San Francisco Landmarks - United States

San Francisco Landmarks – United States

1. Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge. it is a true icon of San Francisco and California and the main attraction of San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Suspension Bridge across the Golden Gate Strait connects San Francisco with southern Marin County and other areas north of the city.  Inaugurated  on May 28, 1937, the construction of the bridge lasted 4 years, at the time of its completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world in 1964, became the second longest in the world. The bridge, illuminated in the evening, is about 3 kilometers away.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

2. Alcatraz Island

The infamous Alcatraz Prison for Highly Dangerous Criminals located on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay is one of the most famous prisons in the United States. In Alcatraz sat one of the most famous criminals in the world, Mafia boss Al Capone. The island is also now known as a nesting site for seabirds.

The prison, built in 1868, functioned for almost 100 years, until in 1963 three prisoners made a daring escape, which ended successfully for the prisoners, they were never found, in the same year the prison was closed. And in 1973, Alcatraz opened its doors to tourists and despite the initial skepticism, it turned out that Alcatraz is popular with tourists and over time, the prison turned into a tourist attraction in San Francisco.

You can visit the island by ferry that runs constantly between the island and the city. A tour of Alcatraz takes 1.5 hours, but you need to book it in advance.

Official website:  www.nps.gov/alca

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island

3. Fisherman’s Wharf

One of the most popular tourist areas in San Francisco is the Fishing Wharf. The pier got its name during the gold rush; fishermen from all over the area gathered here. Fisherman’s Wharf is located in northeast San Francisco and is a Marine Historical National Park. In addition to the national park, the famous sights of the fishing pier are also: the old chocolate factory, the cannery, the Girardelli square and of course pier 39.

Pier 39, now probably one of the most popular places in San Francisco, is home to the Californian Sea Lions.

For lovers of military history, the fishing pier will delight with ships and a submarine from the Second World War.

Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf

4. Cable Cars

The first cable car was commissioned in 1873 to help locals navigate the city, which is located on the hills. Now the  few remaining funiculars offer tourists a great way to explore the city on their own. Since 1964, these trams have been declared a historical monument. Powell Mason and Powell Hyde are the most scenic routes.

Official website:  www.sfcablecar.com (more…)

Top 10 New Orleans Tourist Attractions

Top 10 New Orleans Tourist Attractions

1. French Quarter

The French Quarter of New Orleans is the tourist magnet that attracts tourists from all over the world. Built along the  bend of the Mississippi River, The French Quarter is also New Orleans’ premier historic landmark, thanks to its well-preserved colonial architecture. Older buildings, some dating back to the 17th century, show French influence in architecture across the American continent, with arcades, wrought-iron balconies, red-tiled roofs, and picturesque courtyards. Many buildings now house  hotels, restaurants, gift shops and art galleries.

Official website:  http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com

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French Quarter

2. National WWII Museum

The National Museum of the Second World War is an outstanding military  history  museum that tells the history of the Second World War in an interesting interactive way, using exhibits, weapons and historical documents . Founded in 2000, it was designated by the US Congress  as America’s official WWII museum and is  supported by the Smithsonian Institution.

The museum is divided into three sections, the first section is  devoted to the war in the Pacific, the second is devoted to the war in the European theater of operations, and the third section is devoted to wartime aircraft. The museum is located in  the central business district of New Orleans  Andrew Higgins Drive.

Official website:  http://www.nationalww2museum.org

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National Museum of World War II 

3. Preservation Hall

The Preservation Hall is a gem on a sightseeing tour of New Orleans and one of the city’s most atmospheric attractions. In this seemingly unpresentable building, behind the shabby doors, a real miracle was happening, which resulted in great music – jazz, whose homeland is New Orleans. If you are a lover of music, let alone jazz, then this place is a must-see.

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Conservation Hall

4. Jackson Square

Jackson Square – historic park in the heart of  the French Quarter  in  New Orleans . In the center of the square, surrounded by trees and greenery, stands the equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson, erected on a pedestal in 1856. The park is dominated by the beautiful Saint-Louis Cathedral, with a white façade and tapered spiers. Louisiana State Museums are also in close proximity to the Cathedral.

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Jackson square

5. Cabildo (Сabildo New Orleans)

The Cabildo, which means council, is the Town Hall of New Orleans. The Town Hall is located to the left of St. Louis Cathedral, in front of Jackson Square. It was built in 1795 as the residence of the Spanish governor. Remarkable as a historic building for the museum and its outstanding collection. The first city council met here in 1799, later it housed the Louisiana Supreme Court, but today the Cabildo houses the Louisiana State Museum. The museum’s collection is mainly dedicated to the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. The town hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Сabildo New Orleans

 6. City Park

New Orleans City Park spans over 1,300 hectares and contains many interesting tourist attractions, including the Botanical Gardens, New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Gardens. Of particular interest for children is the Carousel Park, the amusement garden, the story-land and the water park. There are also tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course in the park. The highlight of the park is the oak grove in which some of the trees are more than 800 years old. (more…)

Badlands National Park - South Dakota

Badlands National Park – South Dakota

Badlands National Park South Dakota
Badlands National Park South Dakota

While prairies merge into stunning rock formations, Badlands National Park in South Dakota is home to a unique mix of wildlife, from American bison to black-footed ferrets.

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Badlands National Park South Dakota

Located in the wilderness of southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park is located in Oglala Lakota, Pennington, and Jackson counties. It is about 50 miles east of Rapid City and has regular flights from airports in major US cities such as Chicago, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Dallas, just to name a few. Not everyone will appreciate the rugged beauty of Badlands National Park, especially those who are accustomed to relaxing in luxurious beach resorts or crowded metropolitan areas.

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Badlands National Park South Dakota

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, the park offers 224,000 acres of jutting cliffs, rock formations, grassy prairies, ridges, cones and a seemingly endless expanse of dramatic scenery and unique scenery. If you plan to visit the park during the summer, be prepared for the scorching sun, accompanied by heavy rains and heavy storms. June is considered the wettest month and January is the best time to visit for those looking to avoid getting wet in the rain in South Dakota.

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Badlands National Park South Dakota

Badlands National Park Visitor Center

Tourism Nearly a million people visit Badlands National Park each year to immerse themselves in the rugged beauty of a diverse range of landscapes, but also to hike, hike, bike and climb. The park is open all year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, although its main visitor center, the Bein Reifel Visitor Center, is closed on certain holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. (more…)

Yellowstone National Park - United States

Yellowstone National Park – United States

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park or simply Yellowstone, is the oldest and one of the most famous national parks in the United States.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is located in three states – Wyoming (most of the park, about 96% of the total area), Idaho and Montana. The area of ​​the reserve is 8 983 km 2 (this is more than the states of Delaware or Rhode Island ); the length of the park from north to south is 101 kilometers, and from west to east – 87 kilometers. The highest point of Yellowstone is Mount Eagle Peak (3,466 meters above sea level), the lowest is the banks of the Reese Creek (1,610 meters).

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Yellowstone National Park

On the territory of the park you can see rivers and lakes, valleys and mountain ranges, forests and meadows, canyons and waterfalls, numerous hot springs and geysers, one of the largest petrified forests in the world. The reserve is known, among other things, for the extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Location

Yellowstone National Park is located in the upper reaches of the river of the same name (from which it got its name). In turn, the river was so named by the native Indians (and later by the American pioneers) in honor of the yellow rocks ( Yellowstone – “yellow stone”), discovered in one of the canyons of the future reserve. (more…)

Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park then in Utah, which is also called the Stairway to Heaven, is a small park of the United States of America. The park occupies a thirty-two-kilometer stretch of rocky chain at the upper level of the Great Staircase.

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Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

The most visited spots in Bryce Canyon National Park are Sunrise, Sunset and Bryce. It is also interesting to see the Bryce Canyon Natural Bridge, as it is a majestic natural, created by nature, arch with a length of about 26 meters.

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Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

The history of the emergence of Bryce Canyon National Park is very interesting. Nearly 60 million years ago, most of what is now Utah was covered in water. Later, when the water element lost ground and retreated, a ridge of rocks began to form from the layer of sediments accumulated at the bottom, of which Bryce Canyon is a part.

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Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

That is, it is geological changes that are responsible for the fact that in modern time the area located west of the Grand Canyon resembles the giant staircase of the Titans. Just imagine, the top “step” lies at an altitude of almost 2.5 kilometers above sea level. (more…)

Denali National Park, Wilderness - Alaska

Denali National Park, Wilderness – Alaska

Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness
Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness

Denali National Park is a good place to explore the Wilderness of Alaska. It was created in 1917, and by 1980 its territory had been significantly increased. One road passes along it – Park Road, along which special buses travel. Its length is about 148 km (92 miles). The landscape of the park consists of valleys and high mountain passes. Here you will see not only wild animals, but also beautiful landscapes.

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Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness
  • The area of ​​Denali National Park is over 24,000 sq. Km.

Denali National Park is open all year round, although fewer services are provided in winter. Summer is the period from May 20 to mid-September, when buses start moving along the park road. However, you should be aware that the road opens completely on June 8th.

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Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness

There are 6 camps on the territory, you can stay here for a total of 14 days a year. Different campsites can accommodate from 7 to 147 people at the same time. Some have only tents, others have dedicated space for vehicles. For self-accommodation on the territory you need a special permit. You must take enough food with you.

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Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness

Activity

During the summer, the main activity at Denali National Park Wilderness Refuge is bus rides in the park. They allow you to get to the most interesting places and observe spectacular landscapes.

The main activities include:

Walk to the Savage River. You can walk here (19 km one way), get there by car (the road is closed for autumn and winter) or by bus (only in summer, travel time including stops is about an hour). You can follow the trail that crosses the river over the bridge and walk on both sides of the Savage, or take the alpine trail between the campsite and the river canyon. Dress warmly as this is a very windy area. (more…)

Yosemite National Park - California

Yosemite National Park – California

Yosemite National Park California
Yosemite National Park California

Yosemite National Park in California is one of the most attractive natural locations in the United States. One has only to look at the pictures taken by travelers, and you will immediately want to see it all with your own eyes. Fascinating waterfalls, sheer cliffs, majestic mountain peaks, giant sequoias, vast meadows, picturesque lakes and rivers – you cannot name all the amazing sights, there are so many of them in the park. Its area is 3081 km², it is spread on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, it is distinguished by a variety of flora and fauna.

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Yosemite National Park California

For tourists there is all the necessary infrastructure for recreation – cafes, shops, toilets, you can stay both in campsites and in small hotels, but you need to book accommodation in advance – the attraction is extremely popular among travelers, places are sold out very quickly. For visitors, there are many options for routes of varying degrees of difficulty. In the national park, you can find something to do at any time of the year – from active pastime to a calm and peaceful holiday, aimed at contemplating the local beauty.

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Yosemite National Park California

The name of the park is translated from Indian as Big grizzly bear, indeed, in addition to cute and harmless animals like squirrels and deer, you can meet bears here. In this regard, tourists are instructed in detail on how to avoid meeting these dangerous animals.

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Yosemite National Park California

Major attractions

Due to the large number of attractions, many take 2-3 days to get to know Yosemite National Park in California, which allows you to see the most iconic of them and master several walking routes. Trekkers who have the time to stay here even longer. However, many tourists traveling in the United States devote only a day to get to know the Yosemite National Park, but even this time is enough to visit the observation decks and take a quick look at the most popular attractions. Many of them, amazed at the beauty of nature, wish they had spent more time on Yosemite. (more…)

North Cascades National Park, Washington State

North Cascades National Park, Washington State

North Cascades National Park Washington State
North Cascades National Park Washington State

North Cascades National Park in Washington State was formed on October 2, 1968. The North Cascades are one of the largest mountain ranges. Stretching from the south of the Fraser River in Canada, they contribute greatly to the climate of the Pacific Northwest. The largest number of visitors come in August, the smallest in January. On average, the park is visited annually by about 400,000 people.

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North Cascades National Park Washington State

The world of the North Cascades National Park in Washington State is a rich and varied ecosystem – places linked by geography and climate and the interactions of living communities and animals. There is a great contrast between the old forests of the river valleys and the twisted trees of the subalpine ridge, the difference between the lush vegetation of the western side and the drier forests of the eastern slope.

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North Cascades National Park Washington State

North Cascades National Park, Washington State

If you move up the river valley to the mountainous forest, the flora and fauna gradually change. The giant pines of the Lowlands give way to Douglas fir and Pacific Silver fir. As we ascend higher from the river valley, we enter the subalpine world of meadows and stunted trees. Climbing higher to the glacial snow, we enter the world of rock and ice.

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North Cascades National Park Washington State

There are not many untouched areas in the world today. The Pacific Northwest Mountains can still be considered as such. Here, the habitat and natural communities are preserved as pristine as possible in a national park or wilderness forest. Water is the essence of the North Cascades National Park. Small streams and streams flow down from glaciers and snowy plains to combine into powerful streams. (more…)