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Huge, diverse and friendlier than a spaniel, America really is the land of opportunity. See All Holidays to USA

Explore with ease from this stylish hotel near the golden sands of Hollywood beach.

Biarritz Apartments

Stay and Relax

Close to the centre of town, the Biarritz Apartments are ideal for those who enjoy the freedom and value of self-catering.

Discover the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration at this beachfront hotel on Sarasota's beautiful Lido Key.

Embark on a voyage to the colourful Caribbean islands of Jamaica and the Caymans, and visit Cozumel, Miami and the Bahamas.

Caribbean Calypso

Cruise World

Join MSC Divina for a cruise around the West Indies and discover such exotic destinations as Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Bahamas… names alone that inspire thoughts of tropical idylls.

Contrasts of New England

Escorted Tour Pace 1

Discover the scenery and history of New England on a memorable two-centre holiday visiting three states – Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Caribbean Wonders

Cruise World

Seek out the many treasures of the Caribbean on this sunshine-filled cruise to tropical islands and elegant cities.

Contrast the tropical paradise of Grand Cayman, with its colourful sealife, with the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America.

Taste of the Deep South 2015

Escorted Tour Pace 3

From Nashville to New Orleans, this exciting tour gives you a real flavour of America's Deep South and its jazz, country and rock 'n' roll heritage.

Caribbean Gems

Ocean Cruise

Discover the best the Caribbean has to offer – from sweeping bays to dense rainforests, pirate stories to potent cocktails...

Famed for the glitz and glamour of Miami, Key West's tropical beaches and the vast wilderness of the Everglades, there's plenty to discover in south Florida.

Spend time on a cattle ranch in Texas and discover the celebrated musical heritage of Tennessee and Louisiana.

Discover the iconic sights and cities of eastern Canada and colonial America and some of the most poignant scenes of their shared history with Britain on this fascinating tour.

Western Wonders

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Explore San Francisco, Las Vegas and visit the Grand Canyon on this classic road trip tour!

National Parks Discovery

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Discover some of America's most iconic sights – see the Mount Rushmore memorial, the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and the roaring geysers of Yellowstone National Park.

Explore the wonders of South-western America – from dazzling Las Vegas to Arizona desert, the sands of Long Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge...

New England Discovery

Active Explorer Footprint 2

Discover the Colonial history and beautiful scenery of New England on this scenic tour.

Explore the spectacular Rockies on this scenic journey amid the mountain peaks and verdant forests of western Canada.

Visit colonial Cartagena and cross the Panama Canal to spot wildlife in the rainforest, explore ancient Mayan ruins, and relax at stylish Mexican resorts.

Embrace the diverse cultures of Central America and cruise through an engineering triumph – the amazing Panama Canal – from ocean to ocean.

Soul of the Mississippi

Escorted Cruise & Tour

Step aboard the classic riverboat the American Queen and embark on a cruise from New Orleans to Memphis.

Embrace the diverse cultures of Central America and cruise through an engineering triumph – the amazing Panama Canal – from ocean to ocean.

Travel past some of Canada's beautiful scenery as you journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, then enjoy a seven-night cruise along the Alaskan coastline aboard a Holland America ship.

Step aboard Fred. Olsen's newest ship, Balmoral, for this cruise across the North Atlantic Ocean to the coasts of Canada and the USA.

Language

English,Spanish; Castilian - After English, Spanish is the second most popular language, and you’ll notice that from one state to the next, dialect and accents vary considerably.

Tipping

Tipping is a way of life in the USA, to boost the wages of service staff. This is generally at least 18-20% depending on the service received. If you pay with a credit card, a space is usually left on the slip for you to insert the amount you wish to add.

If you request wheelchair assistance at airports, you will need to tip the porters at least $5.

Population and size

America is the fourth most populated country in the world, with a population of over 318 million; five times that of the UK.

With a surface area of 9,826,675 square kilometres, America is the third largest country in the world and an incredible 40 times larger than the UK.

Currency

Dollar - The dollar is the official currency.

Culture

A number of religions are recognised in America; however, just over half the population are Protestant.

Known for their openness, Americans are particularly friendly and will greet you with a handshake to make you feel welcome.

We've all heard the saying that ‘everything is bigger in America’ and this certainly rings true when it comes to food – so be prepared to loosen your belt for some very large steaks and burgers. Servings of salad tend to be more conservative. Please note that you should not eat pizza with a knife and fork as it is deemed fastidious.

There are, of course, thousands who’ve had the American Dream come true, and among the scores of famous Americans are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Muhammad Ali, Henry Ford, Madonna, Cary Grant, Oprah Winfrey, Starsky and Hutch, Elvis Presley, The Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, John F Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Sergeant Bilko, Albert Einstein, Johnny Cash, Pocahontas, Popeye, Thomas Edison, Quincy and Walt Disney.

Phrases

We say - They say

aeroplane - airplane

anticlockwise - counterclockwise

aubergine - eggplant

swede - rutabaga

courgette - zucchini

bank holiday - legal holiday

biscuit - cookie

crisps - chips

ground floor - first floor

lift - elevator

paracetamol - acetaminophen

postcode - zip code

tights - pantyhose

trolley - shopping cart

white coffee - coffee with cream

bill - check

jam - jelly

trousers - pants

pants - underwear

Timezone

The USA is divided into six time zones ranging from GMT-5 (April-October: GMT-4) to GMT-10. Most states adopt Daylight Saving Time (DST) from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, putting clocks forward one hour.

Regions not observing DST include most of Indiana, all of Arizona and Hawaii.

Electricity

The mains voltage in the USA is 120 volts AC, 60 Hz. Standard American flat-pin plugs are used, and you will need an adaptor to use British appliances.

Climate

The climate is mostly temperate, with tropical weather in Hawaii and Florida, Arctic temperatures in Alaska, semi-arid conditions in parts of the great plains, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest.

Health

You might want to consider being vaccinated against rabies, as it’s sometimes present in wildlife here. If you are bitten, make sure you seek medical advice without delay.

Flying insects, such as mosquitoes, thrive in many parts of the States; you may find it helpful to wear long-sleeved shirts, full-length trousers and use mosquito repellent.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay, which you should carry with you in the States of Arizona, Utah, Indiana, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

US airports are highly security conscious. So it’s standard practice that on arrival at passport control, you will be digitally photographed and you will have your index finger scanned.

Smoking

Smoking is restricted or prohibited in public buildings and on public transport and the police can enforce on-the-spot fines. There will usually be a notice where smoking is allowed, and many restaurants have a smoking section.

Flight time

Flights from London to the USA take between 6 and 10 hours.