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Watkins Glen, N. Y. - Eighty rods from Watkins Station, near the head of Seneca Lake, a vast gorge in a tall, rocky bluff, 500 feet high, through which flows a noisy mountain stream, forms the glen, extending a distance of about 3 miles. The scenery is rugged and romantic in the deep gorge, with cascades and towering rocks, a dark pool, narrow footpaths, hemlock trees, difficult stairways and a balcony overhanging the gorge; solitude and grandeur distinguish the place, and the admirer of nature may here view it in its wildest phases. Prominent objects are the Mountain House, a chalet Cottage, an iron suspension bridge across the gorge, an art-gallery, Glen Cathedral (amphitheater 1,000 feet long), Rainbow Falls, Pluto Falls, Omega Falls, etc. Other glens in the vicinity present additional charms for the tourist.
West Point, N. Y. - The early history of the Union is intimately connected with this beautiful place on the west bank of the Hudson River, 52 miles north of New York City. In the Revolutionary War, the neighborhood bristled with forts built by Colonial troops. Above the river at an altitude of 600 feet may still be seen the ruins of Fort Putnam, and from that deserted fortress the tourist may view some of the finest scenery in America. The Government Military Academy and grounds, where so many great warriors have been educated, are finely located and ably maintained. Kosciusko's Monument is a prominent feature at this delightful resort.
Weyer's Cave, Va. - Not far from the famous Luray Caverns, the visitor to Augusta county meets with another remarkable cave, called Weyer's, of considerable extent, and rich in natural and strange creations. Several chambers are traversed, in which much of phenomenal beauty and grotesque formations are revealed. The passage-ways and halls glisten with snowy drapery. Near by is the Cave of the Fountains, which also serves to charm visitors with its beauty.
White Mountains - View from the Glen House - On the eastern side of Mt. Washington, at its base, a visitor at the Glen House may have a clear view of five notable peaks: Mt. Washington, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Clay and Mt. Madison, which rise, respectively, 6,293; 5,800; 5,700; 5,400, and 5,361 feet. Tucker-man's Ravine is an immense rift on the south side of Mt. Washington, the walls of which are 1,000 feet in height. Several interesting cascades are found in the vicinity, one ("Crystal") having a fall of 80 feet.
White Sulphur Spring. W. Va. - With a location of 2,000 feet above the ocean, and surrounded by groves, streams, forests, lawns and flowers, with mountain breezes, these springs have long been a most popular resort. The spring also possesses remarkable curative powers, which serve to attract scores of indisposed persons to it. Its virtues have been known for a century.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Ter. - Length of Park, 65 miles; width, 55 miles; covers 3,575 square miles, or 2,388,000 acres. Yellowstone Lake is 22 miles long and 15 miles wide. The park contains from 5,000 to 10,000 springs and 50 geysers that throw water from 50 to 200 feet. The great falls of the Grand Canon are 350 feet in height.
The Yosemite Valley - Reached by four stage routes. Situated on the Merced River, Mariposa County, Cal., 220 miles (by road) from San Francisco. The Valley contains a level plateau about 6 miles long and from 1/2 to 1 mile wide, and is surrounded by granite cliffs, rising almost perpendicularly to a height varying from 3,000 to 6,000 feet. From the tops of these cliffs spring magnificent and beautiful cataracts. All through the valley flowers abound, relieved with plants and shrubs, and their varied hues and odors are delightful to the senses. The valley has been known since 1851, and is the property of the State, set apart for a public resort. The name Yosemite, given to it by the Indians, means " Large Grizzly Bear." "El Capitan" is a solitary stone pillar with a perpendicular elevation of 3,300 feet. The "Bridal Veil," a cataract of great beauty, falls over a cliff 900 feet high. Opposite to it is "The Virgin's Tears Creek," with a fall of 1,000 feet. "Cathedral Rock" is a granite pile, 2,660 feet high. "The Spires" are two graceful columns. "The Three Brothers" is a triplet group of rocks, the highest peak of which rises 3,830 feet. "Sentinel Rock" is 3,043 feet high. "The Yosemite Falls" is a grand piece of scenery, broken into cascades, the first having a fall of 1,500 feet; then shorter ones to a depth of 626 feet, and finally a plunge of 400 feet into the valley. East of the Falls is a bold peak, rising 3,030 feet above the valley. The "Half Dome," in the vicinity, is a granite crest rising nearly 5,000 feet above the valley. " North Dome " is 3,568 feet high. "Vernal Fall " descends about 400 feet. The "Cap of Liberty," a huge mass of rock, is 2,000 feet high. "Nevada Fall" is nearly 600 feet high. The views from the various points of the valley reached by travelers are among the sublimest in the world.