Dazzling metropolises, dreamy, romantic port cities, deserts and world-famous mountain ranges: The USA is diverse and invites you to hike in the Grand Canyon, shop in New York City, enjoy casino nights in Las Vegas or relax on the Great Lakes. Suitable hotels in the USA for families, city travelers and active vacationers can easily be found online.
Fresh lobster and seafood at reasonable prices, plus the salty sea air, the sound of the waves and a warm, friendly atmosphere: The Northeast with the New England states is characterized by fine gastronomy and a relaxed flair. A mix of Swedish archipelago ambience, the gorgeous play of colors during Indian Summer and culturally rich cities like Providence and Boston make the Northeast a popular travel destination. Founded in 1636, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the United States and, interestingly, the city with the highest density of coffee and donut stores. Shopping enthusiasts can stroll through the Westminster Arcade shopping mall in a historic ambience. The metropolis of Boston also looks back on a long history. The Old State House, for example, with its brick facade and pointed gable, bears witness to the early history of settlement and acts as a vivid contrast to the mirror-glass skyscrapers towering behind it.
Outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of small-town idyll, of vast fields and the red barns so typical of the region will feel particularly at home in the Midwest. A vacation in the agricultural heart of the country can be perfectly combined with a stay in the big city and nature excursions. A direct flight from Frankfurt am Main, for example, will take you to Chicago, where travellers can spend the first few days. A very colourful nightlife and a diverse gastronomic scene characterise the metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan. From Spanish tapas to Far Eastern specialties and seafood, foodies will find everything their hearts desire here. Hotels in this part of the U.S. are also available in great variety and for a wide range of budgets. After a few days in the city, it is worthwhile to travel west for a few days by rental car. Along the banks of the Mississippi River, for example, picturesque landscape parks such as Nelson Dewey State Park and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge area invite visitors to take a break and enjoy fantastic views of the impressive river.
A completely different panorama awaits vacationers in the south of the USA. Hotels in New Orleans, for example, are ideal for those who like it musical and fun-loving. The city in the south of the state of Louisiana is characterized by the world-famous Cajun cuisine, i.e. a mixture of Caribbean and U.S. cuisine, and is home to jazz and the Mardi Gras carnival. A stroll and a drink on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is a must during a New Orleans vacation. From the fertile delta not far from New Orleans, where the Mississippi flows into the Gulf of Mexico, it is a good 1,800 km to Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico. If you were to transfer this distance to Europe, it would correspond to the distance between Hamburg and Barcelona. Visually, New Mexico is not what one associates with the USA at first glance. Characterized by desert landscapes and meter-high cacti, by reddish earth and flat clay-plastered houses with protruding roof beams, New Mexico also bears the nickname "Land of Enchantment" and harbours its own charm.
In addition to popular fast food classics, American cuisine offers a wide variety of specialties from all over the world. In multicultural cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles or Boston, the menus of restaurants or street food stores appeal to a predominantly international audience. Coastal regions such as the north-eastern U.S. are seafood specialists. Lobsters and oysters, for example, play the leading role on New England menus. Southern cuisine is a proverbial melting pot of diverse culinary influences. Dishes such as jambalaya (a kind of paella), gumbo or shrimp creole (both a spicy shrimp stew) have African, Native American, British or French roots, among others. Cooking is done with typical ingredients such as corn, rice, sweet potatoes, peanuts and various types of squash. Different culinary influences also mix in the southwest of the country. This is the home of Tex-Mex cuisine, which refers to the strongly Americanized Mexican cuisine. Beef, beans and tortillas are the main ingredients. Popular Tex-Mex dishes include enchiladas and burritos.
The USA has many different climates and therefore the best time to travel varies greatly depending on the region. Alaska has very harsh, dark winters and short summers, with temperatures only rising above freezing from May to September. In the other northern states, from Washington to Maine, the climate is comparable to that in Germany. In the states in the centre of North America, the climate is rather dry, with hot summers and mild winters. The climate is tropical in southern Florida, with the rainy season from June to September.
Hundreds of international and regional airports dot the United States. Those planning to travel the East Coast can fly directly from Frankfurt am Main to New York City, for example. At least eight hours should be planned. In principle, Frankfurt Airport is the best alternative for departing from here to the USA. There are also direct flights to the megacity of Los Angeles. After just under twelve hours, travellers land in the Californian lifestyle metropolis. J.F. Kennedy Airport in New York, O'Hare Chicago Airport and Miami International Airport are just four of the important commercial airports in the USA.