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USA travel guide

Road trip with your mates across the United States...

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


Name: Dollar
Code: USD
Symbol: $

time zone in usa

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.

New York


Los Angeles




San Francisco

USA travel costs

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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.

food usa cost


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 usa cost

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.



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!



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



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

USA highlights






USA road trips

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USA city breaks

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USA Adventure Tours

USA East Coast Road Trip Encompassed
America's Canyonlands Express | 9 days
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.
Now from £1,039 - 20% off
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best of the usa
Best of the USA | 12 days
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.
Now from £1,976 | 10% off
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Boot, scoot n blues
Boot, scoot n blues | 13 days
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.
Now from £1,607 | 10% off
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What to do in two weeks in the USA

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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!



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

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.
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.
Busabout - North America
What? Choose a route with included day trips and cultural activities. Public transportation in safe, reliable and comfortable buses.

Best for: Independent travellers craving flexibility. Travel without a leader at your own pace, on your own schedule.

Valid for: 12 months.

Includes: Unlimited changes before and during your trip with activities from Hollywood walking tours to Foodie experiences in Philadelphia.

Bus passes from £576
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work in america
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!
From £269
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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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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.

USA travel inspiration

The Rhythm of the Streets: our 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.

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!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the STA Travel blog!

STA Travel Blog

Travel crush: Feel the energy of New Orleans

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New York the local way

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7 undiscovered USA travel gems

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