While enjoying my daily scroll in a favorite internet forum, I encountered a fun question, “Americans (USA), what is a good thing about your country?” Here are the top-voted responses.
10. Space Program
“It’s so impressive that even a space nerd like me can forget that there’s some mission going on — I had no idea DART had even been launched until a couple of days before we smacked that thing,” shared one.
9. From Sea to Shining Sea
“Road trips are the BEST!! We can go anywhere we want with a drive and see many cool and weird things. The memories we got to make this summer alone were ones I hope he’ll hold onto for the rest of his life. And, of course, all the classic road trip stuff is good too. Car snacks, games, stopping at the odd landmarks, etc.,” another stated.
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8. The Americans with Disabilities Act
“I didn’t realize how much reserved parking spots by the door, wide sidewalks that must be clean, handicap bathrooms, and having ramps at the entrance were important until my brother became wheelchair-bound,” a third user replied.
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7. Warm and Welcoming Country
“Americans are some of the warmest, friendliest people on earth, and I love that about us. Most of us would give you the shirt off our backs and jump in headfirst if someone needed help,” suggested one.
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6. 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage
“As an American living in Scotland who has to refinance in July, I can confirm this should be getting WAY more upvotes,” shared one.
“U.K. here – my mortgage term was 25 years. I had 2 x three-year fixed interest terms and a five-year fixed interest term. The most extended product I’ve seen myself is a ten-year fixed-interest term,” another added.
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5. Water is Free in Restaurants
“You go to a restaurant, and they just give you a gigantic glass of ice water for free,” one shared. “No, not a common thing in a few European countries.”
“In Germany, some smaller places run by Internationals do but rely on something other than it (and no ice). In Switzerland, I had restaurants charge me for a glass of tap water,” a second person informed.
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4. Delicious Culinary Diversity
One person stated, “The endless diversity of delicious food brought by immigrants from around the world.” “In my town, I get authentic Mexican, Thai, Ethiopian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Jamaican, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Greek, halal, and so many fusion restaurants. And they are all run by immigrants or first-gen kids,” another agreed.
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3. It’s Such a Large Country
Another user exclaimed, “We are HUGE! You can go on any desired vacation without leaving the country: beach, mountains, desert, snow, high culture, big city, small rural town, sports, music. The only limit is your time and your budget!”
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2. Amazing Public Libraries
“I have been here for 12 years now, and I am still in awe at how amazing public libraries are here,” admitted one. “I’m so thankful for libraries and librarians. I read a lot as a kid. I stayed at the library for many days to have a quiet place. Librarians would let me sleep and never wake me until they had to close if I slept that long.”
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1. Many National and State Parks
“The U.S. has 63 national parks and thousands of state parks. They preserve some of America’s most beautiful places,” shared one. “The entire upper 1/5th of New York is a state park. The largest in the contiguous U.S. I love the Adirondacks,” a final person commented.
We hope you enjoyed this Reddit picks list of things that are great about America.
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