Best USA Travel Quotes
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16 Quotes to Help You Understand the US Better
“The USA is a great place to be when you are healthy, it is a horrendous place to be when you become too sick to work.”
“Relationships are so much like the United States – they only really thrive when faced with an external threat.”
“America is the greatest engine of innovation that has ever existed, and it can’t be duplicated anytime soon, because it is the product of a multitude of factors: extreme freedom of thought, an emphasis on independent thinking, a steady immigration of new minds, a risk-taking culture with no stigma attached to trying and failing, a noncorrupt bureaucracy, and financial markets and a venture capital system that are unrivaled at taking new ideas and turning them into global products.”
Thomas L. Friedman
“Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure. Ours is an entertainment seeking-nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one….This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype- the overstressed executive who goes on vacation, but who cannot relax.”
“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?”
“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”
“Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.”
“It is probably a pity that every citizen of each state cannot visit all the others, to see the differences, to learn what we have in common, and come back with a richer, fuller understanding of America – in all its beauty, in all its dignity, in all its strength, in support of moral principle.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
¨”Even in Haiti, I saw John Wayne movies. American cinema has always been the dominant cinema throughout the world, and people tend to forget that. People aren’t just seeing these films in California or Florida. They’re seeing them in Haiti, in Congo, in France, in Italy and in Asia. That is the power of Hollywood.”
“Not merely a nation but a nation of nations.”
Lyndon B Johnson
“Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.”
“America has as much diversity in peoples as it does in geographies.”
“When bad news is riding high and despair in fashion, when loud mouths and corruption seem to own center stage, when some keep crying that the country is going to the dogs, remember it’s always been going to the dogs in the eyes of some, and that 90 percent, or more, of the people are good people, generous-hearted, law-abiding, good citizens who get to work on time, do a good job, love their country, pay their taxes, care about their neighbors, care about their children’s education, and believe, rightly, as you do, in the ideals upon which our way of life is founded.”
― David McCullough, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
“Yes, I would agree that America, just like Spain was in the 17th Century, is the main empire of the world and they are the ones who, on the surface, are the pushiest: pushing their language, pushing their culture – or what there is of it – pushing by force their system on others.”
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
“November is Native American Heritage month, and a good time to honor the legacy of our ancestors, but every day we should stop to think about our country’s beginning and that the United States would not exist if not for a great deal of sacrifice, blood, and tears by Indian Tribes across the country.”
“The world’s most famous cities. An ever-changing landscape that has captured the popular imagination across the globe for over 200 years. An unmatched level of diversity. The USA’s scale and scope means visitors can spend a lifetime returning and still find something new and fascinating every time.
From embracing the chaos of Manhattan to hiking in the High Sierras, partying in New Orleans to touring lobster shacks in Maine, searching for wildlife in Yosemite to riding the train from Seattle to San Francisco, there is truly something for every type of traveler. Beach bums, outdoor adventurers and culture fiends are all catered for in a destination that continues to reinvent itself.“
4 Best American Dream Quotes
“Dreams are the foundation of America.”
“The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
“No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.””
“Basically, there are two kinds of stereotypes out there in the world about America. There’s America the Goliath – the big, powerful, bullying country that pushes its way around the world and gets its ways, pursues its own interests nakedly, irrespective of what others want. And the other stereotype is America, the land of opportunity, where everyone can go and do anything, be anything, make any dreams come true.”.
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6 Southeastern USA Travel Quotes
“Yankees don’t understand that the Southern way of talking is a language of nuance.”-
“Southern barbecue is the closest thing we have in the U.S. to Europe’s wines or cheeses; drive a hundred miles and the barbecue changes.”
John Shelton Reed
“Despite the sarcastic remarks of Northerners, who don’t know the region, the South of the United States can be so impellingly beautiful that sophisticated creature comforts diminish in importance.”
“Memories of my Southern upbringing in Richmond, Virginia, always include the smell of good southern food: fried chicken, cheese grits, Smithfield ham, and buttermilk biscuits.”
“Rock was born in the South, so saying ‘Southern rock’ is like saying ‘rock rock.'”
“If the world ends, I’ll just head on down to Kentucky because they’re always 20 years behind.”
4 Texas Travel Quotes
“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. And there’s an opening convey of generalities. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.”
“But there is a real independence in Texas. When we say it’s a country unto its own, it is a little different from the other places in the South.”
“Only Texas could turn defeat into a legend–and a song, and a tourist attraction, and a major motion picture.”
“Half of San Antonio’s population is of Mexican descent; the other half just eats that way.”
4 New England Travel Quotes
“I do not speak with any fondness but the language of coolest history, when I say that Boston commands attention as the town which was appointed in the destiny of nations to lead the civilization of North America.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing.“
“There is a sumptuous variety about the New England weather that compels the stranger’s admiration — and regret. The weather is always doing something there; always attending strictly to business; always getting up new designs and trying them on people to see how they will go. But it gets through more business in spring than in any other season. In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of twenty-four hours.”
“There are areas of New England, plenty of them, with quaintness to spare, with color-changing leaves and folksy folks full of folksy homespun wisdom accompanied by folksy accents.”
A. Lee Martinez
4 Midwest Travel Quotes
“The sins of the Midwest: flatness, emptiness, a necessary acceptance of the familiar. Where is the romance in being buried alive? In growing old?”
Stewart O’Nan, Songs for the Missing
“For me, a plain Middle Westerner, there is no middle way. I am in love with whatever is eccentric, devious, strange, singular, unique, out of this world—and with life as an incalculable, a chaotic thing.”
“(I) grew up here, in what show business people, which now includes our best-known politicians and so-called journalists, often call ‘flyover country.’ We are somewhere between television cameras in Washington DC, and New York, and Los Angeles. Please join me in saying to the undersides of their airplanes, ‘Go to hell.”
Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young
“With all this snow, with the sun not there, with the cold and dreariness, this place doesn’t look like my America, doesn’t even look real. It’s like we are in a terrible story, like we’re in the crazy parts of the Bible, there where God is busy punishing people for their sins and is making them miserable with all the weather.
The sky, for example, has stayed white all this time I have been here, which tells you that something is not right. Even the stones know that a sky is supposed to be blue, like our sky back home, which is blue, so blue you can spray Clorox on it and wipe it with a paper towel and it wouldn’t even come off.”
NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names
5 West Coast USA Travel Quotes
“To visit the West Coast, now and always, is to be overwhelmed by its beauty – the blue water and blue skies, the temperate air and the beaches and the looming mountains not so far away.”
“Though outsiders always assumed Southern California is perpetually soft and subtropical with the perfect beach breeze, that sweet lick of sunshine, I knew the truth. The real Southern California exists in extremes. It’s a place of spontaneous wildfires, and Santa Ana winds, and droughts that turn lakes into craters, splintering the earth like pottery that has crazed. It’s a place of storms that transform streets into oceans, and I had no doubts now: the rain was coming.”
Sarah Nicole Smetana
“California is full of Mexican culture and Mexican music.“
“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.”
3 Southwestern US Travel Quotes
“Standing there, gaping at this monstrous and inhumane spectacle of rock and cloud and sky and space, I feel a ridiculous greed and possessiveness come over me. I want to know it all, posess it all, embrace the entire scene intimately, deeply, totally.”
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
“The Diné are children of the sun. They are rugged and graceful people. They love the radiance of color and silver, the purity of nature, and the speed of horses. They have a gift for adaptation and creativity. They do everything with spontaneity and flair.”
Zita Steele, Dine: A Tribute to the Navajo People
“This landscape is animate: it moves, transposes, builds, proceeds, shifts, always going on, never coming back, and one can only retain it in vignettes, impressions caught in a flash, flipped through in succession, leaving a richness of images imprinted on a sunburned retina.”
Ann Zwinger, Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
5 Alaska and Hawaii Travel Quotes
“I can’t even speak Hawaiian, but if you go there and listen to a Hawaiian song, you get captured because it’s so beautiful, like the melody is just gorgeous and you know Bob Marley is on the radio every single day. It’s very reggae-influenced down there. Basically, you haven’t been to paradise if you haven’t been to Hawaii.”
“Hula is the language of the heart and, therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.”
King David Kalakaua
“Hawaii is like an isolated jewel set in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. And like facets of a gem, the islands have their own unique qualities. Travellers who take the time to look beyond their obvious beauty will discover a chain of islands that is at once lush and stark, modern and ancient, simple and exotic.”
“That greeting is Aloha – love, I love you, my love to you. Good day – what is it more than an impersonal remark about the weather? How do you do – it is personal in a merely casual interrogative sort of way. But Aloha! It is a positive affirmation of the warmth of one’s own heart-giving. My love to you! I love you! Aloha!”-
“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.”
30 Best US City Travel Quotes
7 New York City Travel Quotes
“London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.”
“I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening.”
“My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are.”
“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”
“I always remember to go on the Staten Island Ferry because it’s the most amazing view of New York. And it’s free! You see Ellis Island, and it conjures up something of that great moment: you know, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It’s staggering.”
“Ï absolutely love the public transportation in New York. No matter what. No matter how many people complain, it is the best in the world.“
“It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend.
First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.“
5 Chicago Travel Quotes
“Chicago still remains a Mecca of the Midwest—people from both coasts are kind of amazed how good life is in Chicago, and what a good culture we’ve got. You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago.”
“I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February.”
“Hog butcher for the world,
Tool maker, stacker of wheat,
Player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of big shoulders.“
Carl Sandburg, “Chicago,” 1916
“New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington wink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter.
Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St. Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.”
Norman Mailer, Miami and the Siege of Chicago, 1968
“Ask anyone on the street what he or she likes most about Chicago, and you’ll mostly likely get “the friendly people.” But what makes Chicagoans so gosh darn friendly?“
“Perhaps it’s the camaraderie they form during the city’s harsh winters and blessed summers. Or maybe it’s because this Midwestern giant has some of the best museums, restaurants and architecture in the world — and it’s all actually affordable.Whatever the reason, there’s nothing “second” about the Second City in the hearts of its citizens — as well as most anyone else who’s explored this paradoxically folksy metropolis.”
7 Los Angeles Travel Quotes
Note: I lived more than half my life in and around Los Angeles. I love the City´s quirky diversity.
´”Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.”
“If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.”
“Los Angeles was the kind of place where everybody was from somewhere else and nobody really dropped anchor. It was a transient place. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare. Twelve million people and all of them ready to make a break for it if necessary. Figuratively, literally, metaphorically — any way you want to look at it — everbody in L.A. keeps a bag packed. Just in case.”
“I do love America. And LA is a very short commute to America its like half an hour on the plane.”
“One good thing about New York is that most people function daily while in a low-grade depression. It’s not like if you’re in Los Angeles, where everyone’s so actively working on cheerfulness and mental and physical health that if they sense you’re down, they shun you. Also, all that sunshine is a cruel joke when you’re depressed. In New York, even in your misery, you feel like you belong.”
“One of the interesting things about Los Angeles is that it’s still supplying the whole of the world with its dreams through movies and songs and TV – often of an all -American family at the same time as the real Los Angeles is peopled by souls from Vietnam, Guatemala, and Korea who look nothing like the images being beamed out. I think all that is going to have to change and illusion is going to have to catch up with reality in that regard.”
“Tinseltown. La La Land. Los Angeles is easily reduced to cliché. But it doesn’t take much to discover there’s so much more than the glitz and glamor for which it’s renowned. Miracle Mile is home to some of the United States’ very best museums, including the LA County Museum of Art and the fascinating La Brea Tar Pits.
Downtown LA has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, with a wealth of excellent new restaurants and bars. Then, of course, there’s the beach: Options for an afternoon chilling on the sand are plentiful, from Santa Monica to Redondo. More active types can escape the smog by exploring some of LA’s canyon and hills on a network of superb hiking trails.”
3 Miami Travel Quotes
“Each city has its own culinary landscape. For instance, Miami, which has already aired, has this wonderful blend of Caribbean culture and Latin American culture and Southern American culture (talking about fried chicken). All those combine to make for a very very interesting array of ingredients, restaurants, and the chefs that come there. It also has great seafood, not to mention the glorious citrus that’s there. And all those things inform what you do–and they should.” Padma Lakshmi
“One of my favorite vacation places is Miami, because of the people, the water, and the beach (of course), and the architecture on Miami Beach is so wonderful.”
“It’s not that the best of Miami’s days as a party town are over. It’s that there’s a lot more going on these days than sun, sex and sand.
In the best of Miami, visual arts are thriving, world-renowned architects are reshaping the skyline and an almost unfair share of award-winning chefs have brought about a dynamic foodie scene.
That said, you’ll still find a cocktail menu everywhere from the pool to the ballpark. In this city, happy hour is an ethos.“
3 San Francisco Travel Quotes
Note: I lived in the Bay Area for six years. It’s beautiful, hip, and cosmopolitan.
“San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.”
“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
“If free speech and individuality are American characteristics, there is no place more American than San Francisco.”
Desi Del Valle
5 Best Washington DC Travel Quotes
“Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.”
John F. Kennedy
“It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington.”
“When I was 13 years old, I went to visit my aunt and uncle in Washington, D.C., and they just deposited me at the National Gallery. I would go from Rembrandt to Picasso – I remember that experience so vividly.”
“A short distance away is the Tidal Basin, ringed by cherry trees that every year produce flowers, an event to which Washingtonians react as though it were the Second Coming of Christ.”
“I have never really liked this city. It was forced on me against my will by ambitious parents in search of greater opportunities and better lives. That’s why everyone comes here, to this seductive monument to self-advancement or at the very least, self-preservation.
It’s a city that doesn’t take risks. Men wear boxy suit jackets over golf shirts tucked into khakis. Women wear sensible skirts, pantsuits and pumps. They all pull roller backpacks behind them because of subway ads enumerating the signs and evils of scoliosis as they walk to big-box buildings made of similarly colored sandstone.
You can’t get lost here because there’s nothing to lose yourself in. These avenues, at least downtown, are not built for wanderers, and these monuments are constructed to inspire awe not contemplation.
But things have changed if only to protect the desire to remain the same. The streets have more barricades because the streets have more impromptu protesters, a dismal lot with their posterboard signs and hoarse-voiced chants against the monster in power and his minions. There are more armored vehicles now and more police officers in tactical gear and body armor wielding large black guns.
It’s a brave new world wrapped around the old one to make it great again.”
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