Traveling throughout the many landscapes of the United States allows you to see some of the most exciting places to visit. Not only does this list include the most exciting excursions in America, but you'll find out why you should visit and what you can expect to see on your journey. These are the best places to visit and definitely ones that every American should see at least once in their life. Best of all, these are natural locations that were created by nature and are still mostly unspoiled by man.
The Grand Canyon
No list of the most exciting excursions in America would be complete without choosing the Grand Canyon. With millions of years of history, layered bands of red rock and an area teeming with wildlife, you should plan to visit the Grand Canyon and stay as long as possible. You'll enjoy views that include the Colorado River, Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower.
Full of majestic mountains, cultural events, and plenty of wilderness, Anchorage is known for its vast array of sights to see including whale watching, bald eagles, and glacier tours that allow you to see icebergs up close. Mountain areas include the Chugach, Kenai and the Talkeetna. If you're looking for cultural activities, you can check out the Alaska Native Heritage Center. At the center, you can see replicas of present dwellings, dances and traditional crafts from the area’s indigenous groups.
Yosemite National Park
Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, Yosemite National Park is known as one of the most exciting excursions in America. One of its attributes are the ancient sequoia trees, but you can also see the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan as well as Tunnel View, the famous vista of the towering Bridalveil Fall. One of the things that Yosemite is known for is its waterfalls, but you may not know that there are five major vegetation zones and over 160 rare plants in Yosemite. This millions-of-years-old area offers some of the best views, and there is plenty to do if you enjoy nature's beauty.
Hawaii: The Big Island
The Big Island is the largest in all of Hawaii and is officially known as Hawaii even though there are other islands that make up the state. There is plenty diverse things to see, including two active volcanoes, lush rain forests, black sand beaches (Punalu’u) and green beaches (Papakolea). It's perfect for sunbathing, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, and doing anything water-related or simply visiting with nature. There are two major waterfalls: the Waianuenue, which is 80 feet, and the 442-foot Akaka Falls. With over 150 miles of volcanic desert to hike, you'll never be without something to do on the big island of Hawaii.
Whether it's a hike through a pine forest, climbing up steep canyon walls, checking out the red rock buttes, or visiting the vibrant art community in town, Sedona, Arizona is a unique place to visit where nature and art are combined to make a location that has the best of both worlds. Whether it's mountain biking, hiking, exploring, or even a spiritual journey— which Sedona is well known for—this area of the country is an experience that is unique and exhilarating.
Known for its casual atmosphere, pastel painted architecture, and delicious delicacies like key lime pie, shrimp, and oysters, Key West is one of the more unique excursions in America. Trade winds keep the area's temperature mild even though it's at the southernmost tip of the country and just 90 miles from Cuba. You can visit the home of Ernest Hemingway, see the famed Key West sunset or visit the southernmost tip, which is known as "Mile 0." Key West has a free spirit that is like no other city in the country.
Located at an elevation of over 6,000 feet and the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada and the largest Alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe has beautiful water and plenty to enjoy. Boating, skiing, swimming, and enjoying the view are just a few of the things that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Formed by glaciers during the ice age, Lake Tahoe has an extinct volcano, three peaks of mountains and is popular for skiing and back packing.
Located in upstate New York, the Adirondack Mountains are billions of years old and over 60 percent is hardwood forest. It includes bogs, marshes, and swamps, and there is plenty of wildlife to check out. Camping, hiking, sightseeing and scenic drives are just a few of the things you can experience, and don't miss hiking trails of the famed Adirondack High Peaks. Unlike many of the parks, the Adirondacks has no gates to worry about: it doesn't close after dark, and there are no fees to visit.
Glacier National Park, Montana
At almost 1600 square miles, Glacier National Park, Montana in the Rocky Mountains is a wilderness area with valleys, mountains, and glacier-carved peaks. There are an amazing 700 miles of hiking trails to explore, and it's crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Camping, cycling, backpacking, and exploring this region are just a few of the activities that allow you to see nature at its finest.
The Appalachian Trail
While you might not be able to hike the entire 2,160-mile trail from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail is definitely one of the most exciting excursions in America. With peaks at over 4,000 feet in elevation and even including Mount Washington at over 6,2000 feet, this is some of the best scenery to behold and is one excursion that is not to be missed.