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Try answering this quiz next time you're in the United States: Who is a real American? Is it the Apache artist in New Mexico? Perhaps a Hawaiian surfer on Oahu's North Shore? How about an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania, a member of the 'Daughters of the American Revolution' in Connecticut, a Laotian-born shrimper on the Gulf Coast, or a Haitian immigrant in Oregon who just received her US citizenship? Find out for yourself when you visit one of the most fascinating cultures history has ever seen. From the taxi-honking, skyscraper-shaded streets of New York City to the groovy hot tubs-and-redwoods coast of Northern California, the USA defies any one stereotype. Fly into its cities, drive up its coasts or take a train across its vast interior, ... Read more
and search for whatever it is that will undoubtedly make you fall in love with it. While in the US, be sure to grab a burger at 2am, roast s'mores over a campfire at one of the country's 400 national parks, or catch some of the best of American-born music -- from Dixieland jazz in New Orleans to hip hop in Chicago to country music in Nashville.
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The U.S. is considered a "generally safe place to visit" and "important thing to remember about traveling in the U.S. is that things can change drastically from state to state and city to city." Cities like San Francisco and Portland can seem totally safe, but you shouldn't "let your guard down as you continue your travels around the country." Women noted that under the current political administration, some women have experienced more harassment and even violence. Even in the most progressive states, rapists can get away with a "slap on the hand."
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The United States is a diverse country, and LGBTQ travelers should 'select which state you visit carefully.' with some travelers recommending to 'avoid the south generally.' Even in big cities, be aware that 'neighborhoods change very fast in the USA' and you may encounter 'intolerant people'.
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Tehran, Iran

A beautiful and intresting jungle in united states! Go and see the united states jungles in winter to see how beautiful they are.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

With 50 states, there is so much to see! The east coast will be different from the west coast. The southeast will be different from the northeast and the people of Maine will be very different from the people of Texas. It's hard to stereotype the United States if you only visit one part of the country. I recommend visiting Washington DC one year and then going to San Diego, California the next to see a difference.

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Schenectady, New York State, USA

United States is a country that has rich cultural diversity of history. With many fascinating stories to tell.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I've spent most of my life here and though there have been ups and downs America is a beautiful place full of beautiful people. As for traveling here there is still so much more that I have to explore, the country is so massive there is always more to see! The US has always been a popular choice for backpackers both native and foreign and now with the US dollar lower in value compared to Euro, Aussie and Canadian currency it's a great time to trek the US. For all the finger pointing at America for being wasteful consumerists Americans are coming up with some of the most innovative eco-friendly solutions. The US has an incredibly diverse and fascinating history!

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San Luis Obispo

Like China and India, the USA is a vast and diverse country,. That truism applies whether you're talking about the landscape or the people, or both. It's like a choose-your-own-adventure book come to life: climb glaciers in Alaska, surf off white-sand beaches in Hawaii, hug the world's biggest trees in California, walk the skyscraper-shadowed streets of NYC...the list goes on and on.

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Seoul, South Korea

United States is one of the favourite countries I've ever visited. The diversity in this country amazes me. People can be whoever they want. Also the diversity of cultures are great as well. East coast and West coast are very different, and also the south and the north as well. It's big, it's diverse, I can't wait to spend more time here.

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London, UK

An incredibly diverse country with all sorts of people, shades of culture, cuisines, and climates.

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Auckland, New Zealand

It's such a large country..some states were nicer then and would go back and revisit them...and others well you know.

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Padua, Italy

I adore the USA. I'm always looking forward to go back. I love them because they cover such a wide area, including so much different lanscapes, cities and people. I've been quite often and every time I try to add to my trip new destinations. I like the sense of freedom I feel there.

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Cape Town, South Africa

The United States is big and even that's a big understatement. It's full of people, full of contradictions, full of everything you could ever want or ever imagine. It's full of hope and full of dispair, it teems with greed but donates more money to charitable causes than any other nation. It's able to be so incredibly amazing and so infuriating at the exact same time. Only when a person decides not to judge this massive young teenager and free it from the preconceived notions of the media, can you truly begin to travel it.

The Best Way to "Get It"

Don't try to see it all, unless you plan to travel around, by car, for months and maybe years. The USA has mountains and oceans with deserts, praries, and trees as big as giants, every which way.

Road trip. It's those little towns and cultural interactions along the way that help this country shine. Understand why it's a car nation.

Be open minded. There's a lot of shit to see, good, bad, ugly, and absolutely ridiculous.

There are insanely well kept national parks scattered throughout the country. Get a national parks interagency pass and stop in as many as you can. Ask a ranger, you'll see their eyes sparkle when they enthusiastically answer your questions.

And, please, don't say American's are idiots, it hurts our feelings, and there are plenty of us who are very intelligent with big hearts. We're trying.

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