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When I think about the US, the first things that come to mind are the beaches of Los Angeles and the skyscrapers of New York. Like most people my age I grew up watching The OC, Friends and other American TV shows, and we have a picture in our heads about what the American Dream is.

I’ve been to the US a few different times, twice with family, then with friends and more recently on press trips. Every time I see different parts of the country and it always marvels me with its beauty.

In this category I’ve put together all my top US travel tips. 

Quick travel facts about the United States of America

Where is the USA? In North America.

How to get there: You can find the cheapest flights via SkyScanner. You can also travel to the US overland from Canada or Mexico by bus, train or with a rented car.

Currency: United States Dollar (USD) – see the latest exchange rate here.

Electrical plugs in the US: Type A&B – I recommend an international adapter so you can use it on multiple trips.

Capital City: Washington DC.

Best time to visit: The US is a huge country with a huge variety of climates. The best time to visit ultimately depends on what part of the US you are travelling to and for what purpose.

It has the same seasons as most European and other northern hemisphere countries. I can get pretty hot and crowded in the summer months from June to August, whilst the spring (March & April) and autumn (September-November) months are usually cooler and less busy. 

How to travel around the US: The US is the home of epic road trips. The best way to explore it is by renting a car and driving around with your mates.

If you don’t like driving there are also good Greyhound and other bus lines crossing the country. If you have limited time in the US you can also find cheap internal flights on Skyscanner and save on a bit of time on the road.

Visa requirements: Many passport holders can apply for an ESTA (a Visa waiver program) which allows you to be in the US for 90 days and is valid for a year. You can check if you’re eligible and apply for your ESTA here.

My USA travel guides

Santa Barbara 2-Day Itinerary – How To Spend 2 Awesome Days in Santa Barbara

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Los Angeles Itinerary: Plan The Perfect 5 Day Trip To LA

  Los Angeles is a vast city with a population of over 12 million and over 20 counties. It’s the home of Hollywood, palm tree silhouettes at sunset, and one of the most iconic skylines in the world. With so many things to do and all the variety of terrain that Los Angeles consists of, …

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Yosemite Itinerary: The Perfect 2-3 Day Weekend Itinerary For Yosemite National Park

The United States is filled with absolutely beautiful national parks. From the cacti-covered deserts of Joshua Tree National Park to the orange alien rock formations of Bryce Canyon, none as breathtaking, however, as Yosemite National Park. And if you’re lucky enough to live on the west coast of the US, you can get the full …

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The Best Winter Sun Holiday In The USA? Highlights Of St Pete & Clearwater, Florida

If you’re anything like me, once the leaves start falling you start looking for flights to warm destinations. I’m always on the lookout for the best winter sun holidays, which is why I was stoked to be invited by Visit St Pete & Clearwater to experience this beautiful part of Florida earlier this autumn. We …

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Weekend In San Francisco: How To Spend 2 Days In San Francisco

  The city of San Francisco is pretty small for a ‘big city’, but it’s packed with fun things to do, diverse people, different cultures, and spectacular foodie scene. Having lived in the Bay Area for the majority of my life, I love showing people around the city and creating unique itineraries for those who …

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USA West Coast Road Trip: 6 Places To Visit In The West Coast Of The United States Of America

Let me set the scene: I’ve just returned from a 6-month stint in California and all I get from friends is the sarcastic quip, ‘Mate, did you go to California?’ YES MATE I DID. Why were all my friends being annoying? Because I couldn’t stop talking about it; California truly is amazing. You can ski, …

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Beyond Little Havana: Cuban Influence In Miami

I recently spend a long weekend in Miami thanks to Visit Miami and Wow Air. One of the things that surprised about Miami was the heavy Cuban influence that was present pretty much everywhere; in the cuisine, the music, the bars and the overall vibe of the city. After my trip to Cuba in October I …

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Miami In A Weekend: The Best Miami Long Weekend Itinerary

  In January 2018 I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Miami thanks to Wow Air and Visit Miami. With its warm sunny days, glamorous beach clubs and Cuban vibes Miami was the perfect place for a long weekend getaway, especially when back home in England and Italy the weather is freezing. …

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