Wednesday, June 27, 2012

6 Interesting Places To Visit in America

Over the past few years I have come across many different top 10 lists of places to visit in America, but they all seem to have very common elements to them. Most have the same locations with one or two destinations varying from list to list. I wanted to share my top 6 interesting places to visit in America, places you may not find on other lists.

1. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is a beautiful little town located about 2.5 hours south of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. What makes the town of Sedona so beautiful is the breathtaking backdrop of red sandstone formations that surround the town.

The list of sightseeing opportunities in Sedona include state parks, national monuments and much more. The town of Sedona offers a great opportunity for a one day road trip to one of the world's greatest wonders, the nearby Grand Canyon.

Hands down, one of my favourite places in all of North America.

2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

If you have never visited Falls Park in Sioux Falls, I would highly recommend it. The park is a beautiful waterfall that flows through the centre of the town. With warm winds and an amazing view, you really cant go wrong visiting this park.

3. Lava Beds National Monument

Lava Beds National Monument is a land of diverse volcanic features located in the northeastern flank of the Medicine Lake Volcano in Northern California. With more than 700 caves created by volcanic activity, this land creates an opportunity for amazing discovery. While on a road trip to California, my friends and I stopped in for some spelunking (cave crawling) in an Ice Crystal Cave that is open to only 48 visitors a year. This is due to the crystal ice formations in the cave and CO2 deteriorating the crystal formations. The Ice Crystal Cave is absolutely beautiful and is only open for 2 months of the year. I would recommend a visit.

4. Cadillac Ranch

Located just outside Amarillo, Texas, the Cadillac Ranch began years ago as a breast cancer awareness movement. The owner of the ranch berried 8 Cadillac cars into the ground and encourages people to come from all across the nation to spray paint the cars. People are advised to take pictures of their artwork because of the high volume of people visiting the site and the artwork wont last long. I had the opportunity to visit the Cadillac Ranch last month and spray paint a few different things on the cars. I must say it was a lot of fun and an amazing experience.

5. Old Town San Diego

Known as the birth place of California where the first Europeans settled, Old Town San Diego is a beautiful historic walking district with 150 shops, restaurants, and museums. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past. Visitors of Old Town San Diego often experience a glimpse into traditional Mexican way of life.

6. Salvation Mountain, California

Salvation Mountain is an all around interesting experience. Located just inside Slab city, where many RV owners and squatters live, Salvation Mountain is a three-story man made mountain covered with colourful decorations and religious text.

Leonard Knight started the idea of Salvation Mountain after discovering God in 1967. In 1984 Knight began building this mountain out of left over material discarded by local companies. The mountain is constructed of clay and sand, and is sturdy enough that people are able to walk all the way to the top of the mountain. Next to the mountain, Knight is currently building a museum out of hey bales, using utility poles, and found objects such as tires. If you are passing through the Niland, California area, I would recommend stopping in to Salvation Mountain. You will even have an opportunity to chat with Leonard Knight about his religious beliefs and how he started constructing this odd mountain.

Do you have a place you would like to add to this list? Leave your comment below.

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