To help you put a little animal fun in your next trip, Yahoo Travel went in search of amazing animals in each state. Whether you like fur, feathers, or fins, here is our list of favorites.
The Birmingham Zoo is the only accredited facility in the country where you can observe the interactions of an all-male African elephant herd behaving the way it does in the wild.
A most down-to-earth mayor, Stubbs (named for his short tail) enjoys spending his time hanging out with the locals at the local pub. (Photo: Mayor Stubbs/Facebook)
Politicians across the country are jealous of the popularity of Mayor Stubbs of Talkeetna. In a town with a population under 1,000, the mayor, who happens to be a cat, has a Facebook page with almost 34,000 followers.
Take birdwatching to the extreme in Sierra Vista. Sierra Suites has birding packages and all the information you need to get started.
Trudy the Gorilla is the second-oldest gorilla in captivity and has been entertaining visitors to the Little Rock Zoo since 1988.
See some of the famously beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales at their Fort Collins brewery. (Photo: Budweiser Brewery Experience/Facebook)
There are few places in the U.S. to see parrots living in the wild. They aren’t indigenous to San Francisco, but the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill are truly a sight to see.
In Fort Collins, the Budweiser Clydesdales West Coast Team is the second-best reason to visit the brewery.
Get up close and personal with the enchanting beluga whales at Mystic Seaport.
There are things that happen in nature that defy description. You have to see the spawning of horseshoe crabs on the shores of Delaware Bay to believe it.
Just a couple monkeys…hanging out…in Florida. (Photo: Craig ONeal/Flickr)
In a state with wildlife around almost every corner, it’s not surprising that there are monkeys living in the wild at Silver Springs State Park. As with the Telegraph Hill parrots, the fact that they don’t really belong there, but have adapted, makes seeing them even more incredible.
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Forget social media for a weekend and get up close and personal with the adorable animals at the Social Goat Bed and Breakfast in downtown Atlanta.
Watching wildlife is easy in Hawaii but not always possible at your hotel. The exotic birds at Hyatt Regency Maui are the exception.
The Pocatello Zoo has a sampling of Idaho wildlife, including an elk that saved a marmot from drowning last year.
Shedd’s newest otter pup, Luna, is simply too cute for words. (Photo: Shedd Aquarium/Facebook)
Otters are the fur-covered comedians of the animal kingdom. Get your otter fix at the famed Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
We don’t know what you are, but we do know that you’re adorable! (Photo: Fort Wayne Children’s Park Zoo/Facebook)
Red pandas look more like raccoons than pandas, but with adorable faces like these, who cares what we call them? See them at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
We all like to believe that our pets would save our lives if called upon. “H.J.” the Weimaraner did just that. You can hang with him and his crazy entourage of farm critters at the Farm House B&B in Fredericksburg.
The Hutchinson Zoo has painting raccoons. Really.
Home to one of the most famous horse races in the world, it’s no surprise that Kentucky would also be home to a park dedicated to its favorite animal. (Photo:The Kentucky Horse Park/Facebook)
There’s a special place in our hearts for horses, so it’s amazing that Kentucky Horse Park is the only equine theme park in the country.
At the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, you can have amazing experiences with the animals. Chat with the penguins or snorkel with cownose rays. Your choice.
Take a puffin tour to Easter Egg Rock to see these adorable birds that live in open ocean most of the year, coming ashore only to breed.
Seahorse pairs are nature’s perfect little couples. They cozy up almost daily while awaiting Daddy’s delivery of the little ones. Prepare to be amazed at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Catie and Carley are ready to shower guests with some puppy love (even if you happen to be a Yankees fan). (Photo: The Fairmont Copley Plaza/Facebook)
Traveling without our pets can be lonely. Catie and Carly, Fairmont Copley Plaza canine ambassadors, are happy to provide some substitute puppy love if you are on the road in Boston.
Elk are astonishingly handsome. Get your viewing time right in town at the Gaylord’s City Elk Park.
We didn’t think it was possible, but this tree kangaroo might have just out-cuted its ground-dwelling cousin. (Photo: Minnesota Zoo/Facebook)
Matschie’s tree kangaroos look like something a toy manufacturer dreamed up. How could any real animal be that cute? See them at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.
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Who needs a monster truck when you can ride a Monster Bison Bus? See bison, giraffes, and zebras at the Tupelo Buffalo Park.
Where do baby Clydesdales come from? The breeding facility at Warm Springs Ranch. Take the tour to see the newest additions to the team.
There’s something about Montana that can turn anyone into a wildlife watcher. Start with the elk at the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area.
The majestic Sandhill cranes on the Platte River. (Photo: National Audubon Society)
One of the greatest wildlife spectacles in North America, the migration of sandhill cranes on the Platte River is easily observed from strategically positioned viewing blinds.
If you’ve never seen a horse in the wild, you have not fully experienced the beauty of the beast. The Bureau of Land Management offers tips for wild horse and burro watching on public land in Nevada.
Clydesdale Hamlet is your opportunity to see the Budweiser teams in the eastern half of the state. Why wait for the next Super Bowl commercial when you can see the real thing?
Watching wildlife while you dine is a rare experience. Walpack Inn has become famous for feeding both its patrons and the deer that come to visit. Who exactly is watching whom here?
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Bat Flight!! (Photo: AP Photo/National Park Service, Dr. Nick Hristov)
Viewing the Carlsbad Caverns bat flight is a spectacular way to include animal watching in your visit to one of the world’s most famous cavern systems.
Matilda is the reigning feline queen of the Algonquin Hotel. She follows a line of predecessors dating to the 1930s, when the tradition began.
If you’ve ever wanted to look a giraffe in the eye, the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck at the North Carolina Zoo is the place to go.
The reindeer certainly don’t mind the frigid temperatures of North Dakota. (Photo: Dakota Zoo/Facebook)
There are reindeer at several zoos around the country, but somehow North Dakota seems the most fitting place to visit them. The Dakota Zoo in Bismarck is about as close to the North Pole as we can get and still stay in the Lower 48.
You can’t give them muffins, but the moose at the Columbus Zoo are sure to please.
Who wouldn’t want to spend some quality time with this beautiful technicolor lorikeet? (Photo: Oklahoma City Zoo/Facebook)
We love zoo projects that let visitors connect with the animals. Feeding the lorikeets at the Oklahoma City Zoo is a perfect example.
Date night at the aquarium sounds like our kind of couples fun. The Aquarium of the Pacific offers tips and ideas for adult visits where children are not a prerequisite.
In Pittsburgh, Edie the canine ambassador at the Fairmont welcomes guests in the lobby and is available for walks around the city.
Wave “hello!” to the seals sunning themselves on the rocks of Narragansett Bay. (Photo: TripAdvisor)
Seal watching in Narragansett Bay is the perfect addition to a trip to Newport.
The loggerhead sea turtle walk on Edisto Island is one example of how the South Carolina State Parks excel at wildlife educational experiences.
You really can’t visit South Dakota without seeing bison. You can make it a luxury experience at the State Game Lodge at Custer State park.
The Peabody Ducks are the only ducks we know worthy of the red carpet treatment. (Photo: The Peabody Memphis)
The Peabody Ducks at the Peabody Memphis are some of the country’s most famous hotel mascots. They’ve rubbed wings with presidents, Elvis, and Oprah. Travel tip: If you stay at the Peabody, don’t expect to find any duck on the menu.
Peacocks rule the roost at Mayfield Park in Austin. Visit between March and July to get the best photos. After July, the males lose their tail feathers.
Mt. Peale Animal Sanctuary and Healing Center is the kind of place where the animals and visitors both find healing by connection with each other.
Hang out with this photogenic goat at Trevin Farms (and maybe she’ll even pose for a selfie!) (Photo: Trevin Farms/Facebook)
While exotic animals have a certain lure, there’s nothing like a weekend spent in the company of domestic farm animals such as goats, horses, and chickens. Get in touch with your inner farmer at Trevin Farms Bed and Breakfast.
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The country’s most famous wild ponies live on Assateague Island. The southern entrance to the park is near Chincoteague, which gave the ponies their literary name.
Miniature horses, pigs, cows, and even peacocks hang with the guests at Oldeststone Farm bed and breakfast.
Alpacas long necks and incredibly soft fur might just make them the most perfectly huggable animals ever. (Photo: Sabamba Alpaca Ranch/Facebook)
We think alpacas have the sweetest faces. At Sabamba Alpaca Ranch and Bed & Breakfast, you can learn about the alpaca industry firsthand while enjoying those sweet faces.
It’s hard to say which is cuter, llamas or miniature horses. Decide for yourself at Squaw Creek Ranch in Lander.
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