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Photographs of America's Beautiful Wilderness

People that live outside the USA, form impressions based on how America is portrayed on Film and TV. The first images that pop into my mind are the New York skyline and Los Angeles sprawl. We tend to think urban, highways and malls. USA is still a land of wide open spaces, wilderness and great beauty. It's 40 times larger than the UK but has only 5 times our population. I suspect that 90% of UK tourists head for California, New York. Las Vegas or Florida. USA has so much more to offer but (apart from one or two exceptions- the Grand Canyon, the Niagra Falls) the vast majority is just not on our radar.

USA members. which less well known locations would you recommend to tourists?

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Ellis wrote on September 30, 2014, 8:59 AM

Yellowstone is one place I'd like to visit..

Scorpie wrote on September 30, 2014, 9:06 AM

Weather Underground has the best nature pics

Yosemite is my favorite place on Earth. If I'm ever missing look for me there.

LeaPea2417 wrote on September 30, 2014, 11:34 AM

The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee is a great place to visit. There is Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There is also a place called Cades Cove to explore. While driving to Gatlinburg, there is a stop where the Appalachian Trail goes through. There are many other hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

suffolkjason wrote on September 30, 2014, 11:41 AM

Is that the home of Yogi Bear?

suffolkjason wrote on September 30, 2014, 11:43 AM

Thanks- I'll check out the link. I think there's a pattern developing- the National Parks are the places to go- makes sense I suppose.

suffolkjason wrote on September 30, 2014, 11:44 AM

Thanks! I'll have to check those out!

Ellis wrote on September 30, 2014, 11:55 AM

Yeah...I was gonna buy Boo Boo a Sinex nasal spray..

BarbRad wrote on September 30, 2014, 12:27 PM

It is really hard to pick. I like the wild an historic places in Wyoming, such as the beauty and piece in the old South Pass City. You can go there after the building are closed and hardly see another person. Then there is the Oregon Coast, the California Central Coast, my own Wine Country in Templeton and Paso Robles, the beauty of our deserts and prairies, and the scenic route through Utah from St. George up through the National Parks of Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Flaming Gorge. I still have yet to see Yosemite and Yellowstone, but you can find beauty almost anywhere once you leave the cities and get out into the countryside or more wild areas. Most of what you see from the freeways doesn't count. I-5, for example, through the Central Valley of California would bore he average person to death, but once you get up to Redding, and pass through Lake Shasta on your way to Oregon, you can find some beautiful country. Where do I stop? Follow the old Oregon Trail route through Nebraska and Wyoming, which is how we discovered South Pass City. Go to Walla Walla to see the Whitman Memorial. You will see what our pioneers saw.

SLGarcia wrote on September 30, 2014, 12:30 PM

I can think of so many. Some are: Seattle, Washington and the entire Pudget Sound area, including the Olympic Peninsula. The state of Oregon also has so much to see - Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Hood River. Then there is the Great Lakes region in the midwest.

BarbRad wrote on September 30, 2014, 12:30 PM

I just looked at those photos, and I regret to say I've not sen any of those places, but they are on my list now. Some have always been on my list. But in a country this large, it's hard to see it all.

inertia4 wrote on September 30, 2014, 12:31 PM

suffolkjason Yes, America is a beautiful country. It's just the people I think are not so wonderful. My opinion. But we do have our own history here and a beautiful country side.

Bethany1202 wrote on September 30, 2014, 12:46 PM

Some of my favorite drives are through the mountains, but the United States has many beautiful forests, beaches, parks, and other scenic areas that are so lovely!

AngelSharum wrote on September 30, 2014, 1:34 PM

We want to visit Yellow Stone, The Grand Canyon, go see the leaves change colors in the fall in New Hampshire, go to Destin for the ocean, the Keys for the bridge and snorkeling, Montana and Colorado for the mountains, etc.

paigea wrote on September 30, 2014, 6:19 PM

In 2010 I realized a life long dream to visit the Grand Canyon. It was amazing. There are many beautiful places in every country I think.

AliCanary wrote on September 30, 2014, 7:22 PM

Well, California isn't just L.A; it's actually the largest agricultural area in the country, and among other comestibles, it's pretty well-known for producing wine tours. Those people who enjoy the countryside would probably love the wine tours of the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. California also has Yosemite, which is our most beautiful national park, I think. They're all beautiful, but a lot of them are just woods. Yosemite has fields and rivers and mountains and waterfalls--pretty much every amazing thing that makes up a breathtaking vista! Of course, if you are on the East Coast, North Carolina has great beaches on one end of the state, and great mountains on the other. And surprise--we have wineries, too!

AliCanary wrote on September 30, 2014, 7:24 PM

Hee hee, I meant producing *wine*, but obviously the tours, too. Maybe I shouldn't go on any!

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 30, 2014, 11:12 PM

My answer was way too long, so I wrote an article and referenced yours in it - hope you don't mind!

bestwriter wrote on October 1, 2014, 1:59 AM

Great pictures there.
The best thing I ever saw was the Colorado River from that small plane that we rode en route the Grand Canyon.

I will add one more. The Crooked Street in San Francisco emoticon :grin:

suffolkjason wrote on October 1, 2014, 2:33 AM

Thanks! I had secretly hoped somebody might write a full article. emoticon :winking:

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 1, 2014, 3:21 PM

I just got back from Pigeon Forge! I would have liked to have gone to Cades Cove (can you believe I live 4 hours away and have never been in all the times I've been to the Smokies?), but there wasn't time in my schedule. We did squeeze in a drive up to Newfound Gap and back. I'll be posting pictures as soon as I can get to it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 1, 2014, 3:25 PM

Most of the wilderness is in the western US, but don't discount the east. Even though it's much more populated, there are still vast tracks of national forests, the Appalachian Mountains, and lots of rivers and lakes east of the Mississippi.

GemOfAGirl wrote on October 2, 2014, 2:35 AM

Glad to oblige! emoticon :smile:

JanetJenson wrote on October 3, 2014, 2:15 AM

A coworker once was going on and on about the dangers of overpopulation and I had just gotten back from an airplane trip which showed rather graphically how much open space there really is in our nation. We had quite a discussion.

Linda-From-US wrote on October 21, 2014, 12:39 PM

I always wanted to go to the Smoky Mountains. My family used to go there years ago.

BrenndaMarie wrote on March 1, 2015, 2:19 PM

This reminds me of my father. He was a baby photographer. Some of the best pictures he ever took were of nature. I wish, I had soon of the pictures he had taking. Some of his natures pictures were published in travel magazines.