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The motto displayed on the Great Seal of the USA is “E pluribus unum”, which means “Out of many, one.”
The USA has no official language.
The USA has the largest road network in the world with about 6,586,610 km (as of 2012) of roads.
The USA has the largest railway network in the world with 228,218 km of railway tracks. Some of the busiest passenger railway stations in the country are Penn Station (New York City), Union Station (Washington), 30th Street Station (Philadelphia), and Union Station in Chicago and Los Angeles.
The USA has the maximum number of airports in the world. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport are some of the major US airports.
Harvard, Yale, Stanford and University of California are premier educational institutions. You get a better idea of Top Universities in the US with this colorful map.
The Mississippi River combines with the Missouri River to form the fourth longest river system in the world.
Of the five great lakes, Lake Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario are shared by the USA and Canada and only Michigan lies entirely in the USA.
The highest point in the USA is Mount McKinley in Alaska, which is 6,194 meters high. The lowest point is the Death Valley in California which lies 86 meters below sea level.
The USA has more diverse ecosystems than any other nation in the world.
Iconic flora of the USA includes the Prairie grass, the Giant Redwood of California and the Giant Saguaro cacti in the US deserts.
Alaska's coastline is longer than the coastlines of all other states combined.
The USA has 59 officially-designated National Parks spread over the 50 states.
In general terms, there are four seasons in the US – spring (April to June), summer (July to September), fall (October to December), and winter (January to March).
The US has a large latitudinal extent because of which the temperature varies considerably from north to south. The annual mean temperature ranges from as low as 26 °F at Fairbanks in Central Alaska, to about 52°F at Seattle on the western seaboard, New York on the eastern seaboard, and Denver on the Great Plains. The mean temperature reaches as high as 75 °F at Miami, Florida.
Rainfall in the country reduces from the west to east.
Music and Culture
The main religion in the USA is Christianity comprising Protestants, Catholics, and other Christian sects. The two main languages spoken in the USA are English and Spanish. Ethnic groups living in the USA include Whites, Blacks, Asians, Amerindians, Alaska natives, Hawaiian, and other Pacific Island natives. As per the latest census, the 10 most populated cities of the USA are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose.
Several music genres – Jazz, Rock & Roll, Disco, and Hip-Hop – are very much a part of the American pop culture.
The people of the USA are proud of Eugene O'Neill, Pearl Buck, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Toni Morrison, who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Education and Health
Public education is free and available to all students. Apart from public schools, private schools and home schools are two other options for schooling in the United States.
Some of the American colleges and universities consistently rank among the top 20 in the world.
USA Art and Architecture
After independence from England, the national pride in the new American nation led artists like John Trumbull (1756-1843) and Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) to paint the important events of the revolutionary war and other historical paintings.
In the 20th century, a group of painters known as 'The Eight' gave America its first modern art. The abstract art was made famous by painters like Max Weber (1881-1961), Georgia O'keeffe (1887-1986) and Jackson Pollock (1912-1956).
Two American sculptors whose works were influenced by the European Renaissance are Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) and Daniel Chester French (1850-1931).
The 19th-century US saw buildings constructed in the Romanesque Revival style, the Greek Revival style, and the Gothic Revival style. The latter part of the 19th century saw the emergence of the skyscraper. This map shows some of the impressive architecture of the US.
Sports are an integral part of the American society. The typical American sports are baseball, soccer and basketball, but other sports like motor sports, shooting, running, boxing, horse racing, golf, tennis and extreme sports like sail boarding, mountain biking and sport climbing are also popular in the country.
The USA receives around seven million international visitors every year.
Some of the most visited cities in the USA are New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
Some of the favorite destinations for domestic American tourists were the US Virgin Islands, Hudson River Valley, Four Corners Region, California Gold Country, and Yellowstone National Park.
The most visited tourist spots include the Times Square, the Las Vegas Strip, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Niagara Falls, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and Navy Pier.
The state of Kentucky has the longest cave system in the world.