Yellowstone, located in the northwest corner of Wyoming and spilling into Idaho and Montana, stands out among the country’s national parks due to its high level of geothermal activity. This is one of the most amazing national parks in the world, because of its geothermal features, pristine landscape and varied wild fauna.
Today we release a new island in the Hawaiian archipelago: the Big Island. It is home to Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that towers over the Hawaiian Islands. It is also one of the world’s best sites for astronomy; 13 telescopes representing nine countries cluster at its summit. The Big Island’s Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States, and Parker Ranch is one of the largest privately owned ranches in America. Hilo is the country’s rainiest city. The lush tropical forests, the expansive lava flow deserts, the sun-drenched beaches and the towering mountains make the Big Island a real paradise for nature lovers.
Both East and West Hawai‘i Island provide good bases for touring. Hilo is well situated for excursions to the Hamakua Coast, Mauna Kea, the Puna district, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – a highlight on any visitor’s itinerary, with Kilauea Caldera and its active lava rifts. From Kailua-Kona on the island’s west side, there is access to the South Kohala resorts to the north, the Parker Ranch country of Waimea, Kona coffee country to the south, and many well-preserved ancient sites, including Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau. Pololu and Waipio wild valleys on the north shore offer the most dramatic landscapes and hiking opportunities. Discover and enjoy these and many more destinations in our app.
Today we introduce a new destination in TravelEchoes: Oahu. This is the first of the Hawaiian Islands we’ll be adding in the next weeks. Oahu is the third largest island in the archipelago and the most populated. Honolulu is the main city and has a nice old town to explore. Close by you will find Waikiki, the most known beach in the world.
Outside Waikiki you can find less crowded surroundings and enjoy the great natural beauty of this gem in the Pacific. Natural beauty can be found in the two mountain ranges, the Koolau and Waianae ranges. Some great hikes are just a short drive into the mountains from Waikiki. Secluded white sand beaches, picturesque beach towns, and pounding winter surf on the North Shore are some of the highlights. The Polynesian Cultural Center and Pearl Harbour with its different memorials are a must to understand the history of the island. Oahu has more than a hundred beaches. Kailua Beach Park, Kualoa Regional Park, Kahana Bay Beach Park, Lanikai Beach, Sunset Beach or Ehukai Beach Park are some of the most interesting ones.
Diamond Head State Park – the crater of an ancient volcano – offers amazing views over Waikiki. Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is an amazing place to enjoy nature. Nu’uanu Pali Lookout offers some of the most amazing views in the island, apart from the hiking trails. Hale’iwa Historical town is a 100-year-old historic town with many historical buildings. Byodo-in Temple is a recreation of the 900-year-old Byodo-In Temple in Kyoto. Dole Plantation, once a roadside fruit stand, offers different attractions such as the Pineapple Garden Maze. All the details and many more places of interest in your app from now on. Enjoy it.
We begin the new year introducing an incredible destination: Utah. A southwestern state known for its beautiful landscapes since it includes five of the best national parks in the United States: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. All of them are different but without doubt real wonders of nature, from the natural arches of Arches to the deep canyons of Canyonlands through the spectacular rock formations of Bryce and Zion.
And amazing unspoilt areas like the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument with sensational canyons and all kinds of fantastic landscapes offer a dream destination for lovers of nature. San Rafael Swell, Flaming Gorge or the Great Salt Lake are some other highlights in this wonderful state. Fans of westerns recognize many corners of the state, especially in the vicinity of Moab.
From today you can already enjoy our new destination in the app: Arizona. This US state has an incredible natural wealth. Many natural sites have been used hundreds of times in movies. Above all there is one of the natural wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon. An impressive National Park with a lot to offer. And another wonder is the Monument Valley within Navajo Nation, with its buttes and mesas in a deep red color over the desert. The Waterholes Canyon, Sedona region, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Canyon de Chelly, Vermilion Clliffs or the Petrified Forest National Park are other destinations no to be missed. A true paradise for nature lovers.
And you will find not only majestic nature here, but also legendary towns of the Far West as Tombstone, Yuma or the old mining towns like Jerome, Globe or Goldfield with a special charm. And Arizona features also big cities with all kinds of cultural and leisure opportunities such as Phoenix and Tucson. Without any doubt, an impressive destination.