Thanks for sharing your experience Svetlana:-)
I wish i saw DC but i didn't have enough time to visit there :(
But hope next time i can go and see what you described here! thanks once again :)
I vote New York City.
Why? In my opinion, in NYC you can find and see or experience anything that can describe the whole America. In NYC, you will see the worst part of America but you can also see the best part of America. You can find many different races and food. You can see people spending lots of their money on fashion and you can also see people begging on the street to earn some cash to feed themselves. In NYC, you can find from many small booths for homeless to many fancy apartments for the richest; you can also find many historical places where people can visit. In NYC ..... we can find a peace or a trouble.
Like New York, this city represents America at its best and worst, its most beautiful and its most decadent. Its importance to American culture cannot be overestimated as the birthplace of blues and jazz. New Orleans is also a city of literature created from the unique mixture of french and carribean cultures, and just happens to be part of the American South. Of course, the city fell on hard times following the destruction of 2005, but the influx of volunteers and reconstruction efforts that has followed speaks volumes about the American tradtion of community service and volunteering. It's a great place to go!
Very good approach to the question. Community service and volunteering is, I would say, the first thing that foreigners think about America. Don't get me wrong, I just wonder what exactly do you mean that New Orleans represents America at its worst? is it all about the fact that it's the most decadent? And what do the people like? Do you think they can represent Americans as best?
Looking forward to hearing you soon,
Hamroz, this is an excellent question! :)
As a born and raised New Yorker, I was initially inclined to agree with Dian. From the history of Ellis Island to the new ethnic communities constantly emerging, NYC serves as a reminder that we were all new to this country once, and it is our diversity that makes this country great.
However, along those lines, I thought of my recent first trip to the West Coast. Los Angeles was very different than New York, but also very American. I think all the cities mentioned so far convey a unique flavor, representing the people who live in them and a certain part of American culture and history. I don’t think any one city could “best” represent the country – just best represent one aspect of the country :)
Thank you Danise,
Great explanation! Including Ellis Island,....this is the best example i guess. Cause as an international student, when i was going to the U.S. I was so eager to see Ellis Island and Ms.Liberty :) I think other people also imagine the huge monument on Ellis Island which as you mention served one of the main entrance to the new comers to the States.
And I also agree with you in one point you made about certain part of American culture and history. America is one the largest countries in the world in terms of territory and it's hard to say that New York can represent even Alaska since they have totally different backgrounds.
And yet, let's keep looking for a city that somehow contains all aspects of America!
I personally do not believe that cities are the best representation of America, I think an order to get a feeling for the real U.S. you should visit the country side. Personally I'm in love with the Texas hill country. But America has beautiful countryside all over and I think in almost any state that is where you will come into contact with the most friendly and patriotic Americans.