10 Things America Is Famous For - Updated 2021

things america is famous for

The USA, or America, in general, needs no introduction. It is by far the most famous country in the world. But what makes America so famous? Attractions such as the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore naturally come to mind, as are its lasting imprints on global culture, such as Hollywood, music, sports, historical personalities, tech innovation, and more. The best way to experience America is to travel the all-American way - road-tripping! Do some backpacking or spend a night in some of the best glamping spots in the US. Cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway with your windows rolled down or ride with your gang through the heart of America on Route 66. There’s always something for everyone, like some of the most popular shopping malls and districts, luxe accommodations, or some of the best themed hotels for those who want to explore the big cities. Natural wonders, man-made marvels, national parks, theme parks, beaches, mountains, cities, and charming small towns are abundant too if you’re looking for a more idyllic getaway. You might wonder, “What is America known for around the world?” This country is a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, people, and even geographies - from bustling New York to chilled-out California and from frigid Alaska to tropical Hawaii. Come along with us as we show you the things America is famous for.

1. Hot dogs

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

One of the good things about America is that it’s home to delicious and popular food. There’s no denying the fact that Americans love their hot dogs. According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (yes, there is a national hot dog council in the US!), Americans eat 150 million hot dogs over the 4th of July holiday alone. Why is the hot dog so popular, you may ask? A simple snack of steamed sausage placed between a slit roll topped with mustard and ketchup hits all the right spots. It is also a very affordable snack. New York and Chicago are arguably the best spots to try out hot dogs in America. From street carts to fast-food chains to artisanal hot dogs in upscale restaurants, they’re the ubiquitous American food.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

Address: 100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3710

Website: Portillo’s Hot Dogs

Opening Hours: 10am–1am

Phone number: +1 (312) 587-8910

2. Hollywood

The Hollywood Sign
Source: Photo by Flickr user GPA Photo Archive used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Probably every outsider’s introduction to America is via Hollywood. So famous and popular is Hollywood that it has even inspired spin-offs all over the world in the form of Bollywood, Ghollywood, Wellywood, and more. Hop on a cab from LAX and try your best not to ask the cabbie to stop every few seconds to take selfies with the Hollywood sign in the background! Stroll down the (literally!) star-studded Hollywood walk-of-fame, get mesmerized by the glitz and glamor of Beverly Hills, or go star-spotting in the famous zip code of 90210. To make the most of your time in Hollywood, take a tour of Universal Studios where you can visit the sets of your favorite movies and TV shows or drop by the world-famous Madame Tussauds wax museum.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA

Website: Universal Studios Hollywood

Opening hours: 10am–5pm

Contact number: +1 (800) 864-8377

Universal Studios Hollywood General Admission Ticket

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3. Historical personalities (from USD 46.0)

Abraham Lincoln Memorial 3
Source: Photo by Flickr user Kevin Burkett used under CC BY-SA 2.0

What would the world’s history books be without Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, or Rosa Parks? And, these are just famous American political figures. The contributions of other American personalities to the fields of art, literature, business, science, and music are legendary too. Americans take pride in honoring their historical personalities. So, be sure to visit the multitude of monuments, and top museums in the US dedicated to these famous historical personalities in towns and cities all across America.

Lincoln Memorial

Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA

Website: Lincoln Memorial

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Contact number: +1 (202) 426-684

Washington DC: Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

Duration: 3 hour

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4. Tech innovations

San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation
Source: Photo by Flickr user SparkFun Electronics used under CC BY 2.0

The entrepreneurship spirit is embedded deep into the psyche of Americans. America is home to the most number of inventions and innovations in the world. IBM made personal computers an affordable reality, Microsoft Windows digitalized the desktop operations of the workspace, Google brought the world’s information at our fingertips, Facebook made the world smaller and Apple popularized touch technology. All these are American tech innovations, thanks to which you can now read this article sitting on your couch in the palm of your hands! So, take some time and visit the legendary Silicon Valley in sunny California, the home of the tech innovators of America!

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Address: 201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA

Website: The Tech Museum of Innovation

Opening hours: 10am–5pm, daily. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Contact number: +1 (408) 294-8324

5. Baseball (from USD 37.0)

Yankee Stadium upper deck 2010
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Matt Boulton used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Baseball is a truly American sport, but it has a huge fan following in several other countries as well. Baseball is so popular that some collectable cards of famous baseball legends are said to be worth hundreds and even thousands of dollars. So, take in some baseball madness at the nearest stadium on your next visit to America and immerse yourself in this national American pastime!

Yankee Stadium

Address: 1 E 161st Street Bronx, NY 10451

Website: Yankee Stadium

Opening hours: 9am–5pm, daily.

Contact number: +1 (718) 293-4300

2020 New York Yankees MLB Home Stadium Game Tickets

6. Mount Rushmore (from USD 204.0)

Mount Rushmore

The most unique of all American landmarks is Mount Rushmore. No other country can boast of honoring their past leaders in such a majestic manner. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial depicts towering granite faces of former US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The site also features a museum with interactive exhibits.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Address: 13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, USA

Website: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Opening hours: 5am–9pm, daily.

Contact number: +1 (605) 574-2523

Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park Tour

Duration: 9 hours

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7. The Grand Canyon (from USD 105.0)

Grand Canyon National Park: Mather Point Pano 03
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The Grand Canyon really is one of those places whose magnificence you can truly behold only when you see it with your own eyes. Carved by the force of the Colorado river and the erosion of the wind, this mighty canyon is layers-upon-layers of sedimentary rock tightly compressed into a breath-taking natural wonder. Situated in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is one of the most-visited sights in America. The panoramic vistas, innumerable hiking trails, canyoning, mule rides, and a vertiginous glass bridge are just some of the attractions at the Grand Canyon National Park. Open 24/7 all year round, there is simply no excuse for not visiting this marvelous natural wonder of the world!

Grand Canyon National Park

Address: Grand Canyon Village, Arizona 86023, USA

Website: Grand Canyon National Park

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Contact number: +1 (928) 638-7888

Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tour

Duration: 15 hours

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8. Music (from USD 28.0)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fireworks
Source: Photo by Flickr user Erik Drost used under CC BY 2.0

Amongst the many contributions that America has made to the world, it’s influence in the field of music is the most impactful. It is quite difficult to imagine the music world without the rock-n-roll rhythms of Elvis Presley, the soulful jazz and blues of Billie Holiday, the foot-stomping tracks of Michael Jackson, the country classics of Johnny Cash, the hard rock music of Guns n Roses, the pop songs of Madonna, Taylor Swift and Beyonce, or the hip-hop tracks of Eminem, Jay-Z or Kanye. Pay homage to the music legends and visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or take a tour of Graceland mansion in Memphis.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Address: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

Website: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Opening hours: 10am–5:30pm, daily.

Contact number: +1 (216) 781-7625

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Admission, in Cleveland

Duration: 1 to 4 hours

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9. American football

American Football
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American football, referred to as just ‘football’ in the United States and Canada, is not the same as ‘football’ in the rest of the world. It is a unique amalgamation of soccer and rugby-style team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. Football is a national obsession in America. The football Super Bowl is reported to be one of the biggest ‘shared experiences’ in America. As such, the energy, enthusiasm and passion of the players, as well as the spectators, is quite infectious. Do try to catch a football game in one of the many stadiums across the US or visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame for some insights into American football.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Address: 2121 George Halas Dr NW, Canton, OH 44708, USA

Website: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Opening hours: 9am–5pm

Contact number: +1 (330) 456-8207

10. Classic diners

Ruby's dinner
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Adrián Cerón used under CC BY-SA 4.0

One of the many things associated with America are burgers and the institution that popularized those very burgers — the classic American diner. Classic diners are an all-American establishment, serving a wide range of American cuisine like burgers, fries, milkshakes, coffee and pies. Most classic diners were situated along highways and in working-class towns, but many of them have now been revamped to serve high-end versions of traditional comfort food. Classic diners are popular tourist attractions for their nostalgia-inducing greasy food served atop formica tables in classic art-deco interiors.

Ruby’s Diner

Address: 100 Citadel Drive, #222 Los Angeles, CA 90040

Website: Ruby’s Diner

Opening hours: 7:30am–9pm, daily.

Contact number: +1 (323) 382-7829

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If you’ve ever wondered, “What is America known for?” Well, now you know! We hope that we’ve convinced you to visit the land of the star-spangled banner. Wherever you choose to go to America, it is bound to enthrall you with its mesmerizing beauty, fascinating culture, and its welcoming people.

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