El Yunque National Forest
Luquillo, Puerto Rico
The Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the United States of America. It is home of thousands of native plants, about 150 species of ferns and 240 species of trees. It has marked trails where you can hike among waterfalls, rivers, crags, ferns and flowers. Picnicking and camping with permission is allowed. The most visited attractions are La Mina Falls (good for swimming), and La Coca Falls, a great photography spot. The Yokahu Tower is another attraction with a spectacular view of most of the forest. El Portal Visitors Center has three pavilions, a theater, a gift shop and a library with information about the forest. It’s open daily from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm. The entrance is free.