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Why go to the USA?

The USA offers an incredible variety of cultures, geography, cities, climates. There are great city breaks such as New York, Boston, LA, San Francisco, Chicago. Excellent warm weather holiday destinations - California, Florida, the Carolinas, Arizona, Hawaii. Exceptional National Parks and world famous treasures such as the Grand Canyon, the deserts, the mountain ranges, the waterfalls. Just about everyone has their own favourite American dream, so we’ll confine ourselves to good reasons to visit the USA with a baby or toddler:

  • The service culture means that everyone is always very helpful.
  • Standard of accommodation is mostly very high.
  • Common language ease of communication.
  • Restaurants are generally very informal and geared to kids, with special menus.
  • Beach resorts usually have a lot of facilities on offer and are well equipped.
  • Good medical facilities (but don’t forget the insurance!).
  • Great shopping bargains.
  • Plenty of distraction activities - theme parks, cinemas, bowling...

To think about:

  • Long flight times and considerable time difference on West Coast.
  • Car culture means you have to drive more or less everywhere, so not much strolling around, and a lot of in and out of the car.
  • Most towns have no-go areas so you have to be ‘sensible’ in most locations at all times.
  • Great for wildlife/nature exploring.
  • Size of country means difficult to do 2 centre, or to do many different things within one day.

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Best times to visit:

Florida/Carolinas: Feb-April - warm but not humid; May getting hotter but still OK; June-August very humid with frequent showers (but it is cheaper); September-November hurricane season and best avoided!

Hawaii: All year round, very humid all year.

Northern California: May-September. San Francisco always prey to mists and can be chilly any time of year.
October-February can be quite chilly and rainy.

Southern California: Good all-year destination - best March - Sept, but good T shirt weather Oct-Dec - good season for little ones.

New York and Boston: Nov-March cold with chance of snow; May-September warm with variable humidity.

Flight times: From 6 hours (Boston) to 12 hours (San Francisco).

Time difference: From GMT-5 hrs (East Coast) to GMT-8 hrs (West Coast).

Currency: US Dollar. US dollar travellers cheques accepted as cash. These and credit/debit cards will be all you really need, with cash for tips.

TIP: Insurance - make sure you have as much as you can, for all the family.




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