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A journey through America’s cultural and musical heritage; from the beginning of Country music to the birth of the Blues, Rock & Roll and Jazz. Learn how these unique musical genres sprang out of America’s past and how they have influenced popular music today.
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Explore the swamplands, waterways and bayous of Louisiana, or take a walk through the vibrant streets of New Orleans' French Quarter and Bourbon Street and take a unique musical journey; or explore an historic antebellum home with a tour of Oak Alley. South Carolina is a BBQ paradise, with four 'official' styles of barbecue sauce and more than 200 barbecue restaurants to be sampled, while to coastline offers soft sand beaches and charming Southern coastal towns. Georgia is brimming with history and iconic landmarks, with more than 400 Civil War sites.
Crossing various time zones, there is always good weather somewhere in the United States. Summer is the most popular time to visit, but winter offers plenty for the more active looking for snow. Los Angeles weather ranges from 14-25ºC degrees year round with New York averaging from 5-30ºC degrees.
Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina, is one of the most visited destinations in the south, thanks to its charming historic buildings, antebellum architecture, rich history, delicious cuisine, Southern graciousness and unique blend of Southern US, English, French and West African cultures.
There’s no better way to experience the soul-stirring landscapes, quaint towns and seaside villages, than whilst driving at your own pace.
Cruising the Mississippi river on a paddlewheel riverboat conjures up romantic images of America's Deep South. Glide past rolling farmlands and southern plantations, devour delicious cuisine and visit vibrant cities and Civil War battlefields.
American Barbecue is an institution in the southeastern states, but particularly in Texas, Missouri, Tennesse and North Carolina. Savour a taste of the best brisket, ribs and pulled pork around. Sample iconic dishes like jambalaya, chicken-fried steak, catfish, peach cobbler and iced tea.
Explore America's oldest living neighbourhood in New Orleans' French Quarter, take a walk through the cobblestone streets and rainbos coloured colonial homes of Charleston, and discover the charm of the largest registered urban National Historic Landmark district in the United States in Savannah.
When it comes to American music, all roads lead to the Deep South. The region is a tour through America's musical landscape - the bluegrass in Kentucky, jazz in New Orleans, country music and the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee and Mississippi blues.
Country Code for the USA: +1
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Emergency Services: 911
Americans are friendly and informal. People tend not to wait to be introduced and will begin to speak to strangers whether in a queue, sitting next to each other, etc. Americans can be direct and value logic and linear thinking ans speak clearly and in a straightforward manner. Greetings in the USA are casual and a handshake, smile and "hello" are all that are needed.
Electrical Plug type: USA
Voltage: 110-120 Volts
Modem Plug: US (same as Australia).
There are numerous underground train systems in operation in major cities including New York (subway), Washington, DC (metro), Boston ('T'), Chicago (train) and San Francisco (BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit); others are being planned or built. There are also several tramway and trolleybus systems, including the much-loved antique trams found in San Francisco, although in many cities a car will be needed to get around, due to lack of public transport.
The following information is intended as a guide only and in no way should it be used as a substitute for professional medical advice relative to a travellers individual needs and vaccination history. No guarantee is made as to its accuracy or thoroughness. For further information, please contact The Travel Doctor.
Vaccination against Hepatitis B should be considered by frequent or long stay travellers to the United States. Dengue Fever occurs in the US, thus insect avoidance measures may be recommended depending on your itinerary.
Please consult a medical practitioner or contact The Travel Doctor for your specific risk to these preventable diseases and the appropriate avoidance measures. Australians travelling to the United States should ensure that they have adequate travel insurance to cover the length of their stay. For further information please visit www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/United_States_of_America
English 82%, Spanish 11%, other European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific Island 2.7%.
Shopping hours vary widely based on management considerations and customer needs. Key variables are the size of the metropolitan area, the type of store, and the size of the store. Typical store shopping hours are Monday - Saturday 9 - 10am to 8 - 10pm and Sunday 11 - 12 noon to 5 -7pm.
Tipping is a widely practiced social custom in the United States. In restaurants, a gratuity of 15% to 20% of the amount of a customer’s check (receipt/bill) is customary when good service is provided. Tips are also generally given for services provided in golf courses, casino, hotels, food delivery, taxis, and salons.
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