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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.

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                              Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                              1. Cat Camel Stretch

                              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                              3. Jumping Jacks

                              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                              4. Abductor Side Lifts

                              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                              5. Balancing Table Pose

                              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                6. Leg Squats

                                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                7. Push Ups

                                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                8. Bicycle Crunches

                                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                9. Lunges

                                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                10. Bicep Curls

                                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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