10 Fun Things Tourists Usually Love About America
Just like we’d be surprised (or shocked and deeply alarmed) if we ever found out what people really thought about us, Americans are often surprised by what tourists find so fun about their country.
But I guess familiarity warps your perception. I might think that I’m a great, fun-loving, easygoing person who is always up for adventure.
My mom, however, might tell you that I’m disorganised, reckless and annoying!
But a few weeks ago I had a conversation with an American friend and she was genuinely surprised by what I – and many other tourists – loved about her country.
“What?” she asked with surprise. “You guys liked that?! We’re ashamed of it!”
For me, America is one of the greatest countries in the world. It’s the ultimate land of milk and honey, and there’s a different adventure at each corner. In celebration of the U.S., let’s take a look at 10 fun things tourists usually love about America.
Even my mom, who hates all sports with a fiery passion and wouldn’t be seen dead at a European soccer game, went to a baseball game when she visited the U.S. with me.
“Mom? What are you doing here?” I asked her.
“I’m in America, girl. This is what you do when you come to America.”
She had a point. But the thing is – she enjoyed herself. She had fun.
American’s are often unsure what European’s think of their sports. After all, baseball isn’t really popular outside the U.S. (except in Japan), while American Football is, well, only played in America.
But tourists absolutely love to take in an American sports game. It’s like a rite of passage. It’s fun.
Unless a game finishes 0-0. In which case, it totally isn’t fun. At all.
The Bizarre Food Combinations
Yes, America has an obesity problem. Yes, diabetes is getting out of control.
But us tourists still love their adventurous food combinations.
Peanut butter and jelly … on a sandwich? Yes, please!
Marshmallows and sweet potatoes … now that you mention it, that does sound amazing!
What’s that? Bacon wrapped burgers?
The American Diner
To a trucker who’s been visiting diners for the past fifty years, a diner probably isn’t much fun at all. It’s just somewhere he packs his butt for the next thirty minutes, knocks back a strong black coffee and fills his stomach with some bacon and eggs before heading back on the road. It’s as monotonous as you or I eating our dinner in the office’s canteen.
But for us tourists, an American diner is like Disney Land. The waitress is the most amazing person on earth when she delivers the killer line “more coffee?” in her thick midwestern accent, and the seats are like nothing we’ve ever seen before.
Even the eggs taste different. Don’t ask me why. They just do.
And the authentic pancakes!
Some diners are even open for 24 hours. That’s amazing.
The American Accents
We all hate our own accents. I live in the UK, a tiny grey island that is home to a million different accents.
And I dislike every single one of them except my own.
American’s are probably the same. My American friend hates the New York accent, and she reviles the Texan accent.
But tourists are different – we love them all!
“Hey! That waiter sounded just like Al Pacino!”
“Oh my gosh! That woman just then sounded like Meryl Streep! This is amazing! Someone record this stuff!”
It’s like we’ve just strayed onto a Hollywood movie set.
Tourists always appreciate friendliness. There is nothing more daunting than visiting a different country and being treated like you’re an alien.
“Excuse me sir, could you tell me where …”
“Go to Hell.”
Fortunately, American’s all seem to be really friendly. If you ask anyone for directions, they’ll stop to help.
Literally Everything Is In America
America is so big and each state is so different to one another that literally everything you want to do is here.
You can spend a few days on Venice Beach getting a tan before enjoying the snow in Wisconsin.
You can live in the desert of Arizona for a few days before staying in a metropolis.
You can party in New Orleans, sit by the Mississippi, catch a baseball game, go gambling in Las Vegas … everything is here.
RV’s seem to be very much an American thing. I’m not 100% sure that they are, but they seem to be. You see them in American movies and they look amazing.
In the UK, we don’t really have RV’s – we have tiny caravans with small windows. After spending 3 nights in there, a large family is never the same ever again.
RV’s, though, are made for the kind of long stretches of road you find in America. And we tourists just love the idea of getting in one and travelling from the east coast to the west. You’re a real king of the road. You’ve got ultimate freedom.
There Is So Much Convenience
Fancy going to a diner at 2am for some waffles? You can do that.
Fancy going to the pharmacy for some drugs to stop your rash from getting out of control? You can do that, too.
America was the nation that created the fast-food industry. They know that people like to have things on tap. Whatever you want and whenever you want it, they’ve got your back.
The Big Cars
Why on earth are American cars so BIG? I remember the first time I went to America, I was absolutely dazzled by the size of the machines on the road.
While American’s get bugged by their gas guzzlers, us tourists enjoy getting inside a big car and touching everything like we’re a kid at Christmas.
Oh come on. I couldn’t write this article without mentioning Disney Land, could I?
There are actually two Disney Land’s in America. One is on the east coast in Orlando, and the other is on the west, in Anaheim.
Although the one in Anaheim caused a lot of controversy when it was first developed (because it destroyed lots of vibrant orange groves), it offers plenty of entertainment to families and couples.
When you wish upon a star…