When people think of holidays to the US they tend to think of sun-drenched beaches, bustling cities or parks with large-eared giant mice roaming around them. There is, however, a growing trend in those taking US touring holidays. Using their break to see more than just one thing, and getting to see multiple parts of this vast country. Of these tours, the bright lights and the natural wonders of the Wild West has to be one of the best.
Las Vegas is not only the most exhilarating city in the US, it also serves as an ideal launchpad for touring the world-famous landmarks and spectacles that are scattered throughout the territory. Arguably, the best way of seeing these sights is with USA touring holidays, which often travel from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, stopping at two colossal, unmissable natural wonders along the way – the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.
The big city lights of Vegas are brighter than any other metropolis, with most of the action focusing around the famous Las Vegas Strip, where the best hotels and casinos are located. Although probably best known for the thrilling gambling experience there’s plenty of other things to do, all of the hotels have excellent leisure facilities, and some of the best performers in the world having residences in Vegas. Finding great bars or restaurants is also easy, and at night the city really comes alive with a wide range of spectacles and attractions.
Away from the glistening city, the Grand Canyon is one of the most breathtaking natural formations in the world. Its vast mile-deep rock walls stretching as far as the eye can see, with the Colorado River winding in a twinkling blue band at the bottom have left visitors speachless for centuries. One of the big pluses about seeing the canyon on an escorted holiday is that you can also learn much about the geology and history of the Grand Canyon through pre-arranged tours; knowledge which is as fascinating and unique as the sights themselves.
As though the colors of the Grand Canyon weren’t enough, the vistas in Monument Valley are incredible. The gigantic striped rock formations thrusting upwards in fascinating shapes which have been gradually carved by nature and time. The sheer scale of the valley and its picturesque contrast of red rocks against blue skies make it a popular destination for photographers, sightseers and aficionados of natural history. Booking USA touring holidays ensures you’ll be guided to the best views and points of interest, as due to the size of the area it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices available.
Los Angeles is where many people choose to end their touring holiday, with LAX airport offering a convenient huge choice of domestic and international flights. Before going home try to get time to see the sights in LA that have been made famous through the movie industry – from the Hollywood sign itself to the star-studded Hollywood Boulevard, to the architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall. LA will finish your well-rounded experience of the Western States, from old to new, from natural to cosmopolitan.
–Text provided by Hal Wightman, photos by Talon Windwalker.