✈ Why visit North America?
North America has something for everyone, whether you want to pay homage to your favourite Hollywood stars, see a real rodeo, meet Mickey Mouse, or simply go shopping. This huge nation has a wide variety of landscapes, from the skyscrapers of the big cities to the 'Big Sky' of Montana, and from the Rocky Mountains to the bayous of Louisiana. The cuisine is just as varied, with creole, cajun, Tex-Mex and barbecue among the dishes on the national menu, not forgetting the ubiquitous hamburger and fries.
Which US cities should be on your itinerary?
Classic destinations for those short on time are New York, for shopping and the Statue of Liberty, and Washington DC, the seat of the government. Las Vegas is memorable for its excess of light and sound, while San Francisco, where cable cars climb the steep streets, has a mellow feel. Other popular sites include Seattle's Space Needle, Chicago's waterfront, the beaches of Miami, and the historic buildings of Philadelphia.
What's the best time of year to visit North America?
Spring is the time to see the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, while the trees of New England look their best in the autumn, when the leaves turn red and gold. San Francisco's mild climate makes it perfect for a winter break, and New York is at its most magical around Christmas and New Year. Theme parks like Walt Disney World in Florida often put on special events for Hallowe'en, Independence Day, and other festivals. Summer is for barbecues, surfing, and picnics on the beach, and a great time to hit the coast of California.
What is the best way to travel around the USA?
Domestic flights let you cross the USA quickly and easily, useful if you're trying to fit in as many sights as possible. The rail system and the famous Greyhound buses will take you from city to city, and there are also scenic rail tours. For independent travel, however, it may be best to hire a car. Use the fast, efficient interstates, or hit the smaller highways to experience old-style motels and roadside attractions, perhaps even historic Route 66.
What are the main airports in the America?
Almost every large city in the USA has its own airport, with thousands of domestic and international flights taking off every day. Some of the busiest international hubs are New York's JFK Airport, which handled over fifty million passengers in 2013, Washington Dulles, Newark, Los Angeles, and Miami.
Which airlines fly to the North America?
From the UK, you have a choice of British and American services. American Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways fly from London's Heathrow Airport to a number of major US cities, as do British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Virgin also offers flights from Gatwick to Las Vegas.
How long does it take to reach the East and West Coast?
The East Coast of the USA is closer to the UK, making journey times shorter. You can fly from London to New York in under seven hours, while London to Washington DC takes another half hour or so. West Coast destinations take a few hours more to reach, with San Francisco and Los Angeles both around ten and a half hours' flight time away.
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