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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore Monument, a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a granite formation in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, showing the heads of four United States presidents (left to right): George Washington , Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Image: Dean Franklin

 
Location map of Continental USA and Alaska
Location map of the USA
 


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




Destination USA, a virtual guide to the United States of America, a country of 50 states, covering the central part of North America.
The Continental United States is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Pacific Ocean in the west.


The USA borders Canada in the north; its southern 3,155 km long border to Mexico is partly furnished with a great wall (or fence). The United States also shares maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, and Russia.

With an area of 9,833,516 km², the USA is the third-largest country in the world. The country is more than twice the size of the European Union or about slightly more than half the size of Russia.

The United States has a population of 326 million people, (in 2019), the capital city is Washington D.C., the largest US city is New York. Spoken languages are English 80%, and Spanish 13%.

 
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Background:
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)

 

 

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

ISO Country Code: US, USA
 

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Official Sites of the US

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East facade of the United States Capitol
East facade of the most famous capitol building in the world. The US Capitol was initially designed by amateur architect Dr. William Thornton, a British-American physician.
Image: Martin Falbisoner

Government

The White House
Office of @realDonaldTrump, President of the US,
and Mike Pence, Vice President.


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


usa.gov
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 USA is 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
The US 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.

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

 

 


Maps of the USA



US states Map
Map of the Contiguous United States (click map to enlarge)
Image: © nationsonline.org


Maps


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 US States
Maps of all 50 US States.
Map of US 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. 

United States Maps
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.
 

 


United States News



Newsstand
Photo: Sean Loyless


Online News from the US


Boston Globe
City, Region, Nation, and World news.
Chicago Tribune
A daily newspaper based in Chicago.
The Hill
US website based in Washington, D.C., and a political journalism newspaper (only when congress is in session) covering congress, politics, political campaigns, and events on Capitol Hill.
Houston Chronicle
The largest daily newspaper in Houston, Texas.
Los Angeles Times
Daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881.
Newsday
An American daily newspaper sold on Long Island and throughout New York's metropolitan area.
New York Daily News
Stylized "Daily News," a newspaper based in New York City.
New York Post
Daily tabloid, primarily distributed in New York City.
New York Times
The New York Times online.
Roll Call
The newspaper of Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. reports news of legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill.
San Jose Mercury News
The Merc is a daily newspaper published in San Jose, California.
Star Tribune
The largest newspaper in Minnesota.
Tampa Bay Times
Pulitzer prized newspaper published in St. Petersburg, Florida.
USA Today
American daily newspaper.
U.S.News
USN&WR publishes web-based news, opinions, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis.
The Wall Street Journal
Business-focused international daily newspaper.
Washington Post
The Washington Post is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., founded in 1877.


More American Newspapers


News Magazines
Newsweek
American weekly news magazine published in New York City, founded in 1933.
Time Magazine
TIME is a well-known weekly news magazine published in New York City.


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


Salon Magazine
Original reporting and commentary on politics, news, culture, and more.

Truthdig
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.


Science and Fiction
Discovery Online
Mind games, real-world tales, adventures and expeditions, science live!

National Geographic
The official magazine of the National Geographic Society.

Quanta Magazine
Sheldon Cooper's favorite magazine covers mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science, and basic life sciences.


TV News Stations online
ABCNews
ABC News online.
CBS News
Website of CBS News.
CNN
News and advertising!
Fox News
The president's promotion channel.
MSNBC
Breaking News, Top Stories, and Show Clips.

 

 


Arts & Culture of the USA


Cloud Gate, "The Bean", sculpture in the Millennium Park of Chicago
The Cloud Gate, nicknamed "The Bean," is an outdoor sculpture designed by Indian-born sculptor Anish Kapoor. The artwork is located in the Millennium Park of Chicago.
Image: Sharon Mollerus


Arts & Culture

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
The department styles itself as "a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy."

The Village Voice
News and Culture; the country's first alternative newsweekly.


Art Museums
Mark Twain in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla.
Jackson Pollock painting with his "drip" method.
Image: Hans Namuth

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 the earliest colonial times to the present day.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A collection of more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present.
MoMa
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.

Library
Mark Twain in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla.
Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla.
Image: Alanbritom

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

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

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

Sports
National Basketball Association, NBA
Basketball
National Football League, NFL
Football
Major League Baseball
Baseball
 
 

 
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Business & Economy in the US



Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
The Central Bank of the United States, founded by Congress in 1913.

United States Chamber of Commerce
The business-oriented American lobbying group plans to become less aligned with the Republican Party than it has been for decades. [1]


Bank of America
An American multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chase
Chase Bank is a national bank headquartered in Manhattan, New York City.


New York Stock Exchange
Number one among the American stock exchanges.

Nasdaq
The Nasdaq Stock Market is number two among the American stock exchanges.


Opensecrets.org
Political money culture, Campaign finance: Who's Giving - Who's Getting. The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-profit, nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy.



Famous American Brands from A-Z

American Express
Financial services.
Apple
America's better computer.
AT&T
The world's largest telecommunications company.
Boeing
American airplanes, rockets, and satellites.
Brooks Brothers
Wrinkle-free dress shirts.
Campbell
Well known canned soup.
Colgate
Protect against bad breath.
Coca-Cola
American soft drink.
Cowboys at Cheyenne Frontier Days
The world’s largest outdoor rodeo.
Disney
The Web Site for Families, with a tremendous amount of "Terms and Conditions of Use."
Dow Jones
The American stock market index. Dow Jones launched its first stock indicator in 1884.
Eastman Kodak
American Films.
Exxon Mobil
American oil and gas.
Fender
The sounds that create legends.
Football
American ball game.
Ford
The world's first assembly lined car.
General Motors
American vehicles and vehicle parts, its luxury vehicles are known as Cadillac.
Gillette
American razor blades.
Harley-Davidson
American Motor Cycles.
HERSHEY'S
American Chocolate.
IBM
International Business Machines.
Intel
Microprocessors
Jim Beam
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.
Kellogg's
American cereals.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Traditional American food since 1939.
Levi's
American trousers.
McDonald's
American Food.
Microsoft
The most hated computer system of all time.
Nike
American Sportswear.
Pepsi
American soft drink.
Playboy
Home of the bunnies.
Ray Ban
Sunglasses
Reader's Digest
The inventor of lean reading.
Star Trek
Paramount Pictures Star Trek Universe.
Tiffany
Jewelry retailer.
UPS
United Parcel Service.
Volkswagen
Against all rumors, Volkswagen isn't an American car.
Walmart
Largest American retailer.
Warner Bros.
Hollywood
Wells Fargo
The American dream, from Pony Express to a multinational financial services provider.
Xerox
The Document Company.

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



Transportation

Airlines
American Airlines
The world's largest airline.

Delta Air Lines
Number two of the world's largest airlines, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Southwest Airlines
Large US American airline, headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

United Airlines
Major American airline headquartered at Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

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American Airlines
Major US Airports

Bus
Greyhound
The intercity bus company serves over 3,800 destinations throughout North America.

Railroad
Amtrak
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

 

 


Tourism in the USA



View of U.S. Route 50, the "Loneliest Road in America"
The transcontinental highway U.S. Route 50 is known as the "Loneliest Road in America". The image shows the Nevada route section in Eureka County.
Image: Famartin


Destination USA - Travel and Tour Guides


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


Learn more about the main US travel destinations and get information by official travel and tourism sites for your vacation in the USA:


Visit USA
The official travel site of the USA.

Alaska
Alaska visitors Information by the Alaska Division of Tourism.

Arizona
The official website of the Arizona Office of Tourism.

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

Colorado
Dillon, Denver, Dolores, and Durango.

Florida
Visit Florida - Florida's Official Travel Planning Website.

Hawaii
The Official Tourism Website and Vacation Guide for Hawaii.

Michigan
There are Great Lakes.

Mississippi
The Mississippi Travel and Tourism Home Page.

Nevada
Tourist information by the Nevada Commission on Tourism.

New York
Visit the Empire State: Catskills, Finger Lakes, Long Island, and the Big Apple.

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

North Carolina
VisitNC.

Tennessee
Your guide to the Smoky Mountains, whiskey, and country music.

South Carolina
Discover SC.

South Dakota Tourism
Travel Information for the Mount Rushmore State.

Utah Office of Tourism
Visit Utah.

Washington
The official tourism site of the State of Washington.


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.


U.S. Cities - Official sites and city guides.

United States' most populated cities
 

Chapada Diamantina, Bahia state, USA
Aerial view of Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway and Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.
Image: Jim Peaco, National Park Service
 

Most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the USA

World Heritage Site Independence Hall
The Independence Hall in Philadelphia is the former Pennsylvania State Parliament building where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and the Constitution of the United States in 1787.


World Heritage Site Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a 446 km (277 mi) long and up to 29 km (18 mi) wide gorge carved out by the Colorado River. The walls of the canyon show the geological history of the past 2 billion years.


World Heritage Site Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone National Park is a 9,000 km² large natural forest in Wyoming. Grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and wapitis share the park with more than 4 million visitors (in 2018). Apart from the animals, the park offers a number of attractions, more than 10,000 geothermal features like geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. The absolute highlight of Yellowstone is a supervolcano, the Yellowstone Caldera, with a massive plume of molten rock underneath.


World Heritage Site Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The biosphere reserve and wetland in southern Florida protects about twenty percent of the original Everglades. The park is a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles. In 2010 Everglades National Park was again included on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of serious and continuing degradation of its aquatic ecosystem. [2]

World Heritage Site Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
The park contains the summits of two of the world's most active volcanoes - Kīlauea (1,250 m) and Mauna Loa (4,170 m). Volcanic eruptions create a constantly changing landscape, an example of island-building through volcanic processes.

 

 
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Higher Education in the US



Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pasadena
The Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pasadena is part of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Image: Dhilung


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 and diffusion of knowledge. Founded in 1846.
Smithsonian Magazine
Explore Art, Science, and History.

NASA
NASA
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 reintegration of court adjudicated youth.

Duke University
Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina.

Georgetown University
Founded in 1789. The nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Today, Georgetown is a major international research university.

Stanford University
Stanford, CA

UC Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley.

UCLA
The University of California Los Angeles.

UCSD
The University of California San Diego.

University of Chicago
Official website of the university.

West Point
United States Military Academy - Duty, Honor, Country.



Ivy League Elite Colleges
Ivy League are eight private universities in the Northeastern United States.

Brown University
A private research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764

Columbia University
A private research university in the City of New York. Established in 1754.

Cornell University
Cornell is a private research university in Ithaca, NY, founded in 1865.

Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College was founded in 1754 as a school "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land."

Harvard University
The private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1636.

University of Pennsylvania
UPenn is a private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the first classes were taught in 1751.

Princeton University
Princeton University was founded in 1746 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Yale University
Lux et Veritas - Yale was founded in 1701.


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Environment & Nature



Rockformation at Serra dos Órgãos National Park
“No Plan, no Planet” by artist Dan Perjovschi.
Image: David C. Sampson, onEarth



National Park Service
Americas National Parks and Monuments. The agency of the United States federal government was formed in 1916.

Grist Magazine
American non-profit online magazine that publishes environmental news and opinion articles.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace provides research, education, and initiatives for outdoor recreation decision making.

Yellowstone National Park
America's first and foremost National Park, founded in 1872.


Major Environmental Organizations in the USA

American Bird Conservancy
Conserving native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

Association of Environmental Professionals
California-based association of public and private sector environmental professionals.

Audubon
The National Audubon Society is a non-profit environmental organization in the United States. Its purpose is the conservation of birds and other wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

Earth First!
The action division of the American conservationists.

Friends of the Earth
The environmental organization was founded in 1969 in San Francisco; it became an international network of environmental groups in 1971.

Green America
Green America promotes environmentally informed ethical consumerism. It publishes the National Green Pages, a directory that helps consumers to find earth-friendly products and services.

National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization committed to exploring and protecting the planet.

National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is one of the most significant nonprofit conservation, education, and advocacy organizations in the US.

The Nature Conservancy
The environmental organization, The Nature Conservancy, was founded in 1951; its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia.

Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a United States-based non-profit international environmental advocacy group.

1% for the Planet
An internationally active association of companies that have committed themselves to donate one percent of their turnover to environmental protection.

Rainforest Action Network
The environmental organization Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is based in San Francisco, California. Its motto: Environmentalism with teeth.

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is a US environmental organization founded in 1892 in San Francisco, California. Its motto is: "Explore, enjoy and protect the planet."

Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS is a New York City-based organization that saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, and education.

Worldwatch Institute
WWI is a globally focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.


Other Major Ecology Groups active in the US
Greenpeace
International environmental organization.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

World Wildlife Fund
The World Wide Fund for Nature is the leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species.
 

 


United States History



Painting of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall
Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor. The Mayflower was an English ship that transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England to the New World in 1620.
Painting: William Halsall, 1882



Online resources related to the history of the United States of America



The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government.

American Memory
Huge digitized collections of American History in Words, Sound, and Pictures.

America's Story
America's Story told from America's Library of Congress. Early internet edition.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The museum in Detroit, Michigan, holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African-American culture.

Civil Rights
Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement.

National Archives
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. See American Originals, e.g., the Declaration of Independence, or 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 illustrates an event from American history.

National Museum of African American History and Culture - Smithsonian
The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

History of the United States - Wikipedia
Wikipedia series on the History of the United States.

 

 


Indigenous People of the USA



Plains Indian teepee
Plains Indian teepee.
Image: Ed Correa


Native American Nations
According to the 2010 Census, 5.2 million people in the United States identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, either alone or in combination with one or more other races. [3]

Alaska Federation of Natives
A statewide Native organization in Alaska.

American Indian Movement
Native American grassroots movement, founded in the United States in 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Gathering of Nations
The largest pow-wow in North America.

Honor the Earth
Honor the Earth's mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues.

Indigenous Environmental Network
IEN is an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother.

National Museum of the American Indian
Advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere.

Native Americans in the United States
Wikipedia entry about Native Americans.
 

 


 



 
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