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PlanetHop! loves nothing more in the entire world than enjoying the unequalled wonders provided by Mother Nature. While she is more than generous with her blessings, her most abundant riches tend to be found in the world's extensive network of National Parks. These havens can be found on every continent and tend to encompass her richest virtues. It's one such as this – the world's oldest (in fact) – which is also perhaps it's greatest. It is known world-round simply as Yellowstone and it's home to the legendary Old Faithful Geyser – the most reliable (and famous) geothermal feature on the planet. If you want to experience one of the world's truly unequalled natural wonders, read on...
PlanetHop! loves to feature unique destinations from around the world, which are vivrant, historic and, of course, memorable. These are the sort of spots that cannot be fully appreciated in just one visit. They beckon a return trip. Often these destinations include the many multi-cultural neighborhoods found in large cities such as Paris, Sydney, Vancouver, Los Angeles - the list is pretty extensive. But perhaps no city is as diverse as New York City, which is a melting pot of dozens of cultures, including a totally unique showcase like Jackson Heights in the Burough of Queens. Your mouth may water, and you may rush out to book that plane ticket after reading this article - but first, read on...
Wander through the cell blocks of the USA's Alcatraz Island, the infamous "Rock", which was once home to some of America's most notorious criminals such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. It is a place that screams of contrast as you stare at the beauty of San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Imagine what it must have been like to be so close, yet so far away from the freedom of San Francisco. After a visit, it's easy to understand how this lonely island has transcended history and become a legend.
Search through acres of churned up soil at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park, in the hope of finding a "diamond in the rough" at the only diamond-bearing site in the world that is open to the public. Each year tourists find gems of varying sizes and the best part is that they're yours to keep! Not a bad reason to visit, especially if you consider that in 1924, one of the world's largest diamonds (~ 40 carats), named Uncle Sam, was pulled from these very soils. A useful fact that might very well help convince the wife or girlfriend to join you in the search!
Let your imagination run wild and all of your childhood dreams come true with a visit to America's Disney World. This is a place that most of us have probably dreamt about visiting at one point or another in our lives - especially as children. It is a world of princes and princesses, heroes and villains, where good always defeats evil. So, if you want to experience something that can only be described as magical, this is where you should come, no matter what your age is!
Get a crick in the neck as you stare up at the granddaddy of all skyscrapers, New York's Empire State Building. While the new breed of structures has pushed the envelope to nearly twice the height, there is still something refined and classic about an original. The observation deck on the 86th floor is nearly as famous as the building itself, having starred in no less than a dozen movies and been visited by over 100 million PlanetHoppers! This is arguably the best place in all of Manhattan to get a bird's eye view of the greatest city in the world.
Ease the seat back as you hit the road headed south from Miami to the Florida Keys. Comprised of about 4,500 separate islands, the Florida Keys provides one of the most enjoyable road trips that you will find anywhere in the world. With only one way to go, US Route 1 takes you south through Key Largo and then across the awesome 7-mile bridge until you finally end up in Key West, where you can join in the carnival atmosphere at Mallory Square to celebrate the sunset to the sweet sounds of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. It's an experience that will bring a smile to your face for the rest of your days.
Be humbled by the might and majesty of California's Giant Forest, the home to 5 of the 10 largest trees (by volume) in the world. The largest of these is General Sherman, measuring over 11 meters (~ 36 ft) at the base, a height of 83.8 meters (~ 275 ft), and an estimated age of 2,300 – 2,700 years. Covering nearly 2,000 acres, the grove is laced with over 64 km (~ 40 miles) of trails, making it one of the most accessible groves in Sequoia National Park. This gives PlanetHoppers! the opportunity to enjoy these natural wonders at their own pace and in a way that will leave a lasting impression - one that will remain with you long afterwards.
Make a visit to one of the natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. The Canyon is simply massive. It is 446 km (277 miles) long, up to 29 km (18 miles) wide, and over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 meters) deep. Nearly two billion years of the Earth's geological history have been exposed by Colorado River, which cuts through the Canyon. Different views can be gained from both the North or South rims, with the North being by far the most crowded, with a steady stream of day-trippers from Las Vegas. But for the ultimate experience, descend into the actual Canyon to gain a clear perspective on just how enormous this natural landmark truly is. It's something you're guaranteed never to forget.
Travel Alaska's Inside Passage by ship, canoe, kayak or any other type of sea-faring craft that suits your fancy. The passage runs all the way from Puget, Washington to Juneau, Alaska and is without a doubt one of the world's most stunning journeys. Regardless of the mode of transport you choose, keep your eyes peeled for whales, seals and some amazing icebergs. You're guaranteed to feel closer to nature than you probably ever have before as you enjoy one of the most breath-taking natural experiences to be found anywhere in the world today!