USA - Western States
One month in 1995 


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Travel log from the ZSOLDOS family (Gábor, Klári, Dani, Ádám, János).   Pictures are scanned photos.


We visited the following states: California (CA), Arizona (AZ),  Nevada (NV), Utah (UT), Colorado (CO),
                                                      New Mexico (NM), Wyoming (WY),  Montana (MT), Idaho (ID)

Amazing landscapes of the American West, cacti-filled deserts, huge spectacular canyons, 
abandoned volcanic areas, hot springs and geyres, splendid waterfalls, white sand beaches,
magical rock formats, unique flora and fauna, typical American cities .... It would be difficult 
to list all those incredible interesting and wonderful sites what we visited.  


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Los Angeles. CA
Sunset Boulevard.
The name of the most famous Holywood Stars are written on the pavement. 
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ
Desert wilderness of plants and animals and dramatic mountains and plains.
Meteor Crater, AZ
Between 20,000 to 50,000 years ago, a small asteroid about 80 feet in diameter impacted the Earth and formed the crater.
This picture shows an APOLLO Test Cabin. The boys loved it!
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Petrified Forest is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science.
Its area is 93,533 acres.
It displays 225 million-year-old fossils.


Petrified Forest National Park (AZ)
The fossils have amazing colors! The park's hilly part is the incredibly beautiful badlands of the Painted Desert.
Grand Canyon (AZ)
The biggest canyon of the world was formed by erosion, primarily by water (and ice) and second by wind, about 1,7 billion years ago.
Grand Canyon (AZ)
In the deep the azure blue water of Colorado River.
Standing there was an incredible feeling !
Grand Canyon (AZ)
Area: 1,904 square miles
Length: 217 miles
Depth: One mile.
Width: Varies from 4 miles to 18 miles.


Grand Canyon (AZ)
The Grand Canyon is so vast and so complex that it is often difficult for the mind to comprehend what the eyes are seeing.
Death Valley (NV)
Zabriskie Point is an elevated overlook of a colourful, undulating landscape of gullies and mud hills.
Death Valley (NV)
Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world.
Air temperature readings over 120 degrees F are common during summer months.
Las Vegas (NV)
Hotel 'Excalibur'
Las Vegas is a large city built in the middle of desert. It is a town of elegant hotels, casinos, a world of incredible luxury.


Las Vegas (NV)
Hotel 'Luxor'
It seems we are now in Egypt? Not only the Pyramid and the Sphinx is there, .... but also the temperature was very high!
Zion National Park (UT)
Another majestic world of  dramatic landscapes, sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. 
Its area is: 229 square miles
Zion National Park (UT)
This scenic slope might be a dream of the hikers, and also a good theme to be photographed.
Zion National Park (UT)
These cliff laces and the wide range of yellow and red colors was really breath-taking !


Cedar Breaks National Monument, (UT)
A huge natural amphitheater that has been eroded out of the pink cliffs, near Cedar City.
Cedar Breaks National Monument (UT)
In June still much snow in this park, over 10.000 feet above the sea level.
Salt Lake City (UT)
The domed State Capitol Building.

Salt Lake City (UT)
Sunday Concert in the Mormon Center.


Salt Lake City (UT)
The Mormon Center
Here you can read 
more about the
  Mormon Religion  
(if  you are interested)
Great Salt Lake (UT)
Approximately 75 miles long by 35 miles wide at a surface elevation of about 4,200 feet.
The salt flats are suitable site for high-speed car-racing events.
Dinosaur National Monument (CO) protects a large deposit of fossil dinosaur bones. However this part of the park is for the kids.
Dinosaur National Monument (CO)
Adam enjoyed it very much...


Dinosaur National Monument (CO)
... and so did Dani.

Grand Teton National Park (WY) 
Squirrels and birds are frienly here...

Grand Teton National Park (WY) 
Snow covered mountains in the background, at River Snake.

Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world.
This marmot was very friendly.


Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)
The largest concentration of geysers in the world is in Yellowstone.
Old Faithful is most famous geyser, which erupts regularly
(about 76 minutes, varying from 45 to 110 minutes)
Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)
Another geyser! The whole ground is hot, so visitor can walk on wooden pavement.

Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)
LOWER FALLS is one of the several beautiful  waterfalls of Yellowstone.
Click here to see
The Map of Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)
In the summer of 1988 eight huge fires burned 793,800 acres of Yellowstone's precious area.
The fire killed many animals. This bison definitely survived or maybe it is just too young.


Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)
The Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces are constantly changing shape and color.
Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)
The hot water carries dissolved calcium and bicarbonate to the surface of the terraces where pressure lessens.
Shoshone Waterfall (ID)
This amazing waterfall is located near town 'Twin Falls'.
It is 212 feet high, on River Snake.
Another great experience !
Lassen Volcanic National Park (CA)
Lassen Park contains nearly every type of volcanic feature (lakes, bubbling mudpots, hissing fumaroles). Lassen is still an active volcano.
The park nust be fantastic... however we could not visit as the road was still blocked by the HIGH SNOW on the 1st July.


Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (CA)
Arguably one of the world's most amazing bridges, which was opened for the traffic in 1937.
Find here a COOL SITE of BRIDGES...
San Francisco (CA)
Panorama of San Francisco downtown from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Yosemite National Park (CA)
A spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada. 

This majestic rock is called 'Half Dome'. ('a dream of climbers')
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (CA)
General Sherman Tree, the famous giant sequoia. This is the
 largest living thing on earth. 
Its height is 
275 feet (= 84 meter)

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (CA)
An interesting twin giant sequoia.
Monterey Beach (CA)
Henry and Adam.
Friends and second cousins.
Monterey Beach (CA)
A beautiful rock in Monterey Bay, with hundreds of seals having 'siesta' there.
Fresno (CA)
We enjoyed the hospitality of my aunt and his husband, and my cousin.



These are family pictures mad in my aunt's home in Fresno (CA).


Disney California.
We had a great funny day there !!!



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