Experience the best of the American West on this superb road trip up the California coast, travelling through Yosemite and Death Valley to Las Vegas, before ending in the iconic landscapes of Zion, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.
Imagine North America’s top destinations for 2016
We’ve put together a list of our top five destinations to visit in North America in 2016…
US national parks – celebrating 100 successful years under the National Park Service
National parks as a concept originated in the US and there are now 59 of these pristine protected areas across the country, all of which are overseen by the National Park Service. With the advanced conservation practices of the NPS, the National Parks in the US are arguably some of the best preserved in the world. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th year, so what better way to celebrate their excellent work than by visiting some of the spectacular areas that fall under their reign? From the expansive wetlands of the Everglades in Florida to the remote wilderness of Alaska's Denali National Park, the national parks of America are so diverse there is something to satisfy all tastes.
Pacific Northwest – a magnificent adventure playground that’s off the beaten track
A magnificent adventure playground featuring volcanoes, rainforests, deserts, lakes and winelands and fringed by a spectacular and wild Pacific coastline, the Pacific Northwest is fast becoming one of our favourite destinations. Comprising the Pacific states of Oregon and Washington along with inland Idaho, the Pacific Northwest is inexplicably one of the USA’s least visited regions – meaning there’s an awful lot of space to roam free and enjoy its natural splendours. Having recently sent Jenny out to suss out this spectacular region, we’re completely sold on the Pacific Northwest right now and reckon it will gain lots of popularity throughout 2016. Head there before the crowds do and let your soul be stirred by the region’s gorgeous landscapes, before hitting Seattle or Portland for a shot of coffee, cuisine and counter-culture cool.
Texas – an undersold destination a million miles from nowhere
Almost three times larger than the United Kingdom and the USA’s second largest state, the amazingly diverse state of Texas has something for everyone and we believe it is often undersold. Packed with national parks, ranches and miles of untouched coastline, Texas offers such a variety and is an ideal destination for families and honeymooners alike. Get away from the crowds that pervade many American holiday destinations, and lose yourself a million miles from nowhere. This up and coming destination is sure to get busier as time progresses, so get ahead of the game and go there in 2016. Whoop it up and find your inner cowboy at a rodeo or on a ranch, jam with musicians in Austin, discover history at the Alamo or in the missions of San Antonio, or get your fingers sticky at a Texas barbecue cook-out, where you’ll more than likely meet some true Texas originals.
Alaska – a time sensitive destination that offers a wildlife experience like no other
A destination like no other, a holiday to Alaska offers amazing wildlife and epic, pristine landscapes on a scale impossible to experience anywhere else in the world. It’s more than twice the size of Texas and boasts North America’s highest peak (Mount Denali), largest national park (Wrangell-St Elias) and biggest forest (Tongass). Even the days are the longest in North America, with 20 hours of daylight during the summer, which means you have plenty of time to experience Alaska’s wilderness and its abundance of brown bears, eagles and whales. Described as America’s last frontier because of its expansive areas of land that have never yet been explored, Alaska is something of a time sensitive destination – there is a reason Obama chose Alaska as the location from which to draw attention to his fight against climate change earlier this year. So while we hope action will be taken to preserve Alaska’s unique wilderness for years to come, we would urge you to get there sooner rather than later to experience its beauty in full.
Deep South – a musical destination that continues to thrive
The Deep South is not always the first place that comes to mind when you think of an American holiday, but it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for those wanting something a bit different. With its rich history, vibrant music and easy, seductive atmosphere, the American South is a huge and diverse region of the USA. A holiday in the Deep South will let you take it slow on a Louisiana plantation or on a Carolinas beach, explore Appalachian mountain backroads, search out Tennessee's musical heritage or go a little wild at New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras. Music is something which is deep rooted in the history of the Deep South, but it is certainly not just a thing of the past. The music scene in this region continues to explode, with lots of new young musicians constantly being discovered. As the music of the Deep South grows ever more prominent, we believe 2016 will be a great year to visit this lively destination.