There are many things that the United States is famous for, but there are also many weird and fun facts that manage to slip under the radar. If you want to get a feel for the true uniqueness of the United States you need to sometimes go past the common to off the beaten path. There are so many options when it comes to taking a quality road trip, so let this article get you excited for the odd and weird before finding the perfect deal on your next RV rental.
#1: We love our pizza
This isn’t the lasagna-like dish that comes from Italy, but it is a popular American dish and you can find a pizza place in virtually every town of any size at all. Each day over 100 acres’ worth of pizza is ordered, leading to over 3 billion pizzas a year being ordered across the country (with the busiest day being Super Bowl Sunday). The fight between Chicago style and New York style continues.
#2: We love our chicken, too
An estimated 22 million chickens are eaten each and every day in the United States. While these birds that make up the most popular bird based meat in the country might not have the cultural impact of pizza places everywhere, that’s a mighty impressive number that goes well beyond the farms and your local KFC.
#3: Cow game’s a winner in Montana
While states like Texas are known for giant cattle ranches and many Midwestern farms have cows, the state of Montana takes the cake where cows outnumber people in the large but sparsely populated state at least 3 to 1. This is perfect for the popular cow game when traveling – just try to avoid those point killing cemeteries!
#4: Tough grading system
Whenever you see an American flag wherever you might be traveling you might love to know the weird fact that this was designed by a 17 year old high school student back in 1958. His reward for this remarkable school project? A grade of a mere B-. Tough grading scale.
#5: A truly superior lake
Lake Michigan might often get the most attention of The Great Lakes in the United States because of the cities, it’s general accessibility between states, and the heavy development on its shores, but Lake Superior really lives up to its name as one of the great lakes.
Lake Superior has so much water that it could cover all of North and South America in one foot of water if drained. That’s a lot of volume!
#6: When is “Independence Day?”
The Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day, which is a bit ironic. Weird facts? July 2nd was actually the day of the vote (the 4th was the day the final signatures were gathered) and while it was declared in 1776, the war didn’t end until 1783 to make it undisputed. Yet July 4, 1776 is considered the original day of independence. The founding fathers certainly weren’t lacking in confidence…
#7: Lots of holiday love
In the United States there are over 180 different places with the word “Christmas” in their name. Lakes, towns, theme parks, tourist sites – all of these and more carry the very merry moniker that you might want to check out the next time you’re planning your road trip before the RV rental. A simple search can set the jolly holiday focused on their way!
#8: Chicago was a fun pioneer
The world’s first ferris wheel was unveiled during the World Fair in 1893. Although the original was torn down about a decade later, this ride has become a mainstay of carnivals and amusement parks alike. There are many high quality amusement parks around the greater Chicago area or if you’re really focused on ferris wheels the 15 story one at Navy Pier is modeled to be similar to the original.
#9: How do you measure size?
Alaska, the largest state by land mass in the union by far, is not only over twice the land size of Texas but also over 429 times the size of the smallest state of Rhode Island. But Rhode Island has over 150% the population of Alaska. In addition to its other weird facts, Alaska also has more coastline than every other U.S. state combined. Consider a visit to the Last Frontier, as Alaska is called – it’s worth it!
#10: Over a third of all land is owned by the government
Whether from military bases, federally protected lands, or national parks, almost a third of all land in the United States is technically owned by the U.S. government. This stat can be a touch deceptive since tourists have access to National Parks and a couple big states like Alaska and California can throw the national numbers way off, but it is definitely something worth reflecting out before your next outing!
Enjoy the trip!
There are so many interesting facts about the United States, common and uncommon, so make sure to include some of these in your planning so you’re all ready to go and enjoy an awesomely unique trip from the moment you take care of your RV rental until you’re done on the very last day!