LOS ANGELES Los Angeles is the biggest city in California and the second largest in the USA. It is the centre of the American music and film industries. The climate is pleasant all year round and the beaches are always full of people.
The Rockies The Rockies is a mountain range that stretches from British Colombia in Canada to New Mexico in the USA. This is a distance of nearly 5000 km. It has some of the best skiing resorts in America. People also go hiking here.
THE GREAT PLAINS The Great Plains is an enormous area to the east of the Rocky Mountains. This used to be homeland of the Great Plains indian tribes. There were many buffaloes here before the Europeans came. Nowadays a lot of wheat is grown on the Great Plains.
CHIHUAHUAN DESERT There are deserts in several parts of the United States. The largest is the Chihuahuan Desert in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. There are some Indian reservations in the desert.
FLORIDA The swamps and marshes of Florida are wetland areas. There are up to a million American alligators here.
GRAND CANYON The grand Canyon is 446 km long, 1,6 km deep and up to 29 km wide. Millions of tourists visit it every year. The river in the canyon is very popular with rafters.
WYOMING Wyoming is known as “ The Cowboy State”. They have raised cattle here for more than hundred years. Many people wear blue jeans , boots and Stetson hats in Wyoming.
MEXICANS Large areas of the south western part of the USA used to belong to Mexico. This is one reason why there are many people of Mexican origin in southern California.
INUITS About 16 per cent of the Alaskan population are native Inuits. Some of them still make a living in the traditional way by hunting and fishing. However , most people in Alaska now live in cities. In the old days they used to wear clothes made of sealskin and caribou skin.