America is a big place and a nation of some pretty major extremes. Between its highest and lowest points is a full 20,592 feet (6,276 meters): You could stack 11.5 One World Trade Center buildings at the bottom of Badwater Basin and only barely reach the top of Denali. From the coldest nights to the hottest days is a difference of more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius). Some corners of the country see more than 30 feet (9 meters) of rain or snow, while others are lucky to see an inch in the same year. Seeing both ends of the spectrum is one of the best ways to really understand everything the country has to offer, and luckily, there are hikes and adventures that can help you see every corner of the country in its truest form.
Highest: Denali, Alaska
Lowest/Hottest/Driest: Death Valley, California
Coldest: Prospect Creek, Alaska
Wettest: Mt. Waialeale, Hawaii
Snowiest: Paradise Ranger Station, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Written by Ryan Wichelns October 19, 2018
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