USA Road Trip Footnotes

USA Road Trip Footnotes

Vital Statistics

Capital: Washington DC

Population: 319 million

Language: English

Time: Four zones in the contiguous US, from GMT-5 (Eastern) to GMT-8 (Pacific)

International dialling code:+1

Money: US dollar ($). Tipping is expected.

When to Go: 

January, February, March, October, November, December: Snow and road closures can make travelling across national parks impossible. December-February is good for Rocky Mountains snow activities.

April, May, June: Less crowded, some attractions may be closed/have restricted opening.

July, August: More crowded but great for walking.

September: Post-Labor Day (first Monday of September) – crowds diminish: perfect for a road trip. Temps still warm; fabulous fall colours.

Health & Safety

No specific jabs required. Don’t attempt backcountry trails unless able to navigate well with map and compass. Be bear aware: carry bear spray (especially in Glacier NP); make noise as you walk; if you see a bear, don’t run. Check for tick bites after walking in long grass/forests.


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