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Although native Americans lived on the continent for thousands of years, the Spanish were the first Europeans to found a permanent settlement; at Saint Augustine, Florida, in 1565.

About The United States

The United States is a complex and diverse country with its own unique regional characteristics, social issues, and ongoing developments.

The country offers a wide variety of attractions for visitors, including natural wonders, historical landmarks, museums, theme parks, and beaches.

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As of 2022, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming are the only states that do not levy a state income tax.

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Popular Tourist Destinations

Popular tourist destinations in the United States include New York City, New York; Los Angeles, California; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Miami, Florida; San Francisco, California; Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Washington, District of Columbia; and Chicago, Illinois.

Other destinations popular with visitors to the United States include Boston, Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana; Honolulu, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; and Nashville, Tennessee.

United States Overview

The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or simply the U.S., is a federal republic located in North America.

It is composed of 50 states, a federal district (Washington, D.C.), five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The U.S. has a population of over 331 million people, making it the third-most populous country in the world.

Constitutional Republic

The United States is a constitutional republic, with a government based on a system of separation of powers.

The three branches of government are the executive branch (headed by the President), the legislative branch (consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives), and the judicial branch (led by the Supreme Court).

The U.S. is often referred to as the world's oldest constitutional democracy.


The United States is culturally diverse, with a melting pot of different ethnicities, religions, and traditions.

It has been shaped by immigration from all over the world, leading to a vibrant multicultural society.

English is the most widely spoken language, although Spanish is also prevalent, particularly in regions in the south with a significant Hispanic population.


The United States is the world's largest economy, with a highly developed and technologically advanced industrial base.

It is a major global player in various fields, including finance, technology, entertainment, and science.


The United States is known for its diverse geography, encompassing a wide range of landscapes and climates.

It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, with the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

The country shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

Global Affairs

The U.S. has been a major player in global affairs, often exerting its influence in areas such as international diplomacy, security, and trade.

It is a founding member of the United Nations and NATO and has played a pivotal role in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions around the world.


The U.S. has a rich history, starting with the arrival of Native American tribes thousands of years ago.

European colonisation began in the 16th century, with the British establishing the Thirteen Colonies along the eastern seaboard.

The American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century led to independence from Britain and the formation of a new nation.

Tourism in The United States

Tourism is a significant industry in the United States, attracting millions of visitors each year.

The U.S. travel and tourism industry encompasses a wide range of businesses and services related to tourism, including transportation, lodging, food and beverage, entertainment, and activities.

This industry is important to the U.S. economy, contributing billions of dollars in revenue annually and supporting millions of jobs.

Landmarks and Attractions

The United States boasts numerous iconic landmarks and attractions, including the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, the White House, and the Golden Gate Bridge among the many.

National Travel and Tourism Office

In addition to providing official travel and tourism statistics, the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) creates a positive climate for growth in travel and tourism by reducing institutional barriers to tourism, administers joint marketing efforts, and coordinates efforts across federal agencies through the Tourism Policy Council.

Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

The United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.

The Board advises the Secretary on government policies and programs that affect the U.S. travel and tourism industry, offers counsel on current and emerging issues, and provides a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems.

Visa Requirements

To enter the United States for tourism purposes, foreign nationals typically need to obtain a visitor visa, unless they are eligible for entry under the Visa Waiver Program.

Americana and American Culture

Broadly speaking, Americana refers to artifacts of American culture, such as historical objects, artwork, literature, and traditions.

Americana is often associated with a sense of nostalgia for a simpler, more authentic time in American history, and it celebrates the diversity and creativity of American culture.

There are also various businesses with the name Americana, such as restaurants, shopping centres, and vineyards.

African American Heritage

America's national parks weave together a mosaic of African American history.

A large patchwork of National Park Service sites were founded because of their pivotal places in history.

Other sites highlight the untold stories; the no-less-important, every-day-remarkable stories of African Americans in history.

Go Camping

The Go Camping America Directory provides a listing of the parks belonging to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).

National Historic Landmarks 

National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are historic properties that illustrate the heritage of the United States.

The over 2,600 NHLs found in the U.S. today come in many forms: historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts.

Each NHL represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. Search by State.

Pony Express National Historical Trail 

Ranked among the most remarkable feats to come out of the 1860 American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861.

Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, Missouri, and San Francisco, California. Young men would ride their horses for ten days to deliver the mail on time.

This relay system along the Pony Express National Historic Trail in eight states was the most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph.

Scenic Byways 

The U.S. Department of Transportation recognises National Scenic Byways for their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic qualities.

The Forming of The United States


The British made their presence felt in 1607, setting up camp at Jamestown, Virginia.


In 1763 they gained control of the eastern part of North America after the Seven Years' Wars; collectively known as the French and Indian wars.

Discontent grew in the 1770's, and Boston became the focus of this anti-British sentiment. The American War of Independence began nearby in 1775.

The Declaration of Independence was made in Philadelphia in 1776, but would not be recognised by the British until 1783; two years after they were heavily defeated at the Battle of Yorktown.

The Constitution was written in 1787, and ratified by all 13 states in 1790.


President Thomas Jefferson acquired Louisiana from France in 1803, and the United States almost doubled in size.

In 1812, Britain and the United States were at it again, but the two heavyweights concluded nothing.

After the Mexican War, in 1848, and the acquisition of Oregon in 1846, the territory of the United States stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The Confederate States were formed in early 1861, when some of the Southern slave states seceded. This brought about the start of the American Civil War, in April of that year.

Four years later (1865), the Confederacy surrendered, and slavery was abolished. With so much killing going on, was it any wonder that President Abraham Lincoln would be assassinated too.

Big bucks were flying around and America purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, for $7.2 million in gold.

For the next twenty years, the Americans sought out the Indians and corralled them into reservations.

On winning the Spanish-American War in 1898, the United States gained territories in the Caribbean and the Pacific.


After the completion of the Panama canal, in 1914, America spent most of the Twentieth Century getting involved in other people's territorial conflicts.


America's first black President gave the oath on 20th January; the day after the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King.


On November 8th, 2016 the American people went to the polls and voted for change; ditching the political elite, for a self-made billionaire who promised to make America great again.

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