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Vacations in the USA

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, find some of the best destinations to visit across the USA below — from the Grand Canyon to New York City, Glacier National Park, San Francisco, and more!

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Best vacation spots for couples

Need some quality time away with your significant other? Plan a romantic weekend getaway or a bliss-filled vacation in one of these destinations — perfect for couples looking to escape from it all, celebrate a special occasion, or simply dial up the romance.

  • Napa Valley - Brimming with picturesque vineyards, chic hotels, and top-notch restaurants, this wine lover’s paradise is the ultimate destination for a taste of luxury and some one-on-one time.  
  • Maui - If you and your beau are after a tropical paradise, look no further than Maui. Offering the perfect balance of active adventures and lazy beach days, you can rekindle the romance on a sunset cruise, scenic hiking trail, or couples’ surf lesson.
  • Las Vegas - Whether you’re riding in a gondola at The Venetian, taking your love to new heights in a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, or getting pampered at luxury spas, you’re guaranteed to make memories that will last a lifetime in Las Vegas.
  • New York City - A trip to New York is whatever you want it to be — and that’s why it’s the perfect destination for a laid-back or action-packed weekend getaway. Spend a few days indulging at fine dining restaurants and swanky cocktail bars, or keep it low-key with a picnic in Central Park and sunset walks along the Brooklyn Bridge. 
  • Cape Cod - Leave the stresses of your day-to-day life behind and spend quality time along the sandy shores of Cape Cod. You’ll spend your days strolling hand in hand with your sweetheart along a quiet beach, unwinding at a quaint bed and breakfast, and sampling fresh, decadent seafood.

20 places to visit in the USA

Your USA bucket list is about to get a little bit longer! From national parks to cities, landmarks and natural attractions, here are 20 of the best and most iconic places to visit in the United States.

  • Walt Disney World - This pixie-dusted dream world is the ultimate escape from reality.
  • New Orleans - Few American cities boast a culture as distinct as the Big Easy’s.
  • The Grand Canyon - This rugged, breathtaking landmark offers one of the most awe-inspiring vistas in the country.
  • New York City - You’ve seen this city in Hollywood blockbusters and splashed across your Instagram feed, but it’s a place you simply must experience yourself. 
  • Mount Rushmore - Not only is this sculpture incredibly impressive, but it’s a symbol of American democracy. 
  • Miami - This city’s vibrant nightlife and stunning beaches are reason enough to visit, but there’s plenty more to discover in Miami.
  •  San Francisco - This city boasts one of the United States’ most famous landmarks: the Golden Gate Bridge.
  •  Las Vegas - Whether you choose to visit the city’s extravagant spas or dance ‘til dawn at its raucous nightclubs, your trip to Las Vegas will be unlike anywhere else in the world.
  •  Washington D.C. - A trip to the nation’s capital is a must for tourists and United States residents alike.
  • The Hollywood Sign - This towering, 50-foot sign has been featured in countless films for decades, and it embodies all things LA.
  • Yellowstone National Park - From steaming geysers to gigantic hot springs, America’s first national park is the ultimate destination for nature lovers.
  • Chicago - A selfie in front of the “The Bean” can’t be missed in this truly American city.
  • Savannah - With its old-world charm and mouth-watering cuisine, this is one of the best destinations in the Southern USA.
  • Zion National Park - Spellbinding scenery is available at every turn in Utah’s premier national park.
  • Diamond Head State Monument - The views at the crater’s peak are arguably some of the best in Hawaii.
  • Fenway Park - A visit to Fenway Park is a rite of passage for baseball fans.
  • Yosemite National Park - When it comes to national parks in the United States, Yosemite is one to add to your bucket list. 
  • The Grand Ole Opry - Country music fans from across the globe flock to this legendary music venue.
  • Big Sur - You’ll never forget your first glimpse of Big Sur’s dramatic, rugged coastline.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park - This is your portal to towering mountain peaks, placid lakes, and amazing flora and fauna.

New York City is spectacular day and night
New York City is spectacular day and night

Best four-day vacations in the USA

Top cities for a four-day vacation
Ranging from charming seaside towns to buzzing concrete jungles, these cities are ideal for a long weekend getaway.

  1. New York, New York - You can’t tackle all the Big Apple’s sights in one weekend, but you can choose the best activities to suit your interests and make the trip uniquely yours.
  2. Austin, Texas - Austin is one of the most friendly, unique, and eclectic cities in the US — and it’s perfect for a quick getaway.
  3. Portland, Maine - This sleepy New England town should be at the top of your list if you want a vacation with scenic landscapes, exceptional food, and a laid-back setting to get away from it all.
  4. Miami, Florida - When you need a dose of sun, sea, and sand, you can’t go wrong with the vibrant, culture-rich hub that is Miami. Once the sun sets, head to South Beach for unrivalled nightlife.
  5. San Francisco, California - Boasting pleasant temperatures throughout most of the year, San Francisco is a great choice in any season. Stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge, explore the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, or hop on a boat tour to Alcatraz. 

Top itineraries for a four-day vacation
When one destination simply isn’t enough, plan an action-packed weekend or a mini road trip with the help of these three and four-day itineraries.

The Grand Canyon and national parks 
  • Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park - Explore Zion National Park and then head to Bryce Canyon National Park, where you’ll quickly see why it’s considered to be one of the most scenically diverse places in the world.
  • Antelope Canyon - With its wave-like structure and winding walls, marvel at Arizona's most awe-inspiring slot canyon. 
  • The Grand Canyon - Save the best for last and top off your trip with a visit to the Grand Canyon. Admire this natural wonder from ground level or marvel at the magnificent view from a helicopter.
Discover the full itinerary here: National Parks Tour

A taste of California’s hotspots 
  • Los Angeles - This city is filled to the brim with everything from Hollywood glamour to renowned art galleries and highly acclaimed restaurants.
  • Santa Barbara - A city made for relaxation and pampering, this is the place to indulge in luxurious spa treatments and gourmet meals.
  • San Francisco - San Francisco is a delight for all the senses, whether you’re zipping around on a cable car, exploring by foot, or eating your way through its culturally diverse neighbourhoods.
Discover the full itinerary here: California Express

New York to Niagara Falls
  • New York - If it’s your first visit or your fifth, there’s always something new to discover in this iconic city.
  • Niagara Falls - Get up close and personal (and soaking wet!) with the thundering falls on a Maid of the Mist cruise.
  • Finger Lakes - After New York and Niagara Falls, you’ll be ready for a relaxing stay in the Finger Lakes region, where world-renowned wineries and stunning natural scenery await.
Discover the full itinerary here - New York to Niagara Falls Mini

Top 10 things to see in the USA

Whether you’re the kind of traveller who likes to tick the biggest sights off your bucket list or venture off the beaten path, there’s no denying there are just some places you have to visit in your lifetime.
America is a massive country and this is by no means a comprehensive list, but the following 10 places definitely deserve a spot on your USA wish list. Some are obvious and some are a bit cliche, but they all have one thing in common: they’re distinctly and quintessentially American.

  1. Times Square, New York
  2. Giant Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
  3. Niagara Falls, New York
  4. The White House, Washington D.C.
  5. The Hollywood Walk of Fame
  6. The Florida Everglades 
  7. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
  8. Alaska’s fjords
  9. The Freedom Trail, Boston
  10. Route 66, Illinois to California

Important historical sites can be found around every corner in Washington
Important historical sites can be found around every corner in Washington

Best cities to visit in the USA in 2020

1. Asheville, North Carolina - Asheville’s drool-worthy food scene and historic architecture have earned it a spot on this list, but this city is chock-full of surprises. Be sure to explore the burgeoning craft brewery scene, visit the sprawling Biltmore Estate, and book a ghost tour to learn about Asheville’s haunted history.
2. Santa Fe, New Mexico - If you’re seeking an adventure-filled or wellness-focused getaway in 2020, Santa Fe is a fantastic choice. Those in need of a mind-body-soul reboot should head straight for the city’s top-notch spas, while foodies and active travellers will love the vibrant restaurant scene and range of natural attractions and hiking trails.
3. Nashville, Tennessee - This Tennessee hotspot has been gaining even more popularity in recent years, so if you haven’t been yet, 2020 is the time to go. The city’s music history is still a big highlight, but it’s not the only thing drawing visitors from around the world; cool neighbourhoods like Germantown and renowned eateries are a few more things you can’t miss.
4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Not far from Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole is the place to go if you want to lose yourself in the natural world and see incredible wildlife. Luxury ski resorts and elegant spas have brought a touch of glamour to this wild western town, but it’s still the kind of place where you can rock cowboy boots in even the fanciest of restaurants.
5. Baltimore, Maryland - Baltimore may have gotten a bad rap in the past, but it’s on the verge of a rebirth and tourism boom. This up-and-coming city is changing rapidly: a wave of boutique hotels has arrived recently, along with an influx of trendy and renowned restaurants to boot. While you’re here, check out some of the city’s oldest and most historic sites, learn about Baltimore on an Inner Harbor sightseeing cruise, and sample top culinary delights on a food tour.

The Hollywood Sign is a must-visit if you're in Los Angeles
The Hollywood Sign is a must-visit if you're in Los Angeles

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Top regions to visit in the USA

The hardest part about planning a trip in the United States is trying to decide where to go! From the north to the south, the east to the west, America is made up of so many amazing destinations, and choosing where to spend your vacation time is definitely a challenge. If you’re struggling to narrow down your options, start by exploring these popular regions first.

USA vacation packages

If you’re ready to book your perfect USA vacation package, this is the best place to start! You’ll find a wide range of tours, trips, and travel experiences across the United States at TourRadar — so, if you want to hike through the country’s greatest national parks, party all night in Las Vegas, see the spectacular views from the top of the Empire State Building in New York City, go on a classic American road trip, or get a little taste of all of the above, we’ve got you covered! Explore these tours now and make your dream USA trip a reality.

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