A visit to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is a full sensory experience with heat, steam and tropical plants of every description growing everywhere.
In spite of its small size, Kauai has a surprising number of things to do and see.
I spent a week in Maui last September for my honeymoon and as much as we were looking forward to some R&R in the sun, we also wanted to experience more. The activity we planned for our first full day on the island was a sunrise trip to Haleakala National Park, and a bike ride down a volcano.
Hawaii's Volcano National Park is a must-see travel location. Here's my step-by-step guide to the park and all it's wonders - including walking on the surface of Kilauea.
Joshua Tree National Park lies in the Mohave Desert and is one of the most arid landscapes in the USA.It's stark and unwelcoming at first sight. But dig a little deeper and you'll find a wonderful floral surprise and a yearning for something simpler.
Why a ghost town in such a populated state as Pennsylvania? An unlikely chain of events actually caused the demise of this rural town.
An exhibit that I would normally have glanced at and moved on grabbed my attention, shook my understanding of the world, and has proved useful to me 12 years later.
American bison nearly went extinct in the late 19th Century, although today have largely recovered and number in the hundreds of thousands. More than 95% of bison today have genes from cattle, and only a few wild herds are left that are genetically pure.
The Hawaiian Islands are well known for the volcanoes of the Big Island, especially massive Mauna Loa and constantly-erupting (since 1983) Kilauea. However, one other volcano considered active and a threat for future eruptions is Haleakala on the island of Maui. A road takes visitors to the very top of the mountain, although preparation is necessary due to altitude and much cooler temperatures.
Have you ever wanted to swim with 1200 pounds of fins, blubber, tail, and adorable snout? Well you can do just that if you go snorkeling with manatees. Swimming with these animals is not something everyone gets to do, but if you have the chance, take it. Being up close and personal with an animal so much bigger than you is an experience of a lifetime.
The Apollo Beach Manatee Viewing Center is the best manatee sanctuary in Florida. It boasts the largest population of manatees from November- April. Free parking and admission. There is a manatee lookout, cafe, butterfly garden, and half-mile walking path. It's the perfect location for animal lovers and environmentalists to spend an afternoon.
Been there, done it and got a first timer's badge. Even if you only come to the USA to experience Disneyland make it worth your while and allow plenty of days to explore the different resorts or worlds. They all have great educational value and there is no danger of becoming "Attention Deficit and Disorderly." Enjoy an endless medley of thrills, action and entertainment in realistic settings enhanced by immaculate landscapes.
Santa Catalina Island near the coast of Southern California is a wonderful destination any time of year. The island has unique plant and animal life, and one prominent animal is not native but has been established for many decades now - a herd of American bison.
Oregon is home to a portion of the Cascades Mountain Range, which has many active volcanic peaks. One of the most famous volcanoes is called the Three Sisters, which are three separate peaks close together. They each tower over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) elevation, and the southernmost is closely watched due to high potential for an eruption.
One of the animals found in California's giant coastal redwood forests is the unique banana slug, so-named because they are huge and yellow. They are in fact the second-largest land slug on Earth, and just being near one make for a very memorable experience.