With so many stunning natural destinations to choose from in the USA, how do you choose which one to visit first? The wilds of the USA are a nature lover’s dream. From striking landscapes the family will be in awe of, to romantic spots you’ll never forget, these are some of the best nature places in the USA.
The magic of Hocking Hills State Park
If you want to get close to nature then Hocking Hills, in Ohio is the place to visit. With 7 different hiking regions, from Cedar Falls to the Whispering Cave, this area of outstanding natural beauty promises a range of exciting discoveries for the whole family. The vast range of log cabins available in this area offers comfortable accommodation to break your journey and spend a few nights surrounded by nature. And if you want to experience even more of the great outdoors why not camp?
Snow guaranteed in the Rocky Mountains
If you’ve never taken the kids skiing or snowboarding (or tried it yourself!) the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is the place to visit. Or for something a little less energetic why not strap on a pair of snowshoes and hike through one of the many trails? And the younger members of the family can go sledging in Hidden Valley, where the gentle slopes provide plenty of thrills and making a snow angel is compulsory!
The rugged landscape of Glacier National Park
The Glacier National Park is likely to be one of the most memorable places you ever visit. Acres of solitary wilderness remind you of the power of Mother Nature and how insignificant human beings are. On the border of the USA and Canada, ancient glaciers stand proud over wild forests and more than 700 lakes. You can drive into the park with a pass, which is the best way to see as much of this vast natural wonder as you can.
The ranches of Wyoming for horse riding lovers
If you want to get away from it all and forget everyday life, why not try the cowboy lifestyle? Taking the family on an exciting adventure to one of the many ranches in Wyoming is a unique experience they’ll always remember. For a taste of authentic ranch-style life, you can watch cattle drives, go horse riding, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter. Many working ranches offer traditional ranch stays, with tours, comfortable accommodation and of course plenty of delicious ranch-style meals.
The seclusion of La Jolla Cove, California
Are you looking for a romantic day out with your partner away from the crowds of California? Then pack a picnic and drive down to La Jolla Cove. You can spend the morning enjoying the spectacular ocean views and the seals and sea lions basking in the sun on the rocks, take a relaxing stroll along the coastal walk and end the day with a cozy sunset cocktail.
The Yellowstone National Park experience
A showcase of nature, geology and wildlife awaits you at Yellowstone National Park in the northwest of Wyoming. There are 5 entrances to the park, so make sure you know which one you’re heading for before you start driving. This enormous national park has something for everyone – swimming, boating, fishing, walking, cycling, skiing in winter, horse riding and witnessing the hot springs, geysers and thermal basins Yellowstone is famous for.
A true oasis – Everglades National Park
Why not make a trip to Florida extra special with a trip to the Everglades? This remarkable natural park offers so many activities and is a welcome escape from Disney and the crowds of Florida. The Everglades have so much more to discover than the alligators it’s known for. This is a place to feel at one with nature, whether you’re hiking, kayaking, cycling or fishing. If you don´t mind getting your feet wet why not try slough slogging – a wet wade through the River of Grass?
Niagara Falls – a natural wonder
You can experience the amazing Niagara Falls from the USA as well as Canada. This is one trip that will take your breath away. And if you can bear to leave the awe-inspiring sight of the millions of gallons of water roaring into the Niagara river, there’s a lot more to see and do. This stunning national park offers more than 400 acres of scenic walks, lush greenery and views from one of the 3 walking bridges of the upper rapids. And for something really special to end the day, the nightly illumination display, showcases nature by light – so romantic!