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Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended survey of Cosmos escorted tours customer experience, 106 Good Housekeeping readers, 2018. UK 2020 READER RECOMMENDED THE GRAND CANYON —36.0544° N, 112.1401° W “I want to see the sun rise over the Grand Canyon” Making your AmericanDream Holiday come true Over 60 years’ experience of sending travellers to the USA For the widest choice of escorted tours to the USA contact your travel agent | call 0330 808 8356 visit | 3 welcome to the usa Published by BMI Publishing Ltd, 501 the residence, no.1 alexander terrace, guildford, GU1 3DA UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 8649 7233 Email: Website: EditorIAL DIRECTOR: steve hartridge, Publisher: Sally Parker, Feature writers: lauren jarvis, steve hartridge, peter ellegard , Designer: MATT BONNER, & Caitlan francis, Production Manager: Clare Hunter, Production administrator: Steve Hunter, Managing Director: Matt Bonner, CEO: Martin Steady | COVER IMAGES: Mountain Biking in Sedona, Family party on the beach in California, big sur bridge Thelen, Cowboy Family Riding, UTAH istockcom/ferrantraite, Platewith crab legs, KeyWest; other Images sourced from Visit USA (UK) members, tourist boards, and UNSPLASH.COM | Although every effort has been made to achieve accuracy, the publishers and Visit USA association (UK) do not accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions ©BMI Publishing LtD 2022 Features 4 USA is on a High 6 American Diversity 10 American Journeys 14 Food & drink 18 Theme Parks 22 History Makers 26 Sports Experiences 30 Great Outdoors 34 Presidential Landmarks 38 Twin Centres 42 48 Hours in New York City 48 Life's a Beach 50 Bucket List USA 54 The Old West 58 Endless Adventure Map 60 Plot your route around the U.S. with highways, gateway cities and train routes marked on this map of the nation Travel Toolkit 62 Helpful hints and tips Essential information you need to know before you go Visit USA Members 63 Find out more Contact guide to help you plan your perfect U.S. itinerary Be Inspired 8 Oklahoma 12 Oklahoma City 16 Kennedy Space Centre 20 Maine 24 Central Florida 28 Mesa, Arizona 32 Delta Air Lines 35 Port of Seattle, Washington 36 Washington State 40 New Orleans 44 Atlantic City, New Jersey 49 Scottsdale, Arizona 52 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 56 New Jersey VisitUSAUK @VisitUSA_UK visitusauk Your guide to planning the ultimate USA holiday

XXXXXXX Visitors to New York can now literally live life on the edge. City Climb, a new adrenalin rush, features the highest external building climb in the world atop the 103-storey 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper. Thrillseekers begin their adventure above the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor viewing deck, Edge, making the tethered and guided ascent up the outside of the tower to a platform called The Apex - where they lean out and hang almost 1,300 feet above the Big Apple’s streets. Still on a high in New York, also new is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, a four-floor immersive experience and observation deck on top of the One Vanderbilt tower with mirrored walls and floors, exterior glass elevators and glass-floored booths jutting out more than 1,000 feet over Madison Avenue. More thrills than ever before will be on offer in theme parks across the U.S. New at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando is The Jurassic World VelociCoaster, the Sunshine State’s fastest and tallest launch rollercoaster. Walt Disney World is marking its 50th anniversary with a series of celebrations, events and openings across its four Florida theme parks. Launched in late 2021 and running for 18 months, these include the new Disney Enchantment fireworks and music show in the Magic Kingdom. In Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Pantheon, will open in March 2022 as the world’s fastest multilaunch coaster, with a 73mph top speed. The opening of the world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park in spring 2022 is bound to bring squeals of delight from little ones. Located in Central Florida’s Winter Haven, attractions include themed rides, coasters and a Muddy Puddles Splash Pad play area. Culture vultures have plenty to get excited about too. The new Neon Museum of Philadelphia is home to more than 120 historic neon signs and artworks to celebrate America’s 20th century roadside heritage. Also in The City of Brotherly Love, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, featuring original props, costumes and immersive experiences from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, opens on February 18 2022 at the Franklin Institute and will run until September 18. The new Revolutionary War Visitor Centre at Camden in South Carolina tells the story of the state’s key role in turning the tide of the American Revolution. The First Americans Museum has opened in Oklahoma City, paying homage to the traditions and history of the state's 39 American Indian tribal nations. Later in 2022, the International African American Museum will open on a Charleston waterfront site that was once a major port for the transatlantic slave trade, with a focus on the untold stories of the African American journey. Also dedicated to educating visitors about slavery, as well as racism, the Equal Justice Initiative has expanded its Legacy Museum with a move to a larger building in Montgomery, Alabama. New at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is an experience offering insights into movie making. Atlanta’s new $30 million Illuminarium attraction offers immersive experiences in a sight, sound and scale sensory environment, including an African safari. Houston's Museum of Fine Art has a new Kinder Building gallery showcasing the museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art. Nature lovers will love the Gatlinburg SkyTrail at Tennessee’s SkyLift Park. Opened in August 2021, it features rope bridges, elevated viewing platforms and a walking path giving views of the Gatlinburg SkyBridge and panoramic Smoky Mountain vistas. New rail journeys are making travel in 4 USA is on a high New attractions will guarantee a memorable holiday WITH a line-up of exciting new visitor experiences in 2022 the USA is ready to put the welcome mat out to visitors Pictured Main image: above Edge at City Climb, New York City; Middle: First Americans Museum, Oklahoma City; Right: Neon Museum of Philadelphia; Opposite page, top: Peppa Pig Theme Park, Central Florida; middle: Gatlinburg Skytrail, Tennessee

the U.S. easier and more exciting. From April 2022, international visitors can take Rocky Mountaineer’s two-day Rockies to the Red Rocks rail journey from Moab to Denver. The luxury operator's first venture outside of Canada launched in August 2021. Amtrak’s Gulf Coast service will again link New Orleans with Mobile, Alabama, from January 2022, more than 16 years after the last passenger train service along the Gulf Coast. And the Brightline rail service will link Miami with Orlando by the end of 2022. Self-drive visitors can hit the road on six newly designated National Scenic Byways in the New England states, with three in Maine, two in Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island. The Louisiana Civil Rights Trail opened in summer 2021 with markers across the state (and a new website) telling the stories of the Civil Rights Movement. And look out for new offerings from Visit USA's tour operator members. For example, Vacations to America has teamed up with Capital Region to create a new 'Great American Road Trip', a 14-day motorhome-based itinerary that will take clients around Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Among itineraries offered by America As You Like It in 2022 is a 14-night ‘Ozarks, Americana and Country’ trip that features Arkansas and stops in Nashville, Memphis and Dallas. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, this Southern California oasis has long been a place for self-discovery and serenity. Whatever you’re seeking—relaxing hot mineral springs, inspiring landscapes, new trails to blaze—you’ll find it here.

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Listen to live ROCK, JAZZ, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY and BLUES in Nashville. Visit California’s DEATH VALLEY: the USA's hottest, driest and lowest national park is a land of extremes. KAYAK AMONG MANATEES in Florida's Crystal River area, 90 minutes north of Tampa. Rise early and experience a spectacular HALEAKALA SUNRISE from the summit of this dormant volcano that towers almost 10,000 feet over Maui, Hawaii. Admire the craftsmanship of TALIESIN, the Wisconsin home of America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Get a bird’s eye view of New York City from the new SUMMIT ONE VANDERBILT, an observation deck featuring glass elevators and 'levitation' boxes' Take a bus tour close to the CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL in Custer County in South Dakota's Black Hills – the mountain monument is still unfinished after 70 years. CADILLAC RANCH, a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, features 10 venerable Cadillacs partly buried alongside Route 66. 7 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation/Andrew Pielage

8 BE INSPIRED “Oklahoma’s music pedigree is strong and vibrant – a rich mix of country & blues, folk & bluegrass and more recently R&R and OK’s own ‘red-dirt’ fusion" As America grew, it seems every restless settler, cowboy, oil tycoon and budding entrepreneur paused or settled in what is now Oklahoma. Most notable are the 39 Native American tribes now headquartered in the 'Sooner State' as a result of having been resettled – willingly or forcibly – in the 1800s. Oklahoma is a richly-storied state: diverse, beautiful, welcoming and ready, willing and able to share these significant stories with you. It's at America’s crossroads, where ranchers raised cattle (and still do) and cowboys hit the famous Chisholm Trail. Where Native American nations have re-built communities and prospered, and now proudly share their stories at numerous tribal cultural centers, such as the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City and the Choctaw Cultural Center near Durant. And where, in 1926, Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery envisioned a highway connecting east and west and the iconic Route 66 was born. Oklahomans come from many backgrounds and many nations. This diversity is perfectly reflected in cuisine across this state. Traditionally, it’s about hearty Western fare – BBQ ribs and steak; fried chicken; biscuits and gravy; Indian tacos; pie and ice cream. Today, local ‘farm-tofork’ sourcing is a big deal, and Okies with roots all over the world – from Ireland to Italy and Sweden to Southeast Asia – offer an eclectic culinary experience in flourishing restaurant, craftbrewery, and winery scenes. Music to the ears: Oklahoma’s music pedigree is strong and vibrant, a rich mix of country and blues; folk and bluegrass, and more recently R&R and OK’s own ‘red-dirt’ fusion. Live music is everywhere, from huge arenas to ‘front-room’ bars. Home-grown artists, such as Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton (to name a few) have become mega stars. 2022 will add exciting new music attractions to Oklahoma, not least the Bob Dylan ‘living archive’ at its own purpose-built, Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa. Oklahoma Routes America’s energetic growth created the heart of Oklahoma, past & present. This is the year to slow down and experience more of the USA Visit Oklahoma BE INSPIRED, VISIT TRAVELOK.COM 9 BE INSPIRED The highlights of Oklahoma First American Stories Oklahoma is home to 39 tribal headquarters. Each having a unique history, from following the Great American bison across endless prairies to force-marched along the Trail of Tears into ‘Oklahoma Territory’. These First American Nations have prospered and today their tribal Cultural Centers are fascinating and inspirational places to learn their stories. Gorgeous State Parks Thirty-five state parks adorn Oklahoma in 12 eco-regions, ranging from desert to cypress swamp, salt flats to Tallgrass prairies, and hardwood forests to pinecovered mountains. All are graced with breathtaking beauty and countless watersports and land-based outdoor activities. Accommodation includes log cabins, lodges, campgrounds for full service RV and primitive camping. The Mother Road There’s no richer section of Route 66 than the 400-plus drivable miles that travel through Oklahoma. The famous highway brings together a memorable patchwork of 100 historic, quirky and fun attractions, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Set aside five to seven days for exploring the many close-by ‘must do’ attractions. 'Cowboys': Then and Now Cattle ranching is a way of life in rural Oklahoma. County fairs and rodeos are held May through October. Stockyard City, a district of OKC, hosts the U.S.'s biggest livestock auction every week – and spectators are welcome! Main Street is home to the famous Cattlemen’s restaurant. BE INSPIRED, VISIT TRAVELOK.COM “Thirty-five state parks adorn Oklahoma in 12 ecoregions, ranging from desert to cypress swamp, salt flats to Tallgrass prairies, and hardwood forests to pine-covered mountains”

XXXXXXX THE USA is criss-crossed with highways, railways, waterways and trails offering fabulous road trips, epic transcontinental train journeys, legendary river cruises and unforgettable motorbike and cycle rides. However you choose to travel, you can be sure adventure – and an unfolding series of stunning landscapes – will be just around the corner. Because the getting there is just part of the story… GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING There are few experiences more deserving of the 'Americana' tag than travelling a highway on a motorbike. Top rides include New England’s 63-mile-long Mohawk Trail, an ex-Native American trade route, while Arkansas attracts bike enthusiasts to its wide open plains in the Delta and twisty mountain backroads of the Ozark Mountains, with the Pig Trail, known for its 'stacked switchbacks'. Pictured Main image: A motorcycle adventure in the White Mountains, New Hampshire; Above: A motorhome (or RV) offers flexibility when planning a road trip; Left: Take two wheels and explore the trails; Right: Iconic ride in Death Valley; Opposite page: Cruise the Mississippi on a paddle steamer American journeys Flagstaff CVB 10

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGHS Colorado’s ‘Highway to the Sky’, the Trail Ridge Road, runs through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake. Motorists climb to 12,183 feet, passing through pine and aspen forests, above the tree-line to tundra. There's aweinspiring scenery at every turn. STARLIGHT SLEEPER The Coast Starlight train runs between Los Angeles and Seattle, passing through Santa Barbara, San Francisco Bay, Sacramento and Portland. Floorto-ceiling windows in the Sightseer Lounge Car offers fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Range. The journey takes 35 hours. MISSISSIPPI MAGIC Board a paddle steamer in New Orleans for a cruise on the mighty Lower Mississippi River. Experience Southern culture and history by stopping off to explore Spanish moss-covered Antebellum mansions, sugar cane plantations, historic towns and American Civil War memorials before arriving in Memphis. FREEDOM TRAILS There are numerous superb cycling trails across the U.S., many of which follow old rail trails. In Alabama, starting in Mobile, the 2,000-mile Underground Railroad Bicycle Route follows the secret escape corridors used by Southern slaves before and during the U.S. Civil War (1860-1865) as they attempted to secure freedom by reaching the northern states and Canada. Drive 490 miles from ‘Black to Yellow’ on the scenic road from the Black Hills of South Dakota to magical YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK in Wyoming. This nine-hour journey passes through the breathtaking BIGHORN MOUNTAINS, the cowboy town of SHERIDAN and Buffalo Bill’s town of CODY. Many drive the scenic Overseas Highway from KEY LARGO to KEY WEST, but why not sail through Florida’s idyllic coral cay archipelago instead? Dive or snorkel as you go, kayak the mangroves, or simply kick back with a book and let the crew do the hard work. Maverick, the nuMber one choice for helicopter experiences in las Vegas, the grand canyon south rim and on the island of maui +44 (0)20 8313 1717 Maverick V3.indd 1 11/19/21 01:19 PM We have been selling motorhome rental in North America for forty years …. It’s why they say we are the experts!! This is what you can look forward to—the best way to see America. BOOK ON LINE: CALL US ANY TIME 0844 910 3271/0739 423 1163 EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS Motorhome_quart_page_v1.indd 1 11/10/21 04:16 PM

12 Be inspired “Route 66 - Oklahoma boasts more than 400 miles of the iconic Route 66 – more than any other state – and Oklahoma City serves as a centre point" From our open skies to our open minds, we invite you to experience the energy, excitement and welcoming spirit of Oklahoma City. Every destination has a story, and Oklahoma City's story began with several tribal nations who have always inhabited this special place, long before it was "officially" a city. We honor that heritage, and its resiliency lives on in the Oklahoma City of today. modern Oklahoma City embodies the Modern Frontier and defines its own future. A young city steeped in Native American and Western culture, Oklahoma City also stands out for its uniquely American, enterprising nature. Innovation, grit and collaboration are common threads here, weaving together everything from the city’s unprecedented public art programme to its first-class collection of museums and cultural venues. OKC’s modern streetcar connects six miles of the city’s urban core, making it easy to get to a wide range of dining, retail and entertainment options. Welcoming Here, you'll be welcomed with authenticity and overflowing kindness. You'll see a perfect juxtaposition of nostalgia and new growth. You'll feel the energy buzzing through our streets, attractions and amenities. discoveries Discover First American cultures and contemporary art, and learn how Oklahoma City's unique past and bright future can be experienced through its many distinct neighborhoods and districts, with their unique personalities, thriving local restaurants and craft breweries. Enjoy family entertainment, outdoor adventures on the Oklahoma River, and a flourishing stretch of Route 66 – plus there's so much more to explore. things to do There’s not just one way to explore Oklahoma City. You can experience world-class museums or less-traditional, quirky hidden gems: all share our diverse perspectives and cultural flavors, leaving you with a journey you’ll never forget. Find itineraries and trip planning resources at the modern Frontier From our open skies to our open minds, we invite you to experience the energy, excitement and welcoming spirit of Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Be inspired, visit VisitOKC.COm 13 Be inspired Be inspired, visit VISITORS can experience the collective histories of the 39 distinctive First American Nations residing in Oklahoma at the brand-new First Americans Museum, and enjoy America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. They can drive down the longest stretch of Route 66 or explore our wellestablished entertainment districts like Bricktown. This former warehouse district is filled with restaurants, nightlife and family-friendly entertainment options. Several hotels are within easy walking distance of many fun activities. Oklahoma City is ranked #1 in the nation for street art by USA Today Experience... Oklahoma City

14 XXXXXXX Take a bite! One of the joys of travel is enjoying the unique cuisine a destination offers - from Michelin-star restaurants to roadside eateries offering from-thegriddle tasty snacks. Across the USA regional variations, local specialities, winery cellar doors and craft breweries satisfy every palate. PICTURED Main image: Tasty treats during a farm to fork lunch; Above: Craft beer is big business for many states; Above right: Americans consume around 20 billion hot dogs a year; Opposite page: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, celebrates chowder every June FARM TO FORK Branding itself America’s farm to fork capital, California’s state capital Sacramento has numerous restaurants specialising in local produce. There are more than 40 farmers markets in the region that includes Yolo County's Davis Farmers Market, which is California’s oldest. The Sacramento River Train now has Farm to Fork lunch and dinner trains that visit a local farm for wine tasting. Regional flavours and drinks leave the right taste

KEY LIME PIE Florida's sponge fisherman have been credited for coming up with the Sunshine State's official and much revered state pie by mixing lime juice, egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk. The tart pie has a crumbly biscuit base – often crushed graham crackers – but usually no topping. FINGER LICKIN' LAKES The Finger Lakes region of New York, named for the thin, long lakes that resemble fingers, is a scenic region suited to growing grapes. With more than 140 wineries, cideries, and distilleries, the region is one of the largest wine-producing regions in North America, with most gathered around three lakes: Lake Cayuga, Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake. FOODIE ROAD TRIP Hit the road for a culinary journey around Mesa, Arizona, on the city’s new Fresh Foodie Trail. Pit stops include sampling homemade ice cream on a dairy farm, joining pasta and pizza making classes using ancient grains in a flour mill and tasting extra virgin olive oil after watching olives being cold-pressed. HOPE FOR WATERMELONS Held each August, the Hope Watermelon Festival pays homage to one of the South's most important fruits. Expect seedspitting contests, eating competitions and a watermelon auction. There are also arts and crafts stalls, a dog show and the chance to taste local fayre such as golden fried catfish. More than 500 gallons of chowder are served up for June’s annual CHOWDER FESTIVAL IN PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, which kicks off the city’s summer-long PRESCOTT PARK ARTS FESTIVAL. It is one of New England’s largest chowder-tasting events. It sounds unappetising but vinegar pie is a traditional WEST VIRGINIA dessert based on cider vinegar that tastes like apple pie. It came about in the 19th century because fresh produce was scarce in the early days of the pioneers. BOSTON SEE YOU SOON IN @VISITBOSTON @BOSTONUSA Untitled-1 1 17/11/202 Plan your next Mississippi adventure at

ADVERTORIAL From the dawn of space exploration to the current and ongoing missions, you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space. THE NOW AND NEXT OF SPACE TRAVEL Opening March 2022 is Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Explore the future of space exploration and experience the interstellar travel of tomorrow while celebrating what is happening right now within our space programme. Discover the current innovations of space exploration by getting up close to actual spacecraft. See visionary designs for solutions to propel the pathway of human deep space travel. Then, enter the spaceport of the future, preparing yourself to launch on one of four spectacular deep space journeys. The thrill is within reach. Experience it for yourself at the all-new Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, coming soon to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. NOSE TO NOSE WITH SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS A ship like no other, the space shuttle launched like a rocket and landed like a glider while transporting astronauts to space and back for 30 years. Stand in awe of this American icon: space shuttle Atlantis. Explore key missions, learn how to dock and land the orbiter with training simulators and discover the legacy of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. WITNESS LIFTOFF Witnessing a live rocket launch is a jawdropping, bucket-list experience. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex provides the closest public viewing of rocket launches with live launch commentary from space experts. Viewing locations are within a few miles/kilometers from the launch pads, so you can see and feel the liftoff of spacecraft leaving Earth under the full power of mighty rocket engines. PLAY ON THE PLANETS A new, fully-immersive multiple-story play experience is open with Planet Play. Designed for a younger generation of space explorers ages two-12, Planet Play is an indoor interactive area where children explore a whole new world of play. ONE SMALL STEP TO THE APOLLO/ SATURN V CENTER The Apollo/Saturn V Center pays homage to the people and machines that made the improbable possible and the future seem bigger than we ever dared to dream. Stand in amazement under the gigantic Saturn V, the largest rocket ever flown. This one-ofa-kind attraction celebrates the feat of putting humans on the Moon, and the awe felt in that moment by all humankind. Look Up. KENNEDYSPACECENTER.COM

Six of the best... Theme parks UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT, FLORIDA Three parks – Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park – could keep visitors entertained for a week! New is Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster that sends riders up to 70 mph and over 150 feet in the air, and DreamWorks Destination, an interactive character experience in the KidZone area. DISNEYLAND RESORT, CALIFORNIA Walt Disney’s original Disneyland Park spreads its magic with rides, parades and fireworks. Star attractions include the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – both within the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction. In neighbouring Disney California Adventure Park, Pixar Pier and Cars Land offers fun for younger children. LEGOLAND NEW YORK RESORT, NEW YORK The world’s biggest Legoland resort is located in Goshen, 60 miles from New York City. It has over 50 kid-tastic rides, shows and attractions across seven lands, including Ninjago World, Bricktopia and Lego City. An on-site themed hotel has interactive LEGO features SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA, ILLINOIS The triple-recordbreaking Maxx Force rollercoaster at the Six Flags theme park, just outside Chicago has the wow factor. North America’s fastest launch coaster hits 78mph in under two seconds, features the world’s highest doubleinversion at 175 feet, and has the world’s fastest inversion at 60mph. BUSCH GARDENS, FLORIDA In 2022 the park will unveil Iron Gwazi, the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. There’s also a zoo, year-round shows and seasonal celebrations. Tampa’s regenerated Downtown has exciting culinary and entertainment experiences after a day of park fun. SESAME PLACE, PENNSYLVANIA America’s only Sesame Street-themed park, just outside Philadelphia, is a Muppet-filled celebration of life. Enjoy rides, water attractions, daily shows – and the chance to hang out with Elmo! PICTURED Main image: Family fun in Florida, the theme park capital of the world; Inset: Riding The Dragon at Legoland, New York 18


20 Be inspired “The sound of fishing boats motoring out of the harbor rises through the early morning mist with a promise of delicious meals to come" Be among the first to greet the sunrise in this easternmost U.S. state. Maine is a distinctive fourseason destination, rich in unspoiled natural beauty, with miles of white sand beach, pristine lakes and rivers, and mountain trails. Visit Maine’s vibrant small towns, with their classic New England architecture and working waterfronts. Savor the harvest from land and sea at celebrated eateries and breweries. From the mountains to the coast, explore all that Maine has to offer – and make it your own. Fresh air Nature’s beauty surrounds you in Maine. Mountain vistas, untamed ocean views, marshes and woodlands are everyday sights; by night, Maine’s starry skies open a door to the universe. Enjoy the outdoors at one of Maine’s 32 state parks, or Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, one of the most popular national parks in the USA. Maine is known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking, biking, and paddling to fishing and wildlife watching. Get on the water for a sailing adventure on a Maine windjammer. In winter, strap on some skis or snowshoes and explore a snowy wonderland. Fresh perspective There’s an easy pace to life in Maine. Take some time to live like a local and explore Maine’s small towns. Browse shops for handcrafted items and dine on locally sourced food and drink. Enjoy the arts at a museum or concert, visit a farmers’ market, stroll the waterfront, or take a historic architecture or lighthouse tour. Fresh catch Lobster is both a favorite dish and a way of life in Maine handed down through the generations. The sound of fishing boats motoring out of the harbor rises through the early morning mist with a promise of delicious meals to come; whether you dine dockside or in a fine restaurant, you can be sure the catch is fresh. For an immersive experience, take a Lobster Boat Tour and learn how to pull traps and harvest like a Mainer. it’s a new day... And Maine is ready to welcome you back. it’s time to recharge and rediscover your sense of adventure and wonder Visit Maine Be inspired, visit 21 Be inspired Be inspired, visit visitmaine.coM Must visit... Maine Portland Portland is well-known as a “foodie” destination with awardwinning chefs and more restaurants per capita than most other U.S. cities. Craft beer is a big part of the scene – to sample, take a harbor cruise or walking tour or use the Maine Beer Trail app. Bethel Village Bethel is a winter playground for skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking – and a draw for 'rockhounds'. The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum has one of the world’s foremost collections of extraterrestrial rocks from Mars, the Moon and the Asteroid Belt. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Set along a tidal river in Boothbay, the gardens and natural wooded areas feature native plants, a Garden of the Five Senses, a Children’s Garden, a Butterfly House, and the Guardians of the Seeds, an installation of giant trolls hidden along woodland paths. The Forks and Moxie Falls The Kennebec and Dead Rivers converge at The Forks, a whitewater rafting Mecca. Outfitters also offer trips like moose watching or waterfall hikes. Nearby, Moxie Falls is one of Maine’s highest. Easily accessed, it has a vertical drop of nearly 90 feet. Ogunquit Museum of American Art Ogunquit is one of New England’s prettiest beach towns, with the nearby Perkin’s Cove a historic fishing village and inspiration for artists since the 1890s. OMAA, a seaside museum, showcases modern and contemporary art and has a sculpture garden. Katahdin Woods & Waters Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument celebrated ts fifth anniversary in 2021. The area has 48km of pristine rivers and streams, spectacular mountain views and has been designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary for the quality of its night skies.

XXXXXXX Relive nation-forming events at these key sites THE FREEDOM TRAIL The Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts, is a 2.5-mile self-walking route that links 16 significant historic revolutionary sites. They include the Old State House, John Adams Courthouse, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House – he of 'The British are coming' – USS Constitution and Old South Meeting House, where a gathering to discuss English tea taxes led to the Boston Tea Party protest. THEY are the places that shaped America’s history, from its earliest days as a British colony to its emergence as an independent country and its expansion west to the Pacific. These historic sites mark momentous events and pivotal moments in the growth of the country. History makers 22 Pictured Main image: a memorial close to San Antonio, Texas, recognises those who died fighting the Mexican Army; Above: Fort McHenry, near Baltimore; Opposite: Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia

PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, after their historic sailing from England. The town's famous 'rock' is seen as a symbolic tribute to freedom. Plymouth is planning a calender of events in 2020 to celebrate 400 years since the Pilgrims arrived. FIRST COLONY The Virginia Company settlers landed on Jamestown Island in 1607 and established England’s first permanent colony in North America. The past is still being unearthed at Historic Jamestowne, part of Virginia’s Colonial National Historical Park. Nearby Jamestown Settlement is a living history attraction with a fort, Powhatan village and replica ships. STAR-SPANGLED The British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 inspired American lawyer Francis Scott Key to pen a poem called Defence of Fort M’Henry. It was renamed The StarSpangled Banner, set to music and, in 1931, declared the U.S. national anthem. Today, Fort McHenry is a National Monument. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE The Battle of the Alamo in 1836, during the Texas war for independence from Mexico, saw 250 defenders, including Davy Crockett, killed in San Antonio as Mexican troops overran the fort, a former Spanish mission. Texas won its independence and in 1845 became the 28th state in the Union. INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK in downtown Philadelphia, preserves sites key to America’s birth. Independence Hall was where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both signed. America's most famous bell can be viewed at The Liberty Bell Centre. After an 18-month journey west from Missouri, ordered by President Thomas Jefferson after the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific in November 1805. THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY, as it was also known, established Fort Clatsop, now part of Oregon’s Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Phoenix Flagstaf f Grand Canyon National Park Los Angeles ARIZONA Denver Dallas Grand Canyon Coconi San Fra Sunset Wupatk Walnut Oak Cre 80 miles 80 MILES

24 BE INSPIRED “If you’re looking to get outside for some family adventure, Florida’s Sweetest Spot has anything from water skiing and air boating to hiking, biking and kayaking." When it comes to holiday destinations, it doesn’t get any sweeter than Central Florida. Home to more than 550 freshwater lakes, historic landmarks and theme parks, this bucket-list location has a little bit of everything under the Florida sun. If you’re looking to get outside for family adventure, Florida’s Sweetest Spot has anything from water skiing and air boating to hiking, biking and kayaking – but that’s just the start. Golf For the serious golfer, playing a round at Streamsong Resort is a must. This award-winning destination, which is in harmony with its natural surroundings, is renowned for its three Top 100 U.S. courses. Streamsong Black will push your game to its limit, while Streamsong Blue and Red’s Mach 1 turf, with their fast greens, will challenge your putter. LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Florida’s Sweetest Spot is also home to the LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Built around the historic Cypress Gardens, this fascinating attraction offers roller coasters, a water park and a 4-D movie theatre. Its most recent addition, Pirate Island Hotel, is the first LEGO® piratethemed hotel in North America and is located just steps away from the entrance to the park. This five-story hotel also houses the renowned Shipwreck Restaurant, Smuggler’s Bar for adult swashbucklers, an entertainment area with kidfriendly nightly programming as well as LEGO® play areas. Located right next door to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Peppa Pig Theme Park is perfect for kids and adults who are kids at heart. Opening to the public on February 24, 2022, this oneof-a-kind attraction places guests right in the world of Peppa Pig and her friends. Guests will be able to enjoy six new rides – designed specifically for pre-schoolers – character meet and greets and a family-friendly adventure that lets mummy pigs and daddy pigs ride along with their little ones on almost every ride. There’s no place better than Florida’s Sweetest Spot. We can’t wait to see you and your family soon. Explore everything we have to offer at Sweet spot for fun and sun Central Florida is the epicentre of Florida fun. Experience adventure around every corner Visit Central Florida BE INSPIRED, VISIT VISITCENTRALFLORIDA.COM 25 BE INSPIRED The highlights of Central Florida's Polk County LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Made just for families (with kids age 2 to 12), LEGOLAND® Florida is home to 150 acres of interactive, child-friendly fun. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including The LEGO® MOVIE Masters of Flight, The Great LEGO Race, LEGO NINJAGO® The Ride and Unikitty's Disco Drop, you’ll find this oneof-a-kind theme park will bring the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' to your holiday. Bok Tower Gardens Add a little 'wow' to your holiday with a trip to Bok Tower Gardens. A National Historic Landmark, this beautiful location features 50 acres of gardens, a 20-room Pinewood Estate and a 205-foot art deco and neoGothic Singing Tower carillon. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo The largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River, Westgate River Ranch is an all-inclusive resort featuring glamping tents, RV campsites and luxe teepees. Visitors to this untouched area will enjoy airboat tours, golf, archery and a chance to experience a piece of Florida's history – where the American cowboy tradition began. Streamsong Resort Situated among the greatest golf destinations in the world, Streamsong is home to three Top 100 U.S. courses and the highest-rated golf collection in Florida. Here, it’s just you, your friends and the game you love – the way golf was meant to be played. BE INSPIRED, VISIT VISITCENTRALFLORIDA.COM “Made just for families, LEGOLAND® Florida is home to 150 acres of interactive, child-friendly fun. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions”

26 XXXXXXX Six of the best... Sports experiences ALLEGIANT STADIUM, PARADISE, NEVADA Take a 75-minute behindthe-scenes tour of one of the newest National Football league (NFL) stadiums – the $1.9 billion Allegiant is the home of the Las Vegas Raiders and opened in 2020. The tour includes access to the broadcast and press rooms, the locker rooms where the teams change and the opportunity to step out onto the field. ORACLE PARK, SAN FRANCISCO The sport that inspired baseball movies like A League of Their Own, The Natural and Moneyball is played across the U.S. in some iconic, historic and breathtaking venues. Tuck into a chilli dog or pretzel whilst enjoying views of Bay Bridge as the home-town Giants try to hit it out of the ballpark and into McCovey Cove. DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, FLORIDA Daytona Beach is the birthplace of NASCAR racing – it was founded at the historic Streamline Hotel in 1948 – and the Daytona International Speedway is the venue for the annual Daytona 500, the sport’s most prestigious race. Besides watching races, visitors can take tours of the track, visit the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America museum and enjoy a high-speed NASCAR ride as a passenger or even behind the wheel. CHURCHILL DOWNS LOUISVILLE The Kentucky Derby horse race, held on the first Saturday in May, has been described as the 'most exciting two minutes in sports'. Fans can show up on Oaks (Friday) or Derby Day and buy standing room infield tickets. Dressing up is one of many rich Derby traditions. Derby day packages usually include pre-race paddock and museum tours. INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, INDIANA Opened in 1909, The Brickyard, as the racing circuit is known, has a permanent seating capacity of 275,000, with infield seating taking it to 400,000. The Indy 500 race is the most attended single day sporting event in the world – but it rarely sells out and you can usually stroll up and buy tickets. Visitors can enjoy the IMS Museum, grounds tours and on-track experiences including driving an IndyCar racing car. FLUSHING MEADOWS NEW YORK The U.S Open, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, is the biggest tennis tournament staged in the U.S. It was here that British qualifier Emma Raducanu pulled off her surprise win in 2021, at the centerpiece Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tickets for the event are readily available and the centre is open year-round to the public for play, except during the US Open. Subway trains serve the venue from Grand Central Terminal and a bus operates out of Port Authority Bus Terminal. Pictured Main image: The Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York; NASCAR action from Florida's Daytona International Speedway

28 Be inspired “One of the most popular day trips when visiting Mesa is the historic Apache Trail, miles of steep, winding and mostly unpaved road through the mysterious Superstition Mountains" Welcome to Mesa, Arizona’s authentic outdoor Sonoran Desert destination. Mesa is the perfect city for Western and outdoor adventure, culinary discoveries and Arizona beauty with mountains, lakes and rivers and canyon lands. In fact, Mesa was named the 'Best Place for Outdoor Lovers' because of the thousands of acres of natural desert that surrounds the urban core. Staying in Mesa is the best call for visitors that want to take easy day trips to experience Native American communities, farm attractions, shopping, hiking, and explore relaxing waterways where wild mustangs share the river with paddleboarders, rafters, and kayakers. Mesa’s location in the center of the Valley of the Sun also allows visitors to plan day trips to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the Saguaro National Forest. Mesa offers a premium selection of full-service hotels and is the ideal ‘hub and spoke’ destination for exploring all of Arizona’s unique experiences and landscapes. The destination shares a border with the Tonto National Forest and visitors to this desert oasis can take advantage of being incredibly close to one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation areas. Tonto is the fifth-largest forest in the USA and one of the country' most-visited forests. There are three lakes and two rivers in Mesa that feature tucked-away canyons all surrounded by breathtaking Arizona mountain ranges. Mesa has miles of shoreline and miles of trails with expert outfitters serving as guides. And soon Mesa will be home to Cannon Beach Revel Surf Park, a 37-acre surf, shop, gym and multi-use development project bringing the ocean to Arizona. Unwind and unplug at our historic ranches and enjoy cowboy life in the neighbouring town of Queen Creek. One of the most popular day trips for anyone visiting Mesa is the historic Apache Trail, miles of steep, mostly unpaved road through the mysterious Superstition Mountains. The area still pays homage to its Western roots, which first took shape in the late-1800s. city limitless Mesa is an inspiring Arizona getaway that is surrounded by the stunning sonoran desert and legendary superstition Mountains Visit Mesa, Arizona Be inspired, visit IVAN MARTINEZ LENNY CATALANOTTO 29 Be inspired Be inspired, visit Must visit... Mesa, Arizona wild west Wild West: Before sunrise and after sunset, along the waters of the Tonto National Forest visitors can view Arizona's wild horse population. There are as many as 500 of these magnificent animals roaming the water's edge on the Lower Salt River and the shoreline around Saguaro Lake. take a swing Well above par! Mesa shines as one of the state’s premier golf destinations and is home to more than 40 golf courses designed by the best including Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. Courses feature breathtaking views set against beautiful mountains and blue skies. FRESH FOODIE TRAIL The ultimate food-lovers road trip, the award-winning Fresh Foodie Trail™ is a delicious culinary journey that connects visitors to a collection of charming farms and gourmet food stands. The trail takes in wineries, craft breweries, homemade ice cream, peaches, heritage grains, olives and citrus, and features chefs who source their ingredients locally. cheers! Mesa is a beer town with more craft breweries opening each year. Whether you’re looking for an IPA, a Pilsner, a lager, a Belgian-style ale or a hearty stout, Mesa has a growing brew crew with taprooms ready to serve you and even share some insights about what makes each handcrafted libation so special. APACHE TRAIL Follow the footsteps of Native Americans and gold prospectors from the 1880s along miles of spectacular Superstition Wilderness. The historic and stunning scenic byway, with its dense forests of saguaro and ferocactus and deep blue lakes, captures the essence of Arizona. Don’t miss the Goldfield Ghost Town and the Dolly Steamboat. open to all Mesa is one of the nation’s most accessible travel destinations. Launched recently is a new service with Aira, an on-demand visual interpretation program available on smart phone for blind and low- vision visitors. Visit Mesa also supports the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program and is the United States' first-ever Autism Certified City.

XXXXXXX Great outdoors There are few places where you can better reconnect with nature than the forests, deserts, mountains, beaches and waterways of the U.S. In fact, stunning wilderness paths, trails that follow old rail tracks, tranquil lakes and secluded bays are among the nation’s greatest assets. Or simply spend a night camping in a National Park. PICTURED Main image: Skiing in Vail, Colorado; Above: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park; Above right: New England in the fall; Opposite page: Top: The Great Lakes offer plenty of adventure; Centre: Mountain bike trails are found in several states; Bottom: Groveland, California, a gold rush town FALL FOR A RIOT OF COLOURS Across the U.S. spectacular autumn foliage presents as a riot of gorgeous colours. Take a road trip to see kaleidoscopic displays of russet, orange and gold light up the mountains and valleys of the New England states– but you can also find amazing leaf-changing action in states like New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Oregon and others. 30 Immerse yourself in a world of natural wonders ISTOCK.COM/RICHLEGG ISTOCK.COM/BILL_VORASATE ISTOCK.COM/RAPIDEYE 31 XXXXXXX “Washington’s North Cascades boast more than 300 glaciers, alongside ancient forest with towering evergreens and incredible waterfalls and around 140 backcountry campsites” Experienced mariners and beginners alike will enjoy exploring CHESAPEAKE BAY from the ‘Sailing Capital of the U.S.’, ANNAPOLIS. Maryland’s nautical city offers boat tours, sailing courses and paddling through scenic tributaries. The largest group of freshwater lakes on earth, AMERICA’S GREAT LAKES – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – are a magnet for nature lovers, who can cycle, canoe, kayak or cruise their shores, inlets and islands. A WALK IN THE WOODS The Appalachian Trail stretches across 14 states, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. ‘Thru-hikers’ take five to seven months to walk its 2,200-mile length, but dip in for a day to get a taste of one of the world’s most epic hiking routes. STRIKE GOLD IN THE SIERRA NEVADA American history and nature combine in California’s Tuolumne County. Gold Rush towns like Groveland provide friendly hotels and hearty meals after a day exploring tranquil Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, or hiking and skiing in the High Sierra. The rush to strike gold may be over but Tuolumne’s natural treasures remain. BLAZE A TRAIL IN CAPE COD Ride, walk or run through six Cape Cod towns as you follow the Cape Cod Rail Trail. There’s plenty to see along the 25-mile trail, with state and national parks to visit along the way. Short side trips on roads lead to national seashore beaches including Coast Guard Beach at the end of the Nauset Bike Trail in Cape Cod National Seashore. A MONUMENTAL JOURNEY An iconic symbol of the American West, the sandstone towers that are scattered across Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park have featured in many Hollywood films. Learn about them on a guided jeep tour of the 17-mile loop road from a Navajo guide, or enjoy a talk about the constellations under the stars. a twinkling night sky. ISTOCK.COM/SUNDRY PHOTOGRAPHY

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