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In the United States, travel is generally safe, but perhaps a bit expensive for our foreign visitors who are used to good public transportation and hostels in every town. So for those of you that are coming here from other countries, be sure to check out the pages, Cheap Bus Travel, and Hostels .The U.S. is the size of a dozen smaller countries, so there is a lot to see and do. That's what this part of the website is about.

United States Travel Pages

Below is a quick description of the pages on this site that are related to travel in the United States. The title of each links to that page. For the pages of general travel tips and information applicable to any travel, you can visit the home page or site map.

For apartment rentals in the U.S. and around the world, visit holiday-velvet.com.

Are All Hot Springs Hotels Funky? - A true story about our visit to an odd substandard hotel with a wonderful hot spring.

Lost on Mount Lemmon is the story of our trip from the snow on the top of Mount Lemmon, down the back of the mountain in our van. The road was treacherous, we spent the night in the desert, and there was something breathing outside the window at 4 a.m. There are also tips on off-road driving.

Traveling Mountain Tundra covers those places in the United States where you can drive and/or hike above the trees. You'll also find the story of a night my wife and I spent at over 9,000 feet in an isolated tundra meadow in Montana.

Cheap Florida Vacations is about inexpensive travel alternatives to trips to Disney and the other expensive destinations. We watched dolphins, collected incredible sea shells, stalked alligators, and camped for free in a campground with hot showers.

Montana Mountains dicusses driving through, hiking and enjoying the mountainous western half of Montana. There is information on the classic small towns of the mountains too, such as Anaconda, where you can get buy a beer and play nickle slot machines in the local laundromat.

Walmart Camping reveals the little-known fact that Walmart and Flying J Truckstops allow you to park your van or RV overnight in their parking lots for free. Not always the most scenic place to camp, but it sure is cheap. There is also information on other free places to camp when you travel the United States.

Lone Pine California covers the town, the Lone Pine Film Festival, Mount Whitney, and more. It is worth it to travel there just for the incredible backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The mysterious Alabama Hills have some of the most unusual rock formations you'll see, and you can walk around where over 200 movies have been filmed.

Michigan Vacations introduces you to the beaches and parks of Michigan. Walk up 400-foot sand dunes, or take a three hour boat tour of the incredible Pictured Rocks. You'll also find information on some of the festivals of Michigan.

Colorado Hot Springs has information on some of the hot springs of Colorado. Our personal favorite is in Ouray, the "Little Switzerland" of the United States. Travel the scenic "Million Dollar Highway," then sit in the hot water, look up at the walls of rock and trees towering above you, and catch the snowflakes on your tounge - now that's the way to spend an afternoon.

Arizona Hot Springs covers some of the hot springs of Arizona. At one of our favorites, you can camp, hike in the desert and soak for hours in one of the two rock-and-cement tubs, for only $3 per day. Or you can get an annual permit for $30, and stay for up to two weeks at a time.

Montana Testicle Festivals is about the festivals around the United States, including the ones that don't involve eating bull testicles. When summer is here, you don't have to travel far to find a festival celebrating trout or cherries or something.

Arrowhead Hunting In Arizona tells the story of our treasure hunt in the desert. An old Mayan Indian we met at the campfire took us into the desert to find arrowheads, ancient pottery, metates, and semi-precious stones. Yes, we actually found all these things, and more.

Florida Alligators has some information on these less-than-friendly animals. You'll also hear the story of how we met a "monster" one morning, and then visited it regularly. Were we stalking the alligator, or was he stalking us?

Glacier National Park Vacations has a great photo and information on one of the most beautiful parks in the world. The Going-To-The-Sun-Road is also one of the most scenic drives in America. There are Grizzly bear safety tips here also.

United States Travel: National Parks

The national parks of the United States are some of the best reasons to travel here. Below is a list of some of the best, each with a link to the official website for that park.

Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Harrison, NE

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
the Island of Hawaii, HI

Alagnak Wild River
King Salmon, AK

Aleutian World War II National Historic Area
Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, AK

Amistad National Recreation Area
Del Rio, TX

Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve
King Salmon, AK

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Lake Superior, WI

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV

Arches National Park
Moab, UT

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Aztec, NM

Badlands National Park
southwestern, SD

Bandelier National Monument
Los Alamos, NM

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Nome, AK

Big Bend National Park
The big bend of the Rio Grande, TX

Big Cypress National Preserve
Ochopee, FL

Big Hole National Battlefield
Wisdom, MT

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
Oneida, KY,TN

Big Thicket National Preserve
Beaumont, TX

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Fort Smith, MT,WY

Biscayne National Park
Miami, Key Biscayne & Homestead, FL

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Montrose, CO

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
The Blackstone Valley, MA,RI

Bluestone National Scenic River
Athens, Pipestem, and Hinton, WV

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Boston, MA

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon, UT

Buck Island Reef National Monument
Christiansted, VI

Buffalo National River
Harrison and St. Joe, AR

California National Historic Trail
Various States, CA,CO,ID,KS,MO,NE,NV,OR,UT,WY

Canaveral National Seashore
Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, FL

Cane River National Heritage Area
Natchitoches, LA

Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Natchez, LA

Canyon De Chelly National Monument
Chinle, AZ

Canyonlands National Park
Moab, UT

Cape Cod National Seashore
Wellfleet, MA

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Nags Head, Buxton, Ocracoke, NC

Cape Krusenstern National Monument
Kotzebue, AK

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Harkers Island, NC

Capitol Reef National Park
Torrey, UT

Capulin Volcano National Monument
Capulin, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad, NM

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Coolidge, AZ

Catoctin Mountain Park
Thurmont, MD

Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar City, UT

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Nageezi, NM

Channel Islands National Park
Ventura, CA

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Atlanta, GA

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Chesapeake Bay Watershed, DC,MD,NY,PA,VA,WV

Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Sulphur, OK

Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Bayard, NE

Chiricahua National Monument
Willcox, AZ

City Of Rocks National Reserve
Almo, ID

Colorado National Monument
Fruita, CO

Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake, OR

Craters Of The Moon National Monument And Preserve
Arco, Carey and Rupert , ID

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Middlesboro, KY

Cumberland Island National Seashore
Saint Marys, GA

Curecanti National Recreation Area
Gunnison, CO

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cleveland and Akron, OH

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA,NV

Delaware National Scenic River
HQ in Bushkill PA; the Delaware River forms the boundary between the states of, NJ,PA

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
HQ in Bushkill PA; the park is along the Delaware River in the states of, NJ,PA

Denali National Park And Preserve
Denali Park, AK

Devils Postpile National Monument
The Sierra Nevada near Mammoth Lakes, CA

Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower, WY

Dinosaur National Monument
Vernal, Utah and Dinosaur, Colorado, CO,UT

Dry Tortugas National Park
Key West, FL

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
NM,TX

El Malpais National Monument
Grants, NM

El Morro National Monument
Ramah, NM

Everglades National Park
Miami, Naples, and Homestead, FL

Fire Island National Seashore
Patchogue, NY

Fossil Butte National Monument
Kemmerer, WY

Gauley River National Recreation Area
Summersville, WV

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Silver City, NM

Glacier National Park
Northwest Montana, MT

Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve
Gustavus, AK

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ,UT

Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo, MD

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, AZ

Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage, MN

Grand Teton National Park
Moose, WY

Great Basin National Park
Baker, NV

Great Falls Park
McLean, VA

Great Sand Dunes National Park And Preserve
Mosca, CO

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tennessee and North Carolina, NC,TN

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Salt Flat, TX

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Gulf Breeze, Florida and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, FL,MS

Haleakala National Park
Kula, Maui, HI

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
New York, NY

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hilo, HI

Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs, AR

Hovenweep National Monument
Blanding, UT

Ice Age National Scenic Trail
WI

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Porter, IN

Isle Royale National Park
Houghton, MI

Jewel Cave National Monument
Custer, SD

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Kimberly, OR

Joshua Tree National Park
Southern California between I-10 and Hwy 62; headquarters in Twentynine Palms, CA

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Nogales, AZ to San Francisco, AZ,CA

Katmai National Park And Preserve
King Salmon, AK

Kenai Fjords National Park
Seward, AK

Kings Canyon National Park
In the southern Sierra Nevada in Tulare and Fresno counties, CA

Kobuk Valley National Park
Kotzebue, AK

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
Stehekin, WA

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
Port Alsworth, AK

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
the Mojave Desert, AZ,NV

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Fritch, TX

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
the Canadian border going to Coulee Dam along the Columbia River, WA

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mineral, CA

Lava Beds National Monument
Tulelake, CA

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Eleven States: , ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Crow Agency, MT

Little River Canyon National Preserve
Fort Payne, AL

Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave, KY

Mesa Verde National Park
Cortez and Mancos, CO

Minidoka Internment National Monument
Jerome, ID

Missouri National Recreational River
Yankton, SD

Mojave National Preserve
Southern California between I-15 and I-40; headquarters in Barstow, CA

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Camp Verde, AZ

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
Various States, IL,IA,NE,UT,WY

Mount Rainier National Park
Ashford, Enumclaw, Packwood, Wilkeson, WA

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Keystone, SD

Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Natural Bridges National Monument
Blanding, UT

Navajo National Monument
Black Mesa, AZ

New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
the coastal and shore regions of New Jersey with headquarters in Newport, NJ

New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
Southeastern New Jersey, NJ

New River Gorge National River
Hinton, Beckley, Glen Jean, and Fayetteville, WV

Nez Perce National Historical Park
four states, ID,MT,OR,WA

Niobrara National Scenic River
Valentine, NE

Noatak National Preserve
Kotzebue, AK

North Cascades National Park
Marblemount, WA

North Country National Scenic Trail
Seven States-New York to North Dakota , MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,WI

Obed Wild & Scenic River
Wartburg, TN

Old Spanish National Historic Trail
AZ,CA,CO,NV,NM,UT

Olympic National Park
Port Angeles, WA

Oregon National Historic Trail
Various States, ID,KS,MO,NE,OR,WY

Oregon Caves National Monument
Cave Junction, OR

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Ajo, AZ

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
parts of , NC,SC,TN,VA

Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Van Buren,Eminence,Salem,Winona,MO, MO

Padre Island National Seashore
Corpus Christi, TX

Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque, NM

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising, MI

Pinnacles National Monument
Paicines, CA

Pipe Spring National Monument
Fredonia, AZ,UT

Pipestone National Monument
Pipestone, MN

Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes, CA

Pony Express National Historic Trail
Various States, CA,CO,KS,MO,NE,NV,UT,WY

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
the corridor between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Highlands, DC,MD,PA,VA

Poverty Point National Monument
Epps, LA

Prince William Forest Park
Triangle, VA

Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, UT

Redwood National and State Parks
Del Norte & Humboldt counties , CA

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
Southwest Texas, TX

Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park and Grand Lake, CO

Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Newhalem, WA

Russell Cave National Monument
Bridgeport, AL

Saguaro National Park
Tucson, AZ

Saint Croix National Scenic River
Saint Croix Falls, WI

Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
Christiansted, VI

San Juan Island National Historical Park
Friday Harbor, WA

Santa Fe National Historic Trail
CO,KS,MO,NM,OK

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Thousand Oaks, CA

Scotts Bluff National Monument
Gering, NE

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
In the southern Sierra Nevada in Tulare and Fresno counties, CA

Shenandoah National Park
the Blue Ridge Mountains near Luray, VA

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Empire, MI

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Flagstaff, AZ

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Medora, ND (South Unit). The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City, ND

Timpanogos Cave National Monument
American Fork, UT

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
Jacksonville, FL

Tonto National Monument
Roosevelt, AZ

Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail
AL,AR,GA,IL,KY,MO,NC,OK,TN

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
Pike and Wayne (PA) and Delaware, Orange and Sullivan (NY) counties along the Delaware River, NY,PA

Virgin Islands National Park
St.John, VI

Voyageurs National Park
International Falls, Kabetogama, Ash River, and Crane Lake, MN

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Flagstaff, AZ

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown, CA

White Sands National Monument
Alamogordo, NM

Wind Cave National Park
Hot Springs, SD

Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve
Copper Center, AK

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, ID,MT,WY

Yosemite National Park
the Sierra Nevada, CA

Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve
Eagle, AK

Zion National Park
Springdale, UT

More United States Travel Information and Stories

There will be more here soon. This is the part of the website destined to grow the fastest, since my wife and I live in the United States and love to travel. The website will not be limited to our own experience though. I'll be actively researching and reporting on any travel topics I think may be of interest to travelers everywhere.


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