Things To Know About United States

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No one will ever know everything there is to know about United States, but here is the start of things to know about United States.

The United States is not only the America of television and the movies. It is large, complex, and diverse, with several distinct regional identities. With its history of mass immigration dating from the 17th century, it is a meeting point of cultures from around the world and plays a dominant role in the world’s cultural landscape. The US is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, with much of the population living on the two coasts.

Due to the vast distances involved, travelling between regions means crossing through many different landscapes, climates, and even time zones. Yes, such travel can be time-consuming and expensive, but it is so worth it! Why else would you go there if not to enjoy it as possible as you can?

In US there are plenty of places to go – just pick a direction! There are diverse tourist routes and in each side of the country you will find something interesting. But one thing is for sure – you should definitely travel around the US by car, otherwise you will miss all the beauty and diversity of this country.

Top places to visit in the USA by car

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Miami Beach

A place for those who love the beach. At the shore in Miami Beach you can swim, surf and jet ski in the warm and crystal-clear Atlantic waters. Rent a car in Miami and enjoy the beautiful coastline. Or just simply watch the beautiful people, especially at South Beach. Dare your friends – who will find a celebrity first!

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Sedona

Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. You’ll find there resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Grand Canyon, Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots. When the sun goes down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona – the night sky. Sounds amazing, right?

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Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a heaven for outdoor enthusiasts! The park features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. With so much unspoiled natural beauty, nowadays there’s no doubt that the park is indeed extraordinary.

As we already mentioned, the best way to see and feel the best of USA is to go by car. If you don’t own a car, there are many options for not only cheap car hire, but luxury car rental in Miami as well. You can also hire a car in Miami airport. US offers wide range of rental cars, so everyone can find a car that meets their needs.

Driving in United States - rules on the road

Speed limits

Speed limit in urban areas is 30 mph (50km/h) and 35 mph (55km/h) on unpaved rural roads. Speed limit for county paved roads is 45 mph (70km/h). All other two lane roads are limited to 55 mph (90km/h). The interstate limit is 70 mph (110km/h) while other four lane highways are limited to 65 mph (105km/h).

Alcohol levels

In US it is quite common to go home by car after visiting the bar, since the minimum blood alcohol level is 0,08. Please don’t do that! The first offense requires proof of intoxication; the second requires only proof of BAC at the time of being in physical control of a motor vehicle.

Speed fines

Penalties usually are more lenient than in some Europe countries. Sometimes police officers are unreasonable, giving you a ticket for almost no reason. A maximum punishment for speeding can be 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Speed radars

13 states have passed laws that prohibit the use of speed cameras. 28 states have no law addressing speed cameras. All other states either permit the use of speed cameras or limit their use by location or other criteria.

Road quality

Given that the US is very large, it is difficult to assess the condition of the roads. In general, roads in the US are in pretty bad condition. Drivers frequently pay hundreds of dollars per year in vehicle maintenance costs related to rough road conditions – flat tires, worn shock absorbers, and accidents. So better prepare a spare tire and money for unexpected car repair and be careful with rental car.

Minimum driving age

US has different laws than in Europe – you can drive if you are 16, but you must held learner’s Permit for 180 days. However, it will be safer if you already have a driving license and 18 years.

Fuel price

Regular Gasoline: 2,716
On-Highway Diesel Fuel: 2,615.

Side of the road

In the US, driving is on the right side.

Seat belt fines

Seat belt legislation varies by state. Depending on which state you are in, not wearing a seat belt in the front seat is either a primary or a secondary offense, with the exception of New Hampshire, which does not have a law requiring people over age 18 to wear a seat belt. The average fine is $50.

General information about United States

Weather

Given that the US is very large, the climate can be very diverse – from deserts and tornados to glaciers. For example, in Miami you can enjoy an excellent vacation next to ocean from May to September, while the weather in New York is pretty much the same as in some Northern and Southern countries in Europe.

Population

As you can imagine, US is populated pretty densely – with population of 321,5million it is the third most populous country in the world. 15% of the population is foreign-born, 80% of whom come from Latin America. Top countries inflowing new residents: Mexico, China, India, Philippines, Dominican Rep.

Speaking language

Although the official language is English, one in five people don’t speak English at home. That’s hardly surprising, given the diversity of language in US. Most popular languages are Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French.

Cost of living
Average monthly salary after tax is $2,674, but it is quite wrong to assess the average salary in the US, given its size and the large differences between states. You will hardly survive with that salary in New York, but in such states as Alabama, Iowa or Nebraska you can live pretty comfortably with salary like that.

Tourism

The US attracts millions of tourists yearly. And that’s not just because of the Statue of Liberty. Given the diversity of US, there are so many things to see and do, such as Golden Gate Bridge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Islands of Adventure. If you are planning a long vacation, we recommend that you fly to Miami, rent a car in Miami airport and start your wonderful journey through the most beautiful places in the USA.

Choose a cabrio for a wild ride on historic Route 66 or rent a car in Miami to enjoy a leisurely day next to ocean. Most cars in the US have automatic transmission, but if you prefer driving with stick, Carrentalia offers both automatic and manual transmission cars. As well we offer both cheap and luxury car rental in Miami and other cities.

Are you tight on budget? Carrentalia offers a wide range of vehicles for a cheap car rental in USA. Choose one of our high-quality cars that meets your needs and budget best. If you want to sit down in your hired car straight from the plane, just hire car in Miami airport.

Have a great road trip!

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