The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
Las Vegas is the gambling and entertainment mecca; New Orleans is famous for jazz and Mardi Gras; Boston features American Revolution sites; San Francisco is home to the Golden Gate Bridge; and Orlando hosts Walt Disney World. California’s coastline is lined with beaches, while the Rocky Mountains are packed with ski resorts. Yellowstone’s geysers, Yosemite’s towering waterfalls, and the vast Grand Canyon are national park highlights. Foods, as varied as the weather, include iconic hamburgers, New York pizza, Texas barbecue, New England seafood, and Philadelphia cheesesteaks.