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Exploring the great outdoors of the U.S.

The vastness and geographical diversity of the U.S. is part of its appeal for many expats. We explore the beautiful sights the country has to offer.

As an expat, you’ll probably have come to the U.S. to work or study, but it’s imperative that you give yourself a break and enjoy some of the best natural resources that the country has to offer. Every state has its own monuments, traditions and extraordinary landscape. Build some new memories and take every advantage that this extraordinary country has to offer.

Surfing, sailing, hiking, skiing, jogging and thousands of outdoor activities are popular in the U.S.. Camping and snowboarding are also perennial favourites. With the creation of the world’s first national park in 1872 by President Ulysses Grant, the concept of enjoying the outdoor areas in their natural setting was born. In 1901, President Roosevelt extended the scheme, mainly in a bid to halt the extinction of elk, bison and other species that were being badly damaged by over-hunting.

Thousands of Americans visit their national parks - there are 58 national parks in the country to choose from. President Roosevelt was instrumental in the country’s conservation efforts, protecting 230 million acres during his presidency (1901–1909). Every park has different rules for their use, and it’s important to review these terms and conditions before exploring the beautiful open spaces.

Each state has its own area of natural beauty. Whether it’s Colorado’s Grand Canyon or California’s Yosemite, you’ll never be too far away from unsullied wilderness. Even if you live in a city, just take a stroll in the park and have a look at the host of activities on offer. You’ll spot all ages and abilities taking part in Tai-Chi in New York’s Central Park. If you’re based in LA, take part in a game of volley ball in Venice Beach.

For those who prefer a more commercial environment, the Disney theme parks in Florida and California should delight your kids and bring out your own inner child. For thrill seekers, the Six Flags theme parks offer an alternative and can be found across 11 states.

Anyone based in Chicago can delight in the lakeside activities on offer at Lake Michigan — kayaks and other water vessels can be hired — or enjoy a Segway tour around Grant Park.

The Alaskan Denali Park is the place to visit if you truly want a break from the stresses and strains of modern life. Cars are forbidden beyond a certain point, and you’ll have to use the park’s shuttle for transport. Hiking and white-water rafting are just two of the activities that you can enjoy during your visit here.

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