The USA consist of 50 states – 48 are the so-called “contiguous”, “continental” or “lower” states. Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th resp. the 50th state of the union. In addition to the states there exist several areas with a special status: Washington D.C. and the US territories to which Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands belong.
A list of all states can be found here: USA — list of states and regions
All our articles about the United States of America can be found here ↦ www.travel1000places.com/tag/usa/
AM/PM time format
See our article: Meaning and use of the AM/PM time format in the USA
US Dollar (USD)
110 Volt — if you are coming from a country with 220 V your device which you want to plug in must indicate that it operates under 110 Volt as well. For the physical plug of your device you’ll need a (plug) travel adapter for the United States (… and that has nothing to do with a Volt converter!) – more… Electricity in the United States / Travel Adapters
Time Zones / Daylight Saving Time in the USA
EST (Eastern Standard Time): GMT-5
CST (Central Standard Time): GMT-6
MST (Mountain Standard Time): GMT-7
PST (Pacific Standard Time): GMT-8
In addition there are two further zones for:
Alaskan Time: GMT-9
Hawaiian Time: GMT-10
GMT: Greenwich Mean Time
MEZ: Middle European Timezone: MEZ is GMT + 1 hr
DST this year? This current year’s Daylight Saving Time period can be found on all our pages within the sidebar or on our Homepage: www.travel1000places.com
In history, DST changed in 2005
On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which included changes in Daylight Saving Time, effective March 1, 2007.
Source: Physics Laboratory, U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology
Data and Facts
9.809.125 qkm / 3,537,441 square miles
Population according Census 2010 (compare 2000). Numbers exclude Puerto Rico.
Donald Trump (since 2016), 45th president of the United States
United States Dollar (USD)
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago
Flight Time to/from Europe
from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) – New York:
8.30 Std +- 30 min depending on aircraft type, weather, etc.
School / Vacation season
Spring break: ca between March 10 and March 31
Summer break: July and August; school kicks off during 1st week of September. Last school day depends on school, county etc., but is usually mid of June.
Winter break: usually from dec 24th on for 7 to 10 days.
How (and when) to enroll in a school:
Contact the local school board, search for the website of the school district. Usually you have to enroll in the selected school until mid or end of June. That depends on the school.