The USA surprised me. The big cities were boring. That is, except for New York; NY is a great city. And the smaller cities and towns? As if you’re in a developing country; poverty, run-down houses and a badly maintained infrastructure.
But the nature, the nature, the nature. The nature is beautiful and spectacular. And driving by car inland over roads with hardly any traffic indeed gives you that feeling of freedom everyone always talks about. The USA: go there for New York, forget about the rest of the cities, but especially go there for the nature.