American City Breaks | Visiting the Great Cities of the USA

American City Breaks | Visiting the Great Cities of the USA

From the East out to the West

Urban Delights in the Great Cities of The USA

Sidewalk to skyscraper from sea to shining sea there’s so much to see and do in the big cities of America.

From the grand old cities of the north; the energy and unique style of New York, the old class and chic streets of Boston and the iconic landmarks of Washington DC to the great urban sprawl of Los Angeles out West, the cool counter-cultural vibe of San Francisco or Seattle.

Or maybe you fancy some big city blues in Chicago, or a taste of Southern Charm in the laconic cities of the South.

The one thing you’ll discover when you venture to the cities across the states is that there is no one America, each place offering its own original take on the American Dream.

There are plenty of ways to experience a city break in the USA and we’d be delighted to help arrange everything for you so all you need to do is get on with enjoying yourself.

You could fly direct to the city of your choice and spend a long weekend (New York or Boston before Christmas or a wild few days in Vegas are always popular) savouring the sights, sounds and special delights of the place.

Or maybe you might take a tour or twin-centre holiday, experiencing the contrasts of two different cities on the same holiday. Another popular option for UK travellers is to add a short city break to a holiday to Florida.

Whichever way you want to explore the different cities and regions please let us know and we’ll tailor it the way you want.

New York City

From its iconic skyline, the huge stores of 5th Avenue to the frenetic pulse of Times Square or the charming green of Central Park, there really is nowhere like New York and a city that simply needs to be experienced at least once.

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Did You Know?

There have been 9 different capital cities in the USA since the war of Independence. Philadelphia PA was the first to hold the title as the home of the continental congress during the war with Great Britain. Washington D.C. became the capital in 1790 and has remained the political centre of the USA ever since.[/su_frame]

Los Angeles - City of Angels

Whether its the appeal of the Pacific surf and golden Santa Monica sands, the urban sprawl of the city, the glamour of Beverly Hills or lapping up the Hollywood vibe at the home of the movies, a break in LA is an experience unlike any city adventure in the USA.

We’ll arrange a city break to all major cities and towns in the USA and Canada (as well as any other American destination you wish to see. Guided tours, single location, multi-centre or self-drive (hit the open road and see where it takes you!) – however you want to experience the cities and towns of America is entirely your choice. Get in touch through our online enquiry form

Eastern Cities to Consider

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  • New York
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington DC

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The North & MidWest

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  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Minneapolis
  • Milwaukee DC

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California & The Pacific North West

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  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Portland
  • Seattle

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The South

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  • Houston
  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Atlanta
  • Charleston

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Don’t Forget Canada!

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  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Vancouver

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Mid-West & South-West

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  • Oklahoma City
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • Alberquerque

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Like What You See?

If you like any of the above options or have a particular American City Break in mind then please give us a call or get in touch via our online enquiry form. Let us know what you want to do and where you want to go and we’ll help make it happen. All destinations in across the USA available.

Arizona Holidays | The American South-West

Arizona Holidays | The American South-West

Arizona and the Spectacular Southwest USA

Explore the landscape, culture and beauty of Arizona exactly as you wish.

National Parks

Explore the astonishing landscape of the South West national parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Then maybe add some chill time at Lake Powell or Scottsdale

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Self-Drive Tours

Hit the iconic Route 66 and explore the heart of America, taking in the Arizona countryside as you head from east to west on the famous old road.

The Old West Experience

Immerse yourself into the Old West with a fab family adventure, exploring iconic locations such as Tombstone, Monument Valley and Sedona.

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Ranching Experiences

Experience life on the range with some amazing ranch holidays. Enjoy horseback riding across the awesome terrain, nighttime BBQs, entertainment and family friendly outdoor pursuits. Maybe add a little laidback luxury in with a few days at a Scottsdale resort?

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Las Vegas & The Grand Canyon

From the neon glitz of the Vegas strip to the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon National Park. After a few days of hectic fun, explore the Grand Canyon and the astonishing landscapes of the American South West. Stay at Grand Canyon Village, Flagstaff, Phoenix or Scottsdale.

Luxury Locations & Resorts

Stunning hotel resorts throughout the State. From luxury spa breaks in Scottsdale & Phoenix to 5 star ranches near Sedona and Tuscon. Maybe luxurious splendour or rustic charm available from Grand Canyon and Monument Valley to Lake Powell and Bryce.

Interested?

The above are just some ideas of what’s available to whet your whistle. If you’re looking for an Arizona adventure or wish to include the state as part of your holiday itinerary then please get in touch and we’ll tailor a holiday to suit your wishes. We work with the leading tour operators and US holiday providers to ensure the very best holidays possible. All booked by ABTA licenced travel agents to give you peace of mind that your holiday is protected.

The Grand Canyon State

From desert to mountains, sprawling ranches to stylish city living – Arizona is rich in its diverse landscape and lifestyle

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The capital city offers a colourful mix modern urban environment with the traditions of its ‘Ole West’ heritage still in evidence. Enjoy a broad selection of fine dining and nightlife to a rich choice of culture and local arts and native heritage in which to indulge. A perfect base to explore the diverse sights and activities that Arizona has to offer

Known for its sumptuous holiday resorts, this is an oasis of luxuriant holiday pleasure under the huge skies of the Sonoma desert. A city designed for holidaymakers, replete with a choice of restaurants and bars and within easy reach of a plethora of entertainment from golf to ‘wild west’ experiences and trips out into the rugged heartland of this beautiful, arid state. Scottsdale is a hugely popular place to make your base in Arizona, thanks to a range of fantastic hotels across a variety of budgets.

A melting-pot mix of history and culture can be found in Tuscon. An old frontier town, enjoy the rich diversity of Euro, Asian, Mexican and Native cultures. If you’re wanting a base for an American West experience, this is another compelling destination.

Fresh air and stunning mountainous scenery offering a naturally beautiful backdrop to this old town. Another mix of the frontier lifestyle with modern living, Flagstaff is an always popular stop-off on your visit to the Grand Canyon or into the wilderness. Or for those making their way along the iconic Route 66.

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  • Discover the Breathtaking Grand Canyon on foot, by car or flight
  • Iconic Locations from the Old West: from Tombstone to Monument Valley
  • The playground in the desert at Scottsdale – stunning hotel resorts, championship golf, shopping and nightlife
  • Native culture and history
  • Outdoor adventure activities from rivers to rugged mountains
  • Full ABTA protection
  • Twin or Multi Centre – make it a part of your US tour?
  • Independent travel or organised tours – the choice is yours!

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Away from the urban sprawl of the seaboard cities and the playground holidays of California and Florida, take a chance to savour the natural beauty, sunshine and scenery of spectacular Arizona.

The southwestern state enjoys the warmth of the sun for most of the year, making it a great place to get away from British weather, indulging in a heady blend of luxury and rugged landscapes.

With its astonishing landscape that simply takes your breath away on first view, to the sumptuous spa resorts, abundance of outdoor pursuits (championship golf, ranching, horseback riding, hiking etc etc) and the mix of modernity with ancient history and culture, the region has something for everyone.

Need to know?

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  • At 113,998 square miles, Arizona is the 6th largest state in the USA. And its popularity as a holiday destination among European holiday-makers seems to increase year on year.
  • Direct Flights available from London to Phoenix. Duration approx 10.5 hours
  • It can get HOT. July and August temperatures average around 40 degrees C. Spring and Autumn are popular times to visit with temperatures of around 27 – 30 degrees
  • Arizona became a state in 1912 (the last of the mainland 48 states to do so). However, the territory played an integral part in America’s western migration, thanks to its copper mining industry
  • There are 21 recognised indegenious peoples in Arizona, including large Navajo & Apache territories. Their histories are rich and varied with cultures and traditions that span centuries.

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New York Christmas Breaks 2016

New York Christmas Breaks 2016

New York Christmas Breaks

Flights & 3 nights of 4 star luxury from £699pp

How About 3 Nights in the heart of Times Square just before Christmas?

If you’re looking for a Christmas break to get you in the festive spirit then you won’t go far wrong with a few nights in New York.

So why not try this for starters?

3 Nights at the Stunning Riu Plaza Hotel right in the heart of Times Square

Fly with British Airways or American Airlines direct to NYC from London or Manchester

Travel between 1st November and the 12th December to enjoy the festive build-up and provide you with a big dose of Christmas spirit.

Prices from £699 per person*

Who Wouldn’t Want to Experience a New York Christmas?

Anytime is a good time to visit New York, but there’s just something extra special about the city in the run up to Christmas. The chill in the air, the potential of snow flurries swirling in the wind. The steam rising out of the Subway manhole covers and the lights that line the sidewalks, and twinkle in shop windows.

Joining the throng, being among the bustle of busy streets and avenues, New York simply thrives with energy. From fine dining and as much shopping as you can handle, to glamourous nights on the town, sights to behold and entertainment to be had.

No big city beats the city that never sleeps as Christmas comes around.

 

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About the Riu Plaza Hotel

Set in the heart of the bustling vibrancy of New York’s Times Square, the Riu Plaza is an elegant, modern 4 star hotel. It comprises more than 600 rooms set over 29 floors, offering spectacular views of Manhattan.

The hotel offers an ideal location for tourists seeking to savour the full atmosphere of a pre-Christmas New York City. Times Square is an iconic, fast-paced region of Manhattan and within easy reach of all major attractions. From this central location you are within easy reach of iconic New York landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center (perfect for some festive ice-skating), Central Park, Carnegie Hall, the Broadway theatre district and the shopper’s paradise that is 5th Avenue.

The nearest subway is just 4 mins walk away, giving you simple transport throughout the city from the historic districts of Queens and Brooklyn to Staten Island, Wall St, Greenwich Village and the Statue of Liberty. 

The hotel itself offers a contemporay charm and a chance to unwind and chill out in peaceful luxury. Rooms are designed for comfort, offering Wi-Fi, mini fridges and flat-screened TVs. There’s a range of room types available from Deluxe Queen to Suites.

 

Alternate accommodation available

Of course, there’s no shortage of quality accommodation in New York and, if this is not the hotel for you, then enquire about alternate hotels and apartments that may be available for your New York Christmas break.

3, 4 and 5 star luxury hotels are located throughout the city with a choice of Midtown, Central Park, Times Sq, and the Financial District popular locations.

And, of course, if 3 nights is not enough, let us know and we’ll find a trip to suit the length of stay you want.

Added Extras

Take the hassle out of your trip to New York by arranging everything before you leave. As well as your flights and accommodation why not add:

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  • Airport transfers to and from your New York airport and your hotel
  • Passes to the key attractions you wish to visit
  • Tours and excurssions such as the NYV Hop on-Hop off tour buses
  • Tickets to the theatre
  • Restaurant Reservations

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Additional charges may apply.

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Family Road Trip Across the USA

Family Road Trip Across the USA

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While the majority of our time is spent on arranging that perfect, tailored holiday to Florida, that’s not to say that we ignore the other 49 states in the USA; helping a healthy portion of clients to explore and experience the different cultures, climates and landscapes across the entire country.

I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to explore a huge chunk of America over the years and, believe me, there’s plenty to see. The great cities of the east coast, the scenic routes through New England, the sprawling midwest, the arid, rocky landscape of the Southwest, the sultry deep south and sunshine, glamour and scenery of West coast USA.

Recently we have been helping put together an amazing itinerary for a family from the UK planning for a real whopper of an American adventure. A coast to coast extravaganza that takes in some stunning destinations and truly iconic landmarks along the way.

While I’m not going to reveal the exact itinerary here I will outline the different cities and routes taken with some of the respective regions attractions and you can get a flavour of what a truly tailor made family road trip across the USA can really look and feel like.

First Stop – New York City

Manhattan Midtown skyline panorama at dusk, New York City

Manhattan Midtown skyline panorama at dusk, New York City

Departing from the UK the first port of call is on the east coast to experience the unique vibe of the Big Apple itself.

A few days and nights here is a pretty full-on, energetic start to your holiday with so much to see and do that you won’t know where the time has gone.

Stay in one of the numerous classy midtown hotels to put yourself in prime location to see the sights and get the full Manhattan experience. From here you are within easy access to some of the most iconic landmarks – Empire State & Chrysler Buildings, Madison Square Gardens, Times Square, Central Park – as well as the retail heaven around 5th Avenue and all the entertainment of Broadway’s theatre district.

Some Things to See while in NYC

  • Observatory Level of the Empire State (sunset is a particularly spectacular time) to get an awesome view across the skyline
  • Ferry out to the Statue of Liberty (our view is that it’s more impressive looking at than looking from so stay on the ferry and take your pics)
  • The 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero
  • The Rockefeller Center
  • There are,of course, many more sights and experiences – why not pre-book one of the tour passes before you leave including hop on / hop off buses to all major sights and attractions.

It’s Vegas Time

The pace really isn’t slowing down on stage 2 of the trip. Flying from JFK and heading west to the (in)famous desert city of sin and opulence that is Las Vegas.

This is one of those places that needs to be seen to be believed and, in truth, it’s a place that as a family you’d only want to spend a couple of days visiting.

Yes this is a city built upon gambling and casinos which is essentially what all the hotels double up as. But boy are they on some scale. I’ve heard the place described as Disney World for adults (although in my opinion, Disney World is every bit for adults as kids!) and the reason for this is the many varied themed hotels that, like them or loathe them, astonishing creations.

There’s the enormous MGM Grand which is great for families given its stunning pool and entertainment facilities; the iconic Ceasars Palace, the opulence of the Bellagio and the recreation of Venice (gondolas and all) of the Venetian – to name but a few.

And of course, at night there’s an incredible array of entertainment with some of the world’s great acts sure to be in town whenever you arrive here.

The Grand Canyon

Panoramic View of Grand Canyon, USA

Panoramic View of Grand Canyon, USA

You want my advice, if you are thinking of following our client’s and putting a similar trip together then don’t head out this way and forget to visit the Grand Canyon.

If Vegas is an eye-bulging scene of man made glitz and architecture then Grand Canyon is the polar opposite; a simply jaw-dropping natural wonder on such a monumental scale that you can barely take it in on first viewing.

There are a number of ways to visit the Canyon. You can book to fly by small plane or helicopter from Las Vegas with a number of different trips that either simply fly around (and within) the canyon or in some cases will land to let you walk and tour for a while.

Another option is to rent a car and head out on your own. It’s about a 4 1/2 hour drive so the best option might be to say farewell to Vegas and book into one of the rustic hotels near the Canyon (or maybe into Flagstaff, a little farther away) so that you can get up early next day and experience a staggering sunrise over this amazing scene. Of course, if you drive there, then you have to drive on (either back to Vegas or perhaps a few hours south to the beautiful Scottsdale / Phoenix area).

San Francisco

Don’t worry about flowers in your hair but do take the time to visit the delightful city of San Francisco. From Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, Pacific Heights to Haight Ashbury this is a city very much with its own unique vibe. Home for the Hippies of the sixties, the liberal legacy lives on in the city alongside a modern, cosmopolitan feel and a huge range of nightlife, dining and entertainment.

Take the hop on / hop off bus routes to see the main attractions and DEFINITELY pre-book a trip out to Alcatraz. It’s quite an experience and one that gets booked up well in advance.

Pacific Highway

One of the most scenic driving routes in the USA, if not the world. Take a car from San Fran and make the journey south on the winding road on the edge of America. With the pacific ocean as your companion you can make gentle progress through the small towns and incredible scenery and wildlife that the highway has to offer. Take a day or two to make the journey stopping off at the beautiful towns of Monterrey or Carmel or maybe Santa Barbara for a night or two.

Los Angeles

Classical view of Los Angeles Downtown

Final calling point is LA. Home of the movies and a sprawling urban centre of commerce, entertainment and general American razzmatazz. Maybe base yourself on the coast at Santa Monica, Newport or Long Beach from where you can spend a few days taking in the sights from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to the Hollywood walk of fame, a trip among the rich and famous on Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills or a studio tour around Universal perhaps.

A stay in LA seems to be a fitting end to a trip which began in the big city back east and another memorable chapter in a holiday that will stay in the memory for a lifetime.

At Florida Travel Service (as part of the Three Arches Travel Company) we can tailor a dream holiday to all destinations across the USA, calling on our own experiences and knowledge and understanding what you wish to do. So if the above has whet your appetite or if you have anything else in mind, give us a call or get in touch via our contact form here…

 

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