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The natural wonders of the United States’ national parks never cease to amaze—from delicate wildflowers and glaciers glittering in the sun to thundering waterfalls and steaming geysers. Among the delights to behold:
• Old Faithful geyser spewing steaming water well over 100 feet into the air every hour or so at Yellowstone National Park, spread across parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. (Pro tip: To avoid crowds, arrive at dawn or on a moonlit night.)
• Massive Yosemite Falls plummeting nearly 2,500 feet to a mist-filled, rocky creek below in California’s Yosemite National Park.
• At least 1,500 types of flowering plants (more than any other park) blooming in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in North Carolina and Tennessee.
• Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park blanketed in ice. The park boasts nearly 40 glaciers, and the best way to see them is on a boat tour during summer.
• The mile-deep Grand Canyon, carved by the Colorado River over millions of years and winding more than 275 miles through northern Arizona.
• Rusty orange and red canyon walls rising 1,000 feet high inside The Narrows, the slimmest section of Utah’s Zion National Park.
• The first glimpse of sunrise in the continental United States from atop Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park (from October to March).
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The United States is lined with more than 95,000 miles of shoreline, from sugar-white sandy beaches to rugged, rocky coastlines. The beaches include places to play, explore and simply bask in the sun.
Along the East Coast, beautiful beaches range from the dramatic coast of Maine to South Carolina’s picturesque Kiawah Island (near historic Charleston) to Miami Beach, with its art deco whimsy. Speaking of Florida, the Sunshine State’s 8,000-plus miles of coastline help it live up to its name. Among the highlights: the shark tooth-rich shoreline of Venice Beach and the dazzling Gulf Coast strands of Clearwater Beach and Panama City Beach. Also on the Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores, Alabama, offers white sands, dolphin-watching, deep-sea fishing and parasailing.
The Great Lakes offer their own brand of beach getaway—from the quaint, car-free streets of Michigan’s Mackinac Island in Lake Huron to the towering sand formations of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan. And for a big-city getaway, Chicago boasts 26 miles of public beaches along sparkling Lake Michigan.
On the West Coast, Santa Barbara draws travelers with a Mediterranean-like climate, Spanish architecture and stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
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Historic sites offer hands-on experiences that bring the past to life. On the East Coast, Boston boasts a Revolutionary history—from the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Today, visitors can trace the city’s storied past along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile brick-lined route leading to 16 historic sites.
Philadelphia is the place to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution’s 19 museums and galleries showcase the past. And in eastern Virginia, the reconstructed towns of Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg re-create America’s early days.
In the South, the city of Atlanta traces the country’s turbulent civil rights history with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, where visitors can tour Rev. King’s birth home. And in Florida, you’ll find the oldest European settlement in America. Today, the city of St. Augustine entices with brick-lined streets and Spanish Colonial architecture—evidence of its more than 450 years of history.