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The United States of America or "The USA" as it is more commonly known looms large in our collective imaginations. It is a nation of huge cultural, political and financial influence. The vast landscape of the US takes in large mountain ranges, deserts, forests, sandy beaches, vast plains, rural areas and huge sparkling cities as well as thousands of small towns. The land mass takes up a large part of the continent of North America as well as the Hawaiian Islands. It covers an area of almost 10 million square kilomtres making it about half the size of Russia or around the same size as China. There are just over 300 million people in the USA which makes it the worlds third largest country.

What is today known as the United States was once inhabited by an indigenous population that today are known as "American Indians" or Native Americans. This population was made up of various groups many of which were hunter gatherers. In the 16th and 17th centuries colonisation from Europe started to occur and by the early 18th century there were 13 British colonies spread along the Atlantic coast. In 1776 they began what is today the United States by declaring their independence from Great Britain. The newly formed nation soon acquired further land from the French and Spanish and expanded into the mid-west. Settlers in Texas initially formed a republic and rebelled against the Mexican government and then joined with the Union and fought the Mexican-American War in 1848 resulting in the acquisition of California, New Mexico and Arizona. In 1867 The US purchased Alaska from Russia and annexed Hawaii in 1998, giving rise to the USA we know today. The United States is now a modern and thriving country with a huge mulitcultural population owing to it's long history of migration.

The USA today is arguably to most powerful nation in the world financially and militarily. It also exerts a huge influence on global culture and world politics.

In terms of travel the United States is a very large and diverse country with many potential destinations. Many visitors will opt to concentrate on a particular region or even city on a visit. Large cities are a common choice with New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas among the most popular. The USA also has some of the best know natural attractions in the world including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks and Niagra Falls on the Canadian border. There are also a number of specifically built tourism attractions with probably the best known theme park in the world - Disneyland. Additionally the states have major sporting events, music festivals and some of the best art galleries in the world. The USA is a destination that could easily take a lifetime to explore fully.

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Hawaii Information

Hawaii is the newest state of the United States of America and an icon famous around the world. The..

California Information

California! The name has been held up like a dream since the gold rush of the mid-1800s. Today it..

Florida Information

Located in the far south east of the United States Florida is the 4th most populous state in the US..

Texas Information

Located in the central south of the United States Texas is the largest of the ‘Lower 48’ states..

Los Angeles Information

Los Angeles is a city of gleaming skyscrapers, broad mountains, deep valleys and golden beaches..

New York City Information

Being the largest city in the US New York is made up of just about every nationality on earth and..

San Francisco Information

San Francisco is a unique city famous for Hollywood-style car chases, clanging cable cars..

Las Vegas Information

Like a blanket of jewels glittering in the desert, the neon-lit playground of Las Vegas sparkles..

Washington DC Information

A thriving metropolis of monuments, museums and breathtaking architecture, Washington DC is the..

Boston Information

Famous for its academic institutions and pivotal role in the American Revolution, Boston is the..

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