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California: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

September 28, 2021 8:30am
High-up in the California's Sierra Nevada Mountains are two of USA's most spectacular National Parks, Kings Canyon and Sequoia. Sequoia National Park gives you the chance to get up close to the largest trees on the planet whilst in Kings Canyon you can explore the most incredible alpine scenery with the backdrop of some of the tallest peaks in lower 48 States.

Utah: Capitol Reef National Park – the quieter alternative

May 20, 2021 8:07am
Even considering Utah’s many impressive national parks and monuments, it is difficult to rival Capitol Reef National Park’s sense of expansiveness, of broad, sweeping vistas, of a tortured, twisted, seemingly endless landscape, or of limitless sky and desert rock. While Bryce and Zion are like encapsulated little fantasy lands of coloured stone and soaring cliffs, the less-visited Capitol Reef is almost like a planet unto itself. Here you get a real feel for what the earth might have been like before life appeared when nothing existed but earth and sky.

Nevada: Las Vegas – 6 things to do in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

April 13, 2021 8:42am
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a short drive from the heart of Las Vegas. There are plenty of trails to explore the beauty of this varied desert landscape and escape the craziness of Las Vegas. If you are not up for hiking a trail, simply drive the 13-mile scenic drive and hop out at the viewpoints along the way.

Nevada: 12 Things to do in Valley of Fire State Park

April 6, 2021 8:15am
The Valley of Fire State Park makes an ideal day trip from the chaos that is Las Vegas. You will enjoy the spectacular red rock formations that give this park its name and it is a great place to see petroglyphs, ancient rock art. There are plenty of trails, including many short and easy ones that take you into beautiful canyons and up to spectacular view points.

Oregon: Fort Clatsop – Lewis & Clark National Monument

December 28, 2020 8:43am
Back in September 1803, US President Thomas Jefferson decided he ought to find out more about the territory he had just acquired for the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. He commissioned Merriweather Lewis and William Clark to go and explore and in November 1805 after a gruelling trip they sighted the Pacific Ocean and set-up shop at Fort Clatsop near Astoria, Oregon

Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument

December 1, 2020 8:30am
Located along US 20 between the small towns of Arco and Carey in Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. We decided to stop and explore this barren and unwelcoming landscape during our road trip from Oregon to Minnesota.

South Dakota: Custer State Park

October 7, 2020 10:52am
Custer State Park is famous for its bison herds, other wildlife, scenic drives, historic sites, visitor centres, fishing lakes, resorts, campgrounds and interpretive programs. In fact, it was named as one of the World's Top Ten Wildlife Destinations for the array of wildlife within the park's borders and for the unbelievable access visitors have to them.

Pennsylvania: Gettysburg National Military Park

May 14, 2019 5:27am
Gettysburg located in rural Pennsylvania probably would have remained a sleepy little town but for the American Civil War and the battle that took place there on July 1 to 3 1863. Here the Confederate and Union forces fought a fierce battle that resulted in the highest losses of any conflict in the Civil War. For those like myself, who can’t imagine a bloody melee such as took place at Gettysburg there is an amazing visitor center complete with videos, memorabilia and a fantastic cyclorama.

Arizona: Flagstaff & Sunset Crater

March 18, 2019 1:48pm
Close to Flagstaff, Sunset Crater, the site of the most recent eruption in Northern Arizona, is now a National Monument and well worth a short visit to hike the lava fields. Also close to Flagstaff is the Lowell Laboratory, which is open to visitors. Here you can learn more about the universe and see the telescopes inside the Lowell's observatories.
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