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Traveling to the United States under the age of 21

Is the USA your dream travel destination? Are you still under 21? Then you should follow a few rules that not only make your stay in the States easier, but also make it an unforgettable experience.

The United States of America has such wonderful places, lots of great natural spectacles and numerous exciting metropolises to offer that you can't really go wrong with your planning. Or?

Vacationing in the United States under the age of 21?

You are in Germany and in numerous other European countries at the age of 18 of legal age and as an adult can travel almost without restrictions and book both rental cars and accommodation. In the USA it looks a little different.

Book a rental car in the USA under the age of 21?

In the USA, too, the age of majority begins at the age of 18 and American teenagers can get a driver's license at the age of 16. One Rental car However, young Americans are only allowed to book and drive from the age of 21 or 25. Age regulation differs from state to state.

As a tourist you can only from 21 years book a rental car - and then only for an extra charge (between 21 and 25 years of age). Two states make an exception here: In New York and Michigan it is possible to book a rental car under 21. You buy this luxury with an even higher surcharge.

The alternative to the rental car? Long-distance buses and trains are definitely attractive mobility options in the USA. With a dense network and high frequency. You should bring a little time with you on the long-distance bus lines - the chances are good to get to know fellow travelers and you will experience the country up close.

Book hotels under the age of 21 in the USA?

At Hotel bookings The magical age limit 21 applies in many hotels in the USA. Often nothing goes below that. The main reason for this strict limit is the problematic behavior of many young Americans on vacation. As a result, many hotel chains that dominate the American market raised the minimum age for hotel bookings to 21 - because the costs for renovations and cleaning far exceeded the usual level.

But there are also hotel bookings Exceptions, especially in the most popular cities like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami or Orlando. Since the booking conditions can change at any time, you should clarify the question of the minimum age clearly before booking.

Alternatives to the hotel

If you're not yet 21, there are several others Accommodation alternatives. So you can switch to youth hostels, where 18 is sufficient as the check-in age. Youth hostels are particularly widespread in the big cities on the east and west coasts. The youth hostels are run by non-profit organizations. Your advantage: low prices. Their disadvantage: hardly any comfort, mostly only beds in dormitories (bunk beds). An American hostel can in no way be compared with a European youth hostel!

Those who like it unusual look for accommodation in one monastery or in one University or college guest housewhich are also open to travelers who have no relationship with one of the institutions.

Of course you can also use one of the countless Campgrounds in the USA and pitch your tent or camper there. Anyone who has ever camped in a national park knows that our European understanding of nature and wilderness does not endure in the USA. Because there you may share nature with bears, wolves, snakes or buffalo. Adventure guaranteed.

Alcohol with under 21 years of age in the US

Also on the subject alcohol you should inform yourself in advance, the consumption is subject to much stricter rules than with us. In principle, it is not permitted to drink alcohol in public. Young people under the age of 21 are generally prohibited from consuming alcohol - this also applies to private parties. But the purchase of alcoholic beverages is regulated much more strictly than ours anyway - the protection of minors is taken very seriously at the cash registers.

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