These charming travel posters will take you back in time


America’s jaw-dropping natural wonders, big-name hotels and fabulous cities need little advertising – but these pretty promotional posters put the USA’s beauty on paper. From vibrant airline artworks to plugs for treasure-filled national parks, these are 30 of the most beautiful American travel adverts.




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This advertising poster for United State Lines – a historic American shipping company – is straight to the point, showing off the grandeur of the SS Leviathan passenger vessel. Leviathan served as a troopship in the First World War, and she’s pictured here as passengers board at Southampton.




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Few images of Yellowstone National Park are more iconic than the waters of Old Faithful geyser soaring into the sky, and this ad looks almost more like a fine art piece than a promotional poster. The beautiful imagery was used by Northern Pacific Railway to push rail routes to the historic national park.




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The Big Apple is packed tight with glamorous hotels, from Beaux-Arts masterpieces to Art Deco marvels. This elegant 1930s ad celebrates the Ritz Tower, built on New York’s Park Avenue in the 1920s. The poster praises the impeccable architecture, incredible home comforts and quality service.




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Established in the 1930s, the United States Travel Bureau was tasked with promoting tourism in America. One way it did this was by drawing up gorgeous travel adverts depicting America’s backyard. Here Chief Mountain rises up majestically at the edge of Montana’s Glacier National Park.




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Miami’s sumptuous Biltmore Hotel was built in the Roaring Twenties and it’s captured in all its luxurious glory in this advert from the 1930s. The poster’s centerpiece is a golfer teeing off before a crowd, but the real jewel is the hotel itself. It makes a beautiful backdrop, with its striking tower (inspired by La Giralda in Seville) rising up behind the scene.




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Chicago is dubbed the “Vacation City” in this advert from the Illinois Central Railroad Company. You can almost feel the buzz of Lake Michigan’s sandy shores, which are studded with vacationers and hugged by soaring skyscrapers.




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Operating from the late 1920s until the 1980s, Braniff International Airways served the USA, plus parts of South and Central America. Texas was one of the airline’s major hubs and here the Lone Star State is represented with cowboy boots, a Stetson hat and a captivating cityscape rising in the background.




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From one volcanic wonderland to another: this US Department of the Interior advert promotes the bubbling expanse of Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. The focal point is Lassen Peak, which can be seen erupting in the background, fronted by fir trees and a still lake. The ad promotes hikes, lectures and campfire programs in the park too.




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The Pacific Northwest is famed for its vivid blue and green landscapes – think verdant forests and sapphire glacial lakes under a baby-blue sky. This United Airlines poster captures the region’s essence perfectly. Vacationers sail a vast lake that’s backed with rolling hills and a snow-crowned mountain.




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Lake Michigan is the focus of this sleek advert by American Airlines, which dates to the 1950s. The poster lets the pictures do the talking, with bold white sailboats bobbing before Chicago’s legendary skyscrapers.




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Dating to the 1950s, this airline ad offers a striking depiction of New York City. It’s a promotion for Northwest Airlines, an American airline with a near 100-year-old history that was absorbed into Delta in the late Noughties. Here the Big Apple’s cityscape is a delicate white silhouette presided over by Lady Liberty.




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Nevada’s imposing Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s and its sheer scale and engineering ingenuity has wowed travelers ever since. Lake Mead is the dam’s sprawling reservoir. Here the pair are advertised as a destination on the Union Pacific Railroad – the possibility of swimming, boating and fishing in stunning Lake Mead is used to entice travelers.




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Sin City is another Union Pacific destination. In this railroad ad, Las Vegas calls with its glittering neon signs rising from lavish hotels and casinos. The smart yellow Union Pacific train is a sight in itself too.




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United Airlines remains one of America’s top carriers – and this vintage ad from the airline shows off one of the country’s finest national parks too. The peaks rise up beneath rolling clouds as hikers gaze over the Yosemite Valley. A United Airlines plane glides above the scene.




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