A great way to make an affordable US trip is by visiting the non-explored places with a United States of America tour guide. Here are some of hidden gems that are worth a look at; while not exhaustive, they give you a start to begin your explorations of the less explored.
Not many are fully aware of the rugged and intense beauty of the North Cascades with its deep valleys, jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls and more than 700 glaciers. The North Cascades National Park Service complex houses the heart of the mountainous region within 3 park units which include the North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and Ross Lake. Lovers of the outdoors will not run out of fun things to do here.
Situated at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert is Tularosa Basin, a valley ringed by mountains. Rising from the heart of the basin is one of the great natural wonders of the world, New Mexico’s glistening White Sands National Monument. Here you will find massive wave-like dunes made of gypsum sand engulfing hundreds of square miles of desert to create the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The sight is nothing short of spectacular.
Mystic Seaport is the biggest and most comprehensive of the maritime museums of North America. Visitors to this museum can row or sail in exact replicas of traditional American wooden boats, cruise in antique steamboats, take formal classes, star gaze in the planetarium, spend a day climbing aboard the ships or simply meandering along the splendid riverfront gardens. Whatever strikes your fancy, you are certain to enjoy a visit to this museum.
The Temecula Valley Wine Country comprises of three thousand acres of vineyards that provide the ideal conditions for growing premium wine grapes. The daytime climate here is dry and moderately warm, while evenings are cooled down by the breezes of the Pacific. Over 20 award-winning wineries continue to flourish in the region offering their delicious and locally-made wines at affordable prices. Wine lovers will go wild from tasting the wines here which are created with fresh and distinctive varietal flavors and superb structure.
At the Eccles Dinosaur Park, visitors can step back in time to the age of the Dinosaurs, and picture a period when the planet was inhabited by the gazelle-like Dryosaurus and its fierce predator the Tyrannosaurus rex. Go on this time travel to marvel at life-sized replicas of these creatures that lived 2 hundred million years back. The creatures are on display within a simulated natural outdoor environment that also includes sounds. With just a bit of imagination, you really can see yourself back in time, watching the creatures as they once were.
Mammoth Cave National Park was founded for the preservation of the area’s cave system, a section of south central Kentucky, and the scenic river valleys of the Nolin and Green rivers. Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest recorded cave system with over 360 miles having been explored and mapped. Explorers are certain to find their niche here.
For nine years straight, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival that’s held in the picturesque downtown of Valparaiso, Indiana, was named the region’s best festival. This annual event started in 1979 and offers fun family activities for visitors of all ages, including five hundred craft and food booths, children’s rides and games, a five mile run, walk, live entertainment and the country’s only popcorn parade. If you love a fun festival, you get to enjoy one here along with some delicious popcorn.
Hearst Castle is one of the biggest of approximately five thousand historical house museums in the United States. The Castle boasts one of the country’s most sophisticated guided tour programs which is worth taking to indulge in its opulence and grandiosity.