Walking in Sunny California
The affluent area of Palm Springs is an oasis in the midst of the desert, decked out with boutique bars and family restaurants it provides the perfect base in which to start your USA walking holiday. Elvis was certainly impressed with the location and chose it to be his and Priscilla’s secret honeymoon hideaway. But with the secret now out, you can take a walk around America’s greatest singer’s private boudoir, in which amongst other sights you will be shown the escape route that Elvis and Priscilla used to flee to their wedding in Las Vegas.
Whilst here you may also want to take a trip in a traditional 1940s’ Stearman aircraft, which offers unparalleled views over Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. You’ll definitely feel the wind in your face as you travel back in time to the Cowboy-days of 1943; you can even purchase a DVD of your flight to show to your friends and family when you get back home.
Palm Springs is the gateway to the Indian Canyons, an area which simply must be experienced on a USA walking holiday. Although it is lesser known than some of the larger National Parks, such as Yosemite and Sequoia, the destination offers plenty to see and do. Many people travel here to visit the 15 mile long Palm Canyon, with its own indigenous flora and fauna. The rugged canyon is flanked by beautiful Californian fan palms, which provide the perfect contrasts to the barren landscapes below.
The Andreas Canyon is just a short walk away, and the trek here takes in 150 different species of plants and many more unusual rock formations. However, the highlight of this American walk is likely to be the metates and bedrock mortars which you will see carved into the rocks of this region. Centuries ago, these were used for preparing food, but from looking at the glorious, unspoilt landscape of the Indian Canyons it would appear that very little has changed since then.
Yosemite National Park
When you take a walk in America’s most renowned National Park you will be rewarded with breathtaking views out over the High Sierra Mountains. Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls and the largest of these is the Upper Yosemite Falls at 1430 feet. The waterfall is the most powerful during the spring months when it can be heard thundering throughout the valley. The giant Sequoia trees are almost a must see whilst on your USA walking holiday and the largest in Yosemite is a lofty 600 foot high There are three separate Sequoia groves within the National Park; the biggest of which is the Mariposa Grove, which contains 500 trees. If the Sequoias particularly interest you then you may want to take a tour with a specialised guide in order to discover more about the planet’s tallest life form.
With so much to see and do, you’re sure to have an incredible time whilst on a USA walking holiday and with all the contrasts that the region offers a walk in America’s Golden State certainly has something for everyone.
Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Operating since 1946, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays now offer over 250 holidays in more than 70 different countries. They are dedicated to providing the very finest walks America can offer at the best value prices.
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