The United States of America is an alluring and multifaceted country in North America. It includes 50 states. They snug between the Appalachian Mountain range in the east and the snow-white cold-desert of Alaska in the north-west. The USA is the world’s third-largest country according to its territory. It definitely uppermost in its political, economic, and cultural impact on the modern world. The territory of 9,5 million km² comprises plenty of historical attractions, museums and art galleries, amusement parks, beach and skiing resorts, unique natural reserves. But the special charm of the USA is hidden in the deep countryside, in small villages, and in agricultural areas.
States of the USA
Traveling around the USA
Culture of the USA
The cultural layer of the USA was formed by more than one European nation. The French, Spaniards, Dutch, Africans, Englishmen, and Portuguese contributed to its formation. The Englishmen played a key role in it. In 1620, 102 puritan-Calvinists got off the British galleon called Mayflower and stepped on the American continent. Their preaching provided the basis of the main principles of democracy and civil rights. They also ingrained the idea of religious liberty.
One can say without exaggeration that the USA is the most religious state among other developed countries in the world. Over 80% of the population go to church. Absolute religious freedom gave a boost to the development of new religious movements: Mormonism, Socinianism, Mennonites, Pietism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others. This influenced the calendar of holidays. They celebrate both Orthodox and Catholic Easter, the Irish St. Patrick’s Day, Mexican Cinco de Mayo, Celtic Halloween, and a diversity of other holidays.
The first show and movie productions
Mass production is the main characteristic feature of American culture. The USA became the leader in the production of news and TV shows. Many of them adapt various countries to their mentality. They also hold the top spot in the film industry in the world. The projects for mass film distribution are produced en masse. This fact allows them to regularly please viewers with romances, comedies, cartoons, and blockbusters. The system of movie starts was created in Hollywood. As a result, this district in Los Angeles was called the “dream factory”.
Music legacy of the USA
The world should thank the USA for the lively notes of country and folk music, the rebellious rock songs, chaotic passages of Jazz and Blues, gangster rap and the ghetto’s hip-hop, pop hits that sound from every loudspeaker. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Louis Armstrong, 2Pac, Nirvana, Kiss, Guns N' Roses, Korn, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake - we can bet that at least one these representatives of the largest American music labels is on your playlist.
Love for sports
Americans also adore competitive sports. Everyone has his favorite basketball and hockey teams. In February, everybody freezes by the screens watching the final matches of the Super Bow. Every American child dreams of catching a baseball, skillfully battered by a sportsman in the offside.
What do Americans eat?
American cuisine traditionally associates with fast food. Hot dogs, donuts, burgers, corn dogs, taco, sandwiches, and Asian noodles in carton boxes - citizens of megapolises got used to eating fast and on foot. But American cuisine is not limited to fast food products only. Traditional USA dishes include an apple pie, a juicy steak and barbeque, hot and spicy chicken wings, coconut pudding, and fried turkey for Thanksgiving. For breakfasts, the Americans choose a sandwich with peanut butter or jam and cornflakes. A cranberry sauce is a must-have for every dinner.
For many people, the USA remains to be the country of dreams. Someone has already loved it, got disappointed, and fell in love again. One thing we know for sure. America changes people’s mindsets forever. Even if you have just visited it once.
Cities in USA
Popular attractions of the USA
This enormous country amazes and attracts travelers with its national parks, rivers, and reserves. Many people also come here for Disneyland, museums, and mind-blowing shopping.