Whether it's a Jack Kerouac inspired road trip or a Seinfeld tour of New York's coffee shops and diners, The United States has something to offer everyone.
For me it's the political heart of the nation, Washington, DC. so familiar from the novels of Tom Clancy or David Baldacci and T.V. shows like The West Wing.
United Airlines or Qantas fly to Washington Dulles via San Francisco or Los Angeles five times a week. The first thing you notice on arrival, is the occasional strange popping sounds like champagne corks in the distance. Dulles is well served by ground transport and the 42km trip to the City Centre takes about 1 hour. It was while waiting for a Taxi I discovered more about the popping sound. Out of nowhere two heavily armoured policemen pushed me to the ground while another two officers blew up my luggage! "Aprils Fool!" they all yelled, laughing.
Later I discovered I'd been the victim of a well known bunch of pranksters within the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. I asked Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey if he was aware of the officers explosive pranks. "Yes, well it started about oh..three years ago. Initially it was just your average April Fools joke but now it's grown into something a lot bigger and takes in the whole month of April. It's good for moral though and really it's becoming quite a tourist attraction. It's strange that you hadn't heard of it."
Back in Australia, I asked Foreign Secretary Alexander Downer if he thought this might warrant a Travel Advisory Warning for anyone thinking of going to Washington. "No no. We're aware of the pranksters but there's no real danger to the public. If you don't like it you just don't go to Washington in April. I've not been there since I lost two very nice Samsonites at the IMF in 2002."