Capital: Washington DC
Population: 319 million
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.