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• The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States. • It is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km). – CCS to Coro=453km; CCS to El Tigre=461km; CCS to Guanare=431km – CCS to Los Teques=25km

• Activities include rafting, hiking, running and helicopter tours.


• The floor of the valley is accessible by foot, muleback, or by boat or raft from upriver. – Hiking down to the river and back up to the rim in one day is discouraged by park officials because of the • • • •

distance steep and rocky trails change in elevation danger of heat exhaustion from the much higher temperatures at the bottom.

– Rescues are required annually of unsuccessful rim-toriver-to-rim travelers. – Nevertheless, hundreds of fit and experienced hikers complete the trip every year.


• Yellowstone National Park, established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, though it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. • Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles (8,980 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent.


• Home of the world’s tallest tree. – Tallest: Hiperion-- 115.55 Meters tall

• Four developed campgrounds—three in the redwood forest and one on the coast—offer unparalleled camping opportunities for groups, families, and individuals. These spectacular settings are popular with campers form all over the world, so be sure to plan ahead!

http://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm


Hiperion measurement-part 1


Hiperion Measurement-part 2


• The Rocky Mountains (or Rockies) are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles (4,830 km) from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. The range's highest peak is Mount Elbert located in Colorado at 14,440 feet (4,401 m) above sea level.


• The mountains make a favorite tourist destination for skiers and snow-boarders. • There is also great hiking and sight-seeing among the mountains. • Mountain climbers have made it a challenge to climb to the top of all the highest peaks in the Rockies.


• Mokuʻāina or Hawaiʻi is the newest of the 50 U.S. states (August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. • Hawaii’s natural beauty, warm tropical climate, inviting waters and waves, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. • Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. • Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii


• the largest state in the United States by area. • It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. • Approximately half of Alaska's 698,473 residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. As of 2009, Alaska remains the least densely populated state of the U.S. • Alaska was purchased from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million ($113 million in today's dollars) at about two cents per acre ($4.74/km²). • The land went through several administrative changes before becoming an organized territory on May 11, 1912, and the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska


Good summary of NYC • http://www.nyfa.edu/esl/newyork.php


Hollywood


Las Vegas


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas,_Nevada


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Ole_Opry


• From its monuments and landmarks that celebrate liberty and freedom, to its diverse neighborhoods, the nation's capital attracts more than 20 million international and domestic visitors each year. • The famous sights and museums, most of which offer free entry, and a year-round calendar of special events make Washington, DC, one of the world's top tourist destinations. • It's a city that welcomes children and one that takes the Americans with Disabilities Act seriously. • Beyond Washington's most stately sights, the nation's capital is a personal place, a home to half a million residents. • Thanks to chefs who appreciate the metropolitan Washington lifestyle, the restaurant scene has heated up in recent years. • DC also thrives when it comes to live performance, a wellkept secret due to the lack of a central theater district. http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/washington-dc-city-guide.htm/printable


County Fairs include concerts, rides, livestock shows, pagents and cookoffs



Tourism and Sight-Seeing