GREAT USA ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Us Holidays -

HAWAI­IAN Air­lines has re­leased a range of LeA LeA (Have Fun) fares from 20 Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions to Honolulu and the neigh­bour­ing is­lands of Maui, Kauai and the Big Is­land. Fares start at $1159 from Syd­ney to Honolulu, in­clud­ing taxes, based on a Novem­ber de­par­ture. The air­line also has dis­counted fares from other Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions in con­junc­tion with do­mes­tic part­ner Vir­gin Blue. More: 1300 669 106; www.hawai­ianair.com.au. Canyons plus: Colorado’s Vail, the ex­panses of Ari­zona’s Grand Canyon and glitzy Las Ve­gas are in­cluded in Trafal­gar’s seven-day Best of the Cany­on­lands pack­age. From $1299 a per­son, land only, with most meals, coach tour­ing and trans­fers. De­par­tures from May to Oc­to­ber. More: www.trafal­gar.net.au/Amer­ica. Ritzy combo: Creative Hol­i­days’ fivenight Putting on the Ritz pack­age com­bines three nights in Los An­ge­les with two in Las Ve­gas. From $745 a per­son, land only, in­clud­ing taxes, a movie stars’ homes tour in LA, Hol­ly­wood Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios visit and a shop-and-save tour in Las Ve­gas. Coach or hire car trans­fers be­tween the cities can be ar­ranged. There’s also a six-night I Love New York pack­age from $1644 a per­son, land only, that in­cludes a he­li­copter tour, Broad­way show, two-hour cruise and un­lim­ited ac­cess to some of the Big Ap­ple’s top at­trac­tions. More: www.cre­ative­hol­i­days.com. Reach for the sky: Ex­plore Hol­i­days has a se­lec­tion of sight­see­ing pro­grams on of­fer in the US such as the Grand Canyon Sky­walk, a glass struc­ture sus­pended 1200m above the Colorado River in Ari­zona (it’s claimed it could take the weight of 71 fully laden jumbo jets). From $311 a per­son, it’s com­bined with a tour of Ne­vada’s in­dige­nous Huala­pai lands. For those with no head for heights, the Colorado River also fea­tures in a seven-hour raft tour, from $149 a per­son, in­clud­ing lunch. More: www.ex­plore­hol­i­days.com.au. Hawaii ex­tras: Viva! Hol­i­days has a range of Hawai­ian breaks that in­cludes shop­ping vouch­ers, room up­grades, kids-stay-free deals and hon­ey­moon of­fers. There’s a stay for five nights and pay for four of­fer on the Big Is­land stay­ing at the ocean­front Royal Kona Re­sort. From $83 a per­son a night. Flights with Hawai­ian Air­lines and car hire can be ar­ranged. More: www.viva.com.au. Walk in the park: Cal­i­for­nia’s Yosemite, Wy­oming’s Yel­low­stone, Ari­zona’s Grand Canyon and Utah’s Zion are on the itin­er­ary dur­ing Es­cape Travel’s 16-day na­tional parks tour. It also in­cludes a visit to the home­land of the Navajo peo­ple and a cross­ing of the Ne­vada desert. From $4625 a per­son with wel­come meal, tour leader, private trans­port and sight­see­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. There are de­par­tures on June 9, July 7, Au­gust 11 and Septem­ber 8. More: 1300 799 783; www.es­cape­travel.com.au. Grand tour: Wash­ing­ton, Bos­ton, Philadel­phia and New York are among the must-see cities in­cluded in Har­vey World Travel’s 15-day tour of the US and east­ern Canada. From $4150 a per­son with break­fasts and most din­ners; flights ex­tra. For de­par­tures from July 6 to Au­gust 31. In­cludes a Ni­a­gara Falls cruise and Big Ap­ple tour. More: 132 757; www.har­vey­world.com.au. Barry Oliver

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