USA (contiguous)

Florida Keys, USA
The Caribbean Stepping Stone of the USA
Os United States continental islands seem to close to the south in its capricious peninsula of Florida. Don't stop there. More than a hundred islands of coral, sand and mangroves form an eccentric tropical expanse that has long seduced American vacationers.
Miami, USA
A Masterpiece of Urban Rehabilitation
At the turn of the 25st century, the Wynwood neighbourhood remained filled with abandoned factories and warehouses and graffiti. Tony Goldman, a shrewd real estate investor, bought more than XNUMX properties and founded a mural park. Much more than honoring graffiti there, Goldman founded the Wynwood Arts District, the great bastion of creativity in Miami.
tombstone, USA
Tombstone: the City Too Hard to Die
Silver veins discovered at the end of the XNUMXth century made Tombstone a prosperous and conflictive mining center on the frontier of the United States to Mexico. Lawrence Kasdan, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and other Hollywood directors and actors made famous the Earp brothers and the bloodthirsty duel of “OK Corral”. The Tombstone, which, over time, has claimed so many lives, is about to last.
Miami beach, USA
The Beach of All Vanities
Few coastlines concentrate, at the same time, so much heat and displays of fame, wealth and glory. Located in the far southeast of the USA, Miami Beach is accessed by six bridges that connect it to the rest of Florida. It is manifestly meager for the number of souls who desire it.
Little Havana, USA
Little Havana of the Nonconformists
Over the decades and until today, thousands of Cubans have crossed the Florida Straits in search of the land of freedom and opportunity. With the US a mere 145 km away, many have gone no further. His Little Havana in Miami is today the most emblematic neighborhood of the Cuban diaspora.
Grand Canyon, USA
Journey through the Abysmal North America
The Colorado River and tributaries began flowing into the plateau of the same name 17 million years ago and exposed half of Earth's geological past. They also carved one of its most stunning entrails.
Mount Denali, Alaska
The Sacred Ceiling of North America
The Athabascan Indians called him Denali, or the Great, and they revered his haughtiness. This stunning mountain has aroused the greed of climbers and a long succession of record-breaking climbs.
Juneau, Alaska
The Little Capital of Greater Alaska
From June to August, Juneau disappears behind cruise ships that dock at its dockside. Even so, it is in this small capital that the fate of the 49th American state is decided.
Monument Valley, USA
Indians or Cowboys?
Iconic Western filmmakers like John Ford immortalized what is the largest Indian territory in the United States. Today, in the Navajo Nation, the Navajo also live in the shoes of their old enemies.
Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna's Alaska-Style Life
Once a mere mining outpost, Talkeetna rejuvenated in 1950 to serve Mt. McKinley climbers. The town is by far the most alternative and most captivating town between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Las Vegas, USA
Where sin is always forgiven
Projected from the Mojave Desert like a neon mirage, the North American capital of gaming and entertainment is experienced as a gamble in the dark. Lush and addictive, Vegas neither learns nor regrets.
Navajo nation, USA
The Navajo Nation Lands
From Kayenta to Page, passing through Marble Canyon, we explore the southern Colorado Plateau. Dramatic and desert, the scenery of this indigenous domain, cut out in Arizona, reveals itself to be splendid.
Death Valley, USA
The Hottest Place Resurrection
Since 1921, Al Aziziyah, in Libya, was considered the hottest place on the planet. But the controversy surrounding the 58th measured there meant that, 99 years later, the title was returned to Death Valley.
San Francisco, USA
San Francisco Cable Cars: A Life of Highs and Lows
A macabre wagon accident inspired the San Francisco cable car saga. Today, these relics work as a charm operation in the city of fog, but they also have their risks.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Mauna Kea: the Volcano with an Eye out in Space
The roof of Hawaii was off-limits to natives because it housed benevolent deities. But since 1968, several nations sacrificed the peace of the gods and built the greatest astronomical station on the face of the Earth.
pearl harbor, Hawaii
The Day Japan Went Too Far
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor military base. Today, parts of Hawaii look like Japanese colonies but the US will never forget the outrage.
PN Katmai, Alaska
In the Footsteps of the Grizzly Man
Timothy Treadwell spent summers on end with the bears of Katmai. Traveling through Alaska, we followed some of its trails, but unlike the species' crazy protector, we never went too far.
Valdez, Alaska
On the Black Gold Route
In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker caused a massive environmental disaster. The vessel stopped plying the seas, but the victim city that gave it its name continues on the path of crude oil from the Arctic Ocean.
Skagway, Alaska
A Klondike's Gold Fever Variant
The last great American gold rush is long over. These days, hundreds of cruise ships each summer pour thousands of well-heeled visitors into the shop-lined streets of Skagway.
The Haight, San Francisco, USA
Orphans of the Summer of Love
Nonconformity and creativity are still present in the old Flower Power district. But almost 50 years later, the hippie generation has given way to a homeless, uncontrolled and even aggressive youth.
Surf Lesson, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki, OahuHawaii

The Japanese Invasion of Hawaii

Decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor and from the capitulation in World War II, the Japanese returned to Hawaii armed with millions of dollars. Waikiki, his favorite target, insists on surrendering.
Dragon Dance, Moon Festival, Chinatown-San Francisco-United States of America
San Francisco, USA

with the head on the moon

September comes and Chinese people around the world celebrate harvests, abundance and unity. San Francisco's enormous Sino-Community gives itself body and soul to California's biggest Moon Festival.
Native Americans Parade, Pow Pow, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Albuquerque, USA

When the Drums Sound, the Indians Resist

With more than 500 tribes present, the pow wow "Gathering of the Nations" celebrates the sacred remnants of Native American cultures. But it also reveals the damage inflicted by colonizing civilization.
4th of July Fireworks-Seward, Alaska, United States
Seward, Alaska

The Longest 4th of July

The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Alcatraz Island, California, United States
Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA

Back to the Rock

Forty years after his sentence ended, the former Alcatraz prison receives more visitors than ever. A few minutes of his seclusion explain why The Rock's imagination made the worst criminals shiver.
cozy Vegas
Las Vegas, USA

World Capital of Weddings vs Sin City

The greed of the game, the lust of prostitution and the widespread ostentation are all part of Las Vegas. Like the chapels that have neither eyes nor ears and promote eccentric, quick and cheap marriages.
Street Bar, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States
Las Vegas, USA

The Sin City Cradle

The famous Strip has not always focused the attention of Las Vegas. Many of its hotels and casinos replicated the neon glamor of the street that once stood out, Fremont Street.
Cove, Big Sur, California, United States
Big Sur, USA

The Coast of All Refuges

Over 150km, the Californian coast is subjected to a vastness of mountains, ocean and fog. In this epic setting, hundreds of tormented souls follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac and Henri Miller.
Key West Wall, Florida Keys, United States
Key West, USA

The Tropical Wild West of the USA

We've come to the end of the Overseas Highway and the ultimate stronghold of propagandism Florida Keys. The continental United States here they surrender to a dazzling turquoise emerald marine vastness. And to a southern reverie fueled by a kind of Caribbean spell.
Colonial Church of San Francisco de Assis, Taos, New Mexico, USA
Taos, USA

North America Ancestor of Taos

Traveling through New Mexico, we were dazzled by the two versions of Taos, that of the indigenous adobe hamlet of Taos Pueblo, one of the towns of the USA inhabited for longer and continuously. And that of Taos city that the Spanish conquerors bequeathed to the Mexico: Mexico gave in to United States and that a creative community of native descendants and migrated artists enhance and continue to praise.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, California, United States of America
San Francisco, USA

The City ​​of Fog

inspired by the past hippie and rocked by cable car trips up and down its hills, the population of San Francisco has become one of the most creative and artistic of the United States. Under the fog, this California metropolis has matured free from prejudice and endures as the great muse of North American socio-cultural innovation.
Visitors to Ernest Hemingway's Home, Key West, Florida, United States
Key West, United States

Hemingway's Caribbean Playground

Effusive as ever, Ernest Hemingway called Key West "the best place I've ever been...". In the tropical depths of the contiguous US, he found evasion and crazy, drunken fun. And the inspiration to write with intensity to match.
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, United States
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, United States

The American Space Program Launch Pad

Traveling through Florida, we deviated from the programmed orbit. We point to the Atlantic coast of Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral. There we explored the Kennedy Space Center and followed one of the launches that Space X and the United States are now aiming for in Space.
Alaska, by Homer in Search of Whittier
Homer a Whittier, Alaska

In Search of the Stealth Whittier

We leave Homer in search of Whittier, a refuge built in World War II and housing two hundred or so people, almost all in a single building.
St. Augustine, City of Florida, USA, the Bridge of Lions
Saint Augustine, Florida, USA

Back to the Beginnings of Hispanic Florida

The dissemination of tourist attractions of questionable taste becomes superficial if we take into account the historical depth in question. This is the longest inhabited city in the contiguous US. Ever since Spanish explorers founded it in 1565, St. Augustine resists almost anything.
Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States,
PN Joshua Tree, California, United States

The Arms stretched out to Heaven of the PN Joshua Tree

Arriving in the extreme south of California, we are amazed by the countless Joshua trees that sprout from the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Like the Mormon settlers who named them, we cross and praise these inhospitable settings of the North American Far West.


Money and costs

The US currency is the US Dollar (USD). ATMs are plentiful throughout most of the country. Credit card payments are commonplace throughout the territory.


There is absolutely everything in the United States but the most widespread types of accommodation across the country are the motel and the business hotel. You'll find them everywhere – especially along roadsides and highways – some identified by very high neon signs, visible from a long distance. They can cost from €20 to €150 per night depending on the place, the season and if there is an important event nearby.

Os business hotels are in full expansion across all states. They have intermediate prices between motels and conventional hotels. They are also very common along the highways.

Hotels are more common in central areas of cities than motels and business hotels. They are more expensive but also offer more comfort and more services. More affordable accommodation, usually for young people, also emerges in the US as hostels and youth-hostels, many of them affiliated with organizations such as the American Youth Hostel. Stay in these hostels costs between €10 to €50 per night in a double room, depending on the city and time of year.

Outside the cities and especially in coastal and rural areas, numerous B&Bs (Bed & Breakfasts) appear in country houses adapted for hotel functions. They can cost from €50 to €500 per night, as the name implies, with breakfast included in the price.

These and other areas will likely be equipped with several campsites that welcome customers in tents or, often, in their own RV's. They cost between €5 to €25 per car.


In the capitalist homeland of fast and junk food, the restaurants solid they are practically everywhere and give access to very affordable meals – €3,50 to €6 a full Big Mac-style menu depending on the place – but with the nutritional defects that are usually pointed out to them.

Apart from this type of food and similar, in certain cities but not only, it is possible to find restaurants with cuisines from almost all over the world, either serving meals at the table or buffets it's from takeout.

One level above the restaurants fast food, are the fast casual where the food is of substantially better quality, freshly prepared at prices ranging from €5 to €9.

Like many of the previous restaurants, the diners appear on the side of roads but also in big cities. They are also open 24 hours a day and are priced higher than those of fast food fast casual, with full meals easily reaching €10 to €20.

In US restaurants that are more sophisticated than those before, it is likely that you can find more refined meals, including high quality fresh fish and meat, elaborate salads, wine lists from around the world, etc. etc. Expect to pay €20 to €50 per meal in the most affordable. In the really exclusive and upgrade, 50€ may not even pay the entrance fees.


As is well known, few countries are more technological. You will almost certainly find free internet in all types of accommodation, in countless cafes, public libraries and even in entire areas of the main cities. It is also possible to buy sticks USB (pens) from various brands to have internet with you where to take your laptop.

Longer and more complex contracts with major operators can still prove complicated due to the requirement for a US social security number.

How to go


Portuguese citizens are exempt from applying for a visa to enter the US, for tourist purposes and up to 90 days. They must, however, complete, well in advance, a request for Electronic ESTA Travel Authorization. Brazilian citizens must apply for a visa to visit the US More information at US Passports & International Travel – Brazil


No permanent health risks worthy of note.

For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).


TAP (tel: 707 205 700) flies directly from Lisbon to New York/Newark and Miami. Other partners of Star Alliance including the United fly from Lisbon and other European destinations to several other cities in the USA for from €500 round trip.

Must Do's

  • New York
  • Niagara Falls
  • grand canyon​
  • Las Vegas
  • ​Yellowstone National Park
  • ​Olympic National Park
  • Big Sur
  • San Francisco
  • Death Valley
  • Las Vegas
  • ​ Monument Valley
  • ​New Orleans
  • Key West
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii



There are dozens of airlines operating throughout the United States. The main ones are:

United, US Airways, Delta Airlines, Southwestern Airlines, Spirit Airlines (East coast and Florida), Republic airways, Jet Blue (non-stop connections between West and East coast cities) Frontier Airlines, American Airlines, Air Trans.

Prices depend on distance and time of year. In the main domain of capitalism, competition, the huge flow of flights and passengers means that domestic flights in the United States are very competitively priced.


the national company AmTrak manages a rail network very comprehensive that with the complement of Amtrak ThruWay buses, it establishes strategic connections to urban centers, national parks and other strategic points in the country. At the prices of flights in the United States, travel by train will rarely be the quickest and cheapest solution, but there are other possible advantages, such as the possibility of enjoying the scenery and socializing on board. 


They will rarely be considered a more economical and practical option compared to flights, but, like the train, they allow you to contemplate the scenarios and encourage conviviality. THE Greyhound is the company with the most itineraries in the US


If you want to leave the biggest cities and explore the surrounding states, renting a car is almost mandatory. The United States has an inexhaustible, highly competitive and technological supply of rental vehicles. Look for the best prices on the internet before you travel to avoid paying service fees and other costs at airport counters. As a general rule, the daily price for small cars ranges from €25 to €40, depending on the time of year. Weekly or longer rentals can run from €140 to €240, usually with unlimited mileage.

Other vehicles widely used in the US are RVs, large caravans that benefit from infrastructure spread across the country to accommodate them. As is logical, RV's are priced much higher than small utility vehicles and consume fuel in almost industrial doses.

Fuel is significantly cheaper in the United States than in most of Europe and tolls on the country's roads are rare. Most companies require the driver to be over 25 years old, have a valid driver's license and a valid credit card with a value available as a deposit. Some companies rent to drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 for an extra fee.

When to go

In a country the size of the United States, it is always a good time to visit somewhere, especially if we take into account that Alaska, Hawaii and American Samoa, among other territories, are part of the country.

With regard to the continental USA, the seasons are equivalent to those in Europe, but far from being simultaneous to all the states of the country, with substantial differences caused by latitude, altitude and orography, exposure to the oceans, among other factors. In Florida, for example, it's rarely serious winter. In certain sections of the Rocky Mountains, winter almost doesn't come until June.

Anyway, unless the reason for your trip is the snow sports, in general, a better time of year to visit most of the country is summer, mid-May in mid-September but bear in mind that the areas closest to the deserts at that time have very high temperatures, easily ranging from 35ºC to 45ºC for most of the day.

A certain variable period of autumn brings landscapes with yellow foliage of great beauty to various forested areas.