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It would take a lifetime to discover all 50 states of the United States. This country, which has always made many people dream about, has an impressive diversity of landscapes. But it is through its rich culture, thanks to successive immigrations, which has been exported all over the world that this country attracts and seduces so much.

We can never talk enough about New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle, these major cities that cannot be ignored.

The North-East of the United States, to discover the New Word

From Boston to Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia, the East Coast cities are well known. They have the influence of the European countries that came here to conquer the New World.

In the state of Pennsylvania, you can meet the Amish community around Lancaster. It is possible to visit villages and farms and discover this atypical way of life.

Further north, for nature lovers, there is the Green Mountains Park in Vermont. People come here to enjoy its hiking trails in the summer and its ski resorts in the winter. For climbing, Maine is ideal with its mountains like Mount Katahdin.

Niagara Falls is also located in this part of the United States, in New York State.

The South-East of the United States for its Caribbean and African culture

The south-east with the famous Florida is a region characterized by its tropical climate and its opening to the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida probably has the highest number of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Off Cape Coral, in the Bay of San Carlos, the island of Sanibel offers a captivating scenery.

For a more cultural trip, Tennessee is the heart of country music. There are also many buildings of the American civil rights movement in Alabama. For example, the Birmingham Baptist Church, which was a place of protest, is now a museum.

Finally, for hiking or climbing, the Appalachian Mountains are ideal. To the south-east, it crosses Georgia, Tennessee, South and North Carolina and Alabama.

The West Coast to experience the American Dream on the Far-Western lands

The famous West Coast of America, with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, is the United States that makes people dream.

In California, the rest of the Mojaves desert attracts fewer travellers than the Death Valley. However, this 127,000 m2 desert has many sites to discover. You have to dare to “get lost” between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and go along the coast to enjoy less touristic beaches.

For a greener nature, Oregon offers beautiful landscapes. The Colombia Gorge, in the border with Washington State, offers a breathtaking view of the  same named river.  It is also a place where it is possible to see many waterfalls, such as the Oneonta Gorge.

The west coast of the United States also has the largest number of Ghost Towns, abandoned cities dating from the conquest of the West. They are perfect places to immerse in the era of cowboys and the Far-West. In particular, Winthrop in Washington State can be visited.

Right next to Washington State, Idaho is often left behind. However, in the United States, where roadtrips are inevitable, Idaho and its scenic roads are an alternative for travellers wishing to get lost in the backcountry.

The centre of the country to discover the heart of the American culture

The central states are much less touristy than the coasts. However, they are far from uninteresting.

Texas, Illinois and Colorado are probably the best known states along with the cities of Houston and Chicago, and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

In Kansas and Oklahoma you can see vast meadows, or authentic wild western towns like Dodge City. The Great Plains region crosses both states, as well as Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska.

To the north, in the border with Canada, there is the famous Great Lakes region that borders Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others.

Finally, it is always possible to find unusual places in these regions, including the Blanchard Springs Caves in Arkansas.

Because of its high standard of living, the United States is an expensive destination. If there are solutions to reduce one’s budget, it is usually at the expense of comfort. The big cities are the most expensive, especially since they concentrate the majority of travellers.

On average, a budget of 195€ per day should be planned. By staying in youth hostels and eating sandwiches and salads, you can reduce your budget to around 60€ per day. If you want to treat yourself without looking too much at the expenses, the average budget per day should be around 360€ per day.

Prices found in the United States are traditionally displayed without tax and without tips. You should therefore think about adding them. The indicative prices displayed below include taxes for more transparency.

Flights from France are between 330€ and 600€ depending on the city of departure.

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Backpack

Daily expenses for meals with a small budget16€
Daily expenses for accommodation with a small budget30€
Daily expenses for transportation with a small budget10€
Daily expenses for activities with a small budget0€
Average budget

Average

Daily expenses for meals with an average budget40€
Daily expenses for accommodation with an average budget120€
Daily expenses for transportation with an average budget20€
Daily expenses for activities with an average budget15€
High budget

Luxurious

Daily expenses for meals with a big budget70€
Daily expenses for accommodation with a big budget200€
Daily expenses for transportation with a big budget35€
Daily expenses for activities with a big budget55€
Average cost of flights Paris-New-York  Paris – New-York330€

West Coast, North-East and most of the central part of the United States

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The best time to travel to these areas is summer (May to August), this period can extend until November for California where the climate is very mild.

Winter (December to February) can be very cold in New York or Chicago with periodes of heavy snowfall.

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In the states of Texas, Nevada and Arizona, the climate is arid and summers will be really hot. It is therefore preferable to go there in mid-season (March/April and October/November), even if they are pleasant regions all year round.

Louisane follows the same climate, with hot and very humid summers, it is better to go there in mid-season.

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Florida has a predominantly tropical climate. The best time for a trip in this state is winter (December to February). Indeed, the climate is very mild, the average temperature from January to Miami is 20°C.

Contrary to what we may think, summer is an unfavourable season. It will certainly be very hot and sunny, but it is also very humid and it is the time of year for big storms and hurricanes.

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