5 Reasons to Visit America in 2019
Travelling is always a good idea, but sometimes, the stars align, creating an ideal time to spread those wings and see the world. With an abundance of incredible things happening in 2019 in the US, and several American locations making Lonely Planet’s top-for-2019 lists of the ultimate destinations for willing victims of wanderlust, there’s no doubt that making the trip across the pond this year is a great idea.
For anyone who needs a little more gentle persuasion, though, here are just five of a myriad of reasons to visit America in 2019!
1. Miami – One Of The World’s Top Cities To Visit In 2019 According To Lonely Planet
A heady mix of skyscrapers, sand and sea, Miami is the ultimate city break destination for anyone who loves the idea of combining sunbathing and water sports with dining, drinking and dancing by the ocean – as well as touring museums and exploring Art Deco architecture. Miami is a unique city that has a vibe unlike any other. This is an energetic, achingly cool urban oasis that rarely sleeps.
One of the most distinctive features of Miami’s streets is the architecture. Boasting eclectic, quirky Art-Deco styling, Miami is a city adorned with colour, intricate and ornate detailing and weird and wonderful shapes. With strong influences from eras gone by, it’s not unusual to feel as though you’ve been catapulted back in time when wandering along tree-lined avenues or seafront promenades. South Beach is famed for its hip nightspots, ocean views and eye-catching architecture, whilst Ocean Drive is a great place to enjoy a tropical cocktail as the sun sets.
Miami is a popular destination for those looking for sun, sea and shopping, but it’s also a cultural haven, especially for travellers with an interest in art. Highlights include The Bass, a collection of contemporary art in trendy Miami Beach and Perez Art Museum Miami, which houses pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Miami is also ideally located to discover the beautiful state of Florida, with the sun-bathed beaches of the Florida Keys and the thrills and spills of Orlando’s theme parks within easy reach.
2. The Grand Canyon’s 100th Birthday
The Grand Canyon has been around for centuries, but February 26th 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of its national park status, with celebrations continuing throughout the year.
Attracting around 6 million visitors annually, the Grand Canyon is one of America’s most iconic and impressive natural wonders, and a sight that truly has to be seen to be believed. For those who have only glimpsed pictures in glossy guide books or seen images on social media, now is the time to get in on the celebrations and see this giant canyon in all its blazing, burning glory.
Spanning hundreds of kilometres, Grand Canyon National Park is an unspoiled area of outstanding rugged beauty, which is dominated by the South, North and West rims. With views of bright red, orange and pink rock formations and plunging gorges as far as the eye can see, there’s no better way to spend a day than exploring this magnificent gem.
Tours to the Grand Canyon are widely available and it’s possible to travel by bus, car, or, for those who fancy a bird’s eye view, by helicopter. Many people choose to visit the Grand Canyon as part of a break in Las Vegas, where tours depart from the neon lights of the famous strip on a daily basis.
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Visiting the Grand Canyon in 2019 offers you a chance to get involved with some fantastic anniversary events including outdoor dramatic and theatrical performances, artistic and historical exhibits, al fresco storytelling, outdoor expos and fee-free days.
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3. New Direct Flights From London To Phoenix
Nestled in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, the city of Phoenix is a beautiful, cosmopolitan gem flanked by glistening yellow sand and clear blue skies.
America’s fifth most populous city, known as The Valley of the Sun, boasts easy access to the Grand Canyon, as well as a host of attractions that make it a fabulous city break destination. Taking advantage of the brand new American Airlines direct flight to Phoenix, visitors can more easily enjoy an array of sightseeing excursions and outdoor activities from Phoenix in 2019.
The Sonoran Desert
Covering vast expanses of Arizona and California, Sonoran Desert is a golden blanket, which is pierced by cacti and rugged rock formations. Drenched in sunlight throughout the year, this desert boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems seen in North American deserts. The arid landscapes are stunning to behold, especially under impossibly bright blue skies, but it’s also wise to keep the eyes peeled and the ears pricked for the sight or sound of native species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Some of the most high-profile residents here include bobcats, hyenas, desert tortoises, kangaroo rats and vultures.
Hiking in Camelback Mountain
Offering exquisite views of the city, Camelback Mountain is a wonderful place to take a hike. Just 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, visitors will find two trails, both of which ascend to the summit around 1,420 feet above sea level. The mountain gets its name from the shape of the peak, which is said to resemble a camel’s hump. Both Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail offer a challenge, as well as being best suited to those with a good level of fitness and plenty of energy. The routes are between 1.2 and 1.5 miles one-way.
Just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Phoenix’s famous downtown streets lies Papago Park. A desert haven, which boasts swaying palms, robust boulders and rippling pools, this is not the average city park. A beautiful spot to soak up the sun, take in the view and embrace the tranquillity, this is an ideal base to recharge the batteries between attractions and activities.
The Heard Museum
A fascinating museum, which contains exhibits and displays charting the history and traditions of 22 Native American tribes, the Heard Museum is a must for those keen to learn about local cultures and the intriguing history of Phoenix.
4. Great Smoky Mountains – 2019 Top Value Destination According To Lonely Planet
Awarded the mantle of one of Lonely Planet’s top value destinations for 2019, the Great Smoky Mountains is officially America’s most popular national park. When considering the opposition in the form of headline grabbers like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite, this is a spectacular feat.
A highlight of many America holidays in 2019, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is characterised by an enchanting collection of natural wonders and ice, fire and water-carved features, which create scenery reminiscent of a film backdrop. From rumbling streams and shaded forest glades to verdant meadows, thundering falls and flower-covered mountain slopes, there’s a breathtaking view around every corner.
One of the best things about the Great Smoky Mountains is the range of activities on offer. This provides a whole host of different ways to embrace and enjoy the vistas and really get a sense of the magic of America’s favourite park. From hiking and biking to white-water rafting, it’s possible to enjoy a myriad of perspectives from land, air and water. This national park is a joy all year-round thanks to its stunning flora and fauna. From burning reds and golden hues in the autumn to the bright pinks and oranges of azaleas blooming in the summer, any trip is guaranteed to be a feast for the senses. Wildlife enthusiasts can also keep a look out for black bears in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
To make the most of every second in the great outdoors, take advantage of the brilliant range of accommodation options in and around the park. From rustic cabins to luxury hotels, there’s something for every adventurer.
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5. The 50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing
July 20th 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. To commemorate this ground-breaking feat, the Houston Space Centre is hosting a series of events and activities throughout the year.
The centre, which is dedicated to all things intergalactic, houses more than 400 exhibits offering its visitors the opportunity to learn all about space travel, science and other-worldly exploration. Boasting the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and spacesuits, this immersive educational experience is out of this world.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s iconic moon landing, the centre is displaying lunar artefacts and organising a series of talks, lectures and informal question and answer sessions to enable the public to meet astronauts and find out all about that famous voyage to the surface of the moon.
The Kennedy Space Centre in Florida will also be celebrating the landmark date with themed exhibits and the launch of commemorative coins, which are available to buy. For those really interested in space travel and its possibilities, try and time your trip to coincide with an actual rocket launch to experience this location in all its glory.
Visiting America may seem like an appealing option at any time, but 2019 is a particularly brilliant year to cross the ocean waves. With American destinations appearing in high-profile travel lists and some incredible dates and events to commemorate in the coming months, why wait?
From the buzzing, sun-soaked cities of Phoenix and Miami and the rugged beauty of Great Smoky Mountains and Grand Canyon national parks to the epic celebrations planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, there’s a host of brilliant reasons to plan your America holidays 2019.