The United States of America is home to global icons such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State, the White House, and the Hollywood sign. Besides its brimming metropolis and man-made attractions, it also boasts natural beauty, from bluegrass and beaches to snow-covered mountains and forests. In addition, it is also a leading medical tourism destination. Many medical tourists choose this country as their destination due to its availability of new and cutting edge treatments using advanced technology that might not be available anywhere else. Medical professionals in the country are skilled and experienced, many of them studied in the world’s most prestigious medical schools, such as Harvard and Stanford.
Popular Cities and Regions in the United States
Most people traveling to the US choose New York City as their first or main destination. The appeal of the Big Apple attracted more than 13 million people last year. The Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square are among the top attractions in the city. Home to Hollywood, Los Angeles is also a popular tourist destination. Many people come to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame or relax in Venice Beach. Las Vegas, Miami, Boston, and Chicago are also popular cities in the US – each filled with interesting culture, cuisine, and entertainment.
Transport in the United States
With hundreds of domestic airports and a large number of international airports, the US is well connected by plane. Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport are some of the biggest. These airports serve domestic and international flights and have good options for budget airlines. Getting around the US is most convenient with domestic flights, but buses and trains are also available. Inside cities, subways are one of the most affordable modes of transport. Taxis are available and can be very inexpensive.
Visas in the United States
In general, citizens of one of the 39 countries that are listed on the Visa Waiver Program, including Australia, the UK, and Portugal, can visit the US without a visa. Citizens of Canada, Bermuda, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau also do not need a visa to enter the country.
The US has a visa for medical treatments (B-2 visa) for those who wish to visit for medical reasons. There are certain requirements to be eligible for this visa type, such as the financial means to pay for the travel cost, personal expenses, and the cost of the medical treatment.
Weather in the United States
The US experiences four seasons, including summer (June to August), autumn (September to November), winter (December to February), and spring (March to May). Summer is mostly pleasant, with an average temperature of 22.2°C, while winter can be cold. Autumn and spring generally have mild weather.
Local Currency: the US Dollar ($) is the official currency of the US. It is crowned as the world’s reserve currency.
Money & Payments: ATMs can be found easily across the country and major debit and credit cards are universally accepted in shops, hotels, and restaurants. Make sure to always leave some tip as it is mandatory.
Local Language: The main language spoken in the country is English. However, Spanish, Chinese, is spoken by many people in the bigger cities.
Local Culture and Religion: Christianity is the major religion in the US. However, numerous other religions are also present in the country, including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
Public holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Father’s Day, and Halloween are some of the most widely celebrated holidays in the country.