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Legendary highways, national parks, surf-strewn coastal roads and tumblewood desert dotted with moonshine towns - America's landscapes were built for road trips. Explore the sun-kissed west coast or historic east coast, or travel between the two. All you need to bring along is a sense of adventure and let the good times roll!

USA Fast Facts

Beers

In a New York bar, you'll spend between $5-$8 on a bottle of beer whilst in other cities it could be around $3.50. *Remember that you need to be 21 to drink in the USA.

Meals

Lunch from a cheap café or food truck can be between $5 and $9, whilst dinner in a restaurant would be nearer $25 to $60 per person.

Taxi Ride

Taxis are expensive in the States, with most city cabs running on meters. Budget travellers should use cheaper buses or subway transport.

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Transport

Travel on buses and subways will cost between $2 to $3. Car hire is available from $30 a day and we have campervans from $40!

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Hostels

Dorm beds in hostels cost between $25 and $40. Budget motels would be around $60 to $80 for a double.

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Hotels

A double room in a 3 star hotel can be between $100 and $250.

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USA Highlights

Work in the USA

Live the American dream! Spend your summer living and working in the good 'ole US of A! Discover the real America away from the tourist crowds on one of our amazing summer programmes.

USA Adventure Tours

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San Francisco to Las Vegas
The perfect blend of wildlife, active excursions, and the charm of wine country, this week-long journey from Las Vegas to San Francisco packs a punch. Explore Yosemite and paddle the Russian River in Sonoma wine country. These diverse areas offer plenty of options and our nimble touring van makes the most of sites. Camping keeps you close to the land while offering great value, so you’ll have money left to sip or slurp you way through Napa Valley.
7 Days l 6 Cities From R11,160
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Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Kicks abound on Route 66 – come get yours. Nicknamed "the Main Street of America," there’s nothing Norman Rockwell-esque on the stretch of highway you’ll travel on this trip. Burgers, longboards, and big-city shenanigans are the order of the day every day as you take in the sights and sounds of LA, Vegas, San Diego, and the Grand Canyon with an expert CEO leading the way.
7 Days l 5 Cities From R12,220
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New York to Chicago
The Big Apple, Finger Lakes, a Windy City, and some waterfalls that are so famous they don’t need a nickname – welcome to the most jam-packed week-long road trip in America. Experience skyscrapers, music, and street life in two of the coolest cities in the US and breathe in the fresh air in upstate New York. We’ll throw in Niagara Falls for good measure. You’ll stay in the heart of the cities, and camping will keep you snug in the region's wild heart.
7 Days l 6 Cities From R12,220
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What to do in two weeks in the USA

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Adventure Tours Under 2 Weeks
Short on time but eager to see the best of the USA? Experience the highlights including Yosemite National Park, Death Valley and San Francisco.
USA City Breaks
USA City Breaks
From NYC to LA, the USA has some epic cities to visit. Shop till you drop, live like the rich an famous, dine in famous restaurants and chill out in style - Best of all, our affordable USA city break pacakges include flights and hotels. Sweet!
USA Mini Adventures
The USA is so jam-packed with famous sights, it could literally take years to see it all. See the best of the USA on a mini adventure lasting anything from one to three days.

What to do in a month in the USA

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Adventure Tours Under a Month
Make your time in America a memorable one with an adventure tour like no other! Experience the highlights and make new travel buddies along the way.
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Self-Drive Roadtrips
If you have time on your side, there's no better way to explore the States than with an independent road trip! Hire a car or campervan  and hit the long open roads, Jack Kerouac style. The USA has some legendary drives, from the tumbleweed deserts of Route 66 to the rolling coastal views of the Pacific Coast Highway. Check out some of our self-drive itineraries for more inspiration.
Summer Work Programmes
Fancy working in the USA? Add an extra slice of excitement to your time in the states by working up to four months on seasonal jobs or at a summer camp!
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Campervan Hire
Take off on an epic USA roadtrip with your very own campervan. Hire a campervan to suit your group's needs and experience the USA at your own pace.
USA Accommodation
From trendy hostels to 4* hotels near NYC hotspots, check out our selection of top accommodation across the USA.

New York FR. R910 A Night!

With 5 nights in New York delve deep into the artsy district of the Lower East Side, check out SoHo's hip boutiques and get to the roots of Hell's Kitchen's devilish charm. And with STA Travel you can secure this package with R1,000 and only pay the full balance 30 days before you travel!
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Boston FR. R645 A NIGHT!

The cobblestoned birthplace of modern America and high-brow home of Harvard, Boston is pure old-world glamour (well, America's not actually THAT old). When you're finished walking the historic Freedom Trail, done trying to appear scholarly in Harvard Square and finally traced your ancestry to a pint of Guinness in Irish South Boston, it's also home to the Red Sox, Sam Adams and Dunkin' Donuts.
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Miami fr. R500 A NIGHT!

Miami, at Florida's southeastern tip, is a vibrant city whose Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Miami Beach, on barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, is home to glamorous South Beach, famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.
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Las Vegas FR. R446 a night!

Vegas baby! The only place on Earth where you'll find the whole world in one place. See the Statue of Liberty, ride a gondola in Venice, climb the Eiffel Tower and play blackjack in Monte Carlo. Loosen those purse strings and spend your days and nights (you won't know what time it is) sipping garish cocktails (they're free, water isn't) and partying until...well, there is no until.
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Getting Around

It's practically an American rite of passage to grab some friends, throw your junk in the trunk and scream off into the sunset. Cruise out of Las Vegas in a classic convertible, ride the rails with Amtrak or discover the Deep South in a campervan with the radio blasting out Dolly Parton.

USA Rail Pass

North American rail travel is a great way to maintain your freedom while eating up the miles with maximum comfort and minimum hassle. Hop between historic cities and iconic towns with your own personal window onto America's vast changing landscapes.

15 Day Passes fr. R6,460 

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Campervan Hire

North America's a vast continent and with so much to see and do, it's often hard to know where to start. For the ultimate in flexibility it's hard to beat the freedom of a campervan. In fact, so famous has North America become for this style of travel, it's almost a rite of passage to hire your own home on wheels as part of your big American adventure!

The Escape Ventura fr. R5,020

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Sample Itineraries

The USA is so jam-packed with famous sights, it could literally take years to see it all. We're guessing you're a little tighter on time, but still want to see as much as possible, so we've put together some sample itineraries below. You can book the exact route as part of a group tour or just use it as inspiration for your own USA adventure!

Do I need a visa for the USA?

Visas requirements for entry to the USA are subject to frequent change. Currently British citizens can enter the USA without a visa for stays of 90 days of fewer, so long as they apply for the Visa Waiver Program (from ESTA). All travellers should check current visa and passport regulations before coming to the USA, and allow plenty of time to acquire the correct documentation.

How can I work in America?

Students and young people can apply for a work abroad program for over the summer months. Pick from Summer Camps USA or our Work America programme, and spend your summer working in the States. Through our programmes, you’ll get help obtaining your four-month work permit (the J-1 visa) for various seasonal jobs in the USA, or work with kids at a Summer Camp for 6-8 weeks. Visit our Work in the USA page for more info.