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United States

Background

United States

Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Over a span of more than five decades, the economy has achieved steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

About

The United States of America is a large country in North America, often referred to as the "USA," the "U.S.," the "United States," "America," or simply "the States". It has a land area of about 9.6 million sq km (about half the size of Russia and about the same size as China). It also boasts the world's third largest population after China and India, with over 300 million people. It includes both densely-populated cities with sprawling suburbs, and vast, uninhabited and naturally beautiful areas. With its history of mass immigration dating from the 17th century, it is a "melting pot" of cultures from around the world.

The United States is largely regarded as the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation. The country continues to play a dominant role in the world's cultural landscape, and is famous for its wide array of popular tourist destinations, ranging from the skyscrapers of Manhattan and Chicago to the natural wonders of Yellowstone to the warm, sunny beaches of Florida, Hawaii and Southern California.

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United States

Scotland: Land of the Picts, the River Tweed, and David Hume.

by ashantur

I don't speak Gaelic, I don't like potatoes, and my golf is sub par at best... But perhaps all these things are conducive to profound thinking?

Jan 2011  »  United States

Oxlajuj B'atz' U.S. Rug Hooking Exhibition

by ThirteenThreads

Maya Culture Meets the Mid-West

Sep 2011  »  Guatemala | United States

My journey - 2016

by LadyDebz

And so my journey begins...

May 2016 - Oct 2016  »  United Kingdom | United States | Qatar | Cambodia

Leaving Home

by TheGertz

Start of my job in Hawaii and beyond

Sep 2010  »  United States

Chicago Mission Trip 2015

by pierogc

RCAC YG sets on an unexpected journey of love and encounters.

Jul 2015  »  United States

Alaska 2015

by mlesko

Military Permanent Change of duty Station from Texas to Alaska.

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015  »  United States | Canada

The Truest Rebellion

by crazyspade72

Jul 2016 - Aug 2016  »  United States | South Korea

The essence of travel is keeping a heart of darkness that no one can sense...The way of the PJ - lost in the rush to be digital tourists...or not?

by hagakure

How to hide in the white rush! Top ten tips for hiding and being seen! What is left for us all? Journeys to the East, do you Hesse? Who are you in the picture a caller or a sweeper, did you ask her?

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North Wales, or Bust!

by netter74

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011  »  United Kingdom | United States

Beautiful British Virgin Islands - A Sparkling String of Jewels in the Caribbean Sea

by mwKable

Our Highly Anticipated and Much Needed Honeymoon!

Oct 2014 - Dec 2015  »  United States | France | British Virgin Islands

Colorado Trail 2015

by alex.boehrer

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” ― John Muir

May 2015 - Jun 2015  »  United States

Travels

by DaniellaAdler

Aug 2011 - Jan 2015  »  Croatia | United States | France | South Africa

SoCalien to ATLien

by SixDeep

My 2207 Mile Trip East

Mar 2011  »  United States

Long Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan

by egypttravelexpert

Discover all Egypt through Long Nile Cruise Holiday from Cairo to Aswan. 600 Miles from Cairo to Aswan along the Nile following the footsteps of the Pharaohs. In an unforgettable journey through the Nile to discover the wonders of ancient Egypt. http://www.lookategypttours.com/travel/long-nile-cruise-holiday-from-cairo-to-aswan/

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The Prinzi Honeymoon, 2012!

by Andreaprinzi

quite possibly the best trip EVER...

Dec 2011 - Jan 2012  »  United States

Join My Adventure!

by lilangel369

high flying adventures, jumping off a plane, a city in disguise ...

Feb 2012  »  United States

Emptying the Bucket

by EmptyingTheBucket

Seeing the Sights in Lucy the RV

Jan 2016  »  United States

RTW - planning

by rockstar25

Jan 2014 - Feb 2014  »  United States

Spain, 2016 North American Cultural Ambassador

by bryandamtz

August 17th, 2016

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016  »  United States | Spain

My Holiday Trip

by moira5

Nov 2013 - Dec 2013  »  United States

Malpensa to Livigno

by harinarayan

Milan Livigno

Apr 2017  »  United States

Gap Yaaar Adventures

by jenniebryans

Oct 2016 - Nov 2016  »  New Zealand | United States

Mt Washington Hike

by ianccc

Celebrated my 54th birthday hiking to the summit of Mt Washington in New Hampshire

Jul 2013  »  United States

Aradanito in Spain

by dbroderi

A little blueberry's adventures in Iberia

Jun 2013  »  United States

DisneyWorld

by juliehuffaker

Florida 2015

Mar 2015  »  United States

The English Expedition

by withouthavingseen

Safari in the Wilds of the British Isles

Nov 2015  »  United States

India

by Betsyflood

Jun 2010 - Jul 2010  »  United States | India

(Mis)adventures in Jerusalem, 2.0

by ashantur

Hopefully nobody will notice the dumb American trailing after her father trying not to incite further tension among the terrorists and infidels.

Jun 2010  »  United States | Israel | Palestinian territories | Germany

Chile-palooza 2013

by Gatorjade

Covered in empanada crumbs, full of wine

Nov 2013  »  United States | Chile

Seattle in the Fall 2010

by Gill

Explored a few city Blocks

Nov 2010  »  United States

Holidays to Marmaris, turkey

by holidayclick

Cheap holidays to Marmaris

Jul 2010 - Sep 2010  »  Turkey | United States

Travelling around online casinos

by annniple

my best gambling trip

Nov 2010  »  United States

Cheap Flights to Toronto

by cheapestflight

Toronto is a fastidious holiday trip destination next to the Niagara Falls. It is not just a global city; it is also the financial capital of Canada. Actually, it is considered as one of the world's top economic hub. Its principal economic divisions incorporate commerce services, investments, aerospace, transportation, telecommunications, education, tourism, TV and movie and software production, sports industries and medicinal research. Even the Toronto Stock Exchange is considered the seventh biggest in the world. Due to these, various business and holiday explorers visit Toronto every year, particularly with cheap flights to Toronto offered not just in the US but in other parts of the world. The most famous attraction of Toronto is its CN Tower. It stands as the world's tallest free-standing structure at 553 meters. It has held on to the world record for more than 30 years now. Additional famous attractions are the ROM or Royal Ontario Museum. The Toronto Zoo (ranks are the world's largest), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum, the Ontario Science Center, Bata Shoe Museum, Don Valley Brick Works and the Canadian Exhibition Place (ranks as the world's oldest yearly fair). When it comes to shopping spots, you'll never run out of shops to triumph over. In fact, this is where most of the celebrities from all over North America shop, particularly preceding to the Toronto International Film Festival. One of the topmost shopping destinations in North America is the Toronto Eaton Center. It receives more than 52 million visitors every year. All these and more make Toronto the decisive vacation, shopping and industry destination in the world. Through the arrival of visitors, cheap flights to Toronto have turn out to be more accessible throughout the internet. There are numerous airlines that are servicing the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Oct 2010 - May 2011  »  United Kingdom | Singapore | Sudan | United States | Malta

San Francisco July 2017

by ScotsCollegeDigi

We are a bunch of computer geeks travelling to San Francisco to visit many of the larger, well known IT organisations to see what they do and how and why they do it.

Jun 2017 - Jul 2017  »  New Zealand | United States

DOWN UNDER, WHERE?

by TheLiliens

A new continent, and a new region for the Liliens. It's exciting to think that we'll be heading to the land of kangaroos, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Maori. We begin with a cruise crossing the Pacific, stopping in Hawaii, Fiji and a number of other S. Pacific islands. Then comes some independent touring in AUS, and finally a move over to New Zealand for its spectacular scenery, and its own unique spin on things. We'll be sailing to several ports on both the north and south islands that make up NZ, so it will give us a good overview of the country before heading back to Sydney, from where we'll be returning home. Phew, we're tired already.

Sep 2017 - Nov 2017  »  Canada | United States | Fiji | New Caledonia | Australia | New Zealand

Summer 2017

by madjeanne

Headed North to cool down a bit.

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Spin the globe....summer 2018

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Temperature hit 100, gotta go!

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Summer 2017 Northern Europepalooza trip! Three weeks / five countries / lots of food and drink....

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"Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.." - Anthony Bourdain

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Vancouver B.C.

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Apr 2017 - May 2017  »  United States | Canada

Seven Continents Before Forty

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Antarctica - Argentina 2018

Feb 2018  »  United States

Alaska 20th anniversary adventure

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Cruising the inside passage on the m/s Noordam and Denali land tour.

Jun 2017  »  Canada | United States

Beyond Attract-ACTIVE

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a VISION became an ACTION...because of me

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Connor's Big Trip

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by YouCanTravelToo

Stories, Photos, and Videos of Kerry & Kieth's Travels with Ideas, Insider Information, and Tips for You

Jul 2016  »  United States | Canada | Jamaica | Mexico | Bahamas

Karin and Bill take the train...and a few buses, shuttles, Ubers, rental cars and who knows what else!

by Karin1234

We're going to Colorado Springs to see Elle graduate from the Air Force Academy. We're taking the circular route by train.

May 2017  »  United States

Boston and New York

by Bluenote

Walking and eating

Jun 2012  »  United States

Going Going Gone...

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Hitting the road...

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PILGRIMAGE: South Asia

by bluelotus

A journey of dharma exploration, meditation, anf chasibg adventure and enlightened energy... over the lands of Vietnam, India, Thailand and possibly Nepal.

Feb 2014  »  United States

Joan Wilder...THE Joan Wilder...?

by Tammini

We're going to Panama (you know that obvious holiday destination that just EVERYONE is going to!)

Oct 2017  »  Panama | United States

Scott On The Go

by scottbwalters

Planning and undertaking my first round the world trip.

Jun 2011  »  United States

Sigur Ros Roadtrip

by michaeljgaeta

From Orlando to Austin & back in three days.

Apr 2013  »  United States

Sochi Adventure

by karryb73

Jan 2014  »  United States

South america

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6 months abroad

Jun 2010  »  United States

Doorways Villa Vacations

by villavacation

Villa Vacations

Mar 2013  »  United States

Exploring the United Kingdom

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Thoughts and sites from London and Edinburgh

Jan 2017  »  United States

Brian's Philadelphia Trip

by kingme384

Party Time

Jan 2014  »  United States

Trip to Austin, Texas

by elaney.tedder

UT Campus Tour, July 6-9

May 2014  »  United States

Miami

by mdamon

Mar 2015  »  United States

US West Coast and Whistler 2017

by LifeIsAJourney

2 weeks in a camper starting in Seattle and heading up to Whistler

Sep 2017  »  New Zealand | United States

Washington D.C.

by xanderlust

A School Trip

Jan 2017  »  United States

Road Trip 2017

by AlreadyPacked

Oklahoma and Texas June 28 - July 10

Jun 2017  »  United States

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United StatesGolden Door Spa and Resort 

777 Deer Springs Road
Escondido, CA 92069
United States

Find yourself restored and rejuvenated with a week long stay at the secluded sanctuary of the original Golden Door Spa and Resort honored in 2010 with the crystal award for favorite spa in north america by readers of luxury spa finder. Inspired by the beauty luxury and service of japanese honjin inns Golden Door Spa and Resort provides guests with the opportunity to attain a balance of body mind and spirit. Enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking yoga pilates dance labyrinth tennis… more »

United StatesThe Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco 

600 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States

Price (US$): $495 - $835 / night

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Location. Located in central San Francisco, The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Old St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Mary Square, and Union Square. Additional points of interest include San Francisco Visitor's Center and Moscone Convention Center. Hotel Features. The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational… more »

United StatesLONGBOAT KEY CLUB AND RESORT 

301 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE
Longboat Key, FL 34228
United States

Price (US$): $468 - $1469 / night

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THE RESORT AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB IS A 410 ACRE RESORT ANDPRIVATE MEMBERSHIP BEACH SPA GOLF AND TENNIS CLUB LOCATEDON THE ISLAND OF LONGBOAT KEY JUST OFF THE MAINLAND OFSARASOTA FLORIDA. 217 ELEGANTLY APPOINTED GUEST ROOMS ANDSUITES PROVIDE DRAMATIC VIEWS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO ASERENE LAGOON OR OUR GOLF COURSE FAIRWAYS. ALL SUITESINCLUDE A KING SIZE BED AND QUEEN SIZE SLEEPER SOFA FULLYEQUIPPED KITCHEN OR KITCHENETTE WASHER DRYER VIDEOPLAYER CD PLAYER DAILY HOUSEKEEPING AND PRIVATE BALCONY.ON… more »

United StatesHotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort 

330 E Main Street
Aspen, CO 81611
United States

Price (US$): $1120 - $1590 / night

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Location. Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort is a business friendly Aspen hotel in the mountains and close to Isis Theatre, Aspen Mountain, and Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area. Additional points of interest include Wheeler Opera House and Mill Street Fountain. Hotel Features. Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include spa… more »

United StatesThe Mark 

Madison Ave at 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
United States

Price (US$): $475 - $695 / night

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Location. The Mark is located in New York's Central Park neighborhood, close to Whitney Museum of American Art, Central Park, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nearby points of interest also include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Rockefeller Center. Hotel Features. The Mark features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a 24 hour fitness facility. Spa amenities include beauty services and a hair salon. This 5 star property has… more »

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United States

Full name
United States of America
Capital
Washington
Location

North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico

Geographic coordinates

38 53 N, 77 02 W

Area comparative

about half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; more than twice the size of the European Union

Border countries

Canada 8,893 km (including 2,477 km with Alaska), Mexico 3,141 km

Coastline

19,924 km

Climate

mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains

Terrain

vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii

Lowest point

Death Valley -86 m

Highest point

Mount McKinley 6,194 m

Natural resources

coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, rare earth elements, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber

Population

310,232,863 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

white 79.96%, black 12.85%, Asian 4.43%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.97%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.18%, two or more races 1.61% (July 2007 estimate)

Religions

Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%, none 4% (2007 est.)

Languages

English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7% (2000 census)

Government type

Constitution-based federal republic; strong democratic tradition

Independence

4 July 1776 (from Great Britain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 4 July (1776)

Chief of state

President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009); Vice President Joseph R. BIDEN (since 20 January 2009); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009); Vice President Joseph BIDEN (since 20 January 2009)

Internet country code

.us

Internet users

245 million (2009)

Airports

15,079 (2010)

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