Driving along the American coastline is probably a dream many of us have visualised at least once. However, while this dream may have been temporarily stalled, Go USA has made it virtually possible with their interactive virtual road trip. Here’s all that you can explore! By Bayar Jain
Starting May 8, Go USA will launch an interactive virtual road trip on its social media platforms (Facebook, and Instagram) to take wanderers like us around the States like never before. Not only will participants be able to cruise along with the American territories, but they will also be able to participate in quizzes, surveys, and polls each day. Along the six-week virtual journey, the road trip will cover all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia as well. Here are a few of the stopovers that will reignite your inner traveller before you get started.
Known as the place ‘where USA’s day begins’ – literally so as it experiences the country’s first sunrise – Guam comes replete with 4,000 years’ history and over 130 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. This tropical beauty has been a road tripper’s paradise owing to its comfortable 26-30 degrees Celsius average temperature and many adventures in every corner. At the Pacific Ocean island of Guam – an American territory since 1950 – it’s always beach time!
Located in the southwest Pacific, midway between Hawaii and New Zealand, the Samoan archipelago has been inhabited for more than three millennia. However, despite its long-drawn existence, Europeans only ‘discovered’ it in the 18th century. This territory remained hidden till then, until the 19th century when the USA absorbed its eastern part following a split. Consisting of five islands and two coral atolls, American Samoa is rich in culture. Aside from the introduction of Christianity in the 19th century, the culture here has remained largely the same for the past 3,000 years. Aiga, or the extended family, is the core of the society and elders and village chiefs, known as matai, are deeply respected. Locals are often seen wearing lavalava (sarong) or puletasi (patterned skirt and tunic), performing a siva (Samoan dance), cooking in an umu (earth oven) and drinking milk directly from a fresh coconut. In short, it’s America’s cultural haven!
The US Virgin Islands
A territory of the United States since 1917, the US Virgin Islands are an exotic group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea. Comprising of three principal islands – St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas – and another 50 smaller islands, cays and islets, its only fair for this dreamland to have earned the nickname of ‘America’s Paradise’. With a soothing average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius almost all year round, this destination doesn’t believe in the concept of an ‘off-season’. While here, beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters are sure to get you in the holiday mood.