North America Wonders

Rocky Mountain Parks

The seven parks of the Canadian Rockies form a striking mountain landscape. With rugged mountain peaks, icefields and glaciers, alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, extensive karst cave systems and deeply incised canyons, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks possess exceptional natural beauty, attracting millions of visitors annually.

Rocky Mountain National Park, United States is conveniently located near Denver (only 2 hours away) and is full of things to do and beautiful things to see. With massive mountains as a backdrop, tundras of rolling wildflowers, and Alpine lakes, this park is truly stunning.

Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff

We visited Banff, Jasper, Glacier, Waterton, Yoho, Kootenay and Revelstoke National Parks in 1983 and 2001. We will be visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in June 2019.

Pre-columbian Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Located about 50 kilometers northeast of modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan was one of the largest urban centers in the ancient world. No one knows who built it. The city flourished between 2,100 years ago, when construction began, and about 1,400 years ago, when it went into a period of decline, including a fire that caused great damage. However, even with the decline, the city was never truly “lost”. The Aztecs made regular pilgrimages to the site in later periods.

What the city’s own inhabitants called the city and its structures is unknown. The current name, Teotihuacan, was given to it by the Aztecs and means “the place where the gods were created.”

On the steps of the enormous Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, near Mexico City

We visited Teotihuacan in 2011.

Great Canyons of Arizona & Utah

The Grand Canyon is the ultimate canyon, but it’s only one of many canyons that are worthy of seeing and experiencing  when travelling to this US southwest region.

For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans, who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a holy site, and made pilgrimages to it.

Hiking one of many trails in Grand Canyon National Park

We visited Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Canyonland, Capital Reef, Arches, Mesa Verde National Parks in 2010.

Caves of Carlsbad

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an American national park in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico, USA.  The Caverns is gargantuan – so far only about 50 kilometers of its 118 caves have been explored.  An estimated 500 kilometers have yet to see man or light.

Visitors to the cave can hike in on their own via the natural entrance or take an elevator from the visitor center.

The self-guided Natural Tour entrance

We visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2013.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park in the United States is the world’s first national park. Yellowstone National Park is famous for its geysers and hot springs. The park contains about half the world’s geysers. The world’s most famous geyser is the Old Faithful Geyser. It is also the home to free roaming grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk.

We visited Yellowstone National Park in 1998.

Golden Gate Bridge & the San Francisco Bay

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the 1.6 km wide strait connecting San Francisco, California to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and the United States.

We visited the Golden Gate Bridge & San Francisco Bay 3 times, in 1971, 1998, and again 2018.

Statue of Liberty & the Manhattan view

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most noteworthy symbols for New York. It symbolizes political freedom and democracy. Located in New York harbour, it is also seen as the unofficial entrance to New York City and welcomes visitors from all around the world. Given to the United States as a present from the people of France for the centennial of the American Revolution.

One of the most popular activity, by visitors from all over the world, is to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island by ferry, enjoying the view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline.

The Statue of Liberty

We visited the Statue of Liberty & Manhattan 3 times, in 1980, 2007, and 2014.

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