• 4 US natural wonders just waiting to be explored


    Relaxing trips to the sandy beaches of Florida or cruises to the Caribbean offer wonderful opportunities for family travel or solo vacations. However, for all of the adventure travelers out there looking for a unique experience, there are a number of rare natural wonders just waiting to be seen across the U.S.

    Here are four of the most alluring national wonders that travelers wanting to stray from the norm should consider when planning their next United States travel adventure:

    1. For those who love the dry desert heat
    Death Valley stretches from California to Nevada and is the hottest, lowest place in the U.S. According to CNN, it was created after the land sunk as a result of the movement in the earth's crust near a fault line. However, don't let the name fool you, for the hot spot is home to some of the rarest plant and animal life in the world. Death Valley is also nearly 300 feet below sea level and is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The park features guided tours during winter and early spring, but visitors can check out the park year-round. The online travel source recommended a trip during the tour period, as park rangers offer unique insight into the geology and history of the vast desert.

    2. For all the hikers and bikers
    According to Fodor?'s Travel, Acadia National Park, in Maine, offers some of the best sights on the East Coast. There are also enough biking and hiking trails available for any number of active guests, ranging from some of the most challenging trails in the region to easier paths for first-timers. The peak of Cadillac Mountain, for example, provides hikers with breathtaking views of the coast. If travelers are looking for some peace and quiet, the park is also surrounded by outer islands perfect for a private lounging experience.

    3. For sun worshippers
    The sun shines on Yuma, Arizona, a record-setting 90 percent of the year, making it the sunniest place in the entire country, according to the Climatic Data Center. Travelers will also find Yuma in the Guinness World Records book as the area with the least average rainfall, accumulating a mere 16 days of rain per year. The sun-splashed city also offers an array of fun outdoor activities. CNN suggested the Castle Dome Landing located about 30 miles north of Yuma. This ghost town museum is a popular tourist attraction with 23 buildings that have been restored and recreated for both an educational and eerie viewer experience.

    4. For daredevils
    According to Fodor?'s Travel, about 1,000 experienced climbers a year make it to the top of North America's highest mountain, Mount McKinley in Denali, Alaska. At 20,320 feet, the mountain is also a common stop for cruise ships, as it makes up a part of Alaska's Denali National Park and Reserve, a massive outdoor wonder the size of Rhode Island.

    CNN also suggested visiting the park at night to witness the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights on display from August through May.

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