I understand that some of your governments have issued travel warnings about coming to the United States , because it’s too dangerous .
They want you to rethink that trip to San Francisco or Denver, Colorado .
Please don’t listen .
It’s not that we need your tourist dollars more than let’s say, Myanmar or some other countries do, but we actually do.
Some cities in the United States aren’t doing that great tourist wise.
They’d like you to visit them too.
They want you to spend money in Hershey , Pennsylvania , just like you spend it in Belfast or Bejing.
You’ve been told about the floods , hurricanes , and other sorts of wild weather that we have here.
Sorry, I know that some of you go to Thailand and Bali a lot.
They don’t have wild weather, too?
In spite of what your newspapers back in Amsterdam , Saudi Arabia , and Sydney have led you to believe , there’s more to United States than New York City , Miami , or Los Angeles .
In spite of what you’ve heard or seen on your screens back home or what some of your governments want you to see, Americans are really very friendly .
Please don’t judge us by our politicians .
We are NOTHING like that.
We really want to know all about you and the country you come from.
Please don’t be afraid of us because some of us seem to have this fascination with guns and something called “The Second Amendment . ”
Many of us DON’T have a fascination with guns and we’re troubled by our fellow Americans who do.
We like to have a good old time in Jackson Hole , Wyoming and Branson , Missouri , just like you do in Munich and Lisbon .
I’m sorry that it takes so long to go through some of our airports because of the type of passport you happen to be holding .
Please don’t hold that against the average American or that United States customs agent who’s just doing his or her job.
Get to really know us.
Have some Tex-Mex food in San Antonio , Texas, or some beer and bratwurst in Milwaukee , Wisconsin .
See how our dairy farmers go about their business providing food for us on the farms of Nebraska , Iowa or Kansas.
Have a pizza in places you wouldn’t even consider , like Detroit , Baltimore , or San Diego .
Have a cheesesteak sandwich in Philadelphia , a lobster roll in Maine , a po’boy or a Muffaletta sandwich in New Orleans , or try a “grinder” in Providence , Rhode Island .
By all means, if you must , visit ” The City That Never Sleeps ” , because you know you want to .
In spite of what recently happened, please visit Las Vegas .
Visit it because there’s no place like it and everyone should visit Vegas at least once in their lives .
Visit Washington DC and Gettysburg , Pennsylvania just so you can understand why we Americans are the way we are.
While you’re at it , visit Lexington , Massachusetts and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania so that you can fully grasp what the United States is all about .
You’ve been told by friends and relatives how expensive some of our states are.
They are,but there are 50 states in the country , don’t neglect those states that you don’t know that much about like Delaware , Oregon , South and North Dakota, Idaho and West Virginia .
While you’re at it , if you really want to get to know Americans, take yourself to a sporting event, whether it be baseball , basketball or American Football .
You don’t have to understand the sport, just observe .
Whatever you do , though, please don’t discuss politics or religion with us.
You might not like what you hear.
As you decide where your next vacation is going to be , Mister or Mrs. Foreign Tourist, please consider coming to the United States .
We aren’t as bad as you’ve been told that we are.
You might even get to like some of us.
An American who would like you to visit