Some experiences are undeniably American, such as saluting the flag, kissing a bald eagle, or applying sunscreen to the faces on Mount Rushmore. Check another American activity off the list with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of burgers, fries, and more at McDonald's. This Groupon is valid at 14 locations.
Since founder Ray Kroc opened his first location in 1955, scores of diners have crowded under McDonald's golden arches to taste classic burgers, sweet treats, and healthier dining choices, all served quickly to accommodate hectic schedules. Thirsty throngs can keep cool during summertime heat with a host of fruit smoothies, such as the Mango-Pineapple Smoothie blended with real bits of fruit ($2.29 for a small, though prices may vary by location). The Big Mac requires a third layer of bun to form a foundation for two pure-beef patties, sauce, and cheese ($3.89) that has as much architectural integrity as a skyscraper reinforced with ethics textbooks. Several Snack Wraps ($1.59+) flavors spotlight their palatable portability, and the Premium Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich ($4.49) seals juiciness within a bronzed batter fortress. Like a heavyweight champion with fists made of broccoli, McDonald's Premium Salads ($4.99) pack a vitamin-rich punch and provide diners with healthier meal options.
If you wanted a McDonald's burger in the spring of 1955, you needed to travel to Des Plaines, Illinois, and find the burger joint with the golden arches on the outside. Today, however, those arches mark more than 34,000 locations in 118 countries. Equally ubiquitous are the items on the restaurant's menu, which include the Chicken McNugget, the Happy Meal, the Egg McMuffin, and the Big Mac. In recent years, the restaurant has introduced healthier eats, such as its Premium Salads and Premium McWraps.