banner connect on Twitter connect on Facebook connect on Hyves cycling in Europe part I cycling in Asia part I cycling in North America cycling in Central America cycling in South America cycling in Europe part II cycling in Africa RSS feeds home page

USA country information

United States of America map
United States of America (USA)
Area: 9,826,630 sq km
Population: 305,603,000
Population density: 31 per sq km
Capital: Washington DC
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British No/2
Australian No
Canadian No
Other EU 1


Valid passport required by all nationals referred to in the chart above; validity varies - for most countries the passport must be valid for at least six months from the date on which the holder enters the USA. If not, the holder will be admitted until the expiration date on the passport; check with the embassy.

Passport Note

(a) For nationals included in the Visa Waiver Program (see Visas), passports must be valid for at least 90 days from date of entry.
(b) All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also now require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports will require a valid USA entry visa.
(c) As of 12 January 2009, all travellers visiting the US under the Visa Waiver Programme are to provide details online 72 hours prior to travel. For more information, please see below.
(d) Passports issued on or after 26 October 2005 will need to have a biometric identifier in order for the holder to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Machine-readable passports issued between 26 October 2005 and 25 October 2006 require a digital photograph printed on the data page or an integrated chip with information from the data page. Machine-readable passports issued on or after 26 October 2006 will require an integrated chip with information from the data page (e-passport).

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI): All persons, including US citizens, travelling by air between the USA and Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, or other approved document, when entering or re-entering the USA. Similar requirements for those travelling by land or sea were introduced on 1 June 2009.

For further details about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, visit the website of the US Department of State: (website: ).


Not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days except: 
1. nationals of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Poland and Romania, who do require a visa as they are not included in the Visa Waiver Program.

Visa Note

(a) Landed Immigrants of Canada and British residents of Bermuda who are citizens of, and have valid passports from, Commonwealth countries or Ireland are not eligible to enter the USA without a visa.
(b) All passengers using US airports for transit purposes are required to obtain a transit visa. This does not affect qualified travellers travelling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.
(c) To qualify for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program, nationals must travel on a valid passport, for holiday, transit or business purposes only and for a stay not exceeding 90 days. They must also obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). See below for more information.
(d) Passengers must have the full address and ZIP code of where they are staying in the USA to be able to fully complete the I-94W form. Note: Airlines are also required to collect passenger details, including the address of their first night's accommodation in the USA, before they board the aircraft.
(e) 2. Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. A passport which states holder has right of abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not qualify for visa free travel.
(f) A visa does not expire with the expiry of the holder's passport. An unexpired, endorsed visa in an expired passport may be presented for entry into the USA, as long as the visa itself has not been cancelled, is undamaged, is less than 10 years old and is presented with a valid non-expired passport, provided that both passports are for the same nationality.
(g) Nationals of countries not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

ESTA: The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) came into force on 12 January 2009. It is a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA applications must be submitted at least 72 hours before travel to the USA. Some websites may charge you for the service but you can apply online for free at . The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA.

Types of Visa and Cost

Tourist, Business, Transit and Student: US$131.


Visas may be used for travel to the USA until the date it expires. Some visas are valid for multiple entries. The length of stay in the USA is determined by US immigration officials at the time of entry but is generally six months; there is, however, no set time.

Applications to:

Embassy or consulate.

Working Days Required

Usually five after interview. Some cases may take up to 12 weeks - check with embassy/consulate.

Hassle free return to the USA?
It is paramount that you hand in your I-94 Arrival-Departure Card, usually stapled to a page in your passport, when you leave the country. While this might sound like a simple procedure, at many of the Mexican border towns it is unclear just where you should perform this duty. Quite often, you’ll find yourself off American soil, smelling the barbeque chicken and preparing yourself for the entourage of taxi touts, when you realise you are still in possession of this official piece of paper. If in doubt, ask one of the immigration authorities to point you in the right direction. Sometimes handing it in through the wired gate is sufficient to get it into the right hands.

For those of you passing through Canada between Alaska and Seattle, it may not be necessary to part with your I-94 card, but to be on the safe side check all your documents with officials before leaving.

Getting there

Getting There by Air

The principal US airlines operating international services are: American Airlines (AA) (website: ), Continental Airlines (website: ), Delta Air (website: ), Northwest Airlines (website: ) and United Airlines (website: ).

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Miami is 9 hours 45 minutes, to New York is 7 hours 30 minutes, to San Francisco is 11 hours, to Seattle is 9 hours 45 minutes and to Washington DC is 8 hours (all times are by non-stop flight).

Note: Return flights to Europe from the east coast of the USA take approximately 30 to 40 minutes less than outward westbound flights, and from the west coast of the USA approximately 60 minutes less. Visitors arriving in the USA via international airports may be subject to serious delays. A stringent security system, which requires all visitors with visas to be photographed and fingerprinted upon entry, was put into operation in 2004, as part of US anti-terrorism measures. Experts warn that this heightened state of alert will prevail for some years.

Main Airports

The busiest airports in the USA include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) (website: ), Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) (website: ), Los Angeles International (LAX) (website: ), Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) (website: ) and Denver International (website: ). For further details, consult the individual state sections.
Departure Tax

Getting There by Water

Main ports: Port of Anchorage, Honolulu, Port of New Orleans (website: ), New York (website: and Tampa Port Authority (website: ).

Numerous cruise lines sail from ports worldwide to both the east and west coasts.

Getting There by Rail

The US and Mexican rail networks connect at Yuma (Arizona), El Paso (Texas) and Del Rio (Texas), with limited scheduled passenger services. There are several connections with the Canadian network, including New York-Montréal, Chicago-Toronto and Seattle-Vancouver services. For further information, contact Amtrak (tel: (212) 582 6875 or  1 800 872 7245 in the USA and Canada only; website: ).

Getting There by Road

There are many crossing points from Canada to the USA. The major road routes are: New York to Montréal/ Ottawa, Detroit to Toronto/Hamilton, Minneapolis to Winnipeg and Seattle to Vancouver/Edmonton/Calgary. There are road links to Mexican destinations from El Paso (Texas), San Diego (California), Tucson (Arizona) and San Antonio (Texas).

Greyhound offers services to many destinations in Canada and some destinations in Mexico (tel: 1 800 231 2222 in the USA amd Canada only; website: ).
Cycling & Maps

most states have visitor centres near their state boundaries. They hand out very usefull free maps, like:

Washington State Highway Map

Oregon Coast Bike Route Map

AAA membership
If you are a member of AAA or any of its affiliates (32 European ones, like ADAC, ANWB etc), you can get all the maps you need for free at any AAA-shop! So don't forget to bring that card.

Biking4women was created to build awareness of the importance of women's health and healthy living. The website also has a clickable map with state trails and a bike shop directory
Bikekitchen: do-it yourself bicycle resource run by volunteers
San Fran Bike Coalition: tonnes of bike stuff; resources; tips; links; you name it.
Cost of living
all prices in US Dollars (USD)
drinks food: local markets; restaurants; and stores

soft drink (can)
soft drink (bottle)
iced tea crystals

1.5 litre
1 litre
2 litre
700g tin
bread loaf-white
bread loaf-multi grain
cheap chinese meal
pizza takeaway
chips (chippery)
udon noodles (fresh)
instant noodles

one serve
22" (large)
med serve
200g packet

355ml can
coffee (cafe / bar)
Nescafe instant
25 bags
per cup
rice (white)
tinned tomatoes
per 6
magnum icecream
1 litre
tortilla chips
salted peanuts
corn on the cob
kg (special)
per 3
california sultanas
museli bars

biscuits (marietttas)
biscuits (cream)
100g block
8x25g pack

90g pack
90g pack


pineapple (can)
oil (corn)
peanut paste
accommodation personal
budget city hostel
budget city hotel
13-25 per dorm bed
40-60 double with ensuite
disposable razor
toilet paper
(small roll-on)
10 rolls
from as little as 3.00 per person in a hiker biker site to 25.00 per night for a campsite in a RV park
internet wifi hotspots available

A couple of extra tips:
Bargaining is not really accepted in the purchasing culture unless it is in bulk, or you are asking for a discount for buying certain brands or items.
Tipping is a complex system in the US and it is expected in all service areas. In fact you'll come away from an evening out thinking, my goodness that wasn't so cheap after all. Nowadays, it basically boils down to 15-25% for restaurants; 10-15% for taxis; and a miserable evening if you don't give the bartender a whopping $US1 per drink in each round. If your travelling in a group, the restaurant may even charge a mandatory 18% service charge on the bill before you've even got your order taken.
And the forking out doesn't stop with the tips. You'll also be stung with government taxes as well. All and all estimate a 30-40% of the menu price on top and that's what you'll be paying at the end of the night.
For all of you who like getting out the exact change while in line at the supermarket, in the US its bad luck unless of course you know the exact tax bracket percentage of the item you are purchasing. The prices on the shelf are all not including taxes. You will also pay deposit on all drink cans and bottles: plastic or glass; beer or wine and getting that deposit back is difficult.


It pays to sign up for a Safeway Card (or similar) while in the US. They are free and done on the spot at the cash register. it'll save you 30% and more of your bill if you don't mind choosing their weekly specials.
* tba = price to be announced
*January 2009: at time of writing 1.00 USD = 0.78 EUR
all prices have been taken from internet resources such as wikitravel, hostel world, leading supermarket chains, travel blogs, forums and of course our own travel experiences and purchases of everyday products in food markets, bazaars and local shopping facilities. They are only an indication and designed to give you a general impression of the cost of living in USA. Items are geared towards the budget conscious traveller with the occasional craving for a bit of luxoury.

There are some great budget hotels in the USA – you just have to know where to look. has some top low-priced hotels, including in many top cities, choose from cheap Las Vegas hotels and to cheap hotels in San Francisco. They have the best budget accommodation - perfect for city breaks, beach holidays and weekends away. Staying in a cheap, unique hotel is more fun, and you’re likelier to be in the centre of the city rather than when you stay at the huge chain hotels on the edge of town. You’ll also get a more personalised service that’s sure to be friendlier. also specialises in great value hostel dorm beds in the USA. Some of which are super cycle friendly with racks, rental and secure parking. Having the peace of mind of knowing that your bike is safe will ensure you sleep that bit sounder. Many of the hostels also offer free breakfasts, barbecues and drinks, so you’ll save money too.

Wild camping for cyclists is legal but pretty well restricted to remote areas. The rest of the populated areas are fenced off with threatening signage to 'keep out'. But the State Parks make up for that with their fantastic hiker-biker arrangement (see below for more details). For $US3-4 per night you can camp in a designated area and shower in some of the most beautiful environments the US has on offer. The Oregon and Californian coastline would have to be the easiest cycling run you could think of in terms of food and accommodation logistics.

Hiker-biker (hike bike) sites along the westcoast of the USA

Hiker-biker sites are special areas in a campground set aside for people using non motorised forms of transport. In the state of Washington these sites are quite expensive ($12-$14 per person per night, including showers), so it might not be worthwhile staying here. In Oregon and California on the other hand, the sites are $4 and $3 per person respectively and therefore a bargain. Showers are free in Oregon and $0,50 in most campgrounds in California. Here is a list of hiker-biker campgrounds along the Pacific coast of the US (from north to south)

Washington orientation (in miles) more info
San Juan County Park (San Juan Island) 16 miles W of Friday Harbor  
Moran State Park (Orcas Island) 13 miles N of Orcas  
Washington Park (Fidalgo Island) 1 mile W of Anacortes  
Deception Pass State Park (Fidalgo Island) 8 miles S of Anacortes Cranberry Lake Campground
Fort Casey State Park (Whidbey Island) @ Keystone Ferry  
Fort Worden State Park 3 miles W of Port Townsend  
Old Fort Townsend State Park 7 miles S of Port Townsend  

Dosewallips State Park

12 miles S Quilcene  
Potlatch State Park 4 miles S Hoodsport  
Lake Sylvia State Park 1 mile W of Montesano  
Twin Harbors State Park 1 mile S of Westport  
Lincoln County Park Campground 3 miles W of Port Angeles  
Bogachiel State Park 5 miles S of Forks  
Ocean City State Park 3 miles S of Ocean City  
Grayland Beach State Park 2 miles S of Grayland  
Cape Disappointment State Park 4 miles SW of Ilwaco  
Oregon orientation (in miles) more info
Fort Stevens State Park 11 miles W of Astoria  
Nehalem Bay State Park 3 miles S of Manzanita  
Cape Lookout State Park 6 miles S of Netarts  
Devils Lake State Park 2 miles S of Lincoln City  
Beverly Beach State Park 8 miles S of Depoe Bay  
South Beach State Park 2 miles S of Newport  
Rock Creek Campground (Forest Service) 10 miles S of Yachats  
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park 12 miles S of Yachats  
Jessy M. Honeyman Memorial State Park 2 miles S Glenada  

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

2 miles S of Winchester Bay  
William M. Tugman State Park 7 miles S of Winchester Bay  
Sunset Bay State Park 3 miles W of Charleston  
Bullards Beach State Park 2 miles N of Brandon  
Capo Blanco State Park 6 miles NW of Port Orford  
Humbug Mountain State Park 8 miles S of Port Orford  
Harris Beach State Park 1 mile N of Brookings  
California orientation (in miles) more info
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park 11 miles S of Crescent City Mill Creek Campground
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 6 miles N of Orick Elk Prairie Campground
Patricks Point State Park 4 miles N of Trinidad  
Humboldt Redwoods State Park 5 miles N of Myers Flat Marina Garden Club Grove Campgr.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park 4 miles N of Myers Falt Burlington Campground
Benbow Lake State Recreation Area 5 miles S of Garberville  
Richardson Grove State Park 8 miles D of Garberville  
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area 2 miles N of Leggett  
MacKerricher Beach State Park 2 miles N of Fort Bragg  
Russian Gulch State Park 2 miles N of Mendocino  
Van Damme Beach State Park 3 miles S of Mendocino  
Manchester State Beach 2 miles NW of Manchester  
Gualala Point Regional Park 2 miles S of Gualala  
Woodside Campground 8 miles S of Stewarts Point  
Stillwater Cove State Park 10 miles S of Stewart Point * $5 per person, showers $1,50
Bodega Dunes State Beach 10 miles S of Jenner  
Samuel P. Taylor State Park 6 miles SE of Olema  
Half Moon Bay State Beach 4 miles W of Half Moon Bay  
New Brighton State Beach 8 miles SE of Santa Cruz  
Sunset State Beach 20 miles SE of Santa Cruz  
Vets Memorial Park 3 miles SW of Monterey  
Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park 2 miles S of Big Sur  
Kirk Creek Campground 4 miles S of Lucia  
Plaskett Creek Campground 3 miles N of Gorda  
San Simeon State Beach 5 miles S of San Simeon  
Morro Bay State Park 6 miles SW of Morro Bay  
North Beach Campground 5 miles S of Pismo Beach  
Oceano Campground 7 miles S of Pismo Beach  
Lake Cachuma County Park 11 miles SE of Solvang  
Refugio State Beach 9 miles N of Goleta  
Carpintaria State Beach 1 mile S of Carpintaria  
Emma Wood State Beach @ Ventura  
McGrath State Beach Campground 7 miles S of Ventura  
Sycamore Cove and Canyon 5 miles S of Port Hueneme  
Leo Carillo State Beach 10 miles S of Port Hueneme  
San Clemente State Beach 3 miles S of San Clemente  
San Onofre State Beachround @ San Onofre Bluffs Campground
South Carlsbad State Beach Campground 2 miles N of Leucadia  
San Elijo State Beach 4 miles S of Leucadia  

There is also an array of other camping opportunities and you'll pay anything from 15 dollars to 35 dollars. And for this money you never really know whether it is going to be a primitive pitch in a National Forest or all the mod-cons in a characterless RV Park right next to the busy highway. When planning your cycle route, spend a bit of time online on the National Park Services and National Forest Camping websites for camp spots and available amenities.

Other useful links: National Park Services National Forest Camping facilities
Free camping in the States!
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Washington State Highway
Washington State Highway map
Oregon Coast Bike Route Map
Oregon State Transportation
Californian State Parks
California State Parks camping (pdf)
East Bay regional park district with several good trail maps
The other side of California Death Valley and the eastern Sierra
Bicycle Nevada
Las Vegas regional transport commission of Southern Nevada
Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition
Inyo County parks and recreation
Travelworm for cheap accommodation in Las Vegas a website actually dedicated to motorcycle rallies & camping, but has a decent list of linked campsites throughout USA and Canada too.

Tap water is okay to drink, but it often tastes a bit brackish, so for the water connoisseur, you can buy bottled varieties for reasonable prices in the supermarkets. Otherwise there is plenty of free-flowing rivers and streams to filter and wash yourself from. That is, unless you are heading into desert regions and then you really need to take extra water on board and read up about the area so you know where all the water stops are. Places like Death Valley have well documented information on their website about this.

Acommodation we used while in the USA (August - November 2008): (prices based on two people sharing)
Star system explained: from 0 to ***** where 0 is a total disaster and ***** is luxurious (and out of our price range)
City / town: Name accommodation: Our experience: Price: Stars:
29 Palms 29 Palms Resort big RV park, not for camping really US$ 20 *
Banning KOA Campground that much? WiFi US$ 25 ½
Bishop Brown's Town campground rip-off, poor facilities US$ 20 ½
Boulder City Boulder Beach campground nice site, shady spots US$ 10 **
Briceburg Merced River Canyon campsite great setting, poor facilities US$ 10
Brookings Harris Beach SP hiker/biker site great campsite, plenty of space US$ 8 ***
Clatskanie Perkins RV big open space, free firewood US$ 20
Coos Bay Sunset Bay SP hiker/biker site bit of a dump US$ 8 *
Cottonwood Cove Cottonwood Cove campground basically very basic US$ -- *
Cougar Lone Fir Resort well kept campsite, friendly, WiFi US$ 15 ***
Coulee City Coulee City campground lacks some tender loving care US$ 15 **
Florence Honeyman SP hiker/biker site cute, but cramped US$ 8 **
Fort Ross Stillwater Cove SP quiet little campsite US$ 5 **
Furnace Creek Sunset Campground camp on concrete, no showers US$ -- ½
Keller Sanpoil campground beautiful spot, basic facilities US$ 15 **½
Kettle Falls Kettle Falls SP Campground great site, good facilities US$ 10 ***½
La Grange Stanislaus Off Highway Park poor US$ -- ½
Lake Elsinore Lake Elsinore campground poor state of repairs US$ 20 ½
Las Vegas Binions Hotel and Casino internet bargain booking, great! US$ 19 ***½
Lee Vining Mono Vista RV hot shower, recreation room US$ 20 **½
Leggett Standish-Hickey SP hiker/biker pretty bare site US$ 6
Lone Pine Portagee Joe smelly and barren US$ 10 ½
Manzanita Nehalem Bay SP hiker/biker site ok site, bit small US$ 8 **
Mendocino Van Damme SP hiker/biker site basic, old facilities US$ 6
Netarts Cape Lookout SP hiker/biker site scenic spot, right on the beach US$ 8 ***
Newport Beverly Beach SP hiker/biker site too small for all those cyclists US$ 8 *
Olema Samuel P. Taylor SP h/b site watch out for those racoons US$ 5 **
Orick Elk Prairie SP hiker/biker site towering trees, elegant elk US$ 6 ***
Pahrump 7 Palms RV Park decent camp, friendly folk, WiFi US$ 15 **
Panamint Springs Panamint Springs Resort could do with a clean US$ 15 *
Port Orford Humbug Mountain SP hiker/biker good set-up, friendly host US$ 8 ***
Steamboat Rock Steamboat Rock SP campground great setting, luxury at a price US$ 19 ***½
Tracy Carnegie SVRA campground out in the sticks and in the dirt US$ 10
Trinidad Patrick's Point SP hiker/biker site wonderful, simple, quiet US$ 6 ***½
Vantage Vantage campground ridiculous prices due to concert US$ 30 *
Warrenton Fort Stevens SP hiker/biker site nice little spot US$ 8 **½
Weott Humboldt Redwoods SP h/b site bit dark, not too much sun light US$ 6 **½
Wilmont Creek Bay Wlmont Creek Bay campground very simple, very quiet US$ --
Yosemite NP North Pines Backpackers basic, big bear boxes US$ 10
Yosemite NP Porcupine Flat campground basic facilities US$ --
Yoesmite NP Toulumne Meadows campground basic facilities, great site US$ -- **
Food & drink

Welcome to the United States and the world of food consumerism. In recent years, every type of dietary requirement is and I dare say for fear of discrimination, must be considered. Low fat or calorie light meals are even sold in fast food joints where the idea was once to go and get a fat-fix. Vegetarian options are therefore represented quite well in the restaurant sector, as well and in heavenly proportion in the supermarkets. Not only that but organic and environmentally friendly products line the shelves.

Outside of the larger urban areas, vegans may have a bit more of a problem finding something suitable in the local take-away and cafes, but you can always step across the road to the Safeway, Vons, Walmart or Albertsons, (often you'll have a choice of two) to buy from their infinite range of ready-made meals or snacks. Self catering is easy if you camp throughout the country and little planning is necessary, unless you are heading into remote areas and National Parklands. With an eye for bargains, you can eat well for very little outlay.

Co-operative stores are also well worth taking a peek inside. Their produce is quite often locally grown and produced and selling at very reasonable prices considering the quality. The only frustration you are likely to battle with, is the inability to get things in small sizes. Toilet paper rarely comes in 4-packs anymore, let alone one and condiments and dry goods tend to be expensive in the smaller volumes. Ironically, you can sometimes purchase double quantities of the product you want for exactly the same price.

The main cities have a wide network of vegan/vegetarian and alternative living restaurants and if you are not on a budget, you could eat something different every night. It is expensive to dine out though, especially after you have finished paying all the extra added taxes and service charges. For a full list of veggie restaurants in the USA take a look at the HappyCow website

American Cookery is quite difficult to categorize as it is more a blend of cuisines from across the world and then adapted to the environment and traditions of the land. One thing is for sure, it is not just about hamburgers, pizza and fries. However, from a vegetarians point of view, there is little in the way of traditional cooking that is suitable. Meat plays an important element in soul food, cajun, tex-mex and new-england styles. There are a few adaptations that may be considered worthwhile hunting down and then there is always time for sweet treat.

Why not try these for starters?

Baked Potatoes with Boston Beans
If you've never had a jacket potato before, then it is about time you tried one. Topped with sour cream and chives with lashings of mild monterey jack cheese is the usual way of doing it. Add some maple syrup laced baked beans, throw a fresh salad on the side and you've got yourself a deliciously complete meal.

From the Soul: Corn Fritters, Fried Green Tomatoes, Chowchow and Home-Style White Gravy.
Crispy fritters of seasoned creamy corn served with the age old favourite: fried green tomato slices. Accompany the dish with a sweet chowchow: a relish combination of pickled vegetables and home-style white sauce. Comforting soul food at its best.

Steamin' Hot Corn Cobs and a Hoppin' John Salad
You'll have never sampled corn like the cobs grown in the USA. White, yellow, peaches and cream: it doesn't matter they are all sweet, succulent and totally addictive. Steamed and served with a dob of butter and fine cracked pepper is about the only way to eat it. A hoppin' John salad wouldn't go astray with this meal either: an easy combination of black-eye and field peas, rice and a classic lemon vinaigrette reveals that simplicity really does taste pretty good. All served with some fresh crusty bread and you've got it all.

Orleans Pecan Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream
Tradition holds that the French brought this delicacy to New Orleans: sweet and syrupy roasted pecan nut custard in a flaky pastry is nothing short of gastronomic heaven. Top it off with vanilla spiked cream and a strong espresso and your day will be better than absolute.
Blueberry Buckle
If you like blueberry muffins, you're gonna love this old-fashioned single layer cake. Dotted with berries and topped with streusel crumble it is literally like one big delicious muffin. Serve as is or warm with custard.

Chocolate Brownie à la Mode
Chocolaty, fudgey, sticky, and quite nutty on the inside; slightly crispy on the base; and topped with rich chocolate frosting. Warm with a couple of scoops of cinnamon ice cream. No more said, just enjoy.

Outside of the States, the image of American beer goes about as far as Miller and Budweiser. This is so far from the truth, it is amazing that not more is written about the booming boutique beer industry. Bottles with punchy names and groovy labels, and beer with fantasy flavours of unlimited varieties: flying dog - doggie style; arrogant bastard; boont amber; brooklyn black chocolate; goose island honkers ale; left hand milk stout; rogue brutal bitter are just the tip of the icebox. While they might be of excellent quality, they are not cheap.

Bike shops
Laguna Beach, CA Rainbow Bicycle Co. **
485 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California
92651 USA
tel: (949) 494 5806
  Our experience: tiny one-man store; but great service and wheel building skills. More repairs than accessories. (October 2008)
climate chart Chicago climate chart Denver
climate chart Los Angeles USA
climate chart Miami climate chart New York
climate chart San Francisco USA climate chart Seattle
Road distances
The USA has an extensive road network... and it would be almost impossible to get all the distances within the US on to a website. But, there is Mapquest . Mapquest calculates road distances in the US (and also some countries in Europe) and gives you the opportunity to costumise your route; include/exclude freeways, toll roads; and add up to 10 destinations within one search.
About Us | Site Map | Feed | Contact Us | ©2011 all rights reserved
webdesign & maintenance