Passport and Visas:

•   British passport holders must have a full 10-year British Passport that is valid for six months after you return to the UK.
•   You will also need a USA visa or waiver form/ESTA. Apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before travelling (

Voltage & Electricity:

The domestic electrical supply is 110V, 60 cycles AC. Sockets are for plugs with two flat pins.

Public Holidays:

•   1 January: New Year's Day

•   Third Monday in January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

•   Third Monday in February: Presidents Day

•   Last Monday in May: Memorial Day

•   4 July: Independence Day

•   First Monday in September: Labor Day

•   Second Monday in October: Columbus Day

•   11 November: Veterans Day

•   Fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day

•   25 December: Christmas Day

Events & Festivals:

•   April – Coachella Music Festival, Palm Springs.
•   June – Los Angeles Film Festival.
•   July – World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, Alaska.
•   October – Halloween in Salem.
•   November – Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York.


Tipping is an established and accepted custom in America. For good service, waiters and taxi drivers expect 15-20%, and counter and bar staff 10-15%. Porters can expect from $3-$5 per case, while tour guides can be given the equivalent of £2-£3 per day.