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Destination USA, a virtual guide to the United States of America.

This page aims to give you an overview of U.S. American art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page links to sources that provide you with all the information you need to know about the nation, e.g.: official web sites of the USA, addresses of U.S. and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides for all States with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and news from American newspapers.
US State Capitol
Washington D.C. Capital City of the USA


Country Profile

Flag of the United States of America
Flag of the United States of America

Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country (UK) in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions.
The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65) and the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state.
The economy is marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Canada, Mexico

Continental USA and Alaska

Official Name:
United States of America
short form: America or United States
abbreviation: US or USA

ISO Country Code: us

Actual Time:
Eastern Time, EST (UTC -5h):
Wed-May-25  04:10
Central Time, CST (UTC -6h):
Wed-May-25  03:10
Mountain Time, MST (UTC -7h):
Wed-May-25  02:10
Pacific Time, PST (UTC -8h):
Wed-May-25  01:10
Alaska Time, AKST (UTC -9h):
Wed-May-25  00:10
Hawaii-Aleutian Time, HAST (UTC -10h):
Tue-May-24  23:10
Map of U.S. Time Zones

Country Calling Code: +1

Capital City: Washington D.C.

Other Cities:
Chicago (pop. 2 896 016)
Denver (pop. 554 636)
Detroit (pop. 951 270)
New York City (pop. 8 008 278)
Los Angeles (pop. 3 694 820)
Phoenix (pop. 1 321 045)
Philadlephia (pop. 1 517 550)
San Diego (pop. 1 223 400)
San Francisco (pop. 776 733)

U.S. Capital Cities
The most populated Cities in the U.S.

Type: Constitution-based federal republic
Independence: 4 July 1776 (from Great Britain)
Declaration of Independence
Constitution: 17 September 1787, effective 4 March 1789.

Location: North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean in the east and the North Pacific Ocean in the west, between Canada and Mexico.
Area: 9,630 million km²
Terrain: Vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii.

Climate: Mostly temperate, tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska.

Nationality: American(s)
Population (May 2012): 313,478,000
Ethnic groups: white 77.1%, black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1.5%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.3%, other 4% (2000)
Religions: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10% (1989)
Languages: English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7%.
Literacy: total population: 97%

Natural resources: Coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber.

Agriculture products: Wheat, corn, other grains, fruits, vegetables, cotton; beef, pork, poultry, dairy products; forest products; fish.

Industries: Leading industrial power in the world, highly diversified and technologically advanced; petroleum, steel, motor vehicles, aerospace, telecommunications, chemicals, electronics, food processing, consumer goods, lumber, mining.

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

United States in Numbers
US key statistical data.

Note: External links will open in a new browser window.

Official Sites of United States of America

The White House
Barack Hussein Obama II, President of the US
and Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., Vice President.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need
U.S. presidential campaign site.

Annotated map/satellite view of White House Complex.

The legislative branch of the federal government of the United States consists of the Congress, which is divided into two chambers:

U.S. House of Representatives
and the
U.S. Senate
Official website for searching the U.S. Government

U.S. State Department
The U.S. foreign affairs agency.

Diplomatic Missions
United States Mission to the United Nations
U.S. Representative to the United Nations, the U.S. are one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council
U.S. Embassies around the world
U.S. representations in foreign countries, links to the American embassies.
Foreign Embassies in the U.S
List of Foreign Embassies in the U.S.

The United States Supreme Court
is Part of the Judicial Branch

Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI
The principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice.

U.S. States
Official websites of the 50 U.S. States and more.

U.S. Bureau of the Census
United States in figures.

Maps of the United States of America

Map of the USA
OWNO's free Map of the United States.
Blank Map of the USA
Free map with national and states borders.

Maps of the U.S. States
Maps of all 50 States.
Map of U.S. Time Zones
Map showing the Time Zones of the United States and the actual time in the different time zones.

Google Earth Google Earth Map of the United States
Searchable map and satellite view of the United States.
Google Earth Google Earth Map of Washington D.C.
Searchable map and satellite view of the capital city of the United States.
Google Earth Google Earth Map of New York City
Searchable map and satellite view of New York City.

More Google Earth U.S. City Maps

Map of North America
Reference Map of North America.
Don't know where Gallup is? Here you find maps of all the American States.
United States Maps
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

U.S. News Sources and Online Newspapers

Boston Globe
City, Region, Nation and World news
Herald Tribune
The Hill
The Newspaper for and about the U.S. Congress
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
The New York Times online.
Roll Call
Newspaper of Capitol Hill, Washington - political news
San Jose Mercury News
Time Magazine
USA Today
Washington Post
The Washington Post Company.

Business News
The Economist
Business and finance.
Financial Times US
World business, finance and political news.
The Wall Street Journal
All the news from the Wall Street.

Salon Magazine
Original reporting and commentary on politics, news, culture and more.
Drilling beneath the headlines.

great site Project Censored
Media democracy in action. The media research group out of Sonoma State University compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media.

More American Newspapers...

TV News Stations

web culture Discovery Online
Mind games, real-world tales, adventures and expeditions, science live!
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Arts & Culture

Art Museums
J. Paul Getty Museum
The Getty Museum Collection.
Guggenheim Museum
A "temple of spirit" with masterpieces of modern art.
National Museum of American Art
Arts and artists of the United States from earliest colonial times to the present day.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
More than 5 000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Whitney Museum of American Art
American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History
One of the world's preeminent institutions for scientific research and education, with collections of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts.

cultural reference  The Library of Congress
The nation's oldest federal cultural institution.

Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary and Thesaurus
America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works.

The Metropolitan Opera
New York's Opera House, opened 1883.

National Basketball Association, NBA
National Football League, NFL
Major League Baseball
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Business & Economy

Bank of America
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
The Central Bank of the United States, founded by Congress in 1913
Chase Manhattan Bank
The Nasdaq Stock Market
New York Stock Exchange
Political money culture, Campaign finance: Who's Giving - Who's Getting
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

__American Companies and Products from A-Z
Americas better computer.
Brooks Brothers
Wrinkle free dress shirts.
Well known canned soup.
Protect against bad breath.
American Softdrink.
The living legend.
The Web Site for Families,
with a tremendously amount of "Terms And Conditions Of Use"
Dow Jones
Dow Jones launched its first stock indicator in 1884.
Eastman Kodak
American Films
The sounds that create legends.
American ball game.
The world's first assembly lined car.
American razor blades.
American Motor Cycles.
American Chocolate.
Jim Beam
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Traditional American food since 1939.
American trousers.
American Food.
The most hated computer system of all time.
American Sportswear.
American Cars.
Home of the bunnies.
Ray Ban
Reader's Digest
Inventor of lean reading.
Star Trek
Paramount Pictures Star Trek Universe.
Jewelry retailer.
United Parcel Sevice.
Against all rumors, Volkswagen isn't an American car.
Warner Bros.
The Document Company.

Consumer Reports
Not-for-profit website for today's consumer.

American Airlines
Continental Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Northwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines

American Airlines
Major US Airports


American Railroad
Train Travel in the US
The Association of Rail Travel in the US (RTUS) includes Train Routes in the US.
USA by rail
A guide to train travel in the USA and Canada.

Destination USA - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover the United States of America: vacation, accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, state parks, nature, tours and much more.

Following some of the main U.S. travel destinations, information by official travel and tourism sites for your vacation in the USA:

Alaska visitors Information by the Alaska Division of Tourism.

Arizona Guide
The Official Site of the Arizona Office of Tourism.

California's official travel and tourism website with all the information for travellers.

Visit Florida - Florida's Official Travel Planning Website.

The Official Tourism Website and Vacation Guide for Hawaii.

The Mississippi Travel and Tourism Home Page.

Tourist information by the Nevada Commission on Tourism.

New Mexico
Official Site for New Mexico Tourism, plan a trip, explore NM, with travel deals, maps, calendar.

South Dakota Tourism
Travel Information for the Mount Rushmore State.

Utah Travel Council
Utah Adventure Travel.

There is no central tourism office for the USA, more information on tourism and traveling in the USA you will find in
U.S. States
Links and information to official sites of the US States and the State Capitals, listed are also official travel and tourist information of all 50 states.

KidSpace - Stately Knowledge
Basic facts of any state in the Union.

U.S. Cities - Official sites and city guides.
Official site of the City of Chicago.
A Chicago city guide by the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.

The City and County of Denver.

Official web site of the City of Detroit
A guided tour through the fabulous and vanishing ruins of Detroit.

Los Angeles
Official site of the City of Los Angeles.
Official guide to West Hollywood.

New York City
The Official New York City World Wide Web Site.
Paperless Guide to New York.
The official website for New York city tourism.
A resource for everything trashy in New York.

A city at your service.

The City of Phoenix.

San Diego
City of San Diego, California.

San Francisco
The official website of the government of the City and County of San Francisco.
The Upfront Guide to San Francisco.

Washington D.C. Website Portal
Washington D.C. government information and services.
The Official Tourism Website of Washington D.C.

United States' most populated cities


Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Education & Research

U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Official website of the department.

California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
Has proven itself to be one of the premier sources of vision and innovation for technology-driven industries.
The National Science Foundation - NSF
To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense., established 1950.
Smithsonian Institution
The increase & diffusion of knowledge. Founded in 1846.
Smithsonian Magazine
Explore Art, Science and History.

The Space Agency.
Astrobiology at NASA
Astrobiology at NASA research, e.g. the search for habitable planets, exploration missions to Mars etc.

Important Schools, Colleges and Universities
Glen Mills Schools
Sam Ferrainola's obviously working concept of reintergration of court adjudicated youth.

Dartmouth College
For the education and instruction of youth of the Indian Tribes, established in 1754.

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Columbia University
City of New York.
Duke University
Durham, NC
Georgetown University
Founded in 1789, the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international research university, Washington D.C.
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Princeton University
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
UC Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley
The University of California Los Angeles
The University of California San Diego
University of Chicago
Official website of the university.
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
West Point
United States Military Academy - Duty, Honor, Country.
Yale University
Lux et Veritas - Yale was founded in 1701.

More universities you will find under: US States and Capitals

Ethnic Groups

white 81.7%, black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.2% (2003 est.)
note: a separate listing for Hispanic is not included because the US Census Bureau considers Hispanic to mean a person of Latin American descent (including persons of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin) living in the US who may be of any race or ethnic group (white, black, Asian, etc. - Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

__African Americans
AFRO-American Almanac
An on-line presentation of the African in America. A historical perspective of a nation, its people, and its cultural evolution.
Black Facts Online
Online database of Black History information.
The Black World Today
African American World.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Dedicated to the preservation and presentation of African and African American history and culture.
The Signifyin' Monkey
Webliography of Pan African Diaspora Web Sites - In Search of the African Heritage.

__American Indians - First Nations Native Americans
  American Indians online
Page about the First Nations of Canada and the U.S.


The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
American Memory
American History in Words, Sound and Pictures.
America's Story
America's Story told from America's Library of Congress.
Archiving Early America
Primary source material from 18th Century America.
National Archives and Records Administration
See American Originals, eg. the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America.
National Museum of American History
Collections of Americas past.
Today in History
For each day, the Library of Congress American Memory illustrate an event from American history.
US History and Culture at Smithsonian
Comprehensive guide to American History.


The Legal Information Institute
US Code, US Constitution, Code of Federal Regulations and so on.

__Civil Rights
Civil Rights
Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
The American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU is the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights.

Environment & Nature

American Bald Eagle
Information on the national bird of the United States.
National Park Service
Americas National Parks and Monuments.
Grist Magazine
A free American non-profit online magazine that publishes environmental news and opinion articles.
The Internet Brothers Photography
A virtual tour through the Rocky and Appalachian mountains.
cultural reference Yellowstone National Park
America's first and foremost National Park, founded in 1872.

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Other Political divisions of the United States:
U.S. States | American Samoa | Guam | Northern Mariana Island | Puerto Rico | US Virgin Islands