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United States of America

Your full Wanderlust guide to travel in the United States...

As the third-largest country in the world, it’s hard to find a more varied landscape than the United States of America. From the glaciers of Alaska to the deserts of Arizona, the sun-soaked beaches of California, Florida and Hawaii, to the majestic Rocky Mountains, travel in the USA is nothing short of spectacular.

If you’ve got a set of wheels, cruise across the country on the legendary Route 66 and stop off in Amarillo for a traditional steak. Try your lucky hand in the casinos of Las Vegas, learn America’s history at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in North Carolina, or witness the staggering views of the Grand Canyon.

Whatever your scene, you can find it in America – and plenty more besides…

USA vital statistics

  • Capital city: Washington DC
  • Population: 329.5 million
  • Money: American dollar (USD)
  • Int dialing code: +1
  • Languages: English
  • Visas: Find out about obtaining visas on the UK foreign travel advice website.
  • Voltage: 120V 60Hz A&B
  • Time: Eastern (EST) GMT-5 (EDT) GMT-4 
Central (CST) GMT-6 (CDT) GMT-5 
Mountain (MST) GMT-7 (MDT) GMT-6 
Pacific (PST) GMT-8 (PST) GMT-7
 Alaskan (AKST) GMT-9 (AKDT) GMT-8
 Hawaii (HST) GMT-10

When to go to the USA

The best time to visit is entirely dependent on what you want to do.

Summer is the brightest time in northern areas, and the main holiday season stretches from May to August.

Ski resorts pick up in the winter, and visiting the country in the spring or autumn periods can avoid the extremes of temperature.

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Top travel tips for the USA

  1. Not keen on heights? Avoid the coastal roads of California where you’ll drive right on the edges of the cliffs.
  2. Be bear-aware! If you’re staying in a national park, read a bear guide for the area, avoid perfumes, don’t eat food in your tent and keep all of your food and cooking equipment locked away in your car.
  3. Don’t forget to tip! You are expected to leave tips in the USA so remember to bring cash with you for this - you should tip around 15 to 20%.

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