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14 Surreal Places In America Even The Locals May Not Have Explored

14 Surreal Places In America Even The Locals May Not Have Explored

Most people think you need to leave the country in order to see all the beautiful places in life. However, that couldn’t be more untrue. You don’t need a passport to see all the things that mother nature has to offer us. These places will make travel in America like nothing you’ve never seen before. Get ready to feast your eyes on these beautiful destinations that are right here in the United States.

1. Joshua Tree National Park

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    Joshua Tree park is a protected area in southern California. It is a renowned desert park that draws campers & hikers with its geologic wonders & signature Joshua trees. These trees are a beautiful sight that you surely wouldn’t want to miss.

    2. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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      There are many attractions you must see in Yellowstone National Park, but possibly the most beautiful one is the Grand Prismatic Spring. This happens to be the largest hot spring in the United States. Its’ official dimensions are listed at 250 by 300 feet, with a depth of over 160 feet.

      3. Kenai Fjords, Alaska
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        This is a beautiful and majestic part of the world. They have boat tours which offer stunning views of calving glaciers and marine wildlife.

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        4. Big Sur, California

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          Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. It’s known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping, and sitting beach side.

          5. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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            It encompasses the Teton mountain range, the 4000-meter Grand Teton peak, and the valley known as Jackson Hole. It’s a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing, linked to nearby Yellowstone National Park.

            6. Mount Rainier, Washington

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              The highest point in the park reachable by car, visitors can admire Rainier and other nearby volcanoes, including Mount Adams. Paradise overlook also offers sweeping mountain views, summertime wildflower meadows, and many hiking trailheads. People from all over the world come to visit for hiking, climbing or just soaking in the beauty of nature.

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              7. Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

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                Mendenhall Glacier is a glacier about 13.6 miles long located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles from downtown Juneau in the southeast area of the U.S. state of Alaska. Easy hike for families, or those with no difficulty walking unassisted.

                8. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

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                  Located in the Columbia River Gorge in the American state of Oregon. The U.S. Forest Service has designated it as a botanical area because of the unique aquatic and woodland plants that grow there. Next door to busy Multnomah Falls but usually overlooked by tourists, this delightful trail explores a cavern behind Ponytail Falls and then loops around Oneonta Gorge, a mossy chasm so narrow that Oneonta Creek fills it wall to wall.

                  9. Hamilton Pool Preserve, Texas

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                    Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71.

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                    10. The Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

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                      The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina weaves through vibrant and engaging communities. Many visitors to the Parkway include visits to these unique destinations in their journey.

                      11. Adirondack Mountains, New York

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                        The Adirondack Mountains form a massif in the northeast of Upstate New York in the United States. Its boundaries correspond to the boundaries of Adirondack Park.

                        12. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

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                          The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a U.S. national lakeshore consisting of 21 islands and shoreline encompassing 69,372 acres on the northern tip of Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Superior.

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                          13. Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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                            Mauna Kea, is a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaiʻi. Standing 4,207 m above sea level, its peak is the highest point in the state of Hawaii.

                            14. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California

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                              Sequoia National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California, in the United States. It was established on September 25, 1890. The park spans 404,064 acres.

                              Photo credit: CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

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                              Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                              Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                              If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                              1. Create a Daily Plan

                              Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                              2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                              Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                              3. Use a Calendar

                              Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                              I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                              Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                              4. Use an Organizer

                              An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                              These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                              5. Know Your Deadlines

                              When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                              But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                              6. Learn to Say “No”

                              Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                              Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                              7. Target to Be Early

                              When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                              For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                              Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                              8. Time Box Your Activities

                              This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                              You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                              9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                              Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                              10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                              Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                              You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                              11. Focus

                              Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                              Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                              Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                              12. Block out Distractions

                              What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                              I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                              When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                              Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                              13. Track Your Time Spent

                              When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                              You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                              14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                              You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                              Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                              15. Prioritize

                              Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                              Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                              16. Delegate

                              If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                              When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                              17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                              For related work, batch them together.

                              For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                              1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                              2. coaching
                              3. workshop development
                              4. business development
                              5. administrative

                              I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                              18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                              What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                              One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                              While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                              19. Cut off When You Need To

                              The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                              Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                              20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                              Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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