Monday, 15 October 2012 6:22 PM
The USA is a fascinating country, with some stunning natural attractions and vibrant cities with unique cultures, and you should not be deterred from visiting it just because you have no one to travel with.
Going on holiday alone can seem a little daunting, but you can take the fear factor out of it by booking a trip with a group of other single travellers. Such breaks are increasingly popular among young people, particularly those who like to experience a little adventure during their getaways.
As well as giving you some company, such holiday packages are much cheaper than travelling alone. Click here to find out why that is, before you start thinking about where in the USA you would like to visit.
The country is ideal if you like the thought of exploring a wilderness, but is equally attractive if your idea of a perfect break involves sightseeing and sipping cocktails in a big city. You won't have to choose between the two, as there are lots of tours available that will enable you to do both in a single trip.
No trip to the west of the USA is complete without seeing the Grand Canyon. This vast gorge carved by the Colorado River through the rugged Arizona landscape is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep in places.
The area has been declared a national park to ensure the canyon is preserved in its natural state, so you can look forward to some spectacular views during your visit. This is particularly true at sunrise and sunset, and hiking along the rim at either time of day is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.
Walking isn't the only way to enjoy the distinctive scenery. Take a pleasure flight over the Grand Canyon in a light aircraft or helicopter and you will be treated to unique sights you cannot see from the rim.
While this part of Arizona can correctly be described as the middle of nowhere, you can quite easily include it as part of a tour that also calls at Monument Valley, Zion National Park and Las Vegas.
It might not be as high as Angel Falls and the location may not be quite as pretty as Vinnufossen, but there is no doubt that Niagara Falls is the world's most spectacular waterfall.
The fast-flowing water crashing down the falls on the border of New York State and Ontario, Canada, is a sight you will never forget, even if you just witness it from the banks of the Niagara River. However, it's much more fun to take a trip on the Maid of the Mist tour boat with your group, as it sails along the base of the falls to give passengers a close up view of the cascades – although you must be prepared to get a soaking from the spray.
A trip to Niagara Falls can easily be combined with visits to New York City, Boston and Pennsylvania, as well as outdoor activities in the Berkshires and Finger Lakes.
The USA has lots of great cities, but none of the others are quite as unusual as San Francisco. It was famed as the centre of hippie culture in the 1960s and has retained a wonderfully-relaxed atmosphere.
There are plenty of sights - such as Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the cable cars - but there is no better way to enjoy this part of California than by mixing with the locals in the bars and restaurants. The Fisherman's Wharf area has some of the best pubs, together with some excellent seafood eateries.
You can include San Francisco as part of a trip that will also take you to Los Angeles, Big Sur, Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains.