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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.
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The majority of the population speak English. The remaining speak Spanish, other Indo-European languages, Asian, Pacific Island languages & more.
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$100 is approx £80
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There are 6 time zones in the USA. Eastern (GMT-05:00), Central (GMT-06:00), Mountain (GMT-07:00), Pacific (GMT-08:00), Alaskan (GMT-09:00)& Hawaiian (GMT-10:00)

USA tours & experiences

North America doesn’t do subtle. It’s legendary and it knows it – from its bold cities to its wide-open skies and highways that stretch right up to the horizon.  View all USA tours.
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Grand Southern

Los Angeles > Las Vegas > Grand Canyon > Durango > Albuquerque > Amarillo > Dallas/Fort Worth > Memphis > New Orleans > Panama City Beach > Orlando > Miami > St Augustine > Savannah > Asheville > Richmond > Washington DC > Los Angeles > New York City

Starting in LA and ending and ending in New York, this bumper tour across 22 states takes you to some bona fide showstoppers. Out west, visit the Grand Canyon, feel the swaying beats of New Orleans down south and marvel at the White House in Washington DC.  
26 days
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Boot Scoot N Blues

Dallas/Fort Worth > Austin > San Antonio > Houston > New Orleans> Memphis> Nashville > The Great Smoky Mountains> Fort Worth> Atlanta

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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Plan your trip to the USA

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USA 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 USA 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.
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Bamba Experience Bus Passes

Bamba Experience’s self-guided passes include convenient bus, train and other local transport options. Passes also include exciting activities along the route of your choice and the flexibility for you to choose your departure dates and make changes on the go. 
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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 . Our affordable USA city break pacakges include flights and hotels. 

What we love about the USA

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After hours of driving though flat desert, stop short of a cliff that’s 2000 metres high! 
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Watch out for the fearsome creatures that are known to roam the park like bears and rock climbers. 
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Gobble on a gumbo and hit the jazz clubs by night, just don’t run the voodoo spirits the wrong way... 

Best 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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Frequently asked questions about travelling to USA

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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