US Travel, Holidays in America
Arches National Park, Utah, US Travel
Best seasons for US Travel
Las Vegas volcano goes boom, Nevada
Generally go south anytime – though it can get a bit overheated in the summer with Florida getting distinctly sticky and storms/hurricanes on the horizon from June onwards so head north June – September.
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 and most European passport holders to stay in America for less than 90 days without a visa.
Best US Cities for Tourists
Times Square, New York
New York – a vibrant culture with a lot of attitude, top class entertainment, fantastic sights and skyline, great restaurants and one of the best places to shop on the planet.
San Francisco – the hills, the quaint wooden houses, the cocktail of modern city life stirred with bohemian cool, gay abandon and over-touristy but still popular Fisherman’s Wharf make this a city as unique and splendid as the iconic bridge and its nearby Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Washington DC – for the incredible spread of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, White House and other much-filmed government buildings, plus an extensive range of superb museums.
Miami – warm waters, white beaches and a colourful Art Deco buildings set off Miami’s vibrant, mixed-culture lifestyle while it’s just a short ride to the Everglades or the Florida Keys (islands) for wildlife and watersports. Sun and heat are common but not guaranteed.
Los Angeles – car oriented and careless but Venice beach is super cool, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica are super elegant, there are movie associations galore, the weather, shopping and eating are superb and tourists will certainly see people who look like stars or think they should be stars. Superb museums, and easy access to great theme parks as well as great real green parks.
Las Vegas– another astonishing must-see during US travel, a fantasy city surrounded by desert, Las Vegas is variously billed as The Entertainment Capital of the World, The Gambling Capital of the World, Capital of Second Chances, and The Marriage Capital of the World.
As a tourist the main attractions are the shows – which are world-class but not cheap, the incredible architecture along the strip, a little gambling if only to see what all the fuss is about (our advice is don’t start with more than $100 in your pocket! ), and proximity to some wonderful sights outside the city, such as several spectacular canyons (including Grand Canyon), the epic Hoover Dam and more.
Probably the best season in Washington DC, cherry blossom time in March. Photo by Al Jazeera.