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

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Do I have to expect snow at 3900 meters above sea level during summer?

I'm planning to climb a high mountain during end of May, beginning of June, in the Yosemite National Park. The mountain is around 3900 meters above sea level. In Switzerland, I would expect that there ...
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Are there low cost airlines to travel within the US?

I'm from Europe where there are a lot of low cost airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, etc... But these operate mainly in Europe. Then, my question is if there are airlines which provide cheap flights ...
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What are the most effective rideshare sites in the US?

Recently, I have been traveling from upstate New York to NYC quite frequently and would like to find a site that is more effective than craigslist in attracting reliable rideshares for splitting gas ...
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How could a Washington registered car travel to Zürich?

About three months ago, I went to Switzerland from Germany by car. And when I parked the car in Zürich, I realized that the car (BMW Coupe 3er) that parked beside my car had a non-EU registration ...
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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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Are there electrical outlets in the sleeper cars of the California Zephyr?

I will be taking the California Zephyr the entire journey, and I planned on getting a lot of work done on my laptop during the journey. I will be staying in a roomette, I've taken Amtrak on the North ...
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How long does it take for a Global Entry application to be approved?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection runs a program called Global Entry, allowing low-risk travelers to complete an application, submit to a background check and interview, and eventually be ...
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Flying UK to Canada via USA. Do I need to apply for ESTA?

I'm going to fly from the UK to Canada via EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport). Do I need to apply for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?
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How do carpool lanes in the US work?

I'm doing some research for our roadtrip through SW USA (+Calif.) and ran into "carpool lanes" and this came to my attention: Hopefully if you're not travelling alone, you will be allowed to ...
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How does full-service gas work in Oregon?

I'm from a state in the US where all gas is self-service. When traveling to Oregon (where all gas stations are full-service), how does the process work? Do you just pull up to the pump and hand the ...
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What options do I have for scenic long-distance train journeys in North America that last for 2 nights or more?

I'm looking to take a trip (or two, or three), in North America via train. I want to take a sleeper train and have some time during the day to see interesting things out the window, I don't just want ...
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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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US and Canada Border Crossing and Computer Privacy: What do I need to know?

I've read stories about border officials searching laptops when crossing the border in one direction or the other. Does this really happen, typically speaking? As a US citizen, can I be forced to ...
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What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA?

I wish to travel to the US and think I am eligible to do so under the Visa Waiver Program. I found a lot of information out there but am still having some trouble understanding how this works. What ...
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Minor drinking in Canada

My daughter just turned 19 today. Her and her boyfriend went to Canada.Where the legal drinking age is 19. She just asked me "Could I get in trouble for being intoxicated, if we get pulled over, after ...
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With car rental should I pay now or pay later?

I'm just checking some car rental options for May and June in California. Avis for example offers the pay now and the pay later option. When you chose pay now, you have to pay the full amount while ...
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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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Public pianos in the U.S

I've been to the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland last year and had some fun on a piano in their lobby with a sign saying "Play me, I'm yours". I did some research and found a pretty cool project ...
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What documentation is needed for a tourist to drive a US citizen's car?

A common conclusion on Travel.SE says that buying a car as a tourist in the US is difficult because of registration and the time it takes to do the paperwork. However I have a friend in NYC who can ...
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I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?

According to what I've been told, one state (Alaska) has land which is considered the easternmost, northernmost, and westernnmost in all of the USA. What are the three points that allows it to claim ...
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Flying within the United States, Passport required?

This month I'll be flying twice within the United States. I am a US citizen with a valid drivers license, flying within US boundaries. Is this sufficient to fly? I haven't held a valid passport for ...
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Is volunteer work allowed in the US while visting under the VWP?

I am going to Santa Monica for 4 weeks to polish my English in July and would like to volunteer at the Planetary Society located in Pasadena. I am a Swiss citizen and have a biometric passport. ...
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Can I bring my desktop computer as check-in baggage on a flight?

I am moving from Malaysia to the US, and planning to bring my desktop computer with me. I plan to pack it in my checked-in luggage. Will the computer risk being damaged? Any precaution should I take ...
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Getting from Halifax, Canada to the US by bus/train?

I'm considering going all the way across to Halifax, Nova Scotia, but am having trouble finding information on getting from there down to the USA (Boston in particular). I gather it's 22 hours by ...
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Is it possible to drive to Hawaii?

I know there aren't any roads across the Pacific, obviously. But is there any possible way to drive a car to Hawaii? Let's say you were attempting to drive to all 50 states in the U.S., is there 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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US visa photo: ears must show?

Is there a requirement that the ears must show on photos used for US visas? This is specifically about women with long hair. There are several example photos of women on official sites where the ear ...
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Where can I find train routes using Wild West locomotives?

Im trying to find a train journey, it doesnt matter where it goes or where it is, but ideally it should be a real journey (not a park attraction for example), that uses original / authentic Wild West ...
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ESTA Application, what's it for, really?

So I went on holiday to the USA last summer. I filled out an ESTA application online, which cost me 14 dollars due to processing costs and whatnot. I printed a copy of the approved PDF and put it in ...
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Entering the USA by land border

I'll do a two week trip from Europe to Toronto and will fly back from New York. I plan to enter the US at Niagara Falls using a Greyhound bus (or Amtrak train alternatively). I meet all requirements ...
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Road-trip in USA: can a foreigner buy a car?

We are planning a road-trip in USA (and maybe part of central-america). Our first idea was to rent a car on each stage of our trip, but we realized that this option is about $1000 per month and breaks ...
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Do I need two transit visas for round-trip travel through the US?

I am flying from Canada to Costa Rica, but connecting in Houston. I am an Indian citizen so I will need to get a transit visa to be allowed into the US. Do I need to apply for two such transit visas ...
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European driver's license Type B and 10,000lb vehicle in USA [duplicate]

We are a Belgian couple and want to travel in the US with a truck camper. This truck camper will weigh around 10,000 lbs (4500 kg). In Belgium we have a driver's licence Type B (European and ...
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Can I return an Alamo rental car to an Enterprise location?

I have a car that I rented through Alamo rental but the nearest Alamo location is over an hour from me, not to mention traffic. Can I return the Alamo car to the Enterprise (a parent company of ...
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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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Why would passengers on a diverted flight not be allowed into the terminal?

I was recently on a flight to Washington DC, but due to adverse weather conditions at DCA we were redirected to Philadelphia to await suitable conditions to land in Washington. When we landed at PHL, ...
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Rent a rental car without a valid driving license?

A friend plans to go to USA in June. There he wants to rent a car to travel through the country. Unfortunately, he got a speeding ticket during the last weeks now his driving license is suspended for ...
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How can I get a reliable taxi/car service in LA?

I am fully aware LA is based around the car and has limited public transport. But I'm planning to be there a few days and will not be able to drive a car of any kind. I already have the airport ...
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What is the closest US equivalent to UK Ordnance Survey Maps?

In the United Kingdom, we have very detailed mapping available via the government-run Ordnance Survey. Their maps, while not best suited for long distance navigation are invaluable for outdoor ...
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Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?

I'm wondering if there's a definitive list or collection of things you should never say on a plane - eg words that if heard, will definitely get you removed, due to a rule or airline policies? I ...
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US employer suggests two 90 day contract periods instead of work visa. Is this okay? [closed]

I'm a Canadian going to work in the US for 5 months starting in May. My employer said that due to the fact I'm being hired a little late in the game, and the H1B work VISA takes several months to ...
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Do I need a visa to walk over the Rainbow bridge?

Suppose I'm in Canada visiting the Niagara Falls. Now I want to walk over the Rainbow bridge to visit the American side of the falls. Do I need a visa for this? Or is there any special onsite visa for ...
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New H1B arrival, what do I need for the port of entry?

I just got my newly-approved H1B visa stamped into my (UK) passport and am flying to America in a week. Besides my stamped passport, and my I-797B (Notice of Action) document, is there any other ...
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Is there a nonstop flight from the west coast of North America to anywhere in India?

A friend in San Francisco is trying to figure it out, given that there are (apparently) nonstop flights to Dubai, it should be physically possible, but wondering if such flights exist?
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Where can I get insurance for travel in late pregnancy?

My wife and I need to travel to the United States, but she will be 30 weeks pregnant by the time the trip ends. In addition to it being a very good idea in general, the US effectively requires travel ...
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US Customs Pre-clearance in foreign airports

Recently, I was traveling back to the US through Vancouver, BC, Canada. I was delighted with the fact that I was able to get pre-screened through US Customs before even getting on the plane. What ...
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What mountain in NW USA is this?

So on a flight from YVR (Vancouver) to SLC (Salt Lake City), not far south of Vancouver - we'd just turned inland after flying down the coast, I saw this mountain. I've gone through photos of Mt ...
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My ESTA is expiring - how does one go about renewing it?

I got an email from the Department of Homeland Security(!) to say my two-year ESTA is expiring at the end of next month. Is there a way to just renew it, or do you have to go through the complete ...
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Depart US through Mexico while on B1/B2 Visitor visa - how US will know I did not overstay?

I am currently in US with B1/B2 Visitor visa. Plan to depart US through Mexico by car. And then depart Mexico for another South American country. All within 120 day limit of B1/B2 visa. When ...