America Wins! 10 Surprising Things The U.S. Does Better Than Other Countries

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There is no shortage of things Americans and Non-Americans find wrong about the states. However, after a Redditor asked, “What are some things the U.S.A. does right?” These are the top-voted responses.

1. Public Libraries

Many Redditors agreed that public libraries used to be very popular across the U.S. Nowadays, with information usually in our pockets (cell phones), they are less popular.

There are still a few of us who enjoy the feel and smell of an actual book in our hands. The library is for you. Registering for a card is easy and free, and you have unlimited books to read.

But Libraries aren’t just for books. You can register free to check out books, magazines, and movies. Some libraries have tools and 3D printers. Also, they provide creative activities and toys, and some even have a play area.

2. National Parks

Several people voted National Parks in America “worth the trip.” The National Park Service has recorded 423 individual parks covering more than 85 million acres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories.

Every park will look different with the US’s vast climates and geographic features. However, many have camping, trails, and a lot of nature to enjoy.


NASA, short for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was established in 1958 and led American space exploration. NASA studies Earth, including its climate, Sun, solar system, and beyond.

One user shared, “I went to a shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was a night launch, and I remember the ground shaking, the heat hitting my face, and the sound of the shuttle taking off. What an amazing thing was happening.”

4. Public Toilets

You can usually find a public restroom somewhere, no matter where you are in America. Not always the cleanest bathroom, but you can easily find one.

Another Redditor confessed, “It was news to me that not all other countries offer this. Pay by toilets was never something I had heard of; some countries don’t provide that.”

Nothing is worse than being on a long drive far from home when nature calls. Thankfully you can pull over just about anywhere to find a public restroom in America.

5. Barbeque

Many in the thread suggested if you’re Non-American, this one may seem peculiar. But Americans love a great BBQ, friends, and family gathering over good food and conversation on a beautiful day.

You can now find BBQ restaurants all over the country. Still, many Americans will tell you if you pass someone making BBQ out front who invites you over, don’t pass up the offer. “It will be the best BBQ you have eaten in a long time, if not ever.”

6. Banning Public Smoking

Most of America has jumped on the opportunity to ban smoking in public spaces. While some countries have taken this further and banned smoking even on a sidewalk, many Americans agree we are on the right path to a smoke-free environment.

One mentioned that it wasn’t so long ago you couldn’t go to a restaurant, movie, or even on a plane without being exposed to secondhand smoke. Nowadays, there are designated smoking areas where you only have to breathe it in if you choose to.

7. Free Water at Restaurants

“We’re not talking about bottled water, but most restaurants automatically bring a glass of ice-cold tap water to you as soon as you sit down,” shared one.

Once you drink about half of it, you can expect a server to be by your table to refill your glass again. They keep you well-hydrated throughout your meal. Many travelers noted that they appreciated that you could get free water “Anywhere in America.”

8. Air Conditioning

Not known to most who have never traveled outside the U.S., air conditioning should not be taken for granted. In parts of the U.S., it’s so standard it would be odd to go into a place that didn’t have AC.

One user wrote, “One of my friend’s dad was English; he said he always made fun of our use of AC until he experienced his first Southern summer.” After that, many in the thread laughed and understood that Southern U.S. humidity and heat are something else.

9. Postal Service

The United States Postal Service, or USPS, is a century-old institution and still going strong. USPS ensures every US household can receive mail daily with fixed cost first class postage, no matter how rural the location may be.

Some in the thread said it is the world’s envy, and others argued that other countries do it better. But either way, for 60 cents, one can mail a letter seven miles or 7000 miles away, and it will get to your destination in under a week.

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10. Customer Service

Many people from other countries admitted to being surprised when they visited a restaurant or store in the US for the first time. But there is no denying Americans have taken the “customer is always right” to a new level of service. 

For Americans, this level of customer service has become a joke with overbearing phrases like “Can I help you today?” or “Anything else, sir?” 

Finally, anyone who has worked in customer service can attest that the customer is not always right, and dealing with those who still believe that can be a nightmare.

What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or is there something a little more, “Oh, say can you see,” that deserves a spot on this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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