An extensive, scant desert landscape surrounds the Petrified Forest National Park, east of Arizona. Two hundred million years ago, this region was a swampland inhabited by various species of dinosaur whose fossilized remains can be found throughout the park.
The sight of the magnificent rock formations of Bryce Canyon, to the southwest of Utah, is a truly breathtaking experience. In their native tongue, the regionís Paiute Indians once named this remarkable place as, ďRed rocks that stand like men in a bowl-shaped canyonĒ. Since the first settlers arrived in Bryce Canyon, many have found it difficult to describe this beautiful and unique world of natural stone. The sheer vastness of the region, along with its seemingly endless variety of rock formations, makes any visit a rewarding and memorable experience.
It is from the steep cliffs of New Englandís coast, to the north of the State of Maine, that the power of the sea manifests itself and as soon as the mist begins to clear in the Acadia National Park, the view reveals the magnificent forests that have made it such a popular sightseeing destination. From September to the end of November, the forests of New England shine out in remarkable and truly amazing color.
Surrounded by the grey limestone of the Muddy Mountains, the rocks in the Valley Of Fire, the oldest state park in Nevada, glow with a remarkable intensity. The red rocks do indeed appear to burn in a magical fire that seems to transform them into stone.
Mono lake is the greatest crater lake in the world and although it is one of the oldest lakes in North America, its water is three times as salty as the sea!
Situated in the state of Utah, Arches National Park is one of the most famous national parks in North America and owes its fame to its fantastic sandstone arches. In spite of its comparatively modest size of 300 square kilometres, it boasts one of the most magnificent landscapes in the entire south west of the United States.