The United States of America is densely populated country of North America often referred to as “the USA”, “the US”, “the States” or simple “America”.
The country includes both densely populated cities with sprawling suburbs and vast, uninhabited natural areas.
With its history of mass immigration dating from the 17th century, it is a “melting pot” of cultures from around the world and plays a dominant role in the world’s cultural landscape.
The United States can not be defined solely by television and movies. It is large, complex, and diverse, with several distinct regional identities. Due to the vast distances involved, travelling between regions often means crossing through many different landscapes, climates, and even time zones. Such travel can often be time-consuming and expensive but is often very rewarding.
The contiguous United States or the “Lower 48” (the 48 states other than Alaska and Hawaii) is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, with much of the population living on the two coasts. Its land borders are shared with Canada to the north, and Mexico to the south.
The country has three major mountain ranges. The Appalachians, The Rockies and lastly the combined Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges.
The Great Lakes define much of the border between the eastern United States and Canada. More inland seas than lakes, they were formed by the pressure of glaciers retreating north at the end of the last Ice Age. They are the second-largest bodies of freshwater in the world, after the polar ice caps.
The extremes of landscape and city in each state provide a variety of destination for all variety of tourist.