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Crisp Point Lighthouse, Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

Why the USA's East Coast should be your next holiday

Air New Zealand’s non-stop flights and alliance with United Airlines are making it easier to discover the astounding beauty of the USA. 

There’s something about autumn on the East Coast of the USA that penetrates through your senses and reaches your very soul. If you’re accustomed to a mild or sub-tropical climate, you may not have had the opportunity to experience the intensity of the change of seasons that Americans on the East Coast are spoilt with year after year. Every ‘fall’ nature puts on a spectacular show; mountains, forests and even city streets explode with colour, the foliage making for an unforgettable feast for the eyes.  

The good news is that Air New Zealand’s non-stop flights (from Auckland to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York*), along with their alliance with United Airlines, are making it easier than ever to get to mainland USA. And now there are more flight choices and connecting flights, it’s time to discover this gorgeous natural wonder for yourself.

The rugged Adirondack Park is an iconic place to start. Its mountains and forests sprawl far and wide across Upstate New York, creating the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi. Also in New York, the Catskill Mountains are another quintessential fall landscape.

Catskills woods.

Check out the Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest, which offers four weekends of live entertainment, great food and Bavarian festivities.  

Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains are also popular with fall foliage chasers. Route 507 around Lake Wallenpaupack promises an epic road trip.

We also recommend Maryland. Surrounding Chesapeake Bay and the Delmarva Peninsula is Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where you can chow down Maryland crabs and walk in Elk Neck State Park.  And hidden in the mountains of far-western Western Maryland is a lush, pristine province with tiny mountain towns. Discover the Casselman Bridge of Grantsville, a village populated mostly by Amish and Mennonites since the 1800s. 

Kaaterskill Falls, Upstate New York.

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Air New Zealand offers non-stop flights from Auckland to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and (from 29 October, 2020) New York*. Connections available from Air New Zealand serviced domestic airports and beyond into the USA with alliance partner United Airlines. Fly Economy, Economy Skycouch, Premium Economy or Business Premier. Visit airnz.co.nz to book.

Fly non-stop to the USA with Air New Zealand, visit airnewzealand.co.nz/usa-the-kiwi-way

*Subject to final regulatory approvals and crewing agreements.