Large English-speaking country in North America between Canada and Mexico, and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

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Difference of changing USD currency for going to US versus somewhere else

I went to change US dollars in money exchange few years ago and they asked that am I going to US or somewhere else. I didn't think about the question too much, but now my friend said that they have ...
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Using Chip-and-Pin credit cards in the US?

If one has a chip-and-pin card (not chip-and-signature), is it possible to use it in the US at this time? What is the experience like? For instance, in many restaurants in Europe the waiters will ...
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How can I map stations for a driving trip?

I have a convention/vacation scheduled soon and I do have a company gas card. Since it is a company sponsored trip I wanted to map out gas stations for the 16 hour drive. I was curious to know is ...
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Insurance and car rental in US

I'm going to rent a car in California for a week soon and was wondering whether to purchase insurance along with the rental. Some sources, eg Rental Car Insurance – should I purchase it? What ...
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Photogenic Places Between Williamsburg, Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia along I64

I'm planning on making this trip in a few weeks and I'm looking for nice places to stop that is slightly off of I64 to snap a few pictures. Using OnTheWay, I'm planning on stopping at Lake Monticello; ...
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Carry on crafting projects

I'd like to fly with my crafting projects as carry-on (backpack, tote bag, whatever). Think: sewing needle, fabric scissors, glue gun, metal beads, crochet hook, knitting needles. While non-metal ...
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How much is it appropriate to tip in Palm Beach?

I'm going to be traveling to Palm Beach in two weeks, and I wanted to make sure I don't offend anyone, specially people I may need to ask for favors later :) From the van that'll transfer me to the ...
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Tipping for free drinks in the USA?

We have quite a few questions on tipping in the USA, but looking through I can't seem to spot one that covers this. When in the USA, if you are somewhere where drinks are free but served to you, is ...
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Is there a document that allows me to enter the USA and Canada whenever and for however long I want?

I understand that if you're not a US citizen, you cannot enter the USA without permission and need a visa to enter the country. Similar rules apply to non-Canadian citizens wanting to enter Canada. ...
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Can I apply for B1-B2 visa if ESTA is still valid?

My daughter and I have ESTAs for USA, but for our upcoming trip I'd like to stay 5 months, I have previously held a B1-B2 visa, can I apply for a B1-B2 visa now if my ESTA is still valid (*until Oct ...
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Travelling teenagers in the USA

Me and my friend are planning to visit the USA next year, to celibrate our high school graduation (we'll both be 18 years old by then). I have family living in California (San Francisco) so we plan on ...
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What kind of passport do I need when entering the USA?

I heard that you need a biometric passport if you want to enter USA. However, my friend has a biometric passport, but no fingerprints in it. Is this enough? And how long has the passport to be valid? ...
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Tipping in USA: do you have to fill in the tip amount or just the post-tip total?

Let's say the bill came to $34.56 and you're paying with a credit card. A 15% tip takes that to a little over $39.74. Can you simply write $40 for the total, circle it, sign, and leave the tip blank? ...
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Is there a legal limit to the amount of cash one can carry on domestic US flights

Is there a legal limit to the amount of physical cash a US citizen can possess when flying from one US state to another? I've heard that the United States government can and is seizing any amount of ...
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Can one get deported from the UK if I don't have a transit visa?

I have a loved one (Syrian citizen) coming to the US from Europe, and he was stopped in the UK for a layover (transit between flights without entering the UK). The UK flight officer allegedly told him ...
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“War Games” Tour

I think a lot of people remember the movie War Games, and while I don't think that playing the "Global Thermonuclear War" simulation on the real military system is possible or even a good idea, I was ...
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Buying a phone in the US

Does anyone know whether I can buy a phone on google Play in the US and use in the UK? I live in the UK, but will be visiting the US in the next couple of weeks, so thought I could buy the new Google ...
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What are the various types of tickets for Empire State Building?

I will be in New York City this summer and of course I want to go on top of the Empire State Building. But as I discovered, there are several ticket categories (VIP, VIP Express, Standard) with each ...
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What's the best way to pay tolls on a cross-country road trip in the US?

I'm driving from Virginia to Washington state later this month. In Virginia, I use an EZ-Pass device that automatically pays my tolls. But I understand that these devices are regional. When driving ...
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Odd, funky festivals in the Northeast of the US?

My best friend is getting married and I am planning a bachelor party. This friend is an odd guy in the very best way. He laughs uncontrollably at the mere sight of a manatee and he is prone to go ...
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Can we get a new visa waiver in Canada, for Alaska, when our old one expires in the US?

We are UK citizens driving from Patagonia to Alaska, then shipping home from New York. We hope to be in the US for 3 months, a couple of months in Canada then into Alaska for a couple of months and ...
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Denver airport public transport

I know there is a public bus from the Denver International Airport to the Market street. I tried to figure out the schedule, but was not able to find it. Does anyone know where I can find it? Is this ...
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Extending an expiring I-94W, land based entry to US [duplicate]

I live in Canada with a German passport and a student visa. From a recent climbing trip to the US I still have this green I94-W form in my passport. I didn't surrender it on leaving the US back to ...
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How busy is the Boston to New York Amtrak?

One of the answers to How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules? made me wonder how busy the Boston to New York train gets at the various points of day? Also, what is busier: weekdays versus ...
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Are there ski resorts that you can drive to in an evening from Atlanta, GA?

A friend (not yet on Travel.SE...) has recently moved out to Atlanta, Georgia, and was disappointed to discover quite how far it is from Atlanta to the big-name US ski resorts. (The perils of coming ...
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In the US, what is the difference between a national park and a national monument?

Apparently Craters of the Moon National Monument wants to become a National "Park" instead of a monument. We know that a national forest is USDA vs. Interior, but what difference does it make if an ...
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Exchanging a Motorhome (RV) between USA and Australia

We are planning to visit USA in October and November 2014 and would like to arrange a swap for the Motorhome we have in Australia for one in USA. Does anyone have any contacts we might try. We would ...
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Traveling from Salt Lake City to Denver in late Autumn

It is October and I need to travel in an RV, towing a small car, from Salt Lake City to Denver. I'm concerned about road conditions at this time of the year and don't want to get caught in snow. Is ...
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Tipping for pre-paid shuttle service in the US?

On an upcoming trip to the USA, I've booked a ~$300 shuttle to take us from the airport to a city two hours away. I've prepaid it, if that has any bearing. A few days later I'm using the same shuttle ...
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Visa/ESTA with a dual passport

I currently have both an Australian and a British passport. I am studying in the United States, however, my visa expires on Dec 21 (there is a grace period until the Jan 21) but I am not allowed to ...
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Georgetown MD to Cape Charles VA without a car

I would like to go from Georgetown, MD (near Galena, not near Washington) to Cape Charles, VA next week, without a car. What's the best way to get there? What are the possibilities?
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About Different Types of Visas For “Business” vs “Work” In the U.S.?

Maybe I'm using the wrong terms, but I'll try to explain the differences between what I call a "business" visa, and a "working" visa to make my question clear. A friend of mine is a securities ...
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Are there examples of Googie architecture outside the U.S.?

Falling in perhaps both the genres of "futurist" and "kitsch", Googie architecture is a classification for buildings which take on certain exaggerated, stylized characteristics, such as: ...
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Applying for a B2 visa after previous overstay as a child?

Background: So I was brought into the US under the visa waiver program as an 11 year old child in January 2000. I voluntarily left the country on Sept. 2009 when I was 20 years, 9 months, and 3 days ...
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Does applying for the US Green Card lottery reduce your future chances of getting a tourist visa?

I've heard that applying for the Green Card lottery is a huge red flag in the eyes of American embassy officials and should be avoided if one plans to visit the US in the future. Is there any ...
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Am I allowed to use my valid ESTA again for a short visit to the U.S. after being denied a B2 visa for 1 year?

I have a valid ESTA since February 2014 which is valid until 2016. I used it last month to visit the U.S. for 2 days. After that I applied for a B2 Visa to stay with friends for 1 year which has just ...
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Park City, Utah for vacation

My company is going on a trip to Park City, Utah in the beginning of July, Fourth of July and afterwards. What are the tourist type things like museums or photography ops to check out within a 30 to ...
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Resources for planning a western United States road trip [closed]

I'm currently planning a road trip through the west of the US. I'm not a fan of buying books to orientate myself on the subject, I'd rather use information available on the web first. I'm looking ...
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Dual US/Canadian citizen with an expired passport [duplicate]

I'm hoping someone may able to answer my question... I am a dual citizen of US and Canada. I was born in the states but grew up in Canada and like alot of other dual citizens, I hold both Canadian ...
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Will local contact numbers for travel insurance during a US visit simplify the process of visiting a doctor/hospital?

We are a family of 4 visiting the US this year. Some years back we were in Boston, and one of the kids (about 18 months at the time) came out with chickenpox. Which of course is a big deal in the US ...
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USA F1 visa renewal before expiry [closed]

My U.S. F1 Visa expires on 30th June 2015, and I am visiting India near end of December this year. Can I apply for F1 visa renewal (category,university, etc. everything remains the same). Is it too ...
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Same sex marriage in the US for foreigners on vacation

While visiting our friends in the US on vacations we would like to get married there, but neither of us are citizens of the US. Which states allowing same sex marriage in the US for two foreigners on ...
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Pet Birds flying to US via Heathrow with owner on BA

Do BA have special animal cargo handlers for pet birds transfer via Heathrow to Miami from South Africa?
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Driving in U.S. (Hawaii) with EU license written in Czech

I have a European driving license which is completely written in Czech (see photos below). Can I use it for driving in the U.S. (I will go to Hawaii for 3 weeks), or do I have to obtain another ...
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Exactly 6 months for a transit visa from US to India via UK

Before you close this for being a potentially duplicate question, please understand that I have seen some of the questions and what I'm asking is a bit different. As I understand, one would need a ...
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What are the limiting times at an Amtrak train to get respective meals?

When booking a roomette on an Amtrak train, meals are included. Based on the time of boarding and detraining, how do I know if I'm entitled to a particular meal the same day? For example, if I arrive ...
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Work as freelancer while tourist in US [duplicate]

I work as a freelancer in web development in Germany for German customers. I now want to visit my sister as a tourist for 2 months in the US. She's studying there for a year. Am I allowed to continue ...
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Driving in North and South Carolina with an Indian driving licence?

I am a visitor in Charlotte, NC, and am planning to drive from Charlotte to Charleston by renting a car. Will my Indian driving licence be enough for driving a car in the states of NC and SC, or do I ...
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Visiting a National Park in the United States

I have never visited a National Park before, and I am interested in both Cabrillo National Park and the Joshua Tree National Park. How does it work? Can I drive in them or are there public ...
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Baggage allowance of separate domestic flights with a connecting international flight?

In the US, is there such a rule so that, if you are taking a domestic flight and then taking an international flight, the luggage allowance of the international flight will apply? Because it is quite ...