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AMERICA TRAVEL GUIDE

Legendary highways, bustling cities, national parks, surf-strewn coastal roads and tumbleweed deserts - with 50 states to choose from, travelling the USA is one supersized adventure. Explore the sun-kissed West Coast or learn about America's political history on the East. Check out our USA Travel Guide for tips on when to go, what to do and how to get there.

USA Fast Facts

Languages Spoken

82% of the population speak English.

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

Currency

Name: Dollar
Code: USD
Symbol: $

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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New York

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Los Angeles

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San Francisco

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Austin

USA Fast Facts

Beers

In a New York 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.

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.

Taxi Ride

Taxis are expensive in the States, 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. 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.

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The Southern States

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USA Road Trips

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The Big Cities

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USA National Parks

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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!
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.
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USA Adventure Tours

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Grand Southern
Starting in LA and ending in New York, this bumper tour across 22 states takes you to some bona fide showstoppers. Out west, visit the Grand Canyon, jet jazzy in New Orleans down south and go all presidential in Washington DC. .
26 Days | Was £3,055, Now from £2,597 | 15% off
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LA To The Bay
Hop on thi 12-day adventure and hit the beaches of San Diego, drive along the inconic Route 66, party in the desert in Las Vegas and take in the incredible views of Yosemite National Park - it's all here and more!p>
11 Days | Was £1,315, Now from £1,118 | 15% off
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Best of the USA
Short on time? Make the journey from West to East in just two weeks. This trip includes flights from LA to San Fran, and on to Vegad and New York. Sightsee, celeb spot, tour the city and enjoy up-all-night parties - you jetsetter you!.
14 Days | Was £2,375, Now from £2,108 | 15% off
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What to do in a month in the USA

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Adventure tours under a month
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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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.
Summer work programmes
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!
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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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USA Accommodation
From trendy hostels to 4* hotels near NYC hotspots, check out our selection of top accommodation across the USA.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the STA Travel blog!

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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.

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.