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recreation. They range in length from the 215-mile New England National Scenic Trail through Connecticut and Massachusetts to the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail, which passes through seven states from New York in the east to North Dakota in the west.

More than 6,600 state parks throughout the country are also home to a variety of scenic splendours from beaches and wetlands to woods and wild meadows. Found in every state, they include well-maintained facilities such as picnic areas, hiking and cycling paths, fishing and boating. Play on the sugar-white sands of St Andrews State

Park in Panama City, Florida. Admire the giant saguaro cacti in Catalina

State Park State Park in

Tucson, Arizona. Spot hawks, herons and osprey at Holts Landing


of colour in spring when yuccas, cacti and other plants are in bloom. The sweet smell of magnolia fills the air in southern states in spring and summer.


Autumn sees a swathe of eastern states turn a vibrant patchwork of red, orange, gold and yellow as fall foliage takes grip. New England is the best- known region for this colourful show but


Delaware. Walk among the richly forested rolling hills of Ponca State Park in Nebraska. Search for dinosaur fossils at the Makoshika State Park in the state of Montana. The seasons bring their own unforgettable sights. The deserts of the Southwest, for example, are a riot

More than 6,600 state parks throughout the country are also home to a variety of scenic splendours f om beaches and wetlands to woods and wild meadows"

spectacle stretches as far south as North Carolina and Tennessee. Many states employ ‘leaf peepers’ to give regular updates on the state of the autumn leaves in their area. The peak season begins in mid-September in the far north of the country and arrives later the further south you go. Accommodation in prime fall

foliage areas sells out quickly, so early booking is essential. This is particularly true in New England, where accommodation outside large cities such as Boston mainly comprises pretty country inns and small hotels.

You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy winter in the USA. Take a sleigh ride in Vermont to admire snow-covered villages backed by dramatic mountain scenery. Brave the chill in Wisconsin to view impressive ice caves on Lake Superior. Step out on a guided snowshoe tour in the Cascade mountains of Oregon. If

the thought of all that

sends shivers down your spine, warm up amidst the serene beach scenery further south. Resorts all along the southern coasts – such as Fort Myers and Sanibel in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas and San Diego in southern California – are

the souther bathed in glorious winter sunshine.

A hiking trail in the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, North Carolina (below left) with tvineyards in Rabun County, Georgia (above)


National Parks

Some of America's most stunning scenic splendours

are forever preserved through National Park protection

Shank's pony?

There are countless ways to enjoy the USA's scenic

splendours whether hiking, cycling, riding or driving

Hit the rails

Admire the views by taking a trip on a scenic railway such

as the Mount Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire

Holiday in

For more information, phone 020 8339 6122 or Email

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