One of the largest world’s superpowers offers holidaymakers one of the most diverse opportunities for the best holidays of their lives. The USA can boast the greatest number of recognisable landmarks, beautiful nature reserves, and vibrant cities where you can lose yourself for hours on end.
The amazing variety of landscapes offered by the USA is a paradise for all types of tourists. Hermits will be enchanted with the undiscovered wilderness of Alaska, the lovers of outdoor fun will value America’s Great Lakes, and the seekers of entertainment will be pleased to immerse themselves in such metropolises as New York, Las Vegas, or San Francisco.
Travelling around the United States won’t be complete without at least a short visit in one of its metropolises – the New York City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Atlanta, or Chicago. However, you shouldn’t forget about the capital – Washington D. C. Each of these places offers unique restaurants, entertainment venues, and top-notch landmarks that will become treasure troves of information about the country’s history and culture.
One of the most interesting areas of the US to visit is the mid-Atlantic region of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. This part of the country offers a diversified holiday experience with such natural wonders to see as the Catskill Mountains and urban jewels as Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Cape May.
Another interesting location in the US is, of course, the Great Lakes offering plenty of diverse outdoor options. You should check out such brilliant highlights of the nearby states as Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan – all of them located on the shore with plenty of unique tourist attractions.
The Great Plains will make you fall in love with US’s rolling hills, beautiful landscapes, and never-ending expanses. Travel to the Black Hills for many trekking opportunities, check out Deadwood to learn more on cowboy culture, and admire Mount Rushmore near the Badlands.
For those who would like to spend some truly relaxing time during their holidays, Hawaii just awaits your visit. Travel to Honolulu to feel the archipelago’s vibrant ambiance and lose yourself in a plethora of dining opportunities that will take you on a rollercoaster of tastes.
Travelling around the USA will be most convenient with a rental car since the country offers such a plethora of experiences and attractions. This option is available at all international airports and in major cities. Even though driving in the USA is possible when you are 16, most car rental companies will require you to be 21 to rent a vehicle.
Motorists travelling around the USA will be glad to hear that the country follows right-hand traffic, especially those drivers who come from a similar driving environment. There are often long distances between major cities in various states, that’s why it’s advisable to plan ahead and keep a tight schedule of what you’d like to see. This will help you to save your precious time. Most US roads offer great driving conditions and you’ll be pleased to drive along the highways.
Speed limits depend on the road type and for most passenger vehicles these are: 25-35 mph in built-up areas and 70-80 mph on freeways. Remember that this will vary from state to state so it is advisable to strictly follow road signs. You should reduce your speed around residential areas and near schools. Pay attention to what’s indicated on the road signs as some states impose minimum speed limits as well. Speed is strictly enforced in the USA and there are many speed cameras, both fixed and mobile. What’s more, all types of devices that help you to detect them are illegal. Don’t worry, whenever you commit an offence, you won’t face any on-the-spot fines. You’ll simply receive a ticket that has to be paid within a specified period of time.
In case of a road check, you'll be asked to show such documents as driver’s licence, passport of ID with a photo, insurance documents, and rental car papers (if you opted for a rental car).
In the USA, there’s different blood alcohol level permissible in different states. In order to avoid all unpleasant situations, it’s better to avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages whatsoever before hitting the road. There are a number of levels of drinking and driving that range from drinking under the influence to driving while impaired.
At some four way intersections, all car approaching the junction have to stop. The vehicle that came to the intersection as the first can start driving and the rest will follow. What’s more, you should remember to avoid overtaking school buses whenever you see a red flashing light installed on the vehicle. Whenever a police officer stops your car, you should remain seated with your hands visible in front of you. Also, remember that most American cars come with automatic gearbox.