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“The diversity of America is a strength of the country, and I don’t think that we use that. We don’t talk about our strengths. I mean, having so many diverse people in this country from all aspects of all over the world, and we don’t use that. I think we should talk about who we are – that melting pot that we’ve become.”

–Steve Stoute

The lyrics in the anthem America the Beautiful expresses it best–the United States of America really is beautiful.

O beautiful for spacious skiesFor amber waves of grain…For purple mountain majesties…Above the fruited plain!…America! America!…God shed His grace on thee…And crown thy good with brotherhood…From sea to shining sea!

The United States really is a beautiful and wonderfully diverse country. When you travel to each of the 50 States and even within each State you will feel as if you’re traveling to another country.

The United States is a country built by immigrants and each corner of this country is influenced by a variety of cultural diasporas including former enslaved people from Africa and the West Indies. Even traces of Native American culture can be found despite earlier efforts to erase them from the narratives of American history.

The United States has not always been the land of the free but it has always been the home of the brave.

As Paul Tsongas said, “America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.”


Arizona - Wupatki Ruins

Exploring Arizona’s Ancient Native Dwellings

By Breana Johnson

I squint my eyes, trying to blur out the gaps in the mud walls and the crumbling walkway below it. What was it like to live here? Did the landscape look the same a thousand years ago? I try to imagine animals and kids running around under the canopy of … Read more   Read more

United States History
Thanksgiving in Beijing with friends and party favors. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Beijing, China

By Kirsten Harrington

It was Fall of 2019 and Beijing was beautiful, with ripe persimmons hanging from trees like lanterns and golden gingko trees glowing in the park. But as the days grew shorter and the arctic chill set in, my spirits sank. Thanksgiving was just around the corner, and I longed for … Read more   Read more

Asia United States Family Travel Events & Festivals
Emmett Till exhibit

Remembering Emmett Till

The Let the World See exhibit tells both Emmett’s story but also illuminates the courage of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who insisted on an open casket funeral for her son so that the world could see the brutality of his senseless murder. Her act fueled a movement that changed the … Read more   Read more

United States History Humanity
Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes | A Natural Treasure

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Do you know that feeling of how a smell, sound, or taste takes you back to some of your fondest memories? That’s what happens to me when something reminds me of my summer family vacations in Michigans Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. So, after all these years, whenever I travel … Read more   Read more

United States Landscape Nature & Outdoors
US Marine corps

Inspirational Life and Travel Journeys from a Woman Marine

In honor of our Veterans we are pleased to share a conversation with Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, one of the first women of color to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1970s.   Read more

United States Experiences Insights
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Ghost Towns and Goblins: Halloween Traditions in the Lone Star State

By Courtney Campbell

The Lone Star State contains some unique Halloween traditions. Filled with ghost towns, haunted hotels, and spooky lore, Texas has summoned attention for its intense connection to the paranormal.   Read more

United States Experiences History
Japanese American Exclusion Memorial | Stone with plaque telling of events. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

By Kathleen Walls

On March 30, 1942, armed soldiers with rifles and bayonets marched 276 men, women, and children of Japanese descent aboard a ship to be sent to exclusion camps. Most of them were American citizens. This didn’t happen in Japan or some foreign country. It happened on Bainbridge Island, Washington.   Read more

United States History Humanity
The Carnton House where Confederate soldiers were treated during the Franklin battle. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Franklin, Tennessee’s Historic Trilogy

By Kathleen Walls

The battle of Franklin was a turning point in the Civil War. Most historians agree it was the beginning of the end for the Confederacy.   Read more

United States History
Wupatki. Photo: Breana Johnson

Protecting Pottery and the Past

By Breana Johnson

Agua Fria National Monument protects nearly 500 ancient Native American homes within four distinct settlements.   Read more

United States History The Arts
BedFord Peak | Beautiful Santa Ana Mountain range. Photo: Thomas Später

Bedford Peak – A hidden gem with a breathtaking 360° view

By Thomas Später

Bedford Peak can be reached via a 12 km (7 miles) roundtrip hike and is located at an elevation of 1161 meters (3800 feet), offering an outstanding 360° view over the surrounding mountain range as well as the adjacent valleys. On days with good visibility, Lake Matthews can even be … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure Nature & Outdoors
Amazing stone formation of Red Rock Canyon. Photo: Thomas Später

Red Rock Canyon – A perfect getaway from Las Vegas

By Thomas Später

Visiting the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, an often-overlooked national conservation area that is located only 15 miles outside Las Vegas and features hiking and trails, plants and wildlife, outstanding geology and camping.   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors
Exterior of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond. Photo: Kathleen Walls

The Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond

By Kathleen Walls

The Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia is a dramatic retelling of the events that occurred, focusing heavily on the experiences of the city’s Holocaust survivors.   Read more

United States History
Front of Museum of Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans

Walking through the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

In this episode, Kenneth Hoffman, Executive Director at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, gives us a guided tour and explains in depth how Jews in the American South influenced and were influenced by the cultural heritage of their local communities. Tune in to learn more about the Museum … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Insights History
The famed Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles

Roadside Stops between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

By Breana Johnson

The route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas may be a heavily traveled highway, but it’s still a long strip of road through the desert of the American Southwest.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Statue Liberty and New York city skyline at sunset, in United States. Image courtesy of Jacklynn Ann Balderosa

Budget-Friendly Tips When Traveling To New York

New York is not known for being a cheap location to live in. The truth is that the cost of living there is relatively high. However, that shouldn’t dissuade you from visiting New York.  If you’re on a tight budget, keep in mind that a trip to New York doesn’t … Read more   Read more

United States Budget Travel