America is a country famed for its incredible cities, ocean views and breathtaking natural beauty. It can be a daunting prospect to try and plan a holiday that samples the best the USA has to offer. But don’t be put off. Here’s how to plan an itinerary that guarantees an awesome American adventure.
Planning your trip
Identifying your priorities
Unless you can take a year off work, it’s virtually impossible to travel all around the US. When you’re planning your trip, write a list of priorities. What are you desperate to see? Where have you always wanted to go? What excites you the most? Once you’ve identified your priorities, you can start creating a very rough itinerary.
Planning your route, getting around and packing
America is a vast land mass, and getting from A to B will be one of your biggest challenges. Thankfully, transport links are great, so it should be fairly easy for you to work out how to get to and from your desired destinations. You may find that over the course of your break, you try a range of transport options. You may want to take internal flights between cities, recreate a road trip or hop on a coach or train. Arm yourself with a map and a laptop. Stick pins in the cities, parks, and attractions you want to visit, and then do some research. You’ll find tons of information online from other travelers, as well as travel guides and blueprint itineraries. You can compare prices for flights on the Internet, and you can also read useful information about buses, trains, and car hire.
If you’re going to be traveling a lot, try and pack light. Think about what you’re going to be doing, and check the weather forecast. Take plenty of layers in the winter months, and some sturdy shoes for hiking, cycling, and climbing. Design a capsule wardrobe, which will enable you to mix and match key items to produce outfits for every occasion.
US highlights you may want to include in your plans
The beauty of North America holidays is that they offer something different for every traveler. You may be on a mission to see the cities and channel Carrie Bradshaw or the cast of Oceans 11. You may be desperately seeking solace and serenity in the great outdoors. Or you might want to spend your days kicking back listening to the ocean waves. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some ideas for your trip.
Few people who have plans to tour the US don’t have aspirations to explore the Big Apple. This is the city that never sleeps, the most iconic metropolis in the world. It’s also a fantastic place to start your trip. You can pack a lot into a couple of days in the center of NYC. Tick off Central Park, the Empire State Building, and Times Square on your first day. Visit the Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue and the Guggenheim on your second.
Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon
Las Vegas is a unique spot, which everyone should experience at least once. This neon wonder in the middle of the desert attracts thrill seekers from all corners of the globe. Catch a show, walk the strip, and try your luck in the casinos. Take a moment to watch the world go by, and soak up the enigmatic atmosphere.
If you’re looking to escape the bright lights for a day, take a trip to the famous Grand Canyon. Aim for dawn to avoid the crowds. For the best views, book a helicopter ride. If you have time, spend the night camping under the stars.
Los Angeles and the Pacific Coast
Follow in the footsteps of the stars, soak up the sun, and enjoy the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles. This vibrant city is paradise on earth for shoppers and star-spotters. It’s also a perfect base to explore the Pacific Coast and enjoy some good quality surfing and sunbathing.
Once you’ve seen the sights, head out to Santa Monica and enjoy a much more sedate pace. From here, you can drive south to San Diego or north to San Francisco. Whichever direction you take, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches, coves and viewpoints.
Yosemite National Park
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite is one of the US’s most precious assets. This park is famed for its dramatic waterfalls, but you’ll also find canyons, caves, meadows, and verdant forests.
Miami, Orlando, and the Everglades
If you fancy strutting your stuff on the beach, there’s no better place to be than Miami. This stylish city is known for its beautiful people and lively party scene, as well as the quirky Art Deco architecture. It’s also conveniently located for exploring Florida’s many attractions. You don’t have to be a child to be enchanted by Disney World or be a massive fan of films to fall in love with Universal Studios. After fun-packed days and late nights, you’ll find the Everglades an idyllic base to get back into nature and enjoy some peace and quiet. Navigate your way through the wetlands and keep your eyes peeled for gators.
The Deep South
The Deep South is a fascinating region of the US. It incorporates the states of Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana. The best way to get around is by car, but you can also catch buses and trains. Highlights include Charleston, Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans.
The US is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. If you’re hoping to combine all kinds of holiday in a single trip, this is the place to be. Relax on the golden sands, see the city sights and discover some of the most incredible scenery on the planet. If you plan ahead, do some reading, and get to grips with your map, you can pack everything in. Have a fantastic time!