White sand, turqouise beaches, and 80 degree weather year round
leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options
River walkways, findlay outdoor market, historic victorian and italanate architechture, national underground railway freedom center
geologic, archeological wonderland17-mile loop or by Navajo-led walks – pop into one of Utah’s national parks, see Colorado’s Mesa Verde’s abandoned cliff dwellings on self-guided walks, then straddle all four states at once
Culebra is great for beach-hopping, snorkeling or hikes in a wildlife refuge
owns that ooze century-old ambience, Jamestown’s historic train, a tiny gold town called Volcano (with no volcano), wineries caves, gold-panning spots
Locals live with a mad crush on the outdoors, and adventure can be found at every turn. Main roads are filled with cyclists, except for the bustling ped-only Pearl St Mall lined with shops and great eateries and brewpubs
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Kealakekua Bay snorkeling, hikes into caves and waterfalls along the lava field at Hilina Pai, or just bumming on the island’s best beach at Hapuna.
incredible art offerings at places like the Art Institute and Millennium Park, some of the country’s best restaurants and world-class festivals like Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago
The world’s first national park – turning 140 next yearwhen waterfalls turn to curtains of ice, geysers shoot higher and boiling rivers billow with steam. You can get about by ski shuttles, snowshoe (rangers lead free tours) or – best yet – cross-country skis, as hiking trails of all levels transform into some of the country’s best trails.
Size The U.S. is 9,631,418 sq km. About 2.5 times larger than Western Europe. The population is around 312 million people.
Independence Day The U.S. won it’s independence on July 4th, 1776 from Britain. We celebrate this day with parades, BBQs, and fireworks.
National Anthem Our national anthem is “The Star Spangled Banner” It was written by Francis Scott Key. Lyrics: Oh, say can you see by the QuickTime™ and a dawns early light decompressor are needed to see this picture. What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, Oer the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Capital The capital of the U.S. is Washington D.C.
Presidents The 1st president was George Washington. His face is on the one dollar bill and the quarter. The 44th president is Barack Obama. He is the first African-American president.
Flag The 50 stars represent the 50 states. The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies. Red- bravery White- purity Blue- perseverance
Top 10 Male Singers 2011Chris Brown Enrique Iglesias
Top 10 Male Singers 2011 David Guetta Tinie Tempah
US Top 10 Singles 2011 “Firework” Katy Perry “Stereo Hearts” Gym Class Heros “Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5 “Pumped Up Kicks” Foster the People “Give Me Everything” Pitbull “Born This Way” Lady Gaga “Party Rock Anthem” LMFAO “We Found Love” Rihanna “Super Bass” Nicki Minaj “Rolling in the Deep” Adele
AMAs 2011 Favorite Duo or Group: Maroon 5 Favorite New Artist: Hot Chelle Rae Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift Favorite Country Band: Lady Antebellum Favorite Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj Favorite Latin Artist: Jennifer Lopez Favorite Soul/R&B Artist: Beyonce Favorite Pop/Rock Artist: Bruno Mars Special Award (for becoming the first woman ever to have five #1 singles from one album): Katy Perry