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Where are the most famous U.S. national parks? [quiz]

How well do you know some of America's famed national parks? Take this quiz and find out. You can share your results with others.
Illustration depicting same-sex marriage (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Visas for same-sex spouses: Tearing down a barrier

“Every married couple will be treated exactly the same,” Secretary Kerry said, announcing a change to the U.S. visa process for same-sex spouses in...

Staying in tune: How pop music tells America’s story

Sometimes it's not what you sing about, but where. American music often uses well-known locations to deliver a cultural message.

50 states in 6 years: Obama reaches travel milestone

President Obama became only the fourth president to visit all 50 states while in office. If you could travel like that, what would you most want to see?

Five sites Chinese visitors to the U.S. won’t want to miss

In recent years, the Chinese have been among the fastest-growing groups of international tourists visiting the United States. And now extended visas for short-term...
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is born…on this day

One of the most popular natural attractions in America was established on this day in 1890, when Congress voted to create Yosemite National Park....
Road signs on a highway (© Alamy)

Travel the world without ever leaving this U.S. state

Where can you find China, Egypt, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Peru and Lebanon all in one state?
Man scanning his passport using a kiosk (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Welcome to the U.S. Now wait just a minute.

Thinking about traveling to the U.S.? You used to have to worry about long customs lines at the airport. Now, kiosks help you reach your destination faster.
Three photos of writers Cynthia Edul and Natasha Tiniacos (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

What’s it like to live with 28 strangers from all over...

At the 2014 Iowa International Writing Program, 29 international writers spent three months together learning about trends in literature — and each other.