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Amazing Wildlife Encounters in the National Parks of the US

The United States has a big amount of national parks and wildlife refuges that offer plenty of opportunities for families to have unique and exciting experiences. There are some unexpected places where visitors can see amazing wildlife, such as Orcas, green sea turtles, or American black bears

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Orcas in Puget Sound, Washington. Image: Michael Bertrand

The USA is home to more than 400 national parks, wildlife refuges, monuments and seashores, with so many opportunities for adventures and off the beaten track experiences for the whole family. Where are some unexpected destinations to see amazing wildlife throughout the USA?

Orcas in Puget Sound and Gray wolves at the California Wolf Center

Orcas near Seattle, Washington – Orcas, also known as killer whales, can be seen in the inner waters of Puget Sound, Washington, from May to October. The best vantage points to spot these creatures are Lime Kiln Point State Park and San Juan Island National Historic Park, which are both accessible from Seattle.

North American Gray Wolf at the California Wolf Center
North American Gray Wolf at the California Wolf Center

California Wolf Center – Located in the mountains of San Diego County, The California Wolf Center is a unique education and conservation centre where visitors can see North American Gray Wolves. The California Wolf Center is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the recovery of wolves in the wild lands they once roamed.

The cause has attracted visitors and celebrities alike with the support of advocates like Leonardo DiCaprio. His foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donated $40 million USD in grants to more than 30 organisations including The California Wolf Center, to help implement innovative and impactful conservation projects. Guided tours of the wolf enclosure are available to the public with options for intimate tours and guided observations of two packs of wolves starting from $20 USD.

Sea turtles, reindeer, American black bears and more!

Green sea turtle in Laniakea Beach Oahu Hawaii
Green sea turtle in Laniakea Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Swimming with Sea Turtles in Oahu – Laniakea Beach on Oahu’s North Shore is a haven for green sea turtles, earning it the nickname “Turtle Beach.” It is not uncommon to find green sea turtles swimming in and around reefs in many places around Oahu, but at Turtle Beach, the animals come out of the water and bask in the summer sunshine – the best time of the year to see them being in the summer months when the surf is calmer.

Reindeer running. Reindeer Ranch
Reindeer. Running Reindeer Ranch

Running Reindeer Ranch, near Fairbanks Alaska – located in the beautiful boreal forest of the Goldstream Valley, just north of Fairbanks, Alaska, this reindeer ranch is situated in a birch forest at the base of Moose Mountain. Visitors can take tours to see the ranch’s reindeer family, which is friendly, fun, and full of personality. They enjoy entertaining visitors, eating lichen, frolicking in the forest, going for long nature walks and getting their pictures taken.

American black bear
American black bear

American Black Bears – Different species exist throughout the United States’ forested regions, especially in the Appalachian Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, the Northern Midwest, Parts of the West Coast and Alaska. Keep an eye out for them when hiking in Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont.

For more information, see “Visit the USA” official website!


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