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USA Travel Guide

This is the United States, an immense land that boasts diversity in its people, its wildlife and its landscapes. Make your way from the glistening beaches and wind-battered coasts to cities that eventually give way to wide open spaces where mountains, impressive monoliths, endless plains, beautiful lakes and charming towns await. A coast to coast exploration is absolutely necessary.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    The busiest months for the US are the summer months (June to August) as well as the holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year) when children are off from school. Local traffic mixes with tourist traffic and descends upon the country’s top destinations in massive numbers. However, due to its size, the best season to visit really depends on the region you’re visiting. Some parts are incredibly humid in the summer and best avoided. Others, like Wyoming and the Pacific Northwest, are beautiful in the summertime or there are places like California that are incredible year round.

  2. Low Season

    January to March

    The low seasons are also dictated by each region or area. However, it can be said that factors that make the low season more appealing to the discerning set include lower rates, fewer crowds, still pleasant weather and are typically more accessible when children in the US are back in school. Generally, mid-January through March is great if you like cooler weather, May is best for spring blooms, and September is perfect for summer. But again, each region boasts its own low season so meticulous research is highly recommended especially if you’re touring the whole country.

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FAQs about the USA

  • Do you tip in the USA?

    Absolutely. The tipping culture in the United States, while not exactly mandatory, is very much expected. A 15% to 20% tip at restaurants, cafes, salons and spas is standard, while a $1 per drink tip for bartenders is the norm.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Though it can range in quality, a good Internet connection in the United States is pretty common. Internet cafes are not as prevalent, but coffee shops and many fast-food restaurants offer free access to customers.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Definitely. Thanks to the Safe Drinking Water Act, tap water everywhere in the country is safe to drink even in large cities in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Though there are establishments and businesses that are cash only, credit cards are widely accepted in the US. Visa and Mastercard are the most popular, but many also accept American Express, Discover and Diners Club.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Federal holidays include MLK Day on January 15, Memorial Day on the last Monday of May, Independence Day on July 4, Labour Day on the first Monday of September, Veteran’s Day on November 11, and Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.
  • What are the toilets like?

    Most of the United States, even in some of the remote areas, use modern toilet facilities. Public restrooms are also common. Keep in mind, however, that you will encounter vault toilets, which are popular in national parks and many campgrounds.
  • Is it safe to travel to the United States?

    The United States is one of the safest places for tourists to visit. However, do exercise common sense when walking around in the big cities at night.
  • Will I need to rent a car?

    There is a fairly extensive network of buses and trains that connect major cities, but service can be limited. A car is your best bet for convenience, except in New York City and San Francisco where parking is limited. Another option is to join a tour that takes care of your transportation needs.
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