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United States of America Travel Guide

Bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Pacific Ocean, the United States of America occupies a territory of 9,522,0572 square km primarily in the mid latitude region of the North American continental landmass. The non-contiguous territory comprising the state of Alaska is located in the extreme northwestern part of the continent and is separated from the 48 contiguous states by Canada. The Hawaii islands in the mid-Pacific form the 50th state of the United States.

Tourism
Tourism in the United States grew rapidly in the form of urban tourism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the 1850s, tourism in the United States was well-established both as a cultural activity and as an industry. New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, all major US cities, attracted a large number of tourists by the 1890s. By 1915, city touring had marked significant shifts in the way Americans perceived, organized and moved around in urban environments.

There is a wealth of accommodation in the USA to suit all travelers including budget lodging, travel lodges, bed and breakfast and luxury hotels.

Places to visit in The United States of America are endless and there is something to suit everyone with sporting venues, museums, art galleries, theme parks, beaches, landmarks, monuments, festivals, top entertainment and quality shopping.

People:

USA  is a Christian intentional community , on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1972 coming out of Jesus People Milwaukee in the Jesus Movement, and is the largest of the few remaining communes from that movement. In 1989, JPUSA joined the Evangelical Covenant Church as a member congregation, and currently has eight pastors credentialed with the ECC. The community organizes the annual Cornerstone Festival.

Climate:
USA is a big country, it varies tremendously in climate conditions. Generally the western and southern half of the USA has an overall warmer weather, as compared to the eastern and northern half. Eastern/Northern half is extremely cold in winters accompanied by heavy snowfall, and has pleasant summers. Whereas the Western/Southern part has extremely hot summers and comparatively tolerable winters. Find out beforehand where you are going to stay, so as to prepare yourself for the climate conditions.

Custom:
 In general, Americans give gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and major holidays, such as Christmas.
  • A gift can be as simple as a card and personal note to something more elaborate for a person with whom you are close.
  • Gift giving is not an elaborate event, except at Christmas.
  • When invited to someone's home for dinner, it is polite to bring a small box of good chocolates, a bottle of wine, a potted plant or flowers for the hostess.
  • Gifts are normally opened when received.
Relegious Beliefs:

    * Christianity: (82.3%[9])
    * Unaffiliated, including atheist or agnostic (11.6%[9])
    * Judaism (1.2%[3] to 2.2%[9])
    * Islam (0.6%[9][3] to 1.6%)
    * Buddhism (0.5%[3] to 0.9%)
    * Hinduism (0.4%)
    * Other (1.4%)

Tourist Attractions:

The Statue of Liberty, New York City
The Statue of Liberty stands out on Liberty Island, a model of serenity and a symbol of that most determinedly American of values: liberty.

The Niagara Falls, New York State
With 168,000 cubic meters of water tumbling over them a minute, the Niagara Falls are quite a sight (and a sound!) For the most dramatic effect, the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour takes visitors right out into the churning waters.

The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon was gouged out of the earth by the Colorado River some six million years ago. One of the world’s most outstanding sites of natural beauty, there are few landscapes on the plant that can compare with its majestic scale.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota
American sights are rarely lacking in scale, and Mt Rushmore’s absolutely no exception. These 18 meter high statues of presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln (carved out of the granite mountainside in 1925) are yet another iconic image of the country.

The White House, Washington, D.C.
Construction of the White House began in the late 18th century. While it may not be the largest, grandest, or even the most beautiful of structures, it’s certainly the most powerful, and, as such, is an absolute must see.

Food:

Staple Food
Most staple foods derive either from cereals such as wheat, barley, rye, maize, or rice, or starchy root vegetables such as potatoes, yams, taro, and cassava. Other staple foods include pulses (dried legumes), sago (derived from the pith of the sago palm tree), and fruits such as breadfruit and plantains.

Traditional Food
Traditional American cuisine uses ingredients such as turkey, white-tailed deer venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, indigenous foods employed by American Indians and early European settlers. Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American styles.

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