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United States of America

United States of America

On this virtual voyage through the USA, learn how the country originated in a revolution and grew to be the world’s foremost economic power.



United States Country Overview by Rustic Pathways
Learn about the country’s culture and history, local language and foods.

Scuba Dive California’s Channel Islands
Ever been SCUBA diving? Did you know off the Coast of California, the kelp forests are home to over 700 marine species? It is one of the most amazing places to spot different animals both above and below the surface.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail is a backpackers dream. It crosses through 14 states and have more than 10 peaks over a mile high! Haven’t you ever wondered HOW people can hike that far?

Paddling Though the Heart of the Grand Canyon
To paddle the Grand Canyon is the equivalent of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or spending three weeks in the wilderness of rural Laos—a challenge for mind, body, and heart.


Hawaiian Roots: Surf History
Did you know big wave surfing originated in Hawai’i? Kings and queens were the only ones allowed to surf back in the day, but now this cultural activity it is a world renowned, adrenaline pumping sport for many

Birthplace of National Parks
The world’s very first National Park was in the US! Yellowstone was declared a National Park way back in 1872. These spots are actually considered superior in beauty so we protect them. Pretty awesome the US is home to 420 National Parks!

How America Became a Superpower
In this short video, see how America grew from a colony to a world superpower in 200 years.

A Community of Refugees in New Orleans East
Learn about the Vietnamese people who live in New Orleans. Why they left Vietnam and came to the United States, and what their lives are like now.

Rustic in the USA

Photos from Rustic travelers

Rustic Programs in the USA


All American Apple Pie
“What’s more American than apple pie?” You can expect a giant scope of vanilla ice cream right next a steaming slice. Take a shot at making this cinnamon apple delight at home with your family.

Louisiana’s Best-Kept Culinary Secret
For the last 40 years Alzina Toups  has been cooking some fo the world’s greatest Cajun cuisine in her humble restaurant.

The Evolution of American Barbecue
An article by Smithsonian covering how barbecue traditions grew from Caribbean roots to the four main styles we see today: Memphis, Tenn.; North Carolina; Kansas City; and Texas.

The American Barbecue Showdown
A Netflix series of the best in the country bottling for the title of American Barbecue Champion.


Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
A classic covering water history and issues in Western USA – from settlers lured to the arid West to the controversy surrounding water projects and dams.

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America
The Mississippi flood of 1927 was one of the greatest natural disasters America has ever seen, transforming politics and society forever.

Arts and Culture

The Wizard of Oz
One of the most famous and classic US American movies of all time- The Wizard of Oz. If you haven’t seen it, you must! If you have, what a great time to watch it again!

Jazz in New Orleans
The birthplace of Jazz, Louisiana is rich in history of music and dance. Discover history, musicians and the best places to hear jazz music here.