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NYC, LA, Vegas, and more - its the USA, baby!

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View in browser With the autumn chill starting to creep in and debates over central heating already raging, our thoughts are turning to city breaks and must-do sightseeing. So, with the USA poised to welcome us Brits back from November, here’s our guide to the must-see cities in the States, with a

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With the autumn chill starting to creep in and debates over central heating already raging, our thoughts are turning to city breaks and must-do sightseeing. So, with the USA poised to welcome us Brits back from November, here’s our guide to the must-see cities in the States, with a little Florida sunshine thrown in for good measure!


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New York

New York - dive into the festive spirit

From the excitement of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (25th November) and shopping the sales on 34th Street, nothing gets you in the festive spirit quite like a quick jaunt to New York City. Head out there from late November to go ice skating under the Rockefeller Christmas tree. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, you can dig into some of that Big Apple chow, like Shackburgers, pastrami-on-rye sandwiches, and of course, the legendary New York cheesecake.

Must see: The breathtaking view from the Empire State Building • The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island • Cobbled streets, beautiful old buildings and the Wavertree sailing ship, all in the vibrant South Street Seaport district

Must do: Grab a ‘dollar slice’, NYC’s pizza classic • Explore the creative DUMBO neighbourhood by the Manhattan Bridge • Find some of the world’s most famous artworks at The Museum of Modern Art (aka MoMA)

Where to stay: 4* Riu Plaza New York Times Square, B&B, 5 nights + flights, from £639pp.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas, for fun in the desert sun

Las Vegas is a playground of glitzy casinos and lavishly themed hotels. And if you’ve never been before, you’re in for a huge amount of fun. While you’re in Sin City, make sure you catch Cirque du Soleil and the Liquid Drag Show. If you’re planning on venturing into the Mojave Desert, tick off bucket-list sights like the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. Plus, with mild weather stretching late into the year, it’s the perfect destination to banish those winter blues. 

Must see: The neon-lit Strip from up high (try the Stratosphere Tower or a helicopter tour) • The stunning Fremont Street light show • Caesars Palace, it’s just got to be done!

Must do: Relax with a gondola ride at The Venetian - the replica of the Grand Canal has to be seen to be believed! • Step back in time at the eerie Goodsprings Ghost Town • Take to the dance floor at Zouk, the cutting-edge new megaclub on The Strip

Where to stay: 5* Bellgaio, Room Only, 5 nights + flights, from £789pp.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, for winter Hollywood-style

Sparkling with stardust and movie magic, the City of Angles is also blessed with eternally good weather, boasting 20°C sunshine late into December. Head over to Venice Beach to see the surfers, street performers and bodybuilders. And experience the shimmer of Christmas in Tinseltown, with film festivals, audacious theatre and countless celeb-spotting opportunities.

Must see: How the other half lives on Rodeo Drive • American football at SoFi Stadium, home of the LA Rams • The one-and-only, world-famous, Hollywood sign

Must do: Get an adrenaline rush at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park • Check out the spaceship at California Science Center and the whale at the Natural History Museum • Order California roll with your sushi in Little Tokyo - it’s an LA speciality

Where to stay: 4* The Portofino Hotel & Marina, B&B, 7 nights + flights, from £879pp.

San Francisco

San Francisco, the City by the Bay

This coastal Californian city is a real charmer. With its old wooden cable cars bumbling along the streets, picturesque old buildings and jaw-dropping views at many a turn, San Francisco is also wonderfully photogenic. Sniff out a warming bowl of chowder at bustling Fisherman's Wharf; make your way, oh so cautiously, through the twists and turns of Lombard Street; and look out for sea lions at Pier 39.

Must see: Golden Gate Bridge • The Walt Disney Family Museum  • The art deco Fillmore District

Must do: Visit Alcatraz, the notorious island prison • Order Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe • Ride the beautifully refurbished cable cars through the hilly streets

Where to stay: 4* Abri, Room Only, 7 nights + flights, from £919pp.


Florida, to banish the winter blues

From the joy on your kids’ faces at Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Resort to the postcard-perfect beaches of the Space Coast and Miami’s retro style, Florida works its magic in many ways. With sunshine aplenty and the ultimate range of family entertainment, this is a classic winter warmer!

Must see: Everglades National Park on a boat tour • The manatees that live in Crystal River • Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral’s blast-off point 

Must do: Browse the shops and restaurants on International Drive, Orlando • Follow the craft beer trail in Tampa Bay (also home to Busch Gardens theme park) • Sun yourself in Fort Myers

Where to stay: 4.5* Crowne Plaza Orlando - Universal Blvd, 7 nights + flights, from £669pp.


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