As one of the largest world’s nation American people are probably also the most diverse people. It is actually very hard to define a usual American, which means that you can expect to meet pretty much every kind of people there – people of different races, religious views, behaviors, opinions, traditions, tastes etc. etc. However, there are some points that could generally describe American people or at least help you to understand the similarities among the people.
Most of the American people are patriots of their country. Since the area of USA is quite large, majority of them have never traveled outside USA yet they like to travel between the states. Do not be surprised if their geographical knowledge is not as great as you would wish, but for Europeans it is also difficult to name all the states of USA so why would we expect the Americans to know all the countries of Europe, right? However, when it comes to serious questions they like to stand for their opinion and values so try to be tolerant and not be too pushy about your beliefs and perceptions.
American people tend to be rather sociable; they like to organize large parties and invite guests, but as a foreign traveler do not expect to easily make friends with them. Each of them knows lots of people and it takes time to get closer to one and call him/her a friend. Simply enjoy the time and company, be kind and reserved, be open for discussions but at the same time listen what they have to say – you might be surprised to find out how great conversation partners Americans can be!