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Calistoga, Cal. - Encircled by wooded hills and mountains, in a small valley, is situated this Pacific Coast resort, which is principally distinguished for its twenty hot springs, with conveniences for enjoying chemical, steam, vapor, or cold and hot water baths, and cottages and hotels for visitors. Among other attractions is the public warm plunge and swimming bath, occupying a space of forty feet square. The waters of the springs are freely impregnated with magnesia, sulphur and iron. The surrounding scenery embraces mountains, lawns, fields of grain, bowers, cosy dwellings, etc.
Estes Park-Long's Peak - Estes Park, thirty miles long, through which the tourist passes to reach the foot of Long's Peak, Colorado, is greatly admired for its natural beauty. Long's Peak, with an altitude exceeding 14,000 feet, if one has the energy to ascend it, reveals one of the sublimest views of scenery of which Colorado can boast.
Va. - A ride of 54 miles from Washington brings the tourist to this well-known watering-place. Its chief interest is derived from the many historical events with which the surrounding country abounds, and excursions to their various localities form a prominent feature of a sojourn at this pleasant resort. The mineral spring yields about 30 gallons per minute, and is patronized by large numbers of visitors. It is 2,000 feet above the ocean level.
Garden of the Gods, Colo. - Four miles northwest of Colorado Springs, lies a little valley, to which this romantic name has been given, and as it forms a delightful feature in the varied scenery of the State, has attracted much attention. The entrance to the valley is styled "The Beautiful Gate," a narrow passage between two tall rocky cliffs, near the center of which stands, like a sentinel, a pillar of rock 30 feet in height. The "Garden" itself contains 500 acres of land, bounded on the east by old red sandstone cliffs; on the south by ravines, and on the west and north by mountains. Within its borders several perpendicular rocks, some of them 350 feet high, are found, and the entire scenery abounds in variegated rocks and other novelties.
Genesee Falls, X. Y. - In the near vicinity of the city of Rochester, N. Y., the Genesee River plunges over three precipices, one above the other, the first, or upper, having a perpendicular descent of 96 feet; the second, 25 feet, and the third, 84 feet. Eighty rods above the first fall the Erie Canal crosses the river through a cut-stone aqueduct 845 feet long and 45 feet wide, which cost $500,000. Table Rock, in the center of the first fall, is celebrated as the place from which a venturous American named Sam Patch leaped into the surges below, and was never again seen by mortal eyes.
Geneva Lake, Wis. - Amid the quiet groves of Walworth County nestles this beautiful lake, which has within a few years become one of the most popular of Western summer resorts. The lake is 8 miles long and 2 miles wide, and its beach presents a charming succession of headlands, inlets and bays, in bold relief, while the surrounding shores are picturesque with undulating prairie, and verdant hills and groves, dotted on every hand with the beautiful homes of wealthy residents of Milwaukee and Chicago. Fish abound in the lake, from artificial culture, and its surface is brilliant with row-boats, sail-boats and steam-yachts during the warm season. The vicinity is admirably fitted for the pleasures of camp-life.
Geneva (N. Y.) and Seneca Lake- Poets, artists and pleasure-seekers find in the village of Geneva, N. Y., a genial resort. Lying on the hillside which forms the western shore of Seneca Lake, its handsome residences and thrifty appearance commend it to the tourist; while the lake, one of the largest in the State, (being 36 miles long and 2 miles wide), is beautiful in itself, and delightful in its surroundings.
Geysers - Springs of boiling water, called "Geysers," are found in certain districts of Colorado, California, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and' New Mexico. Some of the most remarkable of these springs are in the " Devil's Canon," in the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Cal. A narrow ravine between high hills, and filled continually with vapor, contains a large number of hot, cold, common and boiling springs, within short distances of each other, differing materially in their odors, colors and taste. Some are strongly impregnated with sulphur, salt or alum. An opening in a hill-side, about 8 feet in diameter, and known as the "Steampipe," throws upward a continuous flow of steam to the height of from 50 to 200 feet, accompanied with a roaring noise. Another, known as the "Witches' Caldron," pours forth a stream of sulphurous black mud. Along the Fire-Hole River, in Wyoming, are two large groups of real geysers. The region about them is subject to earthquake shocks. These geysers are usually very quiet before an eruption. Sixty-seven were found to have a temperature ranging from 106 to 198 degrees. The water is thrown upward a distance ranging from 5 to 50 feet; one at the head of the valley - "Old Faithful" - reaches a height of 130 feet; the "Beehive," 219 feet, and the " Giantess," 250 feet.
Hot Springs, Ark. - The United States Government controls these medicinal springs, which are situated near the Washita River, where numerous streams flow from the side of Hot Springs Mountains, to the extent of 500,000 gallons per day. The waters are greatly esteemed for the relief of scrofulous, rheumatic and chronic affections of various kinds, and are charged with carbonates, especially carbonic acid. They have been known since 1820.
Hot Springs. Va. - About 130 miles from Richmond, in Bath County, Va. at an altitude of 4,000 feet above the ocean, numerous springs of hot and cold medicinal waters, suitable both for drinking and bathing purposes, have acquired an enviable reputation among health-seekers. Near the springs a mountain stream dashes over a cliff, falling a distance of about 200 feet.