Art in New York, wellbeing in Washington or a trip back in time in Michigan - what will you choose?
Why visit in 2015? There are always a million reasons to visit NYC, but design aficionados will be drawn to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (cooperhewitt.org), which has just reopened after 3 years of renovations. Culture vultures can catch the inspiring Annie Leibovitz photography exhibition at the New York Historical Society (until Feb 22, nyhistory.org), or the magical Matisse Cut-Outs at MOMA until Feb 8 (moma.org).
Base yourself at the Tribeca Grand, an elegant designer haven next to fashionable neighbourhoods SoHo and the Meatpacking district; sip cocktails and people-watch at its slick Church bar. Stay for three nights, including flights, from £709pp with virginholidays.co.uk.
Why visit in 2015? There are two new excuses for heading to the country’s capital, recently voted the No1 city to visit by Lonely Planet (now that we’ve finished both series of House of Cards); one is the launch of Icelandic airline WOW Air’s insanely cheap £99 one way fare to the city (from June; wowair.co.uk).
The other is the new three-day Fitness Resolution package offered by the Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown; it includes a personal training session, private cooking class, unlimited gym access and a tailored, healthy meal programme. From £1,200 for two in an Ambassador Suite, flights not included, Fairmont.com/Washington.
Why visit in 2015? This year marks what would’ve been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, and fans will be flocking to Graceland to celebrate.
Spring also sees the opening of both The Memphis Hall of Fame, and the Blues Hall of Fame, paying tribute to the likes of BB King and Muddy Waters. A four night break, including flights and accomodation at the Heartbreak Hotel at Graceland costs from £999pp with Myamericaholiday.co.uk.
Why visit in 2015? You’ve heard of Martha’s Vineyard, now try…Mackinac Island: pronounced ‘Mackinaw’, this tiny (3.8sq miles) island resort on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a National Historic Landmark, with many iconic buildings preserved as they were two hundred years before.
It has all the feel of the Hamptons without the steep prices. There are no cars here, just bicycles and horses and carts, so it’s like stepping back in time. Pretty pastel clapboard houses and storefronts line the streets of the main street, there are miles of walking trails inland, and the island is known for its famous fudge. A 10-night flydrive via Chicago, including a stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island costs from £2,189pp based on two sharing from Vacationstoamerica.com. Book by 31 March to receive a discount of £100pp.
Why visit in 2015? New Mexico might have Georgia O’Keefe, but St Petersburg (or St Pete, as it’s known) in west Florida has Salvador Dali; in fact, this chic beach city houses the largest collection of his work outside Spain (thanks to avid local collectors Reynold and Eleanor Morse, who opened the museum in 1971 with Dali in attendance).
It’s currently exhibiting the world premiere of a landmark show featuring works by Picasso too (until 16 February, thedali.org). Check into the stylish new seafront boutique Hotel Zamora, which offers rooms from £120 per night, thehotelzamora.com. Return flights from London to Tampa, 30 minutes away, start from £700 with BA in April/May (ba.com).