A lot of foreign visitors see the United States as one of the most unique countries in the world. And their reasoning for that might catch you off guard, as it’s easy to take certain things for granted in your home nation. So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list detailing 40 aspects of American life that these individuals love.
40. Work ethic
As per the Thrillist website in 2014, employees in the United States were working an average of 1,836 hours annually. Few other nations could match those figures, but the site claimed that people outside America respected their efforts. On top of that, they liked their drive to succeed at their respective jobs as well.
39. Accessibility for the disabled
While discussing what foreigners like most about America on Reddit, a user named misssplunker brought up an interesting point. They wrote, “[I love] how accommodating many places are to disabled people, especially [those] in wheelchairs. There are often ramps and large disabled parking spaces, not to mention that there’s an entire amusement park for people in wheelchairs in San Antonio!”
38. The weather
For Quora user Jeff Wiener, America had one big advantage over his home country of Canada. Indeed, he highlighted the hot weather of certain places like Arizona and Florida, noting that he’d go on holiday to those locations. Given the cooler temperatures in the Great White North, Wiener said, “The weather difference is noticed immediately.”
37. Zip codes
If you live in a country like the United Kingdom, post-codes will be a mix of numbers and letters. In the United States, though, zip codes are just made up of digits. For Reddit user john_wb, the latter system is a lot simpler to use, as there’s less to recall when searching for addresses.
36. Peaceful rural areas
While talking about their love of America, a social media user named 2_kids_no_more had an intriguing view. “[There’s] safety in rural areas,” they wrote on Reddit. “Our dream is to buy a farm and live peacefully, but where I live it’s so dangerous it’s unreal. When I see movies or programs about people living on ranches or farms in some town in the U.S., it looks amazing.”
35. 24/7 stores
In certain nations, you need to keep your eye on the closing times of supermarkets and stores. However, there are numerous shops in America that stay open 24/7, giving consumers a chance to grab goods whenever they need them. According to Thrillist, lots of people outside the states are massive fans of that option.
34. The roads
After spending some time in the United States, Quora user Angel Cap compared it to her home in Asia. She wrote, “[America has] wide, empty roads with abundant traffic signs. In my country, traveling to my workplace took two hours and the distance between my house and office is just 13 miles. In the U.S. I could’ve traveled very long distances in the same amount of time.”
33. The museums
If you want to learn more about a country’s history and culture, local museums are probably your best bet. Yet according to a Canadian Reddit user named Patches67, no other nation can beat the U.S. in that regard. They said, “America has some of the very best museums in the world. I spent a week going through the Smithsonian in Washington and it was amazing.”
32. Free refills
For foreigners, one of the most unique aspects of eating out at an American restaurant is that you have access to free refills. “[I’m] still amazed,” said Reddit user mushroomoose. But it doesn’t just stop with the drinks. As Thrillist reported, establishments like Olive Garden offer consumers an endless supply of breadsticks and soup upon their arrival.
31. Disciplined motorists
When discussing the conduct of American motorists, Angel Cap only had positive things to say on Quora. She wrote, “I was amazed at how drivers obey traffic regulations [in the United States]. In my country, traffic rules seemed like suggestions that you can choose not to follow and you won’t get penalized. Or you can bribe police officers.”
In many of the world’s major cities, you’ll have access to various theaters. However, in the opinion of a Reddit user named dragontruth, few other places can best Broadway. This area, which houses over 40 auditoriums, is synonymous with New York City and continues to attract visitors from across the globe.
29. Cheaper house prices
Shopping for a new home can be financially taxing at the best of times, but Reddit user Lrralw praised the pricing strategies in the United States. They wrote, “[America has] cheaper housing for huge houses. We could get a villa in Florida for the same price as a semi-detached three-bedroom house in the U.K.”
28. Choices at the supermarket
Outside of America, shopping trips are sometimes divided up between different supermarkets. After all, not every store will have what you need. But in U.S. outlets like Walmart, there’s a huge number of products available on the shelves, meaning you’d probably get everything in a single run. As per Thrillist, foreigners love that idea.
27. The opportunity to reinvent yourself
When people choose to go down certain career paths, they usually stick with similar positions for the rest of their working lives. But according to Quora user Milena Rangelov, employees in America have a realistic chance of reinventing themselves if they want a change. For instance, she cited an example of an electrician who moved into the world of massage therapy in his mid-50s.
26. The unique food
While America has a reputation for serving up large portions of food, some foreigners can’t get enough of the unique concoctions you can find there, too. As Reddit user ivENyMantibLEPtaISti wrote, “My country never would’ve thought of replacing the bread in a KFC chicken sandwich with two pieces of chicken. Genius. Keep ’em coming.”
25. Differing beliefs
Whether it’s politics or religion, we all have our own personal beliefs that we follow each day. Yet in the opinion of Reddit user khal33sy, America is particularly diverse in that respect. Indeed, they stated that the differing ideals were fascinating to experience as a visitor from another nation, claiming that their home couldn’t match it.
24. Domestic vacation spots
Depending on where you live, domestic holidays might not match up to destinations overseas. However, Quora user Paul Kraft didn’t believe that American people had that problem. He wrote, “The U.S. has it all, from the Arctic conditions in Alaska to the desert in the Southern states. I wonder why Americans pay to see the rest of the world whilst their own country has it all.”
23. No dog poop
When you own a pet, you take on a list of responsibilities that have to be fulfilled. On that note, Reddit user ebukota made an intriguing point about the United States, comparing it to their home nation. They wrote, “I’m from Russia, [and] you can always see dog poop here. I like that in America people clean up after their dogs.”
22. You don’t need cash
Before you head out to the shops, it’s always advisable to ensure that you’ve got some form of money on you. Yet in America, it’s sometimes better to just carry a credit card with you. Unlike other countries, most stores in the U.S. can facilitate card payments, which foreigners love according to Thrillist.
21. Right turns at red lights
When motorists are on the road, they need to follow certain rules to ensure their safety. But of course, the traffic regulations change from country to country. For Reddit user dumbleydore94, one of those differences was hugely preferable. Indeed, they loved that vehicles could turn right at a set of red lights in the United States.
While discussing things about America that they liked, two Quora users both hailed the patriotism of its citizens. Kamsochi Noble wrote, “This attitude of loving your country so much that you’re willing to die for it, or change things in it, is very admirable.” Steve Hills concurred, as the Australian noted that flags were prevalent outside houses during his time there as well.
19. Acts of selflessness
Outside of the States, Americans have a reputation for being kind-hearted. But even so, Quora user Krishna Tharun was shocked by the sheer level of selflessness on display when he went to Michigan. After a pal of his took part in a job interview, they saw that their vehicle was stuck in snow. Four individuals helped them get it out – three of whom held senior positions at the aforementioned company.
18. The American Dream
While it might sound cliché to some, Thrillist claims that foreigners have a real admiration for the “American Dream.” The idea that anyone can change their life with the right mindset and reap the financial benefits is well respected outside the States. In turn, the lack of “fear” in pursuing those ambitions is appreciated, too.
17. Good behavior at sporting events
On the subject of American sport, Reddit user ChrisMess made an interesting point. They said, “[I love] that you guys don’t have tribal wars on sports events like big games. You even applaud the rivaling team when they had a good play. So, how to behave watching sports is definitely something the rest of the world can learn from the U.S. of A.”
16. The socializing
During their spell in America, Reddit user asolidfiver was gobsmacked by a certain aspect of the country’s culture. They wrote, “I have to say Americans are very talkative and they do like to socialize a lot. They love to get together and meet up. There are lots of places to have fun and hang out, like arcades, bowling alleys, bars. It’s just not something people really do where I live.”
From queuing at the supermarket to waiting for an opening to cross the street, we all have to be patient at points. However, Quora user Bala Kannampallil believes that Americans are more tolerant of delays than most. In fact, he claimed that some people in the States were even willing to step aside for other individuals to go before them.
14. Large living spaces
When compared to other nations, houses in the United States can seem incredibly large, with Reddit user TheFakeMercy backing that up. They said, “[I love the] big living spaces. I live in Hong Kong and our average flat sizes are around 300 to 500 square feet. If you’re in a flat that’s over 1,000 square feet, that’s considered super luxurious.”
13. The national parks
In the opinion of Quora user Mayura Oak, the National Parks dotted around America are the country’s biggest highlight. She hailed parks like Denali and Yellowstone, as she was impressed with their differing looks. But alongside that, Oak also made it clear that the United States boasted other gorgeous spots to attract nature lovers, too.
12. Respect for privacy
While writing for Quora, Bala Kannampallil highlighted a welcome character trait in Americans. He said, “The people in the U.S.A. mostly try to mind their own business. Whether it’s co-workers or neighbors, they respect our privacy. They know where to draw a line when it comes to personal matters. They’re true followers of ‘live and let live.’”
If you’re fascinated by the mysteries of space, the continued work from NASA is sure to capture your attention. With that in mind, Reddit user edeq_10 revealed that the agency is their go-to example when discussing things about America that they like. Numerous people agreed with them as well, as the simple post earned just under 600 upvotes on the website.
10. The events
Throughout the year, countless conventions are held across the world, covering a variety of interests. However, a Reddit user named ThatSylverDude believed that the U.S. was particularly busy, as the country hosts some very popular events. “You guys have basically every convention that a Redditor could ask for,” they wrote.
9. The diversity
Given the sheer size of the United States, it’s a little surprising that it doesn’t adhere to a single lane. For Reddit user MallenStreak97, that’s the country’s main strength when looking at it from a foreign perspective. They beamed, “The diversity is wonderful, in its people, culture, food, architecture and nature.”
8. High school and college sports
Outside of America, sporting events at high schools and colleges aren’t looked upon in the same light. In fact, Reddit user neelie12345 thought that the U.S. gatherings were heavily embellished as a youngster. “Then I got older and actually met a few Americans who all backed it,” they wrote. “I was genuinely shocked. It would’ve been cool to have a sense of school/college spirit in sport.”
7. The landscapes
Depending on where you live, you might already have access to some beautiful landscapes at home. But when reflecting on what they loved about America, a British Reddit user named Chanzilla hailed the country’s impressive terrain. Another individual on the website concurred, using the Yosemite rock formation as an example.
6. You can buy anything
While writing on Quora, user Milena Rangelov shined a light on the shops you can access in the United States. She wrote, “There are tons of places where you can buy used or pre-owned… well, anything. Not to mention online places. Anything anyone has ever needed or thought he might need has been invented and sold [in America].”
5. The optimism
When times are tough, it can be difficult to maintain an optimistic mindset, but Americans appear to be the exception to the rule. Indeed, several Reddit users cited that buoyant behavior as one of things they loved about the States. To give you some perspective, an individual named kafka123 wrote, “People from other countries don’t have that feeling.”
4. Pop culture and entertainment
Whether it’s the latest film or television program, plenty of foreigners are drawn to American pop culture and entertainment. As per Thrillist, that’s one of the biggest things that outsiders like about the country. Quora user Johan Jaky backed that up as well, noting that “we consume a lot of it.”
3. Friendly people
When it comes to the citizens of the United States, Reddit user no_unknown drew a comparison with their own country, praising the population’s attitude. They said, “People [in America] are really nice and talkative. [In my country] you don’t ask where tourists are from, or begin a conversation just randomly while in a grocery store.”
2. The tourist attractions
If you’re a visitor in the United States, there’s plenty of places you can go to relax, with Angel Cap hailing that aspect of the country. The Quora user wrote, “[There are] a lot of tourist attractions. Exploring one state was like visiting an entire country. There are theme parks, state parks, botanical gardens, beaches, museums, etc. There’s a lot to see.”
Personal freedom is one of the biggest things that you can take for granted if you live in a nation like the United States. But according to Johan Jaky, certain foreigners are continually drawn to that privilege. The Quora user explained, “The fact is that people [from] most countries in the world dream of the same freedom that you find in America.”