USA travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: 30-40 (°C) during the summer months in destinations like Florida and Las Vegas.

Best time to visit USA: Spring or autumn when temperatures are usually comfortably warm.
From sun-drenched California to the snowy peaks of Montana, the weather in the USA can differ greatly from state to state. In Florida, you can expect year-round sunshine with temperatures averaging in the early 30s (°C) during the summer months. Las Vegas weather is hot and dry throughout the year and temperatures often exceed 40 °C in July/August.

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USA is best for...

Adventurers: Hire a classic car and live your dream of a great American road trip.

Families: Florida's world-class theme parks and pristine sandy beaches.

Party animals: Dance ‘til dawn at one of Las Vegas’ coolest nightclubs.

Nature lovers: Explore the raw beauty of the Grand Canyon and the wild alligators and manatees of the Florida Everglades.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: The USA is 5–8 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: JFK International Airport, Newark Airport, Orlando International Airport, Miami International Airport, LAX or San Francisco International Airport. Transfers take between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to the USA is 7–12 hours.

Tourist Information: Further USA tourist information can be found at http://www.visittheusa.com/.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and general advice on visas and health for your holiday to the USA. For information on the Visa Waiver Program for international travellers looking to travel to the United States please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/.

Holiday destinations related to Usa:

  • Florida
  • California
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Kissimmee
  • Orlando
  • Hawaii
  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • New York City
  • Getting around

    By hire car: Hire a rental car to explore the USA’s rich and varied landscape at your own pace. Be aware that you’ll find toll booths across the country, so keep a few dollars to hand when you’re driving.

    By monorail: The Las Vegas Monorail serves the major resorts along the Strip.

    By trolley bus: In Florida, Orlando’s I-Drive trolley bus is a handy way to get around the restaurants and attractions of International Drive.

    By cable car: The quaint cable cars of San Francisco offer a fantastic way to see the city.

    By plane or boat: Hop between the Hawaiian islands with the inter-island airlines, or take the ferry which leaves from Maui's Lahaina Harbour.

    Events

    Brand USA: Download your guide to amazing destinations and experiences here.

    Super Bowl: The biggest sporting event in the USA is Super Bowl Sunday, which takes place at the end of February. The two most successful teams in the NFL battle it out for the prestigious Super Bowl trophy in a different American city each year.

    4th July: American Independence Day on the 4th of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Parades, barbeques and fireworks are traditional around this time, and you’ll see American flags on every corner.

    Ringing the changes: New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is the ultimate night out. Crowds of thousands descend on the Las Vegas Strip and the party doesn’t stop until the sun comes up.

    Film festivals: On the must-see list are the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, and September’s SoCal Independent Film Festival, in Orange County’s Huntington Beach.

    Music and Culture: Austin, Texas is famous for its festivals:  South by Southwest (SXSW) is an extravaganza of film and music held every March, and there’s also Austin City Limits Festival (October).

    Foodie Fun: In July, indulge your senses at the Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest food festival. Three million visitors descend on Grant Park to taste the city’s diverse cuisine, from traditional deep-dish Chicago pizza to spicy African stews.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to the USA, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/safety-and-security