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Travel – America: The Best Stays Stateside

Posted on | September 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Travel – America: The Best Stays Stateside

Route 66

Luminous motel signs, red corvettes and kitsch diners, see them all when passing through Route 66. First built in 1926, the ‘Mother Road’ ran from LA to Chicago. Today’s 2,500 – mile route is slightly different  but takes on average nine days to complete. Most people choose to travel from the east to the west and some of the best stop-off points include St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque in New Mexico and the Grand Canyon. Don’t miss one of the original drive-in movie theatres in Carthage, Missouri, and the first McDonalds in San Bernardino, California. Take in a typically American motel on route 66 or stop off for a steak ‘n’ shake in Springfield, Missouri. Route 66 holidays are relatively inexpensive, but the best time to go is from Jan to March.

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New York

Visit the Big Apple, and some of the sights you see include The Museum of the city of New York to the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue. Go shopping at Henri Bendel, or check discount designer outlets like Woodbury Common. During New York Fashion week it’s all about Byrant Park where many of the catwalk shows are held. It’s hard to keep up with the coolest places to eat, drink and be seen but Butter Restaurant on Lafayette Street is where the cool cats hang out. The coolest hotels include Thompson Les, 190 Allen St or Hotel Le Bleu in Brooklyn.

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Las Vegas

Who hasn’t dreamt of hitting the most glamorous casinos in the world and putting everything on Black? Or getting hitched in the Chapel of Love? Vegas is where 39 million people go every year to have a good time. The first step is to choose where to stay. There’s the Venetian which has an amazing replica Grand Canal complete with gondolas; the Paris Las Vegas, with a miniature Eiffel Tower; and the uber-glamorous Bellagio. The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino has amazing rooms overlooking the strip. Squeeze in also a helicopter tour of the nearby Grand Canyon.

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Big sunglasses? Check. Glowing tan? Check. Pearly white teeth? Check. Get ready for Hollywood. Shopping doesn’t get any better than in LA, so head to The Grove, an amazing outdoor shopping mall, or hit Rodeo Drive for designer shops. Head to Robertson Boulevard for the Kitson boutique and while you’re there, swing past the infamous Ivy restaurant. Hotel bars  are the way to go in LA and the celebs can be found at the Chateau Marmont. For a good breakfast, head to Ketchup on Sunset Boulevard and for a great night out try the Crimson Schrader Boulevard.

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Miami Beach

The most famous beach in Miami is South Beach, rated the best beach in the world. It runs alongside Ocean Drive and you can’t miss the brightly coloured Art Deco life stations and lifeguards. You can take a guided tour of the glamorous former Versace mansion, Casa Casuarina and of course where Versace himself was shot on the steps – not to mention Madonna’s bedroom. Then, for sunset, head to Gansevoort’s rooftop beach club overlooking the beautiful sea waters. Hotels are plentiful check out The Clinton Hotel in South Beach or The Art Deco Marlin Hotel. For a lively night out check out the Mansion Nightclub on Miami Beach or head to the Latin- style Little Havana.

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