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49 O UTAH The Beehive State


Utah Office of Tourism • 01923 839 375 • visitutah.com • Population: 2.9 million • State Capital/Largest City: Salt Lake City • Local time: MST – 7 hours behind UK • Weather: Resorts average over 42 feet of lightest snow. Sunny dry summers. Colourful autumn foliage • National Parks: 5 State Parks: 43 • Int'l Gateways: Salt Lake City and Las Vegas


ROCKY Mountains meet Desert South West. Utah is sculpted by wind, water and time, hugely varied landscapes offering the perfect canvas for every adventure. Utah is a state of mind, one big playground to hike, bike, climb, and golf.


raft, go off-road In winter, 15 ski resorts


revel in the lightest, driest, Greatest Snow on Earth®; 11 resorts are just 40-70 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport. Over 900 films have been shot in the State including Lone Ranger, Doctor Who, Thelma and Louise and High School Musical 1, 2 and 3.


Salt Lake City is a major metropolitan


area with the


friendliness of the least stressed city in America, offering scores of new restaurants, award-winning beers, tremendous


shopping, amazing


museums, a lively cultural scene and excellent public transport.


Visit Utah's Mighty 5® National Parks VERMONT The Green Mountain State


Vermont Dept. of Tourism • 0800 345 7322 • VermontVacation.co.uk • Population: 626,630 • State Capital: Montpelier • Largest City: Burlington • Local Time: EST – 5hrs behind UK • Weather: Four distinct seasons from summer highs in the mid 20Cs (90Fs) to winter lows of -3C (27F) • National/State Parks: 54 • Int'l Gateways: New York, Montreal and Boston


ACTION-PACKED Vermont


welcomes junior explorers and adventurers year round, with a fantastic range of family activities and accommodation. Stunning Green Mountain scenery provides a perfect backdrop


for spending


Downtown recently had a billion dollar revamp at City Creek Center.


State secret 70% of Utah is public land with a right to roam, including


5 National Parks, 43 State Parks, 7 National Monuments, 900,000 acres of national forests, and one million acres of designated wilderness areas.


Don't Miss Utah’s Mighty 5® National Parks are all within easy


driving distance. Think ABCCZ: Arches,


Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Zion. visitutah.com VIRGINIA The Old Dominion State


Virginia Tourism Corp. • 020 8339 6048, 001 804 254 0697 • Virginia.org and capitalregionusa.org Pop.: 8,180,000 • State Capital: Richmond • Largest City: Virginia Beach • Local Time: EST – five hrs behind UK • Weather: Four seasons – glorious springs & falls; mild winters; sunny hot summers • Nat./State Pks: 50 • Int'l G'way: Washington, D.C.


VIRGINIA offers experiences that take your breath away and stay in your heart forever. Stroll streets with more than 400 years of history, where Washington and Jefferson trod. Thomas Jefferson envisioned wines made from grapes grown on the grounds of his home Monticello standing head to head with wines of the Old World.


Today Jefferson’s


vision is alive and well with 2,000+ vineyard acres, more than


260


wineries and 25 scenic and historical wine


trails


What better to pair with award- winning wine than fabulous farm-to- table food?


Virginia ranks as the


oyster capital of the East Coast, boasting seven unique oyster regions, providing the perfect partner for wine. Work up an appetite shopping at hundreds of outlets, antique shops and eclectic boutiques or by hiking and biking in Shenandoah National


Monticello (Stephanie Gross) throughout Virginia.


State secret Prefer hops to grapes? Virginia is home to more than 80


craft breweries.


Don't Miss Cycling’s pinnacle event,


the World Road Cycling


Championships (Worlds) will be held in Richmond in September 2015. One of the great global sporting events, the Worlds offer a rare opportunity for athletes to compete for their country.


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Park or splashing and paddling along the Atlantic shore.


Diving from a Vermont covered bridge


quality time together in the great outdoors: skiing, snowboarding, maple sugaring or making s’mores in winter and early spring; zip-wiring, tree and rock


climbing, rafting,


sailing, wild swimming or picnicking in summer; or riding, hiking and cycling through vibrant fall-forestry in autumn. Fantastic and often quirky family lodgings range from cabins perched atop snow dusted mountains


to lakeside world famous cottages, inns and B&Bs in


quaint villages to exclusive luxury celebrity boltholes and elegant spa resorts.


all budgets and needs. Vermont There is something to suit


offers a sense of the traditional family holiday but with 21st century excitement and intense experiences.


State secret With over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams, Vermont is a


‘wild swimming’ hotspot, from popular spots such as Bristol Falls and Dorset Quarry, to hidden gems Bingham Falls and Circle Current.


Don't Miss Maple Season. With the


first intense blue skies and


sunshine of March the sap begins to run in the maple trees.


vermontvacation.co.uk WASHINGTON, DC The Nations Capital


Destination DC • 020 8339 6048 • destinationdc.com and capitalregionusa.org • Population: 572,000 • State Capital: Washington DC is a 'federal district' • Local time: EST – 5 hours behind UK • Weather: Fairly mild with all four seasons • National/State Parks: 2/3rds of the city is a National Park • Int'l Gateways: Washington Dulles and Baltimore Washington


WASHINGTON, DC, offers


visitors world-class museums and monuments, unique neighbourhoods, top-rated restaurants,


gorgeous


parks and gardens, and endless performing arts options. There's the Washington you see in the films, full of inspiring monuments and memorials. And then there's the "The District", that only the locals are lucky enough to know. Go beyond the world-famous attractions and you'll find some wonderful hidden gems such as the Darth Vader gargoyle perched on the National Cathedral


or a


bustling and diverse dining scene along 14th Street! The charming shops in Georgetown, funky finds on U Street, and homegrown vendors at Eastern Market are all reason enough to bring an extra suitcase. From daily Kennedy Center performances to museum


The iconic Lincoln Memorial destinationdc.com visitusa.org.uk


access, DC offers countless FREE, world-class attractions.


State secret Return to the UK as an expert of espionage after a visit to


the International Spy Museum's School for Spies. See its collection of 007 artifacts:


Years of Bond Villains'.


Don't Miss You haven't truly experienced the beauty of The National Mall until you have seen it at night! It's AMAZING!


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