Welcome to America
The USA lies across 6 time zones.
Eastern Standard Time - GMT minus 5 hrs
Central Standard Time - GMT minus 6 hrs
Mountain Standard Time - GMT minus 7 hrs
Pacific Standard Time - GMT minus 8 hrs
Alaska Time - GMT minus 9 hrs
Hawaii Time - GMT minus 10 hrs
- Electrical appliances will need a converter to 110 volts with a plug adaptor.
- Currency in America is the US Dollar
- Credit cards are a widely accepted form of payment
- Taxes will always be added to the advertised price of all products purchased locally (consumer products as well as restaurant meals and beverages).
- The legal age for buying and consuming alcohol is 21 in all states. If you want to buy alcohol or would like to enter a club or bar, the proprietor may ask for some formal identification, such as a passport or driving license.
2011/12 National Holidays
- New Years Day - 01 January 2011
- Martin Luther King’s Day - 17 January 2011
- President’s Day - 21 February 2011
- Memorial Day - 30 May 2011
- Independence Day - 04 July 2011
- Labor Day - 05 September 2011
- Columbus Day - 10 October 2011
- Veterans Day - 11 November 2011
- Thanksgiving Day - 24 November 2011
- Christmas Day - 25 December 2011
- New Years Day - 01 January 2012
- Martin Luther King’s Day - 16 January 2012
- President’s Day - 20 February 2012
On these days, all post offices and banks and some museums, libraries, stores, restaurants and nightclubs are closed. In addition various states and regions observe their own holidays.