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Destinations in Mainland USA

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  1. Las Vegas
  2. Chicago
  3. Grand Canyon
  4. Memphis
  5. New Orleans
  6. Salt Lake City

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Hold on to your hats cowboys! Holidays in Mainland USA are a wild and awesome ride.

But forget theme parks and tales of the Wild West, the United States of America will constantly surprise and delight visitors with world-class cuisine, pristine beaches, wild and wonderful national parks, and some of the most exciting cities on the planet.

Mainland USA holidays are adored by Brits who flock to fun-filled hotspots such as Florida and California. Mickey Mouse and his pals are like magnets for families seeking entertainment. Florida's theme parks and white sand beaches add to the allure of this tropical state, while beach lovers and fans of the movies will want to visit California for all the glamour of destinations like Hollywood.

Holidaymakers from the UK also jet to the exotic state of Hawaii for beach and activity breaks among the palm trees and volcanoes of the islands.

But if it's big city excitement you're after, you are truly spoiled for choice in the USA. Choose between glitzy and gritty non-stop New York, or the nation's seat of power, Washington DC. Head to Las Vegas for 24/7 entertainment and gambling in the heat of the desert, or pump up the heat and the volume in sultry Art-DecoMiami. Soak in the culture and sights of San Francisco, take the Freedom Trail in lovely Boston, or simply feel the buzz of cities such as Los Angeles, New Orleans and Philadelphia. The Statue of Liberty, New York, USA

The beauty of America is the ease in which you can tour this vast and varied nation, which means that you don't have to limit yourself to just one city or just one state. Hop in a hire car, hit the highway and enjoy the freedom of the road. Many visitors choose to play it free and easy, finding hotels as they go, while others choose to pre-book packages to one or more tourist centres.

Wherever you choose to take your “vacation”, you can be guaranteed of finding a country that has drawn influences from a plethora of immigrants over the years. You'll find a bit of French and Irish, a huge Hispanic vibe, a smattering of European, some African, Asian, Caribbean - practically everywhere in the world is represented in this rainbow nation.

And you'll find food and music to reflect this variety. From blues and rock to burgers and jambalaya, you're never far removed from somewhere else in the United States. The cities also offer up world-class museums and galleries, plus shopping opportunities galore.

National parks allow access to the great wilderness, where majestic animals roam and trees finger their way towards enormous skies. The flora and fauna are as varied as the people of America.

This really is a holiday destination where anything feels possible and there's something for families, groups, and couples of all ages.

What are you waiting for? Get your American adventure underway today. TravelSupermarket can help you to find and book holidays to the USA.

Weather

This giant mass of land and its non-mainland states experience many different climates. As you'd expect, the further north you are, the cooler the weather, while in places in the far south, such as Florida and New Orleans, heat and humidity rule. Southern California enjoys one of the most pleasurable climates, with hot days and mild winters, while the Big Apple is hot in summer but snowy in winter. Many mountains provide skiing opportunities during the winter months. Use the guides on TravelSupermarket to check the weather overview for your chosen destination.

Events

Chinese New Year in San Francisco; January: San Francisco is home to one of the biggest Chinese communities outside of China and nowhere typifies the multi-cultural heartbeat of the United States as well as Chinatown. This colourful district puts on quite the show for Chinese New Year celebrations.

St Patrick's Day Parade in Boston; March: This city is one of the most Irish in America and, along with Chicago and other US cities, it hosts a giant green party to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. Expect parties, parades and the partaking of a few drinks.

Independence Day celebrations; July: Be anywhere in the United States on July 4 to celebrate the nation's independence. Feasts of food followed by fireworks are the usual practices.

Fall colours in New England; late autumn: Go “leaf-peeping” in New England states such as Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire and see nature's amazing show of colour as the trees turn from green to red and orange. It's a spectacular sight and thousands visit for this reason alone.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York; November: The Big Apple is the ideal place to join in with Thanksgiving celebrations. Jostle for a spot to see the annual parade, which features huge elaborate floats. Make sure you top it off with apple pie or a slice of New York cheesecake to really get into the American spirit.