The United States of America
The ‘good ole U S of A’ is truly an amazing place – whilst the most famous sites are undoubtedly city based, the great outdoors and the national parks of USA are simply stunning. I went there by accident many years back (long story!) and absolutely loved it … the endless landscapes and awe inspiring canyon lands will stay in my memories for ever. Whilst Las Vegas has to be seen to be believed, the people and scenery of the great outdoors is the ultimate in outdoor adventure!
Choosing the right holiday here depends on how much time you have really – it’s possible to stay here for months and never see it all and there are long distance challenges such as the pan American highway, the Alaska to tip of South America or good ole route 66 to get your motor running! Self drive is a great way to see America and whether you choose a car, motorhome, wagon, motorbike, cycle or horse, you are sure to have a whale of a time, travelling around the sights, enjoying the hospitality of the people and doing that iconic, all American ‘road trip’!
If you want to be hotel based and in an escorted group there are endless options for coach tours and small group adventure tours. Some adventures can involve camping and hiking or why not try a Ranch Stay for some authentic cowboy action? Rail travel is a great way to see America and with AMTRAK’s great network all over the states you can let the train take the strain here.
This can be loosely defined as half the land in the USA! Encompassing the Pacific Coast through the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains to the desert areas of Sonoran, Great Basin, Chihuahua and Mojave and much more in the middle! The states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana and Idaho form the ‘Great West’.
Stay on a ranch for a horse riding holiday, visit the cowboy towns of the central plains and ranches from Colorado through to Texas. Arizona and Utah have the most amazing canyons and rock formations anywhere on earth. The ethereal and stunning Arches National Park offers scenes that you could only really imagine – huge boulders balancing on their edges on hill tops and bright orange arched ravines … Bryce Canyon with it’s pink ‘cathedral’ spires and Zion with it’s steep gorges and clear rivers … a truly lovely wilderness area. Not forgetting of course the most famous of them all The Grand Canyon. Within California of course you have the cosmopolitan and glitzy towns of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.
America’s heartland and home to the Great Lakes, Great Plains and the enormous Mississippi River. It’s a mostly flat region full of ranches and quaint towns with a mix of culture, food and languages. This is where Dorothy was whisked into the land of Oz in a Tornado!!! Here you will find the rock carved presidents at Mount Rushmore and the jazz and gangster city of Chicago. States in this region include Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, South and North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas and Minnesota.
The south of the USA includes Memphis, the home of Elvis, the Texan oil fields and the deep south with its jazz and creole cultures. This is an area of rich culture and history which has its own customs, cuisine and music. Stretching to the east coast and including the capital region of Washington DC, the states here are Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The deep south is a must see with plantation homes, paddle steamers, great food and the atmosphere of times gone by. Head to the sunshine state of Florida for glitz and glamour, theme parks the Everglades and Florida Keys – gateway to the Caribbean.
The North East
The most affluent area of the USA including New England states, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the landscape here moves from cliffs and sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast to fertile farms of the Ohio River Valley. Mountain ranges fill the landscape and two of the ‘great lakes’ border this region. New York of course attracts shoppers from all round the world and has a rich culture and superb entertainment. New England and Vermont offer beautiful architecture, gardens, hills, valleys and coastline and is most amazing when the colours of red, orange and yellow blanket the land in ‘The Fall’. Massachusetts is a huge state including Cape Cod, playground and holiday homes for the rich and famous! Connecticut has lovely small towns and river valleys and seems to be in a bit of a time warp (in a nice way!).
Although a long way from the other states, USA is proud to have Hawaii as its Pacific island paradise! There are four islands, Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island … all with different things to offer the traveller and all full of adventure and activity. A haven for natural beauty, tropical flowers, volcanic mountains, friendly culture and warm waters all year round. Combines well as a twin centre holiday with the West coast of the States.
We had a great time on our recent holiday to New England, here are just some of the things we experienced! Boston was a great city to visit, plenty to see and do, walked the Freedom Trail and enjoyed some shopping! Up the coast into Maine we stayed at Bar Harbor for 2 nights, really nice fishing town, very pretty, lots of Lobsters! Went through the White Mountains, Conway, did some hiking, then to Stowe in Vermont, really great town near the Canada border. Newport Rhode Island was a great place with lots of boats! The final place we stayed at Cape Cod was wow! We were there for 4th July celebrations and fireworks it was amazing. Overall, a fabulous holiday, we enjoyed the coastal towns the best. Thank you for helping us plan our holiday.
Stu and Deb Brown – New England, USA (June 2013)
We found Julie by chance after searching “route 66 holidays” and are we glad that we did. With relatively short notice Jules really did create a holiday of a lifetime for us. We had some ideas of what we wanted to do, such as sleeping in a concrete wigwam, detouring to Monument Valley and also the Grand Canyon, Jules managed to incorporate this and more!
We had a good mix of different types of accommodation with our favourites being Best Western Rail Tavern in Springfield Missouri (Elvis stayed there in 1956!) and The View Hotel in Monument Valley. We met some wonderful people along Route 66, and saw some amazing sights. We would highly recommend both the Route 66 road trip and Jules to organise it! Bring on The Lincoln Highway next!
Sarah & Jeremy White – USA Route 66 (June 2013)
Our holiday was amazing! The weather was bright sunshine for the 12 days, which was a bonus. Changed the car to a bigger one with no fuss. In Las Vegas we loved the MGM, a great hotel with good location. The Omni in Los Angeles was awesome, we asked for an upgrade and were successful we ended up with a suite. They even sent a cake up to our room when they knew it was my 40th in May which was really nice.
Along the coast in California we wished we had stayed in Carmel instead of Monterey, it’s much nicer! A few issues with The Serrano in San Francisco but overall OK. They had wine tasting every evening between 5pm and 6pm which was extremely nice and pleasant! Well located and we felt safe walking around at night. Overall the holiday exceeded our expectations, and we are very grateful for all your help and assistance in making this trip happen!
Paul & Sue – USA California fly drive (April 2013)
We had a truly memorable time and everything went relatively like clockwork. It was very comforting to turn up and be expected at all locations. Like everyone we guess we would have tweaked things a little with the benefit of hindsight, but overall extremely satisfied. Our journey took us all around California, along the Pacific Coast through Santa Barbara, Monterey to San Francisco (The Alcatraz tour was interesting and we would have struggled had you not pre-booked it for us). The Big Bus tours are very worthwhile (but cold!). Then we headed through Yosemite and Sequoia into the stunning parks of Utah, into Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and across the last part of Route 66 back to LA.
Some unexpected treats we found along the way included Peggy Sue’s Diner, 2 minutes off I40, which was on our route, Seligman on Route 66 – a step back in time (including the Roadkill Café) and Oatman on Route 66 – loved the Buros in the street and what a strange place!
John, Mandy, Martin & Fay – Western USA fly drive (July 13)
What can I say but a massive thank you for your help and advice with our trip of a life time honeymoon! Route 66 was amazing, the hotels, the views, the memories that we shall treasure for a very long time, the detours along the way too, a trip to Monument valley eating dinner on the patio with the most amazing and romantic back drop ever, the Grand Canyon stay at the Cowboy ranch – first time riding a horse and what a way to do it on a champagne sunset tour! Three nights in ‘Vegas baby’! and the end of the trail in Santa Monica on the pier was beautiful… but not the end of our trip. The pacific highway up to San Francisco breathtaking…. the only thing that I could criticise is that three weeks was not long enough……… We wanted to turn around and do it all again…… and one day we will and I know exactly where to come to book it!
Again Many thanks – even though we have never meet the service you gave us was just like talking to a friend….. Thank you, Jo & Theresa
Jo & Theresa – Route 66 & San Francisco USA (June 2013)
Thank you for organising our recent trip to USA, all flights, transfers and the hire car arrangements ran smoothly! In New York the 48-hr Hop on, Hop off bus was excellent. Was a good way to quickly get our bearings as bus went around all of Manhattan. Buses very frequent and we used them a lot. The night tour was a bonus and the boat around Statue of Liberty was the best way to do it given the huge queues for the boat that landed at the Statue of Liberty (particularly as Statue of Liberty was closed due to refurbishment and would have meant another long queue to get a boat back to battery park). We enjoyed the sights around New York and Washington. The hotel in Washington was ideally located. Thanks for all your help with organising our trip for us – I would definitely ask for your help again! (Nicky travelled to USA on business then had her teenage children join her in New York and Washington)
Nicky Fussell – USA (July 2012)
Fly Drive Holidays to New England give you the opportunity to experience old fashiong American hospitality in the many farms, inns and fishing towns in the region. Trek in the mountains, taste the Lobster and enjoy the colours of the Fall!
An adventure of a lifetime – a week of rafting and camping along the Colorado River inside the Grand Canyon.
The ultimate American adventure! Travel from one side of the United States to the other … 3 weeks or 3 months, there is a trip out there to suit everyone! Self drive, adventure camping, rail journeys or escorted tours.
A fabulous working cattle ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Horse riding and family holidays in this family run lodge with plenty of activities to keep you busy.
Las Vegas is a must see city on Route 66 in the Nevada Desert, full of glitz, glamour and gambling. Enjoy the spectacularly nightly entertainment shows, endless restaurants and casinos and visit the nearby Grand Canyon.
The Big Apple is a buzzing, cosmopolitan city which will amaze and fascinate you. The Manhattan skyline is there to be explored – world class shopping, river cruises, broadway musicals or fabulous restaurants, New York an ideal city break.
Self drive holidays on Route 66. Whether you drive this route by car, motorhome or motorbike, this is the most popular fly drive in USA! I can tailor make it to suit your individual requirements.