Charlotte.
For the full itinerary, visit: https://www.americaasyoulikeit.com/north-carolina-discovery
Lead in price is £1109 per person (Includes Flights UK to CLT, car hire and accommodation).
www.americaasyoulikeit.co.uk 0208 742 8229
Tennessee Music and Mountains
If Tennessee is the soundtrack to America, the mountains provide the backing vocals. Together, this itinerary allows visitors to combine the sounds that are embedded in Tennessee culture, and the spectacular surrounds that belong to the Volunteer State.
This tour starts you in Memphis, a colourful city that’s a must for all music fans. Take a stroll down the hustle and bustle of Beale Street, stopping to listen to the sounds of the various live music venues that dot the iconic street. Take a visit to iconic Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, which has been preserved and now acts as a museum dedicated to his life. No trip to Memphis would be complete without touring Stax Museum of American Soul and Sun Studios, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and home to million dollar quartet: Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Presley himself. From Memphis, continue the musical voyage by visiting Nashville, the music city and home of country music. Two stops in Nashville must include the Grand Ole Opry, the famous country music stage venue, and the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you can immerse yourself in the history of the genre and learn more about the foundational artists of country including Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and many more. From there, head to the mountains portion of the trip, and into Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. Visit Dollywood, the theme park owned by Dolly herself, home to many thrilling rides and the famous Dream More resort. Explore the wonderous hiking trails of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and take in the scenery from Anakeesta, set high above the valleys below. Finally, explore Chattanooga, a city steeped in native history, and home to the synonymous “Choo Choo” railway car turned hotel and restaurant.
For the full itinerary, visit: https://www.trailfinders.com/tours/usa/the-south/tennessee/tour-tennessee-music-and-mountains
Lead in price is from £1098 per person (Includes 10-day car hire and 9 nights in hotels. Not inc. international flights).
www.trailfinders.co.uk 020 7084 6500
Louisiana – An Authentic Deep South Experience
Embark on a journey to Louisiana to experience true Southern hospitality at its finest. Listen to the streets filled with music, embrace the Cajun and Creole cultures that run through the people of Louisiana, and explore the history of one of the most diverse regions in the USA.
This itinerary keeps it authentic with overnights in historic B&Bs and Inns and some of the finest plantation homes in the South. Slow paced and relaxed, it’s mandatory to take your time! It’s off the highways and main roads where you’ll find the most genuine and friendly locals, mouth-watering cuisine (the state dish is Gumbo!) and a story like no other.
Then there’s that world-famous music emanating from every nook and cranny. Your first experience of a real life juke joint will be a holiday highlight. Explore the grandiose plantation homes that line the Mississippi River and the misty swamplands teeming with wildlife. Mooch through sleepy Southern towns where little has changed. Then, by way of contrast, end your road trip in the vibrant French Quarter of New Orleans. It doesn’t get more authentic than Louisiana!
New Orleans is where the trip begins, with the aforementioned French Quarter being the heart and soul of the city. Swathed in the romance of pirates, voodoo and Mardi Gras, New Orleans was built in the 1700’s and represents more than 300 years of French, Spanish and American culture. Don’t forget to visit the Mardi Gras Museum and learn more about the energetic festival that takes place in February. After New Orleans, go deeper into Louisiana by heading for Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana, and unearth of all its history rooted in the Civil War. The heart of Louisiana is further explored upon journeys through St. Francisville, Alexandria, Natchitoches, and Shreveport, before winding down at Lake Charles and getting lost in the food culture of Lafayette (mind those alligators!), before heading back to where your journey began in New Orleans.
For the full itinerary, visit: https://www.bon-voyage.co.uk/destinations/louisiana_holidays/itinerary/louisiana_an_authentic_deep_south_experience
Lead in price is from £2395 per person based on two sharing room only (Includes return flights LHR/MSY, car hire for duration and accommodation for 13 nights).
www.bon-voyage.co.uk 0800 316 0194
Discover New England
Classic New England
Escape on a getaway to beautiful New England, experience all six of the regions states on this 14 night self-drive tour.
Fly into Boston, the metropolitan hub of New England, and experience of the U.S’s oldest cities, with it’s rich history and thriving social scene. Take the Freedom Trail tour, which takes visitors on a tour of 16 historic sights steeped in American history, including Old Ironsides, the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church. Outside of history, Boston has a wonderful sports and arts scene, including the historic Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, and also the Cheers bar from the eponymous tv show. From Boston, head out to the Maine coastline, famous for it’s small towns and sea foods. Points of interest include the picturesque Kennebunkport, and the Ocean Avenue.
Bar Harbour is the next port of call, and the Acadia National Park is one of the most serene national parks in the entirety of the U.S. Unspoiled and spectacular, visitors can choose multiple ways to spend time at the park, including nature watching, hiking, fishing or simply getting lost in the scenic views. A trip to New England wouldn’t be complete without visiting the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and just south is the Kancamangus Highway, which is renowned for being one of the best fall foliage spots. Add in trips to the Berkshires, Cap Cod, and the historic resorts of Newport, Rhode Island and Mystic Connecticut, and you have a trip worthy of a lifetime of memories.
For the full itinerary, visit: https://www.purelynewengland.co.uk/home-1/self-drive-tours/classic-new-england/
Lead in price is from £1449 per person based on two sharing room only (Includes Return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Boston, 14 nights’ accommodation, Car hire inc all taxes, fees and insurance).
www.purelynewengland.co.uk 0844 804 4480
Neon and Nature Tour
Enjoy epic views of Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon on this amazing helicopter tour with a private landing above the valley, with a spectacular sunset option
Enjoy the “Best of Las Vegas” on this one-of-a-kind aerial flight featuring a natural gem of the majestic Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon. Fly over the iconic fiery-red sandstone cliffs and the popular scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon on your way to one of the best views in Las Vegas.
Journey to a private vista where you will enjoy picturesque views of the Strip, the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding natural landscapes. From this panoramic overlook 2,900 feet over the city, enjoy a 30-minute landing with a champagne toast.
Conclude your tour with a flight over some of the most luxurious homes and golf courses in Las Vegas on your return from nature to the Las Vegas Strip. Fly over iconic properties such as Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Luxor and new Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.
For the full itinerary, visit: https://www.maverickhelicopter.com/neon-and-nature-tour
Lead in price is from $199 per person.
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