Take a Tour of the U.S. On the Internet!
By Robin Nobles

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? What about Old Faithful? The
Sequoia National Park? On the Internet, not only will you find
beautiful pictures taken from the most perfect spots, but you won't
have to spend a fortune or brave the elements to get there.

Did you know that the roots of an ancient mountain range that now
lies at the bottom of the Grand Canyon were formed about 1.7 billion
years ago? At the Grand Canyon Explorer, you'll find pictures of the
Canyon, and you'll learn the history of the area and its geology.
http://www.kaibab.org/home.htm

The General Sherman Tree in the Sequoia National Park has the
distinction of being the world's largest living thing. At the Giant
Forest Visitor Center, you'll learn more about the Sequoia National
Park, including pictures of the Auto Log, which depicts how a roadway
was cut into the top of a fallen tree. You'll even see a picture of
the Tunnel Log, where a tunnel has been cut through a fallen tree.
http://www.nps.gov/seki/lpvc.htm

Have you ever wanted to visit Old Faithful, one of Yellowstone's most
famous geysers? Or, the Grand Geyser, which is a fountain-type geyser
that erupts to a height of about 150-180 feet? At Yellowstone's
Geysers, you'll find pictures, maps, predictions, and activity logs
as well as additional facts including common misconceptions, such as
Old Faithful "playing" on the hour every hour.
http://www.geyserstudy.org/geyser_main.htm


Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is the world's largest mountain
carving, with its sculpture of the faces of George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The faces are 60'
tall, 500' up in the mountains, and took sculptor Gutzon Borglum six
and a half years to complete.
http://www.travelsd.com/parks/rushmore/index.htm

Carlsbad Cavern is one of the world largest underground chambers,
with its Big Room, which is 25 stories high and one-third mile wide.
Take virtual tours of the Big Room, Hall of the White Giant, Kings
Palace, and more.
http://www.nps.gov/cave/history.htm

This article certainly wouldn't be complete without a trip to Niagara
Falls. View movies of the falls, or flip through their online picture
album from different locations at various times of the year. The
falls were formed 10,000 years ago, with the American Falls being
167' high, 1,060' wide, and the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian Falls)
being 158' high, 2,600' wide.
http://falls.net/picttour/

Finally, visit Geography Top 10 at Planet101.com for more fascinating
facts on the tallest mountains in the world, longest rivers, largest
islands, and more.
http://www.planet101.com/geography.htm