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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.”


Downtown Wytheville. Photo: Terri Marshall

The Inspirational Women of Wytheville, Virginia

By Terri Marshall

Driving along Interstate 81 through southern Virginia you may notice a sign for Wytheville. Exiting the highway, you’ll find an array of ordinary eateries and gas stations. Venture beyond those into the heart of Wytheville and you’ll soon discover that nothing in this charming town is ordinary.   Read more

United States History
Power of Children entrance. Photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick

Experiencing the Power of Children at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Experience the extraordinary stories of children who have made and are making a difference in this world at the Power of Children exhibit in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.   Read more

United States Family Travel Social Responsibility
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Hiking the “Bridge to Nowhere” after rainfall feels like paradise

By Thomas Später

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United States Nature & Outdoors Off the Beaten Path
Laura Plantation House. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Ladies of Laura: A Southern Plantation Run by Women

By Kathleen Walls

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New Orleans History
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How Your Next Central Florida Burger or Latte Can Change the World

By Kirsten Harrington

If you’re heading to the Orlando area, I’m sure you’ve given a lot of thought to your itinerary. You’ve probably booked a hotel, made theme park reservations, and maybe even though about which restaurants to visits. But did you know there are coffee shops and bistros in Central Florida where … Read more   Read more

United States Food & Drink Social Responsibility
God's Little Acre sign. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

God’s Little Acre: Revealing untold stories of America’s African heritage, Part 2

In this second episode of our interview with Keith Stokes, advisor to the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, we continue learning about Newport’s underrepresented history during our walk through God’s Little Acre.   Read more

United States History
God's Little Acre, the colonial African burial ground in Newport Rhode Island. Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel CC 4.0

God’s Little Acre: America’s Colonial African Cemetery preserving history in stone – Part 1

In this episode of the World Footprint podcast, we have the privilege of interviewing Keith Stokes, advisor to the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. Keith walks with us through the colonial African burying ground of God’s Little Acre in Newport, Rhode Island and he shares many of the unrepresented stories … Read more   Read more

United States History
African American family traveling by car during segregation.

Exploring the Green Book trail and Rochester’s African-American Heritage

World Footprints will uncover the stories behind the story of the Green Book and we’ll explore Rochester, New York’s rich African-American heritage. In an era of segregation, the Green Book directed African-American travelers to safe havens as they traveled through inhospitable and outright dangerous places.  Indeed, being a Black family … Read more   Read more

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Gondola-ride-in-the-New-Orleans-Museum-of-Art-Sculpture-Garden. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Top 8 Free Things to do in New Orleans

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Let’s face it; travel can be expensive. But, when you know where to go, you can explore new destinations at a fraction of the cost. One of our favorite places, New Orleans (aka The Big Easy), can be pricey to visit but is filled with rich culture, historic buildings and … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Budget Travel Family Travel
Ernest Green - "Little Rock Central High School" by Steve Snodgrass is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Revisiting the Little Rock Nine experience with Ernest Green

This event was the first experiment in school integration and came three years after the U.S, Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education landmark ruling…   Read more

United States History Humanity
Roots 101 Protest to Progress. Photo: Terri Marshall

Roots 101 African American Museum: Where Legacies Matter

By Terri Marshall

As you enter Roots 101 museum in Louisville, Kentucky, portraits of royalty catch your eye. Tucked away on a side street just steps from the Ohio River, this unassuming location delivers the true African American story with more punches than you could ever imagine. Founded by Lamont Collins who moved … Read more   Read more

United States History
The Hershey Story Photo Courtesy of Hershey, PA

For the Love of Chocolate

By Terri Marshall

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United States Experiences Events & Festivals Food & Drink
African American 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
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Celebrating Black History Year-Round: 9 Sites in the U.S. to Visit

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Black History Month has been celebrated annually since the year 1926. First termed “Negro History Week,” Black History Month is honored each February.   Read more

United States Experiences History
Black - Four in Greensboro NC. Photo courtesy of Civil Rights Trail

Discover Black History and Culture While Traveling the USA

By Terri Marshall

As a Southern-born white woman, incorporating Black history sites into my travel plans never crossed my mind… until I married a Black man.   Read more

United States Family Travel History