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The complete USA travel guide
Where is America?
In all America, English and Spanish are the most spoken languages.
Travel to the US: Quick History
What is the main religion in the United States?
Visiting the United States of America
When is the best time to visit the US?
When to buy my flight ticket to America?
The US is spread widely across the hemisphere, any time of the year is good to travel, as it also depends on which city you want to go to. However the best time to visit the US is Spring and Autumn. As it’s easier to travel different destinations and enjoy the activities when the sun is shining upon you. Usually I book my ticket on momondo.com but you can also find cheap travel tickets with Skiplag.com.
Late Spring, May – August is the best time to visit East Coast. and if you are like ELSA and cold doesn’t bother you then spending Christmas & New Year’s Eve in New York City is one of the best experiences that you can have.
Weather in West Coast is favorable any time of the year. It doesn’t get too cold and the activities to do are all around the year.
The best time to visit the South is from April to May and September to November.
The best time to visit the South is in Summer from June to August.
The best time to visit the South West is from March to May and September to November.
Do I need a visa?
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure from the United States (unless exempted by country-specific agreements). For families, each member of your family, including infants and children, must have his/her own passport.
Life in the US
What's the currency and cost of living?
The currency in the United States is the one and only the US DOLLAR ($$$).
The travel needs to be budgeted according to accommodation, meals, local transportation, activities and personal expenses.
Cost of living in Big Cities:
The average you could spend in New York City, Boston, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, is a $220 per day.
- Accommodation: $100 per night.
- Meals: $40 for one day
- Local transportation: $30 per day.
- Activities: $50 for one day
- Personal Expenses: On your budget.
Cost of living in Small Cities:
In small towns, like South Carolina, Portland, Missouri it can cut down to even one-fourth of that amount.
- Accommodation: $30 per night.
- Meals: $15-20 for one day
- Local transportation: $10-15 per day.
- Activities: $30 for one day
- Personal Expenses: On your budget.
- For accommodation, Use Airbnb and hostels for cheap accommodation.
- For transportation, Use Bus and Train passes & Uber/Lyft apps instead of taxis.
- For meals, Look for an accommodation which serves free breakfast.
So that you can spend mostly on lunch and a light dinner.
- For activities, Look for the group deals on Groupon.
Things to do when you visit America!
Few things to do in New York
The hustle of big crowds walking on the streets, dance of the Broadway show, music from a street performer, hot dog from the cart. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Everyone that walks on the streets becomes a part of the story of New York city.
One World Trade Centre Observatory + 9/11 Memorial
One WTC is the tallest building in the United States. The top of the One World Centre gives you the unobstructed view of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and the Hudson river. Also go visit the 9/11Memorial. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Similar to this, New York City also has Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and many tall skyscrapers.
Central Park, New York City
Central Park is one of the most visited urban parks in the United States. It is located in the Manhattan borough and spread between Upper West Side and Upper East Side (XOXO)!
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the famous bridges in the United States. It’s a suspension bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the East Hudson River. It is one of the most favorite tourist spot in New York.
Niagara Falls, Buffalo
Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America. It is a group of three waterfalls bordering between state of New York and province Ontario in Canada.
Things to do in California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the famous bridges in US. It connects San Francisco Bay and Marin County. It has been declared one of the modern wonders of the world.
Los Angeles is the home to the best cinema of the world. You can visit the star studded Hollywood walk of fame and watch a movie at the biggest IMAX screen at the Chinese Theatre.
Wine tasting in Napa Valley
Enjoy a classic tour of castles and vineyards with some of the best wine and cheese you can get in US. You can visit Robert Mondavi winery for the best wine. You can visit the castle – Castillo di Amorosa for amazing views and you can take the Napa Valley Wine Train train and trolly tours in Napa Valley.
Swim and Water Sports in Lake Tahoe
If you are a waterbody, then you will have nothing but love for Lake Tahoe. Stay in a cabin in the woods, swim in the freshwater, eat healthy food, drink the heavenly wine. Enjoy quality time with your family, or make friends on your solo trip.
Take a long drive in Big Sur
Imagine this, you are sitting in a convertible, your favorite music is on the radio, the soft wind is blowing in your hair, you look to the left and you can see the ocean waves hitting the ground and on your right, the view of the mountains and the birds giving you a reminder that the world is wonderful, that is what’s called California Dreaming.
Things to do in Florida
Disney World, Universal Studios in Orlando
Orlando, Florida or the most happiest place on earth. The place where Mickey and Minnie Mouse parades in front of a big castle like it’s no big deal. This place is famous for theme parks and good beaches.
Miami Beach, Miami
Miami is all about beautiful beaches, extravagant nightlife and cars. Places to visit is Miami Beach, South Beach and Downtown Miami. There are plenty of restaurants and nightclubs available. You can basically swim and lay down at the beach in the daytime and party all night.
Key West Beach, Key West
Key West is famous for Key Lime Pie, old town feel and snorkeling. You can start your day by visiting Ernest Hemingway’s House, which has now become a historic landmark, do snorkeling at the West Seaport and watch live music and bar hopping on Duval Street at night.
Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale has amazing beaches if you want to avoid large crowds at the beach. It has a Hollywood beach which is beautiful and lots of restaurants at the boardwalk including Margaritta Ville where you can eat and drink and relax at the beach.
Clearwater Beach, Clearwater
As the name suggests, Clearwater marks up to it’s glory. It has beautiful Clearwater beach which is full of white sand and shallow waters – The picture perfect moment. It has the famous ClearWater Marine Aquarium where you can see different kind of sea animals. It has a Capitol Theatre, which shows musical acts and classic films.
Packing for the US
What to bring in your suitcase?
If you are planning a trip to America, you will need several essential things, regardless of the regions you have decided to visit.
- Small water bottle
- Portable Battery Charger for phones
- Camera or your smartphone
- Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen to protect yourself from the heat if you are traveling in the summer.
- A jacket according to the weather of the place that you are visiting.
- House slippers (to get comfy at your airbnb)
- Comfortable shoes
- Skin care in travel size packs
- Portable Converter
Dear Alyne Super Tips
- Travel smartly and safely. Stay at hotels and accommodations which have good reviews.
- Be aware of your belongings. Stay away from the areas which seems less crowded.
- Keep your passport or an Identification card handy.
If you need to leave the passport at the accommodation, then keep it in a locked storage.
- Americans are very friendly, so this is a good chance to meet new people and learn about their culture.
- Last but not least, have fun while you’re in America.