EXPLORE THE USA
The USA is diverse and forever evolving. Being the World’s lone superpower with the largest economy, everyone, everywhere is familiar with something about the USA whether they have visited or not. The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate, White House, Grand Canyon and of course Hollywood. The United States of America has varied landscapes ranging from the magnificent Rocky Mountains to the cascading Niagara Falls, the vast desert landscape of the Southwest, spectacular beaches of Florida, gigantic redwoods in California and the immaculate villages of New England.
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Great American Van Life
Travel around the USA in a Campervan, admiring the endless natural beauty and ever-changing landscapes while embracing life as a 21st century minimalist and “location independent” nomad.
Road Trip Route 66
Route 66 and its 2,500 miles is known as “The Mother Road.” From Chicago through the heart land of America and down to Los Angeles, ending at the Santa Monica Pier, it’s the perfect road for an epic road trip.
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend is the intimate Grand Canyon experience (although technically located in Glen Canyon.) This horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, United States may not be the end of the world but some people say that you can see it from here! Horseshoe Bend is becoming an iconic image that represents the Grand Canyon in many visitors minds.
Yosemite National Park USA
In California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is famed for its ancient sequoia trees, Tunnel View, the iconic vista of Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.
Helicopter flight over Hawaii
The famous Kilauea (one of the most active volcanoes on the planet) has been spouting rivers of lava since 1983. Get close enough to feel the heat radiating from the 500,000-year-old natural phenomenon on a Hawaii helicopter tour. Plus, see some gorgeous waterfalls too while you’re up there!
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park is a huge wilderness recreation area on a volcanic hot spot. Hike at Yellowstone for the dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
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Bucket Bunny List of the top 25 North America travel adventures.
Take a helicopter flight over Hawaii, go on a Churchill Polar Bear Expedition or camp at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy browsing our top 25 North America Travel Adventures and be inspired to tick off a few yourself.
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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was started in 1999 and has now turned into a huge event that people attend from all over the world. Coachella is a mix of art, music, and culture and this festival is the ultimate destination of all Pop music lovers.
For a surreal few days in the desert you need to attend Burning man. This trippy festival is top of the list for every tree lovin’ hippie out there and is held at Black Rock City. Participants burn their past and get geared up for future transformations. Admire crazy but spectacular art installations and the out of this world costumes worn by festival goers.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Ever imagined seeing a sky full of multi-colored hot air balloons? If you want to make this dream come true, head to Albuquerque in New Mexico to observe a massive hot air ballooning event that continues for nine days. Read more about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta here.
Language: English is the official language used by over 90 percent of the population in the USA. Other dialects include Spanish, Chinese and French.
Currency: United States Dollar.
Visa: Visitors to the USA from roughly 38 countries around the world are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA). This will allow you to stay in the USA for up to 3 months as a tourist. If you are traveling with an ESTA, you must obtain your ESTA Visa Waiver online before boarding. Use these free online visa checker and calculator tools so you know if a visa for the USA is required (which will depend on the country you are from) and if so, how long it will take to process your visa and the cost.
Electricity: The USA operates on 110 volts with a frequency of 60 Hz. Buy a Universal Travel Adapter so you don’t need to keep buying new adapters for each new country you visit.
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WHAT TO EAT IN THE USA
Some of the most delicious, traditional dishes that you must try when in the USA are listed below.
Burger: The burger needs no introduction and who doesn’t love a juicy burger inside a fresh bun. The American burger usually includes cheese, lettuce, tomato, and can be topped with caramelized onions, mayonnaise and mustard.
Cheesecake: This dessert melts in your mouth but sadly the calories do not. The buttery biscuit base is topped with loads of heavy cream cheese and is so damn tasty. There’s actually a restaurant called The Cheesecake Factory in America that has cult like status and you really should go there to truly understand just how well the USA “do” cheesecake.
Hotdogs: Go to New York City and buy a hotdog from a stand on the street. Depending on where you are in the USA, your hotdog will be covered with mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, onions, chili, cheese, or some other relish.
Mac and Cheese: The ultimate comfort food in the USA. While no one person can claim to be the inventor of this dish, everyone has their own version of the perfect mac and cheese.
Chicken and Waffles: Chicken and waffles is an American dish combining chicken with waffles. It is part of a variety of culinary traditions, including soul food and Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE USA
Finding excellent accommodation in the USA is super easy because there’s so many options whatever your budget.
Hostels and dormitories make travel to the USA affordable for backpackers and any travelers on a shoe-string budget. Whether you’re a backpacker, flash-packer or a luxury vacationer, the USA will not disappoint you. A basic hotel room in the USA can cost less than $100.
If you’re looking for accommodation that includes luxury amenities and comforts then there will be endless options to choose from in the big cities and popular tourist hotspots like New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Whatever month you choose to visit the USA, it’s wise to book your accommodation in advance. Don’t wait until you arrive to see what’s available or you may be disappointed to find that all the best places to stay have been snapped up already. The USA is an extremely popular year-round destination with business travelers and tourists alike.
Jetset Bunny recommends using Booking.com for the best accommodation deals in the USA. However, if you are backpacking in the USA or traveling on a tight budget then Hostel World is another great option. Staying in hostels makes travel in the USA very affordable and is also a great way to meet new travel buddies where ever you go.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE USA
The best time to visit the USA is between April and October, this is if you want mild, reasonably warm or if you’re lucky hot weather. If you want to see the USA with hot weather and blue skies then aim to visit between May and September.
USA TRAVEL BUDGET
The USA is generally an affordable destination for travelers on all budgets. The cost of your trip to the USA really depends on the level of comfort you want. If you are backpacking and planning on staying in dormitories, hostels and eating fast food then budget between $50 to $100 per day. If you prefer to stay in 3-4 star hotel rooms and eat in mid-range restaurants you could spend anywhere between $100 to $200 per day. If you want to enjoy luxury 4-5 star accommodation and gourmet restaurants then budget at least $200 to $500+ per day.
IS THE USA SAFE FOR WOMEN TRAVELERS?
America is a safe place to travel to, although thefts, bag snatching and scams are prevalent in all big cities so be mindful of this. Major cities like New York City and Las Vegas are under the constant threat of a terror attack, as with all major cities worldwide, but security measures are in place. Based on my own travel experiences in the USA I wouldn’t leave home without travel insurance no matter how safe the destination is considered to be. You can still miss flights, lose your luggage or break a leg, especially if you’re as accident prone as I am. For this reason I recommend checking out the travel insurance plan that World Nomads can offer you a few weeks before your USA trip.
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USA PACKING TIPS
Packing for a trip to the USA is a breeze. You really don’t need as much travel gear as you may think for a trip to the USA.
That said, the gear you do bring on your trip should be the very best option available for you and that doesn’t always mean the most expensive. Jetset Bunnies around the globe are always discovering the latest and the greatest in travel gear for women and this is where we share our awesome finds with you.
If you’re visiting the USA during the warmer months it will be much easier to travel light. Pack mainly lightweight and breathable clothing but still be prepared for cold mornings and evenings depending on the month you visit. You’ll need to wrap up warm between November and February. So pack a warm sweater, waterproof coat, gloves, scarves and a wooly hat if you’re traveling during winter.
Other essential items to pack for a trip to the USA include, most importantly, a good quality travel backpack. Choose the brand carefully and make sure you find the right size backpack for your torso. Believe me, doing this will make all the difference and prevent major backache. Read our related blog post with advice on how to choose the best backpacks for women travelers. Smaller items to pack include a padlock, sleep sheet and a money belt to keep important documents close to you.
So if you’ve found your travel inspiration, figured out the practicalities and got the travel gear it’s time to stuff it all in a bag and go right? Well, no, hold your horses, you see there’s an art to packing which we have (almost) perfected. Hop to our Travel Packing Tips for all of the latest on this topic.