Language - The United States has no official national language, though English is spoken widely. Other predominant languages include Spanish and Asian and Pacific island languages
Flight time from the UK - to New York, 7hrs; to Los Angeles, 11hrs; to Austin, 9hrs
January - Sundance, the USA's largest independent film festival, held in Park City, Utah
February (to early March) - Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana
March - SXSW (South by Southwest), one of the world's most exciting and comprehensive conventions of contemporary film and music held in Austin, Texas
April - Patriots' Day, civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, Boston, Massachusetts
May - Kentucky Derby, the USA's most famous horse race, run since 1875 and held in Louisville, Kentucky
June - Pride Week, a weeklong festival marking the Stonewall riots, considered to be the beginning of the modern gay-rights movement
July - Newport Folk Festival, which features blues, folk, country and bluegrass musicians, held in Rhode Island. The Newport Jazz Festival takes place in August.
Late-August to September - Burning Man Festival, alternative arts event held in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada
September - Monterey Jazz Festival, legendary jazz festival held in California
October - Bridge Bay, the world's largest extreme events, which sees hundreds of BASE jumpers jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia
November - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an enthusiastically patriotic parade through the streets of Manhattan, attracting over two million spectators
December - National Finals Rodeo, the premier rodeo event in the US, held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Please note that entry requirements and visa regulations can change often and at short notice. We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip and this information may be included after the itinerary section of your quotation. Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please call your WEXAS specialist if you wish to discuss entry requirements.
Passports must be valid for the full duration of your stay. If you are visiting another country or countries en route to or from the USA, be sure to check any further entry requirements.
The US Dollar ($) is the official currency. Coins come in denominations 1¢, 5¢ (Nickel), 10¢ (Dime), 25¢ (Quarter), 50¢ and $1; notes in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.
ATMs are available at all times of the day throughout the country. There will likely be a small charge for foreign transactions, but exchange rates at ATMs are generally as good as you'll find anywhere else. Be sure to notify your bank of your travels to avoid them from blocking your card when an international transaction is made. Credit and bank cards are accepted at most shops, hotels, bars and restaurants, but be sure to carry some cash with you for tipping purposes.
There are numerous slang terms for money in the US that might be worth remembering: $1 note is often referred to as a 'buck', $10 a 'Hamilton' or 'sawbuck', $100 note as a 'Benjamin'.