Panorama Point is a scenic overlook that provides a sweeping view of the city of Redlands and the San Bernardino Valley. The stonework at the point was done back in the 1930s by Redlands stone masons Luther W. Gist and Eligio Benzor. To the north is the long wall of the San Bernardino Mountains. The massive Seven Oaks dam can be seen nestled in their foothills. Huge thunderheads billowing over the peaks of the San Bernardinos are a common sight in the summer as monsoonal flows of moisture come up from the south east. These storms are usually confined to the mountain peaks but on this occasion they had sufficient momentum to break out into the valley below. Thunder was rumbling and the first drops of rain were beginning to fall as the pictures for this panorama were taken.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.