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United States of America

Continent: North America

Ideal Duration: 15 - 20 days

Best Time: March - May; September - November Read More

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

Budget: Expensive

"The Hub of Diversity and Opportunities "

United States of America Tourism

Occupying a huge chunk of North America, the United States of America or USA is a Pandora Box full of surprises for all kind of travellers. Also referred to as ÒUnited StatesÓ or simply Òthe StatesÓ the country is a melting pot of various cultures exhibiting diversity with its third largest population in the world. From crowded mega-cities to serene small towns, breathtaking natural beauty, man-made wonders, fast-paced, exciting and ever-changing environs, the country will leave anyone awe-inspired with its vividness.

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Best time to visit United States of America

March - May; September - November is the best time to visit United States of America

The USA has varied seasons in each of its regions, but in general, the best time to visit the USA during Spring and Fall, however Summer months from May to September are considered the peak time for tourists to visit the country. Spring generally lasts from March to May as it is a beautiful season for most of the country. It is the best time to visit heritage sites and a great time for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping because of the varied terrain. Spring comes a little late in places of Northern USA. Another favourable season is the Fall from September to November. This is the time when the country celebrates the Harvest season and the weather is pleasant. Mountain driving, camping and rock climbing are the most enjoyed activities by tourists. The summer months, on the other hand, could bring a really hot and humid temperature to the country although it's considered the peak tourist season.  It is an ideal time for beaches and exploring nature. The hurricane season hits the USA during August and September which is not a good time to visit the country. Another time that could be horrendous is in December during the snowfall which lasts until February. The winter season is generally an offseason to visit the USA. However, visiting the country during Christmas and New Year's Eve could be a different experience.

Regions in United States of America

The Unites States is divided into four regions each with a sub-division namely: Northeast (New England, Mid-Atlantic), Midwest (East North Central, West North Central), South (South Atlantic, East South Central, and West South Central) and West region (Mountain, Pacific). Stretching from the Tropic of Cancer to further than the Arctic Circle, this country offers endless list of treasure troves in every direction. Experience the verdant forests, undulating plains, enormous desert, glorious mountains, clean beaches, rolling meadows, impressive rivers, and vast ice fields all packed in one country of overwhelming beauty and confounding diversity.

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What's Great?

Great beaches. Beautiful distinct landscapes. Diversity. Great food. Road trips. Open culture. Friendly people.

What's Not So Great?

Recently reported hate crimes. Racism. Self-centred when it comes to their country.

For Whom?

Those who admire natural beauty. People who enjoy open culture. Coffee lovers. Adventure seekers. Hollywood buffs.

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Currency of United States of America

US dollar is the official currency of the country and only currency that is accepted. The bills are in the denomination of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. Most of the major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Diners Club are widely accepted. In fact, it is recommended to carry at least one major credit card as it is often requested for pre-payment or a credit card imprint hotel room booking or car hire, even if it is not the final payment mode.

Exchanging Money in United States of America

Few major banks in America exchange foreign currency and offer the best exchange rate as compared to other alternatives. Hotels, as a rule do not exchange currency, so it is advised to either arrive with some US Dollars or get them exchanged upon arrival at the airport or banks. The ATM machines are widely available all across the USA from banks to shopping malls. One can easily withdraw money from ATMs against credit cards.

Nightlife in United States of America

With such size and the diversity of the country, the nightlife differs remarkably from place to place. If you are visiting the college towns, here nightlife usually begins on Thursday. However, Las Vegas tops the list when it comes to the most spectacular places to come out at night. The city basically never sleeps with 24-hours service of alcohol and clubs are open until early hours. The case is not same in every state such as in California, bars and clubs closes are 2:00 am. Be ready to find all kind of music scenes in US from house music and country music to gay/lesbian clubs and live bands. Drinking age in America is 21 years and be prepared to show your age proof all the time you go out. In addition, the same goes for gambling, for which the legal age is 21.

Shopping in United States of America

USA is a shopperÍs paradise offering late closing hours, plenty of retail products and competitive prices. In fact, America has redefined the definition of shopping with its flashy, fascinating and multi-level shopping malls and departmental stores full of lots of shops. Offering not only brilliant shopping experience, these malls also provide its visitors with great sources of entertainment and many eating options. Mall of America is the largest mall in the country located in Minnesota with 400 shops. New York City is the major hub of shopping in the country. One can get all kind of products in the USA from trendy clothes to latest electronics, computers and souvenirs.

Festivals of United States of America

When it comes to festivals and event in America, the place is all about the environment of celebration, joy and amazing g fireworks. Independence Day or the Fourth of July is the most celebrated event in the country marked by a public holiday, spectacular firework and major discounts. Super Bowl Sunday, Christmas, PresidentÍs day and Thanksgiving are other major festivals to look out for.

History of United States of America

In 1492, after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in North America, the country saw the impression of European settlers including English, French and Dutch. They cross the Atlantic and colonized the Eastern Seaboard by the 17th century. The colonial rule ended in 1853 after the American War of Independence (1775_1783), which saw the boundaries set for the mainland United States except for Alaska. Soon started the attempts to end slavery through economic activities, which were strongly opposed. In 18621, Lincoln was elected as president that resulted in the American Civil War as the southern States splintered from the Union. The country after rigorous fighting of four years with more powerful Union forces consolidated giving rise to an industrial economy. With the development of foreign policy during mid and late 19th century came the development of foreign policy that saw the establishment of formal links with the old colonial powers. The emergence of the USA as a global power was signalled with the intervention of US in Europe in 1917. Finally, USA emerged as the worldÍs leading economy motivated by its free-market economics and innovative production methods. The development of nuclear weapons in the USA came into scene by the end of World War 2 along with the superpower conflict that was the major issue of late 20th century.

Hygiene in United States of America

The USA offers high standard medical facilities with all the major cities housing specialty hospitals and clinics to treat specific illnesses. No particular vaccination is required prior to the visit to the country. These medical facilities are managed by both public and private entities with the help of local, state, and federal agencies. It is difficult to get mediations without prescription or with one from abroad. It is recommended to carry an adequate supply of prescription medication. Travel insurance is highly advised that offers medical coverage. Food, being regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies is safe to consume under the condition of preparation. Tap water is regarded fit for drinking in the US.

Customs of United States of America

Americans are known for their friendliness and openness towards visitors. It is customary to shake hands as a form of greeting. One will find a relaxed and informal atmosphere everywhere in general. Americans dress casually but prefer formal attire while visiting clubs, hotels or high-end restaurants. Smoking in public places, city transport and buildings is not allowed is quite unpopular in the country. Make sure to ask permission before lighting up. Tipping is a regular practice in the country as service charges are generally not included in the bill. Offer tip to anyone who offers you a service. 10 _ 20% gratuity is expected to be given to waiters and servers.

Tips for visiting United States of America

City tourism cards are available that allows a tourists to visit a large number of attractions, often including free public transportation at low price, generally USD 30 _ 40. The card offers free entry to museums, reduced admission to attractions and restaurant discounts. A national park pass gives free access to all the parks allowing a hassle free entry. There is a one-time fee of USD 80 and will pay for itself after four parks. Americans are usually very friendly people and love to interact with strangers standing in queue next to them or sitting next to each other. Do not feel offended and rather exchange the greetings with a smile. If you hire a car to drive around, make sure to follow the rules strictly. Follow the lane driving and keep in mind the speed limits. Do not honk unless the driver in front has dozed off. With every state the rules vary a little bit, so be informed about the rules beforehand. Make sure to carry the prescribed medicines and first aid kit. Carry your sunglasses and sunscreen. Carry an adaptor for electric items, as most locations have 220 volts and 50 Hz electricity.

Culture of United States of America

The culture of America is an assortment of many cultures from around the world owing to the migrant population in the country. The current American society comprises of people from various ethnicity and cultural background coming from all around the globe including Britain, Africa, Asia, Italy, Ireland, Eastern Europe and Spain. The concept of individuality and independence forms a prominent part of the society. Other major factors that sum up the American culture include informality, equality and directness. English is the main language of the country with significant percentage of Spanish speaking minority of about 10.7 %. Otherwise, one might get to hear many other language of the world such as French, Greek, German, Hindi and many more. Christianity (Protestant 51.3%) is the dominant religion in the USA with great tolerance towards other religions as well.

Food of United States of America

The foremost contribution of the USA in terms of food is its famous fried chicken, barbecue, hamburger and fries, often tagged as fast food. Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, Burger King are among the most famous fast food brands. However, American cuisine goes beyond this with its regional mouth-watering delicacies with regional variations. For seafood go to Florida and Boston, the Mid-west is known for its beefsteaks, the soul food of the South and the Cajun cooking is famous in Louisiana. For calories conscious people, there are salads and other light preparations of nouvelle cuisine in California and Santa Fe-style cooking. Check out the Tex-Mex cuisine in Texas and Mexican food close to border for spicy and fiery flavours. Other than that, there are other global flavours including German, Ethiopian, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, French, Indian and many more. Coca-cola, regional wines, coffee and beer are the major drinks.

Stay options in United States of America

USA is brimmed with lots of great accommodation options with its hospitality sector being quite well developed except in some remote areas. One can opt from some of the finest and most opulent places to many international hotel and motel chains offering world-class facilities and dŽcor. For budget travellers, there are still varieties of places to stay including inexpensive motel chains, cheap hotels, inns and Bed & Breakfast inns with up to 20 rooms at reasonable price. For more adventurous type tourists, there are around 24,000 campsites in the country under the category of Public sites and Private run sites. There per night tariff ranges from USD 10 Ð 22 and USD 20 Ð 40 respectively depending upon the services offered. Another inexpensive option is youth hostels by HI-AYH (Hostelling International - American Youth Hostels) along with over 2,660 YMCA centres throughout the USA. Booking is required at least two days prior to arrival through Head Offices.

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