82% of the population speak English.
The remaining speak Spanish, other Indo-European languages, Asian, Pacific Island languages and other.
Eastern Standard time (GMT - 5)
Central time (GMT - 6)
Mountain Time (GMT - 7)
Pacific Time (GMT - 8)
Hawaiian Time (GMT – 10)
Alaskan Time (GMT – 9)
In a New York bar, you'll spend between $5-$8 on a bottle of beer while in other cities it could be around $3.50.
*Remember that you need to be 21 to drink in the USA.
Lunch from a cheap café or food truck can be between $5 and $9, while dinner in a restaurant would be nearer $25 to $60 per person.
Taxis and rideshare apps can be expensive in the States. You will find with most city cabs that they run on meters. Budget travelers should use cheaper buses or subway transport.
Travel on buses and subways will cost between $2 to $3. Car rentals are available from $30 a day and we have campervans from $40!
Dorm beds in hostels cost between $25 and $40. Budget motels would be around $60 to $80 for a double.
A double room in a 3 star hotel can be between $100 and $250.
The Pacific Northwest states are generally temperate while the south, east coast and Midwest are more humid all year round. Winters in the northern states can be bitter but snow is an advantage for winter sports lovers, but the southern states are sunny nearly year-round.
Tornado season arrives in the Midwest between April and June, and hurricanes are common in early summer along the southern East Coast and Gulf of Mexico coast - TV and radio will broadcast warnings for both, but the chances of encountering one on a short visit are remote.