Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.

Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.

Planning a Spring Break getaway, or are you already thinking about summer vacation? Maybe you just want to take a trip for the weekend with the family. Whatever the case, why not switch up your typical campground trip by visiting one of the best places in the states to see some regional wildlife.

The United States has over 500 different types of mammals alone. Add the unique reptiles and birds that can be found across the country, and you’ll never get tired of exploring some of the beautiful wildlife. But, where are the best places to see them living in their natural habitats? Let’s take a look at some must-visit locations.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is, perhaps, the quintessential American National Park. You should try to visit as many national parks as possible, but if you can (for some reason) only make it to one, it’s hard to beat Yellowstone.

Not only will you see natural beauty in its hot springs and the famous ‘Old Faithful,’ but you’ll have the opportunity to encounter deer, elk, bison, and moose. Yellowstone even has grizzly bears and wolves, though they’re best to see from afar.

Santa Barbara

You might not think about a lot of wildlife when you consider California, but if you or someone in your family has an interest in the deep blue sea, this is the perfect place to go. Santa Barbara is home to dolphins and a plethora of different whale species.

There are several tours in the area that offer whale watching in two seasons, so you’re bound to see something no matter what time of year you go.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The granite mountain ranges of this refuge in Montana are beautiful to behold, but the animals that roam around are even more spectacular. You’ll see American bison and Rocky Mountain Elk. But, what’s really unique about this spot is that it’s home to a herd of Texas longhorn cattle. If you’ve never seen longhorns up close, you’ll be amazed at how majestic they can truly be in person.

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

If you love birds, this wildlife refuge in Florida will feel like a tranquil paradise. There are almost 250 different species of birds at this sanctuary, and you can view them all year long. Depending on which time of year you go, you’ll see different bird species as they follow their specific migratory patterns.

Wherever you decide to go across the country to view the amazing wildlife, it’s important to obey whatever rules are set in place by parks and reserves. Never get too close to an animal on your own. Remember, the goal is to allow these animals to live freely and comfortably in their natural habitats. Visiting places where they can do just that is a great reminder of the heart and soul of the U.S. It’s a great educational opportunity for your family, and a unique way to learn more about the native animals that live here.

Feb 10th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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