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Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
In the USA, you can use Public or Private Transports: Public transport includes Rail and Bus services (present most of the time in all the cities). Private transport includes taxi cab or limousine services.
- Maps of Urban Networks
New York City Metropolitan
Los Angeles Metropolitan
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
The railroad network is good but trains for passengers are slower and less frequent than in Europe. The network of intercity buses is denser and tends to be cheaper. The network of the domestic airlines is very extensive. The plane is the mean of transport more used.
- Rail Companies
Traveling By Yourself
If you drive in the USA, remember that each of the 50 states has its own set of traffic laws and regulations. Fortunately, most of the laws are the same.
The gasoline price in the USA is cheaper than in Europe for example. However, you still have to remember that the unit measure is the gallon (3.785 liters) and the price changes from one state to another.
- Road Maps
The United States Map
- Find an Itinerary
Live Search Maps
Different Forms of Tourism
- Fort Sumter: Third System masonry coastal fortification located in Charleston harbor, South Carolina
- Liberty Bell: in Philadelphia, is an American bell asociated with the American Revolutionary War.
- Independence Hall is a US national landmark located in Philadelphia. It is a red brick building, built between 1732 and 1753, and designed in the Georgian style.
- Washington Monument is a large, tall white-colored obelisk in Washington DC.
- Pearl Harbor is a harbor and deep naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
- Statue of Liberty in New York city.
- Ellis Island in New York was at one time the main entry facility for immigrants entering the United States.
The United States has its cultural heritage from: American Cowboys; Cowboy Cattle Drives; Native American Indians; Native American Culture; American Sports; American Holidays (Thanksgiving); Country & Western Music; American Cooking.
The National Park System Includes 378 areas. Among them are 55 National Parks and 72 National Monuments. In 1998 the NPS units were visited by 287 million people. The Blue Ridge parkway in Virginia attracted the most visitors: over 19 million. With 10 million visitors the most frequently visited National Park was the Great Smoky Mountains NP. Other parks that attract many visitors are The Grand Canyon (4.5 million), Yosemite NP (3.5 million) and Olympic NP (3.3 Million).
Visit USA Tourist to see all the National Parks.
For more information go to the Religious Travel Association website.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming has the largest collection of geysers, hot springs and thermal phenomena in the world.
Some of the Most Popular beaches in USA are located in North Carolina, Florida, New York, Hawaii, Massachusetts and California.
- Winter Sports
The United States has around 750 cross country ski areas spread out all over the country. Cross-country and downhill skiing as well as snowshoeing, snowboarding, and dog sledding are the activities you can enjoy on public lands.
- Outdoor Activities
Outdoor activities are very popular. These include running, boating, camping, hunting, hiking, fishing, skiing, and rafting.
American whiskey, fashion jeans are popular items for shoppers from other countries. The big shopping malls and discount stores are the favorite places for the Americans during the week end.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia (GMT-5 in winter, GMT-4 in summer)
It is %T:%M %A In Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas (GMT-6 in winter, GMT-5 in summer)
It is %T:%M %A In Los Angeles, San Diego (GMT-8 in winter, GMT-7 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
From April to October.
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Appetizers: Crab Cakes ; Rockefeller Oysters; Crab Soup.
Main Courses: Chili con carne, Burgers, Chicken Gumbo, Shrimp Gumbo, Jambalaya, Country Ham.
Cocktails: Eggnog, Southern Mint Julep.
Bakeries: Corn bread; Peanut brittle.
Desserts: President's cake; The King cake from New Orleans.
Soft drinks like Coca Cola, Fanta, etc are the most drunk. Young people, above 21 years old, drink American beers like Budweiser and Coors. Wines and Bourbons are very much appreciated in the USA; you can find some interesting American wines from California, Oregon and other states. Imported international alcoholic beverages are also available.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
It may be useful to arrive in the country with some dollars in your pocket. You may also change foreign currency into dollars at a bureau de change, use traveler’s checks or withdraw dollars directly from ATMs.
- Possible Means of Payment
You can pay almost everything with your credit card. Another useful means of payment is the traveler's check because it is insured by the bank whereas cash is not.
- Official Language
English is the official language of the majority of American states and the most commonly spoken language in all states, although it is not the national official language.
- Other Languages Spoken
Spanish, in particular in Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico. Other languages, such as Amerindian languages (Navajo, Hopi, etc.) and also Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, Polish, Greek, etc. depending on the community of immigrants.
- Business Language
- Getting Some Knowledge
English as a Second Language (ESL) program offered by Universities or private schools. Foreigners can take English classes at different levels and improve their writing and speaking skills in English.
- Free Translation Tools
Cambridge Dictionaries : Online Dictionary
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