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A Visitor's Guide
to the United States

The United States is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and we try to help you find the best of the bunch when you come over for a visit.

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Things to Consider Before Visiting the United States

Before you visit the United States, it is a good idea to make sure that your passport is in order and to research the visa requirements for your home country. Many times your country's Department of Foreign Affairs can help you find everything you need to know concerning visa requirements when visiting the U.S. In addition to this, it is recommended that you touch base with the local American consulate or embassy in your home country to ensure that your passport and visa are approved before visiting. Since September 11, 2001, the United States has intensified its security screenings of all visitors and you can save yourself a fair amount of trouble by making sure that your travel documents are in order prior to landing in the United States. Overall, you will find that most Americans are a welcoming people and most American diplomats will try to help ensure that your visit to their country is as pleasant as possible. All in all, you will find that many Americans welcome visitors with open arms thanks to the country's immigrant heritage.

Historical Attractions of the United States

Once you have gotten your travel documents taken care of and have arrived in the United States, you will find that the country has many spectacular historical attractions dotted across its magnificent landscape. One of the most interesting historical attractions that visitors from around the world have come to cherish is the Statue of Liberty in New York City. This glorious statue was presented to the country in the late 1800s by France as a gift to commemorate the eternal love of freedom that the people of the United States share with the people of France. Travelers coming to America by sea have long spotted the Statue of Liberty as one of the first sights that they recognized upon arriving on this country's shores. Today, this monument stands as a testimony to America&339;s strong stand for freedom around the world.

Another historical attraction that is a must see sight for visitors to the United States is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Independence Hall is of great importance to Americans because this is where the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. All in all, visitors wanting to get a glimpse of what the country was like when it was first founded will find a visit to this amazing attraction to be very inspiring.

The United States Capitol Building, The White House, and The United States Supreme Court Building are a final trio of attractions that visitors will want to see when seeking to understand the history of the United States. These fascinating historical attractions are located in the country's capital city of Washington, D.C. As the centers of America's government, these attractions provide travelers with a unique opportunity to see first‐hand how the Constitution of the United States works on a daily basis to provide the country with a government that is by the people and for the people. On the whole, a visit to Washington, D.C., will be the highlight of any trip to the United States.

The Cultural Attractions of the United States

While the eastern portion of the country offers the majority of America's historical attractions, the southern and central portions of the country host many of the finest cultural attractions to be found in the United States. One of the country's premier cultural attractions is the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. This musical venue pays tribute to America's country music heritage and has seen numerous world-famous performers play magnificent musical concerts across its stage. All in all, visitors desiring to get a taste of America's most popular genre of music will find a visit to the Grand Ole Opry to be a very memorable experience.

Another fascinating cultural attraction to see is the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana. This national event is a tournament that showcases the talents of America's finest marching bands. Held every autumn, the Bands of America Grand National Championship provides visitors an opportunity to witness a quintessential American musical experience. On the whole, travelers attending this festival find that they gain a greater understanding of American music and the love that Americans have for jazz and other types of band music.

A final cultural attraction that visitors to the United States will want to see is Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1916 as a naval training facility, this attraction has served the city of Chicago as a noted landmark for many years. Today, Navy Pier is home to some of America's finest restaurants, shopping destinations, and art and music exhibitions. Altogether, Navy Pier gives visitors a unique overall taste of American culture in one enchanting location.

Natural Attractions of the United States

Without a doubt, most of the cultural and historical attractions of the United States are found east of the Mississippi River. However, once you venture west of the mighty Mississippi, you enter the lands that truly showcase the country's natural beauty at its finest. An attraction that displays the country's natural beauty like no other place in the United States is Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Montana. This national park was established in 1872 as one of the first lands in the world to be dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment. With spectacular attractions like the Old Faithful geyser and one of the last remaining herds of wild American Bison, Yellowstone National Park lets nature lovers experience what the United States was like before its modern development. All in all, Yellowstone National Park is one of the finest natural attractions to be seen anywhere in the world.

Another fantastic natural attraction that showcases the natural beauty of the United States is the Grand Canyon near Flagstaff, Arizona. Formed by the constant erosion of water from the Colorado River, this steep gorge has some of the most impressive rock formations found anywhere in North America. Travelers visiting the Grand Canyon will definitely leave with a feeling for the immensity of America's natural wonders. On the whole, visitors find that seeing the Grand Canyon is one of the most awe-inspiring things that they will ever experience. That's why many refer to the Grand Canyon as one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

One final natural wonder that visitors will find amazing is the Golden Gate National Recreational Area near San Francisco, CA. Featuring magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and spanning over 60 miles of coastline along the shores of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate National Recreational Area is one of the finest natural attractions found on either coastline in America. With mesmerizing archeological sites, historic military installations, and the museum of America's famous Alcatraz Island Prison, the Golden Gate National Recreational Area welcomes visitors to participate in a truly breathtaking natural experience.

With its vast array of cultural, historical, and natural attractions, the United States offers visitors some of the finest vacation experiences to be found anywhere in the world. Whether you are interested in history, music, sports or the outdoors, you will find that your holiday in America will be something that you will remember for the rest of your life. In conclusion, you will find that a trip to the United States will definitely give you a greater understanding of America's unique people and fascinating culture and will be a spectacular and unforgettable experience.

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Other Useful Sites about the U.S.
These United States sites have been curated by our editorial team


United States of America Government - This is the official United States Government website
The Whitehouse - The official website for the White House
Federal Bureau Of Investigation - to help protect you, your children, your communities, and your businesses from the most dangerous threats facing our nation‐from international and domestic terrorists to spies on U.S. soil, from cyber villains to corrupt government officials, from mobsters to violent street gangs, from child predators to serial killers.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - An independent US Government agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - A government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
Homeland Security - to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards. Their efforts are supported by an ever-expanding set of partners. Every day, the more than 240,000 men and women of the Department contribute their skills and experiences to this important mission. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear: a safer, more secure America.

Business & Development

US Small Business Administration - An independent federal agency that works to assist and protect the interests of American small businesses
Forbes - Official Homepage. Provides information for the World's Business Leaders
U.S. Development Group - to bring transportation and distribution solutions to the industry. We do this by creating a national network of strategically located infrastructure. This network is designed and managed to accommodate high volume multi modal movements of products for our Customers.
US Agency for International Development - USAID - mission is to advance broad-based economic growth, democracy and human progress in developing countries. The Agency is building on its legacy as one of the world's premier development agencies and making new progress toward its ultimate goal: creating the conditions where U.S. assistance is no longer needed.
US Developments - projects will emphasize existing historical charm, while maintaining original building materials and integrity. The residential component of the projects will have extensive modern amenities ‐ so appealing to city dwellers

Education & Training

U.S. Department of Education - Official Homepage
Training and Doctrine Command - develops, educates and trains Soldiers, civilians, and leaders; supports unit training; and designs, builds and integrates a versatile mix of capabilities, formations, and equipment to strengthen the U.S. Army as America's Force of Decisive Action.
The United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) - A non-profit public-private partnership between senior federal officials and leaders of the U.S. information and communication technology (ICT) and broadcast industries. The goal of this collaborative effort is to share the United States' technological and managerial advances with qualified women and men who regulate and maintain ICT infrastructures throughout the developing world.
Top Online Bachelor's Programs - An Online Bachelor's Degrees and Programs
USA Study Guide - The international student guide to education and study in the USA.

Organizations & Associations

Save the Children - The leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.
UNICEF - The driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.
United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) - A science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization. They protect animal and public health by Serving as a national forum for communication and coordination concerned, Serving as a clearinghouse for new information and methods for policy and programs development and Developing solutions for animal health issues.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) - They focus attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: factory farms, laboratories, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry. They work through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
World Wildlife Fund - Protecting the future of nature. uses the best available scientific knowledge to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by ‐ protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species, ‐promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources, ‐promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution.
CARE - The leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
List of Animal Welfare Groups - The following is a list of animal welfare group

Health & Families

World Health Organization (WHO) - responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
US Health and Life Insurance Company - An insurance company specializing in group health and life products.
American Family Care -A network of medical clinics providing family care and urgent care services to patients needing medical attention for a large number of acute conditions, non-life threatening illness or injuries that their primary care physicians may be unavailable or unable to treat, or when an emergency room visit is not warranted.
Families USA A national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for 25 years.

Arts & Culture

US Arts Education Center - The Best Fine Arts Education for Your Child. They are a professional art school offering instructions in a variety of artistic fields.
International Arts and Artists - A non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. They offers cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad for professionals, students, graduate students, and organizations from around the world. They also offer international training, internship and networking opportunities in the media, arts, business, design, and museum fields.
Art Museums in the United States - A list of Museums with fine art collections and an online presence.
U.S. Arts & Design - To guide each of our students to discover and develop their own unique imagination and individual form of expression.

Recreation & Sports

ESPN - The worldwide leader in sports
Nike Sports Camp - To shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement while consistently exceeding the expectations of our customers!
United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) - To ensure that access to skiing is available to people with all types of disabilities. The USARC believes people are empowered when they undertake and succeed at challenging outdoor recreation.
Recreation Amerixa - Your gateway to federal recreation in America. Find recreation information and make reservations for campgrounds, tours and wilderness areas.

Real Estate

US Real Estate - Real Estate Listing, Homes For Sale and Apartments
Realtor - has real estate listings for millions of homes for sale in regions across the United States and Canada - They features for-sale property listings across the United States, including homes for sale by owner, foreclosed homes and new construction. - All Real Estate for Rent, Homes for Sale, Real Estate & Rentals.

Shopping & Entertainment

USA Online Shopping Directory - an online shopping directory all over US.
E! Online - Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossips, Celebrity News.
Universal Studios - The Official Site
Mall of America - One of the top tourist destinations in the country! From musical acts to celebrity book signings to fashion shows, Mall of America is the Hollywood of the Midwest. It has been a site for movies "Jingle All The Way", "Mighty Ducks" and the world premiere of "Ice Age".

Tourism & Travel

USA Tourist - USA Travel and Tourism Guide, Tourist Attractions, Destinations
Lonely Planet - The Lonely Planet site about the USA
Travel and Tourism Sites for U.S. States and Territories - The U.S. offers some of the most diverse destinations in the world. These tourism websites provide ideas for your vacations, meetings, and more
USA Tourism - Your Online TRavel Resource
Discover America - Discover America offers travel guides and photos for top states, cities, and activities. Plan your next vacation here
Touring US - Travel and Tourism in the United States - A Tourist Guide for the United States.Discount Hotels and Vacations.

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