From the USA: practice, seeing, organization, accommodation, transportation ..

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The United States of America are a great country, about half the size of Russia and about the same size as China. It is also the third most populous country in the world after China and India with over 310 million people.
It includes both highly populated areas and vast uninhabited areas or nature has remained largely intact
Popular natural sites are:. the spectacular glaciers of Alaska, the peaks of the Appalachians the Great Lakes, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Canyonlands, Great Smoky Mountains, and many more ...

Side cities, the East Coast has many cities to discover:

-New York city standing who enjoys a unique melting pot of cultures.
-Washington, the country's capital, which has an impressive number of monuments and statues, beginning with its obelisk and the imposing Lincoln Memorial.
-Chicago, the city where the skyscrapers were invented.

As for the West Coast, with California, its sun, starlets, endless boulevards ... it is the most populous US state, it has never ceased to fantasize and get his world California is synonymous with success since the days of the gold rush.

USA Travel Budget

A backpacker budget, ie, camping or hostels + broken tile and cooking your own food will be around $ 30-50 / day.
This budget doubles if staying in motels and eating out. Add a rental car and you will be around $ 150 a day and more.
Big cities like New York and Los Angeles are expensive, if you are looking for a cheap motel, looking in the suburbs, but then a car is essential. Suburban hotels have in general a free guarded parking.

Visa and entry formalities in the US

As regards entry requirements, you need a biometric passport, for both adults and children and a return ticket.
The majority of European citizens, including French, do not need to get tourist visa in advance. As a tourist you can stay for a period of 90 days in the United States.
travelers entering the United states through the Visa Waiver Program must be an online authorization process travel (ESTA), preferably 72 hours before travel. An ESTA is valid for two years, it costs $ 14. She does not renew the duration of your stay, or get out of the USA to renew.
Before your arrival, during the flight, you will receive either a white Form I-94 (if you have a visa ) a green form I-94W (if you have a visa exemption).
once there you will then pass a short interview with immigration, where the agent will try to determine if the purpose of your visit is valid and if you have the funds to support yourself.
once they decide to let you in, then they will take your fingerprints and a digital photograph.
For non-residents, your forms will have to provide an address where you will stay the first night, a hotel, a hostel, university, etc .. Go
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Most visitors arrive in the United States by air. The main entry points are located along the coast, east New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Washington, DC, Orlando and Miami are the main entry points for flights from from Europe. Los Angeles and San Francisco, while not being in the East were still a good number of flights from major European cities.
In the West: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu are the main entry points for travelers from Asia
France is particularly well connected in the US with regular flights and nonstop from Paris (Charles de Gaulle or Orly) and Nice.
The cost of tickets is generally higher from late June to late August, and at the time of the Christmas holidays and Easter. the best deals are found from November to March outside of school holidays.
Here is the list of cities served by non-stop flights from the France
Nice. New York (JFK).
From Paris (Orly): New York (JFK).
From Paris (Roissy / CDG): Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (JFK and Newark), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Wash.

Moving to the United States

& rarr; By Air:
Given the size of the country, flying is a good option for long distances, if you have the time, traveling by car, bus or train are a good way to discover the 'States'.
from the east to the west coast count 5 flight hours. Most US cities are served by airports, it is possible to go anywhere by plane
The main airlines operating in the United States are:. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways and Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines.
There are also more and more low-cost airlines including: Southwest Airlines, Frontier, Spirit Airlines, Virgin America, JetBlue
... & rarr; By train
Except for some densely populated areas like the Northeast US (Boston-Washington-New York-Philadelphia-New Haven), trains are scarce and relatively expensive, so expensive that a flight.
the national rail system Amtrak offers promotional rates of 15% for students and the elderly, a valid US rail Pass 30 days is also available for visitors, it helps to make nice savings if you plan to take several times the train
& rarr. By car:
In general, American cities were built for cars, so renting a car is usually a very good idea, especially as public transport are often very limited.
the exceptions are: New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, or use of a car is not only unnecessary but discouraged
Unlike the rest of the world, the United States continue to. use the system for miles and miles per hour, and the fuel is sold in gallons. Make sure you know the conversion from metric to imperial.
Rent a car in the United States usually costs between $ 20 and $ 100 depending on the type of car, with discounts for weekly rentals.
The great present rental agencies Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, for something cheaper head to: Advantage Rent a Car, EZ Rent-A-Car and Fox Rent A Car, Rent-a-Wreck.
All agencies allow to take a car in one city and drop in another, counting extra.
& rarr; By bus
Traveling by intercity buses in the US is widespread, it is a reliable and affordable way to travel.
Greyhound Bus is a leader in this area, significant discounts are offered to travelers who purchase tickets 7-14 days in advance.
You can also purchase their Discovery Pass which allows unlimited travel for Going periods of 4 to 60 days.
-Megabus is a bus network that operates in the Midwest from its hub in Chicago.
-BoltBus primarily serves the Northeast.

Accommodation USA

Find a cheap hotel in the United States is not easy, especially in big cities. Along highways and outside the cities you still find many motels that can offer a good value for a reasonable price. Allow between 30 dollars and 70 dollars for a double room in a motel.
In many rural areas, especially on the coasts and in New England, the B & B can be found. Allow between 50 dollars and 200 dollars per night.
As for the campsites, we find almost everywhere, big, small, very luxurious, many are located in the countryside, in US national parks, but there are also campsites near cities, even if they are mainly designed for motorhomes.

Climate in the US

The general climate is temperate, with notable exceptions. Alaska with its arctic climate, Hawaii and Florida with their tropical climate and the great plains that turn into barren desert to the coast of California.
In winter, the northern and midwestern cities can withstand very cold temperatures (-20, -30 & deg;).
Large Midwestern plains can experience tornadoes from the late spring to early fall. The Atlantic coast can meet for its hurricanes between June and November.