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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 July 18, 2019

                              10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                              10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                              Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

                              Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

                              1. Make the Windows Your Own

                              When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

                              One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

                              2. Put up Some Art

                              If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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                              Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

                              3. Improve the Aroma

                              A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

                              Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

                              4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

                              A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

                              There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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                              5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

                              If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

                              Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

                              6. Improve Your Air Quality

                              One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

                              The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

                              7. Fill it with Plants

                              Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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                              They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

                              8. Change the Doorknobs

                              Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

                              Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

                              9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

                              There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

                              Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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                              10. Fresh Cut Flowers

                              You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

                              You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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