Twin cen­tres

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COM­BINE two U.S. des­ti­na­tions in a sin­gle hol­i­day

to en­joy the best of both worlds. Mix a sum­mer or au­tumn shop­ping trip with a re­lax­ing beach so­journ or fall fo­liage ex­pe­ri­ence, or twin a win­ter city break with ski­ing pow­der snow.

Or how about blend­ing pizazz and casi­nos in the desert with a trop­i­cal re­sort on the Pa­cific? A change is as

good as a rest, so the say­ing goes.

EX­PRESS YOUR­SELF

Soak up New York City’s sights, cul­tural at­trac­tions, restau­rants, shops and nightlife, then hop on the train for a stress-free five­and-a-half-hour jour­ney aboard Am­trak’s Ethan Allen Ex­press di­rect to Rut­land, in Ver­mont’s Green Moun­tains. The train ar­rives down­town so there’s no need for a trans­fer, or it’s just 15 miles by road to year-round moun­tain re­sort Killing­ton.

WINE PAIR­ING

New Lon­don to Port­land flights in­tro­duced in 2017 make it eas­ier for vis­i­tors to pair an ex­plo­ration of Ore­gon’s Wil­lamette Val­ley wine re­gion – home to more than 500 winer­ies and lauded for its world-class pinot noir – with a taste of the vi­brant gate­way known as the City of Roses.

GLITZ AND CO­CONUTS

For a com­plete con­trast, link glitzy Las Ve­gas with the palm­fringed beaches of Hawai‘i’s Oahu is­land. This com­bi­na­tion means you can live the high life at a casino re­sort on Sin City’s Strip then chill out by the Pa­cific at Honolulu’s fa­mous Waikiki Beach neigh­bour­hood.

BEIGNETS AND BAY­OUS

New Or­leans is eas­ier than ever to reach from the UK fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of di­rect flights from the UK. Spend a few days catch­ing the vibes of New Or­leans and its ef­fer­ves­cent French Quar­ter be­fore detox­ing in the nat­u­ral seren­ity of moss­draped cy­press trees, swamps and bay­ous in south­ern Louisiana’s Ca­jun Coun­try.

SLOPE OFF

Fancy a Rocky Moun­tains city break and ski com­bi­na­tion? No prob­lem: non-stop flights to Den­ver from Lon­don cou­pled with a new Am­trak Win­ter Ex­press train from the Mile High City di­rect to the slopes of Rocky Moun­tains ski re­sort Win­ter Park makes it an easy tran­si­tion from city streets to the piste.

PIC­TURED Main im­age: the bright lights of New York City; Above: carv­ing up fresh pow­der; Right: the 'fall' fo­liage of Ver­mont; Op­po­site page: New Or­leans' south­ern charm

His­toric BOS­TON – home to the must-see Bos­ton Tea Party Ships & Mu­seum – is of­ten paired with Cape Cod, but con­sider head­ing north to New Hamp­shire's scenic WHITE MOUN­TAINS. The area is home to Mount Washington, the high­est peak in the north east of...

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