In 2014 Americans made 68.3 million overnight trips to other countries; the busiest month for overnight international trips in 2014 was July (7.6 million), and the least busy was February (4.4 million).
In 2014, top 10 U.S. airlines carried the most passengers were Southwest (126.7 million),
International visitors in the U.S. grew every year since the end of the recession in 2009; in 2014 around 74.7 million foreign travelers visited the U.S., of which the top visitor markets were Canada (30.7 percent), Mexico (23.2 percent), United Kingdom (5.3 percent), Japan (4.8 percent), Brazil (3.0 percent), and China (2.9 percent).
In 2000 China was the 24th largest market for international visitors to the U.S.; by 2014 visitation from China increased by over 700 percent, and the country is now the 6th largest market.
There were 23 airports in 2014 with more than one million incoming passengers from international origins to the U.S.; New York (JFK), Miami, and Los Angeles airports received the most international passengers, with 13.6, 9.6, and 8.9 million passengers, respectively.
Ash from the May 1931 eruption of Aniakchak fell at a rate of a pound per hour at the Chignik villages, 65 miles to the south. The blast was heard 200 miles away and the ash sprinkled the ground nearly 700 miles from the source. The eruption left a caldera 250 deep and one-half mile wide.
Wrangell St. Elias is the America's largest national park (13.2 million acres), it stretches from one of the tallest peaks in North America, Mount St. Elias (18,008), to the ocean.
The New York Subway is one of the largest public transportation systems in the world by number of stations, with 468 stations in operation
and 842 miles (1355 km) of track and delivered over 1.71 billion rides (2013); its first underground station was opened in 1904, and around 40% of its stations is above ground.
New York City served as the capital of the United States from 1785 to 1790, before it was moved to Philadelphia and then Washington D.C. George Washington, the first President of the United States, was inaugurated in New York in 1789 at the site of Federal Hall.
Atlanta (GA) is not only home to many of the civil rights movement's key leaders and organizations in the U.S., but is also home of the largest Hindu Temple in the world outside of India.
Atlanta (GA) is home of the world's largest drive-in restaurant, the Varsity, which is able to accommodate 600 cars outside and more than 800 people inside, and makes two miles of hot dogs, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili from scratch daily.
Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time (DST); on April 30, 2016, the government set clocks to be turned forward 1 hour at 11:00 p.m. (23:00).
The seat pitch (the distance between two seats) of Spirit Airlines, a famous carrier for squeezing passengers' knees, is only 28 inches while most airlines have 31-inch pitch sizes.
Between 2000 and 2013, the U.S. population grew by 12.2 percent, from 282 million to 316 million.
In 2013 the top three network airlines United, Delta, and American together carried 39.7 percent of total passengers traveling on U.S. airlines, and low-cost airlines Southwest, AirTran, JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Virgin America, and Allegiant carried 26.9 percent of U.S. airline passengers.
The Tuvalu, a chain of atolls and reefs dotted across 350 miles of the South Pacific, is barely 7 feet (2 meters) on average above sea-level, it is predicted that the island may be submerged in the next 30 to 50 years.
The Seychelles 115 coral and granite islands, which are home to jungles, beautiful beaches and waterfalls, may be underwater by the end of the century.
2012 was safest year for air travel since 1945. There were only 23 accidents, including passenger and cargo flights, resulting in 475 fatalities in 2012, compared with the 10-year average of 34 accidents and 773 fatalities per year.
Every day, around 10,000 people, who do not plan to catch a train, enter
New Yorks Grand Central Terminal to gawk at the ceiling embellished with gold constellations, browse shops, and take tours.
On September 11, 1976, a group of Croatian nationalists hijacked a US airplane and planted a bomb in a coin locker at Grand Central Terminal, the resulting explosion wounded over 30 people and killed 1 police officer.
There are 106 cities around the world with flights to Hong Kong.
There are 21 direct flights from New York, NY to Hong Kong, daily.
The estimated number of airlines directly operate between Hong Kong and Paris, France: 39; San Francisco, CA: 35; Washington, DC: 33; Singapore : 32; Beijing, China: 27; and Tokyo, Japan: 23.
The estimated number of passenger seats / flights daily connecting to Hong Kong are 342,400 seats / 53 flights from Washington, DC; 539,000 / 61 from San Francisco, CA; 550,100 / 69 from Los Angles, CA; 494,000 / 37 from Paris, France;
812,000 / 27 from London, UK; 417, 700 / 35 from Rome, Italy; 435,000 / 38 from Singapore; 289,000 / 10 from Paris, France; and 385,400 / 31 from Tokyo, Japan.
The smallest aircraft (less than 70 seats) flying to Hong Kong is a 30-seat EM2 operated by United from Los Angeles, CA; a 44-seat ERJ operated by Jet India from Washington, DC; a 46-seat ATR operated by Air France from Rome, Italia; and a 70-seat CRJ operated by China from San Francisco, CA.
The world record for the highest seasonal total
snowfall was measured at Mount Baker Ski Area,
Washington State, United States, during the 19981999 season;
Mount Baker received 2,896 cm (1,140 in) of
The previous record holder is Mount Rainier, Washington, which received 2,850 cm (1,120 in) of snow during the 19711972 season.
Spirit Airlinescharges up to: $40 for carry-on-bag, $43 for first checked bag, $150 for a seat assignment, $199 for a front seat, $10 per phone booking, $17 for
passenger usage fee (buying tickets online - the fee can be avoided by buying a ticket at the airport) each way,
$5 for printing a boarding pass at airport, $2 for printing a boarding pass at kiosk, $10 for a snack, and $15 for a drink.
Although the Spirit airlines has the highest fee charges, its pilots were among the lowest paid pilots in the United States.
In 2010, 59.8 million visitors came to the U.S., most of them came from:
1. Canada 20.0 million;
2. Mexico 13.5 million;
3. U.K. 3.9 million;
4. Japan 3.4 million;
5. Germany 1.7 million;
6. France 1.3 million;
7. Brazil 1.2 million;
8. S. Korea 1.1 million;
9. Australia 0.9 million; and
10. Italy 0.8 million.
Great Wall of China was the biggest military construction on earth. It was built between the 7th and 4th centuries BC in China, and is made up of 6,259.6 km (3,889.5 mi) sections of actual wall, 359.7 km
(223.5 mi) of trenches and 2,232.5 km (1,387.2 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.
There were about 36.8 million flights carried over 2.4 billion people to around the world in 2010.
There are approximately 61,000 people traveling by airplanes over the U.S. at any given time.
There were 94 aircraft accidents, 23 of those were fatal, and number of people killed by these accidents was 786 in 2010; there was one accident for every 1.6 million flights.
Around 21% of all aircraft accidents in 2010 is runway excursion, which is caused by an aircraft that goes off the runway during takeoff or landing.
The black box carried on an airplane is actually painted bright orange to make it more visible in an aircraft's wreckage.
It is a tough stainless metal-and-plastic case containing two recorders, and is installed in the rear of the aircraft. The black box records information about airspeed, direction,
altitude, accelerations, engine thrust, rudder, and spoiler positions from sensors that are located around the aircraft.
U.S. ferries carried an estimated 103 million passengers and just over 37 million vehicles in 2009. Washington, New York, and California had the greatest number of ferry passengers, accounting for 15.0, 6.8, and 7.7 percent of total passengers, respectively.
Ferries in Washington carried the greatest proportion of vehicles as a percent of total vehicle boardings (26.9 percent), followed by Louisiana (12.4 percent) and Alaska (11.6 percent). The states with the most ferry vessels were California (62 vessels), New York (56 vessels),
Massachusetts (52 vessels), and Washington (46 vessels).
The U.S. has 503 airports, each serves at least 2,500 passengers a year.
China has added about 40 airports in the last decade alone, bringing its total to 166. The top eight airports commanded about half of all passenger traffic.
The top three -- Beijing,
Shanghai's Pudong -- handled half of all cargo traffic.
Hong Kong, the worlds most expensive city, has the most Rolls Royces per capita.
If you're connecting to the ship's onboard cell tower, you'll pay roaming fees around $5 per minute.
Under new federal rules that go into effect in March 2010, airlines must provide adequate food and potable water for passengers within two hours of an aircraft being delayed on the tarmac.
Airlines have to get aircrafts in the air within three hours, or allow the passengers off. The new rules apply to U.S. airlines and domestic flights. The new regulations authorize fines of as much as $27,500 per passenger for violations.
On average, Americans traveled 36.1 miles per day in 2009, a 10.2 percent decline from 2001. Men traveled more than women, averaging 40.9 miles per day compared with 31.5 miles per day for women. For both genders, people in their prime working years traveled more, with persons aged 36 to 65 traveling the most.
As of May 2009, the mean annual wage of a flight attendant was $43,350, with a low of $25,420 and a high of $71,280.
The fee for tourist visa (L Visa) issued to a U.S. citizen, who comes to China for sightseeing or visiting family members or friends or for other personal affairs,
is $130 while the fee for citizens of other countries is $30. And it seems increasingly likely that China does not welcome American people visiting its country.
AirTran passengers are permitted one carry-on bag and one personal item. The first checked bag costs $20; a second
one is $25, a third bag $50.
Alaska Airlines charges each passenger $20 for the first bag, and $20 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the Continental U.S. or between the Continental U.S. and Alaska. The third bag incurs a $50 fee.
Allegiant Airlines charges each passenger $35 per bag for the first and second checked bag, and $50 per bag for the third and fourth bag checked at the airport.
American Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It charges $150 per piece for the 3rd, 4th and 5th checked bags and $200 per piece
for the 6th checked bag and any additional pieces.
Delta Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S. Online payments are discounted $2-$3.
Frontier Airlines charges each passenger $20 for the first bag and the second bag for bags checked at the airport and $50 for the third bag or more.
Hawaiian Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the Continental U.S. or between the Continental U.S. and Hawaii. Online payments are discounted $2-$3.
JetBlue passenger is allowed to carry one bag without charge. The second checked bag requires a $40 fee.
Additional bag incurs a $75 fee.
Southwest Airlines allows two free checked bags per customer. The 3rd through 9th bags incur a charge of $50 per piece
Spirit Airlines charges each passenger $38 ($28 online) for the first bag and $45
($35 online) for a second bag; bags 3-5 are charged $95 each ($85 online) if space is available for travel within the U.S. Spirit does not guarantee it has space for the second checked bag. It charges $5 for each bag for international travel
United Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S. Oversize bags (beyond 50 lbs) incur a fee of $175, and overweight bags are assessed
up to $200. It charges $0 for the first bag and $70 for the second bag for international destinations ($0 for Japan)
U.S. Airways charges each passenger $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second bag, $125 for the third bag and $200 for additional bags for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S. It charges $0 for the first bag and the second bag, and $125 for the third bag and $200 for each additional bag for international destinations.
Atlanta, GA - Avoid going to the southern part of the city, and downtown at night.
Baltimore, MD - The city has some of the worst rates of dangerous offenses, including the 10th-worst aggravated assault rate, and the fourth-worst murder rate in the U.S. Dont go to anywhere, except downtown.
Boston, MA - Dont go to Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury at night, and be wary in Chinatown, the North End and Fenway.
Chicago, IL - Avoid visiting the West Side and anywhere south of 59th Street.
Cleveland, OH - Dont go to Cleveland Heights, Lakewood and Euclid.
Detroit, MI - The city has one of the 10 highest rates for three of the four types of violent crime identified by the FBI. It has the sixth-highest murder rate, the fifth-highest robbery rate, and the second-highest rate of aggravated assault. Dont go to the city after dark.
Houston, TX - Be careful if traveling through Downtown, south and east Houston at night.
Flint, MI - The city has a poverty rate of 36.2% . The number of violent crimes committed in Flint increased for all categories stemmed from drugs and gangs. Avoid traveling through city at night.
Los Angeles, CA - Be wary in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Long Beach, and to avoid visiting Watts, Inglewood and Florence.
Little Rock, AK - The city has one of the highest rates of aggravated assault and forcible rape in the country. Dont go to this city after dark.
Memphis, TN - The city has high rates for all the violent crimes, it has the sixth-highest rate in the country. Avoid going to the city after dark.
Miami, FL - Be aware of break-ins and pick-pocketing in the Miami area.
New Haven, CT - The city has the highest rate of violent crime on the east coast; it has the eighth-highest rate of robbery and the fourth-highest rate of assault in the U.S. Avoid visiting this city after dark.
New York, NY - Be wary in Times Square and at the Statue of Liberty, and avoid walking at night in Harlem, the Bronx or Central Park at night.
New Orleans, LA - Be wary in Northwest of Dauphine Street, northeast of Ursulines Avenue, north of St. Charles Avenue and south of the Magazine Street area.
Oakland, CA - The city has the 10th-highest rate of rape, the ninth-highest murder rate, and the second-highest robbery rate in the country. Avoid going to the city at night.
Pittsburgh, PA - Avoid visiting Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton and Hazelwood.