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US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
Credit/Debit cards and ATMS
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request prepayment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card.
The United States of America is a blend of varied influences of the different tribes and races who have inhabited the place since historical times. Today it is a multi-cultural place with a culture of its own; apple pie, baseball, and the American flag are just some examples. British influences saw the English language and legal system introduced to the country.
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The United States of America covers a large region, stretching from east to west across six time zones, so it is no surprise that the country has a varied climate, ranging from arctic regions to deserts.
California, on the west coast of the US, has a pleasant, Mediterranean climate, and the Pacific Northwest Coast has more of a maritime climate, with cooler summers and mild winters, influenced by westerly winds.
The central part of the US has extreme temperature variations and a continental climate - with cold winters and hot summers (with tornadoes).
The eastern central US tends to be more humid, while the western central US is semiarid. The east side of the country has a continental climate caused by air masses moving from west to east, with hot summers and a prevalence of tornadoes in the Mississippi River area.
Florida has the warmest winters on the eastern seaboard. It is recommended that travellers research the climate in the specific state they wish to visit when choosing when to travel.