When visiting the United States, you will have the opportunity to see some of the most famous cities and sites in the world. But, if you are looking for a truly American experience, you may have to take a different path and explore some lesser-known towns, museums and areas around the country.
At InterExchange, our staff has traveled around the world and around the United States, too. We want you to go home with a camera full of pictures and a bag full of souvenirs as well as life-long memories and a greater understanding of the unique characteristics that make up American culture. We have made a list of must-see places and sites that will give you a truly American experience while here. And don't forget to browse our favorite parts of U.S. culture, including books, movies, music and sports in the United States. These are all great ways to improve your English, too.
If you're hosting one of InterExchange's international participants, we encourage you to act as a "cultural ambassador" and share all the aspects of your local community that will provide unique insights into American culture. Whether you coordinate an outing to a local museum, a hike in a national park or a dinner enjoying local cuisine, you'll be contributing to developing better relationships between the U.S. and all the countries who participate in cultural exchange programs.
Click on the map below to find cultural activities in a U.S. state.
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Three months abroad gave me time to realize what I want in life. I made friends with people all around the world, heard their stories and goals in life, which gave me a perspective on my own. — Anna V., Czech Republic - Camp USA, 2012