Most people in this world have watched an American TV show or movie more than once in their lifetime. They have eaten cheesecake and apple pie. The American culture has been spread throughout the world and some of its elements have been adopted and implemented, unchallenged or altered, in countries everywhere with Planet Hollywood, theme parks and McDonald’s integrated worldwide.

However, there are some cool activities that are intertwined with the idea of the American lifestyle but you can only experience them first-hand in the United States. So, if you are in or you are about to travel to the US, with time and careful planning, you can try to do some of the ideas below on your family holiday.

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Times Square and Broadway is one of the most iconic spots in New York City

1.    Watch a Broadway show

New York is one of the most iconic cities in the US, and it is the number one place where most tourists want to visit to eat a hot dog in the Big Apple. This entails that there is a huge number of touristy things to do in New York. Booking tickets and seeing a Broadway show should be the top thing on your list, and easily tied into visiting Times Square, Central Park, Empire State building,  and Brooklyn Bridge, plus the many iconic spots in midtown Manhattan.

It will probably be hard to secure a ticket, so we recommend that you start looking for one online the moment you complete the booking for your airplane tickets. A Broadway show is the ultimate theatrical performance, and this is why it is an once-in-a-lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss if you visit NYC.

disney world
Florida’s family friendly Disney World is a vacation in the US on it’s own

2.    Road trip

The best family vacations in the USA include a road trip during your vacation in the US is the best idea. You don’t have to worry about renting a car because Enjoy Travel makes the whole booking process super easy thanks to the fact that you can compare cars and prices and rent the one you want online.

Why is going on a road trip a must in the US? Because it is a huge country, and there are many long and scenic routes that you can follow in order to get from one place to another. You can even stop at idyllic villages and traditional small towns and see a totally different lifestyle compared to the way people live in urban centres.

From New York within reach is Philadelphia, Long Beach, Route 7 to Connecticut, The Poconos mountains, Pennsylvania, Hudson Valley, Atlantic City, Maryland, and Washington.

But a plane journey away opens up so many must-see options like Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky mountains, Walt Disney world resort. universal Orlando resort and the Yellowstone national park. But it is sadly impossible to get to them all on one trip. We highly recommend a holiday in Florida for the children to remember for a lifetime.

Macys on times square

3.    Visit all the stores you have only seen on screen

Everyone knows the big department stores like Nordstrom, Walmart, Bloomingdales, Walgreens, Target, JCPenney, and Macy’s. But Starbucks, Subway Taco Bell, The Cheesecake Factory, Whole Foods, SoulCycle and Burger King are just a few of the brands that have been so big in the US that they have even appeared in movies and TV series. You can now see them in real life and try some of their products.

Each state has regional chains, so depending where you go you might see a Bealls, Bob’s stores or Dillards.

4.    Try original American food

Continuing with the same logic from the previous point, there are some foods that you must try. For example, you will taste the best pizza in Chicago, the ultimate buffalo wings in Buffalo, the yummiest corn dog in Utah and the sweetest apple fritter in California.

There are some American foods that you should definitely try in the US no matter what state you are in. The dishes we are talking about are fajitas, cornbread, chicken fried steak, meatloaf and macaroni and cheese.

family at Zion National Park in Utah
Family at Zion National Park in Utah

USA family vacation ideas

Just remember that the USA is a huge country so you might might to pick your states and cover as much as you can.

For example the West Coast of California will take 2 weeks alone to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles which would cover:

  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Santa Cruz
  • Monterey Bay
  • Big Sur Redwoods
  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Whale watching at Morro Bay
  • Slovang
  • Santa Barbara
  • Disneyland California
  • Universal Studios
  • Malibu