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Discover Martin Clunes’ Islands of America

by Travelbag on 04 February 2019, 10:02AM


After exploring the islands of Britain and Australia, Martin Clunes has recently embarked on a tour across various islands in the USA. Launched on ITV on 5th February, Martin Clunes’ Islands of America follows his adventures as he travels from coast to coast, uncovering some of the USA’s lesser-known islands. Get ready to discover another side to America, from the coastal scenery of California’s Channel Islands National Park, to the rugged wilderness of Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

If you like what you see – and we’re pretty sure you will – why not plan your own island adventure in the States? To help you follow in Martin Clunes’ footsteps and go beyond America’s mainland, we’ve created these exclusive holiday packages. Take a look and start planning your holiday to the USA.



Nearly 2,500 miles west of California, Hawaii is appearing on more and more bucket lists – and not just for Jurassic Park fans. This remote archipelago is diverse, romantic and increasingly easy to get to, with more flights from London than ever before. Popular with honeymooners and adventurers alike, Hawaii serves up stunning volcanic vistas, glorious Pacific beaches, and abundant wildlife – not to mention a wide range of luxury hotels.

How to get there

Enjoy a week or two in Hawaii at the four-star Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Or you could go exploring the islands with a tour of Hawaii. You can't fly direct to Hawaii from the UK – most flights from London will go via Los Angeles, San Francisco or Vancouver.


Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Floating off Massachusetts’ southern coast, Martha’s Vineyard has long since been a summer spot for wealthy and well-connected Americans. And it’s easy to see why. Oozing with charm, this little isle is the epitome of rocking-chair-on-a-porch USA. Martha’s Vineyard is all about sleepy harbour towns, character-filled farms and cute lighthouses. It makes a great day trip from Boston or Cape Cod – all you need is your camera and a sense of adventure.

How to get there

Book your place on our 12-day Best of New England self-drive tour, featuring accommodation at a range of four- and four-and-a-half-star hotels on room-only basis. And, because it's a self-drive tour, you can go at your own pace and see all the sights.

Martha's Vineyard

San Juan Islands, Washington State

Anchored off northwest America, the San Juan Islands are a collection of over 100 isles. Peppered throughout Puget Sound, they’re unspoilt, tranquil and a haven for wildlife. But they’re also just a stone’s throw from Seattle – and easily reached thanks to Washington State Ferries and seaplane tours – offering you a picturesque retreat from the city. Once you’re on the islands, you can go hiking and kayaking, explore historical communities, and go in search of wild orcas on a whale-watching tour.

How to get there

We'd recommend staying in Seattle staying at the four-star Edgewater Hotel – then it's just an easy day trip over to San Juan Islands.


Florida Keys, Florida

While Orlando may often steal the limelight in the Sunshine State, Florida Keys is the real show-stopper. Stretching off the southern tip of Florida, these easy-going islands stretch for around 120 miles. Famous for their reefs, snorkelling and scuba diving, the isles themselves are actually a coral cay archipelago, connected to mainland Florida by the famous Seven Mile Bridge – one of the most scenic drives in the world. The Keys is the perfect place for a relaxing beach break, but you can also expect lively bars in Key West, along with cultural sites like the Ernest Hemingway Museum.

How to get there

It's best to start your Florida holiday with a couple of nights in Miami, followed by five nights in Florida Keys. That way, you can combine the art-deco architecture and nightlife of South Beach, with the chilled-out islands and reefs of the Keys.

Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys

Kodiak Island, Alaska

You’ve heard of Yellowstone and Yosemite – but what about Kodiak Island? If you’re into wildlife, this place should definitely be on your list. Just an hour’s flight south of Anchorage, this rugged Alaskan isle is home to the world’s second-largest species of bear – the Kodiak Bear. Even larger than a grizzly, these shy creatures are best spotted at dawn or dusk. Kodiak Island is also an excellent spot for bird watching, and you’ll find that there are lots of hiking trails and guided walks across the island.

How to get there

Plan your own trip to Kodiak Island when you book five nights in Anchorage. We'd recommend staying at the four-star Hotel Alyeska.


Manhattan, New York

Arguably America’s most famous island, Manhattan is often totally disregarded as an island at all. And, with a population of nearly two million, it’s certainly not your average spec of land. Within its 23-square-miles worth of space, the heart of New York packs in some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Centre and Grand Central Station. As with any island, though, it’s best viewed from afar – stroll across Brooklyn Bridge or sail out to the Statue of Liberty, and look back at the most iconic skyline on Earth.

How to get there

Bite into the Big Apple with a long weekend – you could stay at the four-star Westgate New York City for three nights. Or push the boat and go for a week, so you can venture across to mainland Brooklyn and Queens. 

Manhattan, New York City

What are you waiting for? Call our expert team today on 0203 139 7026 to book your American island adventure, or visit your nearest Travelbag shop.

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