National Parks In United States

The first national park in the world was established in Wyoming when legislators passed the Yellowstone National Park Act of 1872, protecting more than two million acres of public domain. From then to now, the number of national sites has increased to 450!

The idea has expanded from natural parks to historical, recreational and cultural sites including national monuments, national memorials, national seashores, national Military parks and more. In the U.S. over 25 states are proud to showcase their jewels encompassing fascinations like the Everglades in Florida, mountain and valley ranges in California, wilderness in Alaska and volcanoes in Hawaii. Here’s is a taste of some of best in the States.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
This park is a scenic mountain paradise with over 100 peaks all above 11,000 ft- the highest is Longs Peak at 14,259ft! Some parts of the mountain range cross over the continental divide. Meaning snow melting off the western side will find its way to the Pacific Ocean while on the snow on the opposite side will eventually melt into the Atlantic. Hikers and skiers here enjoy hundreds of miles of trails. For a favourite local hit Eldora Ski Resort. Eldora offers full services including ski rental, lessons, groomed slopes, and night time shredding. While enjoying the slopes you might encounter the park’s many local inhabitants. Maybe passing Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Marmot, or Moose, even a rare occasion a Mountain Lion or Black Bear – beware!

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The canyon was the U.S.’s 17th National Park. The physical make-up is of layered bands of red rock stretching across a staggering 1,900 square miles- 277 miles long and 18 wide. The Grand Canyon is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world and visited by an annual 5 million people. In the past it was inhabited by Native Americans- some considering it a holy site, making pilgrimages. Now it is a haven for animals and lots of rock. For the adventurous few some trips can be done through the canyon. One provided by Western River Expeditions has been around for 50 years. They offer a week-long rafting trip down the almost 300-mile river- food and camping provided.

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
Although not a park is known for its natural appearance, Chaco is still worth mentioning. It is considered one of the most important pre-Columbian areas in the U.S. It was deemed a national site in 1980 and is the location of an intricate assembly of Pueblos. Coined by Spanish explorers, Pueblos refers to stone and mud built communities by Native American. The ancient Pueblo ruins seen as a sacred ancestral homeland to both the Hopi and Pueblo people. Today it is a hot spot for hiking, biking, camping, and stargazing. There is one campground in the park that holds 51 sites. During special seasons the park rangers open up the area to a stargazing party- lending telescopes and offering advice. There is also an observatory open to the public with a 25″ telescope displaying a jaw-dropping view into the heavens.

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Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Haleakala located on the island of Maui, surrounded by 33,265 acres of land including a dormant volcano with the same name as the region. Haleakala translates to “house of the sun”. The park also is home to the Haleakala Observatory, responsible for surveying satellites and debris orbiting Earth.

This region is another great area for stargazing as light pollution is low and the volcano sits 10,000 ft. Above sea level. The road to the summit is a 38-mile drive and while ascending climates drastically change. From a humid subtropical at the base to subalpine deserts higher up. On the east side of the park, visitors can view the Kīpahulu Valley. In this area, some of the rarest birds exist. To name three: The Hawaiian Petrel, the Hawaiian Goose, and Honeycreepers.

There are many more beautiful enchanting parks in the United States that we are happy to share with you. Planning a trip abroad? Why not talk to us at askus@ladyredot.com. 


josh-mayHello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

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Bucket Lists: Must Try Activities for Adventurous Hearts

Going on an adventure is unquestionably good for you physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s a unique way to travel and appreciate the beauty of the world. If you haven’t created your 2017 trip itinerary, considering doing it the adventurous way.

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Shark Dives
Irrespective of the type of sharks you’ll be swimming with —hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, white tip sharks or the gentle giant whale sharks—dipping in the water with even just one shark takes a lot of courage and is not for the faint-hearted.

However, the activity is as rewarding as it is risky, and is certainly a unique way to respect and appreciate marine life, specifically sharks, which usually spell menace to some people. Lucky for those who’d love to give this a try, this activity is available in a lot of places. You can do this in Mexico, Bahamas, Philippines, South Africa, Costa Rica, Maldives, Fiji, North Carolina and of course, most places in Australia.

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Adventure Caving
Not for the claustrophobic, this activity requires one to not only be physically fit but also mentally committed. With headlamps as your only source of light (99% of the time), you’ll have to squeeze your way through tight and moist places, and you have to be ready for unexpected bumps.

After gruelling hours in dark passages, caverns decorated with beautiful rocks or breathtaking waterfalls usually, will cap the trip with so much satisfaction. If you want to see the beauty of the underworld, New Zealand, Belize, Vietnam, China, Slovenia, Malaysia, Philippines, Austria, Iceland, France, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Venezuela, USA, and South Africa are all famous for their mysterious caves.

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Hiking and Trekking
Hiking and trekking can take hours, or even days depending on your trail, so stopovers are necessary to regain your momentum. Both require a lot of stamina and preparation as you’ll not only be walking for a long time, you also have to be ready for heat or cold depending on where you are. The rewards you reap from these activities are many, from the scenic views to the quiet and still moment with nature.

If you want to hit the road less traveled, try the best trails in the world: Queen Charlotte Track (New Zealand), Bay of Fires (Australia), Chilkoot Trail (Alaska), Fitz Roy Trek (Argentina), Kungsleden (Sweden), Tonquin Valley (Canada), Croagh Patrick (Ireland), Kalalau Trail (Hawaii), and Mountain of the Moon (Uganda).

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Skydiving
While jumping out of a plane and freefalling from thousands of feet above may be something you’d never do even when it’s the only way to survive, skydiving can be very fulfilling especially to those who want to challenge their fear of heights. If your guts (and budget) allow you, try skydiving in Palm Jumeirah (Dubai), Livingstone (Zambia), and Cairns (Australia).

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Heli-ski
This is perhaps the least famous one on the list, as there are only a limited number of spots that offer this kind of adventure. Also, the ski equipment you need and the helicopter ride mean this activity does not come cheap. To heli-ski, a helicopter takes you to a remote snow mountain so you can ski or snowboard downhill. If you like to get that adrenaline rush while you slide downhill, try heli-skiing in Japan, Switzerland, British Columbia, Russia, and even India.

If you are ready for the adventure of your lifetime, we are ready for you! Allow LadyRedot plan your adventures in 2017 and create a lifelong worth of memories for you. Have a chat with us at askus@LadyRedot.com.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

The Best Beans on the Belt: Coffee Lovers World Tour

Coffee beans flourish in warm weather, reliable rain, and a healthy amount of sunshine. Each of these factors can have a huge impact determining each cup’s flavour. This being so, the best places around the world for growing is on the bean belt. Ranging from the top of the tropics of Cancer to the bottom of Capricorn, the belt is an ideal place for coffee farms. Image sewing a tape laid on a 2D map ranging from the heights of Hawaii passing through the Americas, down through Africa and lastly, South East Asia, ending in Indonesia. For all those dreaming of a worldwide coffee tour, read below.

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Hawaii
These little islands are a great place to start. It’s the only place in the U.S. where this coffee is produced. Farms can be found on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa. The rich volcanic soil gives these beans their unique taste. Konas beans are the most popular with a sweet fragrance and honey-like taste. “What also makes Kona unique is its physical effect. Kona doesn’t produce the jitters of regular joe. After drinking a cup of Kona, you’ll feel rejuvenated and calm” says barista Michael Hibbs. Although the many brands, small farms are known to produce the best flavours.

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Costa Rica
Next stop, head east to a country known for being one of the first to make the bean into a major industry. This region is also a common supplier to Starbucks. One of the popular brands in Costa Rica is the Howler Monkey Jungle Coffee. Experts define it as a “dry, bright and sparkling sensation that sets a high quality”. Another popular aspect is how they preserve their bags, allowing gases to escape while keeping oxygen in, preserving freshness.

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Brazil
Go further south-east to hit Brazil, the country which has been exporting this nectar since 1820. Today they are still a leading producer, responsible for 30% of international production. They have a massive variety of brews ranging from some of the world’s cheapest to most elegant. Cafe Pilao is known as one of the number one brands. Full bodied, slow roasted with a taste of fruit. Processing methods include wet, dry and semi-dry.

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Indonesia
Swim through the South Atlantic and Indian ocean to another coffee paradise. Indonesia is home to the island of java, which spurred the nickname, and also to the most bizarre style of coffee farming. Kopi Luwak, also known as cat poop coffee, is not your average cup o’ joe. Farmers take the faeces of a civet cat and proceed to roast and brew them. Doyo Soeyono Kertosastro and Indo farmer explain: “natural fermentation that occurs in the [cat’s] stomach seem to make the difference… this is the best of all coffees”. The civet cat’s stomach ferments the beans, softening the bitter aftertaste. It is described as smooth, earthy and nutty. The farming style along with the high demand makes this one the priciest coffees- ranging from $100-600 per pound.

If you are not satisfied with this list, there are hundreds of other places along the belt. Thinking of going on a coffee expedition with us? Drop us a note at askus@ladyredot.com.


josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations

Smooch smooch! To all the newlyweds out there, this is one article you should take note of. Today, we are going to feature top 10 popular destinations with our lovebirds.

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Bali, Indonesia
Many people choose to go Maldives but there is a place much closer to home. Bali, the place the locals nickname as the “Isle of the Gods”, is a gorgeous place with an enchanting sunset every single day. You don’t even need to leave your resort’s grounds to feel immersed in Balinese spirituality and culture, you just need to open your window. This place offers an amazing range of activities and beautiful scenery; a perfect place that has the balance for both couples.

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Paris, France
Quote Audrey Hepburn when she said, “Paris is always a good idea.” Welcome to the City of Love! This romantic city offer more than just great excursions and nightly stroll under the stars, you also have access to exceptional cuisine and wine to please your taste buds. And don’t forget the fabulous shopping especially he could adore you with all the presents in the world here in Paris!

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Santorini, Greece
Santorini, one of the most beautiful islands in the world is an island that is the core of an ancient volcano, encircling a lake filled with pure blue water. If you want to live intensely you can try the numerous nightclubs, restaurants or go to a sandy beach and enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.

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Tokyo, Japan
Whether your ideal honeymoon includes visiting a Zen-inspired spa high up in a mountain retreat or the impeccable imperial garden filled with cherry blossom, Tokyo has everything in place for you. AS you feed each other sushi with your fingers, while sipping a cup of fragrance green tea. This city has both the exciting vibrant city and cultural learning place.

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Seychelles
Powder soft white beaches, glittering azure water at the perfect temperature and balmy weather in a beautiful island where your toes sink into the whitest sand and treat your ears to the soft crashing waves. This is Seychelles.

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Venice, Italy
The place where romance is lingering in the air no matter where you turned, from the lovely horse carriage riding through the streets or the staring in each other’s eye in the gondola. Love is definitely in the air in Venice. Go to little cafes, get lost in hidden alleyways or watch an artisan do their trademark glassblowing.

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Maui, Hawaii
Just another beach holiday? No sir, Maui offers roads leading up to Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak, to see the memorable sunrise over the clouds or a scenic drive down the road to Hana and count the waterfalls together.

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Maldives
The list wouldn’t be completed with honourable mention of the all-time hands down favourite of the Maldives. And rightfully so too, as the newlyweds get to enjoy resorts that exude romance and have a choice of luxurious villas, from retreats with a private stretch of beach to over-water hideaways with their own private infinity pool.
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Marrakesh, Morocco
Intoxicating, exuberant and steeped in culture, these are the only ways to describe Marrakesh. Weaving your path through the city streets, the air thick with the scent of spices, leather and perfume, this is enough to transport both of you to the land of exotic.

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Cape Town, Africa
With backdrop mountains slope to access to game safaris to some of Africa’s most romantic beaches, both on the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, Cape Town is both exotic, sexy and adventurous all rolled into one location.

Are you planning your honeymoon and not know where to go? We can help you here!

 


Writer’s Profile

Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com