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Traditional festival of Gaijatra or the ‘cow festival’in Nepal

Traditional festival of Gaijatra or the ‘cow festival’in Nepal

The traditional festival of Gaijatra or the ‘cow festival’ is being observed  in the three cities of Kathmandu Valley and…

Red Beach in China

Red Beach in China

A 13,333-hectare beach in Panjin city of northeast China’s Liaoning Province is covered by Suaeda salsa. It has been called…

Kinkakuji - a Zen temple in northern Kyoto , Japan

Kinkakuji - a Zen temple in northern Kyoto , Japan

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto , Japan, whose top two floors are completely covered in…

Dusit Thani Hua Hin in Petchburi, Thailand

Dusit Thani Hua Hin in Petchburi, Thailand

Dusit Thani Hua Hin has been awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence Winner, the prestigious award, which places Dusit Thani…

Burj Khalifa - A sky high experience in Dubai

Burj Khalifa - A sky high experience in Dubai

Standing at an eye-watering 828 metres high, the Burj Khalifa is hard to miss. The tallest building on the planet…

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DESTINATION FACTS

United States of America

Location: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico
Area: 9,826,675 sq km (land: 9,161,966 sq km, water: 664,709 sq km), includes only the 50 states and District of Columbia, no overseas territories
Land boundaries: 12,048 km (border countries - 2: Canada 8,893 km (including 2,477 km with Alaska), Mexico 3,155 km)
Coastline: 19,924 km
Independence: 4 July 1776
Capital: Washington, DC
Population:321,368,864 (July 2015)
GDP (purchasing power parity): $17.42 trillion (2014 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 2.4% (2014 )
GDP - per capita (PPP): $54,600 (2014 )
Unemployment rate: 6.2% (2014 )
50 states and 1 district- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia*, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Dependent areas: American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Wake Island
Terrain: vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii
Lowest point: Death Valley -86 m
Highest point: Mount McKinley (Denali) 6,194 m (highest point in North America)
Land use: agricultural land: 44.5% ,arable land 16.8%; permanent crops 0.3%; permanent pasture 27.4% forest: 33.3%,other: 22.2%
Head of government: President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009)
Legislative branch:Bicameral Congress consists of the Senate (100 seats) and House of Representatives (435 seats) Source : cia.gov /World Facts

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