Smooching couples in Central Park and hurried hailing of yellow taxis are the staple ingredients of almost every self-respecting rom-com, just like no reality TV show is complete without a shot of LA's Beverly Hills and an extravagant Rodeo Drive shopping trip (Hummer optional). But this means that so many sights in America can seem strangely familiar, like walking around one giant film set. It'd be madness to miss out on any of those great American icons, but if you're not sure where to explore this year, it could be worth considering some alternatives and seeing another side of a country you may not know as well as you think.
National Geographic Traveler has no fewer than three USA destinations on its Best Trips 2013 list -- the Hudson Valley and its art and music heritage just north of New York; the wild prairies and canyons around the Missouri River in Montana; and Memphis, Tennessee, home of musical legends and meltingly soft BBQ pork. And now could be the time to head across the pond and explore somewhere new -- January to March sees some of the lowest airfares from the UK, and if you book quickly you could take advantage of new-year flight sales from several airlines.
If you're after some more inspiration, we've rounded up some of the best winter and spring travel deals to the USA, including guided tours, city escapes, cruises and ski breaks. Keep your eye out for short breaks like a 3-night stay in Boston, a city whose buildings tell the story of American independence, and one that we don't often see deals for. Or if you're looking to escape the chill, the USA has hotspots to suit all tastes -- try a Californian fly/drive package to experience a classic West Coast road trip, or a Florida twin-centre holiday that takes in Orlando's attractions and the fine white sands of Clearwater Beach. And if you want to blaze your own trail of independence, we've researched the cheapest flights from the UK to a range of cities across the USA.
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