Visit some of the world’s most iconic sights, including the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge, and experience the atmosphere of a live sporting event; from baseball and NFL to ice hockey, your choices are limitless.
For nature lovers, explore the USA’s many National Parks; you’ll never forget seeing the sun rising over the Grand Canyon or visiting the Colorado Rockies. You can’t visit the USA without indulging in some tasty food; visit a honky-tonk for a southern BBQ or enjoy a slice or two of delicious Chicago pizza.
From the skyscrapers of New York and the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara to the bright lights of Las Vegas, there’s always something new to discover in the USA.
Please note that some hotels may charge a resort fee, payable locally. Please contact our Destination Specialists for details.
The nuances of tipping while on holiday in the USA are vastly different from in the UK. While tipping is not legally required, service jobs tend to pay poorly, therefore tips supplement these wages. In general, tips are 15 percent of the bill, while 20 percent is considered a good tip. Leaving a 10 percent tip is a sign that you were not happy with the service.
Tip bartenders one to two US Dollars per drink and tip servers 15 to 20 percent of the bill. Service is usually included in the bill for groups of six or more, so check before including any more. Taxi drivers should get about 10 to 15 percent of the fare.
No special vaccines are required.
All travellers visiting the USA must now ensure they have obtained approval under the Visa Waiver Program before they travel and that their passport is an ePassport with the internationally recognised symbol on the front cover. The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is an online process run by the United States government to determine the preliminary eligibility of visitors to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, prior to their arrival to the USA.
You must visit www.cbp.gov/esta and provide basic information about yourself in order to receive authorisation. This usually takes a matter of minutes, although it is advisable to complete your application as soon as you start planning your trip, or at least three days in advance to avoid any delays. If you don't hold a valid ESTA by the time you travel you may encounter difficulties in entering the USA. Your ESTA approval will be valid for up to two years and for multiple visits to the USA. You can be refused a Visa Waiver or entry to the USA if you have a criminal record or if you have ever made a false statement on a previous visa application.
There are no restrictions on the US Dollar so you can exchange your UK Pounds before leaving the UK. There are typically currency exchange booths in the larger airports in the USA, but you will not find any if you are flying to or from small, rural airports.
Your best option for exchanging money is to buy US Dollars in advance, where you will generally get a better exchange rate. Once you leave the airport, it may be difficult to find places that exchange money. Alternatively, withdraw cash from cash machines, which are available at most banks.You will be able to use your credit card pretty much everywhere while on holiday in the USA.