United States of America Travel Guide

Continent: North America
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United States of America Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: Depends on region: 5-7 days for exploring major cities, 2 weeks for a coast-to-coast road trip, and longer for specific regions like California or New England

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

Best Time: Year-round; varies by region (eg, Spring for cherry blossoms in Washington DC, Fall for New England foliage) Read More

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $20-50
Budget: $60-150
Mid-range: $150-300
Luxury: $400 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):
Budget: $15-30
Mid-range: $40-80

Visa Policy for Indians:
Visa required

Visa Policy for Other Nationals:
Visa required for many countries

Getting In United States of America:
Major international airports: JFK in New York, LAX in Los Angeles, ORD in Chicago
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Getting Around United States of America: Cars (rental), domestic flights, trains, public transport (varies by city) Read More

"The Hub of Diversity and Opportunities "

United States of America Tourism

Occupying a huge chunk of North America, the United States of America or USA is a Pandora Box full of surprises for all kind of travellers. Also referred to as ÒUnited StatesÓ or simply Òthe StatesÓ the country is a melting pot of various cultures exhibiting diversity with its third largest population in the world. From crowded mega-cities to serene small towns, breathtaking natural beauty, man-made wonders, fast-paced, exciting and ever-changing environs, the country will leave anyone awe-inspired with its vividness.

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Best time to visit United States of America

The USA has varied seasons in each of its regions, but in general, the best time to visit the USA during Spring and Fall, however Summer months from May to September are considered the peak t (Read More)ime for tourists to visit the country. Spring generally lasts from March to May as it is a beautiful season for most of the country. It is the best time to visit heritage sites and a great time for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping because of the varied terrain. Spring comes a little late in places of Northern USA. Another favourable season is the Fall from September to November. This is the time when the country celebrates the Harvest season and the weather is pleasant. Mountain driving, camping and rock climbing are the most enjoyed activities by tourists. The summer months, on the other hand, could bring a really hot and humid temperature to the country although it's considered the peak tourist season.  It is an ideal time for beaches and exploring nature. The hurricane season hits the USA during August and September which is not a good time to visit the country. Another time that could be horrendous is in December during the snowfall which lasts until February. The winter season is generally an offseason to visit the USA. However, visiting the country during Christmas and New Year's Eve could be a different experience.

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What's Great?

Great beaches. Beautiful distinct landscapes. Diversity. Great food. Road trips. Open culture. Friendly people.

What's Not So Great?

Recently reported hate crimes. Racism. Self-centred when it comes to their country.

For Whom?

Those who admire natural beauty. People who enjoy open culture. Coffee lovers. Adventure seekers. Hollywood buffs.

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Exchanging Money in United States of America

Few major banks in America exchange foreign currency and offer the best exchange rate as compared to other alternatives. Hotels, as a rule do not exchange currency, so it is advised to either arrive with some US Dollars or get them exchanged upon arrival at the airport or banks. The ATM machines are widely available all across the USA from banks to shopping malls. One can easily withdraw money from ATMs against credit cards.

Nightlife in United States of America

With such size and the diversity of the country, the nightlife differs remarkably from place to place. If you are visiting the college towns, here nightlife usually begins on Thursday. However, Las Vegas tops the list when it comes to the most spectacular places to come out at night. The city basically never sleeps with 24-hours service of alcohol and clubs are open until early hours. The case is not same in every state such as in California, bars and clubs closes are 2:00 am. Be ready to find all kind of music scenes in US from house music and country music to gay/lesbian clubs and live bands. Drinking age in America is 21 years and be prepared to show your age proof all the time you go out. In addition, the same goes for gambling, for which the legal age is 21.

Shopping in United States of America

USA is a shopperÍs paradise offering late closing hours, plenty of retail products and competitive prices. In fact, America has redefined the definition of shopping with its flashy, fascinating and multi-level shopping malls and departmental stores full of lots of shops. Offering not only brilliant shopping experience, these malls also provide its visitors with great sources of entertainment and many eating options. Mall of America is the largest mall in the country located in Minnesota with 400 shops. New York City is the major hub of shopping in the country. One can get all kind of products in the USA from trendy clothes to latest electronics, computers and souvenirs.

Festivals of United States of America

When it comes to festivals and event in America, the place is all about the environment of celebration, joy and amazing g fireworks. Independence Day or the Fourth of July is the most celebrated event in the country marked by a public holiday, spectacular firework and major discounts. Super Bowl Sunday, Christmas, PresidentÍs day and Thanksgiving are other major festivals to look out for.

Hygiene in United States of America

The USA offers high standard medical facilities with all the major cities housing specialty hospitals and clinics to treat specific illnesses. No particular vaccination is required prior to the visit to the country. These medical facilities are managed by both public and private entities with the help of local, state, and federal agencies. It is difficult to get mediations without prescription or with one from abroad. It is recommended to carry an adequate supply of prescription medication. Travel insurance is highly advised that offers medical coverage. Food, being regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies is safe to consume under the condition of preparation. Tap water is regarded fit for drinking in the US.

Customs of United States of America

Americans are known for their friendliness and openness towards visitors. It is customary to shake hands as a form of greeting. One will find a relaxed and informal atmosphere everywhere in general. Americans dress casually but prefer formal attire while visiting clubs, hotels or high-end restaurants. Smoking in public places, city transport and buildings is not allowed is quite unpopular in the country. Make sure to ask permission before lighting up. Tipping is a regular practice in the country as service charges are generally not included in the bill. Offer tip to anyone who offers you a service. 10 _ 20% gratuity is expected to be given to waiters and servers.

Tips for visiting United States of America

City tourism cards are available that allows tourists to visit a large number of attractions, often including free public transportation at a low price, generally USD 30- 40. The card offers free entry to museums, reduced admission to attractions and restaurant discounts. A national park pass gives free access to all the parks allowing a hassle free entry. There is a one-time fee of USD 80 and will pay for itself after four parks. Americans are usually very friendly people and love to interact with strangers standing in queue next to them or sitting next to each other. Do not feel offended and rather exchange the greetings with a smile. If you hire a car to drive around, make sure to follow the rules strictly. Follow the lane driving and keep in mind the speed limits. Do not honk unless the driver in front has dozed off. With every state the rules vary a little bit, so be informed about the rules beforehand. Make sure to carry the prescribed medicines and first aid kit. Carry your sunglasses and sunscreen. Carry an adaptor for electric items, as most locations have 220 volts and 50 Hz electricity.

Food of United States of America

The foremost contribution of the USA in terms of food is its famous fried chicken, barbecue, hamburger and fries, often tagged as fast food. Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, Burger King are among the most famous fast food brands. However, American cuisine goes beyond this with its regional mouth-watering delicacies with regional variations. For seafood go to Florida and Boston, the Mid-west is known for its beefsteaks, the soul food of the South and the Cajun cooking is famous in Louisiana. For calories conscious people, there are salads and other light preparations of nouvelle cuisine in California and Santa Fe-style cooking. Check out the Tex-Mex cuisine in Texas and Mexican food close to border for spicy and fiery flavours. Other than that, there are other global flavours including German, Ethiopian, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, French, Indian and many more. Coca-cola, regional wines, coffee and beer are the major drinks.

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How to reach United States of America from India?

If travelling from India, one can easily reach the USA through various flight services. One can board flight from many Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune etc. at Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air France and many more. However, there are no direct flights from India to America.


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