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Planning My Dream American Holiday

Planning My Dream American Holiday


Planning My Dream American Holiday

Written By: Layla

Travel is one of the most valuable things you can do in your life - you get to explore many places around the world, see different cultures, meet new people and ultimately - you create memories and experience things you wouldn't have done otherwise.

In this post, thanks to VisitTheUSA, I get to plan my dream American Holiday and YOU can win holiday vouchers for your holiday too! 🙂

Planning My Dream American Holiday

New York

Of course, New York is the number 1 on my list of places to visit in America. It has been for many, many years and if I was to choose only one place to visit - it would be the 'Big Apple'.

It's so cool, it's even got it's name on mailing twice - New York, NY.

BUT in this post, I get to choose more than one place thanks to VisitUSA who have asked me to share my dream American Holiday.

Instead of choosing the typical 'hot-spots' I've chosen a couple of places which are a little bit different...


Planning My Dream American Holiday


Known for it's snow-topped mountains, foothills, lakes, land and overall beautiful scenery - including sunrises and sunsets.

Colorado isn't considered to be a typical tourist hot-spot but that's what makes it stand out.

It's a beautiful part of America and it's somewhere that has it's own unique charm about it.

Overall, Colorado is quite a dry place but the mountainous regions get a lot of moisture from the winter snowfalls - in the Spring, due to the warm weather conditions, the snow melts causing great flows of water in Yampa River, the Colorado River and the Arkansas River too.

There's something for everyone to enjoy - whether you're more of an adventurer, exploring the land and visiting the lakes or whether you're more of a city person who enjoy shopping and admiring the skyline of downtown Denver.

Personally, I'd visit Colorado to see the scenery - I mean, just take a look at the picture here on the left.

It's absolutely beautiful and for me, there's nothing better than visiting a place like this with family and friends, relaxing and having a lovely time.

Planning My Dream American Holiday

Hawaii Holidays

Now, this is more of a tourist location but really - who can resist the blue skies, the sunshine, the flower garlands (Lei), the palm trees and the variety of beautiful fruit?

Of course - I'm talking about Hawaii which takes up the next place of my dream American Holiday.

Why have I chosen Hawaii?

It's somewhere which is normally considered as a romantic place to visit but for me, it's been in the back of my mind that at some point, I'd like to visit for a relaxing holiday and to experience the different culture, lifestyle and fruits.

Again, just like Colorado, I think Hawaii has a charm of it's own - it's somewhere unique and even though it's America, it has a different vibe which I find really interesting.

For those who may not know, Hawaii is made up of islands and here, you can see the main islands, their names and their nicknames too!

Hawai'i - The Big Island

Maui - The Valley Isle

O'ahu - The Gathering Place

Kaua'i - The Garden Isle

Moloka'i - The Friendly Isle

Lana'i - The Pineapple Isle



Will YOU be the person who WINS £200 Holiday Vouchers from TUI?

How To Enter

To enter the contest all you need to do is the following.

Use the Visit The USA Holiday Planner Tool ( and plan your trip to 5 USA destinations. Once your trip has been planned, write a few words about how you'd spend your time there.

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Your entry/words about your trip must  be posted in the comment section of this post, below, with a valid e-mail address associated to your comment and using the hashtag #WanderlustWish

Competition Closes 2 Weeks From Today

Please note - One prize is available. Please follow the rules mentioned above otherwise your entry will not be accepted.

Terms and Conditions are listed below for you. 🙂

Terms & Conditions

How to enter:

Your entry must be posted in the comment section of this post, with a valid e-mail address associated to your comment and the hashtag #WanderlustWish.

To enter this contest, simply use the Visit The USA holiday planner tool ( http://trip- ) and plan a trip to your top 5 USA destinations. Once your trip has been planned, please write a few words about your itinerary and how you’d spend your time there.


  •   The Wanderlust Wish Contest is open to entrants aged 18 and over, who are resident in the UK (Mainland).
  •   Employees of the Promoter, its group companies or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Contest are not eligible to enter.
  •   Entrants into the Contest shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
  •   Participation is permitted irrespective of purchase of a product/service. No purchase necessary.How to Enter
  •   Entries must be submitted between the dates stipulated by this post (“Entry Period”).
  •   To successfully enter, a person (“Entrant”) must:
  •   Use the VisitTheUSA Holiday planner tool and plan a trip to their top 5 USA destinations. The Entrant mustthen write a few words and submit their entry as a comment on this article with the hashtag#WanderlustWish
  •   There is only one entry per person allowed.
  •   There is one prize available for the Contest in this post.
  •   The winner will be required to respond to the notification from the Promoter within 14 days, confirming where their prize should be sent.
  • The winner will receive their prize within 28 days of providing such postal address (mainland UK only). The Promoter accepts no responsibility in the event that a winner does not respond to the Promoter’s notification or where a prize is not received by a winner as a result of that Entrant having provided inaccurate address details when requested.

Terms & Conditions Continued

  •   If the winner fails to provide verification or address information within 14 days of a request from the Promoter or should the Promoter establish that the qualifying criteria was not met, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to an alternative winner selected from the remaining entries, with the originally selected winner forfeiting their right to the prize.
  •   The Promoter reserves the right to modify, suspend or cancel the Contest without any prior notice. Privacy and collection of personal data:
  •   The Entrant’s email address and personal details will be used for no other reason than to notify a participant if they are a winner.


  •   By entering the prize draw, Participants grant the Promoter the right to contact them regarding their entry


  •   The Promoter will not be liable if a winner is unable to receive their prize for any reason beyond the control of the Promoter. Prizes are not transferrable or exchangeable and no cash alternatives will be available.
  •   The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any loss suffered by an Entrant as a result of entering the Contest or accepting the prize. The Promoter further accepts no responsibility for any damage to an Entrant's or any other person's computer arising from their participation in the Contest.
  •   The Promoter accepts no responsibility for Entries that fail to meet the entry mechanics, are uploaded outside of the Entry Period or which do not qualify for as an entry for any reason (including where the Entrant does not include hashtag #WanderlustWish).
  •   The decision of the Promoter in all matters is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into, except with the winners.
  •   The Contest and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and Entrants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  •   The ‘Promoter’ and ‘Administrator’ of this Contest is Brand USA.

  • Competition Closes 2 weeks from today.

I cannot wait to read all your lovely comments about YOUR dream trip to the US - please make sure you follow the rules for the competition, you don't want to miss out on winning £200 Holiday Vouchers from TUI so make sure you get involved! 🙂

Tell me where you would go and what you'd like to see on your dream trip to the US!

x x

View Comments (8)
  • I would love to go across to do the Grand Canyon helicopter ride as I have seen and read some amazing reviews. Once I would have done that I would love to return by helicopter to Las Vegas, complete with a swoop over the resorts and casinos on the Strip! That would definitely be an amazing experience!! I hope it happens – One day soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • I went to USA back in 2004 and it was through work and mainly for policing purposes. I went to a small place called LOWELL not far from Boston.
    Really quaint and the people very friendly and warm. Not much to do there but we had a strict timetable where we were training from 8 in the morning until about 8 in the evening.
    Food was lovely and the portions were huge!
    Lovely memories and lovely people worth visiting … xxx

    • Oh wow – it’s so nice to see the different reasons why people go to places and what they have enjoyed so thank you for sharing! Hahaha – the food, yes huge portions! 🙂 x

  • Awesome contest! If you have not been to the US before I highly recommend NY. Denver is cool and of course Hawaii is an amazing vacation spot but you will learn more about America from your time in NYC! Good luck!

    • Oh wow – thank you for recommending NY! It’s definitely on the list. It’s good to know that each place has it’s own charm and that’s what I love but being able to learn more about the US through NYC is something I didn’t know! 🙂

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