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Overview of the State: Illinois, the Prairie State, is a prominent Midwestern state that is located along Lake Michigan, and shares a border with Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana. This is the sixth most populous state in the United States, and it has a number of small industrial cities located throughout, along with farmland, forests, and some large cities, the most prominent of which is Chicago. Many areas of Illinois have a strong economy, and there are a number of places in the state where it is still very affordable to live. The state was built through the transportation…

Overview of City: Charlotte’s region has a long history of indigenous cultures who lived there for thousands of years and left their marks on the geography. In the times before the American Revolution the city was a hub of trade for the main powers in the world at the time (England, Spain, and France). Like many Southern cities, it was a railway hub before the Civil War and even boasted the first gold rush in the history of the USA. These days, Charlotte is a major financial holder in the US, just behind New York City and San Francisco. Uptown…

Welcome to Pure Michigan! The state is incredibly unique and between the two peninsulas there is something for everyone. The “Great Lakes State” touches more of the Great Lakes than any other state (4 of the 5). It boasts 4 seasons that provide you with activities from snow skiing in the winter to boating on one of the many lakes in the summer. Whether you enjoy the urban life or want to kick it in the country you can once you arrive in Michigan. Culture in Michigan The culture of Michigan is diverse and runs deep. The state is full of…

Overview: Despite its reputation as a city perpetually shrouded in rainclouds, Seattle may surprise you with its colorful, highly-progressive culture. The city has seen a population explosion in the last decade thanks to a burgeoning technology sector driven by companies such as Microsoft and Amazon. Seattleites love their city’s proximity to the great outdoors, and hikes through the Cascade Mountains or Kayak trips in Puget Sound are easy day trips.  Neighborhoods: Ballard North of downtown and facing the Puget Sound, Ballard is a waterfront community filled with small shops, craft breweries and restaurants. Particularly during the summer, visitors flock to…

Overview of City: Fueled by the emergence of Silicon Valley and the tech industry in Northern California, San Francisco has grown into one of the most notable cities in the United States. Boasting beautiful nature, charming architecture, and a rich history, this hilly city is a wonderful place to visit. Here in this guide, you’ll learn about all the amazing parts of San Francisco that make it such an incredible place to be. Best Areas/Neighborhoods: Mission District Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Mission District is defined by its youthful and hipster flair. It’s mainly know for the…

State Overview North Carolina is a great place to visit or live, and the state offers so many great places to go. You need to get down there to experience the southern hospitality that makes it famous. North Carolina is a state that definitely lives up to the original thirteen colonies it formed one part of, and its rich history is the story of the United States in itself. The very first English colony in the New World was actually founded at Roanoke in 1585. This is more than twenty years before the famous and permanent Jamestown Colony in neighboring…

Overview The first thing you need to know is that when you talk about “New York,” a large majority of people will assume you mean New York City. It’s just the way it is, even though the city takes up only 304 square miles of the 54,000 square miles that is the whole state. To avoid confusion, the state of New York is referred to as “New York State” or “Upstate New York.” Unlike New York City’s concrete and steel, New York State is a natural wonderland with the Appalachian and Adirondack mountain ranges, the Hudson and Mohawk river valleys,…

Brief Overview of City: New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world, boasting an unparalleled skyline, extremely rich history, and a one of kind vibrance. Moreover, it’s home to some of the world’s most well-known attractions such as: Times Square, The Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. Yet, while this is all great, The Big Apple has much more to offer beyond its alluring surface. Underneath lies an endless array of incredible food, experiences, and sights that are just as worth of your time. In this comprehensive guide, you will learn…

Overview Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is considered a Mid-Atlantic state even with its northern border touching on Lake Erie. It is also bordered by Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. The Appalachian Mountains slice through the state, while the Pocono Mountains lie in the northeast and the Allegheny Mountains in the northwest. The one flat area is the Atlantic Coastal Plain in the southeast. Pennsylvania was settled in 1681 by William Penn as a colony for the religious freedom of his fellow Quakers. “The Quaker State” is one of Pennsylvania’s most familiar nicknames. It…

Brief Overview of City: Boston is one of the most storied cities in the United States. Originally founded in 1630 by English Puritans, the city is known as the “Birthplace of the American Revolution” for its early role in the war for independence, which includes the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. The subsequent decades saw Boston grow through waves of industrialization and immigration. Starting in the 1820s, Irish immigrants began arriving in large numbers and have since left Boston with a distinct cultural heritage. The city earned a reputation as a maritime powerhouse,…