The United States: where dreams are born, destinies unravel, and the great American experience waits behind bright lights and iconic road trips
The USA is a major holiday destination in North America. With over 323 million residents, it is the third most populous nation in the world. The United States offers you a cosmopolitan culture, gorgeous landscapes, and vibrant nightlife. Top tourist attractions include New York City’s Central Park, Las Vegas’s Bellagio Fountains and Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Start making your holiday plans, because cheap flights to the USA are now available for a limited time! USA’s hub airport is Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), a 10-minute drive or a scenic 40-minute bus ride from Atlantic’s city centre. ATL serves Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Air France. Direct flights to Atlanta depart from Johannesburg, with connecting flights from Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Atlanta is approximately 16 hours, 25 minutes.
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Popular flights to The United States
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Why visit the United States
Wealth of Beaches
Situated between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, the USA offers many gorgeous beaches for you to enjoy. The most famous include Miami Beach, Laguna Beach in California and the beaches of Honolulu.
Discover the incredible story behind the United States, from its fight for independence to its battle with racism and prejudice. Some major historic sites include the Alamo Mission in San Antonio and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Many Stunning Landscapes
The USA boasts an overwhelming variety of picturesque parks, magnificent mountains and breath-taking canyons. Explore attractions like the Yellowstone National Park, Red Rock Country in Utah and the Yosemite Valley in Northern California.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
United States Dollar (USD)
1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Type A & B
Best time to visit the United States
The USA has a mostly similar climate, with some variation, from the east to the west.
To avoid the busy tourist season and high accommodation rates (summer, June – August), visit the United States during late-spring (May) and early-autumn (September). Conditions may vary from coast to coast, with both seasons experiencing temperatures that range from cool to hot. Autumn (known as fall in the USA), is the most beautiful season, when you can discover a wonderful variety of colours.
The winter (November – February) offers the lowest room rates and more picturesque scenes, with minimum temperatures reaching below sub-zero in some cities. If you’re willing to brave the cold, make sure to pack extra layers and perhaps even thermal underwear.
Weather & Climate in the United States (Washington DC)
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
The USA is one of the most diverse and largest countries in the world. Its huge variety of alluring cities, awe-inspiring landscapes and rich history will have you visiting this nation many times to experience all that it has to offer. Discover some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, enjoy a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and indulge in the cosmopolitan culture of one of the richest countries in the world.
The most popular destinations in the United States include Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City.
The city of Orlando is a wonderful tourist destination, offering attractions that are perfect for the entire family. Explore many popular shopping malls, enjoy thrilling rides at Walt Disney World and relax at beautiful resort-style spas. Other top attractions include Discovery Cove and La Nouba – Cique du Soleil.
Los Angeles offers more than just the famous Hollywood. Discover this Southern California city’s numerous sights and sounds, such as the Walk of Fame, the magnificent Santa Monica Mountains and El Matador State Beach.
Miami is a leading tourist destination that’s best known for its stunning beaches, a pulsating nightlife and charming art deco buildings. Major attractions include the Everglades National Park and Bayside Marketplace.
The most populated city in the USA, New York City, is also arguably the most beautiful, sitting on a location where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the scenic borough of Manhattan, relax in the huge, gorgeous Central Park and admire the amazing scene at the colourful Times Square.
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South African passport holders will need a tourist visa to visit the many cities of the USA. The application process for this visa is known to take plenty of time, so plan in advance to receive your tourist visa ahead of your departure date. Make sure your passport’s validity is six months beyond your return date and that it has two pages free for entry stamps.
See this useful guide on how to apply for your USA visa.
The South African Embassy is in Washington, DC.
Address: 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: +1 202 232 4400
Fax: +1 202 244 9417
The level of crime varies across the United States of America, with most violent crimes relating to drug trafficking and gang violence, restricted to central neighbourhood areas. Visiting the tourist attractions during the day will help you stay out of trouble. Make sure to stay alert, however, as petty crime can be a problem in crowded areas.
Stay up to date on the weather for the destinations you will be visiting in the USA. Some parts of the country are affected by natural disasters, such as hurricanes between June and November in the Atlantic coastal and Gulf states, blizzards in the far north, and tornadoes in the mid-west and south. Other natural disasters to be careful include flooding, wildfires in the west (during later summer and early autumn), dust storms in arid areas, and thunderstorms throughout the nation.
· Be able to prove that they are fully vaccinated
· Complete a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure
· Produce proof of the COVID-19 test with mandatory tracing app