United States of America Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: United States of America

Where is it?: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico

Why do people go here?: Why do people not go to the U.S? Love it or hate it, there is still a lot there. From the down-home country feel of the south to the wilderness of the west to the bustling, historic east, the United States has a little bit for everyone.

What are the main entry points?: Most people fly into one of the largest three cities: Los Angeles, New York or Chicago. It is also possible to come down from Canada.

Currency used: US dollar (USD)

Country Code: 1

Religion: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10%

Population: 308 million

Ethnic Breakdown: White 77.1%, black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1.5%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.3%, other 4%

Government: Federal constitutional republic

Languages: English, Spanish (spoken by a sizable minority)

Travel Information

Major Cities: Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago

Attractions: Cities, Nature, People

Accommodation: USA Hostels, USA Hotels

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Mystic Hot Springs, The Museum of the Mountain Man, Tricentennial Giant Oak Tree

Health Issues: No vaccination requirements for any international traveller.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Temperatures vary around the country, depending on the season. The tourists head north in the summer and south in the winter, with prices being the inverse. Summer, for the most part, is when most Americans travel, so the shoulder months of May and September, when the kiddies are in school, will help with crowding.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 4 July (1776)

Getting Around: Due to the country’s large size, flights are the best way to get around quickly, but trains and buses will also get you between the larger cities. Compared to other countries, fuel is still cheap and hiring a car is the only way to really get off the beaten path.

Good to know: The US economy is the biggest national economy worldwide.

Cheapest airport to fly into: Almost all states in the US have their own international airport. Choose the airport that is near your trip destination to obtain cheaper flights.

Need more information?: Check out the United States of America travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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