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What is the best way to get there?
International airports are located in all major cities throughout the United States.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting the United States from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Any time: The United States is a year-round destination. The summer months are often the busiest for city sightseeing, however, visiting in spring or autumn can mean fewer crowds. For winter travelers, cities like New York are magical over the holidays, but you could also hit the ski slopes in Colorado or Vermont, or escape to the sunny shores of Florida or Hawaii.
Festivals take place throughout the seasons in the United States, with top events including Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Burning Man in Nevada (August), South by Southwest in Austin (March), and Coachella in California (April).
Flying is by far the quickest way to travel around the U.S. It’s often more expensive than public transport but there are good deals to be found if you book in advance and travel outside of peak times.
Amtrak operates high-speed trains linking cities around the nation. Multi-ride tickets and rail passes are available.
Are there local customs I should know?
Find more information about local customs and etiquette in the United States generally here.