The USA is one of the best destinations in the world where you can visit iconic places like New York, California, Las Vegas, Route 66 and the Grand Canyon. There is so much to see and do, from great cities, live music, famous sights, friendly people, huge food portions and famous locations - the States will not disappoint. If you’re looking to visit the USA, see famous locations or stay longer; go test the American dream.
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If you would like to visit the USA, you will need to apply in advance for a tourist visa. To enter the USA as a tourist you will need to apply for an online ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) at least 3 days before, you will need a valid passport and also pay a fee of around $14. Most Nationalities are eligble for a tourist visa but please check online to confirm if your country is on the list.
The USA has airports connected to international destinations so you can get there fairly easily, the easiest places to get to include New York and LA. Generally the cost of a flight from London to New York is around £400. Book in advance or check for special offers for the best deals.
Popular destinations include New York, Chicago, Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco, Florida, Colorado and Los Angeles. Each destination is different and the chances are you will pass by New York which is one of the most unique and interesting cities in the world made famous by various big blockbuster films. LA is a great stopover and home to Hollywood which attracts millions of visitors, people pay homage to their favourite stars on the walk of fame and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a few famous people.
The USA isn't just about sightseeing, there are also so many other places to check out including shopping at one of the multitude of malls and amusement is also to be found at the theme parks. You could choose to visit a specific region e.g. the West Coast like California and the Grand Canyon or even travel across country and take in the sights from LA to NYC.
If you are looking to kick back and escape the crowds you might want to make your way to Hawaii, a string of volcanic island overgrown with lush tropical vegetations in the centre of the Pacific is also a popular destination. Turquoise bays, sandy beaches, tropical palms and sunshine mean visitors consider this beautiful archipelago of soaring volcanic peaks a tropical paradise. Most international visitors focus on the six southerly islands and Hawaii is famous for Aloha and surf culture having some world famous surf breaks.
If you want to try something a little more extreme you could try sky diving, bungee jumping or even taking a helicopter ride over places like the Grand Canyon and New York City. Some other activities include mountain climbing, white water rafting, snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking, trekking and canoeing. Booking as early as possible in advance is recommended as spaces can fill up quick.
We have a selection of things to do which are perfect for students, graduates, career breaks and for people looking to do something exciting. The choice of where you go really is yours and we recommend you plan ahead so you can make the most of the available time visiting places which really appeal to you.
Internal flights can be expensive an alternative is to take a bus bus service like Greyhound, Megabus or book train tickets. These will take longer than flying but you will save a lot of money and also get to see more places. Bus services are very regular and connect the whole country, sometimes the distances can be daunting and a lot of destinations require overnight journeys where you might have to stop and change bus.