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10 things you didn't know about the USA

As it's the 4th of July, and time for a celebration of the things that we love about America, we've put together our pick of unique and fascinating facts about the USA that you may not know about – including some Independence Day trivia of course. With 50 states to choose from, picking a top 10 was no easy task but here is our list of things that you didn't know about the USA.

Joanna Written by: Joanna Kamenou / 04 July 2016
Hotdog

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An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be eaten on 4th July, that number is almost half of the US population, which currently stands at 316 million. Independence Day is also one of the most popular dates in the calendar for BBQs, with over 750 million pounds of chicken consumed on the day.

Mauna Kea

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Spoiler alert - Mount Everest is not the world's tallest mountain! When measured from its base to its summit, Mauna Kea on Big Island, Hawaii is the tallest mountain in the world standing at 33,500ft. The majority of this is measured from below sea level, hence why it’s claimed to be the tallest.

Thomas Jefferson

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A grim Independence Day fact for you next, but it is true that the second and third presidents of the USA, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on 4 July 1826 – within a few hours of each other. This was also, rather spookily, the day of the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

New England

4.

Did you know that there’s a store where you can buy unclaimed baggage? The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama receives around 7,000 items every day and hosts nearly 1 million visitors annually. It’s the only one in America that buys and sells unclaimed baggage from airlines and is well worth a visit.

Montana

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Montana has three times as many cows as it does people. In fact, it is one of nine states in the USA which has more cattle than its own population. This may be surprising for visitors who expect to see a variety of wildlife in the state, including the iconic bison at the National Bison Range.

Declaration

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The Declaration of Independence was drafted on a laptop - and it wasn't an Apple Mac. In fact, these "laptops" were portable wooden desks known as writing cases. Thomas Jefferson began to write one of the most important documents in the history of North America on a writing box - and the rest is history.

Liberty Bell

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One of the most iconic symbols of independence and liberty is the Liberty Bell. It may surprise you to hear that the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is not actually rung on the 4th July. Instead, the Bell is tapped thirteen times in honour of the original thirteen colonies that were made independent from England.

texas ranch

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If you believe in the Bigfoot stories of Northern American folklore then visit the Ouachita Mountains, which stretch across Arkansas and Oklahoma. This is where some of the first sightings of the mythical creature are said to have taken place and there are still searches for Bigfoot taking place there today.

texas ranch

9.

More presidents have been born in Virginia than in any other US state. Eight in total were born in the region, known as the 'Mother of Presidents.' This list includes both George Washington, the first president of the USA, and Thomas Jefferson, who are both featured on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

route 66

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One for the foodies, Mallie’s Sports Bar and Grill is home to the world’s largest burger. The team at Mallie’s, who are based in Southgate, Michigan, have broken the world record three times and the latest burger weighs a gigantic 340 pounds! The bar and grill is a popular spot for famous faces and has been featured on the globally successful Man vs. Food TV show.


    Final Thoughts

    So if you want to see the tallest volcano in the world in Hawaii, find some unclaimed treasures in Alabama, herd some cattle in Montana, see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, search for Big Foot in Oklahoma & Arkansas, visit the birthplace of many of the USA’s presidents in Virginia and finish off with the world’s biggest burger in Michigan then please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We would love to help you plan your American adventure...


    Joanna Kamenou

    Blogger Profile - Joanna Kamenou

    Joanna joined My America Holiday in December 2014 and loves travelling around the USA on a whim. Miami is one of her favourite cities because of its Latin flair and her American holiday dream is to see at least one sporting event in each of the 50 states (New York is already crossed off that list!)

     
     
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