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View of The Statue of Liberty and the New York's skyscrapers
The Statue of Liberty

Why We Love USA – As an American myself, I often get asked about traveling the USA by foreigners I meet on the road. And I always say the same thing: treat travel to the United States like you would travel to the European Union. In many ways there is as much of a difference between visiting New York City vs. Texas as there is between visiting Paris vs. Poland. The United States is so large and populous that you can find any kind of travel experience you want, just realize there will be many differences to your experience depending on where in the USA you plan to travel. Of course, all that just means there is more to see and makes it more exciting to explore! 

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🏙️ Destinations

View of Sarasota downtown skyline during sunrise
Sarasota, Florida

With some of the most exciting cities and gorgeous landscapes on the planet, the USA is loaded with destinations for every type of traveler. Some of the most popular places to visit include:

  • Denver – You’ll come to Denver for the easy mountain access but stay for the scenery, nightlife, and endless list of fun things to do.
  • California’s Coast – With sprawling beaches, renowned cities, craggly cliffs, and vinyards, visiting the California Coast should be high on your USA bucket list.
  • Washington D.C. – The capital of the United States, Washington District of Columbia is the perfect destination to learn about the nation’s past and present through a governmental lens.
  • Florida – Home to the Florida Keys, Disney World, the Kennedy Space Center, and some of the countries best parties, you’ll never be far from saltwater in the Sunshine State.
  • Puerto Rico – Full of waterfalls, forests, exciting cities, and culinary masterpieces, Puerto Rico is the perfect Caribbean island for an adventure.

✨ Things to Do

From sightseeing famous monuments to hiking some of the most unique landscapes on the planet, there are endless fun things to do in the United States. Here are some of our faves:

  • The Grand Canyon – Larger than the state of Rhode Island, Arizona’s The Grand Canyon is one of the top natural wonders of the United States.
  • Walt Disney World – Within close proximity to the Florida cities of Orlando and Kissimmee, Walt Disney World is a resort comprised of theme parks, water parks, hotels, entertainment venues, and so much more.
  • Yellowstone National Park – Primarily located in Wyoming, Yellowstone is known for its geothermal properties and array of wildlife.
  • The Statue of Liberty – A national monument located in New York Harbor, The Statue of Liberty represents democracy, freedom, and friendship.
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Located in Black Hills, South Dakota, this national memorial features the carved likeness of four notable presidents and is a symbol of democracy.
View of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the clear blue sky
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

USA Travel Advice

🗓️ Best Time to Visit

The USA can be visited any time of year, but it depends on your goals and where you are going. If visiting the Northeast cities like New York and Washington D.C., the months of May to September generally offer the best weather. The Rocky Mountain region is especially beautiful during the fall months, while southern destinations like Florida, Texas, and Las Vegas can be visited year-round.

⚠️ Safety

Other than the occasional mugging incidents or petty theft that are common to a lot of tourist destinations, the USA is generally a place with relatively low crime rates against tourists. While most travelers will visit without incident, travelers should be aware that in many parts of the USA there is a tragic and systemic problem of police brutality, particularly against black and brown communities.

👉 Tips & Things to Know

  • 🛑 – Research State Laws – Laws pertaining to driving, alcohol, short-term apartment rentals, etc. differ widely from state to state. A little reserach goes a long way.
  • 🚗 – USA Drives on the Right – Like elsewhere in North America, the USA drives on the right and passes on the left.
  • ⚖️ – The Imperial System – One of just a few countries in the world to do so, the USA uses the Imperial System of measurement. Study up on your miles, feet, and fahrenheit degrees before you go.
  • 🍸 – The Drinking Age is 21 – In all states, you must be at least 21 years old to purchase and consume alcohol.
  • 💵 – Tipping is Standard – Though tipping averages depend on the state, you can generally expect to add between 15-20% to your total restaurant, bar, or cafe bill.

🧳 What to Pack

  • 🦺 – USA Travel Insurance – Though a relatively safe country, getting USA Travel Insurance before you go is a smart idea.
  • 🔌 – Universal Travel Adapter – Traveling from outside North America? Then get a travel adapter that can specifically your convert your home country’s plug to a North American one.
  • 🌞 – Sunscreen – North or south, summer or winter, you’re gonna need some SPF while visiting the USA.
  • 📝 – Travel Authorization – Though residents of 35 countries get a visa-free pass to enter, depending where you’re from you may have to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).
  • 👕 Seasonal Clothing – Depending when and where you travel, you’ll need a specific wardrobe. Shorts and parkas are not universal items.

🤓 Facts & Info

  • Population – 330 million
  • Capital – Washington, D.C.
  • Currency – United States Dollar (USD)
  • Language – English
  • Plugs – Type A or B, 120V / 60Hz.

💵 Budgeting & Money

Credit cards are widely accepted in the USA and you can find ATMs everywhere as well. To be on the safe side, just make sure to have enough cash on hand.

📰 USA Travel Guides

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