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The Top 7 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In America
The Top 7 Most Beautiful Places In America
I think all of America is beautiful but there are some places that are just special. Here on this Hub Page I'm gong to share with you what I consider to be the 7 most beautiful sights in America. I know some people may think other places may belong on this list but these are the 7 I've been to. I really would like to know what everyone thinks about these 7 and if you have one not on this list tell us all about it.
The Golden Gate Bridge
When you stand off at a distance and look at the Golden Gate Bridge you just know that you're looking at one of the most beautiful places you've ever seen. I remember the first time I ever rode across it on a Grey Hound Bus I was amazed at how majestic it was. And when you think about all the great American ships that have sailed under it on their way to great wars and other events then it slowly dawns on you about how important a part that the Golden Gate Bridge has played in the history of America.
Until you see it partly covered in fog just as the sun is coming up you can't even begin to realize that quite possibly this is one of if not the most beautiful places on earth.
If you've ever watched a San Francisco 49'ers football game you've probably seen the pictures and videos of the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars traveling through the streets of San Francisco. If you go to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate bridge be sure to ride the sub way out to the beach and ride the old trolley buses through downtown.
And if your there at the right time of the year be sure to take in a ball game and take part in the atmosphere of that special city by the bay and that majestic bridge. Incidentally the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay is special from Alcatraz Island. You can go over there on a tour boat and take a look at the old shut down historic Federal Prison while your there. I tell everyone if you can go on one of the night tours and you just might see a Ghost of Alcatraz over there.
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness
Once in your life you just have to see the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness area in Arizona. If you can visit here in the fall of the year. The colors then are some of the most amazing in the world. In the fall of the year in this area I swear it looks like the trees were painted by the hand of God.
Inside the wilderness area here you'll find prehistoric art on the walls of the canyon and abandoned cliff dwellings that are thousands of years old. Be sure that you do your research here and find out everything you can about the area before you visit here. When you do come you want to make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a really good camera with you. You'll find some of the most beautiful trails in the world here.
In this area you'll find horseback riding, photography, swimming, wildlife viewing, and some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. Oak creek and the Verde River both flow through this area and you'll find canyons here as deep as 1500 feet so be sure you know where you are. Just think safety and you'll be fine.
The U.S. Park Service has cabins and campsites available in the area but be sure to reserve your space early. If you love nature you'll love this area.
The Mississippi River
If you've never explored the Mississippi River then you've not yet lived. Down in New Orleans you can take a trip on a Paddle Wheeler as it travels down the river at sunset and you begin to understand what Mark Twain felt when he was a river boat captain piloting steam powered paddle wheelers up and down the mighty Mississippi River.
I remember the first time I ever stood on a bridge and looked down at the mighty Mississippi river near St Louis as it meandered along and made it's way south. In case you don't know the Mississippi River is the largest and longest river in the United States. It actually splits the United States in half as it travels from north to south where it dumps out in the Gulf Of Mexico.The river starts way up north in Minnesota and there are actually places up there where you can step across it. In case your wondering the river is 2530 miles from start to finish. The river either borders or cuts through ten states on its journey from north to south.
The Mississippi River was very important to the early Native Americans who made their homes along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Most of these Native Americans were hunter gatherers but some were mound builders and built huge mounds near Cairo Illinois. If you travel in the area of Cairo Illinois today you can visit some of these ancient mounds that are several thousand years old.
Be sure that sometime in your life that you take a steamboat paddle wheeler ride on the Mississippi River. I guarantee you that it will be a memory that will last a life time.
Until you've stood there and watched as the geyser old faithful blows water high into the air as you watch you can't even begin to understand the power of Yellowstone. In case your setting there wondering where Yellowstone got it's name from I'll tell you. The park is located at the headwaters of the Yellowstone river and that's where it got it's name.
Ninety six percent of Yellowstone Park is located in Wyoming while the remainder is located in Montana. I've been there several times and it truly is one of the most beautiful places on the planet earth. Everyone at least once in their life should visit Yellowstone.
Water is just every where. You'll see quickly rushing streams and waterfalls that just seem to hang in mid air. The wildlife of Yellowstone is one of the most amazing things about the park. The Buffalo never cease to amaze me. I think they are some of the most majestic animals there are. And now there are huge herds of them in Yellowstone. It can if but for a minute transport you back in time to the early days of America when herds of millions of buffalo roamed the plains. And today you'll also see pronghorn antelope grazing on the grasslands inside the park.
In Yellowstone there's all kind of things you can do from trails you can walk to river raft trips guaranteed to take your breathe away. You'll find campgrounds, cabins for rent, and all kinds of other activities you and your family can do. Be sure to do your research and plan your vacation to Yellowstone. What ever you do be sure to take your camera along and you'll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful sites on earth to take photos of. To me Yellowstone is truly one of the most beautiful most magical places on earth. So be sure that at least once in your life you visit Yellowstone. While your there be sure to see the 300 geysers and almost 600 waterfalls.
The Florida Keys And Key West
Once you ever get to Key Largo you'll wonder why it took you this long to get here. There's no other place in the world that's prettier than the Florida Keys and Key West. Look at the photo of the Key Largo sunset above and you just may begin to get a ideal of what the Florida Keys has to offer.
As you ride down U.S. 1 ( Also Known As The Overseas Highway ) you'll slowly discover that you quite possibly are in the most beautiful place on earth and your journey has just begun. Just off Key Largo is a whole state park underwater with a real life living reef with the most colorful and most beautiful fish on earth. You can go snorkeling or scuba diving and every year people come here to the Key Largo the Dive Capital of the World.
When you get down as far as Marathon start watching for the key deer which aren't much bigger than a big dog. And what in the world is that strange creature slowly moving through the shallows just off the beach. In case you don't know it's a horseshoe crab and they are one of the most ancient creatures on earth.In season you can even catch your own lobsters from the waters here. And the fishing here is better than anywhere else on earth.
If you like beaches I'm happy to tell you that the most beautiful beaches in the world are located here in the Florida Keys. And the sunsets, oh the sunsets. Do you know that every evening in Key West that they have a party just because the sun is setting.
And talking about Key West. You've never been anywhere until you visit Key West also known as the Conch Republic. Key West is the most diverse city in North America. Here you'll find history combined with fun. There's a delightful little train that you can ride all over Key West and the tour guide will tell you all about Key West as you ride along. And if you like beaches then you'll want to be sure to check out the beaches of Key West.
Some of the best off shore fishing in the world is available here and you can of course find some of the best seafood in the world in the restaurants and cafes here. Be sure to try conch fritters, Florida lobster and key lime pie.
Have You Ever Been To Charleston South Carolina?
Charleston South Carolina and the small little town of Folly Beach South Carolina which is Charleston's closest beach are two places you should visit at least once in your life. I know I've been to Charleston many times and I lived for a year or so in Folly Beach.
Charleston South Carolina and the area around it are rich in history from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. And pirates played an important part in the history of Charleston South Carolina. The pirate Black Beard once held the city hostage. And if you go down along the battery you'll see the old live oaks where a gang of cutthroat pirates was once hung. There are even stories that the ghosts of these pirates can be seen at night there under the trees.
You can take a horse drawn carriage ride around Charleston and the tour guide will tell you all about the rich history of Charleston South Carolina and all the things that have gone on here. As you ride along you'll hear all kinds of ghost stories and you'll even hear about the ghost of a little dog that still haunts the restaurant where he once lived. That restaurants name is Poogan's Porch.
You can take a boat ride over to Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Charleston South Carolina has been here for hundreds of years. Just a few years ago the Confederate Submarine Hunley was recovered and it's presently being restored.
One of if not the best Aquariums in the world is located here in Charleston South Carolina. Millions of dollars have been spent making the Charleston Aquarium one of the best aquariums in the world today.
Be sure that you check out the Charleston County Parks because the Parks Of Charleston South Carolina have more to offer than almost any other park in the world. At just one of the parks on James Island you'll find a great water park, camping, cabins for rent, trails to walk and places to go fishing and crabbing. And keep in mind that is only one of the many parks they have for you in Charleston South Carolina.
You just have to visit the old Plantation homes out on the Ashley River Road. It's like your taking a time machine and going back to a time before the American Civil War. You'll find that you can go camping, canoeing, horseback riding, and more at some of the old plantations here. And you'll also find they have world class restaurants serving some of the best food in the world.
Be sure that at least once in your life that you visit Charleston South Carolina. Be sure that you visit Folly Beach while your in Charleston. There you can walk on the beaches, go fishing on the Folly Beach Pier or even try surfing down at the wash out if you dare. There's two great restaurants here that you have to try. The one at the end of the Folly Beach Pier and the Crab Shack on main street. Be sure to bring your camera as you'll see some of the most beautiful sites on earth here.
St Augustine Florida Has So Much To Offer
It does indeed have so much to offer. I've lived here also and if you've never been to St Augustine Florida then it should be on your list. Do you know that the city of St Augustine was founded in 1565. Yes you read that right. The Spanish founded the city in 1565.
St Augustine is probably the most historically rich city in America. The Spanish founded the city and then they built a lot of the houses and buildings still here today including the old Spanish Fort operated today by the U.S. Park Service. Several wars were fought here in and around St Augustine and the old fort here was a big part of those battles. The fort never changed hands in battle. It was shelled though many times during battle and their was great loss of life in and around the fort.
After the United States acquired Florida from the Spanish the fort was at one time used to house Native Americans who were brought here to the fort from the plains and dessert southwest. Most of them died here and some people claim you can still see the ghosts of the Native Americans here in the fort today. You should go on a self guided tour of the fort and see what you can see here. Some of the walls of the old fort are 15 foot thick. Other people tell of seeing a man in a suit of black armor wandering around on the walk way on top of the walls of the fort. Some people have even thought it was a real person in the suit of armor up there
The Bridge of Lions right in the center of downtown is one of the most beautiful spots in St Augustine. I like to walk across the bridge at night and watch all the fish in the waters below lighted by street lights.
You want to be sure to walk along the water front and down the streets right in the center of town that have changed very little from the time that the Spanish ruled the city. There's a cute little park right in the center of downtown. The original old Spanish hospital is still there right in the center of downtown and you can see exactly how the Spanish hospital operated.
If you like to eat then this is one of the best places in the world to visit. Here you'll find restaurants of every type and you want to be sure to check out the seafood places because you'll find the best seafood in the world is served here.
And if you want to stay busy there's something for everyone here in St Augustine. Everything from ghost tours of ancient cemetery's to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. You'll find a little train that will take you on tours of the nations oldest cities and if you want to go at a slower speed there's horse drawn carriage rides. As I said really something for everyone.
Across the Bridge of Lions is the St Augustine Lighthouse also said to be haunted and the beaches of St Augustine.
You can find all kinds of sea shells if you'll go for a walk on the beach just at daylight. Take a bucket or a bag to put your shells in and please don't take any shell with a live creature in it.
Just north of St Augustine is Vilano Beach where you can go fishing on the old pier that used to be the bridge across the Inter-coastal Waterway before the new bridge was built. Here things are more laid back and it's here where a lot of people go surf fishing.
Thanks For Reading My Hub Page
I want to thank you for reading my Hub Page on, " The Top 7 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In America " I hope you get to visit one or more of these places real soon.