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United States Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice

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On this page you will find first-hand, unbiased, and real safety tips, advice and reviews from women traveling solo, submitted directly from their personal experiences in the country.

Their opinions are unfiltered and submitted independently as part of the Solo Female Travel Safety Index, a ranking of 210 countries and regions based on how safe they are for women traveling solo.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers.

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United States of America Country data

We have compiled a few data points below that can help you better understand United States of America and have more context when thinking about travel safety.

Official country name: United States of America.

Etymology: The name America is derived from that of Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512), an Italian explorer, navigator, and cartographer. Using the Latin form of his name, Americus, feminized to America.

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Capital: Washington, DC.

Independence / foundation: Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Population: 340 million.

Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
1 EUR = 1.07 - 1.10 USD

Time zone: UTC-5

Languages spoken: English only 79%, Spanish 13%, Chinese 1%, other 7%.

Religions: Protestant 46%, Roman Catholic 21%, Jewish 2%, Church of Jesus Christ 2%, other Christian <1%, Muslim <1%, Jehovah's Witness <1%, Buddhist <1%, Hindu <1%, other 2%, unaffiliated 23%, don't know/refused <1%.

Climate: Mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest. Low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Real GDP (ppp – purchasing power parity): $21.5 trillion.

Real GDP per capita (ppp): $64,600.

Main airports: John F Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Miami International Airport, San Francisco International Airport.

World heritage sites in United States of America

Statue of Liberty
Grand Canyon National Park (1979)
Yellowstone National Park

There are over 1,100 world heritage sites spread across more than 165 countries. New ones are added every year, and some may be removed from the list for various reasons.

Number of UNESCO listed sites: 25.

Top world heritage sites:

- Yellowstone National Park.
- Statue of Liberty.
- Grand Canyon National Park (1979).
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Everglades National Park.
- Mesa Verde National Park.
- Independence Hall.
- Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek.
- Redwood National and State Parks.
- Mammoth Cave National Park.
- Olympic National Park.
- Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
- La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.
- Yosemite National Park.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
- Chaco Culture.
- Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
- Taos Pueblo.
- Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
- Papahānaumokuākea.
- Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point.
- San Antonio Missions.
- The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.

Interesting facts about United States of America

- The United States is the third largest country in the world by landmass, nearly as big as the entire continent of Europe, and the only country that has all of Earth's five climate zones: tropical, dry, temperate, continental, and polar.

- The Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense, is the world's largest office building by floor area.

- The only people to have walked on the moon's surface were Americans. Among them were astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.

- The US requires all visitors to either obtain a visa or a pre-authorisation before they travel. Having this pre-authorization does not mean you will be granted entry, the immigration officer at the border will decide but is a pre-requisite that may speed up your entry.

- There are many cities in the US that have the same name as cities somewhere else around the world. This is because the immigrants that arrived used the names back home to name the new cities. This includes Washington usd in the name of a State, 30 Washington Counties, 7 Washington Townships in New Jersey State and 7 Towns of Washington (and one Town of Port Washington) in the State of Wisconsin.

- US government owns 32% of the land in the country. This is because it owns most of the national parks, of which there are many, and lots of military facilities and other strategic points. For example, it owns almost 84% of Nevada and almost 70% of Alaska.

- Continental US spans four time zones but the number rises to six if Hawaii is included. However, when all the territories are taken into account the US practically covers all time zones. Territories such as Guam or American Samoa that are part of the US, mean that the US territory spans 21 times zones, from Guam which lies at GMT+10 and is where the US sun rises, to American Samoa which is GMT-11 and is where the sun sets in the US every day

Further reading: https://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/inspiration/cool-and-interesting-facts-about-the-usa/


United States of America Travel tips

Socket type: A / B. Guide to socket types.

Weekend days: Saturday and Sunday.

Driving: Cars drive on the Right.

Local taxi apps: Uber, Lyft, Gett, EasyTaxi.

Travel Guides: Lonely Planet, Bradt Guide.

Languages spoken: English only 79%, Spanish 13%, Chinese 1%, other 7%.

Basic words and phrases in the main language:

N/A, English is an official or widely spoken language.

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About the Solo Female Travel Safety Index

Safety matters to solo female travelers, you told us so in our annual Solo Female Travel Survey, where year after year, women prove that this is their most important concern when traveling solo.

We wanted to do something about it, so we built these country-specific pages where you can find reviews and scores for 7 key variables affecting the safety of women traveling solo.

Variables

  • Risk of scam
  • Risk of theft
  • Risk of harassment
  • Attitudes towards women
  • UK Travel Advisory
  • US Travel advisory
  • Global Peace Index (GPI)

Informing OSAC

The Solo Female Travel Safety Score is used by the Overseas Security Advisory Council for including safety concerns for women travelers in their country security reports; OSAC is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and private-sector security community.

How to use the Safety Index

On this page, you will find the country score and the personal opinions on safety of other women traveling solo.

You can sort the comments by:

  • The level of experience traveling solo of the reviewer (beginner = <5 trips solo, Intermediate = 5 to 10 trips solo, Experienced = >10 trips solo).
  • The age of the traveler.
  • Whether they are a visitor or local.
  • The date they were posted.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers. 

Thus, the lower the score, the safer the country.


Looking for more safety resources?

This entire website is devoted to helping women travel solo. Check out the links below to learn more:

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