The land of the free and home of the brave, few countries have had as large an impact on a global scale as the USA. A cultural and economic powerhouse, so much of what we do, watch, and even eat is influenced by the US.
It’s little wonder that it also holds a magnetic appeal for travellers.
Spanning thousands of miles from north to south and east to west, the USA is subject to huge variations in its climate. From the balmy south right up to freezing Alaska, seasons can change from state to state. Destinations like Florida and California boast year-round appeal, as do the major cities like New York and Las Vegas, so there is no real ‘right time’ of year to visit.
However, if planning on heading to the more touristy parts of this great nation – think theme parks and beach breaks – then you’re well advised to book your flights early. This is especially true if you’re thinking of travelling during the school holidays. If you’re not bound by the school calendar then you should be able to get a cheaper flight to America.
If you want to get the best deals on flights to USA destinations then there are few subtle tricks you can employ to help. Being flexible is the key, both in terms of when you travel and where you’re coming from and going to.
For example, when searching for flights with Expedia you can click the ‘Show flexible dates’ button. This will give you all the options either side of your chosen travel dates. You might find that by going a day earlier or later there are some big savings to be made.
Similarly, if you select to see results from all London airports and do a little research into airports at your destination, you might also be able to save a packet.
In this respect, when looking for cheap flights USA destinations give you plenty of options, with many major cities having more than one major airport.
There are many direct and indirect flights to America from London and a number of other UK airports.
Main airports in the United States of America
The US is home to some of the biggest and busiest airports on the planet, with hundreds of millions of passengers passing through their terminals each year.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson is the biggest of the lot, accommodating more than 100 million passengers a year.
Chicago O’Hare and New York’s JFK are also huge, acting as major air hubs both internationally and for internal flights.
There are also major airports in Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco and more. All major airports are extensively serviced by rental car facilities, with a good choice of agencies and generally affordable deals available.
Indirect and direct flights to the USA are available from a number of different carriers.
If you’re planning on seeing a lot of the US, the vast distances make internal flights perhaps the most convenient option. With a big network of domestic flights and airports, it’s relatively straightforward to traverse the country in the air.
But, this does mean missing out on everything on the ground. So why not rent a car, strap in and experience the Great American Road Trip? Drive down to the Big Easy, across the Great Plains or through the Sonoran Desert – these are destinations and landscapes with real iconic clout.
The train is also an option in the US, with many of the major cities connected by its network. Catch the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Los Angeles, seeing parts of the southern states others miss on the roads.
In a country as large and varied as the US, it’s hard to pinpoint the highlights. From the towering Rocky Mountains to the vast deserts of the southwest, this is country of big and dramatic landscapes. Its cities are the same, from the iconic skylines of New York and Chicago to the laid-back cool and calm of Miami and LA.
Experience the legendary charm and manners of the Deep South, follow Route 66 from one side of this great nation to the other, or work your way up the stunning west coast from Mexico to Canada.
The USA really is a land of possibility.
While most UK citizens won’t need a visa for travel in the US for periods of up to six months, recent developments in policy mean it is a good idea to check before you travel. On the whole, travel to the US is fairly straightforward, with the two countries having a lot in common in terms of language and culture.