It is estimated that the United States government has a third of all airports in the world. The CIA has jurisdiction over around 44,000 airports around the world. There are 15,095 airports in the United States out of which 101 are international airports. The busiest international airports in the United States include Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport at Atlanta, Los Angeles International Airport at Los Angeles, John F. Kennedy International Airport at New York and O'Hare International Airport at Chicago.
Last year, in 2017, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport at Atlanta served 51,916,451 passengers. The airport is over 1900 hectares in area and has five parallel runways. This airport has continuously competed for being the busiest airport in the world for the last two decades. It’s a major transit airport for the country's domestic flights. The airport is only 11 kilometres away from the business district of Atlanta City.
Los Angeles International Airport at Los Angeles continues to be the fifth busiest airport in the world. The airport is 30 kilometres away from downtown Los Angeles. In 2017 the airport handled 42,459,545 passengers. The airport has four parallel runways to entertain multiple flights at the same time.
John F. Kennedy International Airport at New York has received 29,458,297 passengers in the year 2017. The airport is the busiest airport in the United States, specifically for international flights. The Airport is 30 kilometres away from Midtown Manhattan. This airport has 6 terminals in total and 4 parallel runways and 128 gates.
O'Hare International Airport at Chicago is 23 kilometres away from Chicago’s Loop Business district. In 2016 the airport helped 37,589,899 passengers fly towards their destinations. The Chicago airport has a staggering 7 runways, 2 of which are reserved for turbulent landings and takeoffs at the ‘Windy City’. The airport also has 5 terminals to dictate the airspace around it.
UK passport holders are allowed to travel under the Visa Waiver Program to the USA, especially for tourism purposes, through the ESTA (Electronic System of Travel Authorization). There are a few prerequisite conditions that need to be met for the entry into the USA for a maximum of 90 days.
The conditions include that the UK passport should describe the tourist as a ‘British Citizen’ and that the passport should be an e-Passport. The ESTA needs to authorize the traveller and check whether the person in question has no complex criminal history. The visitor must not be a dual citizen of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria nor must he had travelled to Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011.
The country is so vast, with such variety of climates that almost the entire year is the best time to visit the United States. In the summers the south of the country becomes hot and humid but the north remains mild and temperate. Summer showers sometimes cool the air. In the winters, snowy blizzards might torment New Yorkers but everything would remain sunny in California.
The tickets usually are the cheapest for late January and February, but this is only the general trend. It is noticed that if the bookings are done 12 weeks ahead of departure, the tickets are usually the cheapest. The United States is an immensely competitive market for airlines and usually, airlines keep the fares low to attract more customers.
The United States has many landmarks, both ancient and modern, both hidden and in plain sight and both nationalistic and global. The country is itself a landmark, with many cultures, societies, communities and ideas circulating around its basic principle of freedom.
The most visited landmark in the United States is the Golden Gate Bridge in the state of California. The Golden Gate Bridge is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is two and half times larger than the consolidated area of the city of San Fransisco. Approximately 15 million people come to visit the park and the bridge yearly.
The Lincoln Memorial is a temple that was built in the honour of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial was constructed in 1922 and houses a gigantic seated statue of the president looking down at the visitors.
The Grand Canyon is among the few landmarks in the United States that can make a man realize how insignificant his sorrows really are. The sheer immensity of the canyon cannot be described in words and numbers do not do it justice. Over a course of millions of years, the Colorado River has carved the canyon out of the rock, scrapping just a few inches every year.
An integral part of the American dream is the freedom of movement. Every year the federal and state government invest billions of dollars into the transportation infrastructure, to maintain existing modes and to expand the networks. A tourist visiting would find the metro systems easy to understand manoeuvre.
There are excellent five star hotels and accommodations in the United States. Obviously, more economical Inns and Hotels are also available in America.
- Montage Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
- Four Seasons Hualalai - Island of Hawaii
- The Waldorf Astoria Chicago - Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois
- The Peninsula Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills/Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
- The Inn Above Tide - Sausalito, Marin County, California
- Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort - Calistoga, California, United States
- The Jefferson, Washington DC - Downtown, Washington, D.C., United States