The United States of America comprises of 50 states and covers around 9.8 million square kilometres (3.79 million square miles) of land. Just about every climate is represented throughout the country because of its vast surface area and so whether you want a tropical, temperate, polar or arid climate, the USA has it all.

Take a bite of the Big Apple in the east of the USA in New York New York, the city that never sleeps. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Home to massive monuments and even bigger statues and museums, this is a city which never ceases to attract crowds of foreigners each year. Wander through Central Park, celebrity watch or visit the famous Statue of Liberty– so much to do, so little time. Move on to discover the capital of the USA, Washington DC and visit the White House and the Pentagon, or be charmed by Victorian Houses in Philadelphia.

Travel to the south of the USA and visit Memphis and New Orleans where you will discover the birth place of American rock and jazz. Or get in touch with nature by visiting the Great Lakes in Chicago, Niagara and Detroit.

Head west and taste the wonderful food in San Francisco; seek fame in Los Angeles which is home to Hollywood and Disneyland, or set your stakes in Las Vegas.

For sunshine and sea, Malibu is the place to go, of if it is adventure you are looking for, visit Yellowstone National Park, go skiing in the Rockies or marvel at the Grand Canyon.

A holiday in the USA could last a lifetime. You will be amazed by the sheer size of everything in this country, with natural beauties such as the Niagara Falls or Monument Valley and impressive manmade wonders which fill the skylines of many cities.

Tourist information

Time zone/s:

GMT/UTC -5 (Eastern)
GMT/UTC -6 (Central)
GMT/UTC -7 (Mountain)
GMT/UTC -8 (Pacific Standard)

Currency: US Dollar ($)

Electricity: 110V 60Hz

Language: English with Spanish-speaking minorties.

Capital: Washington DC

Largest city: New York City

Population: 303,824,646 

Government: Constitution-based federal republic

Visa: Visa is not required for British, Canadian, Australian and most of European people travelling to the USA (for a less than 90 days period). You will need a valid passport and a return ticket.

International calling code: +1

Internet domain: .us

Embassy:

24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE, UK
Tel: (020) 7499 9000/0904 245 0100 (recorded information).
Website
Consulates: Belfast and Edinburgh.

Vaccines: Not required

Health insurance: A medical insurance is advised when travelling to the USA since medical services are private and of a high standard. Only emergency cases will be dealed without payment in advance.