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  • Alpines Lakes, Nevada

The US is a vast country with incredibly diverse landscapes between its two coasts, stretching offshore to the breathtaking islands of Hawaii and the cool state of Alaska. 

On the west coast, the rainforests of Washington’s Olympic National Park are a vivid green wonderland that leads you to the rugged Pacific coastline. Orcas, gray whales, and humpbacks breach the surface between the mainland and the San Juan Islands, one of the best whale watching spots in the country. 

Moving south into California, the ancient forests of Redwood and Sequoia National Parks are famous for their thick trunks that soar towards the sky; the latter of which is home to General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world. The desolate but beautiful stretches of desert at Joshua Tree and Death Valley lead you into the otherworldly landscapes of the southwest. Explore Martian-like terrain in the red dunes, natural amphitheatres, and spiraling hoodoos of Utah’s big five National Parks, including Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. Plunge downwards into the dramatic crevices of the Grand Canyon, waving hello to all the cacti you spot on your way there.

In the US interior, the Great Plains welcome you with their wide stretches of grasslands and sweeping valleys. Roam with the bison at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, following hot on the heels of packs of wild wolves as you head towards Old Faithful and Jackson Hole. Warm up in bubbling hot springs after skiing or hiking up the jagged mountain peaks of Wyoming, while keeping an eye out for grizzly and black bears that call the land home.  

Along the east coast, long stretches of sandy beaches have long attracted some of America’s most glamorous families. Crystalline waters juxtapose rocky coasts at Acadia National Park, where foxes, otters, porcupines and more scurry through the nearby forests. In leafy New England, the rolling hills and hidden waterfalls of the Green Mountains surpass expectations of their colourful name, creating friendly competition with the neighbouring and equally breathtaking White Mountains, where deer, moose, and bald eagles graze.

Heading south, the wetlands of the Florida Everglades provide a thrilling experience to get up close with alligators, panthers, manatees, snakes, and crocodiles. Reptiles rule the land right into the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, whose humid swamps and Spanish moss create a mystic atmosphere dripping in fairytale magic.

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