Sharon Stephenson goes west, goes wild and takes it easy.

Cowboys and jazz. According to Clint Eastwood, they're the greatest gifts America has given the world.

And while you'd be a fool to argue with Dirty Harry, he's clearly sold his country short (go ahead and add apple pie, Levi's and mobile phones to the list).

I'll add road trips: North America has 6552,000km of roads, most of them smooth curls of bitumen that dip and weave across this vast nation. There's probably nothing more American than loading up the car and hitting the freeway.

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