Unique Travel Destinations within the United States

Some of the ESL students here at Hancock International College have been to the United States a few times (or a few years). If you’re an international student looking for a unique destination that you don’t see on every travel blog, check these out:

Sam Becker’s from cheatsheet.com says, “The Hoh Rain Forest is a part of Olympic National Park, located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. With the exception of Alaska, this is as northwest as you can get in the U.S. — and yes, there is a real-life rain Forest hidden among the mountains. The Hoh Rain Forest gets, on average, between 12 and 14 feet of rain per year. That makes for an incredible ecosystem that looks more akin to Jurassic Park than the rest of the Puget Sound area. It’s also mighty isolated — it’ll take you several hours from Seattle to get there, and once you do, there aren’t many cities or towns to provide creature comforts.”

Buckskin Gulch is number two on Becker’s list as he explains how, “Southern Utah is home to many natural wonders, including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are also north, and the desert is home to some of the coolest geographic formations you can find in North America. Slot canyons are one of those features, and none is more impressive than Buckskin Gulch, which is part of the Paria River tributary.”

Furthermore Same Becker explains how, “Residents of Kentucky may be surprised to see Mammoth Cave on this list, but for a lot of people outside of the immediate area, its existence is not particularly well-known. Located in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest known cave system, encompassing hundreds of miles, only 400 of which have been explored. The cave system has an extensive history, as native American remains have been found inside, along with all manner of other things. Though it’s a national park, Mammoth Cave doesn’t hold a place among the upper-echelon of America’s elite attractions in the same way that Yellowstone or Yosemite do. For that reason, it is still relatively unknown to many Americans.”

Becker says how the Eternal Flame Falls, “is one of those places you may have read about on one of those ‘weird places’ lists — and for good reason. Located in Chestnut Ridge Park in western New York (near Buffalo), Eternal Flame Falls is exactly that — a waterfall with a curious flame behind it. The flame is fueled by a natural gas pocket, which stays lit despite being surrounded by water. It’s a strange sight, for sure, and one that has spawned wonder and mystery for hundreds of years. Though natural gas pockets and consistently burning flames are not altogether completely uncommon, this instance is a big exception — given that the flame is encapsulated by a waterfall.”

Full Article: https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/5-natural-wonders-in-america-you-probably-havent-seen.html/

 Idiom of the Day

off the beaten track

Meaning: away from the frequently traveled routes.

Example: If you want to avoid tourists then you should go off the beaten track.