Things to do in the USA
Oh boy, where to begin. To list a few must-dos in the United States is like suggesting ice-cream flavours to try - it really depends on what you like. If you're chasing the America sung about in Beach Boys lyrics and portrayed in numerous reality shows, then California - here we come. Hollywood is a given, Los Angeles - expected - and San Francisco, the surprising gem. The bright lights, decadent city vibe of Las Vegas in Nevada also beckons where lady luck is always on your side.
If it's not LA that tickles you're fancy, then you're probably a wannabe New Yorker, an energetic breed of folk with dreams of Manolos in Park Avenue pavements, perfect coffee blends in Brooklyn and spontaneous Manhattan nights that will go down in history. There's also the refined New England style seen in Boston and the Hamptons, although probably not in the Jersey Shore. East Coast vs West Coast, pick your side or go with the flow.
If you like your USA cities with a side of rock’n'roll, Seattle in the Pacific Northwest is the home of grunge and will see you leave with a new appreciation for Nirvana and flannel shirts, while Graceland in Memphis will have you finally getting why Elvis Presley is known simply as the 'King'. Further south, states like Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona is the America of cowboys, cactus and homemade pumpkin pie.
Deeper still in the south, New Orleans is a notable highlight where jazz is heartfelt, the nightlife is lively and where soul food is the perfect hangover cure. Talk about southern comfort. And Miami is the perfect blend of Latino spice and Art-Deco nice. Then there's the organic lifestyle of Portland, the history of Washington D.C., the country music of Nashville and the beaches of Hawaii. The list of flavours goes on - it's up to you to taste them all.
Here’s a few places we recommend sampling:
For all of those high-rise apartments, New York's backyard can be found in Central Park, a large urban green area located in the centre of Manhattan Island with plenty to see and do in its confines.
The glitzy Los Angeles strip made famous/infamous in the movie 'Pretty Woman' isn't as snobby as it may seem in the movies, but it is lavish. Don't forget your credit card if ogling the windows is not enough!
With beaches that have been described as the best in the world, it's little wonder that the Hawaiian island of Maui is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.
Located in Grand Canyon National Park in the state of Arizona, the magnificent Grand Canyon is immense in size, spanning 446 kilometres long, 29 kilometres wide and 1.6 kilometres deep.
Both an island and a notorious prison, Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay has long been associated with some of America's most notorious criminals and is now an entertaining day trip into American history.
Nicknamed 'River of Grass', the Everglades is a natural region of subtropical wetlands in Florida. Much of the natural landscape, spanning swamps and sawgrass prairies, can be found west of Miami within the Everglades National Park.
It wouldn't be a big American adventure without a cruise around Niagara Falls; the collective name for 3 waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the American falls, which straddles the States and Canada.
Who can resist a visit to the happiest place in the world? Not many it seems. According to statistics, this Florida theme park located in Orlando constantly ranks as the most visited theme park in the world.
Take us to the ballgame – or in this case, the home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park. This is the stadium where Babe Ruth and plenty of baseball luminaries made their names – it’s a Boston institution!