Sightseeing in the USA is a lifelong pursuit, because of the vast scale and variety of attractions on offer. Indeed, the USA is far more than a single country: each state and region has its own character, geography and unique, world-class sights. Three-quarters of all foreign tourists spend time in California, Florida and New York, while the country’s five most visited cities by foreign tourists are in these three states. In between east coast California’s beaches, movie glitz and sunny weather and west coast of New York’s urban thrills and iconic sights, the USA is a country of great diversity: the Creole culture of Louisiana, the wide-open plains of the great Midwest, epic skiing around the Rocky Mountains, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, and astounding lights of nearby Las Vegas. Offshore Hawaii is a place of irresistible beauty too, and Alaska offers a unique wilderness to explore.
Currency: United States Dollar
Average Flying Time: 8 hours
Time zone: Four main time zones: Eastern (GMT – 5), Central (GMT – 6), Mountain (GMT – 7) and Pacific (GMT – 8); the US also includes Alaska (GMT – 9) and Hawaii (GMT – 10).
Spoken Language(s): American English
Top Five Attractions
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
Statue of Liberty, New York
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
Visa (UK Passport Holders):
UK nationals require a passport valid for the duration of stay. Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. The VWP includes tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country.