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A land of diversity and extremes

Regions of the United States

Be astounded by the diversity of the United States. A country has an astounding range of landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife. Experience a bespoke journey and discover an array of contrasts. Along the way, visit different regions, each one different with its personality and quirk. Go city hopping, pop into charming small towns, take a nature trip, explore wine regions, or get acquainted with the Native American culture.

Witness the steamy geysers in Yellowstone National Park
Spot black bears on a wildlife tour in Grand Teton National Park


The Northeast region of the United States is a diverse and historically rich area that encompasses nine states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

This enchanting region, known for its picturesque landscapes, vibrant cities, and a blend of colonial history and modern culture, holds a special place in the heart of America. From the rugged coastlines of Maine to the bustling streets of New York City, the Northeast offers a captivating mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and economic significance.

Historical lighthouse in Portland
Portland Head Lighthouse and the Spring Point Light in the Portland Harbour
Boating in Connecticut River
Sail a small boat in the Connecticut River


This part of the country has all four seasons. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are cold and snowy.

Main Cities

Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.


The Midwest region of the United States, often affectionately known as "America's Heartland," spans a large area of the country and encompasses a diverse group of states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Nestled between the East Coast and the Rocky Mountains, the Midwest is a region of great historical significance, natural beauty, and a rich tapestry of cultures that have shaped its identity over centuries.

Serene waters of Wisconsin Dells
Aerial view of St. Louis Courthouse


The summers are hot and humid in this region and Winters are usually cold, with lots of snowfall.

Main Cities

Minneapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis.


The Western region of the United States, often celebrated for its breathtaking natural beauty and cultural diversity, encompasses a vast expanse of states that include California, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Washington.

Stretching from the sun-drenched beaches of California to the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the pristine wilderness of Alaska, the West is a land of striking contrasts and abundant opportunities for adventure.

Conquer Yosemite National Park
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Explore Death Valley
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Most of the region is arid, except for the Northwest, which has heavy rain and lush vegetation. The summers are typically hot, but winters vary from mild to cold, depending on the state. Colorado and Wyoming have cold and snowy weather, whilst Southern California has hot weather all year round.

Main Cities

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu, San Diego, Las Vegas, Denver, Billings, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.


The Southwest region of the United States is a vast and culturally rich area, known for its unique blend of history, geography, and vibrant traditions. This region encompasses four diverse states: New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Nestled in the heart of the American Southwest, these states are part of a unique tapestry of landscapes, from the arid deserts of Arizona to the rolling plains of Oklahoma and the rugged beauty of New Mexico and Texas. A region rich in Native American heritage, Spanish colonial influences, and the enduring cowboy culture have left a permanent mark on the region's identity.

Rugged Arizona backdrop
Explore the vast wilderness of Arizona
Aerial view of Austin
Dine at downtown Austin


Most of this region is an arid desert, so it is usually hot and dry. However, in higher altitudes, you can see snow in the mountains.

Main Cities

Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston, and Austin.


The Southeast region of the United States stretches from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Mexico. This region comprises a wide array of states, including Washington D.C., Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Having played an extremely important role in the American Civil War, this region is also known for its numerous contributions to music, cuisine, and vibrant traditions that have left a lasting mark on the nation's identity.

USA Capitol Façade
Visit the United States Capitol
Nashville stadium
Watch a match in Nashville during the NFL season


The climate of the Southeast is humid subtropical. The area has hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters.

Main Cities

Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, New Orleans, Raleigh, and Charlotte.

Mountain West

The Mountain West is a beautifully diverse region that encompasses the Rocky Mountains. It is also referred to as the Mountain States and more commonly as "Marlboro Country." The Mountain West consists of Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona.

Major national parks in the region include Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks. When you travel through the Mountain West you'll experience vast open spaces, wilderness areas and small towns and cities. The Mountain West is the only area in the United States with no coast, but the high mountains and large plains make it an extraordinary place to visit. Discover the rich cultural heritage and real cowboys and ranch life.


Hawaii is one of the sunniest regions in the United States. Although the originally Polynesian culture is intertwined with cultures from all over the world, it has remained a unique place with its own character. One of the things that makes Hawaii so attractive is its climate. It is seen by many people as ideal, with mild tropical temperatures. The Hawaiians only have two seasons: summer and winter.

As well as the ideal temperature, there are endless things to experience on this volcanic island for active people and those seeking tranquillity. The colourful nature, clear blue ocean, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly locals make Hawaii a true tropical paradise.

Be charmed by local stores in Hawaii
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Visit an Hawaiian farmer's market and savour the fresh local produce
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Discover hidden waterfalls on the Big Island
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Marvel at all the colours of Hawaii
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Visiting Alaska is an awe-inspiring adventure filled with natural wonders and unique experiences. The region boasts breathtaking landscapes, from towering glaciers and majestic mountains to pristine lakes and abundant wildlife. Highlights include witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights dancing across the night sky, exploring the rugged beauty of Denali National Park, and cruising through the magnificent Inside Passage, where whales and sea lions thrive.

Immerse yourself in Alaska's rich indigenous culture, learn about its gold rush history, and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and dog sledding. Alaska offers an unforgettable journey into the untouched wilderness, making it a dream destination for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers.

A brown bear in action grabbing salmon out of the water
Alaska is home to an abundance of wildlife

Wine regions

The United States is renowned for its wine and there is no shortage of wineries to discover. Wine regions such as Walla Walla and Willamette Valley are world-famous. Walla Walla's wine industry has gone through a 'boom' since 1970. This place now has more than 100 different wineries, each with its own character, but all equally welcoming.

Willamette Valley is located in a bountiful valley, which runs from Portland to Eugene and is split by the Willamette River. This river is almost as important to the region as the Nile is to Egypt. Willamette Valley is home to approximately 500 wineries, many of which are run by families who produce fine wines with passion and a touch of whimsy. Pinot Noir in particular seems to shine in this region.

The vineyards in California are also just as popular. Have the ultimate winery experience and spend the night staying at a special accommodation, nestled between the vines.

Taste local wine in Oregon
The United States has over 200 wine regions to discover

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One step closer to your dream trip

More is possible than you may think

You probably already have ideas for your holiday to the United States 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?

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