April 15, 2020
USA Destination Guide
One of the most well-known countries in the world, the United States is a large country with a varied climate. The eastern and western parts of the country are mountainous while the middle is mostly flat. The north can get cold in winter, while the south stays mostly warm. The best times to visit are in the fall and spring as the temperatures are mild and the crowds are few. Also, keep in mind that when in the U.S., tipping is not optional. Always tipping 15% of the total on your bill is a good guideline.
What to Do
The United States is full of cultural, historic, and exciting activities. If you’re looking for something outside of popular destinations like New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C, try some of these places off the beaten path.
If you are looking for a quiet experience, Isle Royale National Park in Michigan is the place to go. The island can be reached by boat or sea plane and has 164 miles of hiking trails. You can also try the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden in North Carolina, home to a collection of carnivorous plants that grow in the wild. Be sure to watch where you walk!
Art lovers should check out the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. This museum holds a large collection of self-taught art and includes pieces such as broken mirror collages and sculptural works made of needlepoint. If you’re traveling to the Midwest, check out Carhenge in Nebraska – a Stonehenge built with cars.
For those visiting the southwest, stop by New Mexico in late August for the Hatch Chile Festival or head out to find Bodie, California’s largest ghost town. The national historical landmark has over 200 buildings and historical structures to explore.
What to Eat
Americans tend to eat early, so the most crowded times for a meal are typically noon and 5:30 pm – 8 pm. Most places in smaller towns will close around 8:30 – 9 p.m.
Fried food in the US is a must try, especially in the late summer and fall when state fairs occur. Try a bite of fried beer at the Texas State Fair. This ball of dough filled with beer retains its alcohol content since it cooks for only 20 seconds. In the Mid-Atlantic, try scrapple. This dish is made from pork trimmings combined with cornmeal and flour to form a loaf which is then sliced and fried. Eat it for breakfast or as a sandwich filling.
Another American staple is the pie. Florida is known for key lime, a concoction of key lime juice and condensed milk with a meringue topping. Though the name has pie in it, Boston Cream Pie is actually a spongy cake split and filled with custard and then frosted with chocolate. The south is known for pecan pie, while to the north, Vermont is home to America’s Favorite: Apple pie.