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Take on the North American dream with Virgin Holidays

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2017-02-27

A trip to North America is a big tick on the bucket list. From road tripping along the iconic Route 66 to catching the sights in NYC and taking in Miami’s beaches, there are always new places to discover and experiences to be had.

Make memories at Toronto Pride in June, take in the sights of the Hollywood Hills or indulge in the boutiques of Washington DC. Whenever you decide to go, whoever you decide to travel with, Virgin Holidays have the North American holiday for you.

New York

Now is a great time to start planning the perfect summer and New York has endless activities to keep you occupied. Around all five boroughs there are free open-air concerts and movies as well as trendy food trucks and pop-ups across the city.

Make time for a walk of the High Line, a trip to Coney Island for a ride of the Cyclone and a cocktail on the endless options of rooftop bars. Some important dates for your diary are NYC Pride which takes place 15th – 24th June 2018 and the US Open which kicks off the end of August.

New York from £619pp* (daily flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow and Manchester)

Washington DC

If you thought Washington DC was all politics, you’d be wrong. Very wrong. The city has a thriving food scene and was named Restaurant City of the Year in 2016 by Bon Appétit.

Some highlights include the incredible options for brunch – one of our favourites is Le Diplomate on 14th St NW. You can tick the culture box by taking in views of The White House from the POV rooftop bar and lounge at the W hotel; the vibe during Capital Pride cannot be missed!

Don’t miss out on the shopping while you’re there…head to Georgetown for some great boutiques or CityCentreDC for the designer labels.

Washington DC from £699pp* (daily flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow)

Miami

Pick out your best pastel suit and cruise on down to Ocean Drive, where bars meet beaches in ultra-cool fashion, then strut your stuff on miles and miles of white sand.

Miami (especially South Beach) is well known for its inclusivity for the LGBT community and plays host to a multitude of gay bars. Miami Beach Gay Pride is definitely not to be missed and its coming round fast from 2nd to 8th April 2018 so now is the time to book your last minute trip with Virgin Holidays.

Make sure you try some of the delicious Cuban cuisine on offer – we recommend heading to Little Havana for the best food the city has to offer. If culture is more your thing then the Wynwood district is known for its colourful murals and thriving arts scene.

Miami from £660pp* (daily flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow)

San Francisco

Potentially the most Instagram-worthy city in North America, San Francisco offers travellers everything they could want from a trip across the pond.

Take in incredible 360-degree views from the Twin Peaks, shop ‘til your heart’s content in Union Square, ride the world’s last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, hire a bike to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, take a cruise to Alcatraz or indulge in some of the best galleries in the country, such as The Museum of Modern Art.

Whatever you choose to do, you won’t be short of options! And if you head there in June, make sure you don’t miss out on arguably one of the largest and most flamboyant Pride Parades in the world (23 – 24 June).

San Francisco from £965pp* (daily flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow and seasonally from Manchester)

Los Angeles

The (literally) star-studded streets of the City of Angels are home to iconic beaches, world-famous theme parks and glittering cityscapes lifted straight from your favourite movies.

There’s plenty to love here, whether you can't wait to go celebrity spotting or you're desperate to discover the food scene. Delve underneath LA’s glitzy façade with package holidays to Los Angeles from Virgin Holidays and add on some of our favourite Experiences; head to Santa Monica and hire bikes to cycle along Santa Monica Pier finishing up at Muscle Beach with Los Angeles Beach Cruiser Bike Rental or do the Farmers Market Food Walking Tour which will see you sample artisan deliciousness with a range of food vendors and eateries.

For the best pool parties, we recommend the Mondrian which offers great views and even better cocktails.

Los Angeles from £845pp* (daily flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow)

Toronto 

A hot-spot for seasoned shoppers, Toronto is now classed as a major style destination offering luxury designer stores, large shopping malls, vintage shops and boutiques.

The Eaton Centre is one of the most iconic shopping hubs in the city or head to Bloor-Yorkville which is Toronto’s answer to 5th Avenue. For foodies, we suggest The Hot House Restaurant which is a great spot for brunch with the locals, located in the historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

The Village is the home of Toronto's LGBTQ communities and is the heart of where the annual Pride celebrations take place (22 – 24 June 2018); the area is packed with bars, cafes, restaurants and nightspots to make it one of the largest Pride festivals in the world.

Toronto from £559pp*

For more offers please visit virginholidays.co.uk/special-offers/2018-usa-holidays

Terms & Conditions

*Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a Standard 1 Queen room at the Hudson New York, Central Park in New York for 3 nights on a Room Only basis with return economy flights from London Heathrow, and include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges, which are correct as of 15 Feb ‘18 and are subject to change. Prices based on 31 August ‘18 departures, and are subject to availability and Virgin Holidays terms and conditions for full details please see www.virginholidays.co.uk. ATOL protected 2358. ABTA V2043.

Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a Standard 1 Queen room at the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington D.C for 4 nights on a Room only basis with return economy flights from London Heathrow, and include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges, which are correct as of 15 Feb 18 and are subject to change. Prices based on 06 December ‘18 departures, and are subject to availability and Virgin Holidays terms and conditions for full details please see www.virginholidays.co.uk. ATOL protected 2358. ABTA V2043.

Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a Studio room at the Mondrian South Beach in Miami for 3 nights on a Room only basis (excl. resort fees) with return economy flights from London Heathrow, and include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges, which are correct as of 15 Feb 18 and are subject to change. Prices based on 16 April ‘18 departures, and are subject to availability and Virgin Holidays terms and conditions for full details please see www.virginholidays.co.uk. ATOL protected 2358. ABTA V2043.

Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a Standard Room at the Hotel Zephyr San Francisco for 4 nights on a Room only basis with return economy flights from London Heathrow, and include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges, which are correct as of 15 Feb 18 and are subject to change.. Prices based on 3 May ‘18 departures, these are subject to availability and Virgin Holidays terms and conditions for full details please see www.virginholidays.co.uk. ATOL protected 2358. ABTA V2043.

Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a Standard Room at the Grafton on Sunset Los Angeles for 4 nights on a Room only basis with return economy flights from London Heathrow, and include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges, which are correct as of 15 Feb 18 and are subject to change.. Prices based on 26th April ‘18 departures, these are subject to availability and Virgin Holidays terms and conditions for full details please see www.virginholidays.co.uk. ATOL protected 2358. ABTA V2043. (Virgin Holidays exclusive early booking offer for 2018 – free continental breakfast for all guests booking between 8th Feb & 31st March for stays in 2018).

Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a Chelsea Room at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto for 3 nights on a Room only basis with return economy flights from London Heathrow, and include all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges, which are correct as of 15 Feb 18 and are subject to change. Prices based on 04th December ‘18 departures, and are subject to availability and Virgin Holidays terms and conditions for full details please see www.virginholidays.co.uk. ATOL protected 2358. ABTA V2043.