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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
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7:00 AM 4th October 2021
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USA Steels Itself For Tourism Rush

As the White House announced that the USA would reopen its borders to vaccinated Brits from November, tour companies have been lining up to sell their wares to Stateside starved holidaymakers keen to hit LA and the Big Apple.

After months of anticipation, transatlantic travel is back on the agenda and for those looking for that bucket-list trip: from an iconic city break, to an outdoor adventure, or a winter sun escape, to a great American road trip, here are several USA holidays you can book NOW for when the U.S. reopens:

Pilgrimage to music mecca, Nashville, USA

Since March 2020, Nashville has welcomed the opening of the brand new National Museum of African American Music on Broadway housed within the new Fifth + Broadway retail and dining development.

Music City has also seen more than 115 culinary offerings open their doors while the highly anticipated restaurant, Audrey, by James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock, is set to arrive this autumn. The city’s accommodation offerings have expanded with the arrival of the Gallatin boutique hotel whose Rooms for Rooms programme supports the homeless community, while 2022 will welcome a series of luxury hotel openings including 1 Nashville and The Conrad in Q1 2022, as well as The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in April 2022.

Next year will also mark a number of key milestones for some of Nashville’s most iconic music venues including Historic RCA Studio B where the likes of Elvis and Dolly Parton recorded some of their most famous hits which will celebrate its 65th year, the Bluebird Cafe which has fostered the raw talent of countless songwriters and performers marks 40 years and the venue responsible for taking country music to the masses, the Ryman Auditorium, will be commemorating its 130th anniversary.

Music City break with Bon Voyage from £1,015pp:
Bon Voyage is offering four nights at the 4* Holston House from £1,015 per person, travelling on selected dates between 1 - 15 December 2021. Price includes return flights from Manchester to Nashville International Airport with Delta airlines. For more information, visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk or call 0800 316 0194.

Outdoor adventures in Scottsdale Arizona, USA

With 300 days of sunshine a year, the desert town of Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts looking to reconnect and immerse themselves in nature again. Seize the day with a sunrise hike up the iconic Camelback Mountain and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the city from the summit; or kayak or paddle board down the serene Lower Salt River or mountain bike across the McDowell Sonoran Preserve which has over 225 miles of biking trails across an unspoiled landscape. To unwind after exhilarating outdoor adventures, stay at The Scott Resort and Spa in Downtown Scottsdale, which offers guests indulgent scrubs and healing messages.

Premier Holidays from £2,999:
Seven nights staying in a courtyard king guestroom at The Scott Resort and Spa including flights from Manchester Airport via LHR with British Airways to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and fully inclusive compact car hire throughout the trip costs from £2,999 per person based on 1 December 2021 with Premier Holidays. For further information, or to book, visit premier holidays.co.uk, or call 08444 937 531.

Discover the Capital Region on an American road trip adventure, USA

Home to vibrant cities, vast areas of wilderness and beautiful landscapes, the U.S. is the perfect destination for an action-packed road trip adventure. Hit the open road and discover some of the east coast's finest offerings such as the Shenandoah National Park which offers glorious scenery and the opportunity to escape to nature; Charlottesville’s iconic arts and cultural scene; and the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C., home to an exotic jungle, a tropical rainforest and more than 10,000 varieties of orchids.

Traversing across Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia offer the perfect blend of American culture, heritage and the great outdoors for those looking to hit the open road and embark on an iconic U.S. adventure.

America As You Like It road trip from £1,275pp:
An 11-night Capital Region fly-drive courtesy of America As You Like It based on two travellers sharing starts from £1,275 per person, including return flights from Manchester Airport to Washington D.C for departures in December 2021. For more information, or to book, visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com or call 0208 742 8299.

Take a foodie tour in San Francisco, USA

With more places to eat per capita than any other major city in the United States, the diversity of San Francisco's food-scene is incomparable. Follow in the footsteps of Kamala Harris, Vice President and former San Francisco district attorney and explore the South of Market Area (SOMA) neighbourhood, an area synonymous with quirky street food trucks and unparalleled alfresco dining options. A must-visit for art and food lovers is Palette, an edgy immersive dining experience, boasting a wide variety of fresh, quality ingredients harvested by Bay Area purveyors and fishmongers along the California Coast.

San Francisco with Virgin Holidays from £2,891pp:
A seven-night holiday courtesy of Virgin Holidays based on two people sharing starts from £2,891 per person and includes flights and room-only accommodation at Handlery Union Square, departing from Manchester Airport to SFO on 20 March 2022, and returning on 27 March 2022. For further information, or to book, visit www.virgin holidays.co.uk.