How Well Do You Know The USA?

Here at Just America we’re specialists in providing unforgettable, once in a lifetime, tours to the USA. We know just how fantastic this country is for seeing some of the most spectacular sites in the world, exploring fascinating cities, and discovering adventure at every turn. The key question is, do you?

To find out, here’s our brand new ‘How Well Do You Know The USA?’ quiz; an exciting opportunity for you to test your American knowledge to the max! Featuring a range of trivia, astonishing facts and unexpected results, it’s jam-packed with surprises.

Based on the Route 66 ‘Mother Road’ from Chicago all the way to LA, the quiz takes you on a journey through the USA. If you can get all the answers right, you will successfully complete your road trip, but if you get some questions wrong, you could end up lost along the way!

So how well do you know the USA? Take our quiz today to find out!


Our Top 13 Locations to Visit in New England in the Fall

Legendary for its expansive forests’ breathtaking autumnal displays, New England in the Fall should be experienced by everyone at least once. However, although you may want to spend your whole trip walking through the maroon red and bright orange foliage there is so much more to enjoy during your journey. Below we’ve compiled a list of our top 13 locations to visit when exploring New England on a self-drive tour with Just America.

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California Dreaming

Just back from a great, if rather too short, research trip to Northern California. Just my son (Alex 22) and myself on a road trip to San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and Monterey.

I’ve been to all of these places many times, but it is always good to go back, learn new stuff and update the knowledge, especially when California is one of our most important regions. Continue reading…


Website updated!

Lots of hard work over the last couple of months, but it is worth it.  The Just America website is almost completely updated for 2013.

New tours include a ‘California Coast By Train’ tour – 14 nights/15-days from San Francisco to San Diego including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles – great tour if you don’t want to drive, and lots of optional excursions if you want to explore Yosemite, Monterey etc.

We have also added a ‘Trans Canada ByRail’ tour from Toronto (with a side trip to Niagara Falls), through Winnipeg, Jasper, the Icefields Parkway, Banff, then through the Rockies on the famous Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver and Victoria – wow what a trip!

 


Bryce – Zion – Las Vegas

We left Bryce Canyon City after a great buffet breakfast at the Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand and after topping up with gas headed west along highway 12.  The short journey to Zion National Park meant we could take it easy and marvel at the scenery.  As we joined highway 9 at Mt Carmel Junction I remembered that this was where many of the great western TV series of the 50’s and 60’s were filmed.  The Lone Ranger, Champion the Wonder Horse and many others used the stunning scenery of southern Utah as their backdrop.  I blame many of these classic western series for getting me hooked on the Wild West from an early age. Continue reading…


Moab to Bryce Canyon

I always have a problem leaving Moab, it is such a great little town and there is so much to do.  Whenever I leave I regret not having done this or that, and wondering how long it will be until I get back.  This time I wish we had done Tag A Long Expeditions’ Arches National Park trip.  Although Alex and I had a wonderful evening in Arches, and hiked to Delicate Arch, I know we missed many of the park’s best features.  Two-nights/one-day in Moab is simply not enough – I normally recommend three or four nights to my clients, but on the sort of whistle-stop trip we have to do on these inspection trips time is too short. Continue reading…


Utah!

As we cross from Arizona into Utah at Monument Valley, I am reminded just what an amazing state Utah is.  With five national parks and some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States, Utah constantly exceeds expectations and leaves the traveller completely out of superlatives.

I am continuing my week-long road trip with my son, Alex.  Our aim is to check out the hotels we use in the Just America self-drive tours and to refresh our knowledge of this great state.  So far we have travelled from Phoenix, through Sedona, Tuba City and Monument Valley.  We are now headed into eastern Utah and the town of Moab. Continue reading…


Arizona bound

Arrived in Phoenix to do some hotel inspections in Scottsdale.  Great flight with BA from Heathrow non-stop to Phoenix, I do love terminal 5 at Heathrow, so slick, clean and lots of shops.  Although it is a long flight 10 hours+ the excellent inflight entertainment and cabin crew help to pass the time.  Arrived reasonably fresh and raring to go.  Like the car rental center at Phoenix airport, far better to have all the car rental companys in one building and all sharing the same courtesy shuttles. Continue reading…


Boston and Cape Cod

Two of us from the office have just come back from a whistle-stop trip to Boston and Cape Cod – as part of our regular visits to the US to keep up to date.  We arrived early evening on Friday and managed to retrieve our bags, clear immigration and arrive at our hotel by taxi within half an hour of landing!! Is that a record?? We were staying in the Midtown Hotel, in the funky Back Bay area which is a real mix of Brownstone homes, restaurants, hotels, the Prudential Center and Copley Place shopping malls and shops on Newbury and Boylston Streets.  The Red-Sox were playing when we were there so their fans were adding to the mix! The Midtown is a good standard “no frills” hotel with clean and comfortable rooms and very helpful and friendly staff. Continue reading…