Pennsylvania DC Pennsylvania, a northeastern U.S. state and one of the 13 original colonies, is known for its diverse terrain, which includes wide stretches of farmland, national forests and major waterways. Philadelphia, the Keystone State's largest city, displays its rich history in Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, and the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of American freedom.
Minimum wage: 7.25 USD per hour (Jan 1, 2015)
Secretary of State: Carol Aichele
Attorney general: Kathleen Kane
Points of interest: Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland, more
Washington DC -Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It's defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings - including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court - but also its museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.
Local time: Thursday 12:51 AM
Weather: 1 degree C, Wind W at 6 km/h, 67% Humidity
Area codes: Area code 202
Population: 658,893 (2014)
Sports teams: Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards, more
Colorado -, a western U.S. state, is known for its geographic diversity, with snow-covered mountains, arid desert lands and river canyons. Opportunities for outdoor recreation include kayaking the Colorado River, hiking the nearly 500-mile Colorado Trail and skiing at resorts such as Vail and Aspen. Perched a mile above sea level, Denver, Colorado's capital and largest city, features a vibrant downtown area.
Secretary of State: Wayne W. Williams
Senators: Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet
Colleges and Universities: University of Colorado Boulder, more
is a southeastern U.S. state whose diverse terrain spans coastal marshland and beaches to wide stretches of farmland. Atlanta, its sprawling capital, is the birthplace of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Georgia's other cities include Savannah, famed for its 18th- and 19th-century architecture and leafy public squares, the college town of Athens, and Augusta, which hosts the Masters golf tournament.
Secretary of State: Brian P. Kemp
Population: 10.1 million (2014)
Points of interest: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, etc.
Neighbouring states: Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Peninsular Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," it has hundreds of miles of beaches. Miami is known for its Latin flavor and influential arts scene, as well as its nightlife, especially in upscale South Beach. Orlando is famed for theme parks, including Walt Disney World.
Minimum wage: 8.05 USD per hour (Jan 1, 2015)
Population: 19.89 million (2014)
Colleges and Universities: University of Florida, more
Michigan is a midwestern state bordering 4 of the Great Lakes. It contains more than 11,000 inland lakes, spread across its lower and upper peninsulas. Its largest city, Detroit, is famed as the seat of the U.S. auto industry, which inspired Diego Rivera's mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Also in Detroit is Hitsville U.S.A., original headquarters of the Motown record company.
Minimum wage: 8.15 USD per hour (Sep 1, 2014)
Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson
Points of interest:
The Henry Ford
Musuem on American history & culture
Detroit Institute of Arts
Varied collections & film screenings
Quirky ballpark with large food court
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Camping, hiking, beaches, backpacking, cougar
History of the famous label & hit-maker
Isle Royale National Park
Remote island cluster in Lake Superior
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Colorful gardens filled with art & music
Belle Isle Park
Casino, zoo, aquarium, golf, gambling