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    Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota
    Mount Rushmore Monument, a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a granite formation in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, showing the heads of four United States presidents (left to right): George Washington , Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
    Image: Dean Franklin

    Location map of Continental USA and Alaska
    Location map of the USA

    Flag of the United States of America
    Flag of the United States

    Destination USA, a Nations Online Project country profile of the United States of America, a nation of 50 states, covering the central part of North America.
    The Continental United States is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Pacific Ocean in the west. Alaska, the largest US state, occupies a huge peninsula in the extreme northwest of North America. The US state of Hawaii is an island group located in the central Pacific Ocean, southwest of the continental United States.

    The USA borders Canada in the north; its southern 3,155 km long border to Mexico is partly furnished with a great wall (or fence). The United States also shares maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, and Russia.

    With an area of 9,833,516 km2, the USA is the third-largest country in the world. The country is more than twice the size of the European Union or about slightly more than half the size of Russia.

    The United States has a population of 326 million people, (in 2019), the capital city is Washington D.C., the largest US city is New York. Spoken languages are English 80%, and Spanish 13%.

    United States | United States of America

    Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country (UK) in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

    During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions.

    The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65) and the Great Depression of the 1930s.

    Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation-state.
    The economy is marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.
    (Source: CIA - The World Factbook)



    Country Profile

    Official Name:
    United States of America
    short form: America or United States
    abbreviation: US or USA

    ISO Country Code: US, USA

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    Official Sites of the US

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    East facade of the United States Capitol
    East facade of the most famous capitol building in the world. The US Capitol was initially designed by amateur architect Dr. William Thornton, a British-American physician.
    Image: Martin Falbisoner


    The White House
    Office of @realDonaldTrump, President of the US,
    and Mike Pence, Vice President.

    Annotated map/satellite view of White House Complex.

    The legislative branch of the federal government of the United States consists of the Congress, which is divided into two chambers:

    U.S. House of Representatives
    and the
    U.S. Senate

    Official website for searching the U.S. Government

    U.S. State Department
    The U.S. foreign affairs agency.

    Diplomatic Missions
    United States Mission to the United Nations
    U.S. Representative to the United Nations, the USA is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
    U.S. Embassies around the world
    U.S. representations in foreign countries, links to the American embassies.
    Foreign Embassies in the U.S
    List of Foreign Embassies in the U.S.

    The United States Supreme Court
    The US Supreme Court is part of the Judicial Branch.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI
    The principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice.

    U.S. States
    Official websites of the 50 U.S. States and more.

    U.S. Bureau of the Census
    The United States in figures.



    Maps of the USA

    US states Map
    Map of the Contiguous United States (click map to enlarge)
    Image: ? nationsonline.org


    Map of the USA
    OWNO's free Map of the United States.
    Blank Map of the USA
    Free map with national and states borders.

    Maps of the US States
    Maps of all 50 US States.
    Map of US Time Zones
    Map showing the Time Zones of the United States and the actual time in the different time zones.

    Google Earth Google Earth Map of the United States
    Searchable map and satellite view of the United States.
    Google Earth Google Earth Map of Washington D.C.
    Searchable map and satellite view of the capital city of the United States.
    Google Earth Google Earth Map of New York City
    Searchable map and satellite view of New York City.

    More Google Earth U.S. City Maps

    Map of North America
    Reference Map of North America. 

    United States Maps
    The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.


    United States News

    Photo: Sean Loyless

    Online News from the US

    Boston Globe
    City, Region, Nation, and World news.
    Chicago Tribune
    A daily newspaper based in Chicago.
    The Hill
    US website based in Washington, D.C., and a political journalism newspaper (only when congress is in session) covering congress, politics, political campaigns, and events on Capitol Hill.
    Houston Chronicle
    The largest daily newspaper in Houston, Texas.
    Los Angeles Times
    Daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881.
    An American daily newspaper sold on Long Island and throughout New York's metropolitan area.
    New York Daily News
    Stylized "Daily News," a newspaper based in New York City.
    New York Post
    Daily tabloid, primarily distributed in New York City.
    New York Times
    The New York Times online.
    Roll Call
    The newspaper of Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. reports news of legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill.
    San Jose Mercury News
    The Merc is a daily newspaper published in San Jose, California.
    Star Tribune
    The largest newspaper in Minnesota.
    Tampa Bay Times
    Pulitzer prized newspaper published in St. Petersburg, Florida.
    USA Today
    American daily newspaper.
    USN&WR publishes web-based news, opinions, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis.
    The Wall Street Journal
    Business-focused international daily newspaper.
    Washington Post
    The Washington Post is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., founded in 1877.

    More American Newspapers

    News Magazines
    American weekly news magazine published in New York City, founded in 1933.
    Time Magazine
    TIME is a well-known weekly news magazine published in New York City.

    Business News
    The Economist
    Business and finance.
    Financial Times US
    World business, finance, and political news.
    The Wall Street Journal
    All the news from Wall Street.

    Salon Magazine
    Original reporting and commentary on politics, news, culture, and more.

    Drilling beneath the headlines.

    great site Project Censored
    Media democracy in action. The media research group out of Sonoma State University compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported, or self-censored by the country's major national news media.

    Science and Fiction
    Discovery Online
    Mind games, real-world tales, adventures and expeditions, science live!

    National Geographic
    The official magazine of the National Geographic Society.

    Quanta Magazine
    Sheldon Cooper's favorite magazine covers mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science, and basic life sciences.

    TV News Stations online
    ABC News online.
    CBS News
    Website of CBS News.
    News and advertising!
    Fox News
    The president's promotion channel.
    Breaking News, Top Stories, and Show Clips.



    Arts & Culture of the USA

    Cloud Gate, "The Bean", sculpture in the Millennium Park of Chicago
    The Cloud Gate, nicknamed "The Bean," is an outdoor sculpture designed by Indian-born sculptor Anish Kapoor. The artwork is located in the Millennium Park of Chicago.
    Image: Sharon Mollerus

    Arts & Culture

    U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
    The department styles itself as "a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy."

    The Village Voice
    News and Culture; the country's first alternative newsweekly.

    Art Museums
    Mark Twain in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla.
    Jackson Pollock painting with his "drip" method.
    Image: Hans Namuth

    J. Paul Getty Museum
    The Getty Museum Collection.
    Guggenheim Museum
    A "temple of spirit" with masterpieces of modern art.
    National Museum of American Art
    Arts and artists of the United States from the earliest colonial times to the present day.
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    A collection of more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present.
    The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
    Whitney Museum of American Art
    American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

    Museum of Natural History
    American Museum of Natural History
    One of the world's preeminent institutions for scientific research and education, with collections of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts.

    Mark Twain in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla.
    Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla.
    Image: Alanbritom

    cultural reference  The Library of Congress
    The nation's oldest federal cultural institution.

    Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary and Thesaurus
    America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works.

    The Metropolitan Opera
    New York's Opera House, opened 1883.

    National Basketball Association, NBA
    National Football League, NFL
    Major League Baseball


    Business & Economy in the US

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    The Central Bank of the United States, founded by Congress in 1913.

    United States Chamber of Commerce
    The business-oriented American lobbying group plans to become less aligned with the Republican Party than it has been for decades. [1]

    Bank of America
    An American multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Chase Bank is a national bank headquartered in Manhattan, New York City.

    New York Stock Exchange
    Number one among the American stock exchanges.

    The Nasdaq Stock Market is number two among the American stock exchanges.

    Political money culture, Campaign finance: Who's Giving - Who's Getting. The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-profit, nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy.

    Famous American Brands from A-Z

    American Express
    Financial services.
    America's better computer.
    The world's largest telecommunications company.
    American airplanes, rockets, and satellites.
    Brooks Brothers
    Wrinkle-free dress shirts.
    Well known canned soup.
    Protect against bad breath.
    American soft drink.
    Cowboys at Cheyenne Frontier Days
    The world’s largest outdoor rodeo.
    The Web Site for Families, with a tremendous amount of "Terms and Conditions of Use."
    Dow Jones
    The American stock market index. Dow Jones launched its first stock indicator in 1884.
    Eastman Kodak
    American Films.
    Exxon Mobil
    American oil and gas.
    The sounds that create legends.
    American ball game.
    The world's first assembly lined car.
    General Motors
    American vehicles and vehicle parts, its luxury vehicles are known as Cadillac.
    American razor blades.
    American Motor Cycles.
    American Chocolate.
    International Business Machines.
    Jim Beam
    Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.
    American cereals.
    Kentucky Fried Chicken
    Traditional American food since 1939.
    American trousers.
    American Food.
    The most hated computer system of all time.
    American Sportswear.
    American soft drink.
    Home of the bunnies.
    Ray Ban
    Reader's Digest
    The inventor of lean reading.
    Star Trek
    Paramount Pictures Star Trek Universe.
    Jewelry retailer.
    United Parcel Service.
    Against all rumors, Volkswagen isn't an American car.
    Largest American retailer.
    Warner Bros.
    Wells Fargo
    The American dream, from Pony Express to a multinational financial services provider.
    The Document Company.

    Consumer Reports
    Not-for-profit website for today's consumer.


    American Airlines
    The world's largest airline.

    Delta Air Lines
    Number two of the world's largest airlines, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Southwest Airlines
    Large US American airline, headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

    United Airlines
    Major American airline headquartered at Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

    American Airlines
    Major US Airports

    The intercity bus company serves over 3,800 destinations throughout North America.

    The National Railroad Passenger Corporation.



    Tourism in the USA

    View of U.S. Route 50, the "Loneliest Road in America"
    The transcontinental highway U.S. Route 50 is known as the "Loneliest Road in America". The image shows the Nevada route section in Eureka County.
    Image: Famartin

    Destination USA - Travel and Tour Guides


    Discover the United States of America: vacation, accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, state parks, nature, tours, and much more.

    Learn more about the main US travel destinations and get information by official travel and tourism sites for your vacation in the USA:

    Visit USA
    The official travel site of the USA.

    Alaska visitors Information by the Alaska Division of Tourism.

    The official website of the Arizona Office of Tourism.

    California's official travel and tourism website with all the information for travelers.

    Dillon, Denver, Dolores, and Durango.

    Visit Florida - Florida's Official Travel Planning Website.

    The Official Tourism Website and Vacation Guide for Hawaii.

    There are Great Lakes.

    The Mississippi Travel and Tourism Home Page.

    Tourist information by the Nevada Commission on Tourism.

    New York
    Visit the Empire State: Catskills, Finger Lakes, Long Island, and the Big Apple.

    New Mexico
    Official Site for New Mexico Tourism, plan a trip, explore NM, with travel deals, maps, calendar.

    North Carolina

    Your guide to the Smoky Mountains, whiskey, and country music.

    South Carolina
    Discover SC.

    South Dakota Tourism
    Travel Information for the Mount Rushmore State.

    Utah Office of Tourism
    Visit Utah.

    The official tourism site of the State of Washington.

    More information on tourism and traveling in the USA you will find in
    U.S. States
    Links and information to official sites of the US States and the State Capitals, listed are also official travel and tourist information of all 50 states.

    U.S. Cities - Official sites and city guides.

    United States' most populated cities

    Chapada Diamantina, Bahia state, USA
    Aerial view of Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway and Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.
    Image: Jim Peaco, National Park Service

    Most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the USA

    World Heritage Site Independence Hall
    The Independence Hall in Philadelphia is the former Pennsylvania State Parliament building where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and the Constitution of the United States in 1787.

    World Heritage Site Grand Canyon National Park
    The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a 446?km (277 mi) long and up to 29?km (18 mi) wide gorge carved out by the Colorado River. The walls of the canyon show the geological history of the past 2 billion years.

    World Heritage Site Yellowstone National Park
    The Yellowstone National Park is a 9,000 km2 large natural forest in Wyoming. Grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and wapitis share the park with more than 4 million visitors (in 2018). Apart from the animals, the park offers a number of attractions, more than 10,000 geothermal features like geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. The absolute highlight of Yellowstone is a supervolcano, the Yellowstone Caldera, with a massive plume of molten rock underneath.

    World Heritage Site Everglades National Park
    Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The biosphere reserve and wetland in southern Florida protects about twenty percent of the original Everglades. The park is a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles. In 2010 Everglades National Park was again included on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of serious and continuing degradation of its aquatic ecosystem. [2]

    World Heritage Site Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
    The park contains the summits of two of the world's most active volcanoes - Kīlauea (1,250 m) and Mauna Loa (4,170 m). Volcanic eruptions create a constantly changing landscape, an example of island-building through volcanic processes.



    Higher Education in the US

    Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pasadena
    The Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pasadena is part of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
    Image: Dhilung

    Education & Research

    U.S. Department of Education (ED)
    Official website of the department.

    California Institute of Technology
    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT
    Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
    Has proven itself to be one of the premier sources of vision and innovation for technology-driven industries.
    The National Science Foundation - NSF
    To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense., established 1950.
    Smithsonian Institution
    The increase and diffusion of knowledge. Founded in 1846.
    Smithsonian Magazine
    Explore Art, Science, and History.

    The Space Agency.
    Astrobiology at NASA
    Astrobiology at NASA research, e.g., the search for habitable planets, exploration missions to Mars, etc.

    Important Schools, Colleges and Universities
    Glen Mills Schools
    Sam Ferrainola's obviously working concept of reintegration of court adjudicated youth.

    Duke University
    Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina.

    Georgetown University
    Founded in 1789. The nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Today, Georgetown is a major international research university.

    Stanford University
    Stanford, CA

    UC Berkeley
    The University of California at Berkeley.

    The University of California Los Angeles.

    The University of California San Diego.

    University of Chicago
    Official website of the university.

    West Point
    United States Military Academy - Duty, Honor, Country.

    Ivy League Elite Colleges
    Ivy League are eight private universities in the Northeastern United States.

    Brown University
    A private research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764

    Columbia University
    A private research university in the City of New York. Established in 1754.

    Cornell University
    Cornell is a private research university in Ithaca, NY, founded in 1865.

    Dartmouth College
    Dartmouth College was founded in 1754 as a school "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land."

    Harvard University
    The private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1636.

    University of Pennsylvania
    UPenn is a private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the first classes were taught in 1751.

    Princeton University
    Princeton University was founded in 1746 in Princeton, New Jersey.

    Yale University
    Lux et Veritas - Yale was founded in 1701.

    More universities you will find under: US States and Capitals


    Environment & Nature

    Rockformation at Serra dos órg?os National Park
    “No Plan, no Planet” by artist Dan Perjovschi.
    Image: David C. Sampson, onEarth

    National Park Service
    Americas National Parks and Monuments. The agency of the United States federal government was formed in 1916.

    Grist Magazine
    American non-profit online magazine that publishes environmental news and opinion articles.

    Leave No Trace
    Leave No Trace provides research, education, and initiatives for outdoor recreation decision making.

    Yellowstone National Park
    America's first and foremost National Park, founded in 1872.

    Major Environmental Organizations in the USA

    American Bird Conservancy
    Conserving native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

    Association of Environmental Professionals
    California-based association of public and private sector environmental professionals.

    The National Audubon Society is a non-profit environmental organization in the United States. Its purpose is the conservation of birds and other wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

    Earth First!
    The action division of the American conservationists.

    Friends of the Earth
    The environmental organization was founded in 1969 in San Francisco; it became an international network of environmental groups in 1971.

    Green America
    Green America promotes environmentally informed ethical consumerism. It publishes the National Green Pages, a directory that helps consumers to find earth-friendly products and services.

    National Geographic Society
    The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization committed to exploring and protecting the planet.

    National Wildlife Federation
    The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is one of the most significant nonprofit conservation, education, and advocacy organizations in the US.

    The Nature Conservancy
    The environmental organization, The Nature Conservancy, was founded in 1951; its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia.

    Natural Resources Defense Council
    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a United States-based non-profit international environmental advocacy group.

    1% for the Planet
    An internationally active association of companies that have committed themselves to donate one percent of their turnover to environmental protection.

    Rainforest Action Network
    The environmental organization Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is based in San Francisco, California. Its motto: Environmentalism with teeth.

    Sierra Club
    The Sierra Club is a US environmental organization founded in 1892 in San Francisco, California. Its motto is: "Explore, enjoy and protect the planet."

    Wildlife Conservation Society
    WCS is a New York City-based organization that saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, and education.

    Worldwatch Institute
    WWI is a globally focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

    Other Major Ecology Groups active in the US
    International environmental organization.

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

    World Wildlife Fund
    The World Wide Fund for Nature is the leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species.


    United States History

    Painting of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall
    Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor. The Mayflower was an English ship that transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England to the New World in 1620.
    Painting: William Halsall, 1882

    Online resources related to the history of the United States of America

    The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
    Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government.

    American Memory
    Huge digitized collections of American History in Words, Sound, and Pictures.

    America's Story
    America's Story told from America's Library of Congress. Early internet edition.

    The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    The museum in Detroit, Michigan, holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African-American culture.

    Civil Rights
    Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement.

    National Archives
    The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. See American Originals, e.g., the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution of the United States of America.

    National Museum of American History
    Collections of Americas past.

    Today in History
    For each day, the Library of Congress American Memory illustrates an event from American history.

    National Museum of African American History and Culture - Smithsonian
    The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

    History of the United States - Wikipedia
    Wikipedia series on the History of the United States.



    Indigenous People of the USA

    Plains Indian teepee
    Plains Indian teepee.
    Image: Ed Correa

    Native American Nations
    According to the 2010 Census, 5.2 million people in the United States identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, either alone or in combination with one or more other races. [3]

    Alaska Federation of Natives
    A statewide Native organization in Alaska.

    American Indian Movement
    Native American grassroots movement, founded in the United States in 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Gathering of Nations
    The largest pow-wow in North America.

    Honor the Earth
    Honor the Earth's mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues.

    Indigenous Environmental Network
    IEN is an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother.

    National Museum of the American Indian
    Advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere.

    Native Americans in the United States
    Wikipedia entry about Native Americans.



    Other Countries in the Americas:
    Argentina | Belize | Bolivia | Canada | Colombia | Costa Rica | Ecuador | El Salvador | French Guiana | Guatemala | Guyana | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Suriname | Uruguay | Venezuela