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FROM THE WONDERS OF ORLANDO AND THE SERENITY OF THE EVERGLADES, TO THE SOARING SKYLINE OF NEW YORK AND THE MAJESTIC GRAND CANYON, THE USA HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
The USA has an amazing geographical and cultural diversity and year-round tropical weather ideally suited to family holidays, sightseeing excursions, honeymoons or relaxing beach retreats.

theme parks in San Diego like SeaWorld and LEGOLAND or explore South California’s expanse of perfect sandy beaches like Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Malibu and the watersports on offer – you could spend a lifetime doing this!

From the Grand Canyon in the north to the saguaro forests of the FLORIDA is the perfect holiday destination for the entire family, south, with the red rocks of Sedona in between, ARIZONA’S from its sandy beaches to its breathtaking parks, Florida has spectacular landscapes defy the imagination. Arizona divides, everything from history to the hottest attractions. roughly, into three geological zones: the deserts of the south and Siesta Public Beach in Sarasota is a family-friendly beach with west, the mountainous central highlands, and the northern shallow waters, year-round lifeguards and the whitest sands in Colorado Plateau, named for the river that carved a Florida and the Everglades National Park is the only magnificent canyon through it. With its many outdoor subtropical preserve in North America, with its luscious The playscapes, from desert zoos and mining camps to wetlands and more than 150 miles of canoeing and state and national parks, its good, clean – well, as Everglades walking trails, this reserve will excite a family of clean as horses can be – Western romps, nature lovers of all ages. cooking programmes, astronomy camps, National Park is For the perfect match of history, culture and historic parks, and more, Arizona is a great beauty, travel the only subtropical experience St.to Florida’s–east coast andoldest place for kids to bring their parents! Augustine the nation’s city. St. Augustine amazes visitors with its ancient preserve in North From the vibrant sights of San Fransisco’s cobblestone streets, quaint cafés and a host of Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, historical landmarks and attractions, such as the America and of course the Golden Gate Bridge and Napa 310-year-old Castillo de San Marcos National Valley’s vineyards to the bright lights and sounds of Monument, allowing you to travel back to the early Los Angeles, home to the heart of showbusiness – Spanish empire in the New World. Hollywood, you will find it hard to know where to begin in For a taste of everything, visit Walt Disney World, where you are CALIFORNIA! The 1000-plus miles of coastline is as good a bound to find something to please everyone, from one of start as any – you are likely to spot a number of marine animals Orlando’s best shopping districts to Blizzard Beach or Epcot and ranging from whales, otters, seals and sea lions. Visit the major Animal Kingdom – not to mention the amazing nightlife!

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PASO ROBLES, is North America’s newest award-winning wine destination. Located in California’s Central Coast region mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it is swiftly emerging as the new “must do” destination for the wine adventurer and destination pioneer. Paso Robles has a fascinating history covering Indian lore, early California Spanish land holdings, Hollywood royalty and a dedicated gourmet food community. KEY WEST, Florida knows how to party like a fish knows how to swim. By day, tan, play volleyball, parasail or kayak at Smathers Beach. Celebrate the sunset at Mallory Square before dancing down to Duval Street for nightlife galore.
Located in the heart of Hollywood adjacent to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD is now open. Set in 11 themed areas (The Red Carpet, Party, Spirit of Hollywood, Westerns, Crime, Modern Classics, Making Movies, Sport, Action Heroes, Behind the Scenes and Awards Ceremony), more than 80 figures are on display. Florida is known for its enticing stores, malls and outlets filled with merchandise that is sure to delight – for some of the best SHOPPING, travel up the west coast to Northwest Florida. With both Destin Commons and the Silver Sands Factory Stores, this is a true shopper’s paradise.
La Jolla, San Diego ©California Tourism

Tourist Office www.arizonaguide.com www.visitcalifornia.co.uk www.visitflorida.com/uk Official language English Average temperatures Orlando: Jan 20ºC, Jul 28ºC, Oct 25ºC S’Francisco: Jan 10ºC, Jul 19ºC, Oct 16ºC Phoenix: Jan 13ºC, Jul 34ºC, Oct 24ºC Currency Dollar Local time Florida GMT-5 except northwest Florida from Panama City Beach to Pensacola which is GMT-6. Average flying time UK–Florida, 9 hours

Did you know? The rainy season in Florida lasts from May–October. Late autumn, winter and Spring are usually sunny, dry and temperate. 420 public beaches lie along California’s coastline. The Grand Canyon is the largest gorge in the world! Nearly 5 million people visit Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park each year. No city in Florida is more than 75 miles from either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico.

DISCOVERY COVE is a tropical retreat in the
heart of Orlando where you can swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on pristine beaches.

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