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The United States of America is one of the biggest countries in the world in terms of both population and area and has a significant influence on so-called western culture, and the early emergence of celebrities such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe has moulded them into a showbiz mecca.

It has so many memorable sights and attractions and whether it’s the stunning skyline of Manhattan in New York, the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles’ Hollywood or the stunning scenery of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, there is always something new to do in the land of the free.

Bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south, the USA makes up most of North America’s central belt and its geography, climate and wildlife are extremely diverse.

America has a brief, but storied, history and stretches back almost a quarter of a millennium to 1776 and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, formally announcing their secession from the British Crown. In 1787 the constitution was drafted which established a federal system of governance, which remains to this day.

Today there are 50 states in total, 48 of which are located on the mainland, and it is a country where you can ski, swim, sunbathe and sightsee. The USA is most definitely a black mark on the book of any traveller who has never set foot on American soil.

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Did you know?

  • The United States has no official language, although English is widely spoken across the country.

  • Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867, and is the country’s largest state by area.

  • 100 acres of pizza are served in the United States each day.

  • There are two towns and one city in the US called Santa Claus. One is in Arizona, one is in Georgia and the other in Indiana.

  • The tallest mountain in the world is actually located in the US. Mauna Kea is over 33,000 feet tall, although much of the dormant volcano is underwater.