Travel, why holiday in America?
essence of America? ...that perfect, delicate balance between freedom
'to' and freedom 'from'. M. vos Savant
massive country offers unbelievable variety of natural and man-made sights, so much so that
40% of Americans do not own a passport as all their diverse
vacation needs are met at home.
range from terminally dull to totally incredible and outdoor
activities from simple to extreme in thousands of well-supported
recreation areas, while the weather generally delivers what is appropriate to the season, with guaranteed sun or snow if you get the timing right.
Los Angeles, California
Urban entertainment is equally well supplied with high quality,
high-brow museums of all sorts, matched by high quality, low-brow
theme parks of every kind.
The USA is the birthplace of 20thC rock and blues music with many
related attractions and a vibrant live music culture while film
buffs will enjoy recognising movie sets just about everywhere.
Miami Beach, Florida
Shopping is a national pastime, caters to every whim and service
really is with a smile.
Generally Americans are extremely friendly, talkative and helpful
(more so than Europeans for example - and that's a European's opinion!)
and not at all like the gun-toting, violence prone wackos so favoured
by the movies, though this relaxed amiability does not unfortunately
extend to the American administration. Attitudes to foreigners may
well depend on which area you are in, naturally, with tourist zones
being most open to aliens, if somewhat superficially.
• Big distances cost big dollars though national airlines are competitive
and fuel for cars relatively cheap.
• Street crime may add an unwelcome frisson in a few cities, but
don't be too freaked, most places are really safe and people charming.
Hollywood movies have created an unfortunate myth of gun-toting
loonies and ever present violence. This is not true - outside the
White House and the Pentagon!
• Often towns, streets and shopping areas (malls) are unbelievably
Sand Flats RA, Moab, Utah
go south anytime - though it can get a bit overheated in the summer
with Florida getting distinctly sticky and storms/hurricanes on the horizon. Travel north June - September. See the regional guides below
for more precise suggestions.
Las Vegas Casino, Nevada
Main tourist attractions
pick of United States: Best of USA
Vegas, Festivals, USA
National Parks, Beaches
West: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, San
Angeles, Las Vegas
Central Park, New York
East Coast: New York State | New
York City | New Jersey/Pennsylvania
States: Alaska, Hawaii
Northwest: Washington State, Oregon,
Mountains: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, New Mexico
Born to Drive, Route 24, Utah
DC, plus Maryland and Virginia main attractions
Orleans, Florida, Miami
Plains, Texas, Dallas
Europeans heading for the USA? You are required to complete an online authorisation form 72-hours before you fly. However, you will not have to specify precisely when you are travelling and the authorisation you receive will last for two years.
This system applies to those using the Visa Waiver Program which allows British passport holders to stay in America for less than 90 days without a visa.
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