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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.”


Graphic of gangsters with urban skyline

Gangsters, Monkeys and Mines: Exploring the Diverse History of a Florida County

By Kathleen Walls

What once was old is now new in Florida’s Marion County. One of the “newest” attractions in the city of Ocala, has roots going back nearly 100 years, commemorating an epic FBI shootout with a notorious gang that ended the era of gangsters in the United States.   Read more

United States Adventure Off the Beaten Path History
Fort Monroe First African Marker. Photo: Patti Ferguson (permission granted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Preserving African American History

Many of the places where significant African American history occurred have been neglected and have gone unrecognized for the important role they hold in the fabric of American society.   Read more

United States History Preservation
Greetings from Austin mural

Visiting Austin: The Live Music Capital of the World

By Courtney Campbell

Officially deemed the “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991, Austin, Texas is a city ripe with musicians, politicians, authors, activists, artists, and other creative types   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
mount-rushmore-in South Dakota

South Dakota: An Underrated U.S. Road Trip

By Tara Tadlock

While most tourists may flock to the Californian coast for a road trip (and fairly so), travelers searching for something different should set their gaze on the Midwest towards South Dakota.   Read more

United States Rail & Road Travel
Photo of Carters Lake in Ellijay by Kathleen Walls

Ellijay, Georgia: Extraordinarily out of the Ordinary

By Kathleen Walls

Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay, a city in Gilmer County Georgia, is very different from the urbanized America that most visitors picture.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping History
Green Chamber. Photo courtesy of Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site.

Schuyler Mansion: History, Enslavement and Alexander Hamilton

Heidi Hill and Jessie Serfilippi from the Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site share the stories behind the stories about the Schuyler family and Alexander Hamilton.   Read more

United States Insights History
Ship in the Galveston Harbor.

Unearthing the Rich History of the Gulf Coast Barrier Island of Galveston

By Courtney Campbell

The city of Galveston, Texas is a Gulf Coast barrier island that holds a rich and historic connection to the end of slavery and the celebration of Juneteenth.   Read more

United States History
Original gears visible under the Arizona Falls. Photo: Breana Johnson

The water that brings life to the Arizona desert

By Breana Johnson

Although I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona for twenty years of my life, there are still times I wonder why on earth someone thought it would be a good idea to build a city in the middle of a desert with no water source.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
The outside of the Florence Alabama Music Enterprises or FAME. Photo by Kathleen Walls

Music Made for All in The Shoals

By Kathleen Walls

Perhaps no place in America has merged music from artists of all races more than The Shoals area, which consists of Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.   Read more

United States History Literature & Music
Chattanooga bridge at sunset with water canons

Chattanooga: A Story of History and Evolution

By Terri Marshall

Situated in the valley below three surrounding mountains, Lookout, Raccoon and Signal, Chattanooga’s natural beauty speaks for itself.   Read more

United States History
Marrakech with Kids Sidecar Adventure. Courtesy of Monet Hambrick, The Traveling Child

Family RV Travel

Hear about RV travel, the joys of multi-generational family travel. and traveling across the country as people of color.   Read more

United States Family Travel Rail & Road Travel
Chicago Bean sculpture

How Chicago became a melting pot of cultures, races, and nationalities

By Krystina Quintana

Although it is widely known that Chicago is a melting pot of people, it’s not as widely known why or how it became so diverse throughout the years.   Read more

United States History
Garden at Nemours Estate.  Photo by Tonya Fitpatrick

Exploring Wilmington, Delaware – A European experience in American history

Explore Wilmington, Delaware and the Brandywine Valley’s rich American history and vibrant arts and cultural scene with its European flair.   Read more

United States History The Arts
Medical luggage for travel doctor

The Travel Doctor is IN

Broken bones. Skin rashes. Travelers diarehea. COVID and… There are many accidents, illnesses and medical mishaps that happen when we’re traveling and now we have COVID to add to the list. So what should travelers do to remain healthy and safe? Luckily, the Travel Doctor is IN and she will … Read more   Read more

United States Health & Wellness
Outdoor art. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Kinston, North Carolina: A Farming and Industrial City Turned Arts Hub

By Kathleen Walls

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. When you visit Kinston, North Carolina, art will be in your eyes, ears, and taste buds too.   Read more

United States The Arts