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HOLIDAY RESORTS IN THE USA

Spend time in some of the world’s most captivating cities then disappear into vast, empty landscapes, from rippling prairies to red-sand deserts, before relaxing on next-level golden beaches. The USA is one of the most diverse countries on earth with 50 mainland states to explore. A similar size to the whole of Europe, it’s huge so take your time to plan a trip here and you’ll discover why the USA is one of the best holiday destinations of all time.

With so much to see and do, the USA is the ideal multi-centre holiday destination. Combine a sun-and-sand-filled adventure in Florida with sightseeing in the Big Apple. Pair family holidays to the world’s best theme parks with airboat tours of the epic Everglades and snorkelling in the coral reefs of Florida Keys. Soak in the glitz of Los Angeles and Las Vegas before soaring over the Grand Canyon or spying bison, elk and bears in Yellowstone National Park.

A classic American road trip should be on everyone’s bucket list, preferably along the coast – stopping off at surf towns and sun-kissed cities on the west coast or wending along Florida’s string of picture-perfect beaches, partying in glamorous cities and striking out to chill on offshore islands.

Whatever is on top of your USA hitlist, one thing’s for sure: it’ll give you an appetite for another slice of the American dream.

The USA is great for

  • Beaches
  • Wildlife
  • Food
  • Adventure
  • Activity Holidays
  • History
  • Road trips
  • Family fun

EXPLORE OUR HOLIDAY RESORTS IN THE USA

USA fast facts

Official Language – English is the official language of the USA.

Time – Continental United States has four time zones: Eastern time, Central time, Mountain time and Pacific time.

Tourist Info – Head to the brand USA website for more information.

Washington D.C. is the capital city of the United States.

Currency – The currency used in the USA is the US Dollar ($).

Getting there – International flights go to all major cities with excellent domestic connections between the states.

when to go?

Straddling six different time zones, the USA holds infinite possibilities for holidays with something incredible to offer whichever time of year you want to travel.

Broadly speaking, May to August are the best times to visit the northern states with warm and summery weather pretty much a given. Autumn is a glorious time to go to the east coast too when the dazzling colours of ‘fall’ lure “leaf peepers”, especially to New England’s forests. The winter months have many charms too – seeing New York and Chicago sprinkled in snow is a magical experience while the country’s ski resorts offer world-class winter sports.

The southern states, including Florida, offer year-round warm weather but can be at their most pleasant in spring and autumn. Winter brings sunny days and blue skies too, ideal for playing a round on Florida’s famed golf courses and enjoying queue-free theme parks. The “off-season” months can be a more affordable time to visit places like Florida too.

what's on?

There’s always something happening in the USA with its most famous annual festivities being Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the state-wide Fourth of July celebrations – marked with street parades and firework displays – and Super Bowl Sunday. A host of other sporting events, along with world famous music and film festivals, take place throughout the year.

Halloween is celebrated with gusto around the USA and is an especially good time to experience Orlando’s theme parks with spook-tacular decorations adding to the fun. Thanksgiving is a major national holiday on the last Thursday of November. It marks the start of the “holiday season” which runs through to Christmas and New Year.

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the food & drink

Given the USA is the third largest country in the world, it’s not surprising that different states have very different personalities. This diversity is reflected in the food culture too. As well as the classic all-American dishes like hamburgers, hot dogs, doughnuts and apple pie, you’ll discover an array of regional must-try dishes wherever you travel.

The country’s cosmopolitan cities are a melting pot of food cultures, which you can enjoy in Michelin-starred restaurants or simple street food joints. New York is famed for its bagels with lox and cream cheese and pastrami sandwiches while Chicago is indelibly associated with deep-dish pizzas. Boston is the place to chow down on clam chowder and lobster rolls.

The Deep South has its own distinct dishes that are all about home comfort – think chicken and waffles, shrimp ‘n’ grits or Louisiana’s gumbo, jambalaya and beignets.

Down in sunny Florida, seafood and tropical flavours come to the fore. Must-try dishes in the Sunshine State include key lime pie, Gulf shrimp and conch fritters. While vibrant cities like Orlando and Miami have every imaginable cuisine on the menu, including sensational Puerto Rican and Cuban restaurants, thanks to their proximity. Or why not try fried gator tail with fried green tomatoes?

Head west to Texas and you’ll discover it’s all about the barbecue – smoking meat over fire has become an art form in the Lone Star State.

THE HISTORIC SITES

The USA has plenty to offer history buffs from landscapes steeped in native American culture and quaint towns settled by early pioneers to thrumming cities crammed with world-famous landmarks and poignant sites associated with the civil rights movement.

Washington D.C is the country’s cultural heartland and political epicentre, packed with historic architecture and landmarks including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Capitol Hill.

No trip to the USA is complete without spending time in New York. As the saying goes, this city is so good they named it twice. From the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge to the beautiful expanse Central Park and the bright lights of Broadway, the Big Apple is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Boston and Philadelphia (known as the “birthplace of the nation”) are two of the most important historic cities in the States and well worth spending a weekend exploring their handsome streets.

The south has a rich history too with Florida’s St Augustine the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in North America. Explore its 17th-century Spanish fort and old lighthouse then wander around its cobbled streets to soak up its old-world charm.

Take a deep dive into the country’s indigenous culture and history at the breath-taking Monument Valley, set within the largest Native American Indian reservation in the USA. Or head into the dusty plains of the Wild West to visit old Gold Rush towns like Deadwood in South Dakota. Now a National Historic Landmark, this sleepy little town has a colourful past.

Music is at the core of American culture – with Nashville, Memphis, Austin and New Orleans all essential stops for anyone interested in exploring the country’s musical heritage. And having a good old party while they’re at it.

The Natural Wonders

Golden sand beaches, rolling prairies, dusty deserts, sprawling wetlands, red-hued gorges, soaring mountains, glistening glaciers and green, rolling hills, the USA has just about every landscape imaginable. From the geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, the gaping Grand Canyon and crashing Niagara Falls to the sultry wetlands of the Everglades and the coral islands that make up Florida Keys, it has some of the most spectacular places on earth.

The USA is a hiker’s dream, with trails wiggling through its many national parks and reserves. You can do every outdoor activity imaginable here with absolute must-dos including airboat or guided kayak tours of the epic expanse of the Everglades, surfing off the Florida coast and underground expeditions into the world’s longest cave system: Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Gawping at the giant redwoods on the California coast is another must, while wildlife lovers won’t want to miss the Badlands where bison roam and bald eagles soar and bear spotting in the forests of the Smoky Mountain National Park. This is a big country with big scenery to match.

Frequently Asked Questions about holidays in the USA

WHERE DO I STAY IN THE USA?

Looking for holiday resorts in Florida? Kissimmee, just to the south of Orlando, is a great base for exploring the Sunshine State, with easy access to its beaches, attractions, golf courses and theme parks. IDILIQ has two popular self-catering resorts that offer townhouses with plenty of room for groups and large families to relax in, along with outdoor pools and places to eat and drink.

IS THE USA GOOD FOR FAMILIES?

You could say that. The USA has endless options for family holidays, whether you’re looking for city, beach or outdoors adventures. Florida is the ultimate family friendly destination with year-round sunshine, sandy beaches, thrilling theme parks and world-class waterparks. It’s easy to get to as well with direct flights from most UK airports. IDILIQ has two family resorts in Orlando, featuring pools and sports facilities. They’re just 10 minutes’ drive from Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks and two water parks and 20 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort. They are close to some of Florida’s best beaches too and the incredible Everglades – while Miami and Florida Keys are a three hours’ drive south. Whether you have tiny tots or teens, Florida is a dream destination.

WHAT MONTH IS THE CHEAPEST TO GO ON HOLIDAY IN THE USA?

The low season is typically from January to March, but this can also be one of the best times to visit the warmer regions including Florida. The weather is still summery, and flights and accommodation rates are cheaper. Plus, you’re find the queues are shorter in Orlando’s theme parks.

DO I NEED A VISA TO FLY TO THE USA?

Yes, as well as a valid passport, British citizens are required to have an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to visit the USA, including under-18s. Go to the US Embassy online for details on how to apply for a visa.

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