United States of America or USA as it is popularly referred is one of the most influential and powerful nations on our world. This is a vast country with stunning diversity in geography, climate, population and culture. United States is one of the largest countries in terms of land area and is also the third largest country in terms of population after China and India. This country is famous for urban cities with tall skyscrapers, vibrant neighborhoods, stunning and diverse landscape, rich flora and fauna and some amazing tourist attractions. This Country is a melting pot of various cultures as a result of its history of mass immigration since the 17th century. This country is the leader in terms of military might, economic might, technological innovations, education, and culture. The country plays a dominant role in the world's cultural landscape, and is famous for its wide array of popular tourist destinations, ranging from the skyscrapers of Manhattan and Chicago, to the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Alaska, to the warm, sunny beaches of Florida, Hawaii and Southern California.
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country stretched from Pacific West Coast to East Coast of Atlantic city In North America continent just below Canada. Washington D.C. is the national capital and is full of Victorian mansions and monuments, memorials, government buildings and the famous Capitol and White House building. The state of Alaska was purchased from Russia and is located to the west of Canada. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. USA is also the topmost country in terms of GDP and economic might and since the First world War continues to influence the global politics, economics and culture.
North America was once inhabited by Red Indians, the original inhabitants of these lands. Later, during the medieval eras, European explorers arrived and claimed the land for their countries. Soon the Europeans arrived and formed colonies. These colonies were mainly formed by European immigrants and were under the rule of Great Britain. These 13 British colonies located on the eastern Atlantic coast laid the foundation of modern day United States. On 4Th July 1776, Thirteen British colonies proclaimed independence from Great Britain and formed a Union of states. The rebellious state defeated the British army and strengthens their stand. This successful revolution is now known as American Revolution and the first successful colonial war of independence.
Throughout the 19th century, United States displaced native tribes and acquired the Louisiana territory from France, Florida from Spain, part of the Oregon Country from the United Kingdom, Alta California and New Mexico from Mexico, and Alaska from Russia, and annexed the Republic of Texas and the Republic of Hawaii. Disputes between the agrarian South and industrial North over the expansion of the institution of slavery and states' rights provoked the Civil War of the 1860s. The North's victory prevented a permanent split of the country and led to the end of legal slavery in the United States. The country further strengthens its economy during 1870s and become an established military power during the Spanish–American War and World War I. It emerged from World War II as the first country with nuclear weapons and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. After The End of World War, the Country engaged in a Cold War with Soviet Union till the 1990s. During this period, United States shaped many political events including wars, independence movements, secessionist movements, regime change, fight against communism, economic blockades and sanction, forging allies, etc keeps it busy. After the disintegration of Soviet Union, USA become the sole super power and still to date enjoys the status. The country accounts for half of the global military spending and is a leading economic, political, and cultural force in the world.
Things to do in USA
Hollywood City Tour
Los Angeles is a city known for its entertainment, hospitality, international trade, education, media, fashion, science, technology, and culture. This city is also known as the City of Hollywood, as it is the house of many international studios, production houses, media houses and some of the best entertainment personalities of our world. This city on the western Coast of United States is a dream city for millions of people around the world. Enjoy the city highlights of Los Angeles on a hop on - hop off Double Decker bus tour with English audio commentary. The Red open air Double Decker bus covers the entire city’s important landmarks and stops at more than 50 stops. The bus covers four important routes namely – Red loop (Hollywood/ Beverly Hills) , Blue loop (Universal and Hollywood Bowl) , Yellow loop (Beverly Hills and Santa Monica) and Purple loop (Downtown Los Angeles) and you are eligible to travel on all four routes with your ticket. Your ticket provides you unlimited access to the hop on hop off tour buses for a period of 24 hours or 48 hours depending on your choice of ticket. During this tour you will see the important landmarks and attractions of Los Angeles like Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive, Chinese Theater, Westwood village, Staples center, Universal Studios, Hollywood Bowl Amphitheatre, China Town and many more.
New York City Hop On Hop Off Tour
Enjoy the highlights of New York on this interesting hop on hop off tour buses. The tour has two routes namely Downtown and Uptown and Harlem. The two routes cover more than 40 important locations and points; as a result all the major sites are included in it. You can use your ticket during a period of 48 hours. The bus frequency is good and therefore you don’t have to wait for the bus to visit the next place. English commentary will help you understanding the tourist places of New York more easily. Two more tours are also included in it these are Night tour and Brooklyn tour. These tours are escorted tours, not hop on hop off tour. The package also includes a ticket for the Statue of Liberty Cruise and entrance to the Museum of the city of New York.
San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Tour
San Francisco City is a popular tourist destination renowned for its rolling hills, famous architectures, China Town, Cable cars and the Famous landmark – The Golden Gate Bridge. Explore San Francisco from an open air Double Decker hop on – hop off tour bus. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours and the bus service frequency is also good. English guide commentary will ensure you capture the very essence of San Francisco city. The city has some amazing world class restaurants and museums. The mild weather makes the travel in an open air bus pleasant at any time of the year. Enjoy a visit to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and take a trip to Alcatraz Island where Hollywood blockbusters like The Rock, Escape from Alcatraz were based. Enjoy a Cable car ride and spend the evening at China Town doing shopping or trying out restaurants or take stroll in the North Beach - Italian District. See many more highlights of San Francisco during this tour.
Washington D.C. Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Washington D.C., The Capital of the World’s most dominating and strong Nation, The United States of America inspires and mesmerize visitors totally. The city was established and named by the first president of United States, George Washington. Since then the city has witnessed many important changes and events. The city is the political center of both United States and the world. The city has many legendary landmarks, memorials, important buildings and the world’s strongest person’s residency, The White House, the official residence of the President of the United States. Washington D.C. has so many tourist attractions and Activities that, visitors often reached a dilemma of from where to start exploring this unique and aw inspiring city of Washington. Washington can be best explored by a City tour in an open air Double Decker Bus, hop on – hop off tour. The tour covers all the important landmarks and tourist attractions of Washington. The hop on- hop off city tour has four major routes namely – National Mall and Downtown, National Cathedral, Uptown and George Town and Arlington National Cemetery. Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours depending upon your ticket. A pre recorded English audio guide is also available to make you understand the rich history and heritage and the importance of Washington D.C.
San Antonio City Hop on- Hop off Tour
San Antonio is the Seventh largest city of United States and is one of the important cities of Texas. City is bustling metropolis with commercial activities and a large number of tourists round the year. The city has a unique culture called Tex-Mex culture which is a unique mix of Hispanic, Mexican and American cultural fusion. Explore this dynamic city of San Antonio which is abundant with heritages, cultural centers and lively enthusiasm of its people. The Hop on- Hop off city tour is the best way to see the highlights of San Antonio. During this tour you will see all the major attractions like city’s Hemis Fair Park, abundant with fun activities or the River Walk surrounded by restaurants, patios, art galleries and shops. See the city’s history and cultural heritages by visiting the museums and art centers. The red open deck hop on- hop off buses offer you best view from the top deck and help you to discover the best restaurants, shops and the city’s monuments and important buildings. The hop on- hop off buses cover 12 important tourist stops and you will get important insights and facts in English while on this tour.
USA is a vast country with diverse geography. The varied geography plays a very dynamic role in shaping the weather of this country. Alaska has Arctic tundra, while Hawaii and South Florida are tropical. The Great Plains are dry, flat and grassy, turning into arid desert in the far West and Mediterranean along the California coast. In the winter, the northern and mid-western major cities can see as much as 2 feet of snowfall in one day, with cold temperatures. Summers are humid, but mild. Temperatures over 38°C sometimes invade the Midwest and Great Plains. The climate of the South also varies. In the summer, it is hot and humid, but from October through April the weather can range from 15°C to short cold spells of -7°C or so. The Great Plains & Midwestern states also experience tornadoes from the late spring to early fall, earlier in the south and later in the north. States along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico may experience hurricanes between June and November. The Rockies are parts of the Rockies see over 500 inches (1,200 cm) of snow in a season. Even during the summer, temperatures are cool in the mountains, and snow can fall nearly year-round. The deserts of the Southwest are hot and dry during the summer, with temperatures often exceeding 38°C. Thunderstorms can be expected in the southwest frequently from July through September. Winters are mild, and snow is unusual.
The variety of restaurants throughout the US is remarkable. In a major city such as New York, it may be possible to find a restaurant from nearly every country in the world. Vast number and variety of fast food and chain restaurants are also available. Most open early in the morning and stay open late at night; a few are open 24 hours a day. Due to the large presence of immigrants Cuisine of United States is varied and option of dining is unlimited. Cuisine from every nook and corner is available in all the major cities of US. Some restaurants even fused various cuisines and create a new style cuisine like the Tex Mex. Fast food chains, Casual Chains and Take aways are very popular and available throughout the country. American Fast foods like burgers, sandwiches are also available throughout the world as an American Culture Import. Enjoying eating in USA is adventurous and exciting with wide range of options to choose.
Best Time to Visit
The main holiday season is summer. But Americans take their holidays mainly in summer because schools are closed, not because the weather’s uniformly ideal: yes, hit the beaches in August, because Manhattan is a shimmering sweat bath and the deserts are frying pans. The seasons don’t arrive uniformly either. Spring (typically March to May) and fall (usually September to November) are often the best travel times, but ‘spring’ in parts of the Rockies and Sierras may not come till June.
How to Reach
By Air: New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and Miami are the primary entry points from Europe and other transatlantic points of departure. All the major east coast airports have service from a few key European cities. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu are the primary points of entry from Asia and other transpacific points of departure. Seattle and Portland (Oregon) have a few international flight options. Miami and Houston are the primary entry points from Latin America, primarily South America. Also, Dallas, Atlanta, and Charlotte are major international waypoints. From Mexico, most major U.S. airports have non-stop service.
By Train: Amtrak offers international service from the Canadian cities of Vancouver (Amtrak Cascades - 2 trips per day to Seattle, WA), Toronto (Maple Leaf - daily trip to New York City), and Montreal (Adirondack- daily trip to New York City) into the U.S. Cross-border rail service is more expensive and slower the than buses - which are more frequent and serve a larger range of US destinations from both Canada and Mexico.
By Bus: Greyhound offers substantial inexpensive cross-border service from both Canada and Mexico throughout their network. Some routes, such as Toronto to Buffalo have hourly service. Megabus U.S. also runs multiple daily trips from Toronto (also a hub for Megabus Canada) to New York City via Buffalo for as low as $1.