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HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

With so many contrasting destinations, cultures, cities and tourist attractions, the USA is the perfect holiday destination for singles, couples and families.
From lying on a beautiful beach in the Florida Keys, to eating a slice of pizza in New York City or saddling up to ride through the Rocky Mountains, the United States has it all and more.

About the United States
The USA has 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska and a population of more than 300 million.
At 3.8 million square miles, the USA is the third largest country in the world. It has a diverse range of geography and climates, so you can be relaxing on a beachside holiday in Miami, immersing yourself in the culture and music of New Orleans or enjoying a day at Disneyland with your family in California – all in the same week.

Population
319 million

Language

The Unites States has always been an English speaking country, but with so many different cultures, expect to overhear a variety of languages spoken throughout your journey.
The US is now the world’s second largest Spanish speaking country, with a large population of Hispanic immigrants spread throughout New Mexico, California and Texas.
 
Key Phrases;
 
Shoot the breeze = Friendly chatter
John Hancock = Your signature on a document
Amped = Excited
My bad = Sorry/my fault
A dime a dozen = Very common

Currency

The US Dollar ($USD) is used across all of the United States.
This includes note denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10, $5, $2, $1 and coins of 50¢, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢ and 1¢.
Tipping is not mandatory but largely expected across the US. The general rule of thumb is 10-20%, depending on the nature of the service and how satisfied you are. If the hotel porter carries your bags you might tip them $1 to $2 per bag. Take notice when travelling by taxis, they often add 30% as a tip, particularly if you are paying electronically.

Food and Drink

The USA is well known for their super-sized meals, so expect larger than expected portion sizes when eating out. Popular favourites include hamburgers, fried chicken, cheesecake, key lime pie and barbeque steak. Each State has a signature dish, so look out for fried green tomatoes in Alabama, peach pie in Georgia, corn dogs in Iowa, and barbeque ribs in Kansas.
Note: The legal drinking age varies from 18 to 21 years, depending on where you are in the USA. In some parts of the US, such as in Utah – drinking alcohol is prohibited.
Local drinks: Starbucks Venti Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, Bud Light and Jack Daniels on the rocks.
Local foods: Tater tots; side dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. Reuben Sandwich; hot sandwich served with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian or Thousand Island dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread.
Electricity Info:
110 to 120 volts AC and their plugs can be either 2 or 3 pins.
 
Topography

Due to its large land mass, the US has a varied topography, with the North-eastern coast consisting of flat coastal plains, southeast containing subtropical forests and the Midwest rolling hills.
Mount Whitney is the highest peak, sitting at 4,421 meters.

Climate:

The US is located in the northern hemisphere.
Winter: December, January and February.
Spring: March, April and May.
Summer: June, July and August.
Autumn: September, October and November.
Peak: June – August
Min 20     Max 28
Off – Peak: March – May
Min 23     Max 31

Note: Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day weekend, Labour Day weekend and the Independence Day holiday are also peak air travel times.

International Airports

There are more than 50 International airports in the US, below are the top 5 most popular airports with international holiday makers:
1.    JFK International Airport, New York.
2.    Miami International Airport, Florida.
3.    Los Angeles International Airport, California.
4.    Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey.
5.    O’Hare International Airport, Chicago.

Flight Times to US

Departure from:    Flight time to  New York    Flight time to Miami    Flight time to Los Angeles
Sydney    20 hrs    19 hrs    15 ½ hrs
Auckland    18 hrs    16 ½ hrs    13 ½ hrs
Fiji    16 ½ hrs    15 ½ hrs    11 ½ hrs
Hong Kong    16 ½ hrs    18 ½ hrs    15 hrs
Singapore    19 ½ hrs    21 ½ hrs    18 hrs
Canada    1 hr    3 hrs    5 hrs

Best times to visit:
Given its vastness, the US is a great place to visit year-round, with a varied climate that changes from region to region.
December – April in the northern states are the coldest, experiencing freezing temperatures but are great for the thrill and adventure seekers with world class skiing and snowboarding resorts – Salt Lake City in Utah was the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics.  
If it’s warmer weather you seek, then the southernmost state of Miami, Florida might be your calling. With its distinctly Cuban charm, colourful art deco buildings, white sandy beaches and an average temperature of 25°C, if you’re into sport, sunshine or salsa – Miami sizzles all year round.
Key Tourist Hotspots:
With so much on offer, a great American holiday can be so many different and unique experiences, from blues to beaches, snow-covered peaks to redwood forests, the US has so much to offer.
-    The Grand Canyon, Arizona: With a 445 km stretch of canyon, 29 kms wide and a 2 kms deep, this geological marvel is a truly breath taking experience.
-    Statue of Liberty, New York: This is a must-see for anyone who visits New York. Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, the Statue of Liberty stands at just over 305 feet tall and the golden torch is actually covered in sheets of 24K gold.  
-    Disneyland, California: Experience all the magical wonders as you explore Adventureland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Frontierland and more. The only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself, the kids won’t be the only ones who won’t want to leave.

Key Events
Mardi Gras, New Orleans – February 9th 2016
Daytona 500 Race in Florida: February 22nd 2016
Super Bowl Sunday: Last Sunday in January
Kentucky Derby: April - May
Independence Day: July 4th

Getting Around:

Travelling around the USA, depends greatly on your type of holiday. If you are staying in New York, then the best modes of transport for getting around are taxis or the subway. For travel further afield, you can hire a car, a campervan or take a Greyhound bus, or save time and fly to your next destination.

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