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10 Great American Holidays to Inspire Your Next Vacation

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Short breaks, road trips and city and beach combos, I’ve got ten great American holidays from Ireland to inspire your next trip Stateside.

Whether you want a city break in New York or Washington, road trips through California or the Deep South, an escorted tour of the Canyonlands, or a family holiday in Florida, there is such a variety of American holidays from Ireland.

Aer Lingus will operate 14 direct routes between Ireland and North America this year, while United Airlines will operate three, and we also have services from Delta Airlines and American Airlines. This is great news from Irish holidaymakers, as it gives us a great choice of American holiday destinations to choose from. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I have selected some of my favourite American holidays from Ireland below for my upcoming travel slot on Today FM. I plan to add to this list over the coming weeks, to give you even more inspiration for your next big trip – so watch this space!

Read details on the latest entry requirements to the United States at the bottom of this post.
 

 

 

1. New York: 4 Night Break, 12th November, €854pp

Seeing the sights in New York

New York is always a good idea and with Aer Lingus offering return flights from €399 in November, the perfect time to start some early Christmas shopping!
 

 

 
Did you know there are now five Observation Decks in New York – a host of new attractions have opened up over the past few years, so even if you have been here before, I guarantee you there is lots more to see!

Read: Top 30 things to do in New York
 

 

 
There are many different hotels to choose from, but it is hard to beat the 4-Star Club Quarters Hotel Times Square. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, this hotel is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and was a Travellers Choice award winner last year.
 

 

 
Price for a four-night stay, with free cancellation, is €959 per room, making the total cost including flights just €879 based on 2 sharing. There are many more hotel options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in New York, from great value apartments to luxury hotels

View flights here €375pp

View hotel here €480pp
 

 

 
Want to bring the kids along? Most schools have a short mid term break following the June bank holiday weekend, so it is an ideal time to travel to New York with kids. We enjoyed a fabulous family trip there a few years ago. 

Read: Top things to do with kids in New York

american holidays from Ireland for families

I always recommend staying in an apartment or a hotel with self catering facilities, for family stays in New York. It can take a couple of days for children to adjust to the time difference, and having a kitchenette can be a Godsend in the mornings, and evenings – you may fancy a night in after a long day sightseeing.
 

Read: Family trip to New York over June bank holiday weekend

 

 

 

 

2. Ten-Night Deep South Road Trip, inc hotels and car hire, from €1827pp

Graceland

This amazing multi-centre holiday takes in three of America’s most iconic cities, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, each known for their own particular style of music and cuisine.
 

 

 
Get lost in Rock ‘n’ Roll in Graceland, go walking in Memphis, experience Jazz in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and visit the Mecca for country music fans – Nashville. I found this super trip with American Holidays, and they include flights, car-hire ( one way drop off fee of approx. $190 payable locally) and checked baggage in the cost.  
 

 

 
Price of €1827 includes flights, car-hire, baggage and three-night stays in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans and a one-night stay in Natchez. This is based on travel in October but contact American Holidays for other dates and durations.

View offer here
 

 

 

3. Washington: 4-Star September break from €734pp

a city break in Washington is one of the most poular american holidays from Ireland

Washington’s monument trail is like an open-air museum. You would want to be made of stone if the Lincoln, Jefferson and Vietnam Veterans Memorials didn’t impress you. The silence at Arlington Cemetery is one of those experiences you never forget, and of course there’s always The White House…
 

 

 
Washington is also home to the Smithsonian Institution, which is the world’s largest museum, and arguably the most interesting. You will find the National Air & Space Museum here too, and what I love about Washington is all of these are free. It is rare to find a city break where you don’t feel obliged to fork out for entrance tickets to top attractions. 
 

 

 
A short break to Washington should be one of the most popular American holidays from Ireland, let’s try and make it so! I found a great deal on flights with United for €374 in September, and a three-night stay in the Lyle Hotel  – on of Washington’s top rated hotels, is just €360 per person.  

If you want to extend your stay, why not pop into nearby Virginia, where the weather and water should still be warm in September.

Search flights here €374pp

View hotel here €360pp

 

 

 

4. Luxury Alaska Cruise with Seattle Stay, inc flights and meals, €1598

alaska a bucket list holiday destination

Alaska, a place most of us only ever dreamed of visiting, has suddenly become more affordable. Witness some of the world’s most dramatic scenery as well as some stunning wildlife as you cruise to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria before cruising back to Seattle for your direct flight home.
 

 

 
This eight-night holiday includes flights with Aer Lingus, checked baggage, a pre-cruise stay in Seattle, followed by a seven-night cruise on Norwegian Bliss, departing the 14th of October. Add on a premium drinks package, WiFi, shore excursion credit and gratuities for only €149 extra!

If you want to extend your stay, or change dates, talk to the cruise specialists in Sunway and they will tailor make a trip to suit you.
 
View offer here

 

 

 

5. Canyonlands Road Trip – Grand Canyon, Monument Valley & the Mighty Five of Utah,  €1699

american holidays from Ireland - Canyonlands
Monument Valley, Utah

This road trip has been on my own bucket list for some time. As extraordinary as the Grand Canyon is, I can’t wait to the incredible rock formations in Utah’s famous National Parks – visiting the Canyonlands must be one of the most captivating American holidays from Ireland.
 

 

 
I found his 10-night deal with American Sky, but they can tailor make the trip to suit you, so if you want to stay longer or combine this trip with a few nights in Las Vegas, that can be arranged.
 

 

 
The trip starts in Las Vegas, where you will enjoy a two night stay, before picking up your car and visiting Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon. Price includes flights, 10 nights hotel accommodation and car hire.

See more here
 

 

 

6. Miami and Royal Caribbean Cruise, €1599pp

cruise and stay holiday in Caribbean

Combine a two-night stay in Miami with a seven-night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas for just €1599 in November. This super deal includes direct flights with Aer Lingus to Miami, 23kg checked baggage and four-star hotel accommodation in Miami.
 

 

 

Spend a day at Royal Caribbean’s private island Perfect Day at Cococay before cruising to Cozumel, Honduras and Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico and then return to Miami after seven days. Meals and entertainment is included in the cruise, and you can upgrade to a balcony cabin for an additional €200 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

7. Boston and Cape Cod – 10 Nights inc hotels and car hire, €1628pp

Boston and Cape Cod Holiday

I love a good city and beach combo, and Boston and Cape Cod is up there with the best of them. I suggest waiting until you leave Boston to pick up your hire car, as a car is not needed in Boston. Boston is best explored on foot. Walk The Freedom Trail and marvel at Boston’s history before picking up a car and driving to the Cape.
 

 

 
Cape Cod has many top attractions, including the John F Kennedy Memorial and Museum, Plymouth Colony and Provincetown. Lighthouses are a big deal in Cape Cod too, and of course no trip would be complete without taking the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and experiencing one of America’s best sunset locations.

Read: Boston and Cape Cod travel guide – where to stay and top things to do
 

 

 
Direct flights to Boston are available with Aer Lingus from €400 on numerous dates. I have chosen the 1st of September for this deal, but if those dates don’t suit, simply edit the dates on the links below to suit your requirements.  Price includes a three-night stay in one of Boston’s most popular hotels – The Godfrey, followed by a seven-night stay at the hugely popular Beach Breeze Inn and seven days car hire.

View flights here €432pp

Boston Hotel here €345pp

Cape Cod Hotel here €498pp

View car hire €353pp
 

 

 

8. Las Vegas and Cancun – 14 Day city and All Inclusive beach combo, €1835pp

Spend four days enjoying the thrills of Sin City before relaxing in a five-star hotel in Cancun on an all-inclusive basis – is this not the perfect holiday combination? I found this super deal from Cassidy Travel who include flights, baggage and hotel accommodation in the total cost.

GR Solaris Cancun beach resort

This deal includes a four-night room-only stay at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, followed by a ten-night stay at the five-star GR Solaris Cancun, with all meals and drinks included. This beachfront hotel is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and was a Travellers Choice award winner last year.

Price for this two-week holiday including all flights and checked baggage is €1835 per person, departing on 6th September.

See more here
 

 

 

9. California Coast Road Trip – 14 Days incl hotels and car hire, from €2354pp

california road trip - one of the best american holidays from Ireland

Driving the California Coast is one of the world’s most iconic road trips, and it is important you take your time to explore it properly. Many try to combine Yosemite, Napa Valley and even Arizona into this trip, but I highly recommend you don’t. Each city and region deserves time to appreciate it, and you will want to spend some time relaxing on the beach at the end.
 

 

 
I searched various travel agency websites and I couldn’t find an itinerary that I liked. I felt there were lots of one-night stops, which I believe are not practical, and they don’t allow you to explore the destination properly. I have a suggested itinerary below, based on our trip a few years ago.

Read: My top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway
 

 

 
I highly recommend using direct flights to maximise your time, and Aer Lingus have great value airfares flying into San Francisco and home from Los Angeles – return airfares are available from €550 in September.
 

 

 
Car hire is available from approx $100 per day including the one way drop off fee, but you won’t need to hire the car until you leave San Francisco. The following itinerary is just a guideline, dates, hotel choices and durations can be changed by editing the search options via the links below.
 

 

 
All hotels are highly rated on TripAdvisor and receive good reviews from previous guests, I have priced rates with free cancellation in the following hotels:

  • 4 Nights San Francisco – Cartwright Hotel, Union Square BW Premier Collection
  • 2 Nights Monterey – Wave Street Inn
  • 2 Nights San Luis Obispo – Apple Farm Inn
  • 2 Nights Los Angeles – Magic Castle Hotel
  • 3 Nights San Diego – Bahia Resort Hotel, Mission Bay

Read: Our California road trip – the ultimate guide to driving the Pacific Coast Highway
 

 

 
View flights here €550pp

View car hire €960

4 nights San Fran €696

2 nights Monterey €461

2 nts San Luis Obispo €425

2 nts Los Angeles €332

3 nights San Diego €735
 

 

 

10. Escorted Tours of America from Ireland

escorted tours to America from Ireland
Insight Vacations Enchanting Canyonlands tour

For those looking to visit multiple cities or attractions, without the hassle of driving, an escorted tour is a great option. There are many different tours to choose from, including the Enchanting Canyonlands, New England in the Fall, the Deep South, as well as American’s iconic East coast capitals.
 

 

 
There is also a choice of escorted tour companies to choose from, all of which can organise American holidays from Ireland: Trafalgar Tours, Travel Department and luxury escorted tour specialists Insight Vacations. 
 

 

 

Entry requirements for American holidays from Ireland

travel restrictions due to covid-19

An ESTA visa waiver is required for all visitors to the US. This is straight forward process that can applied for online, cost is $14 per person, you can apply here.
 
Currently only fully vaccinated visitors are allowed to enter the United States. There is no set expiry date on vaccines and while boosters are not mandatory, they are recommended. 
 

 

 
Children are not required to be vaccinated, but everyone over the age of 2 will need to produce a negative test before travel. These travel restrictions are subject to change – always check the up to date travel entry requirements here.
 

 

 
I hope one of these American holidays from Ireland will inspire you to take a trip to the US soon. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this post, it is important to note that prices, facilities and standards are subject to change.

I have searched various website to bring you these American holidays from Ireland, and if you make a booking you do so via a third party. Note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

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