Travel in the United States offers a dazzling variety of options– from the tropical perfection of Hawaii to the untouched Wilderness of Alaska.
The United States of America—also referred to as the United States, the USA, the U.S., America, the States, is located primarily in central North America, the United States has land borders with Canada and Mexico, as well as territorial water boundaries with Canada, Russia and the Bahamas.
It is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea, the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.
Forty-eight of the states—often referred to as the Contiguous or Lower 48—are located in a contiguous region between Canada and Mexico. Two of the fifty states, Alaska (an exclave) and Hawaii (an archipelago), are not contiguous with any of the other states.
The United States also has a federal district—the District of Columbia—for its capital and a collection of overseas territories and possessions around the world. Each of the fifty states has a relatively high level of local autonomy under the federal system.