Baltimore in lights from Purely America

Purely America has a tour that takes in a new festival in Baltimore that is set to illuminate the Maryland city this March.


Light City, a celebration of Baltimore's creative, cutting-edge, multi-channel talent, will transform Baltimore with world-class light displays, cutting-edge sculptures, video projections on buildings and interactive technologies to create a set of unique experiences for residents and visitors alike.

Works on display will include a piece by Aether and Hemera, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Their piece 'Voyage' will consist of 300 illuminated floating 'paper-boats' and is designed to be an interactive experience which people can engage with through their mobile phones. To interact with the installation, visitors can connect their phones via local free WiFi and a local server. The individual boats are translucent elements folded from die-cut polypropylene sheets.

Baltimore is an appropriate host for a festival celebrating light: In 1816 it was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns.

Light City will feature curated live shows that will invite visitors to experience Baltimore’s thriving music scenes.

Purely America is offering a four-night package, on a room-only basis at the four-star Hotel Monaco, timed to coincide with Light City.

Priced from £869pp, based on travel March 31 to April 4 2016, it is for two adults sharing a standard room and includes return British Airways flights from Heathrow to Baltimore Washington International Airport, daily complimentary morning coffee and tea and a daily hosted evening wine hour in served in the hotel's lobby.



New experiences from Grand American

Specialist small group tour operator Grand American Adventures has added three new American tours to its new 2016/17 programme.

Grand American

Planned and led by experienced local guides the new itineraries are titled ‘Hiking the Grand Canyon’, ‘Colorado Multi Active’ and ‘Western Highlights’

‘Active immersion’ is the sales pitch for the eight-day Grand Canyon trip which has clients hiking and camping from rim to rim. The tour is priced from £1,619pp and departs March 5, April 7 and November 5.

The summer Colorado tour takes in the Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountain National Parks, Telluride and Aspen on a 10-day trip priced from £1,999pp, departing June 2, July 18 and August 15.

The eight-day Western Highlights tour (from £1,199pp) provides a burst of neon in Las Vegas and a section of the atmospheric Route 66 as well as awe-inspiring hiking into the Grand Canyon and exploring Yosemite National Park.

It departs June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6.