Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina, is one of the most visited destinations in the south, thanks to its charming historic buildings, antebellum architecture, rich history, delicious cuisine, Southern graciousness and unique blend of Southern US, English, French and West African cultures.

Iconic drives

There’s no better way to experience the soul-stirring landscapes, quaint towns and seaside villages, than whilst driving at your own pace.

Mississipi river

Cruising the Mississippi river on a paddlewheel riverboat conjures up romantic images of America's Deep South. Glide past rolling farmlands and southern plantations, devour delicious cuisine and visit vibrant cities and Civil War battlefields.


American Barbecue is an institution in the southeastern states, but particularly in Texas, Missouri, Tennesse and North Carolina. Savour a taste of the best brisket, ribs and pulled pork around. Sample iconic dishes like jambalaya, chicken-fried steak, catfish, peach cobbler and iced tea.


Explore America's oldest living neighbourhood in New Orleans' French Quarter, take a walk through the cobblestone streets and rainbos coloured colonial homes of Charleston, and discover the charm of the largest registered urban National Historic Landmark district in the United States in Savannah.


When it comes to American music, all roads lead to the Deep South. The region is a tour through America's musical landscape - the bluegrass in Kentucky, jazz in New Orleans, country music and the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee and Mississippi blues.

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Tipping is a widely practiced social custom in the United States. In restaurants, a gratuity of 15% to 20% of the amount of a customer’s check (receipt/bill) is customary when good service is provided. Tips are also generally given for services provided in golf courses, casino, hotels, food delivery, taxis, and salons.

Getting around

There are numerous underground train systems in operation in major cities including New York (subway), Washington, DC (metro), Boston ('T'), Chicago (train) and San Francisco (BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit); others are being planned or built. There are also several tramway and trolleybus systems, including the much-loved antique trams found in San Francisco, although in many cities a car will be needed to get around, due to lack of public transport.


English 82%, Spanish 11%, other European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific Island 2.7%.


The following information is intended as a guide only and in no way should it be used as a substitute for professional medical advice relative to a travellers individual needs and vaccination history. No guarantee is made as to its accuracy or thoroughness. For further information, please contact The Travel Doctor. 

Vaccination against Hepatitis B should be considered by frequent or long stay travellers to the United States. Dengue Fever occurs in the US, thus insect avoidance measures may be recommended depending on your itinerary.

Please consult a medical practitioner or contact The Travel Doctor for your specific risk to these preventable diseases and the appropriate avoidance measures. Australians travelling to the United States should ensure that they have adequate travel insurance to cover the length of their stay. For further information please visit www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/United_States_of_America 


Electrical Plug type: USA
Voltage: 110-120 Volts
Modem Plug: US (same as Australia).


Country Code for the USA: +1
Visa Global Assistance: 1866 765 9644
Emergency Services: 911


Shopping hours vary widely based on management considerations and customer needs. Key variables are the size of the metropolitan area, the type of store, and the size of the store. Typical store shopping hours are Monday - Saturday 9 - 10am to 8 - 10pm and Sunday 11 - 12 noon to 5 -7pm.


The Travel Corporation has partnered with the company Sherpa to provide travellers with the latest government and health restrictions. Simply enter the country you want to travel to for information on safety regulations, border closures, quarantine requirements, your travel visa and more using the Sherpa travel tool.


Official travel advice is available by visiting the SmartTraveller Website


Americans are friendly and informal. People tend not to wait to be introduced and will begin to speak to strangers whether in a queue, sitting next to each other, etc. Americans can be direct and value logic and linear thinking ans speak clearly and in a straightforward manner. Greetings in the USA are casual and a handshake, smile and "hello" are all that are needed.

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