Madrid, February 25 (Europe Press) –
With fewer crowds than national parks and an almost endless variety of landscapes, US state parks are undiscovered gems for international tourists.
In the United States alone there are more than 2,400 and each has its own unique and special attraction, which is why Visit The USA has selected five state parks that perfectly complement any trip to the other side of the pond this year 2023.
Sam Houston Jones State Park is one of the most beautiful natural sites in the southern United States. With three legendary hiking trails and dozens of tree-lined lakes flowing into the Calcasieu River, it invites travelers to live new experiences.
This authentic grove is one of the unique natural wonders in the entire country. It contains 28 hectares of Virginia pines, the oldest pine species in existence. But that’s not all, the park is also home to turtles, alligators, otters, and raccoons, as well as 200 species of birds, making it one of the best birding spots in all of Louisiana.
In addition, Sam Houston Jones State Park is a reference when it comes to water sports, offering several courses on the Calcasieu River and its many lakes. When it comes to lodging, the offer is as diverse as it is adventure: visitors can spend the night in an old-fashioned campground, or in more comfortable options like glamping.
Other lesser-known and more exciting parks in the United States can be found in Nevada. Known worldwide for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone rock, Valley of Fire State Park is home to ancient fossilized trees and petroglyphs over 2,000 years old.
Located in the Mojave Desert, the park is a true geological paradise, with sandstone formations dating back to the Jurassic period. The oldest and largest in Nevada, this massive natural area is located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, making it the perfect day trip for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Many visitors come to the park to contemplate the natural phenomenon that gives meaning to the valley’s name: at sunset, the last rays of the sun reflect on the park, creating the impression that it is on fire. Unique natural light show.
A walk through the origins of the United States.
Nestled among stone pines on the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Cassia County, Idaho, Castle Rocks State Park is made up of rocks dating back 2.5 million years and is home to historic trailheads, 20th-century plantations, and even the remains of Native American portraits.
The challenging landscape of Castle Rocks attracts thousands of climbers each year who are rewarded with great views along the California National Historic Trail.
For sports enthusiasts, the rugged terrain is ideal for mountain biking year-round, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing in the winter. Castle Rocks is also an ideal place for a family day out, go shooting with the rangers, or with a little luck, catch Chinook salmon or trout.
The traveler can also choose to go camping in the most colorful way in Alabama. At the foot of the Appalachian Mountains lies DeSoto State Park and its constituent protected forests.
The vast area offers 40 kilometers of hiking trails and is a vivid representation of what natural beauty means. In the fall it gives a show of color at sunset, in the spring with its gorgeous azaleas it is painted a pink worthy of this time of year, and in the summer it is defined by the vibrant green of the forests.
Also, just a few minutes’ drive away is Alabama’s highest waterfall—at 130 feet—at Little River Canyon. There are daily sightings of black bears feeding in the river at the foot of the waterfall.
For those who want to end the experience with a night of adventure, they can choose to stay in cozy cabins equipped with a kitchen and fireplace or for an unforgettable camping in the middle of the jungle. Whatever you choose, all guests gather around the fire pit for a 360-degree American experience, toasting marshmallows and singing along to classic country music.
Finally, the most adventurous experience recommended by Visit USA is in North Dakota. Little Missouri State Park, located in western North Dakota, is home to some of the most beautiful and picturesque “badlands” in the state.
The park has more than 45 trails and encourages visitors to ride horses to explore it fully. One of the most popular trails is the Park Loop, a 5-mile route perfect for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, complete with panoramic views of the badlands.
It is recommended to bring binoculars, because the park also has some very rare animals: from deer and lynxes to golden eagles. After a day of adventure in the Badlands, there’s nothing quite like camping under the stars.
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