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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.

Why go?

Hold on to your hats, cowboys! Holidays in the mainland USA are a wild and awesome ride. Book holidays to America and prepare to be thrilled.

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 such as 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-Deco Miami. 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 beauty of America is the ease with which which you can tour this vast and varied nation, which means that you don't have to limit yourself to just one city or 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 under way today. TravelSupermarket can help you to find and book holidays to the USA.

When to go?

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.

America holidays are popular throughout the year due to the variety of weather-dependent experiences on offer. In general, you'll find cheap holidays to America and its sunshine hotspots outside of the summer months and the British school holidays. Bargain breaks to New York can appear at any time apart from around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

What's on?

There's never a bad time to book holidays in America, though these fantastic annual events add a little extra zing to your holiday snaps.

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.

What to do?

There's an unforgettable experience for everyone in the USA, whether big or small, old or young, on a tight budget or splashing out.

Kids and teens: The theme parks of Disney, in Florida and California, are naturally the biggest draws for Brits, but don't forget the other cracking theme parks that are dotted around the country.

Grown-up families: Book car hire in American and plan a road trip to remember. Whether you spend time touring the east coast's cities and Atlantic beaches or head way out west for theme parks, national parks and Pacific beaches, your family will never forget the amazing time you had.

Romance: New York City is an obvious choice for romantics, especially those who've seen movies where lovers stroll hand-in-hand through steam-filled, neon-lit streets or in Central Park.

Relaxing: Fly to Hawaii and flop on to the gorgeous beaches of these welcoming islands. Book a spa hotel and your aches and strains will simply melt away.  

Nightlife: From fine dining under the stars, to live hula shows and music, Hawaii has plenty to keep you entertained when the sun goes down. Honolulu is the place to go if you're looking for lively bars, restaurants and clubs.

Active types: The national parks of the Old Wild West call out to adventurers. Hike in the Grand Canyon, book white-water rafting trips, go skiing, or get the adrenaline flowing during a crazy number of activities in states such as Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and California.

Free and cheap: It costs nothing to simply amble around some of America's most unique cities such as New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago and Miami, while many museums across the USA are free to enter.