The magic of Christmas can be felt everywhere in America during December, but those on USA tours can partake in some of the biggest and best celebrations below.
Lincoln Square will come alive with the Winter’s Eve Festival on 1st December, which is now in its 15th year. Well known for its fantastic entertainment, including live music, dancing and stilt walkers, there will also be delicious Christmas treats to enjoy.
On 4th December at 5pm, the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin outside of the White House. The 40-foot Colorado blue spruce will be illuminated alongside 56 smaller decorated trees, which represent 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia, in a tradition that has existed since 1923.
30 performances of The Nutcracker will be shown at the War Memorial Opera House from 12th-29th December. Experience what has been considered a classic ever since its American Premiere by the San Francisco Ballet in 1944.
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There are many ways to describe the experiences on a Scenic Tours USA holiday - amazing, enriching, spectacular and exclusive. And, best of all, included. From once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a scenic flight over the Golden Gate Bridge, to off-the-beaten-track hidden gems that other operators don’t offer, our America tours create experiences that will last in the memory forever.
There’s one thing you won’t find on a Scenic Tours holiday - hidden extras. We include pretty much everything in the price of our holidays to America; all breakfasts, a variety of lunches and dinners, handpicked accommodation, meticulous service, hotel porterage and all tips. And of course, every spectacular experience in amazing locations along the way.
From the first time you call our friendly UK office, through to meeting your expert USA Tour Director and local guides at Yosemite National Park, in New York and in Washington, the story is the same; you’re travelling with a knowledgeable team who are committed to bringing you an impeccable standard of service.
All accommodation has been selected with the utmost care to ensure that you’ll be delighted at the quality and location of the hotels on our USA tours. On every holiday, you’re invited to take advantage of Scenic Special Stays, which are often iconic hotels, renowned for their level of luxury and service, such as The Beverly Hilton, home of the Golden Globe Awards.
Our holidays are continuously developed and enhanced to bring you the ultimate touring experience. We were named ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Operator’ in 2012 at the British Travel Awards and Luxury Magazine’s ‘Best Luxury Tour Operator’. But don’t just take our word for it; an incredible 100% of guests who travelled with us to the USA in 2012 would recommend us to a friend.
Dining should be a wonderful part of any holiday, and at Scenic Tours we offer an enticing array of culinary experiences. Showcasing fresh local produce and often set in spectacular locations such as New York Harbour, the dining experiences on our tours of the US range from internationally inspired gourmet dinners, to authentic Louisiana cuisine and flame-grilled 'Old West' BBQs.
It’s your holiday to America. A time to enjoy, explore and discover, be entertained, or simply meet new people and see new places. Everyone is different and that’s why we give you the freedom to create a USA holiday that’s perfect for you. Scenic FreeChoice provides a wonderfully diverse selection of included activities as well as spectacular dining experiences, from which you can pick and choose.
Truly exceptional highlights
Scenic Enrich is a range of truly exceptional activities, all of which are included in the price of your holiday.You’ll enjoy a range of unique opportunities to experience a destination in the most spectacular way imaginable, immerse yourself in the local culture or see a destination from a completely fresh perspective.While many travellers merely scratch the surface, Scenic Enrich helps create memories that last a lifetime.
NEW YORK DINNER CRUISE You’ve never seen New York quite like this. Manhattan’s world-renowned skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and the iconic Statue of Liberty provide the perfect backdrop for an amazing dinner cruise. Savour an exquisite dining experience where delectable cuisine, award-winning wines, live entertainment, elegant decor and stunning views result in an evening of unparalleled pleasure and the ultimate New York indulgence.
GRAND CANYON SCENIC FLIGHT & SKYWALK Travel to the West Rim of the Canyon by scenic flight from BoulderCity, soaring over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Upon arrival at the West Rim, take in the spectacular views from Eagle Point followed by a walk on the famous Skywalk. Managed by the Hualapai Tribe, it consists of a horseshoe shaped steel frame suspended 4,000 ft over the Colorado River with a glass floor and sides.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL The Beatles Love is a psychedelic journey through the ‘60s and most importantly, The Beatles’ history. The famous songs are brought to electric, exuberant life by some of the best aerialists, acrobats and dancers in the world.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK The first time you encounter Yosemite you’ll experience a mixture of reverence and awe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with a vast amount of jaw-dropping beauty, from Half Dome to the drenching mists of Yosemite Falls.
SCENIC SEAPLANE FLIGHT Discover the splendour and beauty of San Francisco Bay from above during an exhilarating seaplane flight. Get your camera at the ready as you glide over the iconic landmarks of one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
The freedom to explore
For an escorted tour to be a truly enriching and unforgettable holiday, we believe our guests should have the freedom and flexibility to do as they please. So, as well as all the included spectacular experiences and attractions, Scenic FreeChoice gives you the opportunity to enjoy activities that you want to do, without paying any extra.
SAN FRANCISCO - 4 FREECHOICE OPTIONS (1) Take a fascinating audio tour of the famous former prison, Alcatraz (2) Explore San Francisco by bike on a guided tour of the city’s ‘must-see’ sights (3) Enjoy the city’s best views from an open top bus (4) Duck tour - Ride through San Francisco’s historic neighbourhoods before splashing down into San Francisco Bay onboard an amazing land and water duck boat.
NEW YORK CITY - 6 FREECHOICE OPTIONS (1) TV and movie locations tour with a local actor which showcases more than 60 locations (2) Central Park escorted bike tour (3) Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (4)Visit the influential Museum of Modern Art (5) Uncover the architectural treasures of Midtown on a walking architectural tour (6) See many of the city’s greatest attractions from a water taxi, narrated by entertaining and informative guides
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - 4 FREECHOICE OPTIONS (1) A hike to Vernal Fall Bridge for fantastic views of the falls (2) Explore Yosemite Village including the Indian Village, historic cemetery, Indian Museum, visitor centre and Ansel Adams Gallery (3) Ride an open air tram taking in many of the parks popular attractions including Tunnel View, El Capitan, the Three Brothers and Half Dome (4) Glacier Point coach tour to see spectacular views of Yosemite Valley and falls.
The American way
Until people see, hear and taste it themselves, it is easy to under-estimate the vibrant diversity of the United States. This welcoming country is home to some of the world’s most stunning natural wonders and man-made innovations, with culture and cuisine that shift from one region to the next. Scenic Tours takes guests on a journey across this vast and varied land, with amazing inclusions, experiences and Special Stays at hotels such as the world-famous Beverly Hilton and Fairmont San Francisco.
The grand old cities of the United States’ northeast set the tone for this proud nation’s historical, political and cultural landscapes, and Scenic Tours takes guests to three of them; New York, Philadelphia and Washington. The ‘Big Apple’ is the ultimate American city, and our guests gain their first perspective of New York from the ‘Top of the Rock’, the 70th floor of the Rockerfeller Centre with views of the Empire State Building and the stunning New York cityscape. You’ll have the chance to admire other architectural icons too such as the Brooklyn Bridge; the glamour of Times Square and Broadway; and the towering Statue of Liberty aboard a welcome dinner cruise in New York Harbour. Philadelphia – the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ – was in fact the original capital city of the United States, and it was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed and sealed in 1776. Also home to the symbolic Liberty Bell and the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, don’t tell Philadelphians that the United States has no history. Homage to America’s founding fathers is also paid in Washington DC when you visit the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Old Post Office Pavilion and the Ford’s Theatre.
Out west lie two of the United States’ most stunning and unique landscapes; the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon and the man-made oasis of neon, Las Vegas, which lights up a strip of the Nevada Desert. Vast, magnificent and beautiful, the Grand Canyon is Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark. Stretching 277 miles from end to end, steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon floor, where the Colorado River traces a swift course southwest. You’ll be able to appreciate the enormous scale and awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon with a bird’s eye view during a scenic flight. Then by foot, from Eagle Point, with the option of stepping out onto the breath-taking Skywalk – a glass bridge suspended over the canyon. In striking contrast to the Grand Canyon, the bright lights and inimitable energy of Las Vegas await. During a three-night stay at the celebrated Mirage Hotel, you’re welcome to roll the dice in one of the famous Vegas casinos, enjoy the mesmerising Fountains of Bellagio and the spellbinding The Beatles Love show by Cirque du Soleil.
The incredible diversity of scenery and attractions of the United States continues in sun-drenched California, where rugged cliffs and idyllic beaches meet the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll visit Los Angeles, the ‘City of Angels’, and cinema buffs will love retracing the steps of legends of the silver screen along the world’s most famous pavement, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. There is no better way to take in the jagged and ever-changing California coastline than along the Pacific Coast, and our journey travels along to the unspoilt city of Monterey, where you can explore the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf. California has as much to offer inland as it does by the sea, as illustrated by Yosemite National Park, where you can enjoy a tram ride through its world-renowned Giant Sequoia trees. At the core of this vast national park is a glacial valley decorated with granite formations including the iconic Half Dome and some of the world’s highest waterfalls – Yosemite Falls itself drops 800 metres into the valley. This Californian adventure ends in one of the USA’s most distinct and storied cities, San Francisco, where you’ll stay in the Fairmont Hotel, just as every United States President has done since the turn of the 20th century. Here you can take a chilling trip to the infamous island prison of Alcatraz, with its forbidding presence in San Francisco Bay, and enjoy a stunning seaplane flight over the majestic Golden Gate Bridge.
Venture to the deep south of the United States where many say you can feel the heartbeat of the United States the strongest. From Atlanta, you’ll travel across to Nashville, Tennessee, and enjoy a live performance at the lively home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry. The musical theme of this adventure continues as you head towards the Mississippi river and the city of Memphis, where you can visit Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, and where he was laid to rest. In Memphis you’ll be welcomed aboard the American Queen for a river trip down the Mississippi and also back in time. The stunning American Queen is the only authentic steam-powered, paddle-wheel, overnight riverboat remaining on American rivers, and you’ll enjoy a seven-night cruise down the Mississippi to the cultural heart of the south, New Orleans, home of jazz and the Mardi Gras. Enjoy the eclectic charms and Cajun cuisine of New Orleans’ French quarter and meet local environmentalists to see how this city is recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
A warm welcome awaits
Whether you stay in the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the perfectly-placed Grand Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan, or the luxurious Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans , you can relax in the knowledge that all of your hotels, resorts and lodges have been specifically chosen to make the most of each destination on your journey.
HANDPICKED HOTELS, PERFECTLY PLACED After an exhilarating day of seeking out new places and exploring, there’s nothing quite like retiring to a carefully selected haven to relax, recharge and be ready for the experiences that each day brings. We only selecthotels and resorts that meet our peerless standards, often set in stunning locations - some are in the heart of cities, while others are secluded resorts surrounded by idyllic scenery.
SCENIC SPECIAL STAYS On every Scenic Tours holiday, our guests enjoy a number of Scenic Special Stays, which incorporate outstanding properties that take accommodationto another level. From fabulous hotels in world famous cities such as the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, which combines the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood with the prestige of Beverly Hills
Unforgettable dining experiences
Dining should be a wonderful part of any holiday, and at Scenic Tours we provide our guests with an arrayof dining experiences and gourmet delights. We include a variety of meals during our tours including aselection of highlight meals, often set in stunning locations. And along the way, you’ll be presented with adelicious dilemma of dining options with our Scenic FreeChoiceprogramme.
DINING WITH SCENIC TOURS The Scenic Tours dining experience is a rich showcase of local specialities and fresh produce. Whichever holiday you choose, you’ll begin each day with a generous breakfast, which gets your day off to a perfect start. On top of this our insatiable appetite for discovering wonderful dining experiences means you’ll be treated to a variety of locally and internationally inspired dishes throughout your holiday.
A MENU OF SPECTACULAR LOCATIONS A selection of highlight meals feature on our holidays - whether it be due to an exceptional setting, local specialities, or outstanding cuisine. Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is renowned for its unparalleled views of the city’s most popular landmarks, such as San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz. On The Ultimate USA tour, be treated to a fabulous farewell dinner in one of the Wharf’s superb waterside restaurants.
SCENIC FREECHOICE DINING In selected destinations you will enjoy Scenic FreeChoice dining, which gives you the chance to choose which restaurant to dine in and which type of food to eat. For example, In Yosemite National Park, choose between fresh, local produce, meats, seafood and pasta at the Sierra Restaurant, a slice of italy at the Timberloft Pizzeria or a fine dining experience at Embers Restaurant.