Visit The USA: Beat The January Blues

Tuesday 03rd Jan 2023 |

From a snowy mountain escape in Montana, to soaking up all the Super Bowl live-action in Phoenix, or reconnecting with nature on a ranch in Utah, Visit the USA has rounded up the best deals to beat the January blues this winter…

  • Sporting weekender: Super Bowl & Phoenix Open

visit the USAPhoenix is set to host the Super Bowl on 12 February, as well as the Phoenix Open from 6-12 February and there’s no better way to experience the sporting events than live-in-action on home soil. With Super Bowl tickets often selling for thousands of pounds, opt to soak up the atmosphere in the city rather than in the stadium for a fraction of the price, but still all the fun. Head to Old Town Scottsdale where ESPN will host an epic five-day tailgating party. Boasting free entry, live entertainment and food, you’re assured an authentic American football experience to tick off the bucket list. Similarly, golf fans can check out the play at TPC Scottsdale with free admission on Monday and Tuesday. In downtown Phoenix, don’t miss tucking into The Welcome Diner for another all-star experience. The traditional diner offers hearty eats at great value prices, and is an assured way to meet friendly locals and travellers flying in for the big game. After game day, find some serenity at Desert Island Botanical Garden, where for just $25 you can explore dozens of nature trails that wind through 140 acres of the desert’s most beautiful and unique flora. If you find yourself in Phoenix without accommodation, you can always go online to find some great nearby hotels that suit your needs.

MVP Travel offers a four night stay in Phoenix from £1,295 per person based on two adults sharing departing on 09 February 2023 – 13 February 2023. Price includes direct return flights with British Airways departing from London Heathrow, airport shuttle transfer, a four-night stay at the three-star Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport and tickets for the Superbowl experience by Loews. To book, visit Touchdowntrips.co.uk.  

  • Grab an extra dose of Vitamin D in Tampa

visit the USAFlorida is one of the U.S.’s most idyllic destinations to ditch the cold and get some much-needed vitamin D this winter, with temperatures averaging in the low 20s throughout January and February. What’s more, Virgin Atlantic’s newly launched direct flight from London Heathrow to Tampa is helping the sunshine state become more accessible than ever for UK visitors. Soak up the sun on the pristine white sands of Clearwater Beach in Tampa Bay, where the warm Gulf waters mean you can enjoy a dip in the sea all year round. Whilst rotating between sunbathing and swimming, mix things up with some fishing off Pier 60, hire a jet ski to zip across the calm waters, or a lounge back on a dolphin cruise on your way to Compass Island. Trade in your sun loungers for some hiking boots with a trip inland from Tampa to Hillsborough River State Park. The 7.3 miles of nature trails make for magnificent wildlife viewing, including alligators, snakes, turtles, river otters, bobcats and eagles.

Virgin Atlantic Holidays offers a seven-night stay in Tampa from £1,335 per person based on two adults  sharing. Price includes return flights from London Heathrow and seven nights at The Don Cesar, based on departure on 30th January 2023. Book now for savings of £1,000 per person in comparison to dates in April. To book, visit www.virginholidays.co.uk or call 0344 557 3859. 

  • Ski the early season slopes in snowy Montana

visit the USAMontana is awash with jaw-dropping mountain ranges that truly live up to its namesake (Montana is Latin for ‘mountainous’), providing the perfect setting for a snowy getaway. January through to March is a budget-friendly time to enjoy a ski holiday, with resorts offering off-peak prices. The Big Sky Resort boasts picturesque lodges that dot across the mountains, and are a top pick with their ‘Stay & Save’ schemes; not to mention the average of 400 inches of powder falling on their 5,850 skiable acres. Alternatively, visitors can save on resort packages by taking their own routes through the backcountry with winter activities such as snowmobiling or dog sledding, or otherwise enjoy a more peaceful ramble by snowshoeing. Pristine winter sporting conditions aren’t the only star of the show, though; keep an eye out for Montana’s resident antelope, elk, moose, bison, wolves and mountain goats to grab a few unforgettable moments with the photogenic North American natives.

Bon Voyage offers a five-night stay in the heart of Big Sky Resort from £2,995 per person based on two adults sharing. Price includes a five night stay at the Village Center Hotel, the only ski-in ski-out hotel in the area, return flights from London to Bozeman (via Salt Lake City), airport transfers and two days ski lift passes. To book, visit Bonvoyage.co.uk.  

  • Reclaim some R&R in Utah

visit the USAAfter the busy festive period, reconnect with nature and find your inner peace by jetting to a landscape formed by wind, water and time, Utah. Stay at one of Utah’s authentic dude ranches for an experience rooted in the simplicity of the great outdoors. Favourites like the Zion Ponderosa Ranch offer everything from horseback riding and cattle driving to massages, line dancing and delicious home cooked meals with views across world-famous Zion National Park. Book now to nab a winter deal, which ranges from money off your lodgings to activities at discounted prices. Beyond the ranch, Utah’s hot springs provide another natural remedy to the stresses of everyday life. Crystal Hot Springs just north of Salt Lake City has three mineral hot tubs that are believed to have rich healing benefits, and afford a quick-sure way to re-balance and recuperate. Alternatively, head east and camp overnight at the Dead Horse Point State Park to truly unplug. The park’s popular stargazing experience showcases the Milky Way spanning Utah’s dark skies in all its glory.

Intrepid Travel offers a seven-night stay in Utah from £1,740 per person based on two adults sharing, and departing on 20 May 2023. Flights not included. To book, visit IntrepidTravel.co.uk.  

  • Double the delight with a trip to Boston & Rhode Island

visit the USAThe beautiful beaches of Rhode Island and the bustling streets of Boston are such a short trip away that there’s no excuse not to combine these two destinations in one glorious break. Start with a walk down Boston’s historic 2.5-mile Freedom Trail to be transported back 400 years to the birth of American liberty. Alternatively, hop on a bike and explore the city on a guided cycling tour along the Charles River and the Boston Marathon route. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Union Oyster House and enjoy a hearty bowl of clam chowder before jumping on a speedy and affordable hour-long train to Rhode Island, the U.S.’s smallest state. Soak up the stunning views of the New England coastline on the way to Providence, and keep heading south to charming seaside town, Newport. Newport’s 5km-long Cliff Walk delights with seemingly endless rugged beaches on one side and glistening Gilded Age mansions on the other. Tour the mansions for a touch of glamour and intrigue; these desirable summer homes were once owned by famous families like the Astors, Rockerfellers and Vanderbilts.

Travelbag offers a seven-night stay in Boston from £1,049 per person based on two adults sharing. Price includes a four nights at the four-star Boston Park Plaza on a room only basis and three nights at the three-star Hilton Providence in Rhode Island on a room only basis. Price includes an Amtrak train transfer from Boston to Providence, Rhode Island and return flights with American Airlines based on selected March 2023 travel. To book, visit www.travelbag.co.uk or call Travelbag on 0207 001 4112. 

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