Top 5: Epic Experiences in the United States for Summer 2022By Angelica Malin
2022 is the year that travellers will be planning bigger and better trips than ever before, and the United States is ready to welcome back travellers in style. Boasting vast open landscapes, iconic hubs of history and culture and a plethora of beautiful beaches, VisitTheUSA.co.uk rounds up five epic trip experiences:
The Lowdown: From horse riding, to fly-fishing, travellers can don their Wild West attire and try their hand as a cowboy at ranches across Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. Ranging from resort ranches, to dude ranches and working ranches, travellers can take their pick depending how much of an immersive experience they are looking for.
What to Expect: Goosewing Ranch, a secluded retreat in the heart of the Gros Ventre River Valley in Wyoming is home to elk, moose, bear and eagles and welcomes travellers of all riding abilities to experience ranch life, from line dancing lessons to cowboy cookouts. Travellers can also explore the wider region and go white water rafting on Snake River, watch a rodeo in Cody, or take a guided tour of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
To Book: A stay at Goosewing Ranch, Wyoming starts from £3,469 per person based on two adults sharing a cabin for six nights on a full board basis including ranch activities, private airport transfers and roundtrip United Airlines economy class flights from London Heathrow via Denver. The price is based on travel on 1 June 2022, the ranch is open from 1 June to 18 September 2022. For more information, please visit here or call 01244 439371.
The Lowdown: Beyond the iconic Napa Valley in California lies the Pacific Northwest Wine Trail, spanning America’s West Coast from California, Oregon and Washington. With over 3,500 wineries in California alone and more than 900 wineries across the state of Washington—the second-largest producer of premium wine in the country—travellers have the chance to sample America’s finest wines.
What to Expect: Leaving Napa along the Silverado Trail through to Calistoga and Redding in northern California, wine aficionados can take a break at New Clairvaux vineyard, home to Trappist-Cistercian monks, with over 1,000 years of wine-making history. In Oregon, King Estate Winery, focuses on pairing local wines with local produce, whilst Sokol Blosser Winery in Willamette Valley is another of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. Ending in Seattle, Washington, travellers can make the most of the city’s urban wineries before hopping on the plane back to the UK.
To Book: American Sky’s self-drive Pacific Northwest Wine Trail, starts from £2,650 per person based on two adults, for a departure in June 2022. The package includes return economy flights with British Airways from London Heathrow into San Francisco and returning from Seattle, hotel accommodation for 14 nights, car hire with fully inclusive insurance and a personalised electronic roadbook. Highlights include a bicycle tour of Sonoma Wineries and a food tour of Pike Place Market in Seattle. For more information, please visit www.americansky.co.uk or call 01342 395369.
The Lowdown: The East Coast—from Maryland, Virginia to the Carolinas—boast some of the United States’ best-kept secret beaches. With wild horses on Assateague Island (the northern two-thirds of the island is in Maryland while the southern third is in Virginia), or Atlantic bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, to over 300 species of birds on Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina and secluded beaches on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, there’s a beach to meet everyone’s desires along the Atlantic shores.
What to Expect: Journeying inland, the Blue Ridge Parkway allows travellers to enjoy panoramic views, with stops at the cascading waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park, along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and Lake Lure in North Carolina, best known for the movie “Dirty Dancing”.
To Book: Discover North America’s ‘Oysters, Horses, 1902 Glider and Blue Ridge Parkway’ tour starts from £2,859 per person based on select departures in July 2022. The itinerary includes time in Assateague Island State Park (Maryland), Outer Banks (North Carolina) and Shenandoah National Park (Virginia). The price includes return flights from London Heathrow and 17 nights’ accommodation and activities. For more information, please visit www.discovernorthamerica.co.uk or call 0800 2461241.
The Lowdown: Whale watching in Maine is more than a spectator sport; it’s a connection with nature. The world’s largest living creatures can be found feeding and frolicking just 20 miles off Maine’s coastline.
What to Expect: Take a whale-watching tour to see humpback, pilot, minke and the massive finback whale, which can grow up to 80 feet in length, as they breach the surface, spout water and nurse their young. Tours depart from Kennebunkport, Portland, Boothbay and Bar Harbour, with a chance of seeing seals, dolphins and the country’s largest nesting population of Atlantic puffins along the way. Back on the shore, beaches around Kennebunkport, like Goose Rocks Beach, not only provide miles of fun on the sand, but also offer some of the most scenic glimpses of the Pine Tree State.
To Book: North America Travel Service is offering their ‘Best of New England by Motorhome’ package including a whale watching tour from either Hyannis or Bar Harbor for £2124 per person based on two adults travelling. Price includes return flights from London Heathrow to New York, one night at the New York Hilton Midtown and ten nights in a C19 motorhome including insurance, a generator and unlimited mileage. Price is based on 1 July 2022 departure date and two adults and two children (under 12). To book, or for more information, visit here.
The Lowdown: The South is synonymous with American music. Music venues, juke joints and sophisticated city bars are in abundance and travellers can immerse themselves in American culture, as they journey through the states and experience the sounds which voice its history.
What to Expect: Beginning in Tuskegee, home to the Golden Voices Choir, the first African-American performing organisation to appear at Constitution Hall in Washington, travellers can delve into the choir’s history by touring the campus of Tuskegee University. When in Tuscaloosa, travellers should head to Greensboro Avenue which boasts live music most nights of the week. In Birmingham, exploring the iconic Birmingham Music Club which is over 100 years old is a must, or head to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, home to Ona’s Music Room, which is listed as one of the top 10 jazz clubs in the United States. A tour of the South will fill travellers’ appetites for music and culture in 2022.
To Book: Bon Voyage’s ‘Alabama Jazz, Blues and Soul Trail’ starts from £1,825 per person based on return flights from the UK to Atlanta and home from Huntsville, car hire for the duration of your holiday and nine nights accommodation in sought after locations. Note that a drop-off fee for the car hire applies and is payable locally. Price is based on departure in July 2022. For more information, please visit: www.bon-voyage.co.uk or call 0800 316 3012.