If you think you’ve fully explored the vast and glorious landscapes of the United States of America, then think again. If you’ve been there, done that and got the T-Shirt at world renowned places such as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the White House, here are a few places designed to refresh your American travel itinerary and steer you away from the weather beaten tourist trail. So sit back and get one step closer to realizing your own American dream.
The Majestic Mountains of Alaska
The rural and magical wilderness of Alaska sprawls across thousands of acres of unspoiled natural beauty. Walk into the wild to discover the haunting and penetrating beauty of this isolated nether region. Alaska offers incredible wildlife tours upon which you will see bears lumber through lush hillsides, watch otters frolic in the freezing sea and eagles swoop to snatch unsuspecting salmon. Experience some of Alaska’s history by watching the exciting Trail Sled Dog Race, where fluffy husky dogs race through the ice to claim victory over the 1850km trail.
The Barringer Crater and Oak Creek Canyon
Let the hordes of tourists jostle for a view of the Grand Canyon while you enjoy some alternative natural wonders in complete peace. Named after the scientist who deduced the crater was caused by a fiery meteorite, the momentous Barringer crater spans a breathtaking 4000 feet across the barren Arizona desert and is a truly incredible sight. After you’ve struggled to comprehend the sheer enormity of the crater, head to one of Arizona’s most staggeringly beautiful woodland retreats. Meandering blue streams are neighbors to burnt orange rocks and rugged cliff faces; this is a perfect place to explore and indulge the rural adventurer within.
The Village That Time Forgot
Situated 10 miles from the Maine mainland, the traditional village on Monhegan Island enjoys a lusciously languid life of fishing and wandering around the scenic and secluded island. Completely devoid of cars and paved roads and with a population of only 65 residents, this hidden gem will provide total tranquility for those seeking escape from busy lives and bustling cities. Explore purple meadows, watch birds over the ice pond and paddle in the icy water of Swim Beach, watching the sunset over some of the freshest and most delicious fish found in America!
Ready, Set… Go!
For a truly original and personal experience of this diverse and delightful land, create a tailored and inspirational travel itinerary with Travel Associates, who specialize in steering travelers off the beaten trail to allow them to discover hidden gems and secret wonders. So, are you ready for a life changing trip that will generate stories to surprise and intrigue friends and family? Go forth and discover a brand new Land of Hope and Glory!
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.