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United States

Capital: Washington, DC.

Currency: US dollar.

Electricity: 110-120V, 60Hz.

GMT Time: Continental USA counts four time zones: Eastern (-5h), Central (-6h), Mountain (-7h), and Pacific (-8h) Standard Times. Alaska (-9h) and Hawaii (-10h) have their own zones. Daylight savings is applied; except in parts of Hawaii, Indiana and Arizona.

Government: Constitution-based federal republic.

Land size: 9,161,923 km2.

Language: English and other commonly spoken languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese.

Population: 295,800,000 approx.

Religion: Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, other 10%, none 10%.

Documents

A valid passport and a return or onward ticket required.

Driver's License

A valid driver's license is accepted. Must be between 19 and 25 years old (check with rental company) and have a credit card to rent a car.

Weather

All regions of the U.S have different climate conditions year round, so check with your travel agent to help you decide when it is the best time to visit your choice. Pleasant warm temperatures are found year-round in the western and southern part, whereas the eastern and northern parts can get very cold during winter months. The western and southern areas suffer blistering hot summers but mild winters.

U.S. Vacation Tips

Unless you are only planning to visit a well serviced city, a car rental is essential in the US. Many attractions can only be reached by car. Car rentals are available everywhere, especially at airports and larger cities. Just remember to inquire about all taxes, required insurances and fees before renting.

Tipping, although not obligatory, is very much expected. Restaurants, bar or club staff and taxi drivers receive normally a 15% tip. Bellhops and doorman usually receive $1 per bag, checkroom attendants $1 per garment, and parking attendants $1 per vehicle. Chambermaids should get $1 to $2 per day.

There are numerous cities and places to visit in the U.S. and West's Travel experts can help you choose the one that best suits your time frame, budget and vacation expectations. Here are just a few that we commonly send clients to:

Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, also know as the Venice of America, has always been popular with tourists with over 4,800 km of navigable waterways and miles of golden beaches.

Las Vegas
Being the center of gambling in the world, Las Vegas is commonly known as The Entertainment Capital of the World or Sin City. Packages to Las Vegas are VERY inexpensive and you can have a lot of fun in a few short days.

Miami
Miami is a bustling city filled with culture, fine restaurants, wonderful museums, Art Deco architecture, beautiful beaches and some of the top clubs in the world. Many cruises depart from Miami, so we can arrange for pre or post stays if you choose to cruise from this port.

Many others including: (just call for a "customized" city get-away)

San Francisco, New Orleans, New York City, Phoenix, Boston, L.A., San Diego