Located in North America, the United States of America is a vast country with a total area of 9.8 million km2. Populated by 328 million people, this federal state is made up of 50 states that stretch mainly between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans south of Canada and north of Mexico.
The United States is the world's second largest economic power after China, with Washington, DC as its capital. This transcontinental country has many regional metropolises, the most important of which is the city of New York, with varied climates caused by its particular geography.
A country the size of a continent
The geography of the United States is distinguished by the great distance of 4,280 kilometers separating its East and West coasts. This vast continental expanse is punctuated by two major mountain ranges, the Appalachians in the east and the Rocky Mountains on the west coast.
The center of the country, called the Mainland, is crossed by the Mississippi River which meanders for 3,780 km, and even for more than 6,800 km if we add the bed of the Missouri River, its main tributary.
This vast emerged land mass has a great diversity of climates. The states of Florida and Louisiana have a tropical climate, while Alaska is arctic and Nevada is desert.
The northern states bordering Canada have a continental climate marked by cold winters and hot, dry summers similar to the continental Mediterranean climate. To the northeast, the Great Lakes provide navigable access to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River, which contributed to the economic development of the cities of Denver and Chicago during the Industrial Revolution.
An urban population concentrated in coastal areas
The U.S. population is mainly concentrated in coastal areas east of the 100th meridian, on the Pacific coast and along the Gulf of Mexico. The center of the country, the famous Mainland, has much lower population densities and medium-sized urban centers.
This population distribution is reflected in the ranking of the country's major cities. With a TOP 5 consisting of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix, it has 4 coastal cities to one in the heart of the country. The following cities such as Philadelphia, San Diego, San Antonio, Dallas or San José confirm this trend.
The main tourist destinations of the USA
The country has a large number of tourist destinations that are particularly popular with travelers. Here is an overview of the must-sees.
New York City
New York is a city that makes you dream. Home to Wall Street, it is the center of world finance and offers an incredible concentration of places and monuments of interest such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Guggenheim Museum, the Moma or Central Park.
World-renowned for its Carnival and French Quarter, New Orleans is a festive destination par excellence. Located on the Mississippi Delta, "The Big Easy" is appreciated for its cultural and architectural richness, its jazz clubs and its Cajun-style cuisine.
Known for the Hollywood Hill and its film studios, the City of Angels is a cosmopolitan city that stretches 71 km from north to south. It has many areas of interest such as Sunset Boulevard, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, Getty Villa and Disneyland.
Florida and Miami in particular are a tropical destination on the American continent. The city with Cuban accents offers beautiful Art Deco architecture, beautiful beaches, the experience of going down Ocean Drive as well as endless partying possibilities and an enviable proximity to the Everglades, the Keys and Orlando.