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

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Can a tourist buy a gun in the USA?

This came up as a discussion. With recent incidents in the news, it's often argued by some members of the public in the US that guns are a requirement for safety, and that everyone should have the ...
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From what point could you view the most US states?

A fairly simple question: from what single point could you see the most US states? It seems like it should be a popular tourist attraction.
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Do all American ATMs charge an extra fee for cash withdrawals on a foreign card?

I've just gone to take some cash out of an ATM (Cash Machine) in Seattle. I visited about half a dozen in the end, and every single one wanted to charge me an extra fee (typically about $3) for the ...
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What rights do passengers have when flights in the USA are delayed?

What rights do passengers on delayed flights in the USA have? In some countries, depending on the length and type of delay, passengers can receive a free phone call, meal ticket, lodging, booking on ...
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Any way to find out what US Customs & Border Protection has in their database on me?

I travel from the US to Canada occasionally (about once per year on average) with my family. We are all US citizens and travel with US passports. Every time we re-enter the United States, I am given ...
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Are there any legal requirements for renting a car in the US as a foreigner?

I am planning a road trip in the US with some friends and plan to rent a car for the purpose. Are there any legal requirements for renting a car. Do they require a US driver's license? Do I have to ...
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Is it safe and legal to sleep in my car in California (L.A. area)?

I will be visiting California and some parts of the US West Coast in the coming September. I'd like to rent a car for travelling, and to reduce travel expenses I would like to sleep in it some nights. ...
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Overstayed my US visa for over 9 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist?

I have a particular situation here, In March of 1997 I travelled to the US as a tourist and lived there illegally for almost 9 years. I was never arrested, or had any trouble with the law, I was never ...
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

On a recent trip to San Francisco it was always a surprise to see what to pay in stores. It was never as simple as just adding all the published prizes. There was always a surplus of taxes. Sometimes ...
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Can I use USD in Canada?

I will go to Canada for the first time from the United States. I will use credit card as much as possible but I guess I need cash for small shops and cafes anyway. To avoid exchange money back and ...
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Why does US Customs & Immigration ask the purpose of my trip when I'm returning home?

As a US citizen, when I re-enter the US, I am often asked where I was, how long I was there, and the reason for my visit. Why am I asked these things? Am I required to answer? Don't I have a legal ...
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Does one tip in the US/Canada for bad service?

In Aus/NZ you don't tip, it's not generally part of the culture. In the US/Canada you seem to tip for almost everything, but it's meant to be for a good job. However I've also found some workers ...
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What is the state of train travel in USA?

I'm planning to go to the USA for some months. I'd like to travel there by train, but I heard that trains aren't really widely used in USA. So my questions are: How is the rail network in the USA? ...
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Are there still any “Fly as much as you like” air passes for the U.S.?

Back in 1993 I had a ticket called 'Delta Air Lines Travel America Standby Airpass' that allowed me to take an unlimited number of flights on Delta Airlines within a 30 day period. 60 days were ...
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How long does it take for a US citizen to get their first passport?

If I am a US citizen and I have never had a passport before, how long will it take for me to get one? How early do I need to apply before I plan on going abroad?
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Correct reasons for opting out of millimetre wave scanners

Having travelled through SFO a few times, and each time been asked to go through a millimetre wave (or backscatter) scanner, and each time 'opted out' and gone for the search (in public), I'd like to ...
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Hostels in US vs. Europe

How do hostels in the US compare with hostels in Europe? Are they similar in terms of convenience, availability, cost, amenities, etc? Or is the "hostel culture" completely different in the two ...
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Are there any good guides for what to take on a bicycle trek on the Pacific coast (Seattle to San Francisco)?

I'll be cycling through relatively lonely areas for a few weeks (towns every 40 miles or so). I'm looking for a good guide on what gear to pack. It's the Pacific coast trail from Seattle to San ...
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Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?

In Louisiana, USA it's widely understood (unofficially) that one can travel 5mph above the speed limit without receiving a speeding ticket. Does this rule apply when traveling the rest of the ...
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How much money do you need to have on hand when entering USA?

My friend, a Chilean citizen, is entering the US via waiver program to spend 3 weeks in USA in a couple of weeks. She already got her ESTA approval, the plane ticket, all hotels are already booked ...
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What questions should I be able to answer when entering USA?

Last time I entered USA, the border officer asked me a lot of questions. Some of them were quite personal and others were about my destination in the USA. For example, he asked me where I would stay. ...
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Is it possible to rent a car in one US state and drop it off in another?

I'm from the UK and I'm looking at planning a road trip around the US with some friends. I wondered if it was possible to rent a car in one state but drop it off in another. If it's possible do they ...
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Can I use my probationary Australian driver's license to rent a car in the United States?

I got into this driving thing kinda late, which means I have a probationary driver's license from Victoria, Australia that looks kinda like this: (courtesy Angie Sommer's blog) This basically means ...
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How to get a tax refund for computer accessories purchased on a visit to USA?

I am about to buy two Mac accessories in the Apple Store in Manhattan which cost a total of $98 before tax. I would like to get a refund for the tax before I get back to Europe. My question is what ...
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Can you be refused a visitor visa to US if you have bad Credit there?

I did my 3 years of College in the US, 2010-2013 due to finance issues I was unable to pay my credit card bill of a certain bank, which still lie unpaid. However I plan on visiting the US later this ...
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Is it easy to get prepaid SIMs in the US/Canada?

I'll be travelling in a family party to the east coast of the US and Canada and, as most people know, travelling in a party means you often need to keep in contact when seeing different things and ...
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Do US pre-paid GSM sim cards normally work in Canada?

For an upcoming trip, I'm going to spend about 10-15 days in the USA, followed by about another 10 days up in Canada. While over there, I expect I'll want to make and receive a few phone calls, send ...
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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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Economical mobile data for US and Canada

I am travelling to US and Canada from Australia this year and was wondering what would be the most economical and hassle free option for having mobile data and call time on my iPhone that gives me ...
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Driving license in California

I am relocating to California from New Jersey and will be there for around 7 months. Do I have to surrender my NJ driving license and get a new one in CA?
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If I visit Los Angeles, am I better off renting a car or not?

California has a pretty notorious reputation for having bad traffic, so I am wondering if it would be worth my time to rent a car when I visit there. If I stay within the LA area, is public ...
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Can I travel within US if name on ticket is abbreviated?

I booked a flight from LA to Miami using my abbreviated name 'Chris' instead of my full name 'Christopher' (per my passport) and the right surname. As the ticket is non-refundable the airline refuses ...
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Is the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act” already valid?

I'd like to visit the USA in four weeks and recently read about the "Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act" which disallows people who visited Iran since 2011 to travel ...
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Indian passport with two missing (ripped out) pages - should I get a new one to enter the US?

I have got a passport in very good condition with two inner pages totally ripped out (they are missing). I had my Schengen visa issued on those pages with a few stamps but now that visa has expired. ...
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Visiting the US after overstaying as a minor 13 years ago

I can't seem to find a story related to mine so here it is. I am 25 and a german citizen. In 1998 when I was 7 years old my family moved to the states and we stayed until early 2002 and left ...
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How can I go from the American side to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls?

My friends told me that Niagara Falls look better from Canada but my bus will stop at the American side. Can I walk over a bridge or take any public transportation to the other side? Also, as a ...
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Getting to Barrow, Alaska overland

I would like to drive to Barrow, Alaska. Mainly because it is the northernmost inhabited place still on the north American continent. However, I understand there are no regular roads going to the ...
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Foreign car insurance for Canada and/or the U.S

Still working on my plan to Ship my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S. We're planning on leaving early January. Shipping turns out not to be the problem. However, the next hurdle is: car ...
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Multiple visits to USA

I have visited Los Angeles, USA on 3 long stays using the ESTA programme, purely as a visitor. I have a British Citizen passport. The stays began in September 2012 and I left the last time in August ...
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What is the minimum age to drive a rental car in the US?

I recognized that renting a car in the US is allowed at the age of 21 or 25. But are 18 to 21 year olds allowed to drive it if their parents or another 25 year old person signed the contract?
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Visiting USA as a German with Iranian parents

I've been invited by a company to a release event of a new game next month in the USA which I'd like to go there. I was born in Germany, have the German citizenship and a German passport (just ...
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Can you carry drones on a plane as a carry on? eg. DJI Phantom or Inspire

I live in US and thinking to travel to Europe next spring. Thinking to get a drone with couple extra batteries and take it with me as a carry on to get some aerial shots. Anybody had any experience ...
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Can you re-enter USA on an ESTA?

I am visiting the US in August 2014 for a week, returning home to the UK & will then be visiting for another 2 weeks in October 2014. My question is, can I use the same ESTA or would I need to ...
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What is the minimum wait before I may I re-enter the USA from Australia after a 90 day visit through the non visa program?

I entered the USA on a three month visa waiver program from Australia. I am about to return to Australia and would like to come back again to the USA. How long do I have to wait until I can re-enter ...
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Number of hours before the departure, that is safe be at an airport for an international flight

Generally airlines suggest that you be at the airport around 3 hours from the time of departure. Flying from the US, I've often found this to be unnecessary and I generally end up waiting and getting ...
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How can I bring a broken tablet on an airplane to the US?

Earlier this year when in America I bought a Nexus 7 tablet and brought it with me to Argentina. The tablet stopped working shortly after arrival and nothing I tried to do made it work. By chance I'm ...
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If I have an outstanding medical bill in America, can I go back there? [duplicate]

In 2007 I was in Texas when I fell really sick. I was rushed to hospital because my throat closed up and walked out with a medical bill of $1,200. I had travel insurance but they where being difficult ...
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Travelling to Canada after 90 days in USA

I am doing a ski season in Lake Tahoe (not working), or at least 90 days of it. I then want to fly to Canada for a few weeks to visit friends before flying home to Australia. I am an Australian ...
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Are there certain days of the week or weeks in a month (barring major holidays) that are generally cheapest for flights?

I'm trying to figure out when would be best to travel, as I'm planning to travel towards the end of November, again in December, and again in March, if possible. I want to use vacation all three of ...
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How do I clear an incorrect red flag on my US Visa for overstaying, when in fact my departure date has not been recorded in the database?

I am a resident of New Delhi, India. I received a 10 year B1/B2 type US visa on 17th Jan 2014, which expires on 15th Jan 2024. On account of this visa, I travelled to the United States for 15 days in ...