The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture centre, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
South Africans will need a visa to travel to the United States. You should have a South African passport with at least 6 months of validity after the date of your travels to the USA.
Note: Temporary passports will not be recognised.
Visa Cost: USD $160 visa application fee
Compulsory Vaccinations Required: N/A
Please note: Visa and vaccination information is correct at time of publish and are subject to change
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Winter sports – March/April/ September/October
Summer sports – Early June as their school year ends hereafter
Cultural – June/July
AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS
With an estimated 19.8 million residents in 2015, it is the fourth most populous state in the United States. New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.
NYC’s times square is a fascinating and stimulating place full of culture and advertising and a “must do” tourist stop. The square’s extremely bright lights can even be seen from outer space!
The building of Central Park was one of New York’s most massive public works and landscaping projects. Some 20,000 workers reshaped the site’s topography to create the pastoral landscape, moving nearly 3 million cubic yards of soil and planting more than 270,000 trees and shrubs.
The Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River of New York City and connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Started in 1869 by Augustus Roebling and completed fourteen years later by his daughter in law Emily Warren Roebling, it is seen today as a feminist victory and engineering marvel.
Statue Of Liberty Cruise
The fastest way to see the Statue of Liberty from midtown Manhattan. Glide down the Hudson river and right in front of the magnificent Statue Of Liberty. Tour guides narrate the story of New York City as you sit back, relax and luxuriate in the comfort of one of our state-of-the-art boats.
One World Observatory
Climb to the tippy top of the NYC skyline for views like no other. Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the 1,776 foot tall One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Two deep dark wounds sit opposite each other where the twin towers once stood and serve as a reminder and memorial to the September 11, 2001 attacks which killed 2,977 people
Ride the iconic NYC subway and experience the culture of NYC like a true New Yorker. This rapid transit system is one of the largest in the world, offering a fast and unique way to get around the city. Overall the system contains 424 different stations connected by 236 miles of routes
Washington, D.C., is one of the most important capital cities in the world. It may not be as large as other capital cities, but it still packs a wallop when it comes to seeing and doing things. It is a great place to learn about the history of America, from viewing precious documents to seeing Congress in action. Dozens of museums abound in the central area. An efficient subway system makes it easy to get around the city and see most of the top tourist attractions in Washington D.C.
Visitors to Washington, D.C., won’t want to miss a stroll on the National Mall, a greenway that will take them past many of the capital’s important sites. Located downtown, the National Mall stretches on the west from the US Capitol building to the Potomac River and on the east from the Jefferson Memorial to Constitution Avenue. Across the streets from the mall, but still considered part of it, are a variety of Smithsonian museums and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. To the east, nearby attractions include memorials to Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield, and the Reflecting Pool. With about 24 million visitors a year, it is the top tourist attraction in Washington.
The White House
The White House serves many purposes. It is where the President works and lives with his family. It is also the symbol of the United States to the rest of the world. It is where the President officially meets with leaders of foreign nations and hosts them at state dinners. The site for the White House was selected by George Washington, first president of this new nation, but President John Adams was the first to live in it. It was burned by the British during the War of 1812, but later reconstructed.
United States Capitol
The United States Capitol is where Congress meets. Sessions of the Senate and House of Representatives are open to the public when the bodies are in session. The Capitol was one of the first buildings constructed by the fledgling U.S. government following the Revolutionary War. Construction began in 1793, with legislators meeting there for the first time in 1800. Central to the Capitol building is the rotunda, which lies under the dome. This is where honored citizens, such as presidents, lie in state
The Washington Monument is probably one of the best-known obelisks on earth. Built during the 19th century, it is a monument to the military achievements of George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Standing more than 550 feet (170 meters) high, it is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. It’s viewable 24 hours a day, though it’s not possible to get to the top for stunning views of the capital
National Air and Space Museum
Visitors don’t have to be kids to be fascinated by the National Air and Space Museum. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum offers plenty of hands-on activities for kids of all ages, from eight to 80. The museum is a treasure trove about America’s air and space programs. Exhibits include everything from the 1903 Wright Flyer to the Apollo 11 moon-landing expedition to exhibits on how scientists are exploring space today.
Georgetown is an historic district that was established in Maryland decades before the U.S. government was established in Washington, D.C. It became part of the nation’s capital when Congress created the District of Columbia in 1871. Today Georgetown is a trendy place to live, work and play. It is home to a top university, several embassies and the Old Stone House, the oldest unchanged building in D.C. Located in northwest Washington, D.C., the area has served as home to such notables as Thomas Jefferson, when he was vice president of the United States; Francis Scott Key, who wrote the Star Spangled Banner following a War of 1812 battle; and John F. Kennedy, who left his home there to move into the White House.
The warm and sunny city of Orlando, Florida has always been a favorite getaway destination for tourists, young and old alike. Lovingly nicknamed “The City Beautiful,” Florida’s largest inland city is home to thirteen of the world’s most popular amusement parks that play host to millions of visitors each year. Because of this, it isn’t surprising why Orlando is also called the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” earning its spot as one of the most-visited places on Earth.