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Large English-speaking country in North America between Canada and Mexico, and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Used for questions on traveling from, to, or through the USA. For general questions about North America, use the [north-america] tag but be more specific (eg State) where relevant.

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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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Limit on alcohol bottles or containers when traveling back into the US

Is there currently a limit or maximum allowance of declared number or measurement of alcohol (whether wine, liquor, beer) bottles/containers when traveling into the United States for American Citizens?...
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Why does the TSA allow two 3-ounce containers but not one 6-ounce container?

If I understand the TSA's 3-1-1 policy in the US correctly, you are allowed to take two 3-ounce containers of a liquid on a plane, but not a single 6-ounce container of the same liquid. Is this really ...
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Can you bring a standard tube of toothpaste on a plane in a carry-on bag?

In the US, the TSA has very specific regulations for what can and can't be brought on a plane in a carry-on bag, especially when it comes to liquids. Can a standard tube of toothpaste be brought on a ...
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Carry on cheese grater on domestic U.S. flight?

Will I be permitted to pack a cheese grater in my carry-on bag for a domestic U.S. flight, or will this be considered a "potential weapon" and prohibited?
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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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How early should you get to the airport in the US?

When traveling on a domestic flight in the US, how early is it recommended to get to the airport before the flight is scheduled to leave? What about international flights leaving from the US? Are ...
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Inspection of over-packed bags

On the TSA website, their "tips for packing your checked baggage" twice emphasizes that you shouldn't over-pack your bags: Avoid over packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily ...
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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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Cost for US cell phone users to receive international calls

This is a question not from the point of view of the traveler, but from the point of view of someone in the US receiving calls from a traveler abroad. In general, for the major US wireless carriers, ...
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Does a French passport holder require a US visa for business trips?

I am a French citizen and I am going to USA to work with a company during a Toy Fair event. The job is not contractual and not paid directly. The company covers my travel and accommodation costs. I ...
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Internet Service for multiple people

How do you provide a decent speed internet connection to multiple devices on a USA road trip? (either on interstates, in campgrounds or hotels) Four people have at least 2 devices the following (...
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How to pay Chinese customs duties? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bringing items into China for a friend - what to expect at customs? Based on the answers to What to expect at Chinese customs when bringing in items for friends who live there?...
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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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Car rental vs. buying a car for 1 month, when visiting the USA?

I would like to visit a few places in the states sometime next year, and I was thinking of doing a road trip while I'm at it. I could start in either Los Angeles or Montreal, and then I would like to ...
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Greyhound: can I ensure I get a seat on the bus I want to use?

Some bad fortune has required me to change my Thanksgiving travel plans at the last minute. I canceled my train ticket and bought a Greyhound bus ticket instead. I'm concerned by this language on the ...
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Truck rental, Mexico pick-up, U.S. drop-off

So my car recently died here in Mexico, and I need to tow it back to the U.S. to have it worked on. (It's a long story). I'm hoping I might be able to rent a small (u-haul style, would be fine, or ...
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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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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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What are the best days to travel around Thanksgiving (US)?

I'm a Canadian currently in Toronto, and I'm considering going to California (either San Fransisco or LA) or perhaps Las Vegas. Is there a particular travel plan which would reduce any travel issues ...
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TrueCrypt Volumes: Will it cause any trouble?

From various sources (mainly friends and dubious internet sites) I heard that you can get in trouble if you have encrypted volumes/files on your laptop while entering USA. Apparently they assume that ...
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Laptop Searches by Customs - UK and US

I'll be traveling to the UK (London) on a study abroad in the spring and will be bring my laptop for school and intern purposes. I was just curious what/if any rights UK customs has to search laptops ...
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Do I have to pay traffic fines issued by foreign governments?

I live in Italy and I own a car registered in Italy as well. Next year I'm planning a long stay in the US (around 6 months) and I want to bring my car with me. I was wondering: can I abuse carpool ...
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What are my options for transportation around the Great Plains (US)?

I would like to make a trip to the Great Plains - specifically, Montana and the Dakotas - because I haven't ever been to that part of the country, but I know nothing about logistics of getting around ...
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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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How to travel to California with my cat? [closed]

I am moving to California from Ukraine. I know the exact requirements from Ukranian part, but what about USA part and especially California? What is the exact list of requirements for the cat?
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How to prepare for a trip to the Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park?

I'm a huge mountain fan and I'd really like to go to the Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park. Since today I only did some hiking tours in the Alps and therefore I don't really know what I should ...
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What is the cheapest way to use data for an Australian (Telstra) iPhone in the US? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Data-plan for the USA I'll be travelling to the US soon from Australia, and I was wondering what is the cheapest way to have 3G data in the US using my iPhone which has a ...
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What is the connecting time to consider for International to International Transfers in US Airports?

There is a question on "the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA". In one answer it is said that "international to domestic transfers are always terrible and should be avoided ...
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Shipping a computer from Europe to the U.S [duplicate]

I plan to be travelling to the United States from Europe (the Netherlands specifically) and want to bring my computer. I measured it and it exceeds the dimensions for hand luggage. I'm worried that if ...
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What was that grand unfinished opera house in Chicago called…? [closed]

I believe the story behind it goes somewhat like this: there was a rich man who loved a woman who unfortunately failed to become admitted to the famous opera house in New York (forgot what this was ...
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Flight from USA to Europe in March 2012 [closed]

We are planning our first Europe trip from USA in March of 2012. Found some travel packages from TravelZoo, however, they aren't to the destinations that we'd want and we believe if we plan our ...
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Suggestions Regarding Roadtrip from Milwaukee to Niagara Falls

Next summer (end of July 2012) I'll be attending a wedding in Milwaukee. My wife and I have never been to any of the states up around the Great Lakes and were wondering where our time would be best ...
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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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Re-entering on the Visa Waiver Program for the USA

In November last year I visited Florida, and as a New Zealand citizen, I had to go through the process of applying for and getting an ESTA (which costs money, making it feel suspiciously like a visa). ...
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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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What ski resort in the US/Canada is reachable from Europe?

I keep hearing messages that skiing in North-America is worth considering as an alternative to the Alps. But I have no clue where I should start looking. So my question is simple, if you need to fly ...
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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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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 places?...
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What is the best company to go through for climbing Mt. Rainier?

I'm thinking about climbing Mount Rainier some time next summer, and I'm trying to find the best Guide company to go through. I'd want to do a 3 or 4 day climb, and make sure that I get adequate ...
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Which type of visa I should apply for to visit USA as job applicant?

I'm a Russian citizen and have been invited to the interview to United States and plan to go there on a two-day trip. The question is - does anybody know which exactly type of visa I should apply for. ...
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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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Can you travel to the US prior 1 months of tourist visa expiry?

I've heard that i can travel to the US any time before my tourist visa expiry. Is that true? (please advise)
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Can you search for a job when using a tourist visa (B-2) in the US

If I am visiting the US with a tourist visa, can I look for a job in the US?
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What counts as a “visit” for immigration forms?

It is often asked in official immigration forms (US) about the countries visited in the past. Do flight connections count in this case, or do they mean exiting the airport/gate area?
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How to research facilities/ratings of US airport lounges online?

For an upcoming trip, it looks like for my US departure I'll have access to more than one airport lounge. (One via FF status, a different via a credit card). This is a nice position to be in, but ...
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Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver - What is the border crossing like northbound?

I'm pondering using the Amtrack Cascades train to get from Seattle up to Vancouver. The ticket price seems pretty good, the views are supposed to be great, and it seems to be fairly quick too! When ...
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Driving from US to Central America

Is it possible to drive from the US through Mexico to Central America? What route is recommended, and how long would it take? What safety or immigration/customs concerns would you face?
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Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?

Three years ago I was on holidays in Canada and visited the Niagara Falls. I also went to the American side of the falls and got something like a "short-term visa". I also got a green paper with all ...
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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 non-...