U.S. Parks

The National Park Service manages over 84 million acres for the enjoyment of 275 million annual visitors. The U.S. is also blessed with countless state, municipal and private parks. Here is a photographic sample of the gorgeous scenery this system offers you and your family. Go visit a park this weekend or for a week. They are wonderful!

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1 Mendenhall Glacier Icebergs near Juneau, Alaska

Notice the large icebergs floating in Mendenhall lake at the base of Mendenhall Glacier. Watching them be created, a process called calving, is very exciting. Typically, there is a loud noise resembling an explosion followed by a massive sheet of ice and rock breaking off and sliding down the terminus. As they plunge into the lake, huge waves are created. The chunks are submerged, resurface and spin. When the water settles, the icebergs begin their journey towards the Inside Passage assuming they don’t completely melt along the way.

Mendenhall Glacier Interpretive Visitor Center E Glacier Trail, Juneau, AK 99801
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2 New Eddystone Rock near Ketchikan, Alaska

New Eddystone Rock is a majestic, 237 foot basalt pillar. It was a volcanic vent five million years ago and then shaped by glaciers. The tree-covered tower stands in the Behm Canal between the Revillagigedo Island in the background and an entrance to the Misty Fjords National Monument. It has been a popular sight for visitors since European navigator George Vancouver documented his discovery in 1793.

New Eddystone Rock, Alaska 99901
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3 The South Rim from Yavapai Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

The word “grand” is inadequate to describe the Grand Canyon’s South Rim in Arizona. Carved by the Colorado River and 1.7 billion years of erosion, it extends 277 miles. Although ten miles across, it requires a 250 mile drive around it. This view from Yavapai Point is the shallowest at 2,400 feet. The canyon is 7,800 feet deep at the North Rim. Nearby is the Yavapai Geology Museum where park rangers provide interesting facts using a scaled model of the canyon.

Yavapai Point Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
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4 The Colorado River Encircling Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona

Just off Route 89 near Page, Arizona, you take a hot, dusty walk across ancient sand dunes while seeing nothing but rocks, scrub brush and perspiring tourists. Suddenly, a giant canyon emerges. The view of the Colorado River meandering 270° around Horseshoe Bend is heart-stirring. If you also want it to be breathtaking, then dare to inch towards the rim for a better view of the sandstone escarpment 1,000 feet below. Once you are positioned for the best possible photo, your spouse will yell that you are crazy and to crawl back immediately.

Horseshoe Bend, Hwy 89 S, Page, AZ
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5 Canyon Sunbeams in the Upper Canyon of Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona

Near Page, Arizona, are two slot canyons called Antelope Canyon. These phenomenal geological sites are managed by the Navajo Nation of Native Americans. The Upper Canyon is famous for sunbeams. After magically appearing, the slivers of light streak and dance through the corkscrew formations of sandstone while creating brilliant orange and purple colors. Then they vanish in seconds. These canyon sunbeams are best seen at mid-day during the summer.

Indian Rte 222 and AZ-98, Page, AZ 86040
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6 Fannette Island in Lake Tahoe At Emerald Bay State Park, California

Emerald State Park is along the western shore of Lake Tahoe in California. In the center of gorgeous Emerald Bay is Fannette Island, an uninhabited piece of granite that rises 150 feet with sparse timber and brush. On top are the remains of a “Tea House” where Mrs. Knight entertained friends. In 1929, she also built a stunning, Scandinavian castle with 38 rooms and a staff of 15 as her summer home. It’s available for tours. She and her husband also financed Charles Lindberg’s trans-Atlantic solo flight.

Emerald Bay State Park, 138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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7 Namesake Tree at Joshua Tree Park, California

The namesake for this national park is the Joshua tree. The largest of the yuccas can reach a height of 40 feet. It is indigenous only to the Mojave Desert. This spikey evergreen can live over 150 years. This odd-shaped yet picturesque member of the agave family has several names. The Cahuilla Indians called it hunuvat chiy’a or humwichawa. The scientific name is yucca brevifolia. In the mid-19th century, the Mormons observed the outstretched limbs resembled the Biblical Joshua leading the Israelites during the Exodus. They named it the Joshua tree.

64102 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
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8 California Bell Tower at Balboa Park in San Diego, California

The 200 foot California Bell Tower’s cupola and lantern is accented with a starburst tile design that is so exquisite that it has become an iconic symbol of San Diego. This three-tier, Spanish and Mexican tower welcomes visitors that enter Balboa park through the El Prado entrance. The California Building was created for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and houses the anthropology Museum of Man.

1350 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
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9 Palace of Fine Arts Beside Lagoon in San Francisco, California

In 1915, in preparation for hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition world’s fair, ten magnificent yet temporary structures were built on 630 acres in today’s Marina neighborhood. This dome building alongside a lagoon, called the Palace of Fine Arts, is the only one that remains on the original site. It was reconstructed in 1965.

3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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10 Maroon Bells and Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, Colorado

The snow-capped and red-hue Maroon Bells are 14,000 foot sister peaks. The picturesque mounts are located in the 181,000 acres of Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen. In the glacial valley is Maroon Lake. During the spring, its frigid water provides gorgeous reflections of the mountains. The scenic area is also surrounded by meadows, wildflowers and aspen. Local residents include bighorn sheep, red fox, deer and an occasional black bear.

Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead, Aspen, CO 81611
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11 Grand View Overlook of Monoliths at Colorado National Monument, Colorado

One spectacular panorama of Independence Monument is from the Grand View Overlook. Only the golden eagles and red-tail hawks have a better view of these towering monoliths. You have 801 people to thank for this scenic drive. The first was William Taft. The president leveraged the Antiquates Act in 1911 to make these 20,500 acres a national monument. The other 800 men created the Rim Rock Drive. The laborious project began during the Depression. It took 18 years to complete by 1950. Colorado National Monument is listed by the U. S. National Register of Historic Places.

Grand View, Rim Rock Dr, Grand Junction, CO 81507
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12 Bighorn Sheep Grazing in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado

The best way to sample the 415 square miles and 60 mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is by driving along the Trail Ridge Road (Highway 34). If you are adventurous, consider walking some of the 350 miles of trails. The lowlands are covered by lush grasslands and forests until they reach the tree line at 11,500 feet. The tallest mountain is Longs Peak at 14,259 feet. Along the way, you might see a herd of grazing bighorn sheep.

Trail Ridge Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517
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13 Introduction to Independence Pass, Colorado

Independence Pass is a 32-mile Scenic and Historic Byway located less than 20 miles either side of Leadville in the east and Aspen in the west. Highway 82 winds among glacier-formed valleys and snow-capped mountains. You will drive by gorgeous scenes like this one near Leadville. This is Twin Lakes with Mount Elbert in the background (Colorado’s tallest peak at 14,400 feet). Between the San Isabell and White River National Forests is the 12,095 summit of Independence Pass. Here you will stand at the top of the Continental Divide. This fabulous road is typically open from Memorial Day through early November. However, check U. S. Forest Service bulletins before you go.

6285 Co Rd 10 Twin Lakes, CO 81251
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14 Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Sunset at Universal in Orlando, Florida

The passenger train on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit reaches an elevation of 165 feet before plunging towards the ground at 65 mph. This rollercoaster at Universal Studios Florida lets you select the song that plays while you are scared to death. With selections like, “Paralyzer,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Living in Fast Forward,” “Insane in the Brain” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” it’s hard to pick the most appropriate tune.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Orlando, FL 32819
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15 ‘Akaka Falls State Park near Honomu, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

The Kolekole Stream plunges 422 feet into a deep gorge in this spectacular waterfall. It is the centerpiece of an easy walking trail around ‘Akaka Falls State Park near Honomu, Island of Hawaii along the Hamakua Coast. The path also loops through a lush rainforest that features enormous ferns, huge bamboo and banyan trees plus the smaller Kahūnā Falls.

ʻAkaka Falls State Park, Akaka Falls Road & State Hwy 220, Honomu, HI 96728
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16 USS Arizona Mast and Oil Slick at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor near Honolulu on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The “date which will live in infamy” resulted in the deaths of over 2,400 Americans, including 1,177 men on the USS Arizona. This view of the sunken ship’s mast is from the memorial that was built over it. Look closely and you’ll see the oil slick that still forms after more than seventy years.

1 Arizona Memorial Pl, Honolulu, HI 96818
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17 Shoshone Falls Park Waterfall along Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho

Swirling rainbows arch above roaring water as the Snake River cascades 212 feet down a 900 foot wide, horseshoe ridge at Shoshone Falls Park near Twin Falls, Idaho. The widest torrent is Bridal Veil Falls. This spectacle of nature was formed 14,000 years ago during outburst flooding from a melting glacier. $3 per car is a small price to pay for feeling the mist as the water thunders 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls.

Shoshone Falls Park, Champlin Rd, Kimberly, ID 83341
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18 Buckingham Fountain and Downtown Skyline in Chicago, Illinois

The Buckingham Fountain, which resembles a multi-layer wedding cake, was built in 1927 with pink marble in a French 18th century style called Rococo. The 1.5 million gallon fountain in Grant Park apparently represents Lake Michigan which is nearby. During light, music and water shows, 193 jets blast streams of water as high as 150 feet.

301 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
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19 Schooner Head from Overlook in Acadia National Park, Maine

Credit earthquakes, volcanoes and glaciers for forming the 47,000 acres of pristine forests, rugged coastlines, peninsula fingers and charming inlets of Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor. This cliff with a cluster of exclusive homes is Schooner Head. The gorgeous scene is viewable from the Overlook observation point just off the Park Loop Road.

Schooner Head Rd & Schooner Head Trailhead Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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20 Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Fort Knox State Park in Prospect, Maine

To reach Fort Knox State Park, you must cross the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Do not be in hurry to drive across its 2,120 foot length. The cable-stayed bridge was finished in 2007 at a cost of $85 million. An elevator will take you up 42 stories. The 420 foot tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge is the world’s tallest bridge observatory. The panoramic views at that height are incredible.

ME-3 & ME-174, Prospect, ME 04981
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21 Swan Boat Ride in Boston Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Public Garden consists of 24 green acres in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. During the summer, families rent Swan Boats to slowly paddle around the four-acre pond and beneath the lagoon bridge. Nearby are the Boston Common and the famous bar, Cheers.

4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116
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22 Old North Bridge in Minute Man National Historic Park near Concord, Massachusetts

Great Britain kept raising taxes on the 13 colonies, despite the gentlemanly protests of Ben Franklin (“Taxation without representation”) leading to the Boston Tea Party. In response, Britain dissolved the local governments while the colonists built their militia and stockpiles in Concord, Massachusetts. In 1775, 700 redcoats were sent to seize the weapons. However, good intelligence and the rides of Paul Revere and William Davis adequately warned people. After a skirmish in nearby Lexington, the first major battle of the Revolutionary War occurred on April 19 at the Old North Bridge, which is now Minute Man National Historic Park.

269 Monument St, Concord, MA 01742
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23 Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg in Minneapolis, Minnesota

In 1988, Claes Oldenburg, along with his wife Coosje van Bruggen, created this delightful, oversized sculpture called Spoonbridge and Cherry for the Walker Art Center. The spoon weighs 5,800 pounds and the cherry with the water streaming from it is 1,200 pounds. It is one of 40 outdoor artworks in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

14357 Loring Greenway, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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24 Paddleboat at Mississippi River Headwaters in Park Rapids, Minnesota

Floating along in the Coborn’s Cruises Chester Charles II paddleboat is a scenic way to view the Mississippi River Headwaters. These rocks mark the river’s origin in Itasca State Park. Founded in 1891, the park is the state’s oldest with over 32,000 acres and about 100 lakes. From here, the Mississippi River begins its 2,552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans.

Miss Headwaters Visitor Park Shevlin, MN 56676
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25 Sunset over the Midway at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is the second largest in the U.S. It may be mandatory that all 1.7 million people who attend the twelve-day event eat something that’s on a stick, is deep fired, and/or is laden with calories. The Midway offers 30 spinning, swirling and scary rides plus carnival games and more food. At sunset, the lights are dazzling.

1842 W Dan Patch Ave, St. Paul, MN 55113
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Mare and Foal Wild Horses Resting in Meadow at Glacier National Park, Montana

This mare was nuzzling her foal in an open meadow. They looked so peaceful and content. Wild horses are one of about 15 types of large animals living in and around Glacier National Park in Montana. You might also be lucky enough to see a bighorn sheep, black bear, moose, elk, deer, lynx or mountain lion. There are 70 other species of smaller mammals residing within the one million acres of wilderness.

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26 Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park near St. Mary, Montana

Wild Goose Island is the centerpiece of Saint Mary Lake. This is the second largest among 130 lakes within Glacier National Park’s million acres. The Going-to-the-Sun Road flanks the northern side of this ten mile lake. Access is closed about eight months a year because snow often drifts as high as 80 feet. In the background is Little Chief Mountain. This 9,500 foot peak marks the beginning of the Rocky Mountains.

Wild Goose Island Lookout, Going-to-the-Sun Rd, Browning, MT 59417
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27 Sand Harbor in Nevada State Park near Lake Tahoe, Nevada

In 1971, Nevada purchased 5,000 acres on the lake’s eastern shore from a local land baron. The property included this gorgeous view on Sand Harbor. This acquisition created Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. The idyllic spot consists of pristine sand, large boulders sprinkled across shallow waters, tree-lined shores, hiking trails and isolated picnic grounds. The only downside is the lack of parking along Highway 28.

2005 NV-28, New Washoe City, NV 89704
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28 Bentonite Clay Spires at Cathedral Gorge State Park near Panaca, Nevada

These Bentonite clay spires at Cathedral Gorge State Park near Panaca, Nevada, are beautiful. The rugged landscape was shaped by volcanic eruptions, fractures that formed mountains and valleys, a freshwater lake that disappeared, plus millions of years of wind erosion. Wonderful, buff-colored carvings stand majestically among the 2,000 acres of arid desert near the Utah boarder. You can also explore several caves. But beware: some are inhabited by creatures who growl with disapproval at the slightest intrusion.

111 Cathedral Gorge State Park Road, Panaca, NV 89042
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29 Scrub Brush and Mountains in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada

A short drive away from the flash and bedazzle of Las Vegas is the peace and serenity of Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. The desert floor is adorned with scrub-brush resembling coral. The backdrops are sandstone and limestone cliffs plus iron oxide outcrops with subtle hues of orange, brown and red. Meandering through this stark beauty is a 13 mile drive.

Red Rock Canyon, Overlook Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161
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30 Ellis River Rapids in White Mountain National Forest near North Conway, New Hampshire

There are two scenic byways looping through the White Mountain National Forest’s. Also winding through the 750,000 acres is the Ellis River. The 17-mile flow begins at the 6,288 foot peak of Mount Washington. Nearby are other mountains named after eight presidents plus notables like Ben Franklin and Sam Adams. Among this gorgeous scenery are quaint villages, museums, covered bridges and tranquil landscapes.

Glen Ellis Scenic Area NH-16, Appalachian Trail, Jackson, NH 03846
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31 Mesa at Sunset in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument is wedged in a valley surrounded by mounts ranging in height from 5,000 to 10,000 feet. The sun and clouds create dancing shadows as you look down from the peak. Once you descend, you will find Ancestral Pueblo dwellings and petroglyphs carved into cliffs dating from 1150 – 1600. The area also has several mesas. These tabletop mountains glow during the sunset.

15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544
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32 Macaw Petroglyph at Boca Negra Canyon in Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

Volcanoes once scarred the 7,200 acres called Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico just west of Albuquerque. Many of the ancient magma rocks display 24,000 carvings. The primitive designs were created by the Ancestral Pueblo people from 400-700 years ago. The petroglyphs include images of birds, animals, faces, plants and symbols. You can study this ancient art along developed trails. You can also climb around two canyons and discover more such as this Macaw in Boca Negra Canyon.

Boca Negra Canyon, Atrisco Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
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33 Camel Rock Silhouette at Sunset near Tesuque, New Mexico

Erosion carved this sandstone bluff called Camel Rock into the shape of a sitting camel in Tesuque, New Mexico. The stone camelid looks right at home in the arid surroundings while basking in the sunset. Across U.S. 84-285 is another Camel Rock. That entertainment establishment is a Pueblo-managed casino with a great buffet. In this reservation of 500 Native Americans, you will also find artisans offering paintings and pottery.

285 Frontage, Camel Rock, Santa Fe, NM 87506
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34 Gypsum Sand Rock and Soaptree Yucca in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Nature is incredibly resilient. This twig-thin stalk of soaptree yucca manages to grow across the 115 square miles of drifting dunes in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. This park in the Tularosa Basin is covered with selenite crystals or gypsum. The snow-white material is constantly blowing while creating unique sculptures and wind-swept ridges, knolls and enormous hills. This region averages 100 days with heat above 90° F. Yet the dunes remain cool while snowplows are constantly clearing the road of gypsum sand.

Yucca Picnic Area Loop Dr, Tularosa, NM 88352
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35 Frederick Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York

If you were a wealthy industrialist during the Gilded Age, you often demonstrated your success by building mansions. Nine members of the Vanderbilt family epitomized this trend by commissioning top architects to construct 25 homes between 1870 and 1920; many resembled palaces. This 54 room mansion along the Hudson River sits on a 200 acre estate in Hyde Park, New York, just a short distance from Franklin D, Roosevelt’s home. It was only used seasonally as a vacation home.

119 Vanderbilt Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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36 Central Park and Skyline in New York City, New York

Nearly 8.5 million people live in New York City but over 37 million visit the 843 acres known as Central Park. Started in 1857, it has evolved into a mecca of fun, enjoyment and relaxation that includes carriage horse rides, jogging paths, a carousel, a playground, a zoo, restaurants, outdoor sculptures and plenty of grassy areas to lounge around, sunbath and enjoy the cityscape.

830 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065
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37 Orville Wright Painting of First Flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Two brothers who did not finish high-school and ran a marginally successful newspaper and then a bicycle shop shared a dream: to create a control that would master motor-driven flight. From 1899 until 1903, the Wright Brothers generated extensive data from a home-built wind tunnel. The duo also tinkered with bike parts and motors to create and test various gliders. This painting at the Wright Brothers National Memorial depicts their first manned flight of 120 feet at Kill Devil Hill on December 17, 1903.

Visitor's Center, Wright Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
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38 Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota Badlands, North Dakota

In 1884, Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother died on the same day, causing him to abandon his early political career. He sought solitude in the Badlands in North Dakota, where he became a rancher, hunter and deputy sheriff. His Maltese Cross Cabin and Elkhorn Ranch can be visited at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You are also likely to see wild horses, buffalo, deer, sheep and elk roaming in the vibrant, rolling terrain and patchy grasslands of this 70,446 acre park.

201 E River Rd, Medora, ND 58645
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39 Hershey’s Chocolate World Entrance Characters in Hershey, Pennsylvania

When the Swiss invented milk chocolate in 1875, it was an expensive luxury with a short shelf life. That changed in 1899 when Milton Hersey developed a process to mass produce the delicacy. He then built a plant and town now called Hersey, Pennsylvania. This facility produces the branded syrup, Kiss, Mr. Goodbar, Krackel and later acquired Reese’s and Twizzlers. In 1973, Hersey’s Chocolate World opened as an amusement park. The attraction offers rides, a tour of the chocolate making process and, of course, a haven for kids in a candy store.

101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey, PA 17033
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40 Rock Mounds and Brute Formations at Badlands Loop Byway, South Dakota

Millions of years of animal, climate and geological evolution are on dramatic display in the Badlands of South Dakota. The rocks tell the stories. There are spires, craters, pinnacles, buttes, canyons and mounds painted with bands of reds, oranges, grays, whites, yellows and purple. This fossil rich, 244,000 acres delights the senses at every turn. This incredible landscape is home to roaming bison, deer, coyotes and herds of pronghorns. They are similar to antelopes. Wow, what a spectacular view Mother Nature has created.

Pinnacles Overlook, Badlands National Park, SD-240, Wall, SD 57790
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41 Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer County in Black Hills, South Dakota

Some visions require persistence. The best example might be Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer County, South Dakota. The project was commissioned by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear. The sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, started carving the Indian warrior on a horse with an outstretched arm in 1948. Fifty years of hard work were needed to finish the face. After his death in 1982, his wife Ruth took control until she died in 2014. Now their children are heeding his advice of “Go slowly so you get it right.” There is no timeframe for completing this 560 foot monument in the Black Hills.

12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730
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42 Park Avenue Viewpoint at Arches National Park, Utah

Near Moab, Utah, erosion has been busy for millions of years, resulting in Arches National Park. The elements have carved 2,000 arches into red sandstone along with rock towers and balancing boulders. An early example during your drive is the Park Avenue Viewpoint. These monoliths have names such as the Three Gossips, the Tower of Babel, Queen Nefertiti and Queen Victoria Rock. This is a courthouse fit for royalty.

Park Avenue Trailhead, Arches Scenic Dr, Moab, UT 84532
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43 Inspirational Point View at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

The vistas at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, take your breath away because the air is thin at elevations averaging 8,000 to 9,000 feet. They are also visually breathtaking. You will marvel at the grand, deep amphitheaters with colorful spires called hoodoos. There are 13 viewpoints along a 38 mile drive. Each lookout provides a unique perspective of grandeur. This stunning view is Inspirational Point. Bryce Canyon can be exceptionally busy in the afternoon during peak summer months. Crowds also assemble for sunrises, sunsets and to count the stars filling the night sky.

Inspiration Point, Bryce Point Rd, Bryce, UT 84764
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44 Erosion Lines in Cliff at Zion National Park, Utah

In the center of the Grand Staircase between the Grand Canyon’s north rim and Bryce National Park is the 230 square miles of Zion National Park. Numerous hiking paths, a few scenic drives or a shuttle bus tour all provide inspiring views. You will enjoy seeing painted cliffs, canyons, rivers, arches, deserts, gorges, narrows and monoliths rising over 5,000 feet. Many rocks display these deep scars. The groves were created by erosion during the 100 million years it took to create this masterpiece of nature.

Zion National park, 1101 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84737
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45 Reconstructed First Williamsburg Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg contains over 60 restored or reconstructed buildings from the early 1700s across 300 acres. As a living-history museum, costumed employees explain the various venues and reenact key activities. Others conduct a colonist’s daily life like walking down the street and removing their hat when greeting a lady. Williamsburg was once the center for the Colony of Virginia’s government. This Colonial Revival replica built in 1934 is how the first capitol looked in 1705.

500 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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46 Devils Tower, Base Rocks and Pine at Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Devils Tower soars like a geological skyscraper over the eastern plains of Wyoming. Possibly born from magnum, the landmark was shaped by erosion during millions of years. The result is this majestic monolith rising 1,267 feet. Along its sides are hundreds of parallel cracks. At the base are piles of boulders and stone as if the master sculpture did not clean up after creating this masterpiece. The trees are Ponderosa pines.

W Rd & Devils Tower-National Monument Rd, Devils Tower, WY 82714
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47 Snake River Flowing Below Teton Mountain Range in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

The Cathedral Group is eight mountains with peaks from 11,300 to 13,770 feet in the Teton Range, Wyoming. On their eastern slope, the cold, picturesque waters of the Snake River winds through the spruce-fir forests and tundra of Jackson Hole valley and the Grand Teton National Park. The alpine serenity is stunning.

1 Teton Park Rd, Moose, WY 83012
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48 Couple with Umbrella Crossing Bridge with Steam in Yellowstone, Wyoming

Most of the two million plus acres of Yellowstone National Park are located in Wyoming. The park is famous for the spectacular river canyons, the hundreds of animal species freely roaming the forests and grasslands plus Old Faithful. This favorite tourist attraction is only one of 300 geysers in the park. Yellowstone is the largest volcanic system in North America. Many of the geothermal features emit steam. This turns into billowing clouds when the snow falls. This couple’s umbrella seemed like the perfect solution.

View Avenue, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
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49 Anemone Geyser at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful is only one of 500 geysers and 10,000 thermal features in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. This massive volcanic caldera is a hot bed for endless fumaroles, mudpots, geysers, hot springs and vents. These natural cauldrons bubble, churn and belch displays of steam, smoke, water and colors. Each one is unique. Sometimes they are quiet and peaceful such as Anemone Geyser shown here. When they erupt, the show is spectacular. Then, just as quickly, they retreat into temporary dormancy.

View Avenue, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
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