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Books inspired by United States

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

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Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin

Bored secretary Mary Ann Singleton visits San Francisco on holiday and decides to stay, leaving her dull life in Cleveland behind. She finds accommodation in the home of colourful Anna Madrigal, and meets a wonderfully eclectic mix of people. Set in the late '70s, it's absorbingly easy to read and will leave you fully invested in the lives of its characters. This fabulous novel inspired me to travel to San Francisco! - Claire Harris, travel-lover, Kent

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The Godfather

Mario Puzo

The classic novel about Don Corleone and his crime family set in New York's criminal underworld.

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A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

A profound and beautifully-written novel about four ambitious US college friends who move to New York to begin their lives and careers after graduating. Deeply disturbing, but with an enduring human love and kindness, this book will move you in a way that none has before. Everyone should read it.

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Cosmopolis

Don DeLillo

Follows an eventful day in the life of Eric, a self-made billionaire who gets stuck in traffic in the back of his limo on a journey across New York to get a haircut. He conducts his business and his life from the confined space, his bodyguards worried that he may be a target. Complex but uniquely matter-of-fact, this book will challenge you and make you think.

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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

A coming of age story about Esperanza, a Hispanic child in Chicago, told through a series of vignettes as she attempts to make sense of life and find her own path in a foreign world. Vividly written with Chicago as an interesting backdrop.

United States Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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8th July 2020 by PommieTravels

The 5 best beaches in Florida for avoiding crowds

In a good year, Florida attracts over 126 million tourists, so you can rest assured that things get pretty crowded during peak season. Those who like a little more reserved experience needn’t stay away though. Florida has plenty of secluded spots where you’ll still get your desired dose of peace and quiet. These are the best beaches in Florida where you can lap up the sunshine and fun without the crowds....

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18th June 2020 by Hand Luggage Only

12 best things to do in Las Vegas

Okay, so Las Vegas isn’t everyone’s cup of tea! It’s the kind of city that people either love or hate; there seems to be no in between. That being said, there is a heap of the best things to do in Las Vegas that are dotted all across the city. Honestly, Las Vegas is the kind of city that just sucks up your time; and not always in a bad way! There are so many distractions, places, events and foodie spots that kinda make the city a mind-boggling effort to explore. Well, this was the case...

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29th May 2020 by PommieTravels

Best day trips from Los Angeles

LA may have a glamorous reputation, but let’s keep it real – this place can grind the best of us down. When burnout looms, though, there’s nothing like a quick day trip to recharge one’s batteries. Compelling destinations surround Los Angeles. Let’s explore some of them together. Santa Barbara: Backed by mountains and boasting scores of sexy Spanish Colonial Revival buildings, Santa Barbara is one of California’s most scenic cities. Dubbed the “American Riviera” for having a...

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29th May 2020 by ScribbleStu

Five fab things to see and do in Hollywood

Hollywood is one of those wow-factor destinations that we all feel like we know a bit already.Preceded by its reputation as the dazzling heart of the world’s entertainment industry, it’s synonymous with celebrity, glamour, wealth and showbiz success – and revered for its incredible movie and tv history. It’s consistently adapted and reinvented itself over the years, resulting in a strange mixture of simultaneously old and modern, gleaming, groovy, and gritty. Uniquely, almost every...

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15th June 2020 by Hand Luggage Only

17 best hikes in Colorado to experience

All across the country, there’s a heap of incredible national parks to hike in the USA. This is no more true that within the state of Colorado. After all, there are so many best hikes in Colorado that you’ll be spoilt for choice. The whole state is awash with incredible mountain ranges, ridges and a heap of trails that crisscross the state. Now, obviously, Colorado isn’t one of the only places to go hiking in the USA. There are some firm favourite places to go, especially around New York,...

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22nd April 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Romantic things to do in Miami

Whether it’s for a first date, a second date or another date with your long term partner, there are a huge number of romantic things to do in Miami. I’ve decided to put together a guide suggesting 8 of my best date ideas in Miami, from special dining, bike rides and picnics, to blow to the budget cruises on Key Biscayne....

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3rd May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best day trips from Miami

The tropical metropolis of Miami is a fun, vibrant and exciting place to explore. The Magic City has some of the USA’s best beaches, lively neighbourhoods and world class dining. But what about the areas that surround Miami? Well, these are awesome too. There’s the unique ecosystems of the Everglades, the island paradise of the Florida Keys and the more unusual activities too, such as sampling the tropical fruit wines at Schebley’s. So this guide will detail all of the best day trips from...