Tourism

Take a Drive on America’s Main Street: Route 66

Today, for most travelers on U.S. Route 66, the goal is the journey itself, not any particular destination. The highway was established in 1926, when it was advertised as “the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.” The route’s founder, Cyrus Avery, believed [...]

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U.S. Route 66: A Journey for Travelers Seeking ‘Americana’

As the Disney-Pixar movie Cars explains, there was once a thoroughfare through the southwestern United States that weaved from Chicago to Los Angeles through small towns, prairie and open desert. For most travelers, Route 66 was simply the best route west to California, one immortalized in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes [...]

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Chicago, Illinois: Metropolis on the Great Lakes

Chicago, Illinois: Metropolis on the Great Lakes

The third-largest city in the United States, Chicago is the unofficial capital of the American Midwest, rooted in the Industrial Revolution that trans- formed the country into a manu- facturing powerhouse as urban centers welcomed new immigrant populations. In the early 20th century, the city became famous for the style [...]

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U.S. National Parks Reflect America’s Spirit

In the United States, summer is the traditional time for vacations. The ways in which Americans spend their leisure hours are as diverse as the land and its people. One popular activity is visiting national parks. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. [...]

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Road Trip USA

The lure of the open road is a favorite theme in U.S. popular culture. Immortalized in literature, music and film, the so-called Great American Road Trip is a rite of passage for youth seeking adventure and is also a popular vacation choice for families. Traversing the United States by car [...]

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The Changing Face of America’s Chinatowns

Most major American cities have a “Chinatown,” easily identified by Chinese-language shop and street signs, Chinese restaurants and merchants selling Chinese goods. The neighborhoods have long histories and are popular tourist destinations, but like many sections of urban America, they face the challenge of development and rising property costs as [...]

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New Electronic Journal USA: Destination America

Welcome to EJ|USA: Destination America, the inaugural issue of IIP’s reinvented monthly flagship publication. Download this issue (11.1 MB | .pdf) Contents of this issue: Editor’s Note See What’s New!
Managing Editor Elizabeth Kelleher introduces the new EJ|USA. All About English All About English: Words of Note from This Issue ©Merriam-Webster Learner’s [...]

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13 New Historic Landmarks Celebrate U.S. Diversity

U.S. officials March 11 announced the designation of 13 new national historic landmarks that recognize a more complete story of America. The new landmarks include an Alabama bridge that was the site of “Bloody Sunday” during the civil rights movement, a 400-year-old historic district showcasing the influence of Spanish culture [...]

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New Orleans and Mardi Gras

With its unofficial motto being “Let the good times roll,” New Orleans has long been known as a place to party. Mardi Gras — marked by parades and unrestrained revelry each year on the Tuesday before the start of Lent — was declared a legal state holiday by Louisiana back [...]

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America Is More Than A Destination

America Is More Than A Destination

“The American West.  We all have images of the place: cowboys, vast plateaus, deserts in bloom.  But we would all be surprised by what else we could see there.  Before we sit back and enjoy Edgard Jespers’ documentary, let me encourage you to think about a trip to that mythical [...]

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