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15 US sites that foreigners love but Americans tend to overlook: Part 1

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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With its legendary highways, national parks, and stunning coastal roads America is one of the most famous countries in the world and travelling to this superpower is pretty easy with regular flights to and from most major airports around the world.

In 2014, America received 73.9 million international arrivals with 78% of domestic trips taken by Americans for leisure purposes. All Americans know how great their country is, but which of the countries 10 landmarks are loved by tourists but often overlooked by Americans?


  1. Whitaker Point, Arkansas

Also known as Hawksbill Crag, Whitaker point is a large rock outcrop perfect for a spot of soul searching. The area really is a hikers paradise as the trail up to the rocky outcrop is scattered with wildflowers and a dramatic waterfall in spring and then the bright oranges and deep reds of the falling maple leaves in fall.


  1. Watkins Glen State Park

Located outside of the village of Watkins Glen is the Watkins Glen State Park where, within two miles, the Glen’s stream descends 400 foot past 200-foot cliffs generating 19 waterfalls along the way. Visitors to the park can enjoy a spot of fishing, go for a picnic, hike, and camp.


  1. Zion National Park

Southwest of Utah lies a national park famed for its striking steep red cliffs. Zion National Park is Utah’s oldest and most popular national park. The park’s main feature – Zion Canyon – is 15 miles long and 800m deep making this national park the perfect place for those who like to get out in to the wild outdoors.


  1. Savannah, Georgia

Separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River, the city of Savannah is a gorgeous coastal destination perfect for a relaxing break. With its pedestrian-friendly layout and original urban design, this is a city that has something for everyone. When visiting this city, take the time to step off the beaten path and experience the history, beauty and charm of Savannah. Visitors can experience the city by foot carriage, trolley or bus.


  1. Mendenhall Ice Caves

There is something magical about the Mendenhall Ice Caves. The Mendenhall Glacier is a 12-mile long glacier situated just twelve miles from downtown Juneau in southeast Alaska. The ice caves, located inside the glacier, are only accessible to those who are willing to kayak and ice climb over the glacier. Words such as ‘otherworldly’ and ‘surreal’ have been used to describe these caves although, as a result of global warming, melting and fleeting could also describe this beautiful area.


  1. Palouse Falls, Washington

Situated in southeast Washington, these falls are 198ft high and consist of upper falls that have a drop of 20ft that lies 1000ft north northwest from the main drop, and a lower falls with a drop of 198ft. While the falls lie a little off the beaten track, it is worth the detour if you enjoy quiet, wide open landscape.


  1. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Hidden beneath the surface of the Chihuahaun Desert lie more than 119 known caves, each formed when sulphuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone leaving behind caverns of fascinating shapes and sizes. There are several tour options available around the caves including the magnificent Kings Palace tour and The Hall of the White Giant Tour.


  1. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Washington State

The tulip is known as a symbol of paradise on earth, so it is only fitting then that each April, more than one million visitors travel to Skagit Valley for their tulip festival. Every year, Skagit Valley Farmers invite visitors to take a scenic drive through the valley and experience the art of farming. As well as tours of the tulip fields, there is a whole range of tours to keep the whole family occupied and entertained including whale watching tours and rafting.

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