America is amongst the top 5 favourite holiday destinations amongst the British population, and as it's such a vaste, diverse country, it's really no wonder, as there are so many different things to see and do here that there will certainly be something to keep everyone occupied during a stay in rental holiday homes in America. You can find holiday rental properties here as far north as in the forested, mountainous state of Alaska, and as far south as southern Texas or even the US Virgin Islands! Many people think that it is necessary to get a visa to venture across the pond, but in fact, if you are a British Citizen passport holder, you are allowed to travel without one under the Visa Waiver Programme and stay in the USA for up to 90 days. There are sometimes other things which can affect your eligibility, so be sure to double check before you go.
The State of Florida – Home to Orlando and Disneyland!
Florida is located in the south east of America, and is often known as the Sunny State thanks to its warm climate and long hours of sunshine, especially during the month of July when the daily average is around 10 hours. This is in fact the warmest state in all of America, especially in the very south (anywhere below the costal city of Miami). Florida is famous for being home to the Florida Keys, an archipelago of tropical islands where you'll find the city of Key West. In Florida Keys, there are plenty of areas which are perfect for fishing, as many of the old bridge structures which were here have now been turned into pedestrianised fishing piers, making this a safe area to go bridge fishing with children, too. Key Largo and Islamorada, are easily accessible from Miami, so if this is where you've booked your USA holiday rental property, then it is a good place to try your hand at some angling! The Florida Keys have plenty of things to see and do, and are particularly good for those of you who are interested in watersports. There are sites for boating, diving and snorkelling, or if you'd rather stay out of the water then there are also some idyllic beaches lined with palm trees for you to relax on, although the best beaches are actually along Florida's own coastline. Destin is a location boasting stunning beaches with pale sands and sparkling water, as well as a huge water park with a mini golf course, Big Kahuna's Lost Paradise. The city of Orlando is home to some of the world's most famous tourist attractions, such as Universal Studios Florida, where you can visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, not forgetting of course Disney World Florida, which is filled with Disney-themed fun for all the family! If you (or your children) are a big Disney fan, why not check out the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, or even the biggest theme park in Europe, Disneyland Paris? If you decide to take your whole family on Florida holidays this year, you could even treat the kids to a trip to Orlando Seaworld or Legoland! The good thing about booking your own private America holiday home or appartment here is that you have different options beyond just Disney World. Other attractions in Orlando include making the trip to the American Art Museum which houses the world's largest collection of Tiffany glass, taking a break in the 50-acre Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve or Lake Eola Park. For adults, there are also some great wine bars in this area such as Quantum Leap Winery and The Wine Room, and Orlando has some world-class spas available too! If you're here for a girly weekend or a romantic city break, going for a pampering at a spa is the perfect activity.
New York, New York
New York is the name of both the state in north east America as well as the city, which is in fact the largest city in all of the United States. Often referred to as the cultural and financial capital of the world, many people mistake it for the capital of the USA too, although this is actually Washington D.C. Washington can be reached by train if you want to go there too during your American holidays, and it takes about 3 hours, or if you don't want to spend as much time travelling you can also fly which only takes an hour. The City of New York is filled with world-renowned tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty to mention just a few, all of which you can take time out to view if you rent holiday homes in America in this famous city. Many tourists like to visit New York during the festive season, as this city is well known for its amazing Christmas spirit and decorations, especially on Sixth Avenue. Take a trip to Rockefeller Center Plaza where you'll find the enormous Christmas tree with its thousands of LED lights as well as an ice skating rink. At Christmas time there is also an ice rink in Central Park, in the borough of Manhattan. Check out some of the famous American shops such as Bloomingdale's, Barney's and Macy's, or if you don't want to spend lots of money, go window shopping! Christmas is a great time to appreciate all of the ornate window displays, for example at Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Viva Las Vegas
The City of Las Vegas is located within Nevada, in the West of the United States, and is the biggest and most populous city in this state, an area which is largely made up of desert. This resort town is world famous thanks to its bright neon lights and unlimited entertainment options which have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations on the globe. The renowned Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of road along which there is a large number of resorts and casinos, where you can try your hand at becoming Las Vegas' next big winner - you never know when lady luck is on your side! Some of the top casinos in Las Vegas include Aria, the Cosmopolitan, Monte Carlo and Wynn Las Vegas to name but a few – obviously this is the main attraction for visitors to USA holiday rentals in Las Vegas so there are countless gambling venues to try. However, this isn't the only activity on offer here; you can also see many famous artists performing live, musicals, magic shows, adult shows and as well as shows such as performances by the Cirque du Soleil and the new Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas.
Many people who travel to Sin City also make the trip to the Grand Canyon National Park to see this amazing geographical wonder, as Las Vegas is the second closest city to the South Rim of the Canyon after Phoenix in Arizona. There are several bus tours running between the two sites, so you can take a day trip to see the canyon. Or if you want to see it from a height, it is also possible to take a sightseeing flight over the Grand Canyon, some of which also stop off and allow you to experience it on-ground too. Other places to visit from Las Vegas include cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles in California, which take an hour and a half or an hour by plane respectively. These are both great places to go to on America's West Coast if you want to take a trip closer to the sea after a hard week of gambling!
The Hawaiian islands are a group of 8 islands, the largest of which, Hawaii, is often known as Big Island. The second-largest, Maui, is a beautiful isle which is both mountainous and has stunning pools and waterfalls at Oheo Gluch, more than 30 miles of beach with all sorts of sand, anything from white to red to black, and it also boasts attractions such as the Haleakala National Park. Here you can experience the volcanic landscape in all its natural beauty, but don't forget to take sun protection, sturdy shoes, mosquito repellant and food and drinks with you! Despite Hawaii being the largest of the islands, the majority of the population in the state of Hawaii actually live on the third-biggest isle of O'ahu, which is home to Honolulu, the state's capital. As it takes a long time to fly to the state of Hawaii from the UK (usually at least around 17 hours from London), it makes sense to stay for a long time to make it worth it! If you're willing to take a long flight to reap the benefits of a beautiful paradise island and relax on the beach, check out the Netherlands Antilles islands such as Curaçao, or perhaps French Guadeloupe.