The United States of America is an iconic Western country that is well known through popular culture and shared history with Canada. There’s simply no way to sum up a typical American holiday due to the diversity of people, landscapes, food, music and culture that can be found there.
The US covers the majority of the Northern American continent. It is located between Mexico to the South and Canada to the North. The United States spans a number of time zones. The time zone in the East is UTC-5, in the West UTC-8 and in the state of Hawaii UTC-10.
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Largest City: New York (18.8 million people)
Americans don’t believe in a ‘class’ society. Individualism, success and equal opportunity are widely celebrated. They value independence, equality, informality and directness.
Best time to visit
While the US can be visited all year round, the variety of regions and landscapes lead many people to argue that the Fall (Autumn) season is the best time to visit. The weather in Fall is warm enough not to need large jumpers or layers but cool enough to walk around without overheating. It is also known as the ‘shoulder season so prices will be lower and sites will be less crowded. It is also a beautiful time of year due to the colours of the falling leaves from Maples and other native trees.
The US is a large country and the temperatures can vary greatly. Overall the southern parts of the country tend to be warmer than the north — Alaska is artic and Hawaii is tropical. The below temperatures form an average for the country.
Public transport is comprehensive, especially around big cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The subway, buses and taxis are easily accessible, while parking for private vehicles can be non-existent. There are also buses and trains available for travel between cities but if you are heading to a more suburban or remote area then hiring a car may be your best option. Interstate and cross-country destinations are well-serviced by domestic airlines.
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Visas - -In most circumstances, Canadian citizens do not require visitor, business, transit or other visas to enter the United States, either from Canada or from other countries. There are, however, some exceptions to this situation.
Language is English.
Currency US Dollar (CAD$1 = USD$0.77) *average rate, 2013-2018.
The drinking age in the US is 21 or over.
Tipping - Is widely used and expected. Around 15% - 20% is customary. Some restaurants automatically add a tip
Drive on the right side of the road.
Electrical / Device: 220V - ‘Type A’ plug.
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