Yosemite Valley has been protected since 1864, one year before the end of the American Civil War. The valley is well-known for its waterfalls and many visitors descend on the park to explore the torrential waters that cascade over the rocks.
Visitors can explore the Yosemite National Park’s 1,200 square miles. They will find lush meadows, giant sequoias, and untapped wildlife in the High Sierra region.
Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, the Waipio Valley is remote with a steep, rugged terrain looking down over it. The valley is home to a number of large waterfalls that cascade over the rocky terrain to the ground below. The valley sits at sea level and is bordered by black sands on one side and the tall cliffs on the other.
Surfers travel to the valley to take in the waves as its location means there are only a handful of riders in the water most days. In addition, the valley is home to a small number of taro farmers who till the valley’s rich soil. It is pure Hawaiian beauty.
Napa Valley is a little less than 40 miles from San Francisco making it a great escape from the city or a great day trip while visiting the Fog City. Napa Valley is the heart of California wine country and many of the tourist who visit the valley go for the rich reds and tasty whites produced in the region.
The valley is covered in vineyards, hillside chateaus, and boutique hotels oozing with romance. Napa Valley is a gorgeous return for couples looking to get away for the weekend or to spend a full vacation in seclusion.
Central Arizona’s Verde Valley is home to the Verde River, a vital ecosystem for local fish and wildlife. The valley is home to several wonderful natural rock formations including Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and the Devil’s Bridge Trail.
Verde Valley is perfect for scenic hikes. There is also a chance to learn about the region’s history thanks to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Nearby, visitors will find the Jerome State Historic Park and the Douglas Mansion museum, which is a blast from the past. Visitors will find out what life was like a century ago in the area during their visit.
Situated northwest of Tahoe City, Olympic Valley is the former home of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. The Squaw Valley Ski Resort was the host for the event and continues to attract visitors each year.
The valley is perfect for outdoor excursions and activities. One of the most popular activities is to ride the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram. It offers breathtaking views of the entire area below. The ski resort is a must during winter and gives travelers the chance to descend down the same slopes as Olympic greats. The Eagle Falls Trail is a great hiking route to trek when the snow melts. If it is outdoor activities thrill seekers crave, then Olympic Valley is the place to go.
Kalalau Valley is situated on the northwest side of Hawaii’s Kaua’i island. The valley is part of Na Pali Coast State Park which is an inhospitable area with rugged, unfriendly terrain. Visitors cannot drive into the state park as the terrain is to rough. Therefore, hiking is the only real way to get deep into the valley.
The area is also home to the Kalalau Trail which runs from Ke’e Beach into the Kalalau Valley. Although the 11-mile long trail is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. It is also incredibly dangerous.
In many ways, Santa Clara Valley has been overtaken by Silicon Valley over the years. Silicon Valley’s geographical border corresponds with that of Santa Clara Valley. Visitors will get a dose of high-tech innovation companies when visiting the area. Santa Clara Valley’s largest city, and California’s third largest, is San Jose. The booming town has everything tourists would need whether traveling budget or luxury.
San Jose and many of the area’s towns are within a short distance of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range. The great thing about Santa Clara Valley is travelers can be in a major city one minute and the countryside the next. It is a perfect combination of both worlds.