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What You Should Know More About United States

  • Travel Advice


    • Make sure you have at least one proof of your identity.

    • Do not let anyone deceive you. It is always a good idea to gather sufficient information whenever you are traveling to any new destination or location.

    • When getting involved in any adventure sport or water activity, make sure you hire a professional to help you.

    • Never neglect your safety when trying any adventure activity.

    • Do not get involved in any form of drugs and keep away from drug peddlers

    • Carry at least one proof of your identity with you at all times.

    • Do not get involved in any fight or brawl with any of the locals here.

    • Never film or make videos without the necessary permissions.

    • Do not travel alone in the night hours.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking alcohol is 18 years. However, you must be at least 21 years to legally buy alcohol in the United States of America.


  • Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford to Miss?

    White House

    The White House is the official residence of the USA’s President. It is naturally present on almost every tourist’s places to see on visit to the Washington. This incredible structure has been a home to almost every President except George Washington. Built in the year 1792 by James Hoban, The White House was burned down by the British in the year 1814. It was however rebuilt in the year 1818. You can take a tour to the White House which is usually free. However, to make a visit to the house, you must make a reservation at least three weeks in advance. Here there are strict security rules that are always active.  


    Grand Canyon


    Undoubtedly one of the prime attraction of the United States of America is the Grand Canyon. Chiselled out of the Colorado River, Grand Canyon dissects the landscape and creates some of the most dramatic cliff ledges and walls. Visitors who come to the Grand Canyon can see down to the floor that lies a mile below and look out for the cliffs and ridges which run just as far as your eyes can see. One of the most visited section of the Grand Canyon National park is the South Rim. It sees visitors on regular basis. There is a walkway which runs through the canyon with several platforms and viewing points. North Rim too has a variety of lookout areas which offer a number of different perspectives. During the months from November to May, there is limited access to this section of the park due to winter and snow conditions. On the whole, The Grand Canyon is the most prominent tourist attraction of the United States of America.    


    Niagara Falls


    Niagara Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls of the world. Lying along the border of the US and Canada, the water gushing from the Lake Erie merges with the Lake Ontario, thereby presenting to you a massive waterfall which is known for its abundant quantity of water which is perennially tumbling over the vertical drop. The amount of water which goes over the falls is significantly reduced in the months of winter as more water is then used in the production of the hydroelectric power. The Niagara Falls is basically a combination of the three falls which comprises of the largest section that is known as the Horseshoe Falls. Its second largest section is the American Falls which lie in the side of America. Lastly, a much thinner section of the falls lie next to this section and is known as the Bridal Veil Falls. You can catch a glimpse of the Niagara Falls from as far as Toronto and Canada.    


    Statue of Liberty


    Statue of Liberty is a universal symbol of freedom. It is the most familiar icon of America. Being the largest statue of the world, the statue stands tall at 152 feet in the New York Harbor. Visitors can admire the statue from different parts around the city particularly the Battery Park. You can even take a ferry ride to the statue. For those who wish to go out to the statue, there are a number of options available which include crown tickets, grounds tickets or pedestal tickets which gives you access to the different levels of the site. For tourists who wish to explore the Statue of Liberty must definitely make advanced ticked reservations.


    Times Square


    Times Square is one of the most incredible places to see in the USA. Known for its New Year's Eve count down and the flashing billboards, you just cannot afford to miss this place. The place is swamped by locals and tourists in large numbers on annual basis. Situated at the heart of the Midtown Manhattan, Times Square is more about the energy that one may feel while standing on one corner of the street with cabs rushing by and lights flashing overhead. It can be a great place during the day however, the nightlife at Times Square is simple awesome.


    Golden Gate Bridge


    Golden Gate Bridge arches across the San Francisco Bay. Adjoining the Marin County and San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is a significant landmark attraction of the USA. Built in the year 1930, the orangish red colour of the bridge gives a good contrast to the blue waters flowing underneath. The two miles long bridge is one of the best places to see.


    Yellowstone National Park


    The Yellowstone National Park is a home to a magnificent archaic volcano which lead to a dramatic landscape as well as an incredible natural phenomenon. Hot springs and geysers along with the phenomenal waterfalls which lie along the Yellowstone River are just few of the abundant attractions that attract the tourists. It is also the oldest national park of the USA and is home to a wide variety of wildlife which includes the antelope, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, black bears and the free roaming bison.


    Walt Disney World Resort


    The Walt Disney World Resort is a mega amusement park located in Orlando. It is one of the most magnificent tourist attractions of the country which has been very well catering to the young and the old for several decades. Founded in the year 1971, the resort has been maintaining its allure and relevance for children and even the adults all round the year. The Walt Disney World Resort not just envelopes the various theme parks but also includes water parks, Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney has its own theatres and shopping arena. You even have option for golfing and fine dining here. Most of the tourists opt to spend a few days here however you can even spend a week or longer to see and explore all that is on display.   


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    ROUTE 66

    ROUTE 66 which is also known as the Will Rogers Highway is colloquially regarded as the Mother Road or the Main Street of America. This is one of the original highway within the Highway System of the United States of America. And yes, it is big, very big. Simply pick a direction and take off to see what really happens.


    People


    The people in the USA are incredibly friendly. They are every bit interested in the travellers. This is the very reason why they tend to thank the visitors for the service well performed.


    Mendenhall Valley


    Situated in the area of the Juneau in the Alaska is the Mendenhall Valley. Christened after Thomas Corwin Mendenhall who was a meteorologist and a physicist, the valley was formed over the span of some three thousand years.


    History


    The United States of America is more like the new kid on the block. Despite that it is brimming with a plenty of historical attractions that are located in just about every corner of the country. You simply cannot forget the Alamo where a turning point was made during the Texas Revolution. Besides this, the Lady Liberty also has a rich historical significance. It has welcomed several hopeful immigrants to the shore.


    Food


    America offers a variety of options when it comes to the culinary delights. Indian in New York City, Chinese in San Francisco as well as Mexican in Arizona, besides the local food of the America is sure to leave you wanting for more.


    Take a ride on the rails


    Whether you plan a straight through or take a stopover in the cities en route the 3000-mile coast-to-coast trip on Amtrak, exploring the city on rails is going to be fun. Fares here usually start at $223 for a 3 night tour taking you from New York to LA via Chicago.  


    Hamilton Pool Preserve


    Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool of the USA. The pool was created when the dome of an underwater river collapsed as a result of the massive erosion which occurred several thousands of years ago. Located some 23 miles from Austin, this indeed is a great attraction here.


    Manzano Mountains


    The tiny mountain range of the US are about 40 miles long. Situated in the central region of the Mexico, these are a significant attraction for the tourists.


    Central Park


    An urban park located in the middle upper region of Manhattan in the New York City is the Central Park. It is one of the most frequented parks of the US. The park is also regarded as one of the finest locations of the world. Spread over an area of 778 acres of land, the Central Park opened in the year 1857.


    Arecibo


    Located on the Northern coast of Puerto Rico, Arecibo lies on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It lies north of the Ciales and Utuado, west of Florida and Barceloneta and east of Hatillo.  


    Cape Elizabeth


    Located in the Cumberland County, Cape Elizabeth is a small town in the USA. It is a part of the Maine metropolitan.


    Alcatraz Island


    Located on the San Francisco Bay is this Alcatraz Island which is about 1.5 miles off shore from San Francisco in California.


    Savannah


    Savannah is a coastal city in Georgia. It is separated from the South Carolina by the River Savannah. Majorly known for its ornate antebellum architecture and manicured parks, it is indeed a great tourist attraction.   


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  • When is the best time to visit United States?

    The spring and the fall are the two best season to set your foot in the United States.

    However, it can be visited throughout the year but the months between May to September offers a clear skylines and a pleasant weather to tour around. Places like Alaska which is located northwest of Canada, is known for its rough winters during the months of November to March but the rest of the country can be visited. Weather forecasts frequently as the winters can surprise you with sudden blizzards.

  • How to reach United States?

    Travelling to the United States is a ‘dream comes true adventure’ and is an easy business. There are plenty of direct flights from some of the major cities in India, like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to the States and districts of the federal republic. The travelling can take up to 15-17 hours and more, if the flight is not direct and connecting.

  • Do I need a visa for United States? How does one get a United States visa?

    Visa Waiver Program.

    Yes, you need a visa for the United States, if you are travelling from India. Fill the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form and pay for the visa application fee.

     

    You can visit the US Embassy in New Delhi on the date and time of your visa interview. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is applicable to certain countries nationals including Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays up to 90 days.

  • What is the currency of United States and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The US Dollar is the currency of America and once you arrive in the US, the airports will have a currency exchange desk. It is advisable to get it exchanged from some nearby bank in the city where you are staying to get better rates. However, in order to commute you need to get the currency of the country and that is why Airport currency exchange desk can help you. Always ask for a receipt of the exchange.

  • What are the things to do in United States?

    There can be a myriad of things to do in a country as huge as the US, depending on your point of interest.

    • Visit Niagara Falls
    • Trekking expedition Yosemite National park in California
    • Bask in the sun on the beaches of Florida
    • Shop from the pompous streets of Miami
    • Visit Hollywood and Las Vegas
    • Take a tour of the Stanford University
    • Eat cheese loaded Pizza in Chicago
    • Sail in the Islands of the USA
    • Take a trip to Alaska
    • Make a visit to Texas in order to taste the Tex-Mex food.

  • What is the local food of United States? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Hot dogs, Crab Cakes, Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes, Lobster rolls, Pizza, Barbeque ribs, Chocó-chip cookies, Hamburgers, Apple pie, and meal of turkey during festivals like Thanksgiving.

    The best places to try particular dishes are:

    • The Pie-O-Neer, in Pie Town, New Mexico- A perfect place to try the Apple Pie.
    • Russ and Daughters in New York
    • In-N-Out Burger in West Coast
    • The Spotted Pig in New York
    • Louis Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut
    • the Atlantic Fish Co. in Boston
    • Hominy Grill restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina.
    • Nathan in New York
    • Uno Pizzeria in Chicago
    • Pecan Lodge in Texas
    • El Huarache Azteca in Los Angeles

  • What is the best public transport to commute around United States?

    Trains are the cheapest way to commute around and within the U.S. other methods of transportation are buses, and taxis (cabs). Flight is the best way to travel interstate, but always try to book in advance to get better deals.

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to United States?

    If you are just a visitor in the US, you specifically do not require vaccination, however, it depends on the vaccination assessments conducted by panel physicians overseas. If you are applying for an immigrant visa or seeking to settle as a permanent resident in the United States then under the immigration laws of the United States, a foreign national is required to receive vaccinations to prevent the following diseases:

    • Mumps
    • Measles
    • Rubella
    • Polio
    • Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids
    • Pertussis
    • Haemophilus influenzae type B
    • Hepatitis B
    • Any other vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices

  • Which are the best shopping places in United States and what are they famous for?

    The United States of America is a large country with around 50 states in total and there are several cities which are rated as the best places for the shopaholics. The country’s very best shopping cities which will excite you to crack open your wallets in no time are:

    • New York City: indie boutiques, iconic bakeries, art collections and trendy coffee shops
    • Los Angeles: shop for chic and coveted Hollywood name brands.
    • Chicago: The home to multitude of ethnicities like Greek, Polish, Italian, Irish and Jewish brings a variety of items from different cultures to buy.
    • Honolulu, Hawaii: Best buy for beach wears and coastal souvenir.
  • Which are some famous beaches in the United States?

    Your affair with the sea, sand and the unending horizon is pampered in the best beaches of the US, the top ten beaches of the country ranked by the Forbes are:

    • Hanauma Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
    • Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida
    • Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii
    • Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina
    • Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
    • Grayton Beach State Park, Florida panhandle
    • Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
    • Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
    • Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
    • Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

  • What are some famous waterfalls in the United States?

    The United States of America is home to some of the most impressive and stunning waterfalls.

    Some of which are listed below:

    1. Lower Yellowstone Falls (Canyon Village)
    2. Cummins Falls (Tennessee)
    3. Havasu Falls (Grand Canyon National Park)
    4. Yosemite Falls (California National Park)
    5. Bridalveil Fall, Vernal Fall, And Nevada Fall (Yosemite Valley)
    6. Taughannock Falls (New York State northwest of Ithaca)
    7. Multnomah Falls (Oregon)
    8. Palouse Falls (Washington)
    9. Fall Creek Falls (Tennessee)
    10.  Alamere Falls (north of San Francisco)
    11.  Bridal Veil Falls (Colorado)
  • Which are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States?

    There are 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States, as of 2017. The list is given below:

    1. Mesa Verde National Park (1978)
    2. Yellowstone National Park (1978)
    3. Everglades National Park (1979)
    4. Grand Canyon National Park (1979)
    5. Independence Hall (1979)
    6. Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay /Tatshenshini-Alsek (1979)
    7. Redwood National and State Parks (1980)
    8. Olympic National Park (1981)
    9. Mammoth Cave National Park (1981)
    10.  Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (1982)
    11.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park (1983)
    12.  La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico (1983)
    13.  Statue of Liberty (1984)
    14.  Yosemite National Park (1984)
    15.  Chaco Culture (1987)
    16.  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (1987)
    17.  Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (1987)
    18.  Taos Pueblo (1992)
    19.  Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (1995)
    20.  Carlsbad Caverns National Park (1995)
    21.  Papahnaumokukea (2010)
    22.  Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (2014)
    23.  San Antonio Missions (2015)
  • Which are the famous national parks in the United States?

    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)
    • Grand Canyon
    • Yosemite National Park (California)
    • Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
    • Zion Canyon (Utah)
    • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana)
    • Olympic National Park (Washington)
    • Acadia National Park (Maine)
    • Grand Teton (Wyoming)
    • Glacier National Park (Montana)

  • How can I reach Hollywood in the United States and what are things I can do there?

    You can fly to Los Angeles and either rent a car or take the LA Metro Red Line to get off at Universal Studios Hollywood or Downtown LA and other nearby attractions.

    • Visit the Hollywood sign created in 1923 atop Mt Lee Dr.
    • Take a horse ride through Griffith Park.
    • Witness the free weekday open rehearsals at Hollywood Bowl.
    • Catch a movie or take the hand or foot imprints of around 200 stars at Chinese Theatre.
    • Discover the history and glamour of Hollywood along the Walk of Fame.

  • Which are some best islands to visit in the United States?

    Given are the top ten Islands of the US which are top rated and loved by the visitors.

    • Sanibel Island, Florida
    • Kiawah Island, South Carolina
    • Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
    • Florida Keys, Florida
    • San Juan Islands, Washington
    • Mackinac Island, Michigan
    • Golden Isles (Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island), Georgia
    • Mount Desert Island, Maine
    • Nantucket, Massachusetts
    • Hilton Head, South Carolina

  • Which are the best hiking and trekking trails in the United States?

    There are uncountable trails on the land as large as the USA, but the best are listed below:

    • Appalachian Trail (Monson in Maine)
    • Mt. Tammany (Worthington State Forest, New Jersey)
    • Cascade Mountain (Keene, New York)
    • Old Rag Mountain (Shenandoah National Park, Virginia)
    • Beacon Heights (Linville, North Carolina)
    • Cohutta Wilderness, Jacks River Trail (Epworth, Georgia)
    • Blue Spring Loop, Conecuh National Forest (Wing, Alaska)
    • Snowmass Wilderness, Maroon Bells (Aspen, Colorado)
    • Long Trail, Jay Peak Long Trail North (Jay, Massachusetts)
    • The Hayduke Trail Hurrah Pass, Arches National Park (Moab, Utah)

  • How far is Disneyland from New York? What’s so special about Disneyland?

    Disneyland in California is on the western coast and New York is on the eastern coast that makes the distance quite long to be driving. The road distance is around 4000 KM and traveling there by flight is a better option. The top three things which make Disneyland special are:

    1. The Walt Disney special touches in the attractions and designs which sprawls on a land of more than 180 acres is loaded with rides.
    2. It comes alive during Christmas and Halloween and is always full with a swarm of vacationers.
    3. It has some unique rides and attractions which Walt Disney in Paris does not have.
  • How to reach New York from Washington?

    • Bus service from New York City to Washington, DC: it is an affordable and easy way of traveling interstate. The time taken is about four-and-a-half hours, which also depends on the traffic.
    • By Train: Trains are a low-stress and less time consuming mode. Trains are available directly from Penn station in Manhattan to Union Station in Washington, DC.
    • By Flight: It is undoubtedly the fastest way to travel from New York to Washington, DC. The trip takes less than an hour, however, the other formalities like security checks can take some extra time.
    • By Road: A drive on the route I-95 will take you to Washington, Dc from New York.

  • Which are some best boat cruises available in the United States?

    Some of the highly rated boat cruises available in the United States are:

    • Lindblad Expedition
    • St. Lawrence Cruise Lines
    • American Cruise Lines
    • The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
    • Blount Small Ship Adventure
    • American Queen Steamboat Company

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to United States

    Here are the top five tips that Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to the US, follow these and have a happy trip to America.

    • Always keep your passport and at least one valid Id with you while moving around in a foreign land.
    • Check for the weather conditions before making plans.
    • Always try to tip the staff; it’s a very common custom in the US.
    • Get along with people and make friends but be careful.
    • If driving, follow the rules of the lanes and the speed.

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