Life of an Indian Immigrant in the USA | Landscapes

I will not lie. The US never fascinated me – it remained as the 3rd largest country of the world to be – nothing more, nothing less.

Eventually, as I grew up, I realized that it is indeed huge in terms of its area because there are six different time zones and from one coast to the other, it takes almost 6.5 hours by flight. These things grow into you.

But what comes with a vast land is the variety of breathtaking landscapes!

In India, yes the Himalayas, the west coast, the North-eastern greenery, the Thar deserts are all diverse and beautiful. I don’t think I have ever seen any mountain ranges as majestic as the Himalayas. The diversity of landscapes in the US is magical! There are so many different landscapes that I had not really imagined can exist. Of course, I had always read about them and seen them in blogs and movies, but when you feel them – it’s an absolute delight!

The good things about this place are that all the natural diversity is preserved by the National and State Governments. All the 50 states of the US have their own National parks in addition to the State Parks. And these parks are dreamy!

I adore the beaches. And the Pacific coast has always been my dream! And it is indeed dreamy. I never imagined that the Pacific Ocean is going to be so calm. And the white sands add to the beauty. I still haven’t been to Hawaii – in the heart of the Pacific.

Hawaii is also home to the most fascinating of all the National Parks – Hawaii Volcanoes National park. Honestly, I would give anything to see a volcano erupt. That has been my fantasy since childhood – since the day I learned what volcanoes are.

I have been to Yosemite, and the memories of the Half Dome are so vivid. It’s like a huge tectonic plate, carved so perfectly into a half a dome! And yes, Such wild waterfalls!

California is the home to Napa Valley as well and it indeed fascinating to see such a huge valley with only grape cultivation!

Death Valley is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen, and I can not wait to go there. It is so aptly named. Not just that, it also has a popular haunted hotel of the world.

The US is a land of canyons. And I can not wait to go to the Grand Canyons. The Desert of Colorado and the Prairie grasslands of Mississippi are two strikingly different landscapes in my list too.

Of course there are other places too, but these are on the top of my mind.

One of the most exciting things which will fascinate you are the Salt Ponds of the San Francisco Bay. These were apparently the first wild thing I had laid my eyes upon even before landing in the US. As my plane was making its final pass before the landing at the SFO Airport, I peeked outside the window to see these vibrantly coloured patches.

Last but not the least, I think I have to mention this one! Though not natural, but I don’t think I can ever stop gushing over the New York Skyline!

I really hope that I cover all the 50 states and their different landscapes before I plan to move to another country!

  1. It is one of the things I love about the US too. Our landscape is so diverse and each area brings it’s own beauty. Of course, I’m partial to Maine but understand your love of the Pacific Coast. I visited after college and the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most beautiful drives I have ever taken. The views were amazing. Weekends In Maine

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