The best way to do America? It has to be a fly drive. The sense of freedom you get from a road trip is beyond compare. It allows you to take in the magnitude of the landscape while getting an insight into small-town life.
For sheer drops, blue seas and undulating bends go for California’s Pacific Coast Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. For iconic Americana nothing beats Route 66’s roadside diners and vintage gas stations. All you need is the right playlist on the stereo and you’re away.
Although, you don’t have to drive America to get a taste for it. Cities like New York, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco are all incredible destinations in their own right. It’s easy to lose two weeks in any one of them.
Outside the metropolises, there are National parks aplenty. Take a trek among Yosemite National Park’s granite domes and thundering waterfalls. Take a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon. Take a hike to the thermal pools and geysers of Yellowstone National Park. Just be sure you take your camera: there are incredible photo opportunities everywhere.
In the Deep South life moves to the insistent beat of music. The soundtrack is country in Nashville, blues and soul in Memphis and jazz in New Orleans. The stage is the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi Delta. And the back-catalogue is history stretching from the civil war to civil rights.
When to go
As you’d expect in a country so vast, there’s every weather system and escape you can name. The beaches of Southern California, from Los Angeles to San Diego, are the best place for sun worshipping. You can deep sea fish or dive in the Florida Keys. Live out your western fantasies on a ranching holiday. Walk Boston’s Freedom Trail before setting off on a New England fly-drive, where every year the fall sings in shades of saffron and ruby red.