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Travelling to the USA

Your essential guide to America

Discover America

From beautiful beaches and bustling cities to snow capped mountains and desert plains, the USA has it all 

Here are our tips on everything you need to know.

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Explore American cities

From the east coast to west, the US has many world class cities that people from all over the world love to explore – from the iconic Big Apple of New York City to the sunshine delights of Miami. Jazz fills the air of New Orleans, whilst the party never ends in the Sin City of Las Vegas. Boston is full of colonial history, and celebrities walk the Hollywood streets of LA.

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Get back to nature

The US is home to 57 national parks, including the very first in the world: Yellowstone. Sail the maid of the mist on the iconic Niagara Falls or fly over  mighty Grand Canyon in a helicopter. Check out sequoia trees of Yosemite among the mountains of California’s Sierra Nevada, or explore the natural wonder of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

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Embark on road trip 

One of the most amazing things about the United States of America is the diversity of landscapes and cultures within the country so it’s no surprise that America is home to many of the world’s most iconic road trips, taking in all the sights along the way. The Pacific Coast Highway runs along the west coast of the US, taking in the sun-drenched beaches from San Francisco to LA and San Diego, whilst a road trip through the southern states will see you explore the likes of Nashville, Memphis and Atlanta or the world famous Route 66 highway stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.

Money 

 

The currency of the US is the US dollar, which is broken down into 100 cents.

Although costs can vary greatly across the America depending on whereabouts you’re visiting, here’s a rough guide to what you can expect to spend in the USA, with prices in British pounds:

Inexpensive meal for one – £8

Mid-range restaurant meal for one – £16.80

Bottle of water – 90p

0.5 litre beer – £2.40

Cappuccino – £2.50

Local bus ticket – £1.35

For up to date rates, check out the rates section of our homepage 

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Travelling around USA

 

By bus and train

Although distances are long between the cities of the US, there’s a comprehensive bus system in place, with the Greyhound bus being the most well-known. Trains are less well spread across the US and are often more expensive than both bus and plane journeys – but they do provide some great views! Check out Amtrak for more information.

By plane

To save time, domestic flights across the country are a great way to get around. You’ll need to book in advance to get a good deal, but a quick and easy flight will certainly save you a few hours on a bus or train.

Within cities

Most cities have an excellent and well established public transport system, with plenty of buses, trams and subway systems. The notable exception here is LA, where public transport is somewhat lacking and most visitors find it easier to hire a car to get around.

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