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    Boston – a brief overview

    It’s not just the singular accent – there’s something defiantly unique about Boston. The city that raised John F Kennedy is the largest in New England and was home to some of the USA’s first settlers. As the birthplace of the American Revolution – witnessing key events such as the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and Battle of Bunker Hill – it is

    steeped in history. Some of its well-preserved architecture dates back to before almost any other building in the country. Responsible for training some of the country’s best and brightest, Boston is also one of America’s intellectual and cultural capitals, as can be felt in many of the lively cafés, bars and restaurants.

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    The Freedom Trail

    Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument
    Boston, MA 02108
    USA
    Tel: 617 357 8300
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    Learn about the history of the city and the American Revolution with this iconic tour, passing some of the most important public buildings, churches and historical sites in the USA.

    Fenway Park

    4 Yawkey Way
    Boston, MA 02215
    USA
    Tel: 1 877 733 7699
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    Built in 1912, this venerable stadium is the home of the legendary Red Sox. Sample a key part of US culture by attending a baseball game here.

    Museum of Fine Arts

    465 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
    USA
    Tel: 617 267 9300
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Tue 1000-1645
    Wed-Fri 1000-2145
    Sat-Sun 1000-1645

    One of the grandest art museums in the USA, the MFA’s collection is also one of the biggest, covering all the major art movements, but its neoclassical architecture is worth the ticket price alone.

    Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

    25 Evans Way
    Boston, MA 02115
    USA
    Tel: 617 566 1401
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1100-1700
    Thu 1100-2100

    Constructed in 1903 to look like a Venetian palace, this stunning building houses Gardner’s private art collection and more. Entry is permitted with MFA tickets – also, if your name is Isabella.

    Boston Common

    Beacon Hill
    Boston, MA 02108
    USA
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    The oldest public park in the USA, these immaculate gardens date back to 1634 and contain numerous important monuments such as the Boston Massacre Memorial.

    The North End

    The North End
    Boston, MA 02113
    USA
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    Known as Little Italy for its historical links with immigrant Italians, this charming waterfront neighbourhood boasts countless cafés and restaurants, and a unique atmosphere.

    Cape Cod

    One Long Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    USA
    Tel: 617 227 4321
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    For the best beaches in Massachusetts, incredible seafood and wonderful views, take a day trip by ferry to Cape Cod.

    Harvard Square

    Harvard Square
    02138 Cambridge
    USA
    Tel: 617 491 3434
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    At the centre of Harvard University, Harvard Square is rich in history. Millions of visitors are attracted every year to its bustle of cafés, bookshops – and ideas.

    Boston Duck Tours

    1 Central Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    USA
    Tel: 617 267 3825
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Enormously popular with tourists, the Duck Tour offers a view of the Boston skyline from the Charles River in a WWII-style amphibious landing vessel.

    Tours depart from the Prudential Center, Museum of Science and New England Aquarium

    Copley Square

    Copley Square, Back Bay
    02116 Boston
    USA
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    In the heart of the affluent and historic Back Bay area, this is one of the most important squares in Boston, featuring the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church and more.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 20. January 2014
    Presidents’ Day: 17. February 2014
    Memorial Day: 26. May 2014
    Independence Day: 04. July 2014
    Labour Day: 01. September 2014
    Columbus Day: 13. October 2014
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2014
    Thanksgiving Day: 17. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015
    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Boston
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    Though Boston can’t claim to be a late-night party beacon, it does offer range with classy bars in the Back Bay and North

    End, ubiquitous Irish-style pubs, and downtown lounge joints. Cambridge is home to student hangouts and rock clubs.

    Eastern Standard

    528 Commonwealth Ave
    Boston, MA 02215
    USA
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    Dine on oysters or ceviche at the bar and soak up the buzzy atmosphere.

    Doyle’s Cafe

    3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain
    Boston, MA 02130
    USA
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    Dating back to 1892, this classic Irish-American pub offers an excellent range of beers on tap.

    Symphony Hall

    301 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
    USA
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    For classical music and unmatched acoustics, visit the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Top of the Hub

    800 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02199
    USA
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    Fifty floors up, this glamorous lounge bar lets you sip Martini while enjoying spectacular views.

    Lizard Lounge

    1667 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    USA
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    This is a hip venue and club showcasing local and international bands which tend towards the alternative.

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    Restaurants in Boston
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    The lifeblood of New England for generations, fresh fish has always defined Boston’s culinary scene, and visitors shouldn’t miss the red lobster or clam chowder.

    But prepare for different thrills too, as this proud city is also home to some of the most innovative chefs in the USA.

    Neptune Oyster

    63 Salem Street
    02113 Boston
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    One of the finest seafood restaurants in the city, Neptune lies in the chic North End.

    No 9 Park

    9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Inspired by Italian and French cuisine, this fine-dining restaurant is set in an old townhouse.

    Hungry Mother

    233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02141
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    For cornbread, grits, fish pot roast and other local classics, ask the Mother.

    Union Oyster House

    41 Union Street
    Boston, MA 02108
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    Dating back to 1826, America’s so-called oldest restaurant has the city’s best clam chowder, with oyster crackers.

    Barking Crab

    88 Sleeper Street
    Boston, MA 02210
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    In this lively waterfront eatery, the fresh-caught lobster is delicious and affordable.

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    Fisherman's Feast of Boston

    14 – 17 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: North End.

    This is the oldest continuous Italian festival in the North End of Boston. Since 1911, this North End Feast has celebrated the devotion of immigrant Sicilian fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca (Our Lady of Help). Besides a delicious selection of Italian food and cooking demonstrations, there is also a variety of entertainment, live music, traditional processions and an assortment of children’s events, contests, giveaways, and games. In the evening, the fishing waters are blessed, followed by the Cheese Tower building competition, and a procession with the statue of the Madonna.

    Saint Anthony's Feast

    29 – 31 August 2014

    Venue: Streets of Boston.

    Saint Anthony’s Feast is the largest Italian religious festival in New England. This authentic Italian street festival has something for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and daily religious services. Visitors can stroll the beautifully decorated streets sampling the best Italian foods from about 100 different pushcarts. Enjoy arancini, sausage peppers and onion, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta and of course zeppole, cannoli and gelato. The highlight of the Feast is the 10-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats.

    Head of the Charles Regatta

    18 – 19 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Charles River.

    Each fall, rowers and spectators from around the world gather in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, for the two-day Head of the Charles Regatta. First held in 1965, the race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members D’Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, under the guidance of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Each year the event attracts some 7,000 rowers and crowds in excess of 300,000 who turn out to enthusiastically cheer them on.

    Boston Tea Party Reenactment

    16 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Old South Meeting House.

    Relive one of the most iconic public protests in American history – the Boston Tea Party. Gather at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic landmark where the colonists met in 1773, with Boston’s infamous rabblerousers like Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, to debate the tea tax and demand liberty from the British crown. It’s followed by a procession to Griffin’s Wharf accompanied by fife and drums, before the tea is then dumped unceremoniously into the waters at Boston Harbour.

    First Night Arts Festival

    31 December – 31 January 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in downtown Boston.

    Entitling the bearer entrance to a range of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film events, a First Night Button is a passport to a whole raft of activities and entertainment as part of Boston’s First Night New Year’s Eve arts festival. The entertainment programme features over 250 performances, exhibitions and workshops which are held at some 40 different venues in this exciting city. Attractions and entertainment, ranging from a city parade to a fireworks display, begin at around midday and continue through until midnight; the First Night Button also offers discounts at selected venues well into the New Year.

    Dr Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Weekend

    1 – 31 January 2015

    Venue: Various locations in Boston.

    The city of Boston celebrates the anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birth on 15 January 1929 with a series of concerts, exhibitions and special events. The revered civil rights leader was a figurehead of the campaign for equality for African Americans whose famous “I have a dream” speech is known throughout the world. King gained a PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955 and is enshrined in the city’s cultural identity. In 1986, 18 years after his assassination on 4 April 1968, the anniversary of his birth became a public holiday throughout America. Boston marks the holiday weekend with a series of special events, church services and exhibitions in various locations across the city.

    Boston Celtic Music Festival

    9 – 10 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: Club Passim.

    This unique event features 100 musicians and performers representing Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. This is a great opportunity to sample Celtic culture with lots of concerts, ceilidh and workshops for all ages.

    Annual Boston Wine Festival

    1 – 28 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel.

    The Boston Harbor Hotel plays host to over 50 guest wineries for 3 months of wining and dining on a grand scale. As well as some of the best established names in the wolrd, the festival is renowned for introducing some of the very best new wines available and so is very popular with connoisseurs.

    Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival

    1 – 30 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    A must for music-lovers.

    Boston International Film Festival

    9 – 19 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    This 10-day event is a must for cinema fans.

    Boston Marathon

    20 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Boston streets and rural roads.

    The Boston race is the oldest annually contested marathon in the world. Beginning in the rural New England town of Hopkinton, the course runs the customary 42.2km (26 miles 385 yards) to the centre of Boston, with Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite and amateurs starting in turn. Boston’s was the first marathon to introduce a wheelchair division. The field limit is 20,000 participants and would-be runners are always advised to get their applications in early. The event enjoys a lively, holiday atmosphere and among the better vantage points are Boston College and Beacon Street, just before the finish line. The run is likely to be particularly poignant, givem the terrorist attack in the 2013 event, which maimed and killed countless runners and spectators.

    Patriot's Day Celebrations

    20 April 2015

    Venue: Streets of Boston.

    Forever stamped in history as the place where the American Revolution began, each year the city of Boston marks Patriots Day. It was on this day in 1775 that the first major battle between the British troops and the colonists took place. According to the history books, Paul Revere rode out to Lexington to warn the colonists that the British troops had begun to march towards Concord. A bloody battle ensued and the American Revolution had begun. The day is marked each year with battle re-enactments, formal ceremonies, exhibitions, historic displays and performances and the popular Boston Marathon.

    Arts First Cambridge

    30 April – 3 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various locations around Boston.

    Arts First presents more than 200 music, theatre, dance, and visual arts events. The festival celebrates all kinds of creative activity at various indoor and outdoor venues including Harvard Yard, Sanders Theatre, the Harvard Museums and the undergraduate houses. It is Harvard’s annual four-day celebration of the arts, instigated in 1992 at which undergraduates and graduate students present a great programme of drama, music, dance, film, and literary and visual arts.

    Cambridge River Festival

    6 June 2015

    Venue: Memorial Drive.

    The Cambridge River Festival celebrates all things arts-related with a free outdoor event, attracting an enthusiastic audience of 200,000 people annually to the banks of the Charles River. The event starts with a procession from Harvard Square to the river, with a variety of visual and performing art and food which reflects the city’s diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage. Enjoy everything from national and local jazz, folk and world music to dance, poetry and theatre performances.

    Boston Harborfest

    2 – 7 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Boston’s downtown and waterfront districts.

    Ending with a bang to coincide with the US’s Fourth of July celebrations, Boston Harborfest is a seven-day celebration that gets the city in the party spirit with a packed programme of entertainment. Events show off the city’s rich colonial and maritime heritage through a series of re-enactments, exhibitions, guided city tours and historic displays. Always popular with families, Children’s Day is one of the main events where younger visitors can enjoy a mix of sports events, performances, jugglers and face painters. With fun, games and entertainment for visitors of all ages, the Boston Harborfest is one of the biggest celebrations in the city.

    Boston Chowderfest

    3 – 6 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    More than 2,000 gallons of this New England delicacy are served up in City Hall Plaza during Boston Chowderfest, a cornerstone of the annual Harborfest celebrations. Twelve of Boston’s most ambitious restaurants ladle out their ‘chowda’ to be guzzled or shunned by voting fans. A few dollars gets you unlimited access to the best of the hot and creamy seafood soup. Fresh from the city’s immense natural harbour, experts say that you can taste the unique essence of Boston’s waters in the perfect clam chowder.

    Independence Day Commemorative Events

    4 July 2015

    Venue: Various location in Boston.

    As the city inextricably linked with the start of the American Revolution, Boston takes its independence seriously. The day starts at 0900 with an official flag raising in City Hall Plaza. Then a parade begins on route from Tremont, Bromfield, Washington, to Court Street, pausing at the Old Granary Burial Ground to place wreaths on the graves of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil, and Robert Paine, followed by reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the Old State House. There are then 4 July celebrations all over the city followed in the evening by a spectacular fireworks display (10,000 shells and devices are used each year). The Boston Pops have entertained music fans on the Esplanade along the banks of the Charles River since 1930 and the tradition continues with the orchestra providing the soundtrack for the celebration.

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    In recent years, Boston has drastically improved its accommodation options, with old favourites receiving much-needed makeovers, and boutique hotels drawing

    visitors to developing areas of the city. The question now is – how to choose?

    Boston Harbor Hotel

    70 Rowes Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    Leading the way in Boston’s lodging list is this opulent wonder with marble-lavished interiors.

    Hotel Commonwealth

    500 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    The elegant home of trendy nightspot Eastern Standard, this hotel is popular with the rich and famous.

    Nine Zero

    90 Tremont Street
    02108 Boston
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    With yoga sessions, personal shoppers and a celebrity chef, Nine Zero is the best of Boston’s boutique hotels.

    Boston Marriott Copley Place

    110 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02116
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    Ideally located, this enormous hotel offers panoramic views of the city.

    Boston Hotel Buckminster

    645 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02215
    USA
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    Category: Cheap

    With a history dating back to 1897, this quaint but handsome hotel is a walk down memory lane.

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    Climate & best time to visit United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as

    Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

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    Shopping in Boston
    Stadtführer, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Shopping, Einkaufen

    Key Areas

    You can find all the big-name designer brands in Boston, but the city has managed to hold onto many of its old independent outlets too. Bookshops abound, particularly in Cambridge, while Newbury Street is the main shopping thoroughfare.

    Markets

    There are several flea markets around the city, but the best one is Sunday’s SoWa Market (Harrison Avenue).

    The hungry come for the food trucks and fantastic farmers market, but there’s also an arts section full of handmade items (Thayer Street).

    Shopping Centres

    Copley Place is an upmarket mall in Back Bay, housing the likes of Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. In the suburbs, Natick Mall provides a more down-to-earth shopping experience (1245 Worcester Street).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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