Whether you want to spend your vacations at the beach or the mountains, there are a variety of places that you can visit in the U.S. that are both beautiful and fun. Here are a few that you can check out if you’re planning to travel in January.
Death Valley National Park
Located in the southwest corner of California, Death Valley is a vast park spread over 5,270 square miles. While it may seem like one big, arid place, there are plenty of things to see and do.
The lowest point in the United States is located in the Badwater Basin, which is a large drainage aquifer for Death Valley. The Badwater Basin is an impressive sight to see. Located 282 feet below sea level, the salty lake offers a unique experience. The lake is rimmed with salt, making it an exciting place for photographers.
The Badwater Basin is not only a beautiful place to see, it’s also a fascinating geological feature. Thousands of years ago, a stream flowed through the canyon, leaving behind imprinted trails.
Another cool geological feature is the Natural Arch. This one-of-a-kind geological feature is worth checking out.
In addition to the natural arch, there are a few other nifty things to do in Death Valley. For example, the Natural Bridge Canyon hike is a two-mile round trip hike that will take you past a dry waterfall.
Lastly, the Artist’s Palette is a must-see in Death Valley. This volcano-shaped hill is painted in various colors. It’s also a good idea to get there in the morning, when the sun will illuminate the rocks a little better.
The best time to see the sun rise in Death Valley is at sunrise. For a more scenic view, visit Zabriskie Point, which is a short walk from the parking lot.
Everglades National Park
Located in southern Florida, Everglades National Park is a great place to experience wildlife and nature. There are many activities you can take part in, such as airboat rides, hiking and fishing. There are also ranger-guided walks through sloughs and canoe trips.
Everglades National Park is home to a variety of wildlife and plants, including raptors, bald eagles, alligators, and many different types of birds. There are also three airboat companies located on the park’s northern edge. These tours are a great way to learn about the Glades ecosystem.
The Ten Thousand Islands area of the Everglades National Park is a maze of mangroves, and is home to manatees, bottlenose dolphins, and alligators. The area is also great for kayaking. It is also an excellent place to see ospreys, wood storks, and Roseate Spoonbills.
Everglades National Park is an ideal day trip for families and adventure seekers. It is also easy to visit from major vacation destinations, including Tampa, Orlando, and Naples. The park offers a number of ranger-led activities, including canoe trips, wildlife talks, and airboat tours.
One of the most popular activities in the park is the Anhinga Trail. The trail is named after a unique Florida bird, and is a half-mile route that stretches through pine forest and along a boardwalk. It is a great place to see a wide range of birds, including herons, egrets, owls, bald eagles, and water turkeys.
Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The park’s volcano, Kilauea, is one of the most active in the world. It has been erupting continuously since 1983. The park offers a range of ranger-led programs and tours.
Hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail is a popular way to experience the volcano. This trail leads to the Thurston Lava Tube and the crater itself. The trail ends with a walk across the crater. It is also possible to reach the lava tube through a boardwalk through the volcanic thermal area.
Volcano House is an ideal place to stay if you are looking for a place to stay inside the park. It offers 33 guest rooms and a dining room. It also has a gift shop. It also operates the Namakanipaio Campground.
The Volcano Art Center Gallery features works of art inspired by the park. It also features images of the volcano goddess Pele.
The Kahuku Unit of Kilauea National Park is located on the southerly slopes of Mauna Loa. The unit is open five days a week. It offers scenic hikes and ranger guided tours.
The National Park Service offers information about road conditions and trail closures. There are also webcams and photos of Kilauea volcano. The park’s app provides information about the park, a postcard-free postcard service and alerts for trail closures.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the sunshine or to escape from the cold, Palm Springs is the place to be. This desert oasis offers a plethora of outdoor activities and great shopping. With four mountain ranges surrounding the city, it’s a prime place to explore natural beauty.
Palm Springs is also famous for its Aerial Tramway, which takes tourists from the warm desert to a fragrant pine forest. The Aerial Tramway has bright yellow doors and offers passengers a scenic tour of Chino Canyon.
Palm Springs is also home to the Palm Springs Art Museum. This museum features fine art and natural history. It also has a large collection of Native American art. During the winter months, the Palm Springs Art Museum features its popular Modernism Week. The museum features a rotating display of the museum’s permanent collection.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is another popular attraction. This museum features two 19th-century buildings. It also has a good selection of artifacts related to the desert.
Palm Springs is also home to the Coachella Valley Preserve. The preserve offers great hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The park also features a trading post where visitors can buy tribal-related souvenirs.
Palm Springs is also known for its excellent golf courses. The city is also home to the LPGA ANA Inspiration. In December, Palm Springs hosts the Festival of Lights Parade, which makes visitors feel festive.
New York City
Visiting New York City in the winter is a magical experience. You can ski, ice skate, and enjoy the perks of winter weather. However, the weather can be colder than the summer months, so it’s best to dress in layers to keep you comfortable.
The winter season brings some of the best events and performances in New York City. This is especially true of the Winter Jazz Fest, which has evolved into a one-week festival. There are plenty of other events and activities you can participate in in New York.
You can enjoy holiday-themed activities such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. You can also attend the Three Kings Day Parade in New York City, which features a colorful parade of dolls, camels, and musicians.
Another good way to experience the city is to go on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Many of the attractions in the city are less crowded during the winter months, so you can have an enjoyable time.
The city also has many restaurants that have special prix-fixe menus. You can try local cuisine while enjoying festive holiday decor. This is a great way to get a taste of the city while sticking to a budget.
During the winter, you can also enjoy the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center. This rink, which is located in front of the city’s most famous Christmas tree, is open until the second week of January.
Located less than eight square miles from the southern tip of Florida, Key West has a rich and colorful history. The town is also known for its lively nightlife. The town is one of the most sought after places to visit in the U.S.
A popular sightseeing destination on Key West is the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Built in 1851, the mansion is a Spanish Colonial style structure built from local rock. The home still features personal effects from Ernest Hemingway’s life. The home has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Key West is divided into two main areas – Old Town and New Town. Old Town is character-rich, while New Town is a more contemporary section of the city. Most of the major sights are within walking distance of Old Town.
Old Town is also the heart of the Key West restoration movement. Most of the historic homes are located here. The Old Island Restoration Foundation hosts house tours of these buildings.
Old Town is also home to the Sails to Rails museum. The museum, which was founded in 1890, features artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries. Visitors can also enjoy a 15-minute live storytelling presentation.
Key West is also home to a number of water-based activities. The Historic Seaport marina features an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The marina is also home to a fleet of Sebago sailing boats that offer luxury sunset cruises.