The sheer size of the United States makes it the kind of place that you could spend a lifetime exploring. It's roughly 38 times the size of the UK, and each state has a unique personality, meaning that America really does have it all: dazzling metropolises, remote wildernesses, baking deserts, snowy mountains, iconic landmarks and ghost towns.

The question is: where do you start? The choice is all yours: to get you started, Thomas Cook fly to show-stopping Las Vegas, unforgettable New York, chic Miami and family-friendly Orlando, all great jumping-off points for exploring further afield.

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America’s vast landscape means it’s almost like tens of countries in one. If you’re looking for a city break, it doesn’t come much more exciting than iconic New York City, with its soaring skyscrapers and beeping yellow cabs swarming like bees around the glorious Central Park.

Alternatively, beach breaks in Florida and Miami are equally beautiful but with a totally different flair, with Miami’s attitude and party-loving vibes contrasting deeply with Orlando’s laid-back family vibe. In Vegas, everyone’s a winner, with dazzling spectacles to impress even the most seasoned traveller, both inside the casinos and out.

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Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando encompasses an incredible 30,500 acres - that makes it roughly the same size as the city of San Francisco.


Mickey Mouse has no fewer than 290 outfits, including cowboy, magician, scuba suit, tuxedo and many more. Minnie Mouse has over 200, so you never know which Minnie and Mickey you’re going to get.


The Everglades are home to many endangered threatened species of animals and plants. These include the Florida panther, the American crocodile, the West Indian manatee and more.


With over 800 art deco buildings, Miami Beach’s art deco district houses the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture, some of which is distinguished as Tropical Deco.


Miami was a popular place for pirates to bury their gold and treasure. Gasparilla, Blackbeard and Lafitte were regulars. Gold, silver and treasure have been found on and off land in Miami.


It’s rumoured that over 1000 people secretly live in the tunnels running underneath Las Vegas. A foundation has been set up to help those living there.


A man actually had a heart attack while eating at Vegas’s famous Heart Attack Grill, where the owner openly warns visitors off eating his greasy wares. It remains hugely popular.


Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in New York. They were removed as part of a somewhat illicit autopsy of his brain and given to his eye doctor.


The price of a decent slice of pizza and the cost of a single ride on the subway in New York has been almost equal for the past 50 years.


The Federal Reserve Bank on New York’s Wall Street contains vaults 80 feet beneath the bank. They hold about 25 percent of the world’s gold bullion.