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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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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.

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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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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.

United States Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


25th November 2020 by Hand Luggage Only

12 best places in Utah to visit

Utah might not seem like the most obvious choice when thinking of places to visit in the United States, but that’d be wrong! There are so many totally epic and best places in Utah that are dotted all across the state and well worth visiting whilst on a road trip. Yes, Utah can be overshadowed by its well-known siblings like California, Florida or New York (to name a few). Though, that doesn’t mean you should just brush past Utah without giving it a second glance. It’s one of the best...


30th October 2020 by Kirsty Leanne

7 fun date ideas in Los Angeles

If you’ve been following me and reading my blog for a while, you will know that one of my favourite places in the world is Los Angeles. Having lived there for a short period of time when I was 19, it’s always had a special place in my heart. Recently, after an 8-year break, I went back for the first time since I had lived there. The 10-day trip made me remember exactly why I loved the place and in my head, I mentally started planning my next visit back, this time with my boyfriend. As...


6th August 2020 by PommieTravels

What is the best time to go to Florida?

Florida has white sand beaches, delicious local seafood, and some of the best theme parks in the world. That could be why a record-breaking 126.1 million tourists flocked to the state in 2018. Florida has hot summers, warm falls, and mild winters. But what is the best time to go to Florida? It depends on what you’re looking for. Let’s explore some of the best times to visit Florida for sunshine, relaxation, and escaping those winter blues....


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....


22nd July 2020 by PommieTravels

Best places to visit in Las Vegas

Vegas is famously known as the sin city. The coverage it has received in recent years is appreciable, especially the fact that it became the center of Hollywood in the late 1970s. Even though the Casino industry was growing at that time, the promotion in TV and movies of America’s casino capital became one of the main reasons Las Vegas gained its reputation. Alone in 2019, Casinos in Las Vegas made $6.587 billion, and this is expected to rise by 1-2% if current statistics were to keep in the...


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...


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...