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AMERICA TRAVEL GUIDE

Legendary highways, bustling cities, national parks, surf-strewn coastal roads, iconic food and bags of rock and roll - with 50 states to choose from, travelling the USA is one supersized adventure. Whether you're looking for an exciting gap year in America or just an unbelievable holiday, this country delivers. Explore the sun-kissed West Coast or learn about America's political history on the East. Check out our Travel Guide for tips on when to go, what to do and how to get there.

Rhythm of the Streets: Our interactive USA video series

Last year we sent UK band Skinny Living to Oahu, New Orleans and Austin in search of surf, sounds and soul. Watch our groundbreaking interactive video series, The Rhythm of the Streets to see what they got up to. Then retrace their rhythm with one of our tours or city breaks in the USA.
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USA Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

82% of the population speak English.

The remaining speak Spanish, other Indo-European languages, Asian, Pacific Island languages and more.

USA currency

Currency

Name: Dollar
Code: USD
Symbol: $

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Time Zones

Eastern Standard time (GMT - 5)
Central time (GMT - 6)
Mountain Time (GMT - 7)
Pacific Time (GMT - 8)
Hawaiian Time (GMT – 10)
Alaskan Time (GMT – 9)

Top Cities in the USA

From the bright lights of Vegas to the buzzing streets of New York - you'll find some of the world's most famous cities in the USA. Spot scenes from your favourite movie in LA, New York, Vegas and more.
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San Francisco

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USA Travel Costs

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Beers

In a New York City bar, you'll spend between $5-$8 on a bottle of beer whilst in other cities it could be around $3.50.

*Remember that you need to be 21 to drink in the USA.

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Meals

Lunch from a cheap café or food truck can be between $5 and $9, whilst dinner in a restaurant would be nearer $25 to $60 per person.

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Taxi Ride

Taxis are expensive in the U.S. with most city cabs running on meters. Budget travellers should use cheaper buses or subway transport.

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Transport

Travel on buses and subways will cost between $2 to $3. Car hire is available from $30 a day and we have campervans from $40!

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Hostels

Dorm beds in hostels cost between $25 and $40 per night. Budget motels would be around $60 to $80 for a double.

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Hotels

A double room in a 3 star hotel can be between $100 and $250 per night.

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USA Adventure Tours

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Southern Adventure | 13 days
Take a venture to the South where a distinctly different American culture will lure you in. Deserts and canyons will pleasure your eyes while cowboys and jazz bars will liven your nights. Kicking off in New Orleans and ending in Los Angeles, with highlights like Memphis, the Grand Canyon & Texas in between.
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New Orleans to San Francisco Road Trip | 15 days
Bats in Texas, aliens in Roswell, pretty much everything else in San Francisco—get off the well-worn tourist trail and really discover the South and West of the United States. After leaving fabulous New Orleans, you'll explore some of the most incredible natural wonders anywhere—the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite—then trade wildlife for nightlife in Las Vegas. It's the ultimate roadtrip. Now, let's get rolling.
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Western Highlights | 9 days
You could easily spend 9-days in LA, losing track of time and doing little more than eat, sleep, shop, party, repeat. If you want to make the most of your time in this region and actually see a thing or two, the Western Highlights is calling out your name. San Diego, Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, & Vegas will soon be clogging up your Instagram account.
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What to do in two weeks in the USA

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Adventure tours under 2 weeks
Short on time but eager to see the best of the USA? Experience the highlights including Yosemite National Park, Death Valley and San Francisco.
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USA City Breaks
USA City Breaks
From NYC to LA, the USA has some epic cities to visit. Shop till you drop, live like the rich an famous, dine in famous restaurants and chill out in style - Best of all, our affordable USA city break pacakges include flights and hotels. Sweet!

 

 

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USA Mini Adventures
The USA is so jam-packed with famous sights, it could literally take years to see it all. See the best of the USA on a mini adventure lasting anything from one to three days.

What to do in a month in the USA

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Make your time in America a memorable one with an adventure tour like no other! Experience the highlights and make new travel buddies along the way.
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Campervan Hire
Take off on an epic USA roadtrip with your very own campervan. Hire a campervan to suit your group's needs and experience the USA at your own pace.
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Self-drive Roadtrips
If you have time on your side, there's no better way to explore the States than with an independent road trip! Hire a car or campervan and hit the long open roads, Jack Kerouac style. The USA has some legendary drives, from the tumbleweed deserts of Route 66 to the rolling coastal views of the Pacific Coast Highway. Check out some of our self-drive itineraries for more inspiration.
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Work in America
Fancy working in the USA? Add an extra slice of excitement to your time in the states by working up to four months on seasonal jobs or at a summer camp, enabling you to further your travels with your earnings!
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USA Accommodation
From trendy hostels to 4* hotels near NYC hotspots, check out our selection of top accommodation across the USA.

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Welcome to the USA | STA Travel X Visit USA on YouTube

Last summer, STA Travel and Visit The USA sent three super talented filmmakers to three different regions of the USA. Check out Texas, New York State and the Pacific Northwest below and get inspired for your next American adventure!

How can I work in America?

Students and young people can apply for a work abroad program for over the summer months. Pick from Summer Camps USA or our Work America programme, and spend your summer working in the States. Through our programmes, you’ll get help obtaining your four-month work permit (the J-1 visa) for various seasonal jobs in the USA, or work with kids at a Summer Camp for 6-8 weeks. Visit our Work in the USA page for more info.

Do I need a visa for the USA?

Visas requirements for entry to the USA are subject to frequent change. Currently British citizens can enter the USA without a visa for stays of 90 days of fewer, so long as they apply for the Visa Waiver Program (from ESTA). All travellers should check current visa and passport regulations before coming to the USA, and allow plenty of time to acquire the correct documentation.

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