To explore why you should add this country to your travel wish list, we’ve interviewed tourism insiders who know about all things India.
A showcase of the big and the bold
America. The Land of the Free. The Land of Opportunity. Fifty states, all offering something different to the next. Built on foundations set by Puritan pilgrims, over four centuries the United States of America has become one of the major heavyweights of the modern world. And boy does it pack a punch.
“America is diverse through and through – no matter where you visit. You’ve got the magnificent Grand Canyon, the splendour of Monument Valley and the breath-taking national parks – it’s like nowhere else on earth.”
Jayne is a Product Manager at Titan who works hard to ensure the 25 tours she manages run smoothly. She's been with us for over six years.
It’s a place where things stand tall, from cedarwood trees to cultural and political figures – almost everyone in the world knows about Elvis and Marilyn, Martin Luther King and JFK. And as the Grand Canyon is a giant of its kind, so too is New York City. But with its (in-)famous ‘bigger is better’ culture, America can also be a place that encourages our sinful side. Think supersized meals and Vegas slot jockeys.
Everything in moderation, though, including moderation itself. A little holiday indulgence is good for the soul, so we asked our local guides to tell us what makes America great (again), through the lens of the seven deadly sins.
Which holiday sin are you?
If it’s not the best, it just won’t do. You want to live life in the fast lane and see grand displays of opulence
Life is a feast. When you get away, you want to see, touch and taste everything your destination serves up.
Wanderlust is borne of wishful thinking. You crave unforgettable natural beauty that makes people green with envy.
Life is most real when it’s extreme. You want to marvel at epic-scale nature and the overwhelming power of the elements.
You like to submit to your most lavish desires, whether that means worshipping the sun or rubbing shoulders with stars.
You take great pride in everything you do, and your travel tastes reflect this – opt for monuments and stature above all else.
There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest – but more so in rest. Your getaways are about carefree relaxation.
Concede to greed in Las Vegas
Las Vegas by Colin Spong
Colin is a tour guide who has worked with Titan for over 20 years. He’s the go-to guy for helping visitors get to grips with the big lights and glitz of Sin City.
Las Vegas is inimitable. The plush buildings, rich casinos and vast, rival-crushing venues all make it one of America’s most illustrious destinations. It’s a place where you can truly satisfy your greed, yet still return home wanting more.
Long gone are the days when Vegas simply offered shows, casinos and mediocre buffet dinners. Today, visitors are spoilt for choice with world-class celebrity chef restaurants, shopping districts to rival New York and a myriad of rollercoasters, art galleries and museums which’ll really knock you for six. Of course, you’ll still find a whole host of fancy casinos and events to help to keep the merriment going all day (and all night) long.
“In Las Vegas, you can have everything at your fingertips. It’s so diverse – from the French Quarter right through to larger-than-life casinos.”
Give in to your greed and get familiar with Vegas’ most revered attractions, starting with a water display which is simply made to amaze.
The Fountains of Bellagio
Situated in central Las Vegas, this manmade spectacle has earned itself a reputation as one of our world’s most sumptuous water displays. The Fountains of Bellagio consist of over 1,000 jets of water, choreographed to music, that shoot up to 460 feet into the night sky! Take the time to witness this quintessential Vegas attraction.
Viva Vision light show – Fremont Street
Head to Fremont Street, one of Vegas’ most famous sites, to experience the Viva Vision light show. It comprises some 12 million audio-synced lights, combining to make for an aesthetic pageant you’ll never forget. If that wasn’t enough, they’re backed by an impressive 540,000 watts of top-tier sound for your audio pleasure. Shows average around six minutes long, giving spectators a selection of high-resolution imagery on a screen that largely eclipses the street’s skyscape. Take a zipline trip above the crowds for a higher – and more rewarding – perspective.
Eiffel Tower Experience – Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
For the best view in Las Vegas, go to the top of the replica Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. If you can, visit at sundown and watch as the city’s glittering lights spread out below you. You’ll be able to enjoy panoramic Vegas vistas from 46 stories up, revelling in Parisian allures from the heart of America’s Mojave Desert.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Like its name suggests, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art displays exhibitions from influential artists whose contributions are revered across borders. This Vegas institution has previously displayed works showcasing Picasso and Andy Warhol, plus items made by the renowned Russian jewellers, the House of Faberge. The exhibits span many cultures and interests, showcasing historic artefacts, including some from Japan’s Samurai caste, alongside modern artforms for more contemporary tastes.
Grand Canal gondola ride – The Venetian Las Vegas
For something a little more serene, take a graceful trip along The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino’s Grand Canal – Las Vegas’ own answer to Venice. Make your way under bridges, past cafes and through adorable Venetian streets – all the while being serenaded by your gondolier! Trips here give you everything: you’ve got Venetian beauty, with the vibrant metropolitan charms of Vegas dotted snugly around it.
Did you know?
- The Las Vegas Strip is said to be the brightest place in the world when looking down from space.
- Las Vegas is often referred to as ‘Hawaii’s ninth island’ due to its large population of Hawaiians.
- Casinos in Las Vegas never use dice with rounded corners.
Go for gluttony in New Orleans
New Orleans by Rob Streetman
Originally from Texas, Rob has worked with Titan for ten years. When he’s not at home or on tour, he can be found exploring the canyons and sandstone vistas of the Colorado Plateau in Utah.
New Orleans and its intermingling cultures make for a tantalising blend of social traditions, languages, and, of course, a wide culinary platter like none other. The city houses American, English, French, Spanish, Italian, African and Native American influences, all of which have infused its many restaurants and eateries.
Upon first visiting, you’ll likely be struck by the sheer number of restaurants in New Orleans. They’re diverse – serving up a delicious concoction of worldly foods – and, in some cases, amongst the oldest in America! Antoine’s, a French restaurant in central New Orleans, dates back to 1840, while Tujague’s, a traditional Creole restaurant, was established way back in 1856. Such an acclaimed gastronomical scene has led to New Orleans being an internationally recognised destination for culinary tourism – and a must-go for foodies everywhere.
“In New Orleans, you can indulge in Cajun, Creole and French cuisines, amongst other styles. There’s a huge foodie scene so get stuck in and taste the best of it.”
Let your inner desires for gluttony take hold, loosen your belt buckles and dig in to gastronomy which has global appeal.
Situated just outside of the city’s French Quarter, Frenchmen Street is a vibrant spot popular with both locals and tourists. It’s home to live music venues, bars, galleries and restaurants for whenever you’re in need of refuelling. Head here to see New Orleans’ buzzing nightlife and listen to world-class music you’d be unlikely to hear elsewhere.
Café Du Monde
The Café Du Monde name has been an esteemed part of New Orleans’ culture since 1862. Visit and watch the world go by while tucking into some beignets – French pastries made from deep-fried choux pastry – or just sip on a café au lait while losing yourself to the enthralling ambience. Priding itself on being open 24 hours a day, the café only closes on Christmas or when an occasional hurricane gets a little too close for comfort.
The Gumbo Shop
If you’re travelling to New Orleans for the food, you’ll probably have heard of gumbo – a Creole stew which is the official state cuisine of Louisiana. The Gumbo Shop has been voted the best place to experience this staple of the city – an accolade as voted for by the readers of local alternative weekly newspaper, Gambit. Diners can enjoy a hearty meal or stock up on signature seasoning and spices sold from the Gumbo Shop store.
Dinner cruise on the Steamboat Natchez
Few things give you a more refined taste of the Deep South than a steamboat trip along the Mississippi River. Savour a sumptuous meal while listening to authentic jazz music, then make your way out on deck and watch as the vessel powers its way through the water. The boat maintains all its traditional allures, greeting passengers with a warm southern welcome and taking you into Louisiana’s past.
Mardi Gras festival
This annual festival is somewhat of a big deal in New Orleans. Occurring in either March or February, Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) falls before Ash Wednesday, the first official day of Lent, and has been known as the world’s biggest free party. Festivalgoers can watch extravagant parades, such as the Zulu or Rex celebrations, or book into renowned restaurants to fill the tank before enjoying the rest of the festivities.
The resilience of New Orleans…
When Rob first returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the city was like a ghost town. The bustling street activity characteristic of the French Quarter had disappeared. There were no musicians, artists, fortune tellers or other performers. And all the cafes and restaurants which gave the area its unique character were abandoned.
Businesses started to open again, but there was nowhere for employees to live, with lots of the city’s residents scattered all over the country. Job vacancies had popped up everywhere, but with no one to fill them, people were left wondering whether New Orleans would ever be the same again.
Since then, the city has bounced back with a strength and vitality that makes it hard to tell anything happened on that fateful day in 2005. You can walk around and spoil yourself with fine New Orleans foods once more. Once, the city almost lost everything – now, you can savour it all.
Inspire envy at Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park by Cara McGary
Cara is a biologist-turned-tour-guide whose passion for ecology and wildlife has taken her as far afield as the Antarctic, but always draws her back to Yellowstone National Park.
Spanning nearly 3,500 square miles, Yellowstone National Park’s rushing waterfalls and dense canopies define magnificence. In addition to having more geysers than anywhere else on earth (there’s approximately 300 to 500 in the park) it’s populated by a large number of wild wolves. Watch as they roam free around the vast mountainsides here, or swoon over baby bison and bears when springtime rolls around.
“Yellowstone is a certified highlight of many US tours. Its sweeping views and sheer falls can turn even the most content green with envy.”
Come summertime the wildflowers are out in full swing, whereas in the fall, bull elk battle amongst themselves for females. Wintertime sees snow dust the mountaintops, painting the Yellowstone National Park a pretty white and green backdrop. In short, the Yellowstone National Park is a sight for sore eyes – no matter what season it is.
It’s all too easy to get feelings of envy when scrolling through photos of the park – the endearing romance of its valleys and forests are enough to give anyone a severe case of wanderlust. Get inside one of America’s greatest natural wonders and let’s discover Yellowstone National Park.
Bestriding the Yellowstone River between Yellowstone Falls and Yellowstone Lake, this broad valley houses the park’s famed wildlife. Bison are commonplace here – you can often see them grazing beside the river. They tend to be most active at either dawn or dusk, so it’s often wise to prepare for an early rise to stand the best chance of seeing these animals in their natural habitat.
As you’d expect, Trout Lake has a large population of trout. Cutthroat and rainbow species are the most common, and some can grow to a substantial size. It’s a popular spot with fishermen – in permitted fishing seasons – and also with hikers and wildlife watchers. River otters often feed on the lake’s fish, chasing down their prey in a playful yet skilled manner. Keep your eyes peeled for this hunting process and watch as nature takes its course.
Lake Butte Overlook
There’s no shortage of stunning views in Yellowstone National Park, but the Lake Butte Overlook, situated to the east of Yellowstone Lake, is among the best. Time your visit with sunset and watch as the water is illuminated in vivid hues of orange. It’s easily accessible by road and from both the Lamar and Hayden valleys, making this serene spot a top attraction in Yellowstone National Park.
Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook
Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the US and the third largest in the world. The manmade overlook gives visitors an elevated point of view over the natural phenomenon, with plenty of well-positioned photo spots for holiday snaps. There’s no need to bring a drone for the best shots of the spring – in fact, they’re not even allowed!
One of Washburn mountain range’s most prominent peaks, Mount Washburn towers over 10,200 feet above sea level. Hike here for wondrous views over the Yellowstone Caldera, a volcanic crater west of Yellowstone Lake, and the chance to see wildlife such as grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and a variety of colour-rich wildflowers. Once you’ve reached the summit, sit back and enjoy panoramas of the wider park area.
One morning in Yellowstone…
About half an hour before sunrise, Cara and a few friends had set out in search of wildlife in northern Yellowstone. She was using her spotting scope to search for wolves, and soon caught sight of a black one in the distance, which was quickly followed by several others. The wolves moved purposefully, before swiftly trotting off to the backside of the hill and disappearing from view.
Suddenly, her friend noticed some elk cresting the hill, and one had three wolves attached to it! The rest of the pack moved in to assist, their tails wagging in the air like flags, while several coyotes looked on in envy. It seemed so close. Hidden from view, Cara and her friends watched life play out before their eyes, undetected by predator and prey alike.
See nature’s wrath in Alaska
Alaska by Jill Hardy
Jill is a travel addict who has been to over 45 different countries. She loves nothing more than being in the great outdoors and is a huge fan of US national parks
There aren’t many better ways to experience Mother Nature’s wrath than by paying a visit to Alaska. This remote part of America is famous for its captivating grizzly bears, colossal national parks and glaciers that dwarf some of the country’s states by comparison. Not many places on earth give off such a rapturous sense that you’re visiting one of the few places mankind has yet to tame.
By the coast, you can see humpback whales, polar bears and orcas, whereas inland you’ll find caribou, moose and their predators – predominantly brown and black bears. Wherever you look, Alaska reinforces one of life’s most primitive matters – the quest for survival.
“Alaskan tours put you face to face with wildlife and scenery you’d never find elsewhere. Think whales, bears and wild caribou, combined with raw, untamed scenery – that’s the real Alaska.”
Covering an area of 663,268 square miles, Alaska is in fact the largest American state – you could theoretically fit Texas into Alaska twice – but it’s also the least densely populated, with an average of 1.3 people per square mile. Its islands stretch far into the Bering Sea, to the point where some are closer to Russia than they are to western American states like California or Oregon.
Tackle this wild land head on and prepare to encounter nature’s wrath in Alaska…
Denali National Park
In Denali National Park you can see distant, dramatic lands at their finest. There aren’t any set trails, so you’re able to wander wherever you please – just try not to run into any grizzlies! Before lacing up your hiking boots, though, make sure you’re packed for harsh conditions and brush up on your map reading skills.
Get up close and personal with a glacier and see the fissures, crevasses and ice falls created by slow but powerful earthly forces. The Matanuska Glacier is visible from the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway, a 135-mile stretch of road north of Anchorage filled with photogenic Alaskan treasures.
Otherwise known as Blying Sound, Resurrection Bay is a picturesque bay overlooking the Gulf of Alaska. Its main settlement is Seward, home to the state’s leading public aquarium, the Alaska SeaLife Center. It helps to care for animals – like sea lions and harbour seals – who are either sick or have been injured in the wild. Alternatively, there’s the Seward Museum, which gives a fascinating account of the town’s history and an insight into traditional Alaskan ways of living.
Prince William Sound
The Prince William Sound is a great place to encounter Alaskan marine life. Cruise the wide fjords here and watch for otters, sea lions, as well as whales of the humpback, blue, beluga and orca varieties. Continue to the Columbia Glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, to witness a revered sight and a highlight of many Alaska holidays.
The Last Frontier isn’t all glaciers and sweeping scenery. Fairbanks is among the state’s most populated cities and is the biggest city in the Interior Alaska region. Visit the popular University of Alaska Museum of the North and learn about everything from Alaskan archaeology and mammalogy to the state’s fine arts scene.
A wild trip into Alaska...
Jill and her husband decided to spend their honeymoon in Alaska, backpacking through Denali National Park. Unfortunately, their adventure was characterised by rookie mistakes. Cold temperatures destroyed not only the batteries in their water purifier but the gas canisters of their portable stove, too.
They were unable to boil water or cook meals, so they had to survive by eating peanuts and chocolates, and drinking river water. Nature’s raw and forceful traits had truly humbled the newlyweds. The lessons here? Don’t do Alaska off-piste, and plan for all the elements!
Lust after golden California
California by Colin Spong
Colin is a tour guide who has worked with Titan for more than 20 years. He’s never happier than when he’s helping people uncover the joys of the Golden State…
California is best described as a land of varieties. It’s got it all – drop dead gorgeous Pacific coast beaches, verdant green forests, vast barren deserts and snow-capped mountains. Along with its natural allures, the state has a longstanding relationship with the film industry. Hollywood has been a beating pulse of California since the early 20th century, propelling both movies and careers from America’s West Coast and into the wider world.
“California has everything – stunning homes, beautiful people, sumptuous food and an overarching aura of good health. You can see the American Dream in full here, whether on a lush beach or in a fancy restaurant.”
Alongside celebrity hangouts like Brentwood Country Mart and Franklin Village, you’ll find instantly recognisable scenes from blockbuster movies. Think Templin Highway and The Fast and the Furious franchise, or Nancy’s house from A Nightmare on Elm Street, located on North Genesee Avenue.
Indulge in your lust for the bold and beautiful as you get to know the top picks for America’s Golden State.
Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco
Walking across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is nothing short of spectacular. From afar, the suspension bridge is both a remarkable feat of human engineering and one of California’s most awe-inspiring sights. At the bridge itself, you’re rewarded with incredible views over ‘the City by the Bay’.
San Diego’s nonchalant atmosphere is infectious. Just one walk along the buoyant beaches and harbours here is enough to make you fall head over heels for this Californian gem, and upon seeing the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, a serene viewpoint to the west of the city, you’ll do just that. Otherwise, there’s Pacific Beach, a narrow strip of land linking the ocean and Mission Bay. Stroll along boardwalks and let the balmy coastal air wash over you, or simply grab a deckchair and catch one of those oh-so-beautiful Californian sunsets.
Shop among the stars on chic Rodeo Drive. It’s situated in the swanky Beverly Hills neighbourhood and is complete with the famous Walk of Style – a series of plaques made in tribute to iconic fashionistas for their contributions to both entertainment and fashion. Along the walk, you’ll see nameplates honouring the likes of Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and Fred Hayman.
Monterey displays California’s Hispanic roots at their best. The city features many restored adobe buildings, showcasing the region’s history but with an added (not to mention chic) Californian kick. Get a feeling for the surrounding marine life and visit Monterey Bay Aquarium, a highlight of many trips. Watch daily feeding sessions with penguins and sea otters, or stare out of a 90-foot window onto the open ocean. Look for tuna, schools of sardines and, perhaps best of all, adorable sea turtles drifting their way past the viewpoint.
Yosemite Valley – Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley is home to one of Earth’s highest waterfalls, the eponymous Yosemite Falls. Standing beneath them exposes you to a thunderous roar – and a shedload of spray! Pack your waterproofs and get ready to see one of California’s greatest natural attractions. The valley itself is a glacial collection of plains and rivers guaranteed to leave you lusting after the region’s scenery.
Did you know?
- California raises more turkeys than any other American state! Now you know the place to be next Thanksgiving or Christmas.
- Death Valley, which straddles both California and Nevada, is recognised as the hottest, driest place in the US. Come summertime, temperatures can reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s 46 Celsius by UK standards.
- One out of every eight US residents lives in California.
Feel American pride in Washington DC
Washington DC by Ellen Malasky
Ellen is a tour guide with a passion for American history – be it tales from Washington DC itself or ones from elsewhere in the country. Her travels have taken her through China, the Middle East and of course, the United States
Washington DC – from Pennsylvania Avenue all the way to Capitol Hill – embodies the pride Americans feel for their country. Whether looking at the federal district or the establishment of three separate and equal branches of government, the city is a personification of the United States Constitution. It’s a celebration of American democracy and history – so much so, that you can feel the county’s narrative unfolding as you walk through the monuments and parks which make up Washington DC.
“Washington DC is so full of pride and culture. Whether you're by the White House, Lincoln Memorial or a museum, you're struck by a contagious love for the city.”
People always find Washington’s elegance makes a deep impression. You’ll find no skyscrapers, but lots of open space, making it a very walkable, friendly place to visit. Pay heed to historical, inspirational monuments, bask in the magnificence of government buildings or simply admire the trees and flowers that line the city. Regardless of what you do, it’s not hard to see why Americans hold so much pride for the city and the nation it represents.
To savour some of that famous national self-regard, consider a tour of these iconic Washington DC attractions.
United States Capitol
The United States Capitol, or Capitol Building, is the headquarters of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of government. Go on a walking tour and you can take in the history and grandeur of the United States in a few short hours.
Library of Congress
This library is both the official research library for the United States Congress and the de facto national library of the country. The building is inherently beautiful from its arching interiors to its towering façade. Beyond that, though, it demonstrates the importance of lifelong learning through both study and experience.
Across from the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Monument was built to honour the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Get your token photo beneath the statue and reflect on the man it was modelled on, and the country he loved and served.
You’ll find war memorials throughout Washington DC. There are testimonials to those who fought and died in the Second World War, the Korean Veterans War and the Vietnam War. Visit any of them and you can pay tribute to those proud Americans who gave their lives for their country.
Smithsonian Institution museums
This intriguing collection of museums covers everything from natural history to the arts and air and space travel. Admission is free, so you can theoretically broaden your knowledge of the United States – and the world – without spending a penny. There’s also the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, a popular site to see enthralling animals in the midst of America’s capital.
A step up to Lincoln Memorial
Ellen had been taking a family around Washington’s war memorials and to the White House grounds. After a lot of walking, they eventually came to the Lincoln Memorial, but the prospect of walking up yet more steps was met with a bit of a groan. Yet when the group reached the plateau near the top of the memorial and turned around, everyone gasped at the sheer beauty and significance of the location.
The group were standing where Martin Luther King had stood and delivered his famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’. Thanks to this, they found it easy to picture the 200,000 people who flanked each side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. In front, they could see the reflection of the Washington Monument – in the distance, the magnificent Capitol Building. It was a singularly powerful moment and one they would all remember for a long time to come.
Embrace sloth in Hawaii
Hawaii by Laurent Chauvin
Laurent has been a tour guide for Titan since 2012, with a passion for travel that has seen him live in both California and Massachusetts. When not on tour, he loves nothing more than a good glass of wine.
Hawaii’s crystalline coasts and palm-laced shores are enough to bring out the lazy side in anyone. Watch a sunset from Waikiki, a vibrant neighbourhood on the island of Oahu, and enjoy a fine cocktail while, quite frankly, doing not much else. Beaches here are boundless. Placid shallows lie before golden strips of sand – perfect for planting your head for a few hours of total and utter bliss.
“Hawaii’s beaches and tranquil national parks are perfect for long days unwinding under the Pacific sun. Top that with a multicultural, tropical platter and prepare to laze about like never before.”
The islands became America’s 50th state in August 1959, but still retain a distinct sense of identity with Polynesian, European and Asian roots. Across all the eight main islands – and a lot of the smaller ones – you can relax by tropical pools, azure coastlines or manmade beach huts and bars. What’s not to love?
Yes, Hawaii is the perfect spot for embracing sloth and easy-going life. Everything is better at a slow pace, right? Laze about and soak up some Vitamin D, or wander carefree around the islands and check out these attractions.
Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
This 180-acre park gives visitors an unrivalled insight into traditional Hawaiian culture. Standout points include the Great Wall, a thick, imposing structure made up of grey stones. Otherwise, make sure to see the kii statues – these ancient depictions of the Hawaiian gods guard the entrance to Hale o Keawe Heiau, the park’s sacred temple. Wander around the various spiritual sites, thatched buildings and ocean viewpoints before unwinding by the gorgeous Hawaiian coastline.
Nicknamed the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’, Waimea Canyon stretches for around ten miles and is 900 metres deep. Take in the vivid shades of red and green, punctuated by the rushing blues of the Waipoo Falls, a waterfall dropping 800 feet into the depths of the canyon. Park up and let the canyon’s vastness wash over you.
Perhaps most famous for being the final resting place of the British explorer, Captain James Cook, Kealakekua Bay is every bit as scenic as it is historical. The bay is frequented by playful dolphins, and occasionally even whales! Inland, there’s the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. This place tells the story of the Japanese immigrants who, centuries ago, became coffee pioneers and helped to put the region on the map. It’s attractions like this – and the scenery surrounding the bay itself – that make trips to Kealakekua Bay unforgettable.
Pull up a lounger and unwind in Waikiki. Popular beaches near here include Queen’s Beach, Kuhio Beach, Gray’s Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach and Kahanamoku Beach, and of course, Waikiki Beach itself. Watch as canoes, surfers and swimmers all glide through the waters, or shut it all out and doze the afternoon away…
Aptly named for the rainbows that can emerge after rainfall, Hawaii’s Rainbow Falls make for a wonderfully serene day out. Located near Hilo, a small town on the state’s Big Island, these falls drop an impressive 80 feet and span roughly 30 metres in diameter. It’s best to visit around dawn – if you’re keen for an early rise, that is – to catch the hues of the sunset cascading around. Underneath the falls, there’s a lava cave. Myths say the cave is home to Hina, the Hawaiian goddess of the moon.
Did you know?
- Contrary to popular belief, pineapples are not native to Hawaii – records show that the fruit only actually arrived in 1813!
- Hawaii is the only US state which grows coffee.
- The state’s largest island, Hawaii (or the Big Island as it’s often known), features the world’s biggest above-water volcano, Mauna Loa, which covers an area of over 2,030 square miles.
Touring the USA
Touring the USA
““Escorted tours allow you to take in your surroundings in comfort, without having to worry about going from place to place on your own”
America’s attractions are a worldwide draw. It doesn’t get much better than sunrises over Yellowstone National Park, afternoons spent catching rays by Californian coastlines or evenings indulging in the finest cuisine Louisiana has to offer.
In fact, across each US state there’s a whole horde of scenic and cultural treasures you really won’t want to miss. Organised tours put the very best of America on a life-sized platter for all to enjoy. Tour Managers bring in a local’s perspective, dishing out trivia which’ll help to give your holiday an extra edge you can’t find elsewhere.
On top of renowned gems, you’ll uncover lesser known delights – think exquisite New Orleans eateries or remote Hawaiian beaches – that become certified highlights of any trip. Thanks to such a wide mix of attractions, Titan tours include a balance of culture, nature, and rest days to help you recharge and relax throughout the journey. If you don’t fancy staying put, you can always go out and visit old – and new – favourites.
“It’s not until you’ve been on your first US tour that you realise how involved tour managers are – they know the best places to stop, where to get a drink or bite to eat, the most picturesque views and the best times to enjoy them. It’s really incredible how much knowledge these guys have picked up along the way”
Discover the true America with the help of our tour managers. Get a local’s lowdown, find the best photo opportunities, and see a side of the USA only an insider would know.
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