Type: Sovereign Nation (1776)
Region: North America
Official Languages: None! (English is the national language)
Population: 325,365,189 (2017)
Capital: Washington D.C.
Currency: US Dollar
Cultures: The Many Cultures of the United States (Coming Soon)
Highpoint: Denali, Alaska
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 23 World Heritage Sites
National Parks: Breakdown of the US’s 417 National Park Units (Coming Soon)
The United States is the third largest country in the world by area, and has coasts on both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It is unsurprising then that this country has a vast, and complicated array of ecosystems and cultures. We will be breaking down itineraries, national parks, and cultural information by state below.
What’s great about Arizona?
Legend has it that Arizona is the United States’ desert, and while it is home to the Sonoran Desert there is so much more to this place than Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Horsehoe Bend. Our desert is lush and biodiverse, and we also have forests, grasslands, and a deep history to explore. Whether you are a resident, or a visitor we are constantly adding detailed posts to our guide to our home state. If you only have time for one state on your visit, you might love Arizona if you love wide open spaces, enjoy hiking, but are cognizant of the desert’s sometime harsh conditions. Learn more in our Guide to Arizona.
Do we even need to tell you why California is great?
Just about everyone knows about California, since it’s the home of Hollywood, Disneyland, and some of the US’ most famous cities. This massive state has no lack of places to explore (including one of our all-time favorite places, the California Channel Islands), and we will be posting on all the places that we visit in our neighbor. If you only have time for one state during your visit, you might pick California if you like to mix adventure with luxury, and/or are interested in all things US pop culture. Learn more in our Guide to California.
More than Chicago!
Chicago gets all the attention when it comes to travel in Illinois (and it IS pretty great), but Illinois has many hidden gems for explorers of all kinds. This is the state that Abraham Lincoln called home, and Illinois has some of the best versions of American food out there. While it is typically midwestern with lots and lots of agriculture, it also has beautiful natural beauty. If you are looking for a real slice of Americana, Illinois might be for you. Learn more in our Guide to Illinois.