Star restaurants and fast food culture. Luxury hotel and bizarre motel. Art temple and rodeo. 88,000 km of highways and dusty, endless prairies. God’s own land extends from Mount McKinley to Death Valley, from Manhattan’s elegant skyline over the rugged Rocky Mountains to swimsuits with Hollywood stars in California. Here are vibrant metropolises that never sleep and national parks where you only hear the sound of snorting bison. The world’s superpower is many things at once and a magnet for all the peoples of the earth. The United States is created from the material that dream countries are made of.
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Population: 321 million
Capital: Washington DC
Although English is the most widely spoken language in the United States, does the United States not have an official language at all?
the melody to the US national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” comes from a British drink song from the late 18th century; “The Anacreontic Song”?
The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building tower between hundreds of soaring glass and steel office buildings. Below Central Park you go roller skating, in SoHo and Tribeca art is shopped and after the work artists and gallery owners take the road home across the Brooklyn Bridge to the new inner city Williamsburg. You always have the feeling of having been here before – even on your first visit. The New York skyline with Manhattan’s huge skyscrapers has been reproduced so many times on film that it can sometimes be difficult to see the difference between fiction and reality. But it evokes strong emotions when you look at it up close.
The east coast of the United States
But the United States is, of course, much more than Wall Street, Chinatown, Little Italy, Times Square, Broadway and The Big Apple. If you travel to the east coast of the United States, New York City is a must, just like the Freedom Clock in Philadelphia, the casino and seaside resort of Atlantic City, the White House in Washington DC or the nature around Niagara Falls and Shenandoah National Park.
It is also worth visiting the ancient and very “European” New England – the northeastern corner of the United States with the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine as well as the prestigious Harvard and Yale universities. Outside the big city of Boston, which is flooded with book cafes in the North End and the atmosphere in Beacon Hill, you can spend an idyllic holiday in forests full of maple, ash, oak, birch and beech.
Rocky mountains and the Midwest
If you want to travel even further away from America’s big cities, you should holiday in the Rocky Mountains and the Wild West with the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. It looks like a living postcard with vast horizons, vast mountain ranges and impressive national parks such as Yellowstone. Not too far away are the prairies of Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, with Mount Rushmore and the famous monument of the four presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, whose huge stone faces are as tall as six-story buildings. Do not forget Chicago and the Great Lakes – the old gangster city has turned into an exciting architectural dream city with an impressive skyline adorned by the 443 meter high Sears Tower, which is now the USA: s second tallest skyscraper after the One World Trade Center at 541 meters. But Chicago not only boasts tall buildings, the city also has an exciting and rich musical life.
The west coast of the United States
There is also a lot of music in Seattle or The Emerald City, with the Olympic Mountains as a beautiful backdrop to the west and the 4,400 m high Mount Rainier to the southeast. The city that became world famous for the grunge music style in the 1990s has also very aptly got its own music museum designed by star architect Frank O. Gehry. From Seattle you can go north towards Vancouver in Canada or south along the Pacific coast where you can see whales, dolphins and sea lions. Many people want to treat themselves to a holiday in sunny California with San Francisco, Hollywood and the small town of Solvang, which has a clear Danish character. Also, make sure to catch a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, which is named after the small palm tree that has adapted to the harsh conditions of California’s Mojave Desert. The park is located on the border between two desert types – on one side the lower and barren Colorado desert in the south and on the other side the lush and higher Mojave desert a little further north. There is also plenty to experience in states such as Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico: From nature experiences in the Grand Canyon over neon-flashing arcades in Las Vegas to the exotic Santa Fe.
Southern states of the United States
The southwestern United States offers a unique opportunity to travel into the soul of Native American cultures, such as the Great Navajo Reservation and all of the Pueblo Indian villages of New Mexico. You can also make a music trip to jazz’s hometown of New Orleans, country music capital Nashville and Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. If you are more into big cars and motorcycles, such as Chevrolet, Buick or Harley Davidson, you should of course travel along the legendary Route 66. The road from Chicago to Los Angeles stretches over 3,939 kilometers and goes through eight states.
Climate and weather USA
Below you can get an overview of the climate and weather in the USA – including the cities of New York and Los Angeles.
According to bridgat, the weather and climate in the United States vary greatly, not least because of the size of the country: in Alaska the climate is arctic, in Florida it is tropical. It is typically chilly and temperate climate in the northwestern areas, and much warmer in the southwestern, subtropical areas.
In the Midwest lies the ‘tornado belt’ that stretches from Minnesota in the north, across central Kansas and to Texas in the south. On the Atlantic coast, it is typically hurricane season and warnings between June and September.
Keep in mind that there may be large climate differences between the different places on some of our trips. In practice, this can mean that on one and the same day you experience minus degrees and snow in the morning in the Bryce Canyon National Park, and later the same day + 20˚C in Las Vegas.