USA Destination Guide

The USA is one of the most unique countries in the entire world. With so many different cultures, experiences and climates spread across its 50 states, there is an incredible mix of things to see and do.

Whether you want to soak up the sun in Florida, enjoy the leafy charm of Boston or the big-city feel of New York, there are some phenomenal sites in America.

Currency: The USA’s currency is the American Dollar, which equates to around 71p. 

Climate: Weather across the US differs greatly. Florida and South California enjoy sunny skies all year, while Boston and New York experience cold winters and warm summers.

Customs and etiquette: English is the primary language here. Tipping is very important across most states, with the average amount around 15 to 20 per cent. Cars also drive on the right-hand side of the road.

 

Boston

With incredible historical monuments, amazing green spaces and a variety of fascinating neighbourhoods, Boston is one of the most multi-cultural destinations in the world.

There are some attractions you simply cannot miss here, including the Freedom Trail. This is a 2.5 mile walk through downtown Boston covering some of the most important sites of American history. These including Boston Common, Massachusetts State House and the USS Constitution.

Other incredible attractions include the legendary Fenway Park baseball stadium, home of the city’s sporting institution, the Boston Red Sox. For something a little more tranquil, the Waterfront and Back Bay are fantastic places to unwind, enjoy the city’s exceptional food scene and marvel at the beauty of the New England shoreline. 

Must see: The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the best in the world and hosts some of the best works in the country.

Shop: Copley Place is the best location for high-street shopping, with 2 levels of luxury retailers, while Newbury Street has some of the city’s leading boutique outlets.

Getting around: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) runs a fast and efficient network of bus, subway, rail and ferry services.

 

New York

The Empire State Building, Time Square, Brooklyn Bridge - we’ve all seen them in the movies but nothing quite compares to visiting the Big Apple in person.

With miles of culture, food and attractions to be explored, working out what to do during your stay can be difficult. Thankfully, New York is an excellent city to explore by foot with some of its most fascinating sites close to each other. It’s easy to take in a performance at the iconic Madison Square Garden and walk to the Rockefeller Centre to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city.

Be sure to check whether there are any theatre shows scheduled on Broadway during your stay, too. There are some marvellous venues dotted across the area and you may even be able to pick up some cheap tickets!

Must see: Central Park has been the setting for plenty of romantic comedies, but seeing its magical atmosphere in person really is something else.

Shop: Lower Manhattan is full of shopping delights, including a huge Bloomingdales and a vast selection of luxury retailers.

Getting around: The New York subway network can take travellers all across the four boroughs, while Grand Central Station offers services New Jersey, Boston and a host of other destinations. 

 

Washington

America’s capital, the home of the White House, Washington D.C is full of incredible attractions and is the best place to visit to gain a fascinating insight into the history of the US.

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress are full of compelling artefacts, while the National Mall and White House make for an excellent day trip.

However, there’s more to Washington than its history and museums, the Verizon Center is the home of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and hosts plenty of music events throughout the year. Rock Creek Park is another fantastic option, offering some picturesque scenery and a break from the hustle and bustle with some fantastic trails for cyclists and walkers to explore.

Must see: Whether you’re political or not, Capitol Hill and the White House are unforgettable sites and provide some incredible photo opportunities.

Shop: CityCenter DC is full of fantastic retailers, with ten acres of stockists including Burberry, TOMI and BOSS.

Getting around: Many of Washington’s attractions are within walking distance of each other and there is a metro subway that allows visitors to easily explore the city.

 

Florida

The Sunshine State has been a popular holiday destination for years and with a nickname like that, it’s easy to see why.

However, there is more to Florida than its incredible climate. Orlando is the theme park capital of the world and full of incredible attractions. It’s also the home of Walt Disney World Resort, which attracts millions of tourists every year and is a magical experience for children and adults alike.

At the southeastern tip of the state, Miami is one of the globe’s most popular party destinations with extraordinary nightlife, while the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Wynwood neighbourhood offer exceptional art.

Elsewhere, Tampa is home to the incredible Busch Gardens Theme Park, along with The Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The stunning Clearwater Beach is also a short drive away and a great place to wind down. Whether you want a family getaway, a lively holiday or simply want to soak up some sun, Florida should be near the top of your list.

Must see: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando offer something for everyone, including two phenomenal Harry Potter areas.

Shop: Florida Mall in Orlando is full of high-street brands, while the nearby Premium Outlets offer some incredible discounts.

Getting around: Lynx provide bus services throughout the state, but it is advisable to hire a car if you truly want to explore all Florida has to offer.

 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the US and, for decades, has been synonymous with the entertainment business, leading the way in music, television, film and video games. Whether you want to take a trip to the Hollywood Walk of Fame or visit the incredible LA Live complex, the City of Angels is bursting with popular culture.

While it may be most well-known as the home of A-listers, this huge metropolis has a fascinating history behind the glitz and glamour that can be explored at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. More stunning art can be seen at the Getty Center, where there is a collection of exceptional exhibits.

A trip to LA cannot be complete without a visit to the Griffith Observatory, which provides jaw-dropping panoramic views of the city and the iconic Hollywood sign.

Must see: Santa Monica Bay is one of the top beaches in LA and a great place to unwind after some exploring.

Shop:  The Grove is one of the best areas for shopping, with plenty of high street brands and a selection of excellent restaurants.

Getting around:  The best way to get around LA is to use the LADOT Transit system, which provides fast and efficient links to all of the city’s top destinations. 

 

San Diego

Based on the southwestern tip of Southern California, San Diego guarantees sunny weather all year round, incredible parks and some unforgettable beaches.

It’s easy to see why the city has become one of the most popular holiday spots in the US. Very few other destinations offer the perfect mix of natural beauty and the buzz of American big city life. In the same day, you can explore the picturesque La Jolla Cove and catch a game of baseball at Petco Park. Whether you want excitement or relaxation, San Diego has it all.

Torrey Pines State Beach, Ocean Beach and the Mission Beach Boardwalk are just some of the best spots to unwind on the golden Pacific shoreline. The food here is also incredible, with the World Famous restaurant just one of the many exceptional eateries to choose from.

Must see: The USS Midway Museum gives travellers the chance to step on board a US Navy Carrier and gain an insight into what it was like living on these incredible boats.

Shop: Fashion Valley is where shoppers need to visit during their time in San Diego, with plenty of department stores to explore and a cinema.

Getting around: The San Diego Trolley is the best way to travel around the city and provides efficient services to all the top downtown locations.