The United States of America might be a single country but as anyone who lives there, or has visited will attest, each of the 50 states it is made up of has its own uniqueness too.
The size of the USA means that there isn’t a single culture here – but 50, each with its own traditions, ideas and accent.
So, when you are planning a holiday in the USA, just remember – there is a lot to see and do if you are to truly visit the whole country!
Weather and Climate
Given that the USA spans almost an entire continent, you won’t be surprised that there is plenty of weather and climate differences wherever you go. From the magical winters in Minnesota to the tropical climate of Hawaii, each state has plenty to offer.
If you really want to get a feel for the changing climates over a single trip, the Pacific Crest Trail will certainly do it for you. Hiking isn’t for everyone but it is the best way to go from the desert to the top of a snowy mountain within a few weeks.
Starting in Southern California and going all the way up to Washington, the trail takes in some of the most breathtaking landscapes including forests, volcanoes, national parks and mountains.
Traditions and Oddities
Like most cultures, the states have all kinds of strange traditions and events that only locals seem to understand (and consider a logical part of life).
From the International Cherry-Pit Spitting Championship in Michigan to guessing the exact moment the ice will crack in Alaska, it is clear that Groundhog Day, as popularized in the film of the same name, was really just the tip of the iceberg.
The great thing about these events is that you get to see the local people out in force, enjoying a particular activity together.
On other days, people are just going about their daily lives but on these days, they are people of their place. There is really nothing like it – here in the states – or anywhere else in the world.
Culture and People
The culture of the USA is one of its biggest exports. From the films produced in Hollywood right through to that tiny ice cream parlor in Vermont best known around the world as Ben and Jerry’s, everyone wants a slice of the (pumpkin) pie. The only problem is that as US culture travels, it doesn’t quite capture the supersize reality in play.
From the food of New York to the tans of Florida, the soft southern drawl to the clipped vowels of the north, the great plains to the longest coastline – the USA is filled with everything you could ever wish for. This is not just a dramatic country but a country filled with unlikely oppositions that make it so remarkable.
But, if you want to see the USA and not just a tiny part of a much more complicated whole, you’re going to need to plan a proper road trip.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.