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Jun 08

Petrified Forest

Sometimes, over millions of years of being exposed to the elements, wood eventually turns to something like stone. That obscure fact of chemistry takes on a whole new dimension in the Petrified National Park in Arizona. Here, visitors can find some of nature’s most beautiful colors, along with its most fascinating ancient sights. The Badlands …

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May 26

Grand Canyon

First, some dry facts about the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. The canyon is over 275 miles long and a mile deep. In parts, it is 18 miles wide, four miles at the narrowest point. Elevations range from 2,400 feet above sea level to over 7,000 feet. The canyon extends from Lees Ferry at the …

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May 26

Crater Lake National Park

Lewis and Clark may have been the first non-aboriginal explorers to be awestruck by Crater Lake in Oregon. But they were far from the last. Offering biking, boating, horseback riding and just sheer breathtaking scenery to absorb, it is one of America’s most outstanding national parks. Every year half a million visitors experience something like …

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May 26

Carlsbad Caverns

Outside, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is nothing special. A few gray rock formations and a bit of scrub brush covering a short cliff. Inside, it is one of the most wondrous landscapes in the world. With over 100 limestone caves to explore, visitors could go spelunking here for years and never see the same …

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May 22

Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton National Park gets its name from the high, jagged mountain in Wyoming that forms the centerpiece of the area. But that description doesn’t begin to capture the scenic glory of this park. Perfect hiking trails, glorious rivers and vast plains of breathtaking beauty greet the visitor at every turn. There are over …

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May 18

Hawaii Volcanoes

Visitors to Hawaii often have something other than visiting a park on their minds. Yet, this island state offers one of the most unusual national parks in the system: the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park covers nearly 505 mi²/1350 km² and has several distinct ecosystems. Here, explorers can find the results of over 70 …

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May 18

Great Smoky Mountains

In the mountains of eastern Tennessee there lies a national park that encompasses over 500,000 acres of lush forest. Part of the Appalachian Highlands, it houses thousands of species of wildlife. It offers unparalleled views of American nature at its finest. The elevation of the park varies from just under 900 feet to over 6,600, …

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May 08

Yosemite National Park

There are some sights and sites that words will never properly describe. Yosemite National Park is in that class. But that is about the only group it’s in because this magnificent natural wonder is otherwise in a class by itself. True, there are dozens of National Parks, many of them heavily forested and offering mountains …

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May 08

White Sands

The name of the White Sands National Monument is well chosen. The sparkling white grains of gypsum that cover the whole area give off an eerie glow as the wind brushes over them. But there is much more that is inviting about this natural wonder in New Mexico. Located in the Tularosa Basin it offers …

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May 08

The Everglades

Only an hour from bustling Miami is one of America’s most unusual parks. Covering over a million and a half acres in southern Florida, The Everglades National Park is a wilderness wonderland. Filled with plant and animal life in abundance, it houses one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Freshwater sloughs provide a home to …

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