- By Kevin
- On Jun 15, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
5 Places don't miss in US, the useful US travel guide about US West Coast and US East Coast for the first-time visitors in US.
US West Coast Travel Line
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone was the world's first National Park, gaining this esteemed title in 1872. The Old Faithful Inn was quickly built to cater to the guests who came to marvel at this site, a caldera formed when the super-volcano last erupted 600,000 years ago. There are over 300 geysers in the park, but the most famous is Old Faithful, which spews 8,000 gallons of boiling water every 90 minutes. In addition to its many natural glories, Yellowstone is a wildlife sanctuary that serves as home to free-roaming bison, grizzly bears, moose and elk.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is an oasis in the middle of Utah featuring towering sandstone rock formations that were named by the state's Mormon settlers for their resemblance to temples of God. The fast-moving Virgin River cuts through the National Park, creating deep canyons and unique monoliths along the way. Daredevils traverse the 2.5-mile trail up to Angel's Landing through narrow rocky paths and steep ridges that reward the brave hikers with stellar views of the canyon below.
US East Coast Travel Line
Niagara Falls may not be world's largest waterfall--that distinction goes to Africa's Victoria Falls--but it's the most popular with more than 12 million visitors each year. Climb aboard the Maid of the Mist to view Horseshoe Falls on the Canada side where 600,000 gallons of water plunge down the 185-foot drop every second. The force of Horseshoe Falls and its stateside partner the American Falls creates giant whirlpools that can be viewed from a cable car high above the swirling water.
The Rocky Mountains roll on for a thousand miles with snow-capped peaks, thick forests and clear glacial lakes. Banff was the first of the Rockies' National Parks established in 1885 and still welcomes visitors for outdoor adventures on foot, skis and mountain bikes. Drive along the Ice Field Highway from Banff to Jasper National park for a scenic pathway through the mountains and gorges. If mountain-climbing isn't your thing, enjoy the picturesque lakes including Lake Louise, originally named Emerald Lake as a tribute to its glittering blue-green waters, or Peyto Lake, a sparkling body of water surrounded by lush fir trees.
With 150 square miles spread across the elevated plateau, the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park is the largest area of ice in the Rockies. Visitors can road-trip along the 143-mile-long Ice Field Parkway, or Highway 93, making stops along the way to admire the towering mountains, still lakes and waterfalls. Athabasca Falls, with its deep gorge, is a favorite of white-water rafters. Continue on to the Athabasca Glacier, which can be explored on foot or in a specially designed vehicle with super-sized wheels perfect for traversing the icy terrain.