Best time to visit
Unsure when to visit America? Our travel experts at First Class share the best times to go depending on your interests.
Where to go
There's so much to see in America. Embark on a musical journey of the Deep South, take a New England self-drive and more.
Be inspired by our range of itineraries in our America brochure. We can personalise any element of your trip to how you want it.
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Explore the expansive country of America and experience the friendliness of the locals, the glitz and glamour of the cities, the eclectic culture throughout the states and the stunning landscapes it has to offer.
Passports & Visas:
- All visitors to the USA must have a validity of 6 months on their passports.
- Travellers from the UK must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This ESTA costs 14 USD and can be applied for here.
- If you are unsure if you can apply for an ESTA please check here.
Language & Culture:
- English is the official language here in America with there also being a significant Spanish speaking population.
Food & Drink in America:
- Restaurants and dining are varied in the USA, it can range from upmarket celebrity restaurants to casual fast food diners. With the range of cultures within the country, it is easy to access most kinds of cuisine imaginable.
- American specialities include Hamburgers, fried chicken and apple pie.
- Tipping is a common practice in America, suggested tips for restaurants are around 15-20% for a sit-down meal; 10% for a buffet, a service charge may be added automatically for parties of six or more.
Money & Expenses:
- All major credit cards are accepted, however, some independent retailer may not accept card payments.
- Good and service tax varies from state to state. They usually range from 3 - 7.5%. States such as Alaska and New Hampshire do not charge a sales tax and are popular shopping areas.
Government Travel Advice for America:
- For the latest information on the country's safety, visit the official government website here.
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