City at night with large arch on riverfront (Courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

Missouri: Gateway Arch, ragtime music and Clydesdale horses

Visiting the U.S.? There are 50 states to see in all. Missouri is known as the "Gateway to the West.” Check out the music, and maybe even the horses.

New York: Skyscrapers, Broadway shows, Niagara Falls and the Adirondacks

Visiting the United States? There are 50 states in all. New York is one of the top U.S. destinations for visitors.
Pen resting on visa application paperwork (Thinkstock)

How to be ready for your tourist visa interview

Planning to travel to the U.S.? Be ready for your tourist visa interview with these simple steps.
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.
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.
Two rock guitarists performing onstage (© David Richard/AP Images)

Rock greats await Hall of Fame’s verdict [video]

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's first honorees gave birth to rock, rhythm and blues. New members soon will be announced.
Harbor at dusk with glowing city lights around it (visitmaryland.com)

Maryland: Wild horses, blue crabs and the national anthem

There's plenty to see and do in Maryland. Whether it's a natural, historical or urban setting, you'll find plenty to do here.
Beakers and equations (Shutterstock)

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.
Colorful waterside cliff (Justforasecond/Creative Commons)

Hawaii: Pearl Harbor, the perfect wave and volcanoes

The island of Hawaii is famous for its pristine landscapes, making it the perfect destination for those who want to take in its beauty and local culture.