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Old 02-18-2007, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Strasbourg, France
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Hi everybody

Iím French and I search the best place for discovering the real US. I donít search tourism places but original cities or typical regions.
If you've an idea...
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Thumb of Michigan
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Thumbs up The real U.S?

Detroit is what i consider the "real U.S." so make that a pit-stop! Be sure to visit many of the native reservations in the southwestern regions. N.Y.C., from what i gather would definitely be the "real U.S." Be sure to travel through the many coaltowns through-out the Appalachian region which also can be considered the "real U.S." Be sure to travel through the many agricultural communities through-out the U.S. Also check out a few border towns along the Mexico/U.S border. You'll definitely see the 'real U.S.' there. Be sure to check out the Amish/Mennonite communites in/around the midwestern region of the U.S.

These are a few that i can think of for now.
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Rent a car and travel the old Route 66. You'll be swamped with the real U.S.
People always say...well the big cities don't represent the 'real' America, but that's not true. There's nowhere else a city like New York could exist, or San Francisco...or Las Vegas for that matter.
And if you want the traditional American experience, then the Midwest.
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Old 02-18-2007, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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ditto Momark...my first thought was of old Route 66, which runs through so many towns in central U.S. all the way out west.
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:49 PM
 
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Hi everybody

Iím French and I search the best place for discovering the real US. I donít search tourism places but original cities or typical regions.
If you've an idea...
It's everywhere, it's nowhere. It's all real, it's all original and it's all typical. Small town folk think they are the real US, New Yorkers think they are the real US, blue collar folk think they are the real US, suburbanites think they are the real US, Protestants think they are the real US, Californians think they are the real US, farmers think they are the real US... They are all correct.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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Well if you really want to see the REAL USA definitely stop into Oil City, PA. We have been told it is the last of the old breed, vintage USA bottled right on Main Street.

Don't know if there are still cowboys or cattle drives thru town. Maybe they do sheep instead.

Probably not many tourists in town, just those looking for the Real USA like it used to was, low priced bargains on housing and all other useful materials known to mankind.

When done with that tour, see the Mid West, stay out of most big cities, they have become so Unreal in any World. Look for booming small towns that still have an old time downtown shopping district complete with a movie picture show where you can buy groceries / meat / fish wrapped in plain brown paper. Grind your own coffee and can't find a tattoo parlor anywhere. All sex magazines will still be sold only under the counter after a background check or a call to your Mother. Free parking and loose dogs that can join you for ice cream are a big plus. Most people will call you by your first name.

Search for Mayberry, Anywhere, Try in PA, OH, IN, IL, MO, KY, TN. It will probably have few illegals, gays, registered felons or land speculators. The sad part much of the Real USA has gone the way of the buggy whip, only in the movies and some older books. Some parts of Ohio have not been discovered yet, watch out for the speed traps.

If you go to Florida, just tell them you are from Canada or Ohio. Try to blend in with the tourists. The Locals never admit they are, usually will call you a Yankee no matter what you claim. Not much real anything left in Florida. Maybe same with California, just bring plenty of money and divide all bills by 10, that is what it should cost in the Real USA.

If you feel a lil bored, you must drive for miles and miles to find a shopping mall, your car is not in the process of being stolen, $20 goes a long, long way, there is no development in sight, no pollution, no signs demanding you buy something or go somewhere to see something, no cops that want to do a cavity search with your permission, you must have found the few last Real Parts of the USA that is left.

Just drive a big stake to mark it for the next guy, probably won't last too long in the virgin state. The next guy behind you that finds it is sure to mess it up.
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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There isn't just one place you can go to get a feel for the entire U.S. It's a big, diverse country with unique regional and local cultures that you would only find in those particular places. I guess Washington D.C. would be the place to get a real idea of what the U.S. is all about.
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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The Rt. 66 idea is great. But I'd also try to see New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, North Carolina, and the different landforms of California. The U.S. is demographically and geopraphically the most diverse nation in the world. Isn't it great?!?!
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Old 02-21-2007, 08:21 AM
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the 'real' US doesn't exist, just as the "real" France doesn't exist. but personal philosophy aside, the US encompasses everything from Brooklyn, to Savannah to rural Minnesota, to the southwest desert, that is what makes it so hard to pin down.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Rent or buy a car and drive! Drive US highways, state highways, county roads. Drive some interstate, because that's a whole different world. Ask for help. We love to help people! Whether they want it or not! We'd love for you to come visit. Welcome!
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