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American safari: places in the USA where you can see wild animals

There is something amazing and inspiring about watching animals in the wild. This is a reminder that we are not the only inhabitants of planet Earth; our ecosystem is about beauty and balance that must be respected. There are many remote and surprisingly wild places in the USA that provide animal lovers and naturalists with the opportunity to experience National Geographic-style adventures in person. From wild horses to alligators, from bears to bison, experience the thrill and wonder of locations across the US where wild animals roam freely. Edition Only In Your State collected 17 such places.

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Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park is one of Washington's most majestic natural wonders. It is 922 acres (651 ha) of pure, unadulterated beauty. Animals thrive in this wonderful wilderness.

The only Olympic marmots on the planet live in the national park. However, the park is best known for the Roosevelt elk. The Pacific Northwest is home to the largest wild herd of Roosevelt elks, so your chances of seeing one are high.

These adorable beasts can be found everywhere from the park's alpine grasslands to rainforests, but Hoh Rainforest is the best place to look. If you come here in September, you can hear the "buzz" of the bulls at the height of the mating season.

Steins Mountain, Oregon

Steans Mountain, tucked away in the southeast corner of the state, is one of Oregon's most wondrous hidden gems, as well as home to one of the region's more elusive treasures.

Several different herds of wild horses have settled in the high Oregon wilderness. Mustangs are one of 17+ different herds with over 6100 horses roaming freely in the southeastern part of the state. And on the Stins Mountain Back Country Byway of the same name, you can see the majestic mountain and all its amazing wildlife up close. Just be careful when crossing this scenic stretch of road: horses are known to calmly approach cars.

Chenel Island National Park, California

Chanel Island is a collection of five small islands off the coast of Southern California, and each one is a piece of perfection with its own personality.

History buffs love Anacapa Island, home to an old lighthouse from the 1930s. However, wildlife watchers are drawn to Santa Cruz for its rich and diverse biology, which includes many rare, endangered, and endangered species. This rocky island is home to famous bird species such as bald eagles and bats, as well as aquatic animals such as whales and dolphins. There are also original terrestrial creatures here, such as the deer mouse and the island fox.

Seashore Point Reyes, California

Point Reyes is a Pacific coast area in Marin County located near San Francisco. Sea lions, elephant seals, killer whales, whales and many species of birds live in this region of the California coast providing ample opportunities for photography and wildlife watching. They even offer seaside safari-style tours led by renowned photographer Daniel Dietrich.

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park is considered one of the best national parks to visit in America, especially considering the wildlife. Hosting between 4 and 6 million tourists each year, the park is an incredible place to see wildlife in its primeval form. Yellowstone is home to countless of its representatives, so here you can see bison, wolves, grizzly bears and even moose (in some places). Over 14 miles (22,5 km) of boardwalks run through the country's first national park, showcasing thousands of natural hydrothermal vents and geysers and offering unrivaled views of some of the country's most amazing wildlife.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park is North Dakota's only official national park and also its most popular attraction. It includes over 70 acres (000 ha) of land that is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also home to some of the country's most enchanting wildlife.

Bison and wild horses are the most popular wildlife to see in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but they are not the only ones. Bighorn sheep, elk, deer, coyote, and prairie dogs are just a few; there are also hundreds of birds and a handful of reptiles that call this place their home.

Long-horned bulls are the most elusive and powerful creatures in Yellowstone. Seeing these animals in the wild is truly unforgettable.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park is known for its scenic views, and the wildlife of the park is an integral part of it. Most notable are the bighorn sheep, the majestic Colorado state mammal with its iconic curved horns, and the snow-white ibex, which are larger and utterly striking. Other iconic Colorado creatures include moose, black bears, coyotes, mountain lions, and hares.

Barataria Preserve, Louisiana

An underestimated treasure, the Barataria Preserve is a wildlife wonderland in beautiful Louisiana. During your visit, you will walk along boardwalks and gravel paths that wind through 26 acres (000 thousand hectares) of bays, swamps and forests of the reserve. You will have plenty of opportunity to see some of the most charming inhabitants of the South. Snakes, turtles, and alligators are often found along and literally on trails, sidewalks, and bays, making this an ideal spot for herpetologists and those fascinated by these creatures.

Everglades National Park, Florida

With one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world, the Everglades National Park is a place that should be on every wildlife lover's wish list. The park covers 1,5 million acres (607 ha) of tropical and subtropical habitats.

The Everglades has five unique habitats, 750 different native plant species, over 300 bird species and hundreds of animal species, 60 of which are endangered. To protect and preserve this idyllic region, Congress established the Everglades as a national park in 1934. The park has since been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance and a World Heritage Site.

Cumberland Island, Georgia

Between the Okefenokee Swamp, the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, there are plenty of places to enjoy Georgia's diversity of wildlife. However, Cumberland Island is the most unexpected. On it, in addition to the usual southern inhabitants - birds and marine inhabitants - wild horses have found refuge. They, when seen roaming and running in the wild, create a wonderful moment that you will never forget. That is, if you camp here for the night, then, leaving your tent in the morning, you can see several individuals near your camp.

Minneopa Park, Minnesota

Over 200 animal and bird species have been discovered in Minneopa Park, a hidden gem in Mankato, Minnesota. This is a very popular place among birders. Here you can see flycatchers, wrens, vireo, warblers, as well as varieties of sparrows and finches. Minnesota's third oldest state park is home to a recently restored American bison population.

These artiodactyls are free to roam the 331-acre (133 ha) area, making them difficult to spot. Take advantage of the Seppmann Mill Overlook, a popular spot for spotting these elusive beasts.

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

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Surrounded by a beautiful lake, Isle Royale National Park is a treasure trove of wildlife tucked away in Michigan. In addition to this largest island in Lake Superior, there are about 400 smaller islands in the park. In their open spaces you will find representatives of the most wonderful wild animals in the country.

This is where visitors can see moose, reindeer and foxes. The National Parks Department has begun the process of reintroducing wolves to the area. So whether you're fascinated by Isle Royale's unique history or its unparalleled beauty, you'll be certain that it's a true gem of the Midwest.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

There is a place in a chain of islands off the coast of North Carolina where wild horses roam freely. They can be found on the northernmost beaches of the Outer Banks. These wild animals are descendants of horses introduced in the 1500s by Spanish explorers.

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Smaller representatives (wild ponies) also live on the island, mainly along the Shackleford shallows near Cape Lookout. All of them are protected species.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known as one of the best places in the US to see wildlife, including the elusive and fascinating black bear. This national park is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States where black bears can live in their natural habitat. These charming creatures can often be seen here. It is only necessary to maintain proper distance and precautions to ensure the safety of both people and animals.

Coast of Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia

Claimed by both Maryland and Virginia, the coast of Assateague Island is a barrier island known for its vast natural splendor, including some of the animal kingdom's most enchanting creatures.

To immerse yourself in the island's wildlife, be sure to visit the stunning Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. It is home to the Pokomok and Okkohannock indigenous peoples. The reserve is characterized by swamps, beaches, dunes, maritime forests and horses. When you visit this natural paradise, it is vital to respect the environment and admire wildlife from afar. This ensures that the island will prosper for future generations.

Katmai National Park, Alaska

One of the most famous representatives of the wild animals of Alaska is the grizzly bear, so the largest bear sanctuary in the world is located in this state.

MacNeil River Game Reserve is located outside of Katmai National Park and Preserve. It is home to the world's largest concentration of brown bears. The reason for this is the abundance of salmon. All five types of Pacific salmon can be found in this reserve, it is literally teeming with bears, and you will often see them in the river where they fish for salmon.

Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Hawaii is best known for its green sea turtles, dolphins and fish, but the island has a charming area where wild cows roam freely. The island of Hawaii is home to many head of cattle. Thousands of wild cows, brought here at the end of the XNUMXth century, live here. Now they roam the forests of the island. Huge herds destroyed crops. And although they were eventually allowed to be hunted, many of the wild animals remain to this day.

Remember to treat wildlife with due care and respect.

The safety of these animals, as well as your own, depends on how sensibly everyone will act: you need to give these animals a lot of space, do not disturb them, do not feed or touch them.

Keep an eye on the trails and roads you travel on.

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