We don’t know about you but we’re so ready to get away this spring! If you’re thinking about travelling Stateside then don’t forget about your ESTA application. It’s an essential part of travelling to America, and with so many stunning destinations to visit you’ll want your trip to run as smoothly as possible.
What is an ESTA?
An ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) is part of the Visa Waiver Program. It’s not a visa or an e-visa, but a document that allows access to the United States of America. It was introduced as a security measure and is now used instead of a form which use to be filled out on the plane. Without an approved ESTA in your possession, you will not be allowed into America unless you have a US visa.
How much does an ESTA cost?
Visit e-visa.co.uk to apply for your ESTA for just £29.95. They take most of the work of applying out of your hands, and manually check each application to make sure its error-free. You’ll also get a full refund if your application is rejected.
How to get an ESTA
Applying for an ESTA is simple and can be done online. There is no need to visit the embassy or consulate. Simply fill in an ESTA application form and pay securely online. All applications are processed instantly and can be printed off to take to the airport. It really is that easy!
Now that you’ve got the details on the paperwork, let’s move onto the fun part. Where in the USA should you visit? With so many popular destinations to choose from, we’ve whittled it down to 8 emerging destinations that you should check out in 2020.
Also known as the Charm City, this Maryland city is having a real moment. Art lovers can take in the largest Matisse collection in the world at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Foodies should head to the Lexington Market for local culinary delights.
2. Mammoth Lakes
If Californian beaches aren’t your thing, head to the lakes for camping, biking, hiking and fly fishing instead. If you wait for winter you can even partake in skiing and snowboarding activities whilst you take in the stunning scenery.
This Texas city is an art-lover’s dream. Visit the Dallas Museum of Modern Art with over 22,000 pieces of art. Or make a trip to the Bishop Art District to soak up the culture and independent shops.
If jazz and art deco is your thing, this Oklahoma city will be right up your street. Stop off at the Decopolis first to pick up your free walking map and take to the streets. You’ll see magnificent architecture including the Philcade Building, with its art deco exhibit. Music lovers should head to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame to learn about music legends and attend Sunday jazz concerts.
If coastal cuisine sounds good then put a pin on the map for Portland, Maine. This east coast destination has a rich history of maritime heritage. Seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice from mouth-watering lobster rolls at one of the city’s many seafood shacks to the award-winning fine dining experiences on offer.
If you’re looking for an adventurous getaway then look no further. Tuscon, Arizona is known for its hiking at Sabino Canyon and Saguaro National Parks. Explore the caves at Colossal Cave Mountain Park or go horse riding and rock climbing at White Stallion Ranch. Don’t forget to sample some tacos before you leave, they’re arguably the best in the country.
7. Fort Lauderdale
Just an hour north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale in Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches and vibrant community. It’s one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in the world and has many attractions including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and the world’s first LGBTQ+ Visitor Centre.
For dining and distilleries, Louisville, Kentucky is the place to be. Enjoy a delicious pizza at Impellizzeri or city views at the rooftop restaurant 8UP. Enjoy the state’s national drink, bourbon, at one of the city’s many bars and distilleries including Gerstle’s in Crescent Hill, where you’ll also be treated to live blues performances. Alternatively, hop over to Old Louisville’s 610 Magnolia, which pairs locally distilled bourbon and wine with multi-course tasting menus.
If this has got you excited about planning your American getaway in 2020 then strike while the iron is hot. You can apply for your ESTA today and as long as you have a valid passport it will be valid for two years after it is granted.
There’s truly no shortage of inspiring places to visit in the United States. We didn’t even have time to mention the more famous holiday destinations like Las Vegas, New York or the Grand Canyon.
Now, we’re off to the travel agents to book our big American getaway, see you at the airport!