NEW YORK

IT’S the first port of call for most of us when we cross the Atlantic – and for many, the most memorable.

The Big Apple boasts the world’s most famous cityscape and has been wooing visitors from across the globe for generations.

Must-sees include a trip up the Empire State Building, shopping at Macy’s and Bloomingdales and a stroll around Central Park (or skating on ice, depending on the time of year).

That’s just the tip of the iceberg – to discover the real NYC, from shopping in Soho to the quirky eateries and hidden speakeasies, you’re going to have to come back again, and again, and again.

new orleans

FROM the Big Apple to the Big Easy. Welcome to the home of the world-famous Mardi Gras parade and reputedly the most haunted city in America!

The birthplace of jazz has, for the most part, found its rhythm again more than a decade on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

With its gabled houses, charming districts and traditional dialects it’s a real trip back in time. Embrace the laid-back Mississippi way of life, enjoy the warm welcome, and get swept up in the romance of it all.

san francisco

CHANGE is the only constant and nowhere is that more relevant than in San Fran. This cultural west coast mecca is the birthplace of everything from jeans to jukeboxes – and even ice cream sandwiches.

Each visit throws up a new adventure, and the rolling scenery of the city (best seen by tram) is bursting with trendy microbreweries, themed restaurants, boho fashions and street art.

Take a wine tour to the vineyards of Napa Valley, or catch a ferry to Alcatraz via the Golden Gate bridge. The city is full of surprises – not least its friendly locals, whose sense of humour matches our own.

las vegas

WHAT happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and we’re talking a whole lot of happening here. First on your list has to be a visit to The Strip – a 6km thoroughfare which has rightfully earned its reputation as the entertainment capital of the world.

Home to many of the largest hotels and casinos on the planet, its combination of hedonistic adult entertainment and family fun are an assault on the senses.

From the Bellagio to the Venetian, the opulence will take your breath away. Return to earth with a trip to the Hoover Dam, or a five-hour drive through the Nevada desert to witness the splendour of the 443-km long Grand Canyon.

honolulu

HAWAII is a kaleidoscope of colour and nowhere is this more true than in Honolulu.

The clear blue skies, turquoise seas, sparkling sands and lush green jungles will take your breath away.

Every tourist handbook will steer you in the direction of Waikki – a beachfront suburb bursting with boutique hotels and tanned surfers.

However, getting off the tourist trail will yield even more charms like the hidden beaches, eateries of Chinatown, the grass skirts and the hypnotic music.

 

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