The USA boasts several square miles of holiday horizons as diverse as they come.From its high peaks and vast praries, cactus deserts and alpine forests, alligator swamps, great lakes and palm lined beaches. And then there are the glittering neon, non stop cities of New York and Las Vegas and the tinsel and glitter of Hollywood.
A fly drive is perhaps the best way of seeing this amazingly diverse country, from the classic New England in the fall, California’s golden coastline starting in San Francisco and maybe ending up in the move capital, LA. Or the Classic American West taking in Yosemite Naitonal Park, Death Valley and the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Then there are the East coast cities of New York with its endless sightseeing opportunities – perhaps the most spectacular of which is to take a helicopter flight over the Big Apple or the world’s political centre of power, Washington DC and the White House. If its beach and relaxation which tempts you, look no further than Hawaii or the Florida Keys.
Canada, the world’s second largest country, offers four million square miles of epic scenery and grandeur of scale, rich in heritage and tradition. The eastern cities of Montreal and Quebec with their shops, cafes and stylish restaurants provide a chic French flavour whilst on the west coast, Vacouver is considered by many to be one of the lovliest modern cities and the perfect starting point from which to visit the spectacular resorts of the Rocky Mountains.
Stretching from Miami to Key West, the Florida Keys is a necklace of coral islands strung across the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, the southern most point being Key West which is actually much closer to Cuba than any American City. Here you can enjoy a world of emerald green lagoons, deep blue sea, swaying palms and countless water and beach activities.
Step off the plane on Hawaii and it's as if the volume on your senses has been turned up. Feel the warm radiance of the sun on your face and the sapphire waves gently lapping against the white beaches. Be mesmerized by the emerald valleys, and halos of rainbow arches of the perfect climate of this paradise destination.
7 hours (new York) 6-7 Hours (Ottawa)
GMT-4 to -8 (USA) GMT-5 (Ottawa)
Washington (USA) Ottawa (Canada)
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303 million (USA) 33 million (Canada)
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