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7 must-see places in U.S. for nature lovers

By: Shea Gunther on July 12, 2011, 7:06 a.m.
Misty mountainside in Yosemite National Park

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Mark Twain once wrote, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness," while Henry Miller wrote, "One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."

Travel is good for the soul. Visiting new places and meeting new people opens us up to new ideas and makes us more complete individuals. Plus traveling is just fun! Who doesn't like a chance to get away from the daily grind for a little vacay R&R?

The U.S. is a big country full of landscapes as diverse as the Alaskan tundra and the swampy Florida Keys, as different as the Arizona desert and the old growth forests of California. It's full of beautiful places to see that could rightly be placed on anyone’s bucket list — including Yosemite National Park, pictured. The following spots are some of my favorites and make up my list of seven places every nature-loving person should see. (Text: Shea Gunther)