Non-Americans of Reddit: what is an American thing you have always wanted to try?

  1. To visit a diner like in the movies. In the middle of the night, it’s raining and just a few people there with great music from a jukebox.

  2. One of the best parts is they usually serve everything all day. Getting out of work at 6am and want a hamburger? Diner. Waffles for dinner? diner. Going through a rough time and you just want to sip coffee all night? Diner, and they'll keep refilling your cup so it stays warm.

  3. It's harder to find than it used to be, but I applaud this goal. It really is a great experience. Diners are much more common on the East coast (New Jersey / Pennsylvania in particular is frequently considered the heart of American diners), but my personal favorite is

  4. NJ born and raised; whenever it rains I always want to go eat at a diner. It really is very comforting! I hope you get to try it some day.

  5. When I was in college/university, so many of the foreign exchange students were amazed at the amount of trees and parks in the area. Even a county or state park can rival a national park.

  6. Australian here. A rail trip from California to Chicago or, perhaps if it exists, down the East coast from New York to Savannah

  7. Something that doesn’t come across on TV is that if you took any American blindfolded onto a yellow school bus they’d immediately be able to tell you where they are because they all have the same very distinct smell.

  8. Hell no. Last time I was near one of those as soon as I caught the scent I started uncontrollably levitating towards it. Scary as shit.

  9. Yellowstone is unreal. It's like an alien world. Truly, if you have one chance to go to the US, you should consider making it there. Yes, NYC, LA, Miami, Chicago are great cities but, to some degree, a city is a city. There is nowhere on Earth like Yellowstone.

  10. I've always wanted to hike the AT too! (I live in the usa and have done small parts of it before). And Yellowstone is beautiful. I went once a few yrs ago

  11. I live in a village outside of Buffalo New York that literally has been the set for about 4 of those hallmark Christmas movies. If it’s out of season, the town shops will put their Xmas decorations and lights back up for the shoot. Place looks like a Norman Rockwell painting.

  12. Had a friend in college from the Virgin Islands. First snow of the season she burst into our dorm room and shook us both awake shouting about snow. It was her first. We all ended up building snowmen and sledding. It was a great way to appreciate snow all over again.

  13. Deep fried foods at a state fair. I'm from Scotland and we love to deep fry everything and I wanna know if it's just as good or better

  14. But you can’t stop at just one state fair. We have 50 states and I bet you find something different at each one. And then there are are all the Highland Games with our attempts at Scottish food.

  15. Come to Minnesota - 2nd largest state fair only behind Texas (little known fact) and the deep fried food is as advertised. Also, Minnesota is nice

  16. Being able to start a whole new life “elsewhere” without having to leave my country and going through an arduous immigration process.

  17. True! You can just sell your stuff, get in the car, and drive 5 hours and be in a new state with different state government, some different laws, and different overall political leanings! Or, if you're on the East coast, you could drive 5 hours and hit 2 or 3 states!

  18. It really is a country where you can get up, move 3 hours away and completely reinvent yourself. The only thing that follows you is your credit score

  19. Yeah, even as an adult it is pretty cute to see all the kiddos wandering the more popular trick or treating neighborhoods in their costumes. And the toddlers with their harassed parents in matching costumes following along... Or the people who do crazy decorating and have turned their front stoops into spooky lairs hung with orange or purple lights and a robot cackling witch on the lawn...

  20. Every time i’m reminded that other countries don’t do this I get sad. It’s an amazing experience. It doesn’t even matter if you make or buy your costume. Seeing everybody out dressed up as all kinds of characters is so fun. And you’re left with pounds of candy the night after. Nothing like carving a jack o lantern either.

  21. Let me tell you, Halloween is my favorite holiday ever. Carving Jack o lanterns has become a tradition now, and I have so much fun with it. Being able to dress as whatever you want and only be questioned about who you are is the best, and it all culminates in trick or treating. You may walk a mile, but man, with the amount of candy you’ll have, you’d need to walk twenty times that to burn all the calories. Plus, it’s the one holiday I can scare and horrify tiny children and get away with it

  22. We stayed at a resort in AZ once that had little outdoor gas fire pits they would turn on after sundown, and bring around s’mores fixin’s. We shared a pit with a British family who had never heard of s’mores. That was a fun night.

  23. I tried Cheez-Its when they finally came to Canada a couple years ago. That was pretty satisfying, while also being completely unsatisfying.

  24. I've got a box of them in my freezer and I have a deep fryer. Infact im deep flying some chicken right now thats been soaking in butter milk all day.

  25. Would love to see some of your nature in real life. The New Mexico/Utah/Arizona/Colorado desert area seems amazing.

  26. If you get the chance to go through them, go out into the middle of the highway at night, pull off the side of the road when you're in the middle of nowhere, turn your car off, and get out.

  27. I live in the Mojave desert and I can tell you it's one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you ever get a chance, visit death valley in Inyo county. It's such an incredible place.

  28. I went to the US once and was blown away by the magnificent landscapes that I saw when I took the California Zephyr train between San Francisco and Chicago. It takes you through the sierra nevadas, along magnificent canyons and rivers and through the rocky mountains. The trip takes three days if I remember correctly, and it's scheduled so that it goes through the most scenic parts during daytime. There's an observation car with panoramic windows.

  29. You gotta find an old school diner in the southern regions for top quality biscuits and gravy. Gotta have sausage bits in the gravy too for the full experience.

  30. It's quite easy to make. Look for a recipe that starts with a good amount of sausage meat, has flour added and moistened with both milk and cream to make the gravy. Homemade biscuits are thankfully easy and quick to make. They're great fresh smothered in gravy, served with a meal or slathered with butter an jam. I'm Canadian but biscuits and gravy is a winter cheer me up meal for me.

  31. I want to see all the different places where people live, especially the small towns which aren’t really notable for anything and don’t have tourists. Life is so similar to the UK, yet so subtly different. Things like small towns in the middle of the country where people have that “y’all” accent, know all their neighbours, have an open backyard, and leave their doors unlocked….

  32. This is awesome. I have family that have traveled to the UK a few times and friends that come here on holiday and absolutely love how we are so similar while being so different. I come from a small town in WV where we never locked our doors and used to run into the store with the car windows rolled down and sometimes keys left in the ignition.

  33. My dad in small town Walla Walla Washington still leaves his keys in the ignition overnight half the time. Hasn't been stolen yet. Only reason he locks his house doors is because my brother keeps sneaking in and stealing all his frozen bbq wings.

  34. Keep in mind that the fancier the area it was cooked looks, the less flavorful it’s going to be. The best pulled pork is cooked in a pit or on an ancient grill out back that looks like it has fifty years of soot cooked onto it.

  35. You should know, that depending on what part of the United States you're in, it's going to be different. Texas BBQ is not the same as Georgia BBQ.

  36. The "secrecy" of various native American tribes and cultures is somewhat of a Hollywood trope. Many of them are desperately trying to preserve their culture through education, even having educational centers open to the public, demonstrations at public events (parades, fairs, etc).

  37. Native here. We are guarded about those things because they’ve been stolen, warped, and sold by new-agers. But we’re not aggressive about it; when someone approaches with sincerity, we’re usually not just okay with sharing, we’re proud to.

  38. My kid is driving my ‘01 Avalon and he realizes how nice of a car it is dispute being that old. It has a cassette and CD player combo in it.

  39. A friend of mine from China took a vacation to the US. He landed in Chicago, rented a car and drove down Route 66 until he could peer over the edge of the Grand Canyon, then drove back.

  40. Its impossible, but the small town / suburban middle class American childhood experience from the 80s (think ET or Stranger Things or Goonies, minus the spooky fantasy stuff). What you guy's say about Blockbuster nights nostalgia, the shopping malls.

  41. In the 90's before Xbox and such, we used to have console rentals and game rentals. Once a month or so, on a friday, we'd get a 2 day rental of a console and a couple games, a pizza, and then it was our parents blessing to play the hell out of that console and game for the remainder of the weekend, to get our money's worth so to speak xD

  42. I miss going to the malls and those years of my life. Mall life was everything because it was pre-internet. Pre-internet you couldn't wait to leave your home to escape your parents and homes were boring. You went to the movies, to the record store, you saw new technology and more at the mall. Now, due to the internet, everything is piped right into your home and you never have to leave. Malls closed, everything is gone. The art of browsing through a mall is long dead.

  43. I've always wondered what's it like to have electricity for 24 hrs, finally got to experience it when I moved to the US recently and it's awesome. Also wanna try a taco, churros, mac and cheese and ice cream sandwiches 😋

  44. So true. 24 hour electricity is awesome, I got better grades, didn’t have to worry about outages much and got a lot done without having to rely on backup generators. Heck, I was able to play Pokémon in Nintendo and read books with a flashlight.

  45. Mac and cheese is amazing. Some places mac and cheese is stale so just make sure you get the fresh mac and it will taste amazing

  46. Telling someone "This town ain't big enough for the two of us" and then dueling them with pistols at high noon.

  47. there are themed tourists spots/events where you can absolutely reenect stuff like this with convincing but safe props. I'm more an armchair historian for WWII stuff, and attend similar events for that. The people who put these kinds of things on tend to be history buffs who would LOVE sharing the experience with diverse audiences, ESPECIALLY foreign nationals.

  48. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty heavenly. Especially when the waffles are fresh out of the maker and still soft and spongy and then the crunch of the fired chicken with all the savory goodness topped by the sweetness of the syrup. Lawd have mercy!

  49. I would personally go to a food Carnevale or a big music festival like Cochela (I don't the spelling I hope you understand) or something. I mean a lot of the things here aren't even that "American", but I think you can only find music culture like this only in America. Oh, and I want to understand Baseball. Man that sport looks boring, but a lot of movies are made about it I just wanna figure out how the game is played.

  50. I love baseball. If you're interested in statistics, love precision, love strategy... baseball is your game.

  51. I'm a baseball fanatic so I'm biased when I say I'm thrilled just to watch it on TV, but straight up, it's so much more fun in person. It's almost got a "day in the park" type of feel.

  52. Paper is fun, but if you’re at an outdoor range that allows it, grab a 12 pack of the cheapest soda cans you can find, shake them up, and line them up. Targets that react to a hit are way more fun! Just be sure to clean up after.

  53. I'm Indonesian and I have lived in the USA for 15 years finally for the first time ever I tasted my first grilled cheese. I'm not sure if it's an American thing though, but I feel like it is because I've always seen it in American movies or TV shows:)

  54. Seeing the downtown of any major city. I've never seen a building taller than like 30 floors in my life. I also want to take a long road trip in the emptiness of the desert.

  55. There are a lot of people in the US that haven’t seen buildings that tall. I was twenty before I saw a building over ten floors

  56. Yellowstone. Joshua tree. College football game. I’m a Georgia fan it could be anything. Michigan Michigan State in Ann Arbour would be awesome.

  57. If you go anywhere in Michigan, you should go to the uninhabited parts in northern Michigan and the UP. It’s absolutely beautiful. You have a mix between evergreen forests and beaches with huge dunes.

  58. Grew up in a northern state. Would say "you guys" or "you guys'es" all the time. Within a year of moving south I became addicted to "y'all". It's just so damn efficient. Especially the double contraction y'all're. Like, "Y'all're coming to my place tonight, right?"

  59. French woman I used to hang out with needed instructions on how to eat a chili dog. Blew her mind. Steamed and toasted bun, all-beef natural casing hot dog from a local farm, homemade chili, raw and finely chopped onions, and a bunch of colby-jack cheese.

  60. I've always wanted to go to a "real" haunted house with actors during the Halloween season. Or those scary corn mazes with actors, etc.

  61. Just so all non Americans know America is so big I have lived here 46 years now and traveled a fair amount and still have not had alot of the fast food you are talking about

  62. I try my best to remember this. Your continent is huge. If someone says they've been to Belgium, no one assumes they know what the UK is like. I've been to the US twice, once to NYC, once to Nebraska. Dear lord. The difference.

  63. Burgers are only good because you can add whatever toppings you want for free. The fries are where the money is. You can just order one large fry and have enough for 3 people.

  64. I’ve skied the Canadian Rockies my whole life. Ive been meaning to get down to CO and such to check out how yours compare!

  65. No, it's really a north America/US thing by and large. My dad is from Europe and when his siblings would come visit in the 80s and 90s they would take whole suitcases of Kraft dinner and peanut butter back with them. (Now you can get these things at some stores in parts of Europe, in the "American" grocery section.)

  66. I grew up in a quaint New England town and fall is for sure the best time of year. You can smell burning firewood in the air, there's football on TV and chili in the crock pot. Going apple picking and walking through the woods wearing a flannel shirt and stepping on leaves are magical experiences. Only a few weeks away from that time of year and I couldn't be more excited.

  67. When I was younger, I’ve always wanted to experience studying highschool in the US because you guys have lockers, chemistry labs, awesome libraries and a proper gym.

  68. I'm from Canada, so there is not a whole lot about the states I want to try, since we vacation there often. But I do have a list of must tries.

  69. I experienced this first hand on recent visit to Spain for a work trip. I have an entry level tech job that I've not even been at for a year, and I was astonished to find out that I make a lot more money than even engineers in Spain, and I don't even have a college degree. Granted the cost of living seems to be a lot lower there, but it was still humbling.

  70. I just want to thank everyone for these wholesome comments, being an American that isn't always proud of my country, the occasional remind of the good shit is heart-warming.

  71. Sloppy joes. It looks weirdly gross and mouth watering at the same time. I just want to try it once since I always see it in movies.

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