Visiting the USA with an Esta Visa

Why should Australians visit the US?

Visiting the USA with an Esta Visa

The appeal for Australians to visit the USA has never been greater. The number of Aussies making the journey in the space of 12 months, surpassed the 1 million mark for the first time back in 2015. The effect of rock bottom air fares being offered makes the desire to travel to the USA even greater. If this has tempted you to leave the Australian winter to set your sights on an American summer, we have compiled a list of top 5 places to visit in the USA!

Top 5 places to visit in the USA

New York City

New York city is one of those places many people say that you have to go in your lifetime. There are plenty of attractions to see, such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square and even going to see a show on Broadway!

The Big Apple, as New York is known, is home to many different people from all over the world and this is emulated in the food and culture. Interestingly, the community of Nolita is where all Australian expats seem to have moved to in New York and therefore, if you visit, you can feel as if you are in a home away from home!


Philadelphia is a UNESCO world heritage city and is filled with history and architecture. It was the original US capital, where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. Philly is a city that is also big on art and there are loads of museums for you to visit. There are even over 4000 murals and sculptures all over town if you don’t want to pay.

Philadelphia is an extremely walkable place but also has two subway lines to use and a tourist bus that takes you to all the top sights.


Many Australians when visiting Hawaii, often only venture to Waikiki. This is the equivalent of going to Australia and only visiting Sydney Harbour! Why not try somewhere different such as Honolulu?

Hawaii’s biggest city boasts some of the best snorkeling in the world in Hanauma Bay. This will feel like home for many Aussies, with hot weather and beautiful beaches. It also has a bustling Chinatown in the market section of the city which hosts an abundance of restaurants with food from all over the world.   

San Francisco

The main attractions of San Francisco can only be described as jaw dropping. Golden Gate Bridge stretches across 2,737m and is as high as a 65 story building. San Fran also has world class cuisine, cozy cafes and a booming nightlife.

Despite the fact that that San Francisco seems vast with regards to how many attractions and places there are to see, in terms of geographical size, it is an extremely small city and very walkable.

Throughout the city there are many different cultures and some places even make sure Aussies have a place to celebrate Australia day in January, so you will always be made very welcome!

New Orleans

New Orleans is filled with European-style architecture and mouth watering food. Most notably, the French Quarter still holds signs of its colonial heritage. The street names remain in French and the quarter itself is a National Historic landmark.

The backbone of New Orleans is undoubtedly music. As the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans is a dream come true for music lovers. Music fills the streets day and night and really is the heart of this city.

The easiest route for Australians to take to New Orleans is through Dallas which takes just over 15 hours but is well worth the journey!

Make the journey

So there you have it! Those are our top 5 recommended places to visit in the US. Remember, as an Australian visiting the USA, it is necessary to obtain an Esta Visa before travelling in order to be allowed into the country. provide quick and simple Esta applications specifically for Australians traveling to the USA .

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