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What's America's best kept secret? According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), it's the country's extensive National Wildlife Refuge System -- and we concur. You may be surprised to learn that bison herds are roaming, sea turtles are nesting and Kodiak bears are feasting on Pacific Ocean salmon -- right in your own backyard. With more than 540 wildlife refuges scattered across the U.S., the National Wildlife Refuge System offers literally hundreds of opportunities for all Americans to see animals in their natural habitats without spending big bucks on lodging and transportation. In fact, the USFWS says there's at least one refuge just an hour's drive from every major metropolis in the U.S., and at least one refuge in each state. Start the slideshow to discover our picks for best spots to watch wildlife in the U.S.

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