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The United States of America epitomises glamour. Big, bold, unashamed glamour. Where else can you find some of the world's most exclusive restaurants, flamboyant hotels and iconic sporting events, laid out on a stage that's synonymous with the all-American image, from its plunging canyons and sweeping landscapes to its cosmopolitan cities and fashionable boutiques. Fast-paced, at once wild and refined, and with some of the most beautiful natural wonders on the planet, North America is abundant with once in a lifetime sights that create amazing journeys. The colossal Grand Canyon cuts a magnificent swathe down the west coast, cleaving desert from the verdant centre. In the south west the Florida Keys pepper the azure seas with palm-studded islets and creamy beaches, while the north is carpeted in savannah scenes that are straight out of Little House on the Prairie. And away from the natural beauty (and it is plentiful), you'll have access to some of the world's most mesmerising metropolises, from the political powerhouse that is Washington D.C to the incomparable splendour of New York with all its fascinating contrasts. It's also a fantastic beach destination: California is replete with surfing hotspots and the great serpent of Highway 1 that uncoils along the coastline. New England is perfectly preppy, Hawaii laid-back luau cool and the Carolinas unspoilt and packed with southern charm. Each of the 51 states is characterised by its own flavour, from grits in Texas to the famous New York hotdog, you can take your taste buds on an adventure of their own.
USA with A&K
When it comes to the USA, our returning travellers' highlights come thick and fast: on a sunset horse ride in Arizona, trotted around a corner to find we'd arranged a desert 'cook out' with live band; an impromptu microbrewery tour in Oregon after our guide, Kieron, noted his group's interest in - there's no other way of saying this - enjoying a tipple; and snorkelling with manatee in Florida's Crystal River: "I was petrified at first, but when I calmed down, it was incredible".
How do you start to tackle the myriad charms, adventures and tastes of the USA? You're looking at a country with everything from tropical beaches kissed by awe-inspiring surf, empty arctic tundra and desert worthy of a Hollywood movie, along with some of the planet's most sophisticated cities.
The solution is to trust our superb, highly experienced North American team to inform and advise you, before drawing up a perfectly pitched, creative itinerary. With the very best guides and long-established contacts, we can arrange seamless travel across the vast country, highlighting its iconic sights and personal holiday priorities, while offering exclusive insider experiences: tours of private art collections, visits to civil war battlefields with renowned historians, wine tasting with owners of boutique vineyards, driving vintage Mustang convertibles on the Pacific Coastal Highway...
We'll help you discover New England's colonial architecture and beautiful coastal villages, Florida's white powder sand, laid-back Keys and sprawling Everglades - guests have emailed us about the thrill of feeding alligators from their airboats - and the Appalachian Trail's magnificent landscapes (we suggest a short hike rather than the entire 2,180 miles).
You'll find some of the world's most gorgeous national parks from the Great Smoky Mountains forests to Yellowstone's geysers and Canyonlands' mesas, to Yosemite's waterfalls. You can head west for Hawaii's legendary surf, south for Louisiana's bayous and north for Alaska's glaciers, volcanoes and bears. Link any of them together and you've a memorable holiday road trip including Highway One linking Los Angeles and San Francisco, Highway 61 between New Orleans and Minnesota - the 'Blues Highway' - and US1 from Miami to Key West.
And, of course, there are the cities: from New York's dynamism and Chicago's architecture to Portland's cafes and San Francisco's hills. We could go on, but as Americans say 'enough already'. It's all waiting for you and with A&K, it's all possible.
Talk to one of our experts today about our luxury and tailor made USA Holidays 2015, 2016.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 4 | from £3,195
Holiday type: Group departure
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Nights: 11 | from £5,740
This 11 night self-drive discovery of Arizona offers the added benefit of expert private guides around the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation. Find out more
Holiday type: Tailor-made
Adventure & Culture
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Nights: 16 | from £5,350
Kayak the calm waters of Puget Sounds and explore the best of the Pacific Northwest’s national parks as you visit the vibrant cities and rugged coastline of this naturally beautiful region, getting far from the beaten track on a self-drive adventure. Find out more
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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
Newport Beach, California
The Resort at Pelican Hill is the perfect spot to choose for a family looking to explore Southern California from a relaxing base with the very best activities... Find out more
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Upgrades worth £1,000
Book the California Science and Nature itinerary and we'll provide you with the following upgrades, worth £1,000: a small group VIP tour at the California Academy of Sciences; a full day adventure in Yosemite with a driver and naturalist guide; behind the scenes access at San Diego Zoo; a map of California to use (and keep!). All complimentary enhancements are subject to availability. It may be necessary from time to time to change the specific activity due to seasonality and age restrictions however we will ensure that the value is matched. All offers apply to new bookings only. Maximum four guests will benefit from these complimentary offers. Minimum of ten nights required. Book by the 14th July 2015 for travel on selected dates between now and the 31st December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
Upgrades worth £600
Book the California Family Fun itinerary and we'll provide you with the following upgrades, worth £600: upgrade to a family-sized SUV for comfort; a San Francisco city pass for the whole family; a complimentary day ticket to Universal Studios; a map of California to use (and keep!). All complimentary enhancements are subject to availability. It may be necessary from time to time to change the specific activity due to seasonality and age restrictions however we will ensure that the value is matched. All offers apply to new bookings only. Maximum four guests will benefit from these complimentary offers. Minimum of ten nights required. Book by the 14th July 2015 for travel on selected dates between now and the 31st December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
Book a 3 night stay and receive up to $1,000 in additional value
Immerse yourself in Montana's majestic landscape while you enjoy the bespoke amenities and adventures of the country's premier National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Partake in privately guided hikes and a backcountry Jeep tour to spot wildlife, such as moose, elk, deer and big horn sheep. Enjoy fireside discussions with a Ranch Ambassador on wildlife, local history, geology, entomology and game tracking. Book by 31st July 2015 for travel on select dates between 15th September –24th November 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Charlotte, Vicki, Heidi and Rod are experts in designing the perfect holiday in the USA and Canada to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
To find out more about our North America team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 854 444 or enquire online
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Many thanks for your excellent service and our amazing honeymoon. Your services were by far superior to your competitors, such as Kuoni or Black Tomato. Huge thank you to Rod Pendell for all his hard work to make sure we have a perfect holiday.
- JJ, London
Best time to be there
At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT
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