Tick off some of America’s most iconic destinations during a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the land of the free. This unique trip is all about the enduring allure of the Big Apple, Hawaii’s sublime shores, the glamour of Hollywood, and the bright lights of Sin City. Whether you’re after shopping, entertainment, dining or world-class beaches, this combination covers all bases.
People Watch: Experience the eccentric side of LA on the Venice Beach promenade. This three-mile stretch of Californian sand hosts food stalls, shops and an array of street performers, including musicians and fortune tellers. Don’t miss the Muscle Beach skin show, an area where fanatical bodybuilders pump iron in a public display of their strength.
Stay: Catch some Zs in the ultra-luxurious SLS Hotel At Beverly Hills. Located within easy driving distance of downtown Hollywood. And if you are the "healthy" couple you would love a stay at Golden Door Resort. Japanese-inspired luxury destination transforms 40 guests each week with personalized programs that blend fitness with farm-to-table cuisine, skin care and mindfulness. You’ll receive a weeklong program customized just for you, including a personal Fitness and Nutrition Guide. Join in the Outdoor Challenge, experience yoga in a hillside studio or hike 30 miles of trails on 600 private acres. Women's weeks, Men’s Only weeks and Coed weeks are held throughout the year.
Savour: You’ll literally be seeing stars at Hollywood’s fabled The Ivy restaurant — since opening in 1983, this hip Californian institution has become famous for its celebrity clientele. Surrounded by a flowery outdoor terrace and white picket fence, it consists of a series of country-cottage rooms where you can try the unbeatable food and killer cocktails.
Explore: Mingle with the stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where more than 2,000 of cinema’s biggest names are immortalised in pink terrazzo and glitzy gold lettering.
Relax: Griffith Park is a favourite haunt of LA urbanites in search of relaxation. Made famous by Rebel Without A Cause, the area is home to an observatory, an impressive planetarium and 53 miles of picturesque forest trails.
Shop: A trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete without a spot of shopping. For trendy clothes, head to The Grove mall, where stores include Madewell, Johnny Was and Anthropologie. And of course Rodeo Drive’s high-end boutiques.
Day Trip for the young "at heart": Leave the city behind and tour the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Then explore neighbouring CityWalk, a three-block entertainment, dining and shopping promenade with an indoor skydiving centre. Alternatively, channel your inner child at Six Flags Magic Mountain, a 260-acre park featuring rides, live shows and world-class rollercoasters.
Explore: Rent a 4x4 to experience Maui’s most scenic sights. Follow the ‘Road to Hana’, a spectacular stretch of waterfalls, freshwater pools, rainforest and lush exotic plants, or head to the summit of the Haleakala volcano for incredible views of the Hawaiian landscape.
Stay: Bed down at the Four Seasons Wailea, located on the lapping shores of Maui’s southern Wailea beach. Highlights include the adult-only pool, one of three outdoor pools. Treat yourself to some well-deserved spa time, and be sure to try the divine dishes at Spago, created by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. In addition, the gorgeous islands of Molokai and Lanai are only a short ferry trip away, and well worth a visit. Another favorite of ours is Andaz Maui at Wailea and Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
Relax: Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki Beach is the most popular on the island of Oahu. Kick back on the buttery sands and soak up the sunshine or try your hand at surfing some gnarly waves.
Savour: The locals love to eat and a range of comfort food is on the menu. A favourite is the ‘plate lunch’, which consists of rice, macaroni salad and everything from Korean barbecue to beef teriyaki. Try the unique loco moco, a dish including a hamburger steak and egg over rice, covered in gravy. Cool off after your meal with a ‘shave ice’, a colourful snow cone served above ice cream or azuki beans. And be sure to frequent Mama’s Fish House on Maui for the savoury shrimp wonton and lobster roll.
Day Trip: You can spend your days here doing everything from snorkelling, whale watching and paddle boarding to sunset sailing, hiking and zip-lining. For a taste of nearly all the above, head to Waipio Valley, flanked by 2,000ft cliffs and located on Hawaii’s Big Island. Visit black sand beaches, explore its lush rainforest, hike the Kohala Mountains and admire waterfalls that plummet a stunning 1,200ft to the valley floor.
Explore: Stroll up and down the Strip and visit the most famous faux cities at Vegas’s themed resorts. Pay homage to the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, visit St Mark’s Square near The Venetian or pretend you’re admiring the lights of the Big Apple’s Empire State Building at New York-New York.
Stay: Located on the Las Vegas Strip, the five-star Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino is all about luxury accommodation, Michelin-star restaurants and an award-winning spa. To top it off, the hotel has three of its own nightclubs.
Savour: This city is has everything from high-class fare to comforting soul food. Head to the The Peppermill for a taste of Vegas’s golden age — featured in many films, this neon-lit spot serves all-American grub such as towering club sandwiches and 10-egg omelettes with hash browns.
Get involved: Las Vegas is the best destination in the world for putting your gambling skills to the test.
Experience: Treat yourself to a Cirque du Soleil show. O features divers, aerialists, contortionists and clowns performing acrobatics around a pool containing 1.5 million gallons of water. But our favorite is still KA at MGM Grand.
Savour: Join the throng of locals queuing at Katz’s Delicatessen, a New York institution on the Lower East Side that has been frequented by the likes of Bill Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Danny DeVito. The best dish on the menu is the pastrami on rye with a juicy dill pickle.
Stay: The city that never sleeps has some of the best places to rest in the world, including our favorites like The Mark Hotel, housed in a 1927 landmark building reimagined by legendary designer Jacques Grange. Or old world glamour meets modern luxury at The Beekman. Combining the best of New York with splendid Parisian style, the 114-room Baccarat Hotel is located across from the Museum of Modern Art in the heart of Manhattan. An intimate address on the Upper East Side, The Surrey began as a townhouse for 1920s stars and is now the preferred hideaway of today's elite set. And we are keeping an eye on the new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, eco-conscious city sanctum, with uninterrupted Manhattan panoramas and a reverence for hometown art and cuisine.
Explore: Travel to the Top of the Rock’s 70th-floor observation deck for panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, including unobstructed views of the Empire State Building.
Shop: Any upscale retailer worth its salt will have its prestigious flagship shop along glamorous Fifth Avenue. Check out the goods in Prada, Tiffany’s and Versace and don’t miss impressive seasonal window displays — the best are at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Relax: No trip to the Big Apple is complete without time spent in Central Park, Manhattan’s beloved 843-acre public garden. Meet snow monkeys at the zoo, lounge on the grass during the summer, or row a boat on the picturesque lake.
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