The United States is a land of contrasts, bordered by two oceans, with varied landscapes of remarkable beauty. In order to make the most of your trip, follow our checklist of must-see places not to be missed!
Quelle assurance voyage pour les Etats-Unis ?
Remember to have travel insurance to leave with peace of mind. Indeed, good health coverage will allow you to avoid financial and legal complications in the event of an accident. You must subscribe to a purchaser that covers you up to 200,000 euros given the high medical cost in the USA. It is better to pay a few tens of euros before your departure rather than find yourself paying sometimes astronomical sums in the event of an accident in the United States. Mondassur accompanies you to choose travel insurance in the USA and advises you on the offers most suited to your situation and your needs. Once all the formalities are completed with in particular theESSENTIAL ESTA for people travelling without a visa or green card (including European tourists…), you are on board for the United States!
When to go to the United States?
To visit the United States, the best time is autumn or early spring. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful colours of New England. In the southern states, the summer is hot and humid in most of the country. The Southern California coast is pleasant all year round, but if you want to enjoy the beach, it’s best to go between June and September.
Depending on how long you stay there, you will probably have the opportunity to see the country in different colors and different landscapes… Be careful, however, to respect the deadline of your visa! In addition, we offer compatible Covid insurance that will allow you to leave with a quiet heart, wherever you go in the USA, and regardless of the length of your stay. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out which insurance to choose in the USA!
Must-see places to visit in the United States
1. Times Square, New York City
Times Square is the vibrant heart of New York City, and is one of the most visited places in the USA. Events are held there regularly, so you are advised to visit the “What’s Happening in Times Square” page before your stay. Here are some annual events not to be missed:
– Love in Times Square in February. The Valentine’s Heart is installed in the square every year to celebrate the feast of lovers. On this occasion, many weddings are organized, but also requests for spontaneous engagement and renewals of vows.
– Taste of Times Square, early June. If you like food, this is the event for you. This festival links music and cuisine. It allows you to sample dishes from local restaurants as well as cuisine from around the world.
– Solstice in Times Square, the day of the summer solstice. Free yoga classes are offered throughout the day. This is to bring together the lovers of the sport and introduce it to the uninitiated.
2. Central Park, New York City
Discover the Central Park Zoo, its obelisk and lookout all year round, as well as the Shakespear Garden. Events take place throughout the year, but here are the most recurrent ones:
– Shakespear in the park, in August. Stock up on culture and entertainment with these free outdoor theatre productions.
– SummerStage, mid-September. For music lovers, it’s a good time to enjoy free outdoor concerts. All genres are represented.
– TCS New York City Marathon, November. It’s the city’s annual marathon, from Staten Island to Central Park.
– New York Road Runners Midnight Run, December 31. On the same model as the previous event, you will have the opportunity to spend a festive and sporting New Year’s Eve.
3. The U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
The Capitol is home to the United States Congress, the legislative branch that includes the Senate and the House of Representatives. Free 45-minute tours are organised Monday to Saturday from 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. The Capitol Information Center is open on the same days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours can be booked on-site or online on the Capitol website. It is also possible for visitors to attend a session of the Congress when these are taking place. The Capitol Gardens are also worth a moment’s stop.
4. Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
Nearly 170m high, the Washington Monument is an obelisk erected in 1885 in honour of George Washington, the first president of the United States.
It was, at the time, the tallest monument in the world before the Eiffel Tower dethroned it in 1897.
It is possible to visit and, thanks to a renovation carried out in 2016, tourists can once again climb to its summit to admire the view of the capital. You can book your tickets online (not available for purchase on site). Count $1.5 per ticket.
4. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas
This is the main boulevard in Las Vegas. It brings together many of the largest hotels and casinos on the planet. For lovers of excess, the four-storey boutique is spread over four floors and has its own 3D cinema room. On the same boulevard, you will find the Adventuredome, an indoor amusement park. For shoppers, head to the Fashion Show Mall, a shopping mall with fashion shows scheduled every weekend.
5. Grand Central Terminal, New York City
This New York railway station, built in 1871, is worth a visit for its architecture. She has appeared in many American films. They include: Superman (1978), Armageddon (1998), I Am a Legend (2007), Avengers (2012), The Passenger (2018). She also appeared in the first episode of the series Gossip Girl.
7. Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
What could be more mythical than walking on the Los Angeles Walk of Fame? You can buy a flyer listing the 2680 stars engraved in the ground. All the big stars have put their stamp on it!
You can also take a tour of the Madame Tussauds museum, check out the Chinese Theater – Los Angeles Historic Monument – or even go shopping at the Hollywood and Highland next door!
8. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
San Francisco’s most famous landmark, it was until 1964 the longest suspension bridge in the world. It offers stunning views of San Francisco Bay, especially during sunrises or sunsets. Its crossing on foot is free. For vehicles, the toll is $6 and barely covers the daily maintenance costs of the monument.
9. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
This shopping centre, established in 1742, has many shops and restaurants, three historic markets and a promenade. It is part of the Boston National Historic Park and the Freedom Trail. In 2008, it was ranked the4th most visited tourist site in the United States.
10. Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park is a natural and cultural park. It houses 17 museums covering history, technology and all kinds of arts. You’ll also find the San Diego Zoo, playgrounds, fountains, walks and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
Comment voyager aux USA ?
If you decide to go on a road trip to the United States, several means of locomotion will be available to you, depending on your budget. Beware, however, that the United States is a federal republic and the rules are therefore different from one state to another: the same applies to the costs of care. If you have an accident in one state, the costs may be significantly higher in the other. That’s why we encourage you to take out comprehensive travel insurance, so you don’t find yourself in difficult situations. Ask for a quote for travel insurance,it’s free!
Before you decide to go on a road trip to the USA, make sure you are in good standing and that your French licence will be accepted by the authorities. We encourage you to take steps to obtain an international permit, which is much better tolerated in the U.S. and around the world as a rule. In addition, it is not possible for people under the age of 21 to drive with a car rental company.
The car can be an efficient and relatively economical means of transport compared to the aircraft or trains. And even if you’re travelling long distances, you’re enjoying the scenery and have the freedom to stop in incongruous places you could never have discovered other than by chance! There are also a number of applications on the market that let you know where the cheapest gas station is located.
The main railway company, Amtrak, has set up a pass allowing you to benefit from rail transport networks over a certain period of time and at a fixed price (a bit like the Eurail pass in Europe). At $449 in starting price, the investment can be well depreciated if you choose to travel long distances and often stop from one city to another, taking only the train to get around.
Often underestimated, Greyhound lines are a great way to travel long distances while enjoying the scenery. Tickets are affordable and you can also benefit from discounts if you are studying in the USA. Finally, there are some stops where you can drop off your luggage for 24 hours, time to visit a little and explore new places. It’s enough to make a lot of memories!
So, ready for adventure? All you have to do is ask us for travel insurance for your road trip!