When it comes to our destinations, the biggest fans out there are the Grand American Adventures staff team. Seasoned travellers with a huge variety of interests, we've got our national park devotees and city slickers; East Coast explorers and West Coast wanderers; camping experts and hotel know-it-alls. So who better to let you in on some of THE best destinations to visit with us?
The 'City by the Bay', San Francisco, is a favourite with visitors to the United States. More relaxed than its Western USA neighbours Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this seaside city offers. We've compiled a list of essential things to do on your first visit to San Francisco.
When you think about fun US cities to visit, which ones spring to mind? San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Asheville...
Flights to the USA often involve stopovers, which are essentially a chance to explore one of the country's amazing destinations for free. Indeed, stopovers present such exciting opportunities that it is well worth purposefully seeking out indirect flights so you can add an extra few days to your holiday in an inspiring new destination.
New Orleans – aka “NOLA”, aka “The Big Easy” – seems different to the rest of America. You could almost not be in the USA. There’s a languid, tropical feeling in the air as soon as you land – on my visit the effect being enhanced by touching down in the middle of a monsoon.
There is nothing I like more than wandering around a bustling city and taking it all in. The unique sounds, smells and tastes are what make travelling so important to me. New York City in particular as an incredible array of places that make your senses come alive.
LET’S face it, at the end of the day a trip to New York is all about bragging to your mates in the pub when you get home. Empire State Building? Tick. Central Park? Tick. Fifth Avenue? Tick. Swam round the Statue of Liberty? Whoa, hold on there buddy. What’s that? Yes it’s true. Once a year you can see the Big Apple from a very soggy perspective by swimming 1.2km around the Statue of Liberty. All you have to do is log on at NYC Swim, pay a registration fee of $130 and prove you can cover 1500m in 35 minutes or less - someone at your local pool can vouch for you - and then come mid August, off you go.