Legendary highways, bustling cities, national parks, surf-strewn coastal roads and tumbleweed deserts - with 50 states to choose from, travelling the USA is one supersized adventure. Explore the sun-kissed West Coast or learn about America's political history on the East. Check out our USA Travel Guide for tips on when to go, what to do and how to get there.
English is the official language of the USA
however, a large majority of the
population also speak Spanish,
other Indo-European, Asian
and Pacific Island languages.
Eastern Standard time (GMT - 5)
Central time (GMT - 6)
Mountain Time (GMT - 7)
Pacific Time (GMT - 8)
Hawaiian Time (GMT – 10)
Alaskan Time (GMT – 9)
Top places to visit in the USA
From the bright lights of Vegas to the buzzing streets of New York - you'll find some of the world's most famous cities in the USA. Spot scenes from your favourite movie in LA, New York, Vegas and more.
Make your way through 11 of the USA’s southern states on this adventure ride. From heli-rides across the vistas of the Grand Canyon to the bright lights of Vegas, this is the stunning south at its best.
Start off in San Francisco and travel through three states and two national parks to get to LA. See the bright lights of Vegas, hike in the Grand Canyon and relax in the hipster cafes of San Francisco.
Take a venture to the deep south for 12 days of mouthwatering eats, bright lights, and music filled late nights. This trip will see you shimmying around the sights and delights of New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis and Austin to name just a few.
Hire a car or campervan and hit the long open roads, Jack Kerouac style. The USA has some legendary drives, from the tumbleweed deserts of Route 66 to the rolling coastal views of the Pacific Coast Highway. Check out some of our self-drive itineraries for more inspiration.
Take the hassle out of travelling around on your USA adventure with a flexible hop-on hop-off travel pass. Travel from backpacker hot-spots to more remote destinations and see all that this fascinating country has to offer.
STA Travel and Visit The USA sent three super talented filmmakers to three different regions of the USA. Check out Texas, New York State and the Pacific Northwest in the video below and get inspired for your next American adventure!
The simple answer is that it's a perfect year round destination and when you visit totally depends on what type of trip you're after. In case you hadn't noticed, the USA is pretty darn big so the weather can vary quite a bit from state to state. Prices tend to be highest during the school summer holiday (July/August) and at Christmas, so travel during off peak times.
Do I need a visa to visit the USA?
Visas requirements for entry to the USA are subject to frequent change. Currently British citizens can enter the USA without a visa for stays of 90 days of fewer, so long as they apply for the Visa Waiver Program (from ESTA). All travellers should check current visa and passport regulations before coming to the USA, and allow plenty of time to acquire the correct documentation.
How can I work in the USA?
Students and young people can apply for a work abroad program for over the summer months. Pick from Summer Camps USA or our Work America programme, and spend your summer working in the States. Through our programmes, you’ll get help obtaining your four-month work permit (the J-1 visa) for various seasonal jobs in the USA, or work with kids at a Summer Camp for 6-8 weeks. Visit our Work in the USA page for more info.