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State in America

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USA symbol

The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the United States federal government. It was first used publicly in 1782. The Great seal is used as the national coat of arms of the United States. It is officially used on documents such as United States passports, military insignia, embassy placards, and various flags. Since 1935, both sides of the GreatSeal have appeared on the reverse of the one-dollar bill. The Seal of the President of the United States is directly based on the Great Seal, and its elements are used in numerous government agency and state seals.

USA Traditional Food Cheese burger

Lunch counter, traditional, gourmet, sliders, Kobe. White Castle, Whataburger, Burger King, In-N-Out, McDonald's, Steak N' Shake, Five Guys, The Heart Attack Grill. It's hard to believe, but it all began with a simple mistake. Or so say the folks in Pasadena, California, who claim the classic cheeseburger was born there in the late 1920s when a young chef at The Rite Spot accidentally burned a burger and slapped on some cheese to cover his blunder.

Hot dogs

Nothing complements a baseball game or summer cookout quite like a hot dog. For that we owe a debt to a similar sausage from Frankfurt, Germany (hence, "frankfurter" and "frank") and German immigrant Charles Feltman, who is often credited with inventing the hot dog by using buns to save on plates. But it was Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker's hot dog stand on Coney Island that turned the hot dog into an icon. Every Fourth of July since 1916, the very same Nathan's has put on the International Hot Dog Eating Contest (current five-time winner Joey Chestnut took the title in 2011, downing 62 hot dogs and buns in the 10minute face-stuffing). Meanwhile in Windy City, the steamed or watersimmered all-beef Chicago dog (Vienna Beef, please) is still being "dragged through the garden" and served on a poppy seed bun -- absolutely without ketchup.


The bane of diets and the boon of happy hours -could there be a more perfect calorie-dense accompaniment to a pitcher of margaritas? Less rhetorically: why does Piedras Negras, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, host The International Nacho Festival and the Biggest Nacho in the World Contest every October? Because it was there that Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya invented nachos when a gaggle of shopping wives of American soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan arrived at the Victory Club restaurant after closing time. Maitre d'Ignacio improvised something for the gals with what he had on hand, christening his melty creation nachos especiales. From thence they have gone forth across the border, the continent and the world.

USA Tourist Attractions Venice Beach in Los Angeles

No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a trip to Venice Beach. Its canals and beaches are spectacular, but the biggest hit is undeniably the Venice Beach Boardwalk. This is a truly entertaining spot where street performers juggle, dance, sculpt and sing for passersby. Shop for souvenirs, grab a refreshing drink and bring some small bills for a stroll on the boardwalk. After stopping to admire a live performer, many visitors tip a dollar or two to show appreciation.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona and is one of the great tourist attractions in the United States. Carved over several million years by the Colorado River, the canyon attains a depth of over 1.6 km (1 mile) and 446 km (277 miles) long. The Grand Canyon is not the deepest or the longest canyon in the world but the overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape offers visitor spectacular vistas that are unmatched throughout the world.

USA Traditions Independence Day (4th of July)

Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States, and possibly the main holiday of the year for most of the population. The former fact becomes very obvious in the face of the sea of red, white, and blue you will find yourself in on July 4th. Americans often celebrate this day with their families and friends, enjoying the many Independence Day parades and outdoor celebrations. The weather permitting, barbecues are the main attraction of the day, closely followed in terms of popularity by fireworks, which are tradition ally displayed in the evening. Despite being the national holiday, Independence Day is less formal than other holidays.

Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November)

Thanksgiving is said to have its origins in 1621, when the first colonists in New England and Native Americans came together to enjoy a large feast at the end of the first harvest. Although historians doubt the accuracy of this story, it is the official version most Americans accept as fact. This holiday also marks the end of the harvest season, which used to be very important in the formerly agrarian society of the US. Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with the extended family and occasionally also with very close friends. Even family members who live far away from their relatives come home for this holiday to spend time with their loved ones. Traditionally, turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and other foods of the season are served for a huge dinner. The day leading up to the dinner is often spent cooking and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or a football game on TV.