Head stateside for a taste of sunshine over winter

25 November 2019

The USA is a destination for all 12 months of the year. Springtime across the vast prairie lands, summer out by the lake, autumn in the foliage of New England and winter spent enjoying the variety of climates that make the states the perfect place to enjoy some sun on a winter escape.

Orlando and Miami

With a tropical climate, the sunshine state of Florida welcomes visitors at any time of year with hot sunny days and mild nights. For many people, the winter months are the perfect time to visit this fun-filled state as it’s when rainfall is at its lowest.

Apart from beautiful weather, Florida is synonymous with theme parks and its hub of rollercoaster-based thrills is undoubtably Orlando. With no fewer than 12 theme parks to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where you’ll get the adrenaline pumping. Universal Studios Florida Theme Park boasts an incredible variety of rides to cater for all ages, and immersive shows to captivate guests. No trip to Orlando would be complete without visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Guests young and old will be left in awe from the enchanting experience of meeting their favourite characters.

Travel Counsellor's recommended stay: Reunion Resort

When you feel like you’ve had your fill of theme park excitement, venture south to Miami. The energetic beach city radiates an exotic ambiance that will sweep you off your feet and onto the dancefloor of one of the city’s many salsa bars. Miami’s beachfront is renowned around the world and attracts everyone from families looking for a relaxed getaway to partygoers visiting for the city’s amazing nightlife.

Travel Counsellor's recommended stay: Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

The south west coast of the USA boasts mild weather all year round and the winter months are no exception. Warmed by the waters of the Pacific, California’s coastal cities remain at a pleasant average of 13°C throughout winter.

Begin your trip in San Francisco. Wander through Fisherman’s Wharf and say hello to the resident sea lions, who are especially abundant during the winter months, and pedal a bike over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Ride the city’s cable cars, which form part of the last manually operated cable car system in the world, before taking a boat out to visit the infamous Alcatraz and learn of the island prison’s controversial past.

Travel Counsellor's recommended stay: Argonaut Hotel

Next, it’s onto Los Angeles for a mix of glitz, glamour and beautiful beaches. This incredible city is the ideal place to soak up some winter sun as you switch from wandering the streets of Hollywood in search of palatial mansions, to enjoying time along the board walk in one of the distinguished beachfront areas such as Venice Beach or Santa Monica.

Travel Counsellor's recommended stay: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica 

January is designated as ‘Restaurant Month’ in California, so there will be a whole host of foodie events throughout the Golden State to celebrate the rich culinary produce that delights so many.   

To round off your trip, prepare for exhilaration in the Nevada desert as you travel to Las Vegas. The City of Lights really justifies its title as the entertainment capital of the world with its bustling strip overflowing with fun and excitement, packed calendar of out-of-this-world shows, decadent pool parties, luxury accommodation and barmy casino floors. One thing is for certain; in Las Vegas, there’s never a dull moment.

Travel Counsellor's recommended stay: The Signature at MGM Grand 

New York and Mexico

A trip to New York should be on everyone’s bucket list. Nowhere else on earth can you find such a microcosm of modern civilisation as in the Big Apple. A place where global influences converge to create a stunning cacophony of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences that need to be seen to be believed. From high-end retail therapy to ticking off iconic sights from the movies, New York is the pinnacle of bucket-list-worthy cities.

Travel Counsellor's recommended stay: Crowne Plaza Tines Square Manhattan 

As much as we love New York, we must admit, it can get cold in winter – really cold. So, after you’ve enjoyed the winter wonderland, head south of the border to Mexico to warm yourself up and indulge in some rest and relaxation.

Mexico has it all when it comes to arranging an escape to the sun: pristine golden beaches, glorious sunshine, azure ocean water and beautiful luxury accommodation. Pair with this the country’s vibrant culture and you’ll have a holiday destination that will keep you coming back for more, regardless of the time of year.

Travel Counsellor's recommended stay: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera


To book your sun drenched multi-centre escape to America and beyond, contact your local Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and even after your trip. 

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