Sunday, February 26, 2012

Photo of the Day: America the Beautiful

 Tour the most stunning sites in America, from the coast of Maine to Canyonlands National Park in Utah to Hawaii’s volcanoes. All tourist attraction is a jaw-dropping scenery. Pictures are below.
By  Harvey Lloyd / Getty via LIFE
Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states, with ice and snow covering 35 square miles. The 14,410-foot peak was named in 1792, when British explorer Capt. George Vancouver named it after a friend of his, Rear Adm. Peter Rainier.

 By John McAnulty / Corbis via LIFE
 Multnomah Falls, Oregon
The Columbia River Gorge is rife with waterfalls. And then there's Multnomah Falls, falling 620 feet and billed as the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the country. A footbridge, built in 1914 by Italian stonemasons, allows visitors to cross the falls between the upper and lower cataracts.

By Alfred Eisenstaedt / LIFE
Mystic, Connecticut
Located on a tidal river, Mystic thrived as a 19th-century port. Nowadays, it offers glimpses of the past, with classic ships, a whaling museum and a world-class aquarium. And yes, it's where the 1988 movie "Mystic Pizza" was filmed, starring a newcomer named Julia Roberts.

 By Michael Melford / LIFE

Redwoods, California
Soaring more than 300 feet high and living for as long as 3,000 years, California redwoods make human history seem like an eye-blink. (The largest specimens were mature when Christ was born.) Here, a passerby travels through Sequoia National Park, on the western flank of the Sierra Nevada range.

By Robert Landau / Corbis via LIFE
Santa Catalina Island, California
Santa Catalina Island's city of Avalon was first developed as a resort in 1887 during an early boom in Southern California real estate. In the 1920s, William Wrigley Jr. poured money and time into the island -- and made sure his Chicago Cubs team did their spring training here. Current residents include bison, descendants of extras shipped in for a 1925 movie, "The Vanishing American."
 By Gerald Brimacombe / LIFE
The Maine coast
The often rocky, sometimes sandy, coast offers something for everyone. Whether it's a seaside stroll, a dip in the bracing seas, a lobster roll or an elegant meal, the Maine coast provides indelible memories and stunning views.

 By Harald Sun / LIFE
 The San Juan Islands, Washington
Four of the San Juan Islands can be accessed by ferry and are popular summer destinations for nearby Seattle-area residents and other tourists. The islands are rugged, spectacular locales, with towering trees, orcas, bald eagles -- and a calming sense of peace.

 By Charlie Tasnadi / AP via LIFE
  Washington, D.C.
Within this city beats the heart of American democracy -- the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. There are monuments to the great -- Washington and Lincoln -- and the lesser-known patriots, who are honored at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 By Jim Sugar / Corbis via LIFE
 Wrigley Field, Chicago
In the tradition-steeped American pastime of baseball, Wrigley Field remains a standout. With real-grass fields and brick walls covered with ivy in the outfield, the stadium provides the perfect memory-soaked site for listening to the crack of bats and hometown cheers, and savoring peanuts and Cracker Jack.

By Joseph Van Os / Getty via LIFE
Canyonlands, Utah
Mesa Arch stands as one of many highlights at Canyonlands, which was made a national park in 1964 and now covers 527 square miles. Time and weather have carved mesas, buttes and canyons out of the sedimentary sandstone.

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