With everything from stunning beaches and vibrant cities to rocky mountains and desert plains, the USA really does have it all. Here’s what you need to know.
Discover dynamic cities
From the east coast to west, the US boasts a huge number of world class cities that visitors from all over the world come to explore – from the iconic Big Apple of New York City to the sunshine delights of Miami. Jazz fills the air of New Orleans, whilst the party never ends in the Sin City of Las Vegas. Boston is full of colonial history, and celebrities walk the Hollywood streets of LA.
Get back to nature
The US is home to an impressive 59 national parks, including the very first in the world: Yellowstone. Take a trip to the iconic Niagara Falls or marvel at the mighty expanse of the Grand Canyon. Head to the sequoia trees of Yosemite sat among the mountains of California’s Sierra Nevada, or explore the natural wonder of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Embark on an epic road trip
One of the very best things about the US is the sheer diversity of landscapes and cultures within the country. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that America is home to many of the world’s most iconic road trips, taking in all the sights along the way. The Pacific Coast Highway runs along the west coast of the US, taking in the sun-drenched beaches from San Francisco to LA and San Diego, whilst a road trip through the southern states will see you explore the likes of Nashville, Memphis and Atlanta.
The currency of the US is the US dollar, which is broken down into 100 cents. As of November 2015, US$1 is worth around A$1.41, and A$1 is worth around US$0.70.
Although of course costs can vary widely across the US depending on whereabouts you’re visiting, here’s a rough guide to what you can expect to spend in the USA, with prices in Australian dollars:
|Inexpensive meal for one – $16||Bottle of water – $1.90||0.5 litre beer – $5.50|
|Mid-range restaurant meal for one – $35||Cappuccino – $3.30||Local bus ticket – $3|
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Travelling around the USA
By bus and train
Although distances are long between the cities of the US, there’s a comprehensive bus system in place, with the Greyhound bus being the most well-known. Trains are less well spread across the US and are often more expensive than both bus and plane journeys – but they do provide some great views! Check out Amtrak for more information.
To save time, domestic flights across the country are a great way to get around. You’ll need to book in advance to get a good deal, but a quick and easy flight will certainly save you a few hours on a bus or train.
Most cities have an excellent and well established public transport system, with plenty of buses, trams and subway systems. The notable exception here is LA, where public transport is somewhat lacking and most visitors find it easier to hire a car to get around.
Travelex in the USA
It’s not always easy to know how much currency you’ll need to take with you on your next trip, but it’s really simple to pick up some more from us whilst you’re away – all you need to do pop over to your nearest Travelex store in the US and pick up some more dollars! You’ll find us in hundreds of locations across the USA, and you can either visit our store locator to find your nearest one or take a look at our list of stores by state for more details.Order your US dollars