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Washington, DC is a city rich in history and proud in its heritage. With its memorials, monuments and historical sites making it a must-see place for every visitor, it is also great value for money with many of its iconic sights and museums FREE of charge!  Offering activities and attractions for everyone, very few cities in the world provide the same access to world-class museums, one-of-a-kind events and incredible displays as Washington, DC.

Washington, DC is a city made up of clean, green open spaces and a multitude of neighbourhoods, where restaurants and pubs buzz and the city is on view from a vast array of roof terraces. There’s so much to love about each one of DC’s neighbourhoods, from history on Capitol Hill and high-end boutiques in Georgetown to performing arts in the Penn Quarter and 24-hour dining in Adams Morgan. Get familiar with the lay of the land and find your place in DC.

Located between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, DC is full of surprises, you just won’t want to leave!

Monuments and Memorials:
No trip to Washington, DC is complete without touring our celebrated monuments and memorials. At the heart is the National Mall, a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial.  Along the way, visitors will see the Washington Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial to name a few.

While visitors can freely discover these attractions on their own, a tour offers a way to learn the history associated with each.  The highly-acclaimed Bike and Roll offers guided bicycle tours of the monuments with stops at all of the major attractions along the National Mall and also offers evening tours so that visitors can experience magnificent views of the attractions illuminated at night. For a truly unique way to see the city, glide across town on a Segway, all whilst taking in the sites of Washington, DC.

Museums:
Washington, DC is in a class of its own when it comes to high quality museums. Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 17 museums, galleries and a National Zoo. Explore and learn about everything from the origins of man and the future of flight to the history of art across multiple continents with nearly 140 million objects, works of art and specimens to discover. And you won’t have to pay a penny to experience it as admission is free at every location.

Or why not visit the International Spy Museum, there's something for the spy in all of us. Guests adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies, and become the subjects of covert surveillance throughout their visit. Through intense interactive experiences and immersive environments, the Museum examines actual events, reveals true stories, and presents hundreds of authentic tools of the spy trade.

The International Spy Museum is now at a brand-new, purpose-built facility at Washington DC’s L’Enfant Plaza, a short walk between the National Mall and The Wharf.

There are plenty more amazing museums for you to feast your eyes on such as the Museum of the Bible, the National Geographic Museum, the Law Enforcement Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and much more!

Neighbourhoods:
Washington, DC is made up of many neighbourhoods, each with its own flavour and flair. A huge variety of architecture, festivals and eateries solidify the city as a global crossroads, while farm-to-table restaurants, indie shops and galleries, busy outdoor markets and intimate music venues speak to the city’s local minded-side.

The diverse neighbourhood of Adams Morgan is mostly known for its nightlife thanks to all the bars and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor. Centred at the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street, sandwiched between U Street Corridor, Mount Pleasant, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Columbia Heights, and Woodley Park, the area might be less than 5 square miles, but there’s a lot for you to explore including historic row houses, the DC Arts Centre, an art gallery and performance space that supports emerging artists in the city.

Capitol Hill is one of the city’s most popular places to live, with 19th-century rowhouses and a market plus a vibrant dining and nightlife scene. Head to the neighbourhood both for its government buildings like the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court and the surrounding historic, walkable, restaurant-filled blocks.

With the U.S. Capitol as its beacon, Capitol Hill (lovingly named by Thomas Jefferson) has served as the centre of politics in Washington, DC since the early 19th century. But there is much more to the Hill than suited staffers and America’s most famous cast iron-domed structure. Hop off a Metro train at Eastern Market or Capitol South and begin a day filled with history, culture and dynamite eats.

Explore Dupont Circle and you’ll discover dozens of bistros, bars, boutiques and museums, as well as the vibrant stretch along 17th Street. This cosmopolitan neighbourhood offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighbourhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day. Or why not join the throngs of locals on Sundays who visit the year-round Dupont Circle farmers’ market in front of the Metro station entrance on Q and 20th streets.

The beauty of Georgetown’s cobblestone sidewalks, grand homes and peaceful C&O canal are only part of the draw to this tree-lined historic neighbourhood – as home to some of the city’s top shops, tastiest restaurants and most luxurious hotels, Georgetown’s river waterfront is home to tons of great restaurants and plenty of outdoor activities. In summer, children (and adults, too) can splash in the sprinkler-style water fountain, watch the boats and feed the ducks. In winter months, the region’s largest ice rink opens for skating.

North of Dupont Circle – and across Rock Creek Park from funky Adams Morgan – genteel Woodley Park was one of several uptown neighbourhoods where 19th and early 20th-century Washingtonians escaped the summer heat. It still boasts historic architecture, including two grand hotels, plus the modern buzz of good restaurants with sidewalk cafés. The neighbourhood features a few iconic sights, including a Marilyn Monroe mural and two spectacular bridges, the Taft and the Duke Ellington. Its biggest attraction, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, which backs up Rock Creek Park, is home to the city’s famed giant pandas.

Outdoors:
When visiting Washington, DC, you should know you're entering a city where locals love to hike, walk and play outside. If you want to eat healthy, explore nature or tap into the city's local fitness bug, you can do it all in Washington, DC. Recreation is also plentiful. DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca is Rock Creek Park, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. Plus, a nature centre, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and historic site Peirce Mill. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding at Key Bridge Boathouse. Experience the tranquillity of floating on the water combined with breath-taking views of DC's monuments, Teddy Roosevelt Island's wildlife and the Georgetown Waterfront. Bring a picnic for a post-paddle lunch by the water.

The Wharf reestablishes Washington, DC, as a waterfront city and destination. This remarkable, mile-long stretch along the Potomac River comes to life with restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses—all complemented by monumental views and a vibrant culture. Home of the award winning Anthem concert hall, multiple intimate music venues, a host of local retailers, and the nation’s oldest operating fish market, The Wharf offers a truly unique DC experience.

The Wharf is one of the most connected and accessible neighborhoods in Washington, DC. With Metro and VRE in easy walking distance, Reagan International Airport and Union Station ten minutes away by car, underground parking, Capital Bikeshare onsite, and daily water taxi access, getting to The Wharf is a breeze.

Shopping:
No matter where you are in Washington, DC, there are a variety of stores, boutiques, gift shops and malls to find what you're looking for, whether it's a new look for your home or yourself. Chinatown and Penn Quarter are full of shopping possibilities, so check out 7th and F streets for a slew of options ranging from national retailers.

Head to the heart of Downtown DC for its newest shopping sensation, CityCenterDC, bustling with 10-acres of shops, cafes, restaurants and public space. Head to the hip hunter’s paradise where U Street’s old-school-cool vibe intertwines with trendsetting restaurants and shops along 14th Street. The historic U Street neighbourhood is exploding with funky furniture stores and edgy clothing outlets and cool boutiques.

Georgetown features a little bit of everything, from indie specialty shops to home design to high-end boutiques to national and international retail stores.

Tysons Corner is a favourite for the international shopper. Take Metro’s Silver Line to the retail mecca located in McLean, Va., and browse through goods from more than 300 shops at Tysons Corner Center, including brands like Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and C. Wonder.

Sports:
Washington, DC’s sports teams are a blast to cheer for, any time of the year.  The Washington Nationals stadium in Capitol Riverfront offers magnificent views of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument along with one of the National League’s most exciting teams.

Did you know that D.C. United is one of the most successful soccer teams in the country? Catch a game at Audi Field which opened last July with the familiar Wayne Rooney leading the team out.

The Washington Redskins regularly take the field in front of a packed stadium, and FedExField is home to one of only two marching bands in the NFL, a group that joyously plays “Hail to the Redskins” after every touchdown. Head to the Capital One Arena for a Washington Wizards basketball game to see All-Star John Wall in action. The arena is centrally located in DC’s bustling Penn Quarter & Chinatown neighbourhood, so after the game you can grab dinner, sightsee at a museum or relax with a nightcap at one of the neighbourhood’s buzzworthy bars. 

Dining Out and Evening Entertainment:
Beyond national treasures and historic buildings, Washington, DC’s neighbourhoods buzz with lively cafes and restaurants, rich culture and music of all kinds. It’s the real DC at its finest.

Dig in to one of the hottest restaurant scenes in the nation. When you visit the nation's capital, you’ll experience a food scene as colourful and eclectic as America itself. That means you can expect each meal at every restaurant to be different. From crave-worthy dishes served by celebrity chefs to world-famous chili bowls served from a diner, DC’s local flavour only has one thing in common: it’s all delicious.  The city received its first Michelin Guide in October 2016 signifying to the world what the locals already know; it’s a true culinary destination.

With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground dance clubs to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this popular area in the District has every option to suit your vibe.

Festivals & Events:
You can find amazing events taking place all year long in Washington, DC. Explore everything that’s going on, from annual festivals and holiday celebrations to new museum exhibits, concerts and so much more.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. It includes spectacular weekends and daily events during March and April, promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival during June and July is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, DC, by the Smithsonian Institution’s Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each festival typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Independence Day celebrations, and there are lots of interesting sites from which to view them. For example, you’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or across the river in Arlington. Or why not head to the National Mall, one of the best but busiest places to watch the fireworks. Stake out your spot with a blanket, beach chairs and a picnic basket full of food.
 

Top things to do in Washington, DC:

National Mall
Besides well-known landmarks like the Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall also features over 60 other monuments and memorials for you to visit.

National Mall at Dusk
Touring the National Mall during the day is delightful, but for a truly magical experience, visit at dusk. That’s when the lights come on, bathing Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, as well as the Washington Monument, in an otherworldly glow.

U.S. Capitol Building
The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and the center of American democracy. The world-famous domed building is home to the United States House of Representatives and Senate; where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and pass bills on behalf of the American people. The U.S. Capitol and U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre are free to visit and are one of DC’s most popular monuments and museums which welcomes millions of visitors each year.

Bike or Segway Tour
Why not orientate yourself with the city by taking a guided bicycle or segway tour of the with stops at all of the major attractions along the National Mall and surrounding sites.

Culinary Food Tour
Treat your taste buds to a culinary food tour exploring DC’s iconic neighbourhoods and learning about the local history at the same time.

National Zoo
At the National Zoo, visitors can find all sorts of animals; lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park home. The zoo’s habitats feature animals from 400 different species and about 25 percent of the zoo’s residents are endangered.

Rock Creek Park
Hike through Rock Creek Park - DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca is Rock Creek Park, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. There’s more to like about the park, too, like a nature centre, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and the historical site of Peirce Mill.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration, held in Washington, DC. Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan with spectacular weekend and daily events.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nation's most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honoured dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

National Air and Space Musuem
The National Air and Space Museum takes visitors to the sky, showcasing the amazing technological achievements that have progressed aviation and space exploration throughout the last century. Our fascination with flight is still alive and well, as the museum is one of the most visited in the world year after year. Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space travel.

Eastern Market
Visit Eastern Market on weekend mornings to browse the work of local artisans and sample farm-fresh produce and concoctions. Market Lunch’s blueberry buckwheat pancakes are a must-try in the market itself


Transportation

Washington, DC is a very walkable city, but the Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around and operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. Taxis and Uber are plentiful and economic in DC or alternatively hop on a bike and explore all that DC has to offer.

Rhythms of the South


If you’ve never been to the American South then you are in for a treat. A mix of friendly people, legendary hospitality, sensational scenery, delectable Southern cuisine and rich music and history can all be found in three of the country’s finest cities.

Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans offer the perfect taste of the South. These three distinct cities offer unique experiences yet share a common thread of authentic Southern culture and charm. Known as major music cities, music is interwoven into the heart of each city and helps tell a bigger story of the cities’ past and present. From Atlanta’s rap and indie music, New Orleans’ jazz and Nashville’s country and rock, enjoy the music and musicians who have defined these legendary cities.
 
Visit any of these Southern cities, or better yet, visit all three and enjoy their different qualities and attractions. Getting from one city to another couldn’t be easier and is the best introduction to the South, its culture, music and history.
 
ATLANTA, GEORGIA combines the romance of the Old South with the vitality of the New South. It’s a city of shops, restaurants, theatres, art centres and museums that is proud of its past and confident of its future.
 
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE fully lives up to its name, Music City. A creative melting pot that seamlessly stirs together rock, country, bluegrass, jazz and more, it also blends in world-class art, award-winning cuisine, unique shops and outdoor activities to create an unforgettable experience filled with sweet Southern soul.
 
In the Deep South, you’ll discover NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, famous for its Mardi Gras, its jazz, its exquisite architecture and its great Cajun and Creole cuisine. It’s a city that greets you with an Old World appeal and embraces you with its spirited soul.


Atlanta gleams amid glass and steel towers, but the heart of the South’s largest city is its people. Visitors are likely to be greeted with a big helping of “How y’all doing” hospitality. Atlanta may have birthed Gone with the Wind, yet today’s big bustling city is more New South than old. Home of the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Studio Tour, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and other world class attractions, Atlanta is the perfect place to start your Southern holiday.


The sounds coming from Music City are those authentic, soulful, powerful and unpretentious sounds that can only come from the place where music is inspired, written, recorded and performed. And today, Nashville continues its emergence as a cultural, artistic and entertainment-rich destination, filled with more than 120 live music venues, a myriad of attractions, art galleries, plantation homes, botanical gardens, honky-tonks, professional sports and fine dining. You’ll find many ways to enjoy Music City and discover for yourself why music calls us home.


The culture and flavor of the Big Easy cannot be missed. New Orleans has a host of offerings that guarantees an extraordinary experience. Come enjoy our world class live Jazz, abundant and unique tax free shopping, exceptional galleries and museums, distinctive architecture and the most mouthwatering cuisine you’ll find on either side of the Mississippi. Our rich historical and cultural heritage makes New Orleans the unparalleled jewel of the South. Come see for yourself.

Nashville, Tennessee


Nashville, Tennessee fully lives up to its name, Music City. A creative melting pot that seamlessly stirs together rock, country, bluegrass, jazz and more, it also blends in world-class art, award-winning cuisine, unique shops and outdoor activities to create an unforgettable experience filled with sweet Southern soul.

The sounds coming from Music City are those authentic, soulful, powerful and unpretentious sounds that can only come from the place where music is inspired, written, recorded and performed. And today, Nashville continues its emergence as a cultural, artistic and entertainment-rich destination, filled with more than 120 live music venues, a myriad of attractions, art galleries, plantation homes, botanical gardens, honky-tonks, professional sports and fine dining. You’ll find many ways to enjoy Music City and discover for yourself why music calls us home.

New Orleans, Louisiana


In the Deep South, you’ll discover New Orleans, Louisiana, famous for its Mardi Gras, its jazz, its exquisite architecture and its great Cajun and Creole cuisine. It’s a city that greets you with an Old World appeal and embraces you with its spirited soul.
 
The culture and flavor of the Big Easy cannot be missed. New Orleans has a host of offerings that guarantees an extraordinary experience. Come enjoy our world class live Jazz, abundant and unique tax free shopping, exceptional galleries and museums, distinctive architecture and the most mouthwatering cuisine you’ll find on either side of the Mississippi. Our rich historical and cultural heritage makes New Orleans the unparalleled jewel of the South. Come see for yourself.

Pittsburgh


 

Pittsburgh today still echoes its 20th century industrial past with popular sites including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art, as well as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is perfect for a refreshing break from the bustling centre. Situated where three rivers meet, the Pittsburgh neighbourhoods are all linked by an enormous 446 bridges, meaning it is more connected than ever before.  Take a look at some of our deals to Pittsburgh.

 

Perfect for everyone, Pittsburgh offers everything from American football to zip-lines. For an unmissable art experience, visit the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. The museum features an extensive collection of works from the Pittsburgh-born artist’s iconic career in pop art.

For history and spectacular views all at once, ride the Duquesne Incline (which was used previously to haul coal) up Mount Washington for the most breath-taking views of Pittsburgh and experience one of the few remaining inclines in America today. On Mount Washington, there are traditional restaurants on Restaurant Row, which are perfect for a meal with a view. Take a look at some of our Pittsburgh offers here

A lot has changed in Pittsburgh since its days as an industrial capital: it’s become a more diverse, cultural and creative city which offers visitors a welcome they will never forget. British Airways will be the first British airline to directly link London and this trendy Pittsburghers city. Started from April 2019, this new route will take you from London to the lively hub of Pittsburgh in a respectable eight hours. It’s not hard to see why Pittsburgh is the ultimate place to visit- there’s simply so much to see and do that it would be difficult to squeeze it all in to one stay.

 

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Sports
Pittsburgh is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team, and the world-renowned Pittsburgh Steelers, whose fans are almost as legendary as the team itself, and that’s quite an impressive feat.

The Steelers have reached the playoffs an astonishing 30 times and won the Super Bowl an awesome six times. The Heinz Field Stadium is their home, and from April to October exclusive behind-the-scenes tours are available, so you can see the inner workings of a true American football team’s home stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates are the local baseball team, and there is no place like PNC Park, their home ground. This stunning stadium perfectly captures Pittsburgh’s skyline and riverfront, meaning that the city is very much at the heart of its sporting scene.

Shopping
Visit the fabulous Ross Park Mall and Grove City Premium Outlets® to discover an extensive range of shops and outlet boutiques, including brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Michael Kors and many more. If retail therapy is your thing, Pittsburgh certainly has you covered! Calling all independent shoppers- downtown Pittsburgh is definitely the place for you. Explore the small boutiques and one-of-a-kind stores and find some hidden gems and buy special gifts that will make memories that will far outlast the trip!

Dining
New restaurants in the up-and-coming Downtown area blend high-quality ingredients and laid-back atmospheres to create a contemporary dining experience. Union Standard, set in the renovated Union Trust building, serves wood-fired, grilled food and rotisserie meats. City Works Eatery & Pour House offers diners modern American classics with tasty twists and an exhaustive list of craft beers on draft. Pittsburgh favourites include The Original Oyster House, the city’s oldest restaurant and bar, which has stood the test of time among generations of Pittsburghers.

Double Wide Grill is a Texas-style restaurant themed with a 1930s gas station theme, offers barbecued delights, even catering to vegetarians and vegans, so it’s a perfect spot for everyone. Restaurant Row on Mount Washington at the top of the Duquesne Incline is the hottest place in the whole city for magnificent views of the striking skyline and the three rivers meeting.

Outdoor Adventure
With so many beautiful parks, including Schenley Park, there’s so many ways to see the city other than by foot. Take to the skies and soar above the forests in North Park at its Go Ape zip line course or take to the water, and rent a paddle board from Stand Up Pittsburgh to explore the rivers. Hire a bike and pedal along the three Rivers Heritage Trail System. Healthy Ride has fifty stations throughout the city, so you can begin your adventure from wherever you are. Kayak Pittsburgh offer stunning kayak guided river experiences, ideal for beginners and beyond. You can even kayak whilst watching magical fireworks display at night or hire a pontoon from Boat Pittsburgh to watch the sun set over the majestic Pittsburgh skyline.

There’s no shortage of action packed adventures in Pittsburgh- whether challenging forest climbs or laid-back walks there’s something for everyone. Even walking around the city itself can be an exciting challenge, as the neighbourhoods are linked by bridges and some 712 sets of steps!

The surrounding Alleghany County Parks feature nine different parks and 12,000 acres of adventures, including Deer Lakes Park, spanning 1,180 acres and encompassing fishing lakes, an observatory, golf course, playgrounds and hiking trails.

Families
Pittsburgh has plenty of things to keep the whole family engaged! The Carnegie Science Centre has hours of hands-on fun, from investigating how the human body works to the marvels of rivers in H2OH!, everyone in the family can discover their inner scientist in the educational, amusing exhibits. Have an exhilarating day out at Idlewild&SoakZone, claimed to be one of the best theme parks for children in the world. The enchanting Story Book Forest and themed rides will easily fill an entire day with fun and laughter. Just Ducky Tours are an iconic part of summer life in Pittsburgh. Climb aboard their World War II amphibious vehicle and journey through downtown and the three rivers while learning fun facts about Pittsburgh and maybe even quacking at some local river residents!

For nature lovers, visit the National Aviary to see more than 500 birds in walk-through exhibits that put you alongside the birds so you can see their environments from their perspective. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium also make an exciting day out with 77 acres to explore and 8,000 animals to see, there’ll never be a dull moment!

Adults
Beyond the outdoor adventures, sport, museums and idyllic parks, there’s even more to discover on a trip to Pittsburgh, perfect for friends or couples. Head to the South Side if you’re unsure what to do, it’s the one neighbourhood in Pittsburgh with something for everyone, including a lively night scene. Station Square has glorious views of downtown Pittsburgh as well as shops, restaurants and bars. Head to hipster heaven on East Carson Street and see the Victorian architecture and restaurants, bars, vintage clothing shops, theatres, galleries and coffee houses. Southside Works is the ultimate spot to dine, drink, shop and catch a movie at the Southside Works Cinema.

If you’re feeling lucky, Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore is open 24 hours and offers entertainment beyond its 3,000 slot machines, including a popular happy hour, live entertainment, dancing and dining. Why not head to a distillery or winery, such as Wigle Whisky distillery, and explore the process of making some of your favourite beverages? Or, for a morning living like a local, why not check out a farmers market to pick up some local produce to savour during your stay?

Pittsburgh is certainly the ultimate city for culture vultures, families, friends and sports lovers. Be one of the first to fly to British Airway’s new destination from London and book an unforgettable, action-packed holiday to Pittsburgh today. You won’t regret your decision!

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Denver, Colorado


Welcome to Denver, Colorado, the outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City’s walkable city center offers urban adventures for all ages, from museums, parks and street art to boutiques, chef-driven restaurants and craft breweries.

Upscale shopping awaits in Cherry Creek, while Denver's seven professional sports teams entertain year-round. It’s easy to get to the walkable city center with direct rail service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station. The city’s neighborhoods are easy to explore on bike or on foot, and the free 16th Street Mall shuttles in the heart of downtown run from early morning to late at night. 

Attraction Pass Options
A great deal! Pick from the city's best attractions. The Mile High City offers you two different passes to take advantage of the great attractions throughout the city. The Mile High Culture Pass gives you three days to explore many of Denver's top art and cultural museums, while the Denver CityPASS gives you access to three, four or five of Denver's most popular attractions for seven days.

Example of some participating attractions:

  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • History Colorado Center
  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
  • Molly Brown House Museum
Larimer Square
Historic Larimer Square is Denver's oldest city block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile High City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques.

Lower Downtown (LODO) Historic District
Denver's happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to brewpubs, rooftop bars, restaurants, Coors Field baseball stadium and the newly renovated Denver Union Station. While you're in LoDo, stop by Rockmount Ranch Wear for a snap-button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse the locally-owned Tattered Cover Bookstore; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first brewpub originally owned by current Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper.

Union Station
Denver Union Station has undergone a massive restoration that transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, complete with the Crawford Hotel. The historic, Beaux Arts 1914 train terminal is now a foodie destination, featuring local favorites like the farm-to-table restaurant Mercantile and the Terminal Bar, serving Colorado craft beer and food from the station's former ticket windows. A handful of local retailers includes the popular Tattered Cover Bookstore. Denver Union Station is also fulfilling its original role as a major ground transportation hub for AMTRAK, buses, light rail, and the direct rail service to and from Denver International Airport.

Denver Beer Trail
Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City. Explore the featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver's craft beer culture is thriving and creative.

Denver Art MuseumThe Denver Art Museum is home to renowned collections of Western and Native American art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. Seeing a concert under the stars at Red Rocks is on every music lover’s bucket list. And, during the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers' Hall of Fame, where you can learn about all the great musicians who have performed on the stage, including the Beatles in 1964. Red Rocks is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

Cherry Creek 
Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants. Head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, where you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown. Go to www.shopcherrycreek.com/passport to see shopping offers and deals exclusive to the Cherry Creek Passport.

Denver Botanic Gardens
One of the top five botanic gardens in the United States, Denver Botanic Gardens is lush oasis in the city, offering year-round events and art exhibitions, a children’s garden, a conservatory, the Monet pool with its picturesque outdoor café and more. The Gardens are located 10 minutes from downtown Denver near Cherry Creek.

Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody's exciting story as Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo hunter and showman comes to life at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, located high atop Lookout Mountain. Enjoy views of the snowcapped Rockies in one direction and the Great Plains in the other. For those with strong nerves, there is an adventurous drive to the museum on the “hairpin” Lariat Loop Drive; then continue to I-70, exit 250, to see a live herd of buffalo. The museum is located 40 minutes west of downtown Denver. 

Colorado Railroad Museum
Surrounded by towering Western buttes in the town of Golden, the Colorado Railroad Museum features more than 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cabooses and cars. Exhibits in and around the 1880s-style depot include a working Roundhouse and model railroads. Train rides every Saturday on the Galloping Goose take guests on a one-third-mile loop of track, while "Steam ups" and special events including "A Day Out With Thomas" occur throughout the year. The museum is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

National Parks

Pacific Coast National Parks (Washington and Oregon States)

Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park in Washington State covers more than 4,000 square kilometres of mostly pristine and undeveloped wilderness and it’s a place where visitors love to roam and adventure amongst its wooded forests and magnificent Pacific shorelines.

Olympic has a little bit of everything where its spectacular wilderness, majestic mountain peaks, and miles of sandy beaches offer endless possibilities for outdoor recreation, sightseeing, wildlife watching and so much more. The park is home to literally dozens of species of mammals and aquatic life and it’s not uncommon to see elk locking antlers, salmon surging upstream on their way to spawn, and black deer scampering through the forests.

At the heart of the peninsula you’ll find opportunities to hike and backpack through lush temperate rain forests, climb misty mountain peaks, fish for trout in crystal clear lakes and maybe meet up with some of the local residents including the wild deer, elk, marmot bears and mountain goats that all call this wonderful park home. On the western edge of the peninsula, enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean as you stroll past craggy tide-worn cliffs and explore the fascinating tidal pools at Kalaloch’s Beach and Mora’s Hole in the Wall, and if you’re luck you might even spot some whales breaching the surface of the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park is a Washington icon whose dominating feature is of course the magnificent 14,410 foot Mount Rainier, an active volcano and the tallest peak in the Cascade mountain range. Mount Rainier is the most glaciated mountain peak in the US spawning five major river systems and the mountains, forests and river valleys of the national park provide a home to over 65 species of mammals as well as, 14 species of amphibians, 182 species of birds and 14 species of fish.

Mount Rainier National Park’s spectacular setting against the sensational backdrop of the Cascade Mountains provides the perfect opportunity for an amazing range of outdoor pursuits including hiking, biking, climbing, fishing and boating. Sign up for a Ranger led program to discover lots more about the park’s history and its geology, wildlife, and fascinating ecology - maybe even find out lots more about the night sky with a stargazing trip to the slopes of Mount Rainier.

Popular spots within the Park include the Paradise hike and Paradise Jackson Visitor Centre, the Sunrise lookout with its stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the surrounding valleys and the Silver Falls Trail.

From active volcanic peaks and icy glaciers to lush forest trails and magnificent river valleys, it’s all here just waiting to be explored at Mount Rainier National Park 

Crater Lake National Park
To experience one of the snowiest inhabited places in the USA, visit Crater Lake National Park in the Cascade Mountains. Crater Lake National Park features some of the most stunning scenery on Earth: a deep, pure lake, sheer cliffs over 600 meters high and two picturesque islands. Reaching a depth of 592 meters, Crater Lake is the deepest, and some say the most spectacular lake in the United States – President Roosevelt referred to the park as one of his wonders of the world and it was the first National Park signed into law during his presidency. 

Each winter, the hardiest skiers and snowshoers test their skills on a 50-kilometer, three-day loop around the rim of Crater Lake while summer guests get to enjoy the wonders of the park with more leisurely pursuits. Hiking camping, fishing and even swimming in the brilliant blue waters of the lake are all popular activities. There’s only one spot where it’s legal to access the shore for swimming and that’s at the end of the Cleetwood Cove Trail where you’ll find a 20 foot rocky ledge waiting to test your nerve – will you be brave enough to climb up onto the ledge and jump or dive into the lake below?

Popular pursuits and visitor spots include Wizard Island, Toketee Falls, the Pinnacles Overlook Hike, and the Rim Drive- a scenic 33 mile clockwise drive around the rim of the crater.

Wild West of USA (Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota & Colorado)

Grand Teton National Park
Few landscapes in the world have the incredible vistas found in Grand Teton National Park. This National Park in Wyoming boasts jagged peaks, crystal-clear alpine lakes and vivid evergreen forests, creating a landscape as beautiful as it is diverse.

Outlined by the ragged, pointed peaks of the Grand Teton Mountains, this park is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts where hundreds of kilometres of hiking and backpacking trails will lead you deep into the striking Teton Range and grant you spectacular views that can stretch out over nearby Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the iconic Yellowstone National Park way off in the distance. 

There’s lots of ways to experience Grand Teton National Park, unleash your inner cowboy with a guided horseback ride through the valleys or take a casual backpacking trip along one of the park’s scenic hiking trails. Cast your line into the waters of at Jackson Lake and see what’s biting or get everyone together for an exciting rafting ride along the Snake River – lots to see and lots to do and with six visitor centres dotted across the park there’s always someone on hand to help you plan the next day’s Grand Teton Adventure.

Yellowstone National Parks
An American icon Yellowstone was first spotted by Lewis and Clark in 1807 and was established as Yellowstone National Park in 1872, it is the oldest, and arguably the most famous National Park in the USA.

Yellowstone National Park spreads itself across the three states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and this national treasure contains nearly 9,000 square kilometres of crystalline lakes, striking canyons, vast grasslands and thundering waterfalls. However, the park is undoubtedly most famous for its geysers and no trip to Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to see “Old Faithfull” erupt. Watching this amazing geyser spout high above the ground is a Yellowstone National Park tradition and a highlight of any visit to the Park.

Yellowstone welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year who come from all across the world to see Old Faithful erupt, the Mammoth Hot Springs steam and the hundreds of mud pots bubble. The park boasts hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails meandering through its sprawling valleys and along the ledges of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The further out you venture, the higher your chances of spotting some of the park’s famed wildlife (such as bison, elk and bears) will be.

Other highlights of Yellowstone National Park include the waterfalls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the hot pools and geysers on Firehole Lake Drive, Yellowstone Lake, and the bison and wolf spotting mecca of the Lamar Valley.

Badlands National Park
The spectacular scenery, steep canyons, sharp buttes and distinctive layered rock formations of the Badlands National Park attracts visitors from across far and wide. It’s a dramatic environment that was once home to ancient mammals such as the rhino and the sabre toothed cat whose fossils now remain scattered in pockets throughout the park.

Today, the Badlands National Park is home to incredible collection wildlife, including bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets. Keep your eyes peeled for them as you traverse the striated buttes and make your way along one of the park’s popular hiking trails that includes the hour long Notch Trail the 1-kilometer Door Trail or the ½-kilometer Window Trail — all of which are great for hikers of all skills. The Ben Reifel Visitor Centre, the Fossil Exhibit Trail, the Badlands Wall and the Yellow Mound Overlook are some of the park’s main highlights and other popular ways to explore the park include biking and driving along the Badlands Loop Road. The Badlands National Park also has ample camping spots and offers fantastic star gazing opportunities thanks to its unspoilt dark skies.

Americas Captivating Canyonlands (Arizona, Utah & Nevada)

Grand Canyon National Park
Powerful and inspiring, Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona is no doubt on every traveller’s must-see list. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is arguably one of the USA’s most famous landmarks and encompasses nearly 5,000 square kilometres of plummeting canyons, multi-coloured rocks, dramatic cliffs and stunning ravines.

Sign up for a ranger-led program to learn about geologic history, majestic birds of prey, animals living in the extreme environment and the area’s early inhabitants. 

On the South Rim there’s no need to drive around as handy shuttle buses take you around the Grand Canyon Village and out to the scenic overlooks and hiking trailheads. Popular overlooks include Mather Point, Pipe Creek Vista, Toroweap Overlook and the Yavapai Observation Station. Even though everyone’s favourite activity at Grand Canyon is to stand on the edge and overlook the beautiful landscape below, there are many other ways to enjoy the park’s natural splendour. Take a horseback ride along the South Rim trail or an exciting white-water rafting trip down the powerful Colorado River. Other popular ways to explore this amazing natural wonder include jeep tours, hiking, and of course the exciting bird’s eye view Grand Canyon helicopter trips! 

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most unique parks in the United States because its home to the largest concentration of hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) anywhere on Earth. These limestone-rich pillars range from average human height to more than 10 stories high. Because of Bryce Canyon’s unique erosional patterns, hoodoos are more abundant here than anywhere else in the world.

Bryce Canyon is made up of a series of natural amphitheatres, the most famous of which is the Bryce Amphitheatre.

Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point and Sunrise Point are probably the park’s most popular viewpoints and all are accessible from the seasonal Bryce Canyon shuttle buses.

There are a handful of opportunities to hike or horseback ride through the canyon with local guides. The most popular trail is The Navajo Loop Trail because it loops its way through a multitude of hoodoos and slot canyons. The reds and oranges of the canyon walls combined with the green of the Douglas fir trees makes for some memorable vistas. Many people combine the Navajo Loop Trail with other trails for a longer outing.

More leisurely hikes can be enjoyed along the canyon rim. Unlike the deeper canyon trails, a rim trail hike gives you an opportunity to enjoy the splendour of the hoodoos from above.

Sign up for a ranger led hike or educational program to gain a deeper understanding of the park – maybe even take one of the guided full moon night hikes for some stunning stargazing thanks to the park’s unpolluted dark skies.

Zion National Park
Located in the southwestern portion of Utah, Zion National Park is one of the most visited Parks in the United States famous for its unparalleled views of an otherworldly landscape: dramatic cliffs, sandstone canyons and towering rock formations. Take your own car or hop aboard the seasonal shuttle to see some of the most stunning rock formations the park has to offer including the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, the Emerald Pools and the Temple of Sinawava.

At the Grotto shuttle stop, get your first look onto the steep mountain called Angels Landing. The Angels Landing hike is at first quite moderate, but after a while you will be climbing up a narrow path holding onto the chains that are provided for guidance. It might sound a little scary but the panoramic view out over the Zion Valley is truly breath-taking.

Take a little break at the Zion Lodge before you hop onto the shuttle to go to the starting point of your next hike – Weeping Rock. This easy hike is a great pick for families. After a short walk, reach an overhanging rock formation from which water seeps through and constantly drips, hence the name. All around, rare ferns and other plants grow that only exist here in this micro-climate created by the wet rock. Another family-friendly option is the Lower Emerald Pool trail, which has a nice waterfall view. If time permits its fun to try the Emerald Pools Virgin River walking trip, parts of the hike are spent wading, walking and maybe even swimming in the river.

Other exciting Zion National Park activities include camping and backpacking, canyoneering, climbing and horseback riding. 

Island Hopping Hawaii Adventure (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park)

Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes are living proof that the Earth hasn’t finished forming. You can witness it with your own eyes in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, located on the south eastern shore of the Big Island. Here, hot, molten lava carves pathways through the stark landscape, steaming as it meets the ocean.

Recognized as a World Heritage Site, the park is a refuge for the island’s native plants and animals and an important link to its human past. Stop in the Kīlauea Visitor Center or Jaggar Museum to learn more about the land and the indigenous people who once thrived amid such mighty forces.

If you have only a few hours to spend in the park, hop in the car and follow Crater Rim Drive to explore the summit of Kīlauea volcano. This scenic byway traces the summit caldera, passing through desert and lush tropical rain forest. The route then crosses the caldera floor, guiding you to many scenic overlooks. Along the way, you’ll find a number of short hiking trails that allow you a closer look at the unique landscape.

Other highlights of the Volcanoes National Park include the Kilaukea’iki Crater, the Thurston Lava Tube, the Chain of Craters Road, Lava Watching and the Sulphur Banks Trail.

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Colorado


With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Colorado’s 4 National Parks and 300 days of sunshine finds folks hitting miles of scenic Rocky Mountain trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and climbing.

Colorado is packed full of things to do year-round. From family attractions, Western heritage and outdoor adventure to cosmopolitan cities and welcoming towns, these Colorado vacation ideas will fill your trip itinerary to overflowing.

Things to do & Destinations to Explore
 
Hot Springs & Cool Adventures
Buena Vista and Salida are family-friendly mountain towns located on the Arkansas River with many hot springs, restaurants, art galleries, breweries and distilleries. This year-round Colorado vacation destination is a playground for outdoor adventure. During the winter and spring enjoy skiing and snowmobiling. 
 
Adventure Sports
With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Warm weather finds folks hitting thousands of miles of Rocky Mountains trails for ATVing, four wheeling, mountain biking, backpacking and climbing Colorado's 14ers.
 
Attractions
  • Denver’s Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Zoo and the Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Seven Falls, Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
  • Pearl Street Mall and the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company factory in Boulder
  • Brewery tours and Old Town’s shops and restaurants in Fort Collins
  • 10 historic & scenic trains across the state
Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city, but it's first in the hearts of many visitors as a place of spectacular beauty with dozens of family attractions, natural landmarks and unique museums. Such as Pikes Peak Mountain, upon whose summit Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write "America the Beautiful." Tourists still converge on the peak, where they can drive, ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or even hike to its 14,115-foot summit.  One of the nation's three U.S. Olympic Training Centers is located in Colorado Spring, and visitors can watch world-class athletes in action.
 
Garden of the Gods
One of the nation's most fabulous city parks, Garden of the Gods, is nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak. The stunning red rock formations draw tourists with cameras in tow to capture a perfect shot of the rocks framing the snow-capped peak.
 
Durango
Discover a dozen vacations in one Destination. Durango is an epicenter for many things: outdoor adventures in the surrounding high desert and mountains, river rafting on the Animas River, Native American and Old West heritage, arts and culture and a historic steam train.  Durango has a history of cowboys and saloons, and this is part of the culture on Main Street. Tourists flock to the Diamond Bell Saloon to see the waitresses dressed in sequined corsets, their hair full of feathers. Hiking is almost a religion in Durango. With hundreds of miles of trails, it can be a family event, solo detox or a nice date! Durango is home to the beginning of the Colorado Trail.
 
Grand Junction
Colorado’s Canyonlands and Wine Country is located just 4 hours from Denver and 5 hours from Salt Lake City. Home to more than 20 wineries, a vibrant craft beer and culinary scene, the town is surrounded by stunning landscapes.  From the Book Cliffs to the Grand Mesa to the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument, exhilarating outdoor adventures await. These include hiking, camping or skiing on the Grand Mesa. Hundreds of miles of world-class mountain biking trails such as the Kokopelli Trail. Enjoy incredible whitewater rafting on the Colorado River or stunning golf courses whose green fairways are juxtaposed against the craggy Redland desert. 

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Alabama


The Deep South offers a perfect combination of vibrant cities, appalachians and white sand beaches all served up with legendary music, sumptuous cuisine and true southern hospitality. Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham is best known for its great food and music as well as its role in the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Muscle Shoals was named 'Rock n Roll heaven' by Keith Richards who created hits with The Rolling Stones in the famous recording studios there which can be toured today. The music triangle of Nashville, Birmingham, Muscle Shoals and Memphis allows you to walk in the footsteps of some of country music’s biggest superstars.

 
Huntsville, is home to the world's largest space hardware museum, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as well as urban hiking and biking trails and craft breweries. Outdoor recreation is also abundant in Alabama's state parks including the beautiful De Soto State Park which includes Lookout Mountain. 
 
Montgomery, Alabama's capital city, gave birth to the the breakaway Confederate States of America and was also central in the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Visit the home and church of Dr Martin Luther King in this walkable southern city.  Mobile Founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory and nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, boasts a rich history and the nearby resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach welcome visitors to 32 miles of white sand beaches. 
 
12 ways to experience Alabama
  • Walk in the footsteps of those marching for freedom across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • Breathe in fresh mountain air and incredible panoramas at Lookout Mountain
  • Put your hands up for the moon pies at Mobiles Mardi Gras – the ultimate Southern street party
  • Go to the moon and back at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville
  • Soak up jazz and other musical genres in Birmingham’s clubs, bars and restaurants
  • Have a cheeseburger in paradise at Lu-Lu's restaurant overlooking the water at Gulf Shores 
  • Follow in the footsteps of music legends like the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and visit Muscle Shoals famous recording studios
  • Watch NASCAR superstars battle it out on the world’s fastest super speedway at Talledega
  • Dress in your Sunday best to sing and clap along with the amazing gospel choir at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
  • Search for alligators in the Mobile Tensaw Delta
  • Step on a Segway for a city tour or take a paddle steamer trip down the river in Montgomery
  • Tee off on the famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, with shots ranging from a bluff above the Alabama River to the Azalea flowered fairways of Point Clear

Arizona

Tucson & Scottsdale
 
From big adventures to quiet moments, ancient stories to family memories, Arizona is a place that inspires, invigorates and exhilarates. Sports nuts can get their fill, and so can the foodie or craft beer enthusiast. Outdoor awe can be followed by a relaxing ahhh. Here, the journey is as exciting as the destination.
 
Tucson is calling you, the free thinker and the free at heart, to explore without boundaries. Our natural landscape draws visitor’s outdoors where there is plenty of room to roam. A bit off the beaten path, Tucson’s unique attractions and accommodations beckon you to discover and explore. Our arts and culture scene make Tucson a place that’s authentic and comfortable. Our passion for traditional food inspires our contemporary cuisine. Come as you are and experience our oasis from the unoriginal and pretentious. Tucson is a place that you want to be. Let Tucson inspire the free spirit in you.
 
Scottsdale, Arizona originally founded in the 1890s as a farming community, Scottsdale has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Scottsdale was coined the “The West’s Most Western Town” in the 1950s, but today the city is a chic modern hub for luxurious spas, endless shopping, unparalleled golf courses and world-renowned museums. Plus, you’ll find hundreds of locally owned and operated restaurants and art galleries. Find out about the latest happenings in this renaissance city.
 
Discover all the best our state has to offer with our top recommendations for what to see and do. With so much to see and do in Tucson & Scottsddale, you might have a hard time picking which ones to experience.
 
TUCSON
 
The Living Desert
Visitors can get back to nature with a tour on or off the beaten path. Urban Tucson is bordered by five mountain ranges and wilderness with plenty of designated places for accessible hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping. From its position in the heart of the Sonoran Desert region of the Southwestern United States, Tucson is a sage-green land of exotic, summer- and spring-flowering cacti and fascinating nocturnal wildlife.
 
The Cool Pines
From cactus stands to pine forests, the winding drive from the base of the Tucson valley to the 2,792-meter summit of Mt. Lemmon, landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains, traverses seven of the world’s nine life zones - it’s like driving from Canada to Mexico in 60 minutes. The summit town of Summerhaven provides a cool summer escape for picnickers, hikers, cyclists, and campers.
 
Authentic Old West
Visitors can relive the iconic era of the American West during stunt shows, musical revues, horse-drawn carriage rides, and historical re-enactments in Tombstone, Arizona – known as "the town too tough to die." Located just 70 miles south of Tucson, this famous, restored 1880s town has preserved its dusty streetscapes where Old West legends such as Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp lived and died. Authentic sites are open for business or tours, including the O.K. Corral, Boothill Graveyard, Big Nose Kate's Saloon, and the Bird Cage Theater.
 
Bird Watching Haven
Tucson is ranked among the top bird-watching areas in North America. Tucson's diverse terrain, warm winters and rainy summers, and location on the migratory path between Canada and Mexico make it an ideal, year-round destination for amateur and professional bird watching adventures. A wide variety of species can be observed all year long although the hummingbirds are especially plentiful. Birding festivals with prominent naturalists and guided tours and overnight excursions take place throughout the year.
 
Southern Arizona Wine Country
The first wine grapes in Southern Arizona were planted by Spanish missionaries more than 300 years ago. Today, the Sonoita-Elgin area, near Tucson, produces some of the most distinctive wines in the United States. This picturesque area of rolling grasslands and low mountain ranges is home to a "trail" of at least 10 acclaimed wineries, including Sonoita Vineyards - the oldest and first winery in the state of Arizona, which host tastings, tours, and seasonal festivals.
 
Downtown Dining Evolution
With some 50 established restaurants and more on the way, Downtown Tucson is serving up culinary adventure. Many of the newest restaurants offer menus that focus on traditional regional ingredients – like the culinary "three sisters" of the Southwest: corn, squash, and beans – and cooked with contemporary Southwestern flare by classically trained chefs. The new "Sense of Place" menu at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails highlights the diversity and flavors of southern Arizona.
 
Urban Hiking & Biking Trail 
Recent progress has increased to 100 miles the length of The Loop, a multi-use trail being developed around Tucson/Pima County. A key link in the trail was completed last summer, connecting the Santa Cruz River Park with the Julian Wash Greenway. At the new junction, there are mesquite tree-shaded parks and sites once occupied by a prehistoric community. Work is ongoing to add more miles of trails that follow the banks of dry riverbeds throughout the city/county.
 
SCOTTSDALE
 
Dive into Scottsdale
The Sonoran Desert may be known as a haven for coyotes and javelinas, but in late summer 2016, Scottsdale will welcome more than 5,000 marine animals. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will bring the sea to Scottsdale with the opening of OdySea Aquarium. This 16-acre complex will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet over two levels. OdySea Aquarium promises guests a high-tech, high-entertainment, oceanic adventure with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer viewing of aquatic life - even in the restrooms - and underwater acrylic tunnels that lead to each level.
 
Never Ending Nightlife
Scottsdale is known for its sunsets, but it’s what follows that makes the Sonoran Desert an electrifying nightlife hub. Whether your preference is to sip on cocktails with a group of girlfriends, go clubbing with Scottsdale’s finest or settle into a game of life-size Jenga with a beer and some friends, the dynamic nightlife scene offers something for everyone.
 
Adventure has a Home
Your favorite movie genre is action adventure. Your Instagram account is a collage of mountains you have summited, planes you have jumped out of and exotic foods you have braved. Your to-do list is more like a bucket list. You are a thrill seeker, and chances are you are already planning your next big adventure. Situated in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is an adventure mecca of mountainous terrain and rugged landscapes sure to get your adrenaline flowing.
 
Artistic Oasis in the Desert 
Artists from all walks of life have been inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Scottsdale and subsequently left their mark around town. Here are a few examples of Scottsdale’s artistic gems that continue to inspire visitors to this day. If you look close enough, you can spot influences of Frank Lloyd Wright all over Scottsdale
 
Culinary Scene
“Bon appetite” has taken on new meaning in Scottsdale, the foodie capital of the Southwest. After years of flying under the radar, this culinary oasis is finally getting the recognition it deserves with accolades from Esquire, Food & Wine, the James Beard Foundation and AAA, just to name a few. During your time in Scottsdale, devour fresh produce from farmer’s markets, sample the local cuisine and indulge in flavors brought to you by critically acclaimed chefs and restaurants. From frontier flavors and barbecue bites to smart samples and native nibbles, one of Scottsdale’s nearly 800 restaurants is sure to satisfy whatever you are craving. Scottsdale and the state of Arizona is a melting pot of cultures, and these influences are incorporated into the culinary creations from local chefs.
 
World Class Golf 
Looking to practice your swing? How about work on those slices? Or maybe you are looking for a fun soiree with friends during your Scottsdale getaway. No matter what your golf skill level is, TopGolf Riverwalk, at Talking Stick: Cultural and Entertainment Destination on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is a good time for all. The 65,000-squarefoot facility hosts a variety of golf games using golf balls with microchips, from the “TopScramble” team challenge to the short game “TopChip.” Test your skills by aiming for various targets on a 215-yard field, and celebrate your victory at TopGolf’s full service bar with food and drink. You and your friends can also kick back playing pool or shuffleboard after hitting a few golf balls. Whether a golf novice or golf pro, TopGolf offers an exciting day at the green for everyone.
 
Whether you’re planning a short weekend or a long, leisurely trip, Tucson & Scottsdale is packed with activities to experience, from outdoor activities to foodie fun to kid-friendly destinations. You certainly can’t do it all in one trip, so we’ve picked some of the top things for you to definitely check out during your visit.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado



 
Glenwood Springs is located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Famous for its geothermal amenities and outdoor adventures, Glenwood Springs is home to one-of-a-kind attractions. The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is considered the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool; it features two enormous outdoor pools and an award-winning spa. Iron Mountain Hot Springs is situated along the Colorado River and boasts 16 smaller pools, all varying in temperature. The mountain-top Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park combines spectacular cave tours and thrill ride amusements with breathtaking views. The Yampah Vapor Caves features naturally-occurring mineral steam baths, a rare geological feature. Another geological wonder is Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, one of the most beautiful hikes in the state of Colorado.

 
During the warm weather months, rafting through scenic Glenwood Canyon, cycling paved and unpaved trails, and fishing the region’s Gold Medal rivers and streams are top choices for visitors. Come fall, Glenwood Springs welcomes leaf-peepers and big game hunters to the area. Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling at Sunlight Mountain Resort dominate winter itineraries.
 
Glenwood Springs also has a thriving dining and entertainment scene. With everything from farm-to-table eateries to award-winning breweries, Glenwood Springs’ dynamic dining scene is a continuous source of culinary delights. For entertainment, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue keeps visitors in stitches with its hilarious comedy show. Other venues and restaurants regularly offer music and dancing.
 
The town also has an interesting past. Western icon, John Henry “Doc” Holliday came to Glenwood Springs seeking a cure for his advanced tuberculosis. Unfortunately for him, his luck ran out. Western history and “Doc” fans pay homage to the gunslinger-dentist by making the short hike to his grave marker in Linwood Cemetery.
 
As for accommodations, visitors will find a full spectrum of lodging choices available, with many affordable, family-friendly options.

Grand Junction, Colorado


Grand Junction is located 4 hours west of Denver directly off Interstate 70, close to the state of Utah border. The most popular route of AMTRAK in the U.S. runs directly through Grand Junction, from Denver to Salt Lake City. Grand Junction Regional Airport features over 20 flights daily from Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Dallas. Discover a dramatically different landscape from the Rocky Mountains in the Grand Junction area. The eastern side of the valley features Grand Mesa, the largest flat toped mountain in the world, with an alpine environment and over 300 lakes. Driving over the Grand Mesa on a nationally designated scenic byway is very popular. The western side of the valley includes the red rock canyons of the Colorado National Monument with dramatic rock formations and spires.
 


The colorful sandstones and shales that form the cliffs of Colorado National Monument had their origins in deserts, beaches and rivers 200 million years ago. Colorado National Monument is part of the National Parks system and features Rim Rock Drive, an historic 23-mile loop road that was built by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. A scenic drive along the edge of the canyons is an awe inspiring adventure.
 
The Colorado River dissects the center of the valley as it winds its way towards the Grand Canyon and the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the wonderfully mild year round climate, the valley boasts some of the best orchards in the region that grow peaches, pears, apricots, apples, cherries, and plums. Grand Junction is Colorado’s Wine Country featuring 23 wineries with tasting rooms. One of our most popular activities is to ride a cruiser bike through the vineyards. The area also features 6 craft breweries, 1 distillery and over 15 lavender farms. Come enjoy a “Taste of Grand Junction” at a variety of award winning farm to table restaurants.
 

 
With over 1.3 million acres of public land, the Grand Junction area includes a myriad of outdoor activities such as hiking, road and mountain biking, golfing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, tennis, pickle ball and target shooting. Winter sports on the Grand Mesa include skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. The area is also well known for hunting and fishing. World renowned for its dinosaur fossils, the area features an interactive dinosaur museum, working paleontological lab and quarry. One, three and five-day dinosaur expeditions can be booked.
 
Downtown Grand Junction is one of the area’s top 3 attractions featuring over 100 shops and restaurants, in a 7 block area, as well a unique sculpture exhibition on the sidewalks called “Art on the Corner”, beloved by locals and visitors alike. Lodging options include, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast, vacation home rentals and RV Campgrounds. http://granddayco.gjep.org/

Georgia & The Carolinas


Georgia

Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind on pristine beaches, explore history and culture, or seek adventure off the beaten track; the State of Georgia offers something for everyone. Located just to the North of Florida Georgia offers a temperate climate with mild Winters and a gloriously warm Springtime.

Georgia’s state capital, Atlanta, is home the world’s busiest international airport. This bustling city hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1996 and maintains a laid-back Southern feel. Atlanta offers visitors plenty to see and do including the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the World of Coca Cola.
 
Follow Georgia’s Antebellum Trail that runs 100 miles south from the vibrant city of Athens. You’ll discover stately homes, see authentic Civil War battle sites and explore historic towns dotted with splendid Ante-bellum architecture. Savannah is a quintessentially romantic Southern city set on 22 beautifully historic squares.
 
Georgia’s coastline offers stunning sandy beaches and charming coastal resorts. More than 20 barrier islands dot the Atlantic seaboard from Savannah to St Mary’s. A short ferry trip takes you to the idyllic Cumberland Island. Wander the many trails that wind through its unspoilt forest and stroll the Island’s 17-mile long beach perhaps catching a glimpse of the almost 300 wild horses that roam the island.
 
Georgia is a haven for adventurers and nature-lovers alike. In the North Georgia Mountains, the Chattahoochee National Forest offers gorges and waterfalls and world class hiking trails. It’s here that you will find the southern starting point for the world-famous Appalachian Trail that sets its 2,200-mile mountainous course through 14 states to Maine. North Georgia also boasts some of the United States’ best white water rafting and is where the Olympic events were held in 1996.
 
Top 'Must see/do'
  1. Sundial Revolving restaurant and bar atop the Westin Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Amazing views of the Skyline, especially at night!
  2. Urban White-water rafting in downtown Columbus. 
  3. Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville. 
  4. Visit Cumberland Island. Unspoilt beaches and wild horses abound. 
  5. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island.
  6. 'Savannah Dan' walking Tour, Savannah.
  7. Wine Tasting & Tour, Yonah Mountain, Cleveland.
  8. Taste Fried Green Tomatoes at the 'Whistle Stop Cafe', Juliette. Where the 1992 movie of the same name was shot.
  9. Visit the newly opened Center for Civil and Human Rights, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. 
  10. Horse riding and stay at the Southern Cross Guest Ranch, Madison. Voted best family ranch in the US by BA Highlife Magazine.
Top Tips
  • Use Atlanta's MARTA rail system to get around the city and from the airport. It's cheap and easy to use.
  • Ditch the car when staying in Savannah's Historic District. It's a true walking city!
  • Best times to visit Georgia are Spring (mid March to end of June) and Autumn (September to mid November)
  • Get off the interstates and visit the quaint, historic and welcoming towns through the State!
  • Buy an Atlanta City pass when visiting attractions in the city. They offer great value and can get you to the front of the line.
  • Grab a 'to-go' cup in Savannah's Historic district. One of the USA's few cities that allows you to carry your alcoholic beverages from bar to bar in an 'open container'. Enjoy!
Savannah

Savannah, a coastal Georgia city, is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and ornate antebellum architecture.
 
 
Savannah Tours & Attractions

Noble Jones Tours

Welcome to Noble Jones Tours, purveyors of highly accurate, in depth, engrossing Savannah walking tours. Discover this Southern jewel of a city, from her founding, her trials and triumphs, to her grace, beauty and mysteries within.

Savannah Sidewalk Tours
There’s no better way to get an up-close-and-personal look at Savannah than by taking a walking tour with a small group led by a professional guide. Your Savannah Sidewalk Tours guide is a veteran Georgia journalist, Savannah storyteller, and a long-time downtown resident who knows and loves the city and its history.

Savannah Tour Walk
Savannah Tour Walk is the only walking tour that provides iPads to each patron making it the best walking tour in Savannah. Patrons enjoy viewing monuments, squares, historical buildings, and streets as they appeared over 160 years ago.

Savvy Savannah Tours
Savvy Savannah Tours offers a variety of experiences including the Savannah Shaken martini tour, the Savannah Cinema movie tour, the Savannah Suds craft brew tour, the Savor Savannah food tour, the Scenes of the Past history tour, the Specters of Savannah ghost tour and the Spiritual Savannah religious history tours.

Old Savannah Tours
Bringing Savannah’s history to life isn’t just a slogan…it’s a promise. Along with our uniquely personal descriptions of Savannah’s rich and spellbinding history, actual historical re-enactors appear from time to time, boarding and walking the isles of your trolley.

Old Town Trolley
Savannah’s original orange and green trolleys have been thrilling guests for more than a quarter of a century, transporting them to the city’s array of historic homes and quaint squares. On the Old Town Trolley visitors get an ideal mix of historical icons, local sights of interest, and superb architectural landmarks.

Savannah Taste Experience
Experience the diverse and distinctive cuisine of Savannah and learn about the city's history, architecture and culture on this 3-hour walking tour. Stop at seven specialty food stores and restaurants, and sample local favorites including shrimp and grits, Scotch pies and fried green tomatoes. This tour is an ideal way for visitors and residents alike to learn more about Savannah while enjoying intriguing food samples that add up to an authentic southern lunch.

Full Moon Tours
An evening of high spirits, some of this world and some of another! We can leave non-believers in doubt and it’s always a good time.

Savannah Ghost & Crime Walks
Join Savannah Dark Crime researcher Chuck "Hurricane" Norras on Savannah's first and only true Dark Crime Tour at 9 pm. ​Based on murder case evidence and police reports and featuring new case evidence in The Gribble Axe Murders and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Adults Only! 

Savannah on Wheels
Our historical bike tour is the most unique and complete tour Savannah has to offer. We cover most of the historical area and stop at many of the most popular sites. Our tours also include key knowledge of where to ride safely and what streets to avoid in order to safely ride through the city of Savannah.

The Andrew Low House
The Andrew Low House, which overlooks Lafayette Square, offers insight into life in Savannah more than 150 years ago. Owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia, this Italianate-style stucco-over-brick building was originally designed by architect John Norris and built for wealthy cotton magnate Andrew Low.

Top things to see in Savannah

River Street
Bordering the river port, River Street imparts old-world charm. The nine-block brick concourse is ideal for strolling and ship-watching.
Beach Institute
Georgia's oldest school for African Americans. Initially, the school had 600 students enrolled, with nine female teachers and a male principal.
Leopold's Ice Cream
Leopold's is an ice cream parlor circa 1935. Much of the decor is original including the original soda fountain, soda fountain cover, back bar, sundae holders, banana split boats, and malte milk dispenser - all of which are still in use
Georgia State Railroad
Savannah's Central of Georgia Railway National Landmark District is the oldest and most complete antebellum railroad manufacturing and repair facility still in existence in the United States
The Olde Pink House 
The Olde Pink House was built by one of the city’s founding families in the mid 1700s and was, at one time, a bank. This iconic building is now an upscale restaurant
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth
This $13 million museum honors the courage, character, and patriotism embodied by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present

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South Carolina Offers a lot in a relatively little space
Shaped roughly like a diamond by geography, polished by more than 300 years of American history and made gracious by a tradition of hospitality as diverse as its people, South Carolina offers visitors a broad array of attractions and accommodations limited only by the imagination.
 
Anchored by nearly 200 miles of beaches and coastal attractions – including world-famous Charleston (with Fort Sumter and scores of colonial homes and cobblestone carriage rides), leafy golf haven Hilton Head Island and family friendly Myrtle Beach (with more than a hundred golf courses of its own) – millions of folks make their annual beach trip to South Carolina. Attractions range from the affordable flashiness of Myrtle Beach – with its thousands of hotels and restaurants to fit all price ranges - to the quiet elegance of Kiawah Island, home to one of the nation’s consistently top-ranked golf and beach resorts.
 
Perhaps the most affordable of all beach destinations are the four state parks that offer combinations of camping and cabins, surf and sun. But there’s more to the coast than sand and surf for those who want to understand the complexity of South Carolina’s past. And it doesn’t take much digging.
 
For instance, those sweetgrass baskets, iconic symbols of the Gullah tradition still made by local residents at roadside stands and Charleston markets -- they’re just a part of the living, breathing Gullah culture that grew from the long abandoned rice plantations that now form the heart of thousands of acres of nature preserves such as the ACE Basin. The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is now being organized to help preserve and tell that story, including at such sites as the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, home to the first school for freed slaves and still a center of African American culture to this day. The state also operates historic plantation homes that interpret the slavery- and post-slavery experience of planter and African American alike.
 
And as the South Carolina story spreads inland, through the pristine swamps and pine-filled Midlands to the Blue Ridge Mountains themselves, it’s all available in one day’s journey. Little known fact: More Revolutionary War battles were fought here than in any other colony, stories told at preserved national and state battlefield sites such as Kings Mountain and Musgrove Mill. Modern military buffs won’t want to miss historic waterfront Beaufort and Parris Island.
 
Cotton fields themselves, something most northerners haven’t seen in real life until they drive by, spread by the thousands of acres through much of the Midlands. Tobacco fields can be seen in the Pee Dee and roadside farm stands selling produce of all kinds dot the highways across the state. And then there are peaches. South Carolina grows more than any other state than California and the orchards and stands are hard to miss.
 
South Carolina also is dotted with unique small towns and big cities, each with its own cultural and culinary offerings. (Barbecue, of course, is a mainstay.) Greenville’s robust downtown and unusual cantilevered bridge over the Reedy River falls is a good example not to be missed. Columbia, the state capital, offers Statehouse tours, its own dynamic museums, a major university and the nation’s largest Army basic training base. Aiken and Camden, too, bear mention as unique equestrian towns of unusual quiet wealth and charm. And then there are hidden gems such as Newberry, Cheraw and Abbeville, filled with history and antebellum homes.
 
Then there’s the great outdoors. From whitewater rafting on the roiling Chattooga in the Blue Ridge to paddling through quiet tidal creeks, and huge inland reservoirs in between, along with hundreds of miles of unspoiled hiking trails, South Carolina offers something for everyone, and all within an easy day’s drive of most of the Eastern United States.
 
Top 10 things to do
  1. Ride the Skywheel in MB
  2. Visit Brookgreen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the US
  3. Tea Plantation, only tea plantation in the US
  4. Charleston’s plantation tours – Boone Hall, Drayton Hall, Middleton Place & Magnolia
  5. Food tasting tour in Charleston
  6. Carriage tour in Beaufort
  7. Dolphin watching tour in HHI
  8. Biking trails in HHI
  9. BMW Performance Center
  10. Ceasars Head State Park scenic outlook
North Carolina: Land of Diversity, Culture, History and Charm
From the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi to the tallest natural sand dune system in the eastern United States, North Carolina takes diversity to new heights. Across the state, visitors will find a rich cultural heritage, abundant history and modern cities. And more than 400 North Carolina golf courses provide varied terrain and challenges suitable for golfers of all skill levels.

The 300-plus miles of North Carolina coastline are dotted with picturesque lighthouses. A chain of barrier islands along the northern coast beckons visitors to familiar places such as Kitty Hawk, Duck and Cape Hatteras. Along the southern shoreline lie the historic Cape Fear Coast, Crystal Coast and Brunswick Islands. Each area has a unique style and offers spectacular beaches, events and activities in a relaxed atmosphere.

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is the nation’s largest walk-through, natural-habitat zoo. In nearby Seagrove, where the earth is natural red clay, some of the world’s best potters ply their craft, as they have for more than 200 years.
 
While charming small towns beckon you to stay, higher reaches call you westward where the mountains rise to meet the sky.
 
The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way past scenic overlooks, state parks, national forests, picnic areas, campgrounds and some of North Carolina’s most spectacular hiking trails. Fishing, canoeing, white-water rafting and camping are perfect ways to enjoy natural mountain wonders.

Spring and summer festivals provide an opportunity to enjoy foot-tapping mountain music, regional cuisine and, of course, famous North Carolina handmade crafts. Asheville is city-center to mountain activity and boasts numerous arts and crafts shops, galleries and museums. Two of the most interesting homes in America – George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French chateau, and Carl Sandburg’s Connemara, where the renowned author published one third of his works – are located in the Asheville region. 
 
From enchanting mountain courses to ocean-view fairways, golf in North Carolina can be played year round. Pinehurst Resort hosted the U.S. Open for the second time in 2005 and will host it again in 2014, and just down the road, Pine Needles recently hosted the U.S. Women’s Open for the third time.

Along with great golf, visitors can find great barbecue throughout North Carolina. It comes sliced, chopped or pulled and served up with Southern sides like hushpuppies, coleslaw, baked beans and sweet tea. From beaches to mountains, North Carolina has something for every taste. 

Illinois


Illinois is probably best known for Chicago. The world-class city is regarded as the cultural heart of America. Renowned museums. Stunning Architecture - including the tallest skyscraper in North America. Michelin-starred restaurants. Chicago has them all. But what surprises visitors the most, is the 26 miles of ocean-like beachfront just steps from downtown and Magnificent Mile shopping. Discover all the hidden gems this great state has to offer.

Outdoor Adventures
Offering great ways to get the family off the sofa and into the Great Outdoors with adventures including hiking, biking, and interacting with wildlife

Route 66
300-mile stretch of American roadway, steeped in legend and packed full with eccentric lifers, nostalgic eats, quirky museums and more kitsch than you can shake a restored 1940’s gas pump at. This is the Mother Road. There is no better way to relive America’s golden age than along its most legendary highway, Route 66. The historic highway starts in Chicago and continues throughout the state. It is this iconic stretch where classic diners, drive-in theaters and quirky roadside attractions continue to wind their way through history and into the hearts of visitors to this very day. In fact, mile for mile you can discover more of Route 66 in Illinois than anywhere else. 

Illinois Shopping
Shop the Magnificent Mile, score some designer deals, and explore the delightful boutiques and galleries of historic Galena.

Family Fun
Things to do with kids with Illinois, including rollercoasters, waterslides, and all the tasty treats your picky eater could ask for. Just beyond the city lies Chicagoland, known for everything from Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning architecture to exotic Anderson Japanese Gardens. Some of the biggest and best shopping outlets in America also reside here, many taking shopping to a whole new level with beautiful indoor and outdoor malls that seemingly go on for as far as the eye can see.

Historical
Illinois will always be the Land of Lincoln. With good reason, too. Abraham Lincoln spent the majority of his life in Illinois, fondly referring to it as home. Here, you can discover everything from his log cabin in the historic village of New Salem to his home in Springfield. Plus visit one of the most celebrated presidential museums in the world. Lincoln’s legacy marked the beginning of a long history of presidents, including Grant, Reagan and Obama. 
 
The Mississippi River defines the entire western side of Illinois and if it’s the great wide-open outdoors you’re looking, then you must explore Great Rivers Country. Charming river towns, steamboats, sprawling vineyards, and quaint bed and breakfasts are just of few discoveries that await visitors. This remarkable region is also home to Lewis & Clark’s historic point of departure, the Shawnee National Forest, and the appropriately named Garden of the Gods. 
 
But while Illinois’ attractions characterize the best of the authentic American experience, chances are, if you ask someone who has visited what they remember the most, they will say the warm, friendly people. This hospitality is something that is felt throughout the state and in the people who are waiting to welcome you. Are you up for Amazing!

Chicago
The perfect 'Hang Out' City!

Chicago is a city of world-class status and unparalleled beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of Midwest. Chicago is home of the jazz and blues, world-championship sports teams, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, reowned architechture, award-winning theatre and much more.

The biggest city of the Great Lakes region, Chicago sits on more than 26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront, offering 15 miles of sandy beaches and hundreds of beautiful parks, all nestled within a skyline of architectural wonders. You’ll find world-renowned museums, theatre, nightlife and music of every style, and some of the best foodie hot spots in the States.

One of America's most fascinating cities, with a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is home to some of the city’s tallest buildings, such as the John Hancock Center and Trump International Hotel & Tower. Close to the downtown area, hotels on the Magnificent Mile range from intimate boutique-style spots to some of the most luxurious in the city.

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Bordering the Magnificent Mile, the area known as River North is the place to go for trendy bars and fine art galleries. 

The Loop is one of the most iconic parts of Chicago, located at the heart of the downtown area. The Loop is packed with skyscrapers, including Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings on the planet. Hotels here land you in striking distance of Millennium Park, the Planetarium and the Art Institute and the city’s renowned theatre scene can be found here too. Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area.

Rockford
Go back in time, or to the other side of the world.

The Rockford region is set in the rolling, beautiful hills of Northern Illinois and only a 90 minute drive from the world class city of Chicago. Whether you want to explore the rich culture, exquisite Japanese gardens, visit the nature museum featuring Sue the T.Rex, or stroll through the Midway Village Museum which transports visitors 100 years back in time with 26 historical structures typical in a rural Northern Illinois town, including a general store, schoolhouse, town hall and police station. The Museum also celebrates Rockford’s link with the infamous sock monkey.

Kegel Harley-Davidson Motorcycles is the world’s oldest family owned Harley Davidson dealership. Complete with an expanded Harley-Davidson showroom, fashion & riding gear, collectables, H-D rentals and an on-site restaurant, Kegel’s is a must see.

Starved Rock, Utica
Explore bluffs and waterfalls along miles of trails.

The lush forest of Starved Rock State Park, with its serene waterfalls and beautiful lodge, offers a quiet retreat for visitors. Naturalist-led programs draw you farther into this hilly wonderland, located just minutes from the wineries, quaint shops and restaurants in Utica.

Gurnee
A playground of coasters, water slides and shopping.

Just north of Chicago, you’ll find a nirvana of theme parks and endless shopping called Gurnee. Here, you can race down a roller coaster, splash through a water park, and shop the largest outlet mall in Illinois, packed with more than 200 stores.

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Kentucky

In Kentucky you will find the Horse Capital of the World (Lexington), makers of 95% of the world’s Bourbon, longest cave system in the world (Mammoth Cave), the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass Music). Kentucky also host large music festivals like ROMP and Forecastle, and food festivals including the International BBQ Festival (Owensboro), Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown) and World Chicken Festival (London).
 
The Horse Capital of the World
Get up close and personal with over forty breeds of horses at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Visit retired champions at Georgetown’s Old Friends Farm for Retired Thoroughbreds. Take in the Track Kitchen and watch the morning workouts at the Keeneland Race Track in Lexington. Explore the history and pageantry of the greatest two minutes in sports at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs, Louisville.
 
The Bourbon Experience
Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® or visit stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Craft Tour. Explore another bourbon story with a visit to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the oldest continuously producing distillery located on the banks of the Kentucky River in Frankfort. Book a tour of Kentucky Cooperage, Lebanon, where new charred oak barrels are crafted for bourbon production.
 
Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural centre with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fuelled his journey.
 
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Located just southwest of Corbin this park is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Here you will find Cumberland Falls, sometimes called the Little Niagara, or the Niagara of the South (the largest waterfall south of the Niagara). Many people visit the falls to witness a natural phenomenon called moonbow. The moonbow is a lunar rainbow that sometimes forms over the falls under a full moon on clear nights and an arch of white light is usually produced at the base of the falls. This phenomenon is not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere! The area is also a natural choice for water-sports enthusiasts, offering white-water rafting, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. Landlubbers will enjoy the hiking and horseback riding opportunities in this lovely area. The State Park offers great camping facilities and spots.
 
Shaker Village
A half-hour from Lexington in the town of Harrodsburg, is the largest restored Shaker community in the United States and the first site in the country to be designated in its entirety as a National Historic Landmark.In 1805, a group of shakers came to rural Kentucky and established a Village named Pleasant Hill. The population peaked to almost 500 in the 1820s and the community acquired more than 4,000 acres of farmland. However, after the 1860s, changing social attitudes and the Industrial Revolution signalled the community’s decline. By 1923, sadly the last Pleasant Hill Shaker died and the buildings, property and belongings passed into private hands.
 
Paducah
Paducah was first admired by William Clark as he made his way downriver in the early 1800s. Many others through the centuries, including famed humourist Irvin Cobb, would come to admire the river city as a beautiful place to linger. Creativity is the common thread that connects people from around the globe to Paducah, the world's 7th City of Crafts and Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Anchored by the National Quilt Museum and a thriving fibre arts community, Paducah is a haven for creative thinkers and doers.At the heart of America's inland waterways, the river contributes to the constant flow of Paducah's engaging energy and fascinating history. From the colourful revitalization of the Lower Town Arts District to the vibrant streets of 19th Century architecture in Historic Downtown, Paducah invites visitors to immerse themselves in rich American heritage and a globally-celebrated creative culture.
 
Top 10 Things to do
 
Mammoth Cave National Park
The National Corvette Museum
The Bluegrass Museum
Shaker Village
The Derby Museum
The Bourbon Trail
The Lincoln Heritage Trail
Kentucky Country Music Highway
Paducah and the Quilt Museum
The Niagara of the South - Cumberland Falls

New England

Where is New England?

Located in the northeast corner of the USA, New England is made up of 6 diverse US States:

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
New England, the “birthplace” of America, is a favourite holiday spot for UK travellers. Rich with history and outdoor adventure. New England is a genuine ‘four-season’ destination. Autumn is world-famous for dazzling fall foliage, while Spring is perfect for quiet touring. New England Summers are renowned for visits to hot, sandy beaches, sailing trips around scenic islands, hiking in the mountains, and dockside lobster dinners. Winter is a favourite destination for those keen on skiing, boarding, and other fun winter sports.

New England’s appeal goes right across the board. Couples love the romantic country inns and fine restaurants. Families love outdoor activities, such as whale watching, children’s amusement parks, interactive museums, and thrill rides. As for adventure, try hiking and biking in the mountains, sailing aboard a windjammer or riding the rapids. From world-class art museums to some of America’s best shopping, New England has it all.

Top Things to do

  • In Connecticut, board a boat and cruise up the lower Connecticut River Valley. Sit back and relax as you pass Colonial farmhouses, red barns and apple orchards, as well as rocky cliffs and a variety of trees aflame with colour.
  • Get away from it all in Maine, canoeing on the Saint Croix River. Even beginners can go with the flow, paddling through wilderness foliage along a chain of lakes. Go with a guide; camp under the stars; eat round a campfire.
  • Fall is the best time of year togo walking in Massachusetts. Mount Greylock is the state’s highest peak: drive part way up, then hike for 90 minutes to the 3,941-ft summit, with its views of five states. There is colour wherever you look!
  • Or take the easy route. Ride a cable car to a mountain top in New Hampshire. In the White Mountains, peaks in the Presidential Range are named for US presidents and well over 4,000 feet. Views are simply spectacular.
  • A great way to enjoy falliscycling in Rhode Island. The state has plenty of trails, such as the 15-mile East Bay Bike Path along Narragansett Bay. Colour is provided by trees and plants, such as the cranberry, whose leaves turn scarlet.
  • The most popular state for leaf peepers is Vermont – criss-crossed by scenic drives. Follow lanes through the mountains and into valleys, past villages with white churches and into forests in the Green Mountains. Enjoy fall crafts festivals!

Philadelphia, the Countryside of Philadelphia and Hershey & Harrisburg


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is conveniently located between New York City and Washington, D.C. (only 1.5 hours from New York City and two hours from Washington, D.C.). Known for its history, arts and culture, vibrant neighborhoods, outstanding restaurants, outdoor life, tax-free shopping, prestigious universities, and much more, Philadelphia offers a walkable metropolitan experience for all travelers. Discover the birthplace of America and the first World Heritage City in the U.S.

History
Known as the birthplace of America and the First World Heritage City in the U.S., Philadelphia offers a vast array of historic activities. Starting with a guided tour of Independence National Historical Park – America’s most historic square mile – where you will learn about where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted, debated and adopted, Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site. Before you leave, be sure to snap a photo and also learn about the Liberty Bell, a globally recognized symbol of freedom and visit the Betsy Ross House, a historic house that commemorates the life and accomplishments of Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia patriot believed to have made the first American flag. 
 
Arts and Culture
From ballet to theatre to the orchestra and beyond, it’s no wonder Philadelphia was ranked America’s No. 1 city for culture by Travel + Leisure magazine. Explore Museum Mile along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to some of the most iconic museums and institutions. 
 
Marvel over 200,000 examples of art spanning more than 2,000 years in history at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is also home to the “Rocky Steps” and Rocky statue featured in the Academy Award-winning film Rocky. The Rodin Museum is home to one of the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris and is where iconic statue “The Thinker” remains. The impressive Barnes Foundation is where you will see one of the finest collections of post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. 
 
While in Philadelphia, you can also experience the world's largest outdoor art museum and one of the U.S.’s most innovative art programs, the Mural Arts Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the Mural Capital of the World and boasts almost 4,000 murals as well as outdoor sculptures. 
 
Outdoor Parks
With the largest city-owned urban park system in the world, Philadelphia is one of the greenest cities in America. Fairmount Park offers a 10,000-acre park system with over 270 miles of recreation trails. Endless adventure trails, riverfronts, bicycling trails and walking/running paths are woven through the city unlike anywhere in the U.S. Named “one of the world’s 10 best cities for parks” by Frommer’s, Philadelphia offers a wide range of outdoor activities and urban adventures.

Dining & Nightlife
Exceptional cuisine prepared by celebrity and award-winning chefs can be found throughout the many diverse neighborhoods that make up the downtown Philadelphia area. Options abound with more than 1,000 restaurants, over 430 outdoor cafes and over 200 BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) style restaurants. Home to nationally recognized breweries and festivals, and historical brewpubs and tours, it comes with no surprise that Philadelphia is named among the best beer drinking cities and late night capitals in the U.S.
 
Shopping in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a shopping haven for visitors. From high-end boutiques in Rittenhouse Row to discount outlets at Philadelphia Premium Outlets, shoppers can indulge in Philadelphia’s tax-free shopping on all clothing and shoe purchases. With the largest shopping mall (retail space) in the U.S., King of Prussia Mall, globally-recognized Macy’s, and trendy local shops, Philadelphia is a shopping mecca for all. 

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Hershey & Harrisburg Pennyslvania
The capital of our Commonwealth, Harrisburg is situated along the banks of the Susquehanna River. The ornate dome of the Capitol dominates the skyline; when the structure was dedicated in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt said, "It's the handsomest building I ever saw." Visitors can tour this historic structure and marvel at its sheer size: the structure covers five and a half acres. The Rotunda, a copy of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, rises 272 feet. Visitors can also take in performances at the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival, attend a Harrisburg Senators baseball game, or check out the Susquehanna Museum of Art. Every year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show delights 400,000 locals and tourists with exhibits, competitions, and plenty of food. It is the largest indoor agricultural event in the country.


The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue
For well over 100 years, the word “Hershey” has been synonymous with the Great American Chocolate Bar. Now, The Hershey Story takes visitors on an inspirational journey through the life of Milton S. Hershey. Learn about the man, his chocolate company, the town that bears his name and his generous philanthropic legacy. No visit to Hershey is complete without a 45-minute, hands-on class in the Chocolate Lab!
 
Hershey - Chocolate & more
Come EXPLORE THE MANY WONDERS OF CHOCOLATE at the first HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD Attraction located in CHOCOLATETOWN, USA - Hershey, Pennsylvania! Treat yourself to an assortment of one-of-kind experiences and discover the sweetest feeling of pure happiness. Plan your chocolate adventure today!
 
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Enjoy the newly-renovated Free Chocolate Tour Ride, complete with a free Hershey’s product sample! Activity options include Create Your Own Candy Bar, the New Chocolate Tasting Experience, 4D Chocolate Mystery digital animation show and more. Stock up on your favorite (and hard-to-find) Hershey brand confections in the world’s largest candy store. You’ll create warm memories that last a lifetime at HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD Attraction.

Spotlight Tour of Hershey Theatre
It’s the tour that takes you behind the scenes of one of the most impressive theatres in the state. From the elegance of the Grand Lobby to the foyer’s “canopy of gold” to the distinct marble walls and arches, each section of the building helps to tell the story of part of Milton Hershey’s “Great Building Campaign” of the Great Depression.
 
Hershey Gardens
What began as a request from Mr. Hershey for a “small garden of roses” is now more than 20 acres of breathtaking flower beds, tree groves and shrub-lined pathways in gardens overlooking the town of Hershey. A new 14,000 square foot conservatory opens this summer to make the Gardens a year-round destination.
 
Founders Hall at the Milton
Hershey School Dedicated in September, 1970, Founders Hall was built as a tribute to Milton S. and Catherine Hershey. More than 50 thousand visitors tour Founders Hall each year to learn about the philanthropic legacy of the Hersheys and their dedication to helping underprivileged children. The building is an architectural wonder, and houses the story of the Milton Hershey School.
 

The Countryside of Philadelphia
Within the storybook setting of The Countryside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania lies the Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich history, it is no surprise that the region is home to two well-known National Historical Parks: Valley Forge National Historical Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.
 
Valley Forge National Historical Park stands in testimony to the Continental Army that, in 1777-1778, overcame a tough winter by becoming an even tougher fighting force. Throughout the year, the park hosts a variety of outdoor events, ranging from lively concerts to living history demonstrations.
 
The Valley Forge area, west of Philadelphia, is also home to world-class tax free shopping on clothing and shoes. Must-visit attractions include the King of Prussia Mall and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, an open-air shopping haven for brand-name bargain hunters.
 
Just a short drive from Valley Forge sits Hopewell Furnace. Formerly the second largest producer of iron in Pennsylvania. Also located directly south of Philadelphia is the Brandywine Valley, which boasts more great attractions and charming towns filled with eclectic and artisan boutiques with tax free shopping on clothing and shoes. Explore the historic Brandywine Battlefield Park and walk through Longwood Gardens - a 1,077- acre masterpiece of formal gardens, woodlands and meadows with horticultural displays year-round.
 
With gracious accommodations ranging from full service and boutique hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, The Countryside of Philadelphia is the perfect destination for those looking to experience America outside of a big city.
 

 
Natures Glory
With four distinct seasons, miles of open land in which to enjoy them, and the prestigious title as America’s Garden Capital, nature lovers of all types will find the perfect way to take in the area’s beauty.
 
Outdoor Adventures
Prefer your fresh air with a side of adrenaline? Thrill seekers and athletes can get active in the Countryside thanks to miles of trails, waterways, and plenty of award-winning greens.
 
Shopping Destinations
Stocking a suitcase with special mementos from your travels is even better when it’s also a deal – all clothing and shoes are tax-free in Pennsylvania!
 
Culinary Experiences
Taste the bounty of the countryside from local pubs to gourmet restaurants, to farm fresh products and pick-your own orchards.
 
Historical Finds
The Philadelphia countryside sits at the crossroads of history – where revolutionary and civil wars battle lines were drawn and changed this country forever. Walk through the storied spaces where times changed.
 

Seattle

"Uber trendy and cosmopolitan Seattle is a must for serious coffee lovers but there's much more to this cultural highlight of the Pacific Northwest"

The home of Starbucks, Seattle is a mecca not only for sporting enthusiasts but also for art and music buffs. Forget the rain and cloudy skies of Seattle holidays - there's so much to see and do in this cultured city you won't mind stepping inside for another latte! The best in urban recreation is at your fingertips with spectacularly scenic golf courses, kayaking, fishing, hiking and skiing in winter months. Renowned for its cultural scene, there are more equity theatres here than in any other American city outside of New York and ballet and opera continue to thrive.

Holidays in Seattle can be spent wandering through Pike Place fish market, famous for the antics of its boisterous vendors and delicious edibles, Open-air stalls are devoted to local arts and crafts with every type of shop you could imagine in the surrounding streets.

Take an evening ferry to Bainbridge Island or discover the trendy bars in Georgetown, and if the weather brightens up, take a kayak or bicycle and join the locals in this active city.Seattle is a cooler kind of city break, with acres of parkland and coast, one of the greenest and most pleasant cities to visit.
 
Seattle also gave birth to Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks, so you get a fascinating mix of right-on cool attitude and considerable, if unflashy wealth. It has loads more energy and distractions than many a US town. Hire a car and take a ferry to the wild, wet and beautiful Olympic Peninsular, home of Kurt Cobain (Aberdeen) and the Twilight vampire Edward Cullen (Forks).
 
Return visit? Head to Waterfront Park, a bustling area of shops and restaurants. Visit the Seattle Aquarium here, where you can walk underwater in a glass dome. See a whole new side to Seattle at the Asian street markets and tiny arts and crafts shops of the International District. Follow the locals out east to Seattle's secret gem of an area, Bellevue. Follow sun-dappled trails through quiet meadows before a fish dinner in a rural restaurant. Or take a boat trip from the tranquil waterside town of Shilshole, north of Seattle, famous for its fresh seafood restaurants.
 
Seattle is a walking city and within the downtown area it is easy to get around on foot. If going further afield Metro buses travel to nearly every corner of Seattle. They are easy to ride and offer an affordable and greener way to get around. There is a Light Rail link between the downtown and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and takes about 35 minutes.
 
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Tennessee

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When it comes to American music, all roads lead to Tennessee. There’s live music year-round, performed in authentic and intimate settings so if you love the blues, tap your toes to country or groove to rock ‘n’ roll, then you’ll find your sound in Tennessee.
 
Located in the American Deep South, Tennessee has four distinct seasons with mild winters and hot summers.
 
Top Ten in Tennessee…
  • Elvis’ Graceland
  • Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville
  • Dolly Parton’s award-winning Dollywood theme park
  • Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park 
  • Country Music Hall of Fame + RCA Studio B in Nashville
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo + Lookout Mountain
  • Mississippi River Cruises aboard the American Queen
  • Titanic Museum + outlet shopping in the Smoky Mountains
  • Sun Studio in Memphis
Tennessee is one of a kind. Experience the allure of our music, beauty, family adventure and history.
 
Find it by losing yourself in the breath-taking beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, where the fog's so thick you can’t tell where the world ends and heaven begins. A place, where you can conquer the Appalachian Trails in the morning, then plummet back down to earth in the afternoon with ride after ride at Dollywood. Discover the grandeur of the mighty Mississippi River rolling through the land of the blues, rock and soul in Memphis. Or, experience the relaxation of driving through the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee with the top down, stopping to soak in our storied history.
 
Listen closely. Our music is America’s soundtrack. It’s the foot-tapping, head-bobbing, soul-saving kind. You’ll hear it in the lyrics and melodies found in the home and birthplace of country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul and everything in between. From the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to Beale Street in Memphis to bluegrass jams on the porches of Bristol. Tennessee is where it all began and never stopped.
 
It’s that magic you can only taste in every sip of oak-barrel-aged Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and each bite of “I’ve-died-and-gone-to-heaven” Southern cooking. It's that creative spirit America was built on, crafted by artists, visionaries and pioneers.

Close your eyes and feel it – it’s uniquely Tennessee. Come visit. Let it touch you. It’s a vacation that can only be Made in Tennessee.

Texas


Texas. It's 267,000 square miles of amazing opportunities and unforgettable destinations. If you are looking for an inspirational location Texas is the perfect place. For big fun, there’s no place like the Lone Star State for your next holiday.
 

 
The Alamo Fort is the most popular historic landmark in Texas. Experience the battlefield first hand and walk in the footsteps of Bowie, Crockett, Travis and Esparza - with guided tours and events.
 
To Infinity and beyond - explore the fascinating history of manned space travel at Houston Space Centre, the official visitor experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre where you’ll be able to see some of the capsules that were actually flown in space and take a behind the scenes tram tour of the Space Centre. Get an insight into the workings of the Historical Mission Control Centre, the Space Station Shuttle, and discover for yourself the rigours of astronaut training at this informative and entertaining attraction.
 
Austin is an exciting and vibrant city with lots to see and do, spend some time at the State Capitol Building, the second largest in the country, discover the full story of Texas at the Bullock Texas State History Museum take a fascinating look into the life and work of Lyndon B Johnson, America’s 36th President including a replica of the iconic Oval Office at the LBJ Presidential Library.
 
Corpus Christi is a fantastic holiday destination – there’s the sun, the sea, fantastic beaches, superb restaurants, shopping and a host of attractions and activities for all the family to enjoy. 
 
History comes to life at the USS Lexington Museum with real pictures and stories of the actual heroes that served aboard this iconic Aircraft Carrier during WW2. See for yourself the spot where a Kamikaze plane hit the deck during an attack, test your skills at the Virtual Battle Stations, see the Captain in action, walk the ship’s narrow passageways and get a first-hand view of the vintage aircraft on deck - and if some of the views look familiar that’s because parts of the movie Pearl Harbour were filmed here in 2001 - all aboard for a truly memorable experience!
 
Located in the stunning Texas Hill Country to the North West of San Antonio, the family owned and operated Mayan Dude Ranch combines the sights and sounds of an authentic cowboy ranch with traditional western hospitality backed up by modern facilities and amenities. With miles of scenic riding and horseback trails to explore, a true Texas welcome from friendly staff, and an array of outdoor activities on offer, the Mayan Dude Ranch is ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a fun filled get away from it all “Western Ranch” experience. 
 
WHATEVER YOU LOVE, IT LIVES HERE
See below a selection of superb things to do in Texas
  • Live music in Austin
  • Art, music and great neighbourhoods in Dallas
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Cowboys and culture in Fort Worth
  • Space Center in Houston
  • UNESCO World Heritage site of the Spanish colonial missions including The Alamo
  • Riverwalk in San Antonio
  • State House in Austin
  • Fabulous food including BBQ 
  • Tax free shopping 
Music
This is a place that breeds talent, and it’s the home of legends like Stevie, Janis and Buddy. Every night, you’ll find the same passion alive and kicking in every dancehall, nightclub, festival and lounge across the state. There’s something for every music lover here, from techno to Tejano and every style in between. Texas has long been a place for pioneers and trailblazers. Today, you’ll simply find them on stage.
 
Outdoor Adventure
There’s something epic everywhere you look in Texas. From the awe-inspiring Palo Duro Canyon, to natural wonders like Enchanted Rock and Natural Bridge Caverns, you’ll find landscapes begging to be explored. You’ll find countless ways to explore them, too, from hiking and biking to kayaking and canoeing. You’ll also find superb bird-watching chances in Big Bend National Park, since such an incredible variety of species migrate to Texas.
 
Food & Drink
Here, food is more than a meal. It's our culture, our way of life. Across the state you’ll find award-winning BBQ, the original Tex-Mex, truly astounding seafood and the best chili to ever grace a bowl. From five-star restaurants and renowned chefs to undiscovered food joints manned by tomorrow's culinary superstars, there is a flavor for every palate. So grab a fork and your taste for adventure and "come 'n get it."
 
Sports
If you really want to talk sports in Texas, we’d need a much bigger website. So, in short, if it uses a ball, stick, mat, club, helmet, racquet, pool, referee or pit crew, you can bet we have that sport (and in some cases, a championship title to match) and tickets to watch it live.
 
Professional sports are big time here. Texas hosts two NFL football teams, playing in two must-see-to-believe stadiums, including Cowboy Stadium with the world’s largest High-Definition Video Display. Texas also has three NBA teams in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, a pair of MLB franchises and even an NHL team. Yeah, ice hockey in Texas! Cool, huh? And don’t forget the other football... soccer. Besides the majors, they have dozens of thrilling, easily accessible minor league teams in every sport imaginable, scattered through friendly, mid-size cities that can be just as fun as the big boys.

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