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The United States is so grand and varied it's almost impossible to think of it as a single place. The sultry swamps of Florida and Georgia, the frozen tundra of Alaska's north slope, and the volcanic tropical islands of Hawaii don't fit in the same picture, but they're all part of this astonishing country. The USA is the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Hollywood and the expanse of L.A., Chesapeake Bay and the Washington Mall, redwood forests and the geysers of Yellowstone, the Boston Tea Party and the Liberty Bell, penthouse dining and isolated truckstops, concrete jungles and wide open spaces, cities, towns, and villages of ...

The United States is so grand and varied it's almost impossible to think of it as a single place. The sultry swamps of Florida and Georgia, the frozen tundra of Alaska's north slope, and the volcanic tropical islands of Hawaii don't fit in the same picture, but they're all part of this astonishing country. The USA is the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Hollywood and the expanse of L.A., Chesapeake Bay and the Washington Mall, redwood forests and the geysers of Yellowstone, the Boston Tea Party and the Liberty Bell, penthouse dining and isolated truckstops, concrete jungles and wide open spaces, cities, towns, and villages of every size, and people of all colors and convictions. No matter what you're looking for you'll find it here, from urban sophistication to down-home informality, in a place that offers every possibility, including what some consider a planet all its own set in the middle of a desert: Las Vegas, a city unlike any other.

Come for culture, for music, for the great outdoors. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong.

Larry Habegger
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Larry Habegger is Triporati's editor-in-chief and executive editor of Travelers' Tales, where he has edited or coedited dozens of books including Travelers' Tales Australia and Ireland.

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  • Location: Central North America between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel