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10 American Travel Destinations For Animal Lovers

Jul 17 2013 - 5:00am

If you love animals, this collection of travel destinations in the United States is perfect for planning your next vacation. Head to one of the best zoos in the nation, travel to remote destinations to nurture wildlife, or simply enjoy a relaxing trip while hanging with animals. All of these exciting locales are packed with adventures along with tons of aww-filled moments. Click through to find the perfect spot for your next trip.

Washington, DC

The National Zoo

Travel to the nation's capital for a fun stay and enjoy leisurely walks through the National Zoo [1], which offers close-up encounters with a special collection of pandas. Admission is free.

Source: Flickr user Becker1999 [2]

San Francisco, CA

Aquarium of the Bay

From visiting the Aquarium of the Bay [3] in San Francisco to heading to Point Reyes National Seashore [4] to check out tide pools, there are tons of fun wildlife adventures found in the City by the Bay.

Alaskan Panhandle, AK

Whale Watching

Head to one of the best whale watching states [5] and take a cruise through Southern Alaska for some of the most spectacular scenery while observing these amazing creatures.

Source: Flickr user travelinknu [6]

Maui, HI

Maui Humane Society

Visit heavenly Hawaii and enjoy beautiful beaches and amazing local fauna. While traveling, if you get a bit lonesome for your furry friend, head to the local humane society and give the pets a bit of a cuddle. The Maui shelter [7] encourages travelers to stop in and donate time walking dogs and playing with the kitties.

Key Largo, FL

The Everglades

While enjoying the wonders of Key Largo, head over to the Everglades [8] for some serious wildlife viewing. From observing alligators to watching birds, this destination is a true adventure.

Hot Springs, SD

The Wild Horse Sanctuary

Along with being immersed in beautiful scenery, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary [9] offers visitors the chance to check out the stunning animals surrounded in their natural habitat. Head here for the amazing nature, wild horses and elk, and a truly visual vacation.

Corpus Christi, TX

Padre Island National Seashore

Visit this beachside town and watch newly hatched sea turtles at the Padre Island National Seashore [10] being gently nudged into the ocean by park officials from late June to mid-August.

New Orleans, LA

The Audubon Zoo

Travel to the city that never sleeps and enjoy a visit to the Audubon Zoo [11]. Filled with history and amazing animals, the park boasts a zoo, aquarium, IMAX theater, and golf course.

Source: Flickr user Mark Gstohl [12]

Lewiston, MT

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Not much has changed over the years from when Lewis and Clark first walked this stunning landscape. While visiting the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge [13], explore grass-filled prairies, observe bison, and watch birds and waterfowl enjoying their natural habitats. The prairie dog towns are really fun to watch.

Source: Flickr user USFWS Mountain Prairie [14]

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