Top 5 USA destinations Take your pick of one these exciting cities and regions to visit
When you gotta go, you gotta go – to one of these exciting cities and regions!
1 Miami, Florida
WHY GO THERE? Florida’s sun-kissed Miami has reinvented itself as the US city with some of the best restaurants, chicest hotels and abundant cultural institutions.
Take the South Beach Art Deco walk. You’ll learn the history and get to experience the delights of the famous stretch – and be sure to visit the mansion where Gianni Versace lived and met his untimely end.
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This is a multicultural city, with endless food options. Try the Uruguayan at Quinto La Huella, saving room for its Volcan de dulce de leche (dulce de leche fondant, banana ice-cream, pecan cookie).
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The pool! The rooftop bar! The suites! Book into East Miami to find out why this city is so hip – it’s also conveniently located near the arts district.
TELL ME MORE miamiandbeaches.com 2 Palm Springs, California
WHY GO THERE? With glorious year-round sunny weather, fabulous architecturally designed mid-century homes, including Elvis’ honeymoon house and Frank Sinatra’s estate, and an array of exciting events, Palm Springs is more fabulous than ever.
Go shopping. The enormous Desert Hills Premium Outlet is nearby. In town, the Uptown Design District is full of galleries, antique malls and consignment stores.
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Get yourself a booth at old-school Melvyn’s at the Ingleside Inn, where suited waiters flambe tableside. It was once a regular haunt for Frank Sinatra.
WHERE TO STAY Set yourself up among the three pools at the Parker Palm Springs. Designed by Jonathan Adler and set in lush gardens, the 144-room Parker has to be one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. It’s a guarantee! parkerpalmsprings.com
TELL ME MORE visitpalmsprings.com Catskills, New York
WHY GO THERE? It’s easy to see why Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 has named this area north of New York City as one of the top regions to visit in the world. Lush forests, mountains and a laidback atmosphere make this the perfect combination holiday when paired with New York City.
MUST-DO This year is the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, so it makes sense to take in live music here. The place is teeming with musicians and it’s still the preferred sanctuary for a new generation of musicians, with recording studios galore.
DISH TO TRY You have to visit a traditional diner when in the US. Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia uses locally sourced ingredients and serves all the diner favourites. Try the pancakes for breakfast and the pan-fried trout for lunch.
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To truly feel like you’re living upstate, consider renting a house through Homeaway. Log cabins with fireplaces are pretty much the norm here and you can hire them for less than a hotel stay.
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4 St Louis, Missouri WHY GO THERE?
It’s a rich home of jazz and blues and, on any given night, you can see incredible live bands in action, as well as experience the music through museums. Oh, and the barbecue is incredible.
MUST-DO Head on down to the interactive National Blues Museum, then discover the district of Delmar Loop, find your thrill at Blueberry Hill (a diner) and admire the statue of local great Chuck Berry across the road. nationalbluesmuseum.org visittheloop.com DISH TO TRY It’s all about barbecue in St Louis. Try the pulled pork and burnt ends on the menu at Pappy’s Smokehouse. The lines are long here, but it’s worth the wait.
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Want a haven among old-world glamour? Book into the Magnolia Hotel. Want extra razzle dazzle? Reserve the Cary Grant suite.
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WHY GO THERE? Creole food, welcoming-with-open-arms locals, incredible history and a vast array of music – New Orleans is like no other city in the USA.
MUST-DO Forget the crowded Mardi Gras, every April and May the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has what could be the largest and most diverse line-up of any music festival in the world. nojazzfest.com
DISH TO TRY Book a table at the famed Commander’s Palace, where chef Tory Mcphail serves up a mess of Louisiana wild white shrimp over local fresh red beans, housemade andouille, roasted corn, grilled trinity, smashed garlic and wild rice with citrus shellfish butter and crispy shrimp cracklins. commanderspalace.com WHERE TO STAY Book into The Roosevelt New Orleans and be sure to sample one of New Orleans’ official state cocktails in aptly named The Sazerac Bar downstairs, before retiring for the night.
Cool yourself by the pool in Palm Springs.
Autumn colours of the Catskills.
The maximalist Parker hotel in Palm Springs.
Tumbling waterfalls in the Catskills.
Chuck Berry does his duck walk.