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Travel Guide

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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: United States of America
Capital: Washington DC
Population: 290 million +
Telephone Code: 00 1 +city code
Time Zone: Eastern(-5), Central(-6), Mountain(-7), Pacific(-8) most regions use daylight savings time
Area: 9 million + sq km
Language(s): English, second Spanish
Ethnic Groups: ummm... a bit of everyone really
Highest Mountain: Mt. McKinley
President/Head of State: George W. Bush (hopefully I will edit this part next month!)
Government: Constitution based federal republic with democratic traditions
Currency: Dollar, USD
Exchange Rate: US$1= very weak at the moment =(
Electricity: 110/120 volts AC, 60Hz
Weights&Measures: Sorry,no metric system here...
Country Name in other languages:

Attractions and Things to See and Do

New York, San Francisco/California, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Disney Land/World, Las Vegas...

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Marfa, Texas is one of the most interesting places in the world. A small Texas town coexist with The Chinati Foundation, home of large-scale art installations. It's grand and amazing, beautiful, quiet and friendly. If you're ever in this part of the country you simply must stop and check it out.

If you're driving across the states and you have some time near Nevada check out The Loneliest Road in America Along the way you'll see one of the shoe trees.

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away:

Getting around:
Unfortunetly the public transportation is not very good in the smaller cities and the most efficient way to see the USA is to have a car. It gives you the most freedom and since the USA is so huge it is one of the better methods.

Air:
Air is usually cheaper than taking a train.

Train:
The Amtrak website- http://amtrak.com

Bus:
If you want to travel long distances Greyhound is a decent and cost efficient way of traveling, provided the bus stops in the city you want to travel to! Check out the website- http://www.greyhound.com

Car:
Gas is a lot cheaper than in Europe, you might want to consider renting a car!

Hitchhiking:
Just remember it is illegal to be a pedestrian on the freeways. It is always better to ask people at gas stations than to stand on the road. It is also more difficult than in Europe to hitch-hike.

Bicycle:
Some areas are good for bicycles, but you will have to see the particular regions for details.

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants:

There are a couple of 24 hour restaurants, so you can eat and hang out anytime of day or night! One particularly well-known restaurant is Denny's. They serve a lot of typical American food for fairly decent prices. They are that classic american diner style, with a juke-box and comfortable booth tables. And if you are up at 4 am in the morning and want pancakes, in some areas there is a place called IHOP (International House of Pancakes) and it also is open 24 hours.

You may know of the typical fast food chains such as McDonalds and Burger King, but there are some healthier fast food options too.

Supermarkets:

For those of you whose first time it is in America, get ready to plan a trip to the supermarket! Most of them are enormous, and if you are from Europe you will find that we tend to sell things in very large quantities (check out the GALLON of milk!).

Street Food:

America is the land of fast food, you will easily find something quick and easy.

Local Specialties:

* Muffins- better than in Europe.
* Fresh baked cookies- huge!
* Brownies
* Burrito, Taco, and other Mexican food
* Doughnuts
* Pancakes or waffels
* Hamburgers (of course)
* Pizza

Money and Costs

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States (L)

National Parks in the United States (L)

United States Travel Guide (L)

Offtopic Messages

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