Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:

'Fly Drive California, Nevada and Utah'

Usefull addresses


The Consular Information Unit
United States Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 1AE
Tel.: 020-7499-9000

Operator Assisted Visa Information: 09042-450100 (This is NOT a London number. It does not require any other prefix or dialling code.)
Monday through Friday, 8.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.; £1.20/min; only available in the U.K., within U.K. may be unavailable from some business telephones and mobile networks.


Consular Section, American Embassy
2, rue Saint-Florentin
75382 Paris Cedex 08 (Métro: Concorde)
Website : E-mail :


The National Park Service (which manages American national parks) has a beautiful central web site with information about local park facilities, photo reports, maps and information about camping grounds. Sometimes it's possible to make reservations at a camping ground via internet.

Also the US Forest Service (a federal agency which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture) has a web site.

Most larger towns have a tourist office or visitor center. Camping sites and visitors centers of state or national parks usually have brochures about sights in the surroundings.

If you are going to visit many national parks, it might pay to buy the National Park Pass ($50, valid for a year in all American national parks.


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It's hard to travel in America without a credit card, because it is used as a security deposit when you rent a car and in many other circumstances. Almost every store accepts credit cards.

Paying with a bank card is possible almost everywhere, even in the national parks.

If you know in advance which places you're going to visit, you can find out online if and where there are ATM's where you can use your MasterCard and Cirrus or Visa to withdraw money.

Plan your trip to USA online

Through online reservation systems like À la Carte Vacations you can book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and holiday houses. You can build a fly-drive itinerary with maximum flexibility, book a flight plus a hotel hotel for a night or weekend. Without the limitations of package deals from travel organisations and most times for a much better price.

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