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Things to remember if you want to visit the US

Discussion in 'North America' started by tristalpistol, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. tristalpistol

    tristalpistol New Member

    I just wanted to point out that many people when visiting the US choose to go to the bigger cities. While I can understand this, you are also going to miss out on quite a bit of the real American culture!

    I was born in Kansas, and my parents moved us to Las Vegas, Nevada when I was young. I was raised there and then we moved BACK to Kansas when I was quite a bit older. So I know the culture of the big city and also the rural areas. Do not forget to visit the smaller quaint towns. Most of them love to have visitors and will tell you anything you want to know. That is what many of the rural towns in the central US are known for.
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  2. vinaya

    vinaya Member

    I have never been to the United States, however, I have many friends in the US from my home country. They have shared me their experience of cultural differences in the north and south, in the small towns and in the big cities. However, I want to make clear that most of the people are after big things. For example if they are in the New York state they would want to see Statue of Liberty instead of visiting Harlem. They would be happier with the photo taken under Statue of Liberty instead of in the Harlem street.
  3. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    I've been to the US on a few occasions and I'm guilty of being a typical tourist. I've only been to New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas but I do agree that there's beautiful places all over the country.

    I have a friend who lives in Denver who I'm going seeing next year and if I can get the time off work I intend to try and explore more of the country.
  4. vinaya

    vinaya Member

    One of the bad things I heard from the travelers who have traveled to the US is the way the Americans treat Asians. I was told, majority of Americans classify Asians into two category: Chinese and India.

    I believe it is wrong to generalize, however, many people have told me that most of the Americans frown upon Asian accent and do not cooperate with the travelers.
  5. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    While I'm white British so can't really comment on the treatment of Asians as I have been welcomed everywhere I've been in the US.

    The US is country of cultural diversity so what you've heard I wouldn't have thought that would apply to everybody and every part of the country.
  6. planetX

    planetX Member

    Thanks for giving a perfect picture of real US. In fact this part was unknown to me.

    I think this is true for almost all nations in the world. The real life is in rural areas. I am an Indian and I know that you can't feel that peace of mind and affection to nature anywhere in urban areas. India being well known for places of natural significance, most of the beautiful places are situated in remote areas. I think they are well preserved there. You can't find much in cities except some tall buildings and structures. I think village is the heart of any nation.
  7. Future_Martian

    Future_Martian New Member

    I think that depends on the region, If you are in a region known for diversity then you won't experience being treated like a foreigner. If you will go to the territory of the KKK, then they will think you are some immigrant who is going to steal their jobs. I actually have better experience in the US because people there are more used to diversity. I love Japan and All but I experienced a lot of Xenophobia in some regions because they were not comfortable with foreigners and I am freaking Asian. I have Italian Accent but my ethnicity is obviously Asian but some people there still see me as a "Gaijin"

    Singapore is a great country but I see a lot of them look down to other Asians just because they have domestic helpers from those countries.

    In the US, they don't care where I Came from, yes there are some racist people but there are more people who are more respectful to tourist.
  8. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    Truthfully, I think that most of us non-Asian Americans have no idea which Asian country an Asian person may have originated from. We can't tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc, etc., just from looking at the person. If we are considered rude by Asians it is probably because we stay a bit distant, not wanting to alienate someone by assuming the wrong thing. I visited the Philippines and I can often tell the difference between Filipinos and other Asians, but that's about it. In my opinion, some Asian people do things that we Americans might consider rude as well...such as covering the nose in public because someone smells bad. That is a cultural difference between the United States and Asia and those differences can cause alienation at times.
  9. Quazi

    Quazi Member

    Just to echo what a few other people have mentioned:
    Like anywhere in the world, the big cities and tourist hotspots are rarely the real way of how the country feels.
    You have to get to the smaller towns or off the main tracks to really get a sense of truely experiencing a place.

    I would love to visit China and just head to a random town that little is heard about and then just trek from there.
    Of course I'd make time to see the usual sites while I'm there but I love places for their different cultures, not so much for the tourist pantomime
  10. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    I'm American and some of my best travel experiences have been road trips off the beaten track within the US! I think most people will see the cities more so than the smaller places, particularly if they're coming in from internationally - but like you said I think it's brilliant to get a different feel for a place away from the cities. I know that with the travel I've done around the world, I've been in big cities where I could literally have been anywhere - you see McDonalds and 7-11's and things like that all over the place so it doesn't feel unique! So I'm another advocate for exploring those smaller places. Plus, it might just be me, but I feel like the locals appreciate people coming to visit the smaller places and treat you so warmly! Sometimes in the cities I don't think there's that level of friendliness.
  11. Valerie

    Valerie Active Member

    As an American living abroad, I run into a lot of people who ask the same questions: what's New York City like? Is it true Americans only eat hamburgers? Why are Americans so fat?
    Are people from New Jersey really like that show? Do people really getting mugged/raped/stabbed/run over all the time?

    It's frustrating when people define America as the Big Apple, crime, and McDonald's. So I whip out my phone and show them pictures of the Delaware River Valley, the white sandy beaches in South Jersey, the beautiful coast line of Florida, the deserts of Texas, and the mountains of upstate New York. I try to explain that media does not do America justice. There are places tourists never go that detail the greater parts of American history: St. Michael's, Maryland; St. Augustine, Florida; Longwood Gardens, PA; St. Louis, Chicago, Fargo, Portland to name a few. I try to get people interested in these locations as much as possible. While I don't live in America anymore and don't want to go back, I want to promote the beauty of my homeland as much as possible.
  12. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    Like I said I've been to the US many times and not just to the big cities, and I've found the experience nothing but pleasant. The country itself as been everything you'd expect, from the hustle and bustle of New York and Los Angeles, to the beautifully peaceful national parks.

    I've only ever had good experiences when I'vee been to America, that's why I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
  13. djordjem87

    djordjem87 Member

    I get every culture and I understand e that every country has its own but the U.S. has nothing to offer me as to a tourist. If I would go there it would be for work and just better life. The history of America is relatively poor and it is younger that some houses and places in my country, for example. What I like about it is the modern and urban way of everything actually. Infrastructure is very good, people are minding their own business usuallay and I believe that if I could find a decent job there I would be able to lead a calm and peaceful life. Of course not in the big cities. I would also travel a lot, most probably to South American side that is rich in history.
  14. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    I'm not an American as I said before, but I feel as though I need to defend them a little here. America is one of the most diverse countries in the world and as so much to offer, and just because its a relatively new country, that doesn't make their history any less important.
  15. GenevB

    GenevB New Member

    I'm not American and I've never got the occasion to go to an American country before, but I would definitely start with the main cities of California, New York, LA, then move to Las Vegas, sin city for a little gambling. After that I would continue my journey by moving forward to the east coast, visiting every big city along the way, until I get down to Florida, I also heard that Florida is one of the places on Earth where you can see the "green spot" at the sunset.
  16. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Member

    This may be a segue but definitely related. In 2007, my husband had an approved petition from the US immigration. Unfortunately, he did not relish living in the US and said we would just go there for a visit. Wow. But before that visit materialized, one thing happened after another - his parents died, his siblings move to another state, etc. Now his older brother is in California and 2 sisters in Las Vegas. I think those 2 places are not near but not so far to each other. However, we have no plans of going to the US for now not because of the expenses but because my husband's siblings are not inviting us anymore.

    I would love to see the casinos in Vegas and the Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
  17. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    There's so much to see and do in the USA that I don't understand why people turn around and say they're not interested in going.

    I think people only think about the big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Vegas, but underestimate the rest of the country and what that can offer.
  18. ellajanelle

    ellajanelle Member

    I can't deny that what mostly interests me with the US are the big cities, especially New York. I adore tall buildings and busy streets as much as I adore historical sites. Since you mentioned it, I also feel like visiting the small towns and the countryside just cause I feel like the people there are more warm and welcoming. ;)
  19. Myrr

    Myrr Member

    There are a lot of places to visit in the US, not just the big cities. A friend of mine is actually there right now and having the time of her life exploring California. She went to Yosemite National Park and the pictures that she took are just breath-taking. I'm quite jealous actually.
  20. Norjak71

    Norjak71 New Member

    Yes it is very wrong to stereotype as someone else mentioned. I live in the United States and am very accepting of all cultures and encourage it in fact. I love to travel so I can learn about the different cultures and it's even better when I get to do it here. We're all human beings, let's treat each other as such. It's ignorant to not accept everyone, and think of how much you can learn if you go outside your own bubble every once in a while. Don't worry, most American's are not like that, at least I hope so.
  21. crimsonghost747

    crimsonghost747 Active Member

    One tip for everyone who goes into the USA. Try to get a flight which has no transfers inside the USA as you'll go through immigration at the first airport... and that can take a while. And by a while I mean long enough to miss your connecting flight, I've seen it happen SO many times. If you have to switch planes in the states, make sure there is ample time in between, an hour or two might not be enough.
  22. GemmaRowlands

    GemmaRowlands New Member

    When I first started travelling, I only ever visited the very famous tourist spots - but then quite by chance I ended up on a trip that took me to lesser-known places, and the whole experience was so much better. You can really get into the lifestyle a lot more when it is just you and the locals, and this means that you can really see how other people are living in the places that you're visiting - because they're not just living for the tourist season that you're a part of. So by all means, travel to go and see places that you want to, but make sure you find the time to go elsewhere as well, because that is honestly where all of the real magic happens!
  23. Norjak71

    Norjak71 New Member

    Someone bought up the connecting flight issue, let me tell you how I resolve this issue when it happens to me. If you know right off the bat that your flight is going to be late and the one you need to board is leaving before you get there, do not panic. Walk straight up to the information desk at the gate and they will be more than happy to reschedule you on the first flight you can and I've only ever had to wait a few hours especially if it is at a large airport. A lot of people start to panic and then they don't know what to do and end up missing three flights that they should have been on. Most of the time too, they'll have people that are on standby and they will fork over their seat to you as well if they aren't in a rush. Most airports are incredibly accommodating even though they get a bad rap sometimes.
  24. Cato

    Cato New Member

    Oh, no! I am so very sorry that is your impression (or is the impression of your friends)! Please allow me to try to correct this perception.

    It may be that the people who have told you this had traveled to more rural areas, where, I admit, sometimes more narrow-minded people tend to congregate. This is not true in all cases; I myself currently live in a very small town, of fewer than 9,000 people, and neither I, nor any of my friends, harbor any negative feelings toward Asians (or any other ethnic group). As long as you are a good person, it doesn't matter what color your skin is, or what your accent is like.

    However, one of the things I miss most about living in a more populated area (specifically, near San Francisco, where I grew up) is the diversity, especially the many Asian influences. My schoolmates were Chinese-American; my next-door neighbors were Japanese-American; and my friends and co-workers (including more than a few supervisors) were Vietnamese, Filipino, and Korean (both North and South) -- as well as Indian and Pakistani.

    It never occurred to me to treat my Asian friends any differently than anyone else -- Caucasian, African-American, Mexican-American, Portuguese, or you-name-it. If race or ethnicity were ever an issue, it was when a Mexican friend asked me how the Italians (my people) made a proper lasagna, or when I asked my Japanese boss to recommend a meal I might never have tried before. (It ended up being raw scallops -- which were delicious!)

    But that is all. There are so many different accents here (in California), no Asian accent stands out -- and I don't know of anyone who thinks that Asians fall into only the categories of Chinese or Indian.

    Please give the U.S. another chance. And don't believe everything you hear, until you've experienced it for yourself.

    And, please, pardon my anxiousness and urgency in this message. It simply hurts my heart to think that anyone believes that all Americans are such cold, narrow-minded bigots. As with anywhere else, some of us are complete morons -- but most of us are good people.

    Come to California. Visit our larger cities. Let us change your mind. I, for one, would happily welcome you into my home. I will even make you lasagna. :)
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  25. maxen57

    maxen57 Member

    I really would love to visit New York and New Orleans. Both cities have their own charm that would entice anyone to visit. Cities and towns in the US both have their own culture and traditions that anyone would love to experience. Tourist attractions always draw in more opportunities for the growing economy and there are so many locations that doesn't have to try really hard to get more visits from outsiders. I'm sure that I won't be visiting only the two states mentioned. There's fifty of them to choose from.
  26. Norjak71

    Norjak71 New Member

    New Orleans is amazing. NYC will always be my favorite spot but if you are going for more culture I would pick New Orleans any day of the week. The people there are so friendly and the food, as advertised, is top-notch. Must visit for sure.