Nature is amazingly beautiful, and travel is one of the ways to fully experience, appreciate and enjoy it. Over the years I visited many places with absolutely gorgeous natural surroundings which do leave in awe with this amazing world, and do make it easy to appreciate, cherish and respect it even more.
Well, and last year was mostly dedicated to exploring wonders and beauty of the USA with my cross-country travels: Connecticut to California, Connecticut to Florida and back. Being one of the largest countries in the world, there were so many places I wanted to experience, and I did manage to visit some of them. Besides experiencing many interesting and important landmarks and cities across the country, traveling along gorgeous California’s Route One and finding many reasons to smile in Carmel, I also traveled along Florida’s Route A1A exploring many amazing places: from historic St.Augustine, the site of Florida coastline discovery by Europeans to Key West.
With many amazing and interesting places visited, discovered and explored along the way, there are some of them that definitely became very special to me. For beauty of their nature that is. So here are a few of the most beautiful places from my travels across the USA.
Since most of my travels started from Connecticut, I would like to mention a few places in the state that are definitely remarkable because of their beauty of nature. Talcott State Park has one of the most amazing panoramic views of the state, especially in autumn, with gorgeous scenery of New England’s colorful nature and its foliage. Another special place in the state is Elizabeth Park, one of the oldest municipally operated rose gardens in the country. With many varieties of colorful flowers, the garden is an optimal setting for celebrations, walks, meditation and enjoyment of beautiful nature.
Colorful autumn nature in Talcott State Park
Beautiful flowers in Elizabeth Park
Being the first national park in the world, Yellowstone definitely stands out with its gorgeous surroundings, diversity of its beautiful nature and as a wildlife sanctuary. Besides its one of the largest lakes in north america, there are many charming peculiarities to the park in its ever-changing scenery: from mountain peaks, colorful valleys, enchanting forests, multitude of lakes and rivers, extravaganza of gazers and springs to the sights of peaceful wildlife.
Majestic Sun in all of its glory
Simplicity, diversity and beauty of nature
California’s Coastline has been a magnificent highlight of my travels this summer. California’s Route One is a beautiful drive from Leggett to Dana Point. It is mostly known for Big Sur, and rightfully so. However, it has gorgeous natural surroundings, many amazing vistas and interesting cities and towns along the way also.
First ocean views of Route 1, somewhere near Leggett
Beauty of wild flowers and nature
Gorgeous and colorful heaven along Route 1
Eureka is a coastal city along California’s coast. Besides its interesting name (from a Greek word meaning “I have discovered it”) and a few particular locals, I also had my “Eureka” moment when I came across Gills by the bay restaurant with gorgeous bay area scenery, beautiful garden and colorful flowers.
What a beauty!
Variety of flowers and colors
Taking a ferry is one of the best ways to explore the beauty and charm of San Francisco Bay area. Sausalito is a small town, just a short ferry ride from the city. Besides many boutique shops, art studios and galleries, restaurants and cafes, this small town stands out with its charming cottages and beautiful bay area surroundings.
Gorgeous nature and charming cottages of Sausalito
Sausalito from a ferry on my way to San Francisco
Angel Island is a unique island in San Francisco Bay area, magically peaceful and diverse because of its beautiful nature, colorful landscape, different types of plants, even non-native eucalyptus and Monterey pine, and luscious wildflowers. Enjoying its beauty and panoramic San Francisco bay area (San Francisco, Alcatraz, The Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Belvedere and Tiburon) from Mt.Livermore is definitely one beautiful and blissful experience.
San Francisco bay area during my hike to the top of Mt.Livermore
Golden Gate Bridge from the top of the Angel Island
Carmel/Carmel-by-the-Sea, known as the artists’ and pet-friendly community, is one of the most memorable places and smiley blissful experiences from my travels along California’s coastline. To say that Carmel’s coastline is beautiful, probably, is an understatement; with its white-sand beach, Monterey pines, charming colorful cottages and amazingly magnificent ocean views, it surely charms with quintessential coastal beauty of its own.
Graceful Monterey pines along Carmel coast
Beauty of Carmel nature
As one of the natural wonders of the world, Grand Canyon National Park has the most gorgeous panoramic scenery of colorful layered canyons and surroundings. In all of its majesty, it is one of the places that leaves in awe with its grandness, uniqueness and beauty of nature.
Panoramic views of the canyon
In awe with this natural and beautiful wonder
Somewhere in Arizona on my way home
With many destinations in Florida, St.Augustine surely stands out of them all. Besides being the oldest European-established settlement in the country, particular international culture, interesting locals and festive evening atmosphere, St.Augustine manages to balance it all. This is the place where the old complements the new, the past complements the present, well, and St.Augustine’s beautiful nature complements it all.
The Earth and the Sky magically complement each other
Natural colors of the sky and nature
Key West is a unique island and the Southernmost city in the USA with many interesting sights and a very festive atmosphere, especially in the evening. During my travels in Key West, an Island Adventure tour has definitely been one joyful and smiley experience for me. Besides exploring the islands, it was great to learn a little bit about the area, meet friendly people, greet dolphins in their natural habitat, snorkel, kayak, try paddle boarding and admire its gorgeous beauty of nature.
Exploring the islands of Key West
Simple beauty of nature
Over to you. What are your most beautiful travel experiences in the USA and around the world?
All opinions and experiences are, as always, my own.
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