Introduction to the USA

The United States of America. Land of the free, home of the brave and the ever-present country on our TV screens. Chances are, if you grew up glued to a television, you'll have a fair idea of what the US promises; Big Bird on 'Sesame Street', hillbillies in Beverly Hills and yellow families with crazy hairstyles somewhere in the Midwest. Then again, maybe all those years of childhood TV watching hasn't helped after all. Inevitably, the best way to suss out the States is to turn the TV off and actually go there, see it all, eat everything and return home with a bag full of wild tales and enough photos to crash the internet.

If you plan on seeing it all, it may take you a little while - the USA is the third largest country in the world. As such, the US is more like a world in itself with each state's border promising a new accent, culture, cuisine and vibe that can only every be described as "So Deep South", "so West Coast", or "so New York". Sample kosher deli delicacies in New York, the biggest 'pie' you've ever seen in Chicago, chow down on grits in the South and toast some s'mores on an open campfire.

From coast to coast, the USA boasts every travel experience you could possibly dream of and then some. Spanning the kitsch to the seriously cool and just downright crazy, things to see and do in the USA can take on a range of forms. The only thing they all have in common is that they're far from dull. Think flying over the mighty expanse of the Grand Canyon, learning to surf in Hawaii, gliding through the Everglades of Florida and putting the adage: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas", to the test. There's Broadway shows in New York, massive music festivals in the California desert, ballgames in Chicago, b-ball on the street and movies being filmed from Seattle to San Francisco. It's epic and on a grand scale, whatever you choose to do.

As a vast and sprawling land, the great American road trip would have to be the ultimate way to see the country and experience it all. Get behind the wheel of a pink Cadillac, get out on the open road and you'll be getting your kicks on Route 66 in no time. Now that's a feeling you can't get from any TV show.


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