Where are you going in 2019? Top tips for the USA

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For many of us the highlight of the year is time away on holiday - a chance to relax, get some genuine heat & sunshine, spend time with family or friends, meet new people and try out new experiences, cultures and challenges.

Whatever your reason to travel there is masses of choice out there and just getting started can be pretty baffling. Why not get in touch with us here at Putney Travel? Use our expertise to take the hard work out of organising your holiday.

Looking ahead to the next six months here are a few top suggestions from us; Click on the link for our top tips https://mailchi.mp/putneytravel/where-are-you-going-in-1397605

Have you ever talked about a US road trip? Perhaps a classic route from LA to San Francisco via Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite? Enjoy coastal California stopping at Santa Barbara and Monterey or how about Nashville, Memphis and the Land of the Delta Blues? Leave later and drive the small towns of rural New England at the start of Fall.


Florida with its theme parks and beaches is a perennial favourite but there are so many other US highlights that we all want to see – New York for shopping and culture, glitzy Las Vegas, New England in the fall, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, the Rockies & National Park and  LA. You feel like you know them from the movies so why not visit them – we can organise tours or help you with self-drive. Further north into Canada try out a wilderness experience, sample amazing powder snow or enjoy some great wildlife adventures.


The Golden-State has a unique place in the world’s imagination, perhaps caused by Hollywood. Bigger than many countries, and certainly richer than most, California has a mixture of world class cities and world class natural wonders. Laid back and quirky San Francisco has an incomparable setting with European style while the megalopolis of Los Angeles has an astonishing collection of varied neighbourhoods include beach-side Santa Monica and the rapidly re-merging Downtown. Combine the two with the classic drive down the Pacific Coast highway, stopping at Big Sur & Santa Barbara or go inland an wonder at Yosemite National Park and the hottest place on earth – Death Valley. Add in San Diego in the south, where it is summer all year round, or the winelands of Sonoma and Napa north of the Bay Area and there is simply an extravagance of things to do.


From the Big Sky states of Montana and Wyoming to Utah, Nevada and Arizona this is the part of the US we most closely associate with the West of film and legend. Native Americans, cowboys and outlaws brought this region to life and now we head there to see sights such as Yellowstone, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon  and Zion National Parks. This the the region to stay on a Dude Ranch, Tanque Verde is one of our favourites, to rent an RV or blow it all in Las Vegas. If you are looking to ski then why not combine resorts like the Lake Tahoe region with San Fransico or Mammoth Mountain with Las Vegas.


For many people it is impossible to travel through the South without being aware of two key historical events: The Civil War and Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Looking beyond that is the rich legacy of southern literature and its music – the hoe of Blues, Country and Rock n Roll. French built New Orleans is a highlight, along with the classic early colonial cities of Charleston and Savannah however for many its going to be the misty hills of the Appalachians (perfect for the Fall colours), the Outer Banks of the Carolinas or steamy Florida with its Theme Parks and hip Miami that tick the boxes. What you will get right across the region is a good old-fashioned warmth and hospitality.


New York is for many people their first taste of America. As one of the world’s great cities its depth of culture, history, architecture and character is matched by it’s style, food and life. There is so much to do and see for visitors of all ages and can be surprisingly good value. Other East Coast cities can pale in comparison but that would be harsh on Boston, Philadelphia and Washington which have plenty to offer in terms of culture, history and style of their own. There’s so much beyond the cities however from the untouched New England countryside, stunning in the Fall but beautiful whenever, the lakes of upstate New York, Cape Cod (with great whale watching) and immense Chesapeake Bay. Alternatively head inland to the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley in the Appalachians and the Civil War battlefields of Pennsylvania and Virginia.


As the 2nd largest country in the world the scale of Canada is immense with majestic lakes, mountains, prairies and vistas. Vancouver, in its stunning location, is a great multi-cultural hotchpot while Quebec City and Montreal add a dash of European style and scale to North America. The western Maritime provinces look to the sea with pretty fishing villages and inspiring seascapes. Both here and in up the St Lawrence it is possible to see whales. Cross to British Columbia for superb wildlife spotting, indigenous cultures, gold-rush towns and awesome skiing.


  • The National Parks of the USA
  • Manhattan & the New York skyline
  • New Orleans
  • The lifestyle of San Francisco
  • Music cities of Nashville, Detroit & Memphis
  • New England in the Fall
  • The Outdoors life of hiking, camping and rafting
  • On the Road be it Route 66 or the dramatic Cabot Trail of Nova Scotia
  • Buzzing Las Vegas
  • Whale watching in Eastern Canada, New England or Monterey