The 50 states may be united by a common government and language, but you will find many cultural differences throughout the USA.
The United States is a representative democracy with three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. In the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., you will find many important sites connected to these branches, including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House and U.S. Supreme Court.
There are federal laws that apply to the entire country. In addition, each state, county and municipality has its own government and laws governing things like smoking and liquor sales.
The United States does not have an official language, but English is the most commonly spoken language and it is the official language in a number of states. Increasingly, information is also provided in Spanish because of the significant Latino population in the U.S. Besides English, the most commonly spoken languages in the U.S. are Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French, German, Korean, Arabic, Russian and Italian.
Religious freedom is one of the founding cornerstones of the United States. There is no official national religion, but the diverse population celebrates myriad religions and spiritual beliefs. Places of worship are available for travelers, whether they are visiting small towns or major urban centers.
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Entering the USA can be an easy and seamless process when you are prepared. The following section will provide some information and tips you need to smoothly navigate the process and procedures to enter the U.S.
Helpful Videos About U.S. Entry
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offers clear explanations of U.S. entry procedures to international travelers with the help of three videos that are aimed at making your experience more welcoming and traveler friendly. The videos — “Know Before You Visit,” “You’ve Arrived” and “How to Expedite Your Entry”— are available in several languages and are shown in the international arrivals areas at major airports.Watching them prior to your arrival may be helpful.
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Being prepared is the hallmark of a good trip especially in terms of your health and safety. While we hope that your visit to the USA is a safe and accident-free one, unplanned incidents may happen while traveling. Should you encounter an emergency while visiting the USA, the country has a vast and sophisticated emergency response system.
Should you fall ill during your trip, the United States offers many easily accessible options for both short and long term medical assistance, as well as a selection of travellers insurance plans to make sure you’re covered incase of an emergency.
To ensure your visit to the United States is a safe and happy one, here is a brief guide to health and safety in the U.S.
Whether you are planning to spend your vacation in a luxury hotel or a tent, you will find myriad accommodations throughout the United States to meet every desire and budget.
The U.S. offers every kind of accommodation imaginable, from hostels in National Parks to luxury hotels that are national historic landmarks, and everything in between. Always plan ahead and make reservations, especially during holiday seasons. For more affordable rates, plan to travel during fall and spring and avoid peak travel times and local festivals.