Purple mountains, fruited plains, sea to shining sea. The United States of America is large and diverse country that offers the traveler just about anything and everything that she can imagine.
WHAT TO DO
There are the famous cities that you have seen in the movies and that you have read about a million times. There are the two coasts, each presenting a different look and feel. There is the wide open space in the middle. There are the mountains in the west. There is a giant river dividing the landmass in two.
Despite the sometimes overwhelming sense of homogeneity in this world and in this country, the United States is indeed a diverse country defined by its states and its regions. Whether you are planning to see just a segment of it or travel from coast to coast and everywhere in between, chances are that no matter how familiar it may seem you will always discover something new.
More than just about any country in the world, the United States is defined by the automobile. Once you find airfare to the USA, you'll want to think about how you plan on getting around. Outside of major cities public transportation is often limited so you might need to rent a car. There are several low-cost airlines covering North America so if you are going any distance you should also consider looking for cheap domestic airline tickets from one place to the next.
Once in the US, train travel is an oft-overlooked way to get around the country. For more information about how to do that, visit our friends at USA by Rail.
WHERE TO STAY
There are no shortages of places to stay in the United States. Prices on hotels in America vary greatly and it is always advised to do some planning ahead to get the best rates at the places you want to visit. Hostels in the US are often a cheaper alternative. They aren't as widespread as in other countries, but most major cities have at least one.
If adventure and being outdoors is your thing, you can use the USA as a playground while on a small group adventure.