|Currency: United States Dollar (USD)||Eco-Lodges|
|Size: 4,167 million km² / 1,609 million mi²||Favorite Restaurants|
|Landscape: mountains, deserts, beaches, canyons, lakes||Eco Tour Operators|
|Activities: hiking, diving, snorkeling, wildlife watching, swimming, surfing, sailing|
One of the largest countries worldwide, the United States of America consists of 48 contiguous states, remote and huge Alaska and tropical Hawaii. Due to its size and geographic location, the landscape ranges from coastal rainforests in the Northwest to subtropical beaches in the Southeast. Stunning scenery, large, open, uninhabited spaces and spectacular wildlife draw nature enthusiasts from all over the world, especially to the west, which boasts some of the world’s most famous national parks.
TOP SPOTS IN THE UNITED STATES
When people think of New York State, they often think of the large city that bears the same name. What many don’t know is New York also contains one of Americas’ largest and most beautiful natural wonders, the Adirondack Park. This 6.1 million acre wilderness area has 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams and hundreds of wild, beautiful mountains (46 of which are over 4,000 feet in elevation). You can hike, canoe, camp, watch wildlife (e.g., moose, bald eagles, beavers or loons) or combine all of these activities. And if you like black bears, there are plenty… just don’t leave your food unattended.
- Exploring the Adirondacks by canoe is our favorite way
- The fall foliage in the Adirondacks can be truly magical
- The Adirondacks offer many free campsites
- Eric canoeing on a lake in the Adirondacks
- Calm waters make canoe camping in the Adirondacks an activity for the whole family
- Hiking in the Adirondacks offers great view and a real color explosion during fall
On a clear day (common in the high desert), Nevada’s southeast corner near Lake Mead is home to a spectacular show at sunset and sunrise. The red sand stone formations in the aptly named Valley of Fire glow in the dark as if the desert was on fire making this a magical place for outdoor enthusiasts. Day trippers can visit from nearby Las Vegas to enjoy these unique rock formations, as well as ancient petroglyphs and rugged desert wildlife. Our insider tip is to stay overnight at one of the park’s campsites and watch the desert sky ignite in stars.
- Sunset and sunrise are the best times to view the rocks "on fire"
- Indians have left petroglyphs in many sites throughout the Valley of Fire
- A jackrabbit came out in the cooler hours of the evening in the Valley of Fire
- The sandstone formations of the Valley of Fire come alive during sunrise and sunset
- The Valley of Fire boasts impressive colors when the sunrays hit it right
- The rock that are not touched by the sunlight show a very different color
- The Valley of Fire Park offers two campsites to stay overnight and watch the stars
- When going from Las Vegas to the Valley of Fire, avoid the faster Interstate, and take the sceninc North Shore Road along Lake Mead
Black Canyon is a magical stretch of the Colorado River south of Hoover Dam which devides Nevada and Arizona. The river is moving flat-water, not rapids, and it is crystal clear. There are numerous hot springs and even a natural “sauna” that make a nice contrast from the ice-cold river. Arguably one of the best and most popular spots is Emerald Cave, named for the way refracted sunlight makes the water glow emerald green. If you keep your eyes peeled and are lucky, you might see some of the big horn sheep, bald eagles, coyotes and red-tail hawk that call the canyon home.
- The launching point to kayaking Black Canyon is just below Hoover Dam
- While kayaking Black Canyon, a couple of beaches invite to take a break
- Kayaking through Black Canyon offers amazing vistas
- Black Canyon's Emerald Cave glows in an amazing green when you get there at the right time of the day
- A sauna cave at the beginning of Black Canyon is the perfect supplement to the ice cold water of the Colorado
- The Arizona Hot Springs are just one representative of their kind inside Black Canyon
- Goldstrike Canyon invites kayakers to stretch their legs on a little hike