USA October 14, 2018
Here Are The Best Destinations In The U.S. For Spotting Wildlife
Here at Only In Your State, we love to help you find the perfect adventure, sending you off to the gorgeous landscapes that contribute to our country’s extraordinary beauty. Taking you all over the U.S., the following list showcases some of the best locations where you can find the wondrous wildlife waiting for you. You won’t want to forget your camera for these adventures!
Glacier National Park - Montana
One of the most breathtaking national parks in our country, Glacier National Park has an array of exotic animals that claim these landscapes as their home. You'll be amazed by the view of mountain goats climbing the cliffs inside the park. Visitors of the park might also get a chance to see animals like elk, bighorn sheep, bears and other unique four-legged creatures.
Poipu Beach - Hawaii
While exploring the Hawaiian Islands you'll often have the luxury of getting an up-close view of some pretty spectacular wildlife. Right along the coast of Kauaʻi Island, Poipu Beach Park is not just a popular spot for swimming and waterfront views; you'll also find people visiting here to check out the local green sea turtles! Federal laws help keep these turtles protected from the public and to prevent them from being harassed, but you can still enjoy a wonderful and intimate view of them in their natural habitat.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - North Carolina and Tennessee
Both North Carolina and Tennessee get to enjoy claims to the scenic landscapes at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Generally speaking, most people are smart enough to not seek out any trouble with black bears. But if you're wondering where one might happen to find these beautiful yet unpredictable creatures, a good place to start would be this national park. A fact that some people might not be aware of: Great Smoky Mountains National Park is actually one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States where black bears can live in their natural habitat!
La Jolla Cove - California
With a coast as big and beautiful as California's, you're guaranteed to find some jaw-dropping viewing points for wildlife in this state. Visitors of The Golden State who want to see wildlife like never before should head out to La Jolla Cove. Located in Southern California, at La Jolla Cove you'll find a mass of seals and sea lions soaking up the sun on the beach and rocks here.
Manatee Lagoon - Florida
Spoiled rotten with wildlife, residents of Florida are lucky to have more than a handful of amazing locations where they can go swimming or get an up-close look at manatees. One of the most popular places to check out these marine mammals is West Palm Beach's Manatee Lagoon. The hands-on educational center allows you to check out wild manatees that swim in the local lagoon.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge - New York
A serene outdoor setting to explore, New York's Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a popular place to visit when you're looking to lay your eyes on bald eagles. The refuge covers over 10,000 acres of the Empire State and currently has a total of six active bald eagle nests - with the eagles regularly nesting here since the late 1980s.
Wind Cave National Park - South Dakota
Found in the southwestern corner of South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park covers nearly 34,000 acres. Most people like to come to this particular national park to check out the historic and sixth longest cave in the entire world, but what you can also expect to discover is some absolutely head-turning wildlife. Grazing their way through the park, pronghorns are the fastest North American mammal, and visitors often catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.
Cape Cod - Massachusetts
Some of us may be absolutely frightened by the idea of seeing a shark out in the ocean, but you'll find that equally as many people are interested in getting a look at these creatures. Found swimming out near the coast of Cape Cod, many sharks were found frozen to death this winter after experiencing a cold shock and harsh winter weather. This gorgeous corner of Massachusetts is also a great place to view whales and seals.
Olympic Peninsula - Washington
One of the most enchanting areas of our country, Washington's Olympic Peninsula is full of everything from mountains, waterfalls, lakes and yes... amazing wildlife! Depending on how much of the area you actually explore, you might run into anything from Roosevelt elk and deer to mountain goats and other small forms of wildlife.
When you want to get an up-close look at America’s wildlife, where do you visit? Tell us in the comments how many of these beautiful places you’ve already visited!