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12 tips for travelling by train in the USA
12 tips for travelling by train in the USA

The USA‘s national rail operator Amtrak won’t get you everywhere you want to go, but it’s an excellent way to explore this vast country on a budget. Incredible landscapes will zoom by and you’ll see a slice of real Americana as you slow through quirky little towns dotted along each route, plus, there’s no better way…

How to holiday like Obama, Clinton and Trump
How to holiday like Obama, Clinton and Trump

When President Barack Obama – or “vacationer-in-chief”, as he’s been called by Republican critics – heads for the exit door this winter, he’ll have taken around 200 days off since assuming office eight years ago. But he’s far from the worst White House holiday offender. That dubious honour goes to Former President George W. Bush,…

American beauty: the southwest USA in pictures
American beauty: the southwest USA in pictures

After two months road tripping through the southwest USA, Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper captured the region’s stunning natural beauty through his lens. Here are a selection of his best photographs.  We began our two-month tour of America’s Southwest with a few days in Las Vegas. As we drove our hire car out of the…

The best beaches on the east coast of the USA
The best beaches on the east coast of the USA

With more states spanning the coastline than its western counterpart, the beaches on east coast of the USA, reaching from ruggedly charming Maine down to the tropical climes of Florida, offer style and substance to rival the most famous west coast beauty spots. So whether you’re embarking on a road trip or making a beeline…

An underwater art exhibition just opened in Florida
An underwater art exhibition just opened in Florida

A brand new art exhibition with a difference has opened in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary this month. You can’t exactly buy an entrance ticket and there are no galleries as such. Instead, you’ll need a PADI license and an oxygen tank, because this exhibition sits 27m below the surface of the Atlantic, around…

Quiz: can you name these famous places in the USA?
Quiz: can you name these famous places in the USA?

Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge of the USA? Have you marvelled at the Grand Canyon, taken a ride on a cable car in San Francisco and visited Washington DC‘s finest museums? If so, this is the quiz for you. We’ve selected eight famous sights across the USA – from mountains and monuments to towns and cities – to…

Space tourism: an interview with an astronaut
Space tourism: an interview with an astronaut

Last month we were lucky enough to welcome an astronaut all the way from the Kennedy Space Center to Rough Guides HQ, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask him a few questions. Astronaut Don Thomas has been to space four times on the NASA space shuttles and takes part in the Kennedy Space Center…

You can visit all US national parks for free next week
You can visit all US national parks for free next week

To celebrate of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, visitors will be offered free entry to national parks across the USA next week. From the 16th to the 24 April, admission fees will be waived in all 59 parks, with a range of special activities also planned around National Junior Ranger Day on…

The best weekend getaways in the USA
The best weekend getaways in the USA

The USA is a big place, but no matter where you’re based, it’s easy to hit the road for a couple of hours or hop on a plane or train for a total change of scenery. Here are just a few of the USA’s best weekend getaways. Best for peace and quiet: Bear Mountain State…

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