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Innovation rankings: U.S. institutions are on top

Nine of the top 10 innovative institutions are in the U.S., according to the Nature Index, which assesses research quality and influence on inventions.
Colored map with icons showing landmarks (State Dept./Diane Woolverton)

Here’s a free poster with a map of U.S. products, places

The week of July 17 is “Made in America Week” at the White House. This free poster, available for printing, highlights U.S. products and landmarks.
Scenic view of Mount McKinley with a tour bus on road in the foreground (Design Pics Inc./Alamy)

Want to see America? Travel firms have packages for every budget.

Tourism is big business in the United States, and the 77 million visitors from other countries in 2016 are a major reason why.
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How the new travel order works

President Trump's executive order pauses admission of foreign nationals from six countries to let the U.S. review the vetting process for visas.
Rock formation with waterfall lit by sun (© Ted Soqui/Corbis/Getty Images)

Fire on the mountain?

Despite what your eyes are telling you, it's not molten lava flowing from Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Fall in February.
Northeast U.S. map with pins in Washington and New York City (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Insights of a Russian writer traveling in the U.S.

What can one learn about America through the lens of a Russian journalist? An award-winning Russian writer traveling in the U.S. tells us.
Snowy scene of a river and trees (NPS/Gordon Dietzman)

Visiting sacred Native American grounds at U.S. national parks

Adventurer Mikah Meyer has visited many U.S. national parks and been struck by the extent to which Native American history is part of so many.
Poster drawing of Old Faithful geyser on left and photo of same geyser on right (Library of Congress and © Getty Images/National Geographic/Walter Meayers Edwards)

Vintage posters reveal America’s most beautiful places

Take a trip down memory lane ... and across the U.S.! These vintage national parks posters show America's evergreen beauty.
Corn dog stand and Ferris wheel at sunset (© AP Images)

State fairs: Livestock, music, food on a stick

Want a taste of America? Stop by a state fair! With rides, music, food and fun, state fairs are a long-standing tradition.