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:

• 01 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

• 04 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.