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The Statue of Liberty

It is one of new York’s most famous landmarks and has become a symbol of the United States. Its real name is very little known “Freedom illuminating the World” and since 1984 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site for its historical value. It represents freedom and the struggle for emancipation against oppression, a message that it transmitted to European immigrants because this was the first vision they had when they arrived.

 


Mount Rushmore

Commonly known as Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the most iconic sites in the United States.
Its singularity lies in that it is a monumental sculptural ensemble of 18 meters high and 5.17 km ² of extension.
It represents the birth, growth, conservation and development of the American nation.
Its construction lasted 14 years and the end result was the reflection on a granite mountain of the faces of
American Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Another curious data of the work is that his sculptors were father and son, Gutzon Borglum and Lincoln Borglum.

 


About America

Currently, the United States of America is the second most visited tourist destination on the planet. Only surpassed by France, it has about 80 million visitors a year. Its privileged place in the world ranking is because it is a source of cultural richness, natural and historical, and is also known for its varied proposals of fun and recreation.

The skyscrapers of new York and Chicago, the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Alaska, the sunny beaches of California, Florida and Hawaii, theme parks, national parks, outdoor concerts, parades, shops, museums, art galleries, restaurants, Fashion, famous monuments, iconic places and spectacular geography. To get to know and enjoy cultural topics you can visit Boston, Philadelphia or San Francisco. As for Fiesta and debauchery Miami, new Orleans, Los Angeles or Las Vegas. If you don’t want to miss the great monuments visit the Statue of Liberty, the San Francisco Bridge, Mount Rushmore or the Arch of St. Louis. Also for nature lovers the Bad lands of Montana, the Appalachians, the tables of New Mexico or the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

The population in general is attentive to the tourist, but the sector that really stands out in this is the rural areas. You can get to know more about the people of the United States crossing interstate roads like the famous Route 66. It is a popularized belief that the United States is just new York and Los Angeles. You can not be more mistaken, every region of the country has its unique features that are worth exploring.

 

Trains

Amtrak is the national company that connects most of the United States territory. At the general level the rail service is good and most of the stations are in the center of the cities. The trains are equipped with car beds, panoramic cars, snack bar, restaurant, an entertainment car and for tourists are offered valid passes for more than a month.

However, the airlines offer a strong competition in terms of duration and cost of travel so especially in the long journeys, trains are used less frequently as a form of transportation. On the other hand, there are historical tours with steam or narrow-gauge machines, among which are the circuits of Mount Hood Railroad in Oregon and the Durango-Silverton in Colorado.

Bus

The buses that connect most of the North American cities are air-conditioned, with relatively comfortable seating, and in case of long-distance trips, they make stops to eat and rest every four hours. The bus service is slightly cheaper than the plane, but also much slower.

The Subway

It is an underground train tour that is only available in 13 cities: New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland and Newark. There is an incredible life in its stations, you can find small shops, very colorful, amateur artists such as guitarists, violinists, dancers and mimes. If you are going to take this means of transport it is preferable that you do it with someone who already has experience because it is known to confuse the sense of location by being underground.

Taxi

It is one of the most expensive ways to travel in the United States, they are concentrated in the entrance of the airports, hotels, bus stations and trains. In some cases the quickest way to get one is to phone the company, but this will increase the cost of the journey.

Rent a car

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The largest international companies have car rental offices at airports and major cities with excellent discount options for tourists. You need to be over 21 years old, have valid driver’s license and present a credit card to rent a car in the United States. In terms of size they are classified in economic or compact that equals the standard size of European vehicles, whereas in the United States standard refers to those of the size of the limousines.

Interstate highways and freeways are excellent, with numerous service stations, motels, rest areas and emergency telephones. It is driven on the right and the maximum speed allowed on motorways is 55 to 65 miles per hour, depending on the state in which it is located. The road network is the most extensive in the world and is in perfect condition. It consists of motorways, national, state and municipal highways.

Documents needed to travel to America

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1. Visa

Depending on your nationality, reason and duration of the trip you will need to apply for a visa. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) exempts citizens from some countries from traveling to the United States with a visa. These are Germany, Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Czech Republic, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Nevertheless, certain rules must be fulfilled, for example, that the purpose of the visit is by tourism or business and not to make a stay more than 90 days. In addition, you must have a roundtrip ticket issued by an airline or commercial cruiser who has signed the agreement with the Nationality and Immigration Service.

The visa application is compulsory if:

  • Your goal is to work or study in the United States.
  • You have been denied a visa to the United States before.
  • You have a criminal record.
  • You represent a media outlet and travel for professional reasons.
  • You travel for professional reasons, in the case of actors, musicians, athletes, artists and other similar occupations.
  • You travel on boats or private planes.
  1. Passport

In the case of visa-free travel, each tourist must carry an individual mechanical reading passport, including minors. This passport must have at least six months validity from the date of travel.

For the non-immigrant visa, valid passports are required with at least two blank pages. If you have any questions regarding your Passport, go or contact the entity that processes them in your country.

  1. Travel Insurance

This is a provisional measure especially for medical care or sickness since the United States is a safe country for the traveler. In addition, it is commonly used to solve problems with baggage and flights. The health care in this country is of first quality, but it is too expensive so we advise you to hire medical and travel insurance before traveling. Make sure you have 24-hour telephone assistance so that in case of emergency you will be told the nearest and best-quality medical Center.

  1. Credit card

In the United States you can pay by credit card in almost any place, but always leave a little cash for small payments and check the change of currency before traveling.

  1. Driving license or driving permit

In most cases with the unexpired license of your country you can rent a car without problems, but sometimes you need an international permit so we suggest that you consult that before traveling if you plan to rent a car.

  1. Traveler Registration

This document facilitates the contact and location of passengers in case of emergency.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Atlanta)

Located in Georgia, it is the second busiest airport in the world and has more non-stop flights and destinations than any airline connection center. As Atlanta is a major transfer point for flights to and from small cities in the south of the United States, it caters to about 90 million passengers and performs more than 9000 flights. It has 261 non-stop destinations, including 83 international destinations in 54 countries, from 196 doors distributed in six rooms: T, A, B, C, D and E. They also include freight flights.