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Discover the United States

Fulfill your wanderlust in the United States. Explore vibrant cities, endless routes, and diverse landscapes. From the iconic New York to the coastal towns of Monterey Bay, Highway 12 in Utah to the Pacific Coast Highway, the Rocky Mountains, the deep red canyons of the Southwest, and the white pearled beaches of Hawaii.

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Be enchanted by stunning landscapes of the United States
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Be astounded by the enormous vastness, wondrous nature, a large assortment of unique wildlife, and rich history of the United States. With more than 9,800 million square kilometres of land, the travel opportunities are boundless. Whether you prefer snowy mountain tops, rough desert landscapes, architectural cities, or picturesque coastal areas, the United States is an unforgettable place to travel.

"From coast to mountains, cities to desert: the people are very friendly, the culture and food are incredible and there is so much to do."

Michael, Travel specialist

National parks

Fortunately, there is plenty of space and nature to enjoy outside the cities. The country has no less than 423 national parks and sites. Yellowstone is the oldest park found in the United States and this area was the first to be designated a national park in 1872. Other National Parks that you have undoubtedly heard of are, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Zion, to name but a few. Each one is different and unique, and are definitely worth visiting!

Marvel at waterfalls in Yosemite National Park
Hike and discover Montana Glacier National Park
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Wildlife

With over 400 species of mammals, approximately 5 million alligators, 800 species of birds, 300 amphibians, 300 reptiles, and over 1100 species of fish, the United States is a natural wonderland. Some of the other wildlife include grizzly bears, black bears, moose, elk, eagles, raccoons, deer, American bison, and mountain lions. There is no shortage of weird and wonderful wildlife to learn about in the United States.

Spot bison in Yellowstone National Park
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Have a close encounter with an elk
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Spot grizzly bears in the wild

Climate

The US consists of 50 states and borders Canada in the north and Mexico in the south. Due to the size of the country, the climate is varied. From tropical rainforests in Hawaii and tropical savannahs in South Florida to sub-arctic and frozen climates of Alaska. The different climates make the United States an ideal country to travel to at any time of the year. Whenever you'd prefer to travel, there is always a place that matches your ideal holiday temperature.

Be charmed by Oregon's West Coast
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Go vineyard hopping
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Indigenous Americans

From the 16th century, the European colonisation of the United States started, which largely eradicated the Indigenous population. But the culture of the Indigenous Americans is inextricably linked to the land and certainly worth getting to know. Go to one of the many museums or visit Indigenous. Hear ancient stories that live on today in the hearts of many Native American tribes.

For Hawaii, many customs and traditions are intertwined with the culture. The language is still one of the official languages, although in a modern form, is still one of the languages of the region. After the discovery of the archipelago by James Cook in 1778, the culture has been heavily influenced by foreign travellers, yet Hawaii has managed to retain its unique nature.

Get a deeper understanding of the Indigenous American culture
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Visit Indigenous land for a truly unique experience
Be amazed by the rich culture of Hawaii

Cities

The six largest cities in the United States are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and Philadelphia. New York and Los Angeles are the most iconic, partly due to the influence of the film industry. No less than 79% of Americans live in cities. New York is the most densely populated, closely followed by Los Angeles.

Be dazzled by San Francisco
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Discover the city that never sleeps, New York
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European influence

Approximately 65% of the American population are of European origin. This dates back to the time of the industrialisation of the United States when people from Europe and elsewhere migrated to America to work in factories. Many people from other countries also came to America in search of 'the American Dream'. Approximately, 40% of the inhabitants of New York were not born in the US and 8.5 million come from 193 different countries.

Visit Maryland in Washing DC
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Conquer Mojave Desert
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More is possible than you may think

You probably already have ideas for your holiday to America and Canada. Nature tours through the Rocky Mountains, spotting orcas near the San Juan Islands, or exploring the streets of San Francisco on the iconic cable car?

For the best local tips and advice, visit one of our online presentations. Meet our travel specialists and have all of your questions answered.