The United States of America (USA) is the 3rd largest country in the world. It is well known for offering a wide variety of places to visit to suit all interests and budgets. It is made up of 50 states and is headed by its president Barack Obama, the first black president. It is run by a political democracy and has two main political parties: Republicans and Democrats. The official language is English, although you will find many Spanish speaking citizens in the southernmost states. The USA population is over 307 million.
There are approximately 310 Indian Reservations in the USA and over 550 recognised tribes. The laws on reservations differ than that of surrounding areas and many lands that are owned by natives have casinos that make popular tourist attractions. The federal government has no jurisdiction over these lands.
The USA is a very diverse country and citizens from many different cultures and backgrounds come here to find “The American Dream.” The southern most states contain a population that is influenced by its Mexican border. Many Canadians can be found in the southern states through the months of December to March, and are affectionately known as “snowbirds.”
There is a wide range of exports and commodities that exist in the USA, particularly in the mid-west. Cotton, tobacco and grain are among the largest. Their natural resources include oil, gas, copper, iron and silver. The US is an industry leader in steel production, auto manufacturing, and chemical engineering. They are also considered leaders in technological advances. The USA and Canada share the biggest bilateral trade relationship in the world.
The United States shares its borders with both neighbouring nations as well as large bodies of water. To the north is Canada, and to the south is Mexico. The west and east is bordered by oceans, which is why some people say the USA is “from coast to coast” or “bicoastal”. These oceans are the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. However, to the south there is also the Gulf of Mexico which is a large body of water that separates the southern states from Cuba.
The USA’s national sport is Major League Baseball, but participates in many different sports such as football, hockey and basketball. Baseball is also known as the ‘national pastime.’
The weather in the USA is as diverse as its culture. The northern most states and the mid west have four seasons and experience fairly harsh winters, with snow and very cold temperatures. The southern states will delight you with a warm, sunny climate. South western states are considered desert lands and are hot and dry. Arizona, California, and Nevada are just a few examples of desert states.
There are plenty of things to do and see for those who are visiting America. Whether you are a sports buff and want to watch typical American sports live such as baseball, basketball, or football (grid iron); or you love history visit the many museums you can’t help but learn more about USA and its inhabitants. If you visit New York, you will want to ride in one of its many yellow cabs, or visit Chinatown, the largest Chinese population settlement in the United States of America. You may also want to visit the sight where the Twin Towers collapsed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If you are in Arizona, you will want to visit the Grand Canyon. This famous natural wonder is a sight that is not to be missed. Florida will warrant a trip to Disneyland to visit all of your favourite Disney characters. Visit Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, California to catch a glimpse of your favourite movie stars. If you like to gamble, you will definitely want to visit Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado offers beautiful scenery and great skiing in the winter.