Yes, we’re both Americans, but outside of of the few California and Washington cities we’ve lived in, we’re still tourists in the rest of the country. That’s only 2 out of 50 states, so there’s a lot of country left to discover. Here’s what we think are the best and worst aspects of traveling America. This is not a local’s perspective, but instead a tourist’s perspective.
What we loved…
Endless Outdoor Adventure – There’s nothing you can’t do here. Pick your favorite activity, and you can find a world class spot to do it. Skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, canyoning, abseiling, mountain biking, white water rafting, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, skating, off roading, etc.
Year Round – There’s never a bad time of year to visit the US. You just have to decide which sort of trip you’re looking for. No matter what time of year, you’ll find somewhere in the country that has the weather you want. From Hawaii to Alaska, California to New York, and Florida to Utah, there’s simply something for everyone…year round.
Every Type of Food Imaginable – America’s a melting pot of every race imaginable, so they have every type of food imaginable! It’s all delicious, but we’ve still found a way to improve on it. We’ve created some of our own foods like Tex Mex, Cajun, and California Fusion. No matter where you are or what time it is, America has you covered. Restaurants in the US stay open late too, so your taste buds never have to wait.
What we didn’t love…
Too Much To Tackle – There’s simply no way to see all that the US has to offer in one trip. There’s too much distance to cover, and too much to do. America has too many museums, outdoor activities, amusement parks, landmarks, and other tourist attractions to conquer.
No Easy Way To Get Around – The only way to see the US is in your own vehicle, which is great if you have the time. Trains aren’t helpful, and buses take forever. American discount airlines just aren’t the same as in Asia and Europe. Outside of a few major cities, you’ll even have trouble getting around within the city.
Not Friendly to Tourists – Americans work hard and live fast paced lives. They’re juggling a million tasks on any given day, so it’s no wonder they don’t have time to help tourists. With the constant keeping up with pop culture, politics, sports, and social media, Americans spend more and more time with their nose in a screen. And these days, with our politics in the state that they’re in, I hope Americans are busy marching in the streets, writing to government officials, and doing everything they can to stand up for what’s right. The America I love celebrates diversity and protects equality.
For more detailed accounts of traveling America, keep an eye out for our best and worst posts about each individual state.