Entries in USA (9)


The World's Greatest Road Trips

There’s still something very mythical and romantic about a road trip. The spontaneity, the adventure or simply the endless conversation and banter with those dear to us, the whole idea of road trips will always hold a soft spot in our souls. Here, then, are some of the very best you can partake in.

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The World's Most Amazing Places To Bungee Jump

You only have seconds and you are falling, falling falling, up to 1000 feet down - but while you do that, you may aswell enjoy the view! Bungee jumps are an adrenaline rush and wether you have already jumped or this is your first, these places will tempt you.

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The weird and wacky food cuisines from around the globe

Due to it being Waitangi Day in New Zealand this upcoming February what better excuse than to check out all of the other interesting, weird and wonderful foods across the globe.

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Most Fascinating Archipelagos

Yesterday Into the Wild explored some of the world’s most remote islands, from the tropical paradise of Kiribati on the equator, to the isolated chilly outpost of Attu Island. Today we’re looking at some of the most fascinating archipelagos out there. So who’s made our top 5...

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World’s Greatest Journeys: By Foot

This week Into the Wild has been looking at some of the all-time greatest journeys out there for budding and seasoned travellers. Today we bring you some of the most amazing and challenging trails from around the world to inspire your next trekking adventure.

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Photo of the Week

Here's a little bit of sunshine to warm you up on this chilly January Monday. Thanks to Dina Marie for this lovely beach shot. Check out her Flickr photstream for more great photography.

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National Park Profile: Biscayne National Park

Although it’s not in Central America, today’s National Park Profile features an amazing reserve on the southern tip of Florida in the USA. We spoke to Gary Bremen of Biscayne National Park about this beautiful area and the conservation issues it is involved in.

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National Park Profile: Crater Lake National Park

In the latest instalment of our National Park Profile feature, today we speak to William Brock from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, U.S.A.

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Great migrations of the animal kingdom: part two

Continuing this week’s theme of amazing animal migrations, today it is the turn of those winged wonders that cover some incredible distances year in, year out. Migration is often associated with flight, and it is no surprise when you consider that birds hold some of the most incredible records when it comes to annual voyages around the world.

Arctic Tern Between Greenland and Antarctica

Currently the record holder of the longest migration of any creature on the planet, this tiny bird has been found to travel distances up to 44,000 miles ever year in its journey between Greenland and Antarctica. Previously too small to be recorded accurately, this illustrious title was thought to belong to the Sooty Shearwater, which is not far behind with a recorded migration of about 40,000 miles. The Arctic Tern can live for up to 30 years, meaning that over its lifetime an individual probably travels a total of about 1.5 million miles, equivalent to three trips to the moon and back. A truly out of this world, head-terning traveller.

Monarch ButterflyBetween Canada/USA to Central Mexico

Not all migrations by air are those of birds: the journey of the Monarch butterfly is one of the most amazing and interesting occurrences in the natural world. A normal Monarch butterfly only lives for between 4-5 weeks. However, once a year, a special Methuselah generation of individuals is born. This individual is remarkably able to live for up to eight months, the equivalent of a human living to the age of 525. The reason for this unbelievable phenomenon is the need to migrate. This special generation must fly between 1,200-2,800 miles south from their breeding grounds in Canada and the USA, to Central Mexico, to avoid the harsh winter. Guided by the sun’s orbit, the butterflies have been known to cover distances of up to 80 miles per day, an amazing feat for such a small creature.

The arrival of the butterflies in the forests between the states of Mexico and Michoacan is a true natural wonder. Here they hibernate from mid-November to mid-February, when they begin the journey back. However, the Methuselah generation cannot make the return journey on its own, eventually dying on the way. In another incredible twist to the journey, a succession of normal generations take over the flight, gradually making their way north. The individuals that return to the original breeding grounds have never been there themselves, with a sense of orientation thought to be passed on genetically from the great, great grandparents that first set out on the migratory trip. Wow. 

By Alex Prior