Saturday, February 15, 2014

In the Know — What to Expect on a Trip to America

If you’re after a holiday experience with a difference, the United States could just be the perfect destination for you. Each year, more than 60 million people head to this large, diverse country for their vacation, and it’s not hard to see why. From the dazzling neon of Las Vegas to the swamps of Florida, there’s plenty to see and do in the United States.

Where to go?
To make the most of your holiday, you have to choose the right destinations. You won’t have time to see all of the country, so target the best bits. One popular holiday spot is Florida, and these days it’s easy to get flights to Tampa and other Floridian cities. While you’re in the Sunshine State you can enjoy brash theme parks, sun-soaked beaches, animal-filled wetlands, bustling metropolises and more.

Across the country, San Francisco and Los Angeles are an experience to behold. Meanwhile, if you fancy getting off the traditional tourist track, visit California’s central coast. This stretch of land on the western seaboard boasts relaxed, low-key beach towns, fantastic scenery, sea lion colonies and much more. Also, by heading inland, you can reach the Paso Robles wine country.

If you want to experience something a little more tropical, make your way to the Hawaiian archipelago. The island of Lana‘i, with its quiet beaches, shipwrecks, water sports, plantation-style homes and rugged hiking trails is a particular highlight.

Of course, no round-up of American holiday destinations would be complete without a mention of New York. The Big Apple is crammed full of landmarks and attractions, including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Coney Island, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal and the Statue of Liberty.

Top travel tips Wherever you decide to visit in America, it pays off to bear some top tips in mind. For example, it’s typical to tip 20 per cent on top of bills in restaurants and bars. Taxi drivers and many other service providers also expect to receive similar percentages above and beyond the official charges. It’s considered rude not to stick to this system of gratuities.

It’s also important to think about how you’ll get around while you’re on your vacation. Public transport can be hit and miss, so it may well be necessary to hire a car. This will also give you greater freedom and flexibility — and a chance to embark upon the great American road trip! Thankfully, the price of gas in America is considerably cheaper than in Europe and many other parts of the world.

As long as you choose a suitable holiday destination and make sure you do your research so you know what to expect when you arrive, you can rest assured your trip to America will be one to remember for all the right reasons!

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