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From Disneyland to the Grand Canyon, the Hollywood Hills to New York City, the United States is an iconic place, sentimental to the point of surrealism and so rugged, wild, and staunchly individualistic, the spirit of the Old West would at times appear to be alive and well.
Celebrated and disdained all over the world, the United States boasts formidable economic and military might as the world’s most prosperous and powerful nation. A land of corporate democracy and red-blooded capitalism, it is a young and passionate place, blessed with boundless energy and vast open spaces. According to national narrative, the traits of self-reliance, fortitude, and ingenuity – not to mention a spirit of willingness and self-discovery – were the essential building blocks of the United States. In a land of pioneers and immigrants, adventurers and entrepreneurs, anything is possible for those who dare to try… or so says the American Dream.Read more
Bordered by Canada and Mexico, the United States is the fourth largest nation on earth, roughly equal in size to China. Its climate, ecology, geology, and landscapes vary widely. On the east coast, the Atlantic shore relents to deciduous forest, climbing to the rugged peaks of the Appalachian mountains, which sprawl north and south for more than 2000 kilometres, connecting leafy New England with swampy Alabama. Beyond, lakes and expansive grasslands form the mid-west, the Mississippi-Missouri river system flowing south through its heart. To the west, the great plains open up with legends of thundering bison and tribes, eventually rising to the table-top towers and surreal rock formations of the Rocky mountains. To the southwest lies deserts, and beyond the Rockies, the Cascades and Sierra Nevada ranges, which span sun-kissed California until the giant redwood forests of Oregon.
It’s hard to pin down a country the size of the continent, much less characterise its 315 million inhabitants. From tropical Hawaii to arctic Alaska, the United States is a complex multi-ethnic tapestry, woven with disparate threads from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The nation’s indigenous population, often overlooked, are bastions of an alternative North American narrative.
Historically, the US national identity – or at least, the politically-charged concepts of ‘American Exceptionalism’ and ‘Manifest Destiny’ – was forged during the years of restless westward expansion into the continent. By the mid-20th century, the United States had taken centre stage in the world – albeit overshadowed by its ideological opponent, the Soviet Union. The post-war boom was a phenomenal era in human history. In the US, it saw the emergence of consumer culture, a moneyed middle class with a disposal income, progressive advances in civil rights, revolutions in technology and mass media, and eventually, the landing of a man on the moon. Today, America is searching for itself in the wake of economic and political crises, perhaps hinting at a new phase of reflection and re-invention.
Places of interest in USA
You never forget the first time you stand at the precipice of the Grand Canyon, an unfathomably vast copper-coloured...
This city doesn’t glow; it dazzles. Las Vegas is Sin City, The Entertainment Capital of the World, a land of vice...
Yellowstone National Park is best known for the Old...
Encompassing the vast evergreen forests and granite...