Roosevelt Island, New York
Roosevelt Island is an island of serene calm amidst the noise of bustling New York City. This tiny stretch of land wedged along the East River between Manhattan and Queens is a longtime favorite recreation spot of New Yorkers. From overlooking the city, it provides a commanding vista of the city’s familiar skyscrapers from an offbeat vantage point. Apartments on the island are exceptional, as are the eco-neighborhoods, the Octagon, the old psychiatric hospital, high lighthouse and the Park with its giant bronze head of President Roosevelt.
You can reach the island via cable car: the view from the cabins is above average.
Approximately 3 hours drive from San Francisco is spread out one of the best US national parks, Lassen-Wolcanic. It is even quite astonishing, more spectacular than the well-known Yellowstone: its small area accommodates all existing volcano species – lava, slag, shield and stratified volcanoes. Incidentally, the biggest lava cone volcano worldwide – Lassen Peak – is situated here as well.
The price of entry to the national park – 12 USD for walkers and 25 USD for visitors driving a vehicle.
Salvation Mountain, California
Salvation Mountain in south-eastern California, in the midst of the lifeless wilderness of Colorado, is almost like a psychodelic daydream that suddenly came alive. The bright setting that blankets the hillside a couple of miles from Lake Salton Sea is a fantasy of resident Leonard Knight, who was later sent to an institution with a diagnosis of dementia. Having thoroughly researched Navajo Indian techniques, he constructed the hill from straw and mud bricks, using thousands of gallons of dye.
Indian-Grinding Rock, California
Indian-Gridding Rock Park outside Jackson is among the nation’s strongest evidences of Native American life. The exhibition is devoted to the life of the Miuok tribe: there are replicas of ceremony structures, all sorts of instruments, basketry, pieces of cave paintings and moon-shaped “burrows” in the limestone rocks.
Lost River Caverns, Philadelphia
Americans absolutely love touring caves as if they were taking you back through history. The Lost River Caverns Project between Philadelphia and New York is a kind of time travel machine: huge dinosaur statues at the door and 400 meters of lighted pathways through fanciful rock formations lie beneath the caverns.
The walk around the caverns lasts about 45 minutes, the entrance costs 13,25 USD for grown-ups and 8,25 USD for kids.