When we talk about the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and US, we often refer to a political bond that stretches across the Pond to our friends in the States. Yet, actually, the special relationship exists on a cultural level too. Many, many Brits decide to take the plunge and make a new life for themselves in America. After Australia it’s the most popular country for emigration from the UK, with more than 20,000 pursuing their very own American dream.

If the idea of life in the US appeals to you, where should you choose to pursue your dream? We pick out some of best locations for your American getaway…

New York

New York is on the must-to-do list of everyone's America dream.

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The Big Apple is one of the world’s very best cities. Tourists flock from every corner of the world to see the bright lights of Times Square, the iconic Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building and the designer stores of Fifth Avenue and it’s easy to see why. New York contains some of the most sought-after properties on the planet as a result, with the possibility of penthouses overlooking Central Park proving particularly attractive. This is the city that never sleeps or loses its appeal.

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San Francisco

Right across the other side of America sits San Francisco. This has an equally high class pedigree as a friendly and flourishing city in which to make your home.

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Right across the other side of America sits San Francisco. This has an equally high class pedigree as a friendly and flourishing city in which to make your home. Tech and finance have fuelled growth in this north Californian powerhouse and the hilltop neighbourhoods of Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Cow Hollow and Russian Hill offer luxury living as well as breathtaking views over the stunning Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean.

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Chicago

In America, the Windy City of Chicago, in Illinois, has quite an offering.

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The Windy City of Chicago, in Illinois, has quite an offering. The skyscraper strewn streets of the booming business district sit side by side with Millennium Park, sports stadia, the fun-filled Navy Pier and plenty of places to snap up the city’s famous deep dish pizzas. Then there’s the beach. Yes, you heard right. Chicago sits to the south of Lake Michigan, meaning sunseekers can catch some rays on its brilliant beaches. It was even recently named the world’s sixth best coastal and beach city, the highest position of anywhere in the US.

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The open country

Outside of these locations, it’s important to remember that America isn’t all about big cities. Far from it. Have a search through the pages of FT Property Listings and you’ll that many of the country’s most jaw-dropping properties make the most of the stunning countryside in this vast, varied and breathtaking country. If the quality of your property – and the surrounding estate – matters most, why not search for your dream home first and worry about what state you’re heading to later down the line?