GENERAL INFO (FOR USA)
Language: English is widely spoken.
Currency: US Dollars.
Visa: South African passport holders require a visa and need to apply in person to the American Consulate General.
Time: GMT -5 (East Coast) / -8 (West Coast). (Note: daylight savings apply)
WHAT THINGS COST
These are approximate prices and may vary according to hotels and seasons.
Bottle of water: USD3
Glass of wine: USD6 - 8
Beer: USD5 - 8
Soft drinks: USD4
Average meal: USD13
McDonalds: USD10 (Combo meal)
Bottle of wine: USD17
The main holiday season is, naturally, summer, which typically begins on Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) and ends on Labour Day (the first Monday in September). Spring is typically March to May with Fall usually from September to November and often the best travel times. Spring in parts of the Rockies and Sierras may not arrive till June. Winter generally falls between December and February.
TOP DESTINATIONS/ ATTRACTIONS
The Big Apple is undoubtedly the most famous city in the world, and with highlights such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Broadway and many other fascinating attractions to explore, visitors will be hard-pressed to find time to see everything. The pulsating energy of this multi-cultural city is legendary, and like so many others before you, there is little doubt that you will fall in love with New York at the very first sight.
Widely regaled as the family capital of the US, Orlando is home to the iconic Walt Disney World. This is the ideal destination for those with children, and gives a chance to meet Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Tinkerbell and many other beloved characters. There are plenty of things for grown-ups to enjoy afterhours too, with the vibrant downtown district offering a host of attractions to experience on your vacation in America. Click here to browse our Walt Disney World deals
Home to the White House and many other key landmarks, Washington D.C. offers an exciting slice of history and culture. Things to do in Washington include a stroll on the Mall (a large green that hosts open-air concerts and many other events), a visit to Capital Hill, museums such as the Smithsonian and the Navy Museum, visiting John F. Kennedy’s grave at Arlington Cemetery and enjoying the buzzing clubs and bars of Washington’s nightlife.
Beautiful, balmy and somewhat bizarre, Miami is a melting pot of the eccentrics and the fabulous. With its mosaic of Latin, Caribbean, Jewish and gay cultures, it’s certainly colourful, and with its South Beach celebrity scene, art-deco beach hotels and impossibly sexy sun-worshipers, it’s certainly beautiful. To the West are the Everglades – the unique wetland ecosystem that’s as lush as it is mysterious. To the North, Fort Lauderdale is just the place to sip a martini on board a yacht. While down South
LA or The City of Angels. Whatever you want to call it, there’s no getting away from the fact that this is a remarkable city. For starters, it’s the entertainment capital of the world. Home to Hollywood and all the most famous film and television studios, as well as America’s cutting edge music industry, means Los Angeles is crammed with more celebrities, glitz and glamour than just about any city in the world. L.A’s also a bustling mash-up of culture, community and cuisine, where clubs-du-jour lurk beside old-school delis, ramshackle markets wobble near gleaming malls, and renowned museums are neighbours with brash theme parks.
It’s life in the fast lane in America’s legendary city of 24-hour hedonism and unrivalled revelry. Cruise the strip and take in the sweet desert air while you bask in the glow of neon nostalgia. Then if you feel like a thorough search for lady luck, the other-worldly casinos will welcome you with rows of open arms, cavernous halls crammed with extravagance and sweet promises. You can also experience the apex of world-class cuisine and designer martinis while watching the sunset over the desert… just the thing to rid yourself of inhibitions and ready yourself for the Vegas night.
Learn more about other destinations in the USA one via the Discover America portal here.
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