Visiting

Business hours

Business hours are generally from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Retail hours vary by region. Large retailers are usually open from 8.00am to 10.00pm, Monday to Saturday and 11:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday and some are open 24 hours. Small retailers are not open as late and many are not open on Sundays.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
January 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 16 – Presidents' Day
May 25 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
September 7 – Labour Day
October 12 – Columbus Day
November 11 – Veterans' Day
November 26 – Thanksgiving
December 25 – Christmas

Climate

For weather details in the USA, please visit the World Meteorological Organization or The Weather Channel.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The currency is the US dollar.

Time zones and time differences

The USA spans multiple time zones. Between March and early November, the USA switches from standard time to 'summer time'. Simultaneously, most of Australia winds its clock back one hour. Three of the time zones operate as follows:

To find out the current times in the USA, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

The USA's country code is +1.

For calls to USA from Australia dial: 0011 + 1 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from USA to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

The power supply is 110 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. Transformers are not necessarily an option in the USA because they don’t convert from the Australian 50 cycles to the US 60 Hz. Even if the voltage is correct, damage may occur to synchronous motors, e.g. tape recorders, disc players. The two-parallel flat blades above a round pin plugs are the most common.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Discover America
United States Travel and Tourism
USA Travel Guide

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