American City Break

Are you thinking of visiting the Big Apple or hitting Hollywood? America boasts some of the liveliest and most enigmatic cities on the planet. If you’re planning an American city break this year, here are some things to consider before you go.

Travel documents
To travel to the USA, you’ll need a valid passport and a tourist visa. If you don’t have these documents, you won’t be permitted to stay in the country. Check that your passport is in date before you even look at flights. If you need a new passport, allow 3-6 months, just in case. You can find out more about applying for a visa at Again, it’s a good idea to plan in advance, as the process can take time.

Where to stay
When you’re planning your trip, think about where you want to stay. Do you want to be close to the hustle and bustle of Times Square in New York? Or would you rather go for a tranquil spot a little further out? Are you desperate to see the Hollywood sign from your hotel, or would you prefer to be on the beach in Santa Monica? Do some research and read some travel guides before you go. It’s also a good idea to read reviews and get some ideas from other travellers.

What to pack
Before you go away, draw up a list of things you need to buy and start your packing early. Think about what you’re going to be doing when you get there and check the weather forecast. You’ll find the latest weather forecast at
Take a pair of comfortable shoes if you plan to do a lot of walking. If showers are forecast, take a light raincoat. In the evenings, temperatures can drop significantly, so pack jackets or light jumpers. Don’t forget your camera, phone chargers, and adapters. If you’re travelling from the UK, you’ll need to invest in some 2-prong plugs.

How to get around
Getting around in the US is fairly simple and stress-free. In the major cities, public transport links are generally very efficient. You will probably find that you can also walk to most of the major attractions if you’re staying in the centre of town. If you’re planning to do a city-hopping tour, there are various options to consider. You could book a train, embark on a road trip, or research internal flights. You can reserve tickets and investigate car hire online. You may find that you also get preferential rates if you book in advance.

Planning a holiday is exciting stuff. But there’s a lot to think about. If you’re travelling to the USA, it’s essential to get your paperwork in order and make sure you have the relevant documents to travel. Do some research to find the perfect places to stay and plan an itinerary to ensure you don’t miss any highlights. Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Most importantly, have a fantastic trip!

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