Whether you’re heading to Hawaii, New York City or California, the United States of America has plenty to see and do, no matter what style of honeymoon you’re after.
Made up of 50 states, the USA offers honeymooner plenty to choose from; the metropolises of New York and Chicago, the beautiful oceanside resorts of California and Hawaii, and the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park, Big Bear Lake, Colorado and Alaska. Once you’ve picked what you want to do, it becomes easier to choose which of the thousands of possible honeymoon destinations in the USA to go to.
No matter what your preferred climate, you’ll find some sunshine in the USA.
Because the country is so big, various destinations have an array of weather patterns. In general, the USA have four seasons with summers being hot and humid in the south, and hot and dry in the rest of the country. Winters in the south are mild with some rainfall. In the north and west the winters rare more severe with temperatures dropping into single digits and often bringing plenty of snowfall.
The US boasts a variety of amazing attraction including the following:
Golden Gate Bridge: This three mile long suspension bridge in the city of San Francisco has become the background to many movies and TV series which has made it a popular landmark to snap a photo or two in front of.
Walt Disney World: Also known as Disney World, this entertainment wonderland in Florida is known as the ‘happiest place on earth’. Why wouldn’t you want to spend a day of your honeymoon eating churros and hot dogs, riding on massive roller coasters and meeting some of your favourite childhood Disney characters.
The Statue of Liberty: Known as a symbol of freedom, this colossal sculpture is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Take a boat and head to the island and learn more about the history of the USA.
Yellowstone National Park: Escape to nature and explore the Yellowstone National Park. With nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness this area is known for its dramatic canyons, rivers, forests, hot springs and geysers.
The USA is a melting pot of flavours from all over the world. You will find the best Italian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese and Mexican food all over the country. Traditionally America is also known for ‘fast food’ like hamburgers, hot dogs and deep fried chicken wings, but over time cities like Los Angeles have become more health conscious and a variety of vegan, vegetarian and health food restaurants have popped up.
No matter what you’re craving, this culinary country has it all.
The USA has a variety of transportation methods including road, air, rail, and waterways.
If you’re looking travel from city to city and you’re on a budget then a intercity bus would be your best option. Companies like Greyhound Lines and other smaller regional bus companies offer long distance travel throughout the USA. Long distance trains are also available and get travellers from town to town faster than a bus.
The fastest way to get around the USA is by air. With a variety of airlines, you can easily fly from California to New York in four hours instead of spending an entire day doing the same trip by bus. Airports also have variety of car rental companies that can accommodate travellers with a rental car.
In most cities, domestic trains, boats, taxi and bus services are available for travellers to get in and around the city. These modes of transport are usually affordable and easy to use.
Whether you’re looking for a bargain or high-end fashion, the USA has it all. The following cities have some of the best shopping in not only the USA, but the world:
New York: One of the fashion capitals of the world – alongside Paris, Milan and London – the New York provides its visitors with plenty of shopping opportunities. For high-end fashion head to Fifth Avenue, for cheaper items head to Chinatown and for vintage finds head to the East Village.
Chicago: Known for its Magnificent Mile – a 13-block shopping mecca with 460 stores – Chicago is definitely a shopping paradise not matter what your style or budget.
Los Angeles: From the high-end shopping street of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to the budget-friendly Third Street Promenade, shopping in this city is incredible. Plus you might spot a celebrity or two along the way.
Whether you’re visiting the USA on your honeymoon – or just enjoying a holiday – you want it to be as hassle-free as possible, so be sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving home. It will make your special time away even more enjoyable as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you and your belongings are covered (within your policy’s limits, of course) should anything go wrong.
As they say in the travel industry, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!
Purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip and, depending on the policy you choose, you should be covered for theft, injury or illness. Some travel insurance policies do not cover certain activities such as diving, hiking, parasailing, or renting a motorcycle, so ensure you read it before signing up so that you’re aware of what it does and doesn’t cover. Take a copy of your travel insurance documents with you when travelling.
The USA’s currency is the US Dollars.
With a variety of ATMs and money exchangers in all major cities, it is easy to get a cash withdrawal or exchange money in the USA. Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels, tourist shops, tour companies, car rental agencies and banks. Most hotels and restaurants also accept US Dollars. In bigger cities, you might not need cash as credit cards are accepted everywhere.
Depending on the time of year you decide to visit the USA, you’ll need pack various items. During the summertime beachwear, flip flops and lightweight clothing is a must, as well as sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and after sun.
During the winter months, snow wear is needed as well as thermal underwear and snow boots. If you’re heading to an area where it does not snow, opt for warm clothing and a waterproof jacket and shoes.
Tipping in the USA varies from between 15% and 20%. Whether it is your driver, service crew, a beauty therapist, housekeeping or your wait staff, it is very important to tip for a job well done. A $1 to $2 bill is sufficient for a driver, valet or doorman, but for housekeeping leave a bit more. For waiters at restaurants and service crew, it is expected to leave at least 10% of your total bill. For tour guides a $10 to $15 tip is sufficient.