The Size of the United States


      Vistiors to the United States are often surprised to learn the distance距离 from the east coast海岸 to the west coast. It is more than 3,500 kilometers from the Atlantic 大西洋Ocean 海洋 on the east coast to the Pacific太平洋 Ocean on the west .A jet plane喷气机 crosses the continental 大陆的United States in about five hours . but a traveler in a fast railroad train needs more than forty –eight hours to cross the country.

      The new state of Hawaii夏威夷 is very far from the states on the east coast of the continent. Hawaii is in the Pacific Ocean. It is more than 3,000 kilometers from Hawaii to the mainland大陆 of the United States.