America is great. Period. We could define the good ol' land of the free purely with this simple statement. But let's take a moment out of our workdays of chasing the American dream to think about the images that really represent tried-and-true Americana. As we look up into the bright blue sky with a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon in our strong American hands and tilt our heads nostalgically to one side, these are the images that come to mind...
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We can only imagine that this hardworking American has worked hard in his hard-worker blue pants and now deserves the most American of snacks (yes, snacks). Eating a cheeseburger and drinking a soda on a seafoam-green armchair is the actual American dream.
A slice of warm, crispy apple pie
If apple pie is not American, then we've all been living a sad, sad lie.
A powerful man in a suit
Work all day 'till you build an empire. Laugh maniacally. Tear the empire down through your own personal greed. Spawn a Hollywood movie. Repeat.
A red disposable cup
Otherwise known as “American party cups,” these bad boys have probably made more appearances in iconic American cinema than John Wayne, and that guy used to be in everything. Let’s “cheers” and then chug to that.
This guy taking a bubble bath, smoking a cigar, drinking a glass of whiskey, and wearing a Santa hat and beard. Yep.
Because, why not?
A wiener dog dressed in a wiener costume
There is even a wiener leash!!! This is the best it will ever, ever get.
A home on wheels is the only way to see our glorious and vast country. Picture this: dad flirting with the English GPS in the front, brothers and sisters pulling hair and learning how to curse in the back, and those country roads John Denver was singing about rolling out in front of you.
Young, fabulous people beckoning
White pants, blue checkered prints, red bikinis, feet cool in the water, a tall glass with some mysterious alcoholic beverage that will make you slur your words yet somehow still tastes like the fruit punch of childhood... it’s all so tempting! Well, maybe just one drink...
Kara King is a production assistant at Thrillist and often sings "Country Roads" alone in her room. Follow her patriotic adventures at @karatillie.