United States

United States Highlights

"All within your reach"

United States Ratings

Cultural Exchange: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Outdoor Activity: 4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)

Nature Discovery: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Outdoor Activities in the United States

Climbing & Mountainering, Cycling, Diving, Hiking, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Running, Skiing, Snowboarding, Surfing

Country Profile

Capital: Washington, DC

Important cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C.

Focus states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Currency: US dollar (USD)

Visa policy: Link

Area: 9,826,675 km2

Languages: English, Spanish, French, Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, Carolinian ,Cherokee and many other indigenous languages are recognized at State and Territorial levels

Mobile Phone: It's often cheaper to buy a compatible prepaid SIM card for the USA. Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon are the major mobile phone compagnies.

Country code: +1

Electricity: 120V, 60Hz

Internet TLD: .us, .edu, .gov, .mil (most sites use .com, .net, .org)

Time Zone: UTC−4 to UTC−12 (in summer UTC−4 to UTC−10)

Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel


Description: The climate of the United States varies due to differences in latitude, and a range of geographic features, including mountains and deserts. Generally, on the mainland, the climate of the U.S. becomes warmer the further south one travels, and drier the further west, until one reaches the West Coast. West of the 100th meridian, much of the U.S. has a cool to cold semi-arid climate in the interior upper western states, to warm to hot desert and semi-arid climates in the rest of the western and southwestern U.S. East of the 100th meridian, the climate is humid continental in northern areas (locations roughly above 40 north latitude), transitioning into a humid temperate climate from the lower Midwest east to the Middle Atlantic states. A humid subtropical climate is found approximately from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, Kentucky and Virginia southward, including the Gulf states and South Atlantic states, extending into south-central Florida. A Mediterranean climate prevails along most of the California coast, while southern Florida has a tropical climate, the warmest region on the US mainland. Higher-elevation areas of the Rocky Mountains, the Wasatch, Sierra Nevada, and Cascade Range are alpine. Coastal areas of Oregon and Washington have an oceanic climate. The state of Alaska, on the northwestern corner of the North American continent, is largely dominated by a subarctic climate, but with a subpolar oceanic climate in the southeast (Alaska Panhandle), southwestern peninsula and Aleutian Islands, and a polar climate in the north.

When should you go: The best season to visit the United States goes from June to September. Southern California and Hawaii can be visited at any season. It's better for any adventure to go to Nevada and Arizona from May to June and from September to November.

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