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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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