Austin, Texas: Fiercely Independent Live Music Capital

Austin, the 11th-largest city in the United States, has adopted the slogan “The Live Music Capital of the World” because it’s home to many musicians and live music venues. Each March, musicians, filmmakers and social media entrepreneurs
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New Mexico: Full of Hot Air (Balloons)

The “Albuquerque Box” is a weather phenomenon where low winds move in the opposite direction of high winds — a confluence of events that enables hot air balloon pilots to better control the balloons. It also establishes Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the premier destination for hot air ballooning. For the last (more...)

Chicago, Illinois: Metropolis on the Great Lakes

The third-largest city in the United States, Chicago is the unofficial capital of the American Midwest, rooted in the Industrial Revolution that transformed the country into a manufacturing powerhouse as urban centers welcomed new immigrant populations. In the early 20th century, the city became famous for (more...)

New Orleans, Louisiana: Enticing and Carefree

A historic city, unique in the United States for its colonial French and Spanish character, New Orleans has become associated with its annual Mardi Gras festival, jazz music and flavorful Creole cuisine. After being devastated in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, the city’s displaced population is moving (more...)

Discover What’s Weird About Austin

The capital of Texas, whose unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird,” is a city full of surprises. Thanks in part to the 50,000 students at the University of Texas, Austin’s population is younger and more liberal than that of the rest of the state. The city is also home (more...)

Some Estimated Travel Times In US

This article appears in the May 2010 issue of eJournal USA, See You in the USA. Estimated in-air flight time New York-Boston: 1 hour, 5 minutes Estimated driving time New York-Boston: 3 hours, 56 minutes Estimated in-air flight time New York-Washington: 1 hour Estimated driving time New York-Washington: 4 hours, 3 minutes Estimated in-air (more...)

Experience Magical Miami

Tropical paradise by day and urban playground by night, Miami is a city that knows how to have a good time. While many flock to Miami for its sparkling beaches and sizzling nightlife, it is the culture, couture and culinary delights that keep them returning again (more...)

Philly Makes List of Most Romantic Cities in North America

Philadelphia is the 16th most romantic destination in North America according to "The City of Brotherly Love" was revealed to be a top choice for Summer love on the travel dating website, with 204 trips already planned between now and August. San Francisco took the (more...)

Travelers Visiting U.S. in Growing Numbers

A new forecast suggests continued strong growth in travel and tourism to the United States through 2018, following a record-breaking year in 2012. International travel and tourism spending reached a record $168.1 billion, up 10 percent from 2011, the U.S. Commerce Department said in a June 10 (more...)

Road Trip USA

The lure of the open road is a favorite theme in U.S. popular culture. Immortalized in literature, music and film, the so-called Great American Road Trip is a rite of passage for youth seeking adventure and is also a popular vacation choice for families. Traversing the United States (more...)

The Changing Face of America’s Chinatowns

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Most major American cities have a “Chinatown,” easily identified by Chinese-language shop and street signs, Chinese restaurants and merchants selling Chinese goods. The neighborhoods have long histories and are popular tourist destinations, but like many sections of urban America, they face the challenge (more...)

Traveling to the United States

A record 62 million international travelers visited the United States in 2011. From students and tourists to academics and professionals, travelers from all over the world flock to the United States each year to learn, work and catch a glimpse of the landmarks they have seen (more...)

New U.S. Monuments Honor History, Preserve Environment

President Obama signed proclamations March 25 establishing five new U.S. national monuments, using his authority under the Antiquities Act, which celebrates American’s rich history and natural heritage. Located in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington, the monuments help tell the story of significant people and extraordinary (more...)

13 New Historic Landmarks Celebrate U.S. Diversity

U.S. officials March 11 announced the designation of 13 new national historic landmarks that recognize a more complete story of America. The new landmarks include an Alabama bridge that was the site of “Bloody Sunday” during the civil rights movement, a 400-year-old historic district showcasing the influence of (more...)

Eccentric America: Classic Roadside Attractions

Odd landmarks and attractions can be found all across the United States. Some were originally intended to drum up business, and others reflect the particular interests of their designers. Over time, these curiosities have been embraced as humorous expressions of American eccentricity and individualism. Take a (more...)