The main things that separate the States and Europe is not an ocean or the colonial history; it’s actually the modern-day, cumbersome load of cultural misconceptions.
For sure, Americans have plenty of stereotypical impressions of their long and distant relatives in Europe and the rest of the world, so it’s only natural that the world also has a few of its own. However, before getting into the myths, it’s essential to look at the things that make the United States stand out from the rest of the world.
Things that Make USA a Great Nation
While every state in the country offers travelers a unique appeal and charm, three things stand out. The first is that everything in the States is immense – cars are big; land is big, people are big; buildings are big; food is big; homes are big; and whichever way you look at, everything seems big. In addition, when an American travels, they travel with everything – sometimes even with enough to open a grocery store in another country!
The States embodies diversity with all 50 States as different as cheese and chalk. One of the things you’ll find traveling across the country is that everything from dialect to topography to culture to food changes as you move from one state to the next.
Lastly, the United States is the land of opportunities where the freedom to get opportunities without distinction is guaranteed, and an idea incubator; but the freedom to follow your heart is one of the things that make America so great!
As great as the States is, it’s still a victim to several myths. However, it is time to respectfully disabuse these erroneous notions of what the American way of life is, and present a picture of what it actually is.
Myth #1: America Runs on Fast Food
While fast food still dominates a huge section of the culinary landscape in the US, the country also excels at creating great gourmet cuisines. New York and San Francisco regularly feature at the top lists for the sheer number of celebrity chefs and Michelin stars. In fact, big names like Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali are creating huge multimedia empires complete with dozens of books, restaurants, films, TV shows and much more.
You can easily get a large size wrap for $5 from a New York food truck, but you can also experience fine dining at award-winning establishments like in Scottsdale’s FnB Restaurant. The gourmet cuisine menu changes each week, with each dish at the establishment handcrafted by a chef-turned-entrepreneur couple, offering guests a wide variety of healthy meals to choose from.
Myth #2: There is no Room for Culture and Art
Have you ever wondered why many artists have an US address? Culture and art are thriving in the US with cities like Santa Fe becoming cultural melting pots for artists where art is not just another prop, but a fabric that brings together the community. The city plays host to 14 museums and 240 art galleries, making it a visual feast for art lovers – and you’ll never be hounded by the annoying salesperson to purchase an art piece just because you entered their gallery!
Santa Fe is a city where the sunsets are a show by themselves every evening, and the night sky is inspiring. Add to your list the rocket city of Huntsville that is not only passionate about rocket science but also about art.
Myth #3: Racism is Everywhere
Before landing in the States, most people are warned about increased racist attacks; but the statistics paint a completely different picture. In fact, 99 percent of the 300 and more million Americans are peacefully coexisting with each other in their day-to-day activities. Of course, rotten eggs are realized everywhere – it’s all up to what you want to absorb.
The media seldom picks on positive stories because it is much easier to peddle negativity than positivity. And this is where you need to do your job. Spreading positivity makes the world a better home that you can live and grow in.
Myth #4: Americans Do Not Appreciate Football
On the contrary, Americans love football (sorry, they call it soccer)! While the game might not bring in the same huge numbers and cultural significance as in Europe and the rest of the world, America is currently the leading country in youth participation in soccer (football). Today, major league soccer matches are experiencing a higher than average attendance compared to ice hockey and basketball, and soccer ranks third after American football and baseball.
Myth #5: America is all About Skyscrapers and Busy City Life
One thing about the States is that it offers diversity, meaning that associating the country with just skyscrapers is a major crime. The diversity offered ranges from among its 59 national parks and more than 6,000 beaches in 38 states. On one hand, you can visit the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere – Death Valley California; or have a fantastic time exploring the sites mentioned at http://www.visittheoc.com/things-to-do/attractions-and-activities/.
In the end…
One lifetime is never enough to explore the United States of America, but you should try to sample as many things as you can. This includes its diverse wildlife, nature, adventure, architecture, history, food, art, shopping, and technology among others. One thing is sure, once you’ve gotten over your prejudices for American life; you will need to get a better baggage allowance package for your trip back home after visiting America.
About the author: Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
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