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USA travel guide

Legendary highways, delicious cities, jaw-dropping national parks, 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 with one of our campervan packages or soak up America's political history, art, and music around New York, Boston and Washington D.C. Check out our Travel Guide for tips on when to go, what to do and how to get there.

USA fast facts

language in the USA

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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New York

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Los Angeles

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Austin

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San Francisco

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!

hostels

Hostels

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

hotels

Hotels

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

Top USA tours

Cruise the US on America's Canyonlands Express
America's Canyonlands Express
Cruise through the Southwest's heart and soul as you depart from Vegas through the dramatic landscapes of Zion National Park, Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon. This tour includes your transport, guide, all N.P. fees, all accommodation and two meals.
9 days
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Visit LA, Vegas and NYC
Best of the USA
LA, Vegas & NYC - you're not just seeing the best of the USA, you're seeing some of the best cities in the world. And you're doing it in the very best way. Dance the night away in Vegas, see beautiful South Beach & shop up a storm on Fifth Avenue.
12 Days
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Spend 12 days in the US deep south
Boot, scoot n blues
Take a venture to the deep south for 12 days of mouthwatering eats, bright lights, and music filled late nights. This trip will see you shimmying around the sights and delights of New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis and Austin to name just a few, with scooting and booting no doubt clogging up your Instagram feed from the start to the end of your trip.
13 Days
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What to do in two weeks in the USA

USA adventure tours under 2 weeks
USA 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.
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!

 

 

Take a USA mini adventure
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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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
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.

Welcome to the USA | Visit the USA x STA Travel

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!

When is the best time to go to the USA?

The simple answer is that it's a perfect year round destination and when you visit totally depends on what type of trip you're after. In case you hadn't noticed, the USA is pretty darn big so the weather can vary quite a bit from state to state. Prices tend to be highest during the school summer holiday (July/August) and at Christmas, so travel during off peak times.

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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