United States of America Travel Guide

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United States of America


The USA is a vast and diverse country – and hugely popular with tourists of all ages and from all walks of life. 

The US has so much to offer visitors that it literally has something for everyone.  For example, your perfect holiday might include a shopping trip and Broadway show in New York, a ski trip, or beach holiday.  The Rocky Mountains, mountains of California and the East Coast, and many states in between offer winter sports activities. 


Beach lovers can choose between so many beautiful places to get sand between their toes. A trip to California or Florida might also include a trip to a famous theme park or attraction, such as Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Sea World, Disneyworld, or the Universal Harry Potter theme park.  The arid beauty of the deserts is another great way to enjoy the outdoors.


From the magic and fantasy of Hollywood and Las Vegas to the natural wonders and scenic beauty of National Parks such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, there is no excuse for anyone to say they are bored.


Lovers of the outdoors and adventure holidays are spoilt for choice too. The US offers all manner of ways to relax – or get an adrenaline high – from mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, river rafting, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, skiing and snowboarding and so much more.


When planning your trip, be aware that the US also has its share of natural disasters that may affect some areas.  The hurricane season runs from June to November, and wild fires may be a problem in some areas at certain times of the year. 

The US has very strict visa rules.  When planning a trip check into this carefully well before the departure date.  British travellers should review the extensive FCO information, especially regarding visas and the ESTA rules (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation).  Those eligible to travel to the US under the 90-day Visa Waiver Programme also need to register via ESTA (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/) at least 72 hours prior to travel. 


Failure to register or obtain the necessary visa is likely to result in denied boarding or refusal of entry to the US.  If this happens, be aware that travel insurance does not normally cover any losses or claims associated with failure to obtain necessary visas!  


Medical treatment is notoriously expensive in the US, so it is crucial that visitors take out comprehensive travel insurance.  The insurance should provide all the usual cover for travel mishaps, along with adequate cover for emergency medical treatment, air ambulance and medical evacuation/repatriation.  Also, check to make sure that your travel insurance covers all your planned activities.



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We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.