When you decide to attend a college in the U.S., there is so much more than your on-campus experience, or classes. You can take advantage of the wonderful country and wildlife that surrounds you. Studying in the U.S. can be so much more than simply studying.
New York, Los Angeles, Route 66… we all know most of America’s places but let’s not forget its national parks! Yosemite, Yellowstone, Death Valley, the Rocky Mountains to name a few. Can you imagine visiting the U.S. without visiting its iconic national parks? Consisting of a total of 416 national parks and recreational areas, the United States is a paradise for hikers and adventure seekers.
It is the first national park, declared so by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1817. It is by far the most well-known park within the United States, in part for the numerous geysers it has, especially that of Old Faithful. Year after year, Old Faithful has erupted on time (every 44 to 125 minutes) to awe those who stand by to observe its beauty. Furthermore, Yellowstone has an incredible variety of wildlife such as: American bison, Canada lynx, bears, bobcats, elks and moose among others.
The pride of California, this national park is home to one of the most spectacular granite drop-offs on the planet. El Capitan is a 3,000 feet granite monolith which has recently captivated more than one viewer’s attention by being featured in the incredible documentary ‘Free Solo’. The park, located in the Sierra Nevada range, offers travellers the opportunity to be surrounded by nature, wildlife, and plenty of water springs. If you are lucky enough, you might even catch a glimpse of the unbelievable ‘firefall’ on any given February sunset.
3) Death Valley
This record setting desert is as close to being on another planet you can possibly get. First off, Death Valley is the lowest area in the United States, close to 100 meters below sea level. Secondly, this valley has recorded the hottest air conditions on record (5°C), and the hottest ground conditions at an incredible 93°C. Its stunning nature attracts tourists and photographers alike year round, making it a definite passing route for the interested.
4) Sequoia National Park
If you would like to see the tallest tree in the world, then this park is for you. Sequoia Park is home to General Sherman as well as 5 of the 10 tallest trees on the planet. General Sherman is a massive tree topping off at 83 meters, making an amazing picture at the basin. Other attractions include the Tunnel Log, a carved tunnel in a tree that had fallen across the road, and Moro Rock, a spectacular vista point from which you can see most of the National Park. Similarly, you can frequently see many wild animals including rattlesnakes, foxes, elk, mule deer or even bobcats. Harder to see but also within the park are mountain lions, a rare sight even for the most adventurous.
5) Rocky Mountains
If you like winter sports, summer hikes, and seeing abundant wildlife, Colorado is the state for you. The Rocky Mountains are a well-known destination to escape the routine of everyday life. Abundant skiing slopes, such as Aspen or Mary Jane, lure tourists and visitors in to enjoy their vacation in winter. River sports, hikes, and bird-watching attract them in warmer weather, too. Located near the center of the U.S., the Rocky Mountains offer untouched biodiversity difficult to see anywhere else in the country accessible to the whole family. You can also enjoy the vibrant city of Denver located a mere 30 min drive from the national park or other tourist destinations.
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