7 Destinations in the Great Outdoors
Suppose you feel more comfortable taking a vacation that includes lots of space and woodlands. That's okay because the woods, nature, and the great outdoors may be precisely what the doctor ordered. If you're looking for some incredible outdoor ideas that don't require you to go too far from home, here are seven mind-blowing places to help you keep your distance but also scratch your itch for adventure.
This town may be tiny, but it packs a powerful punch for surreal scenery and endless adventure. Once a temporary camp was built for the workers constructing the Glen Canyon Dam, Page City is a jumping-off point for iconic sites like Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Lake Powell. This region is also home to the indigenous Navajo People, and travelers are invited to learn about the history, culture, and relationship the proud Navajo have with the surrounding nature.
Affectionately dubbed 'vacationland,' Maine is a haven for those seeking a blend of outdoor adventure, heritage, and sumptuous seafood cuisine. From the beautiful and untamed shoreline to the misty mountains of the Appalachians, adventure-seekers can enjoy over 52,000 miles of national parks, lakes, historic waterways, and over 3000 small islands.
Hawaii is breathtaking, but the "Garden Island" is almost beyond description. Hawaii's most laid-back island represents the essence of Aloha. For those travelers wanting to strike a balance between barefoot strolls along powder-soft shorelines and hair-raising helicopter rides over lush, carpeted valleys, Kauai offers all of that and more. While much of Hawaii draws large, boisterous crowds, Kauai is quieter, less trodden, and largely untouched, with much of the island only accessible by air or sea. Natural attractions you won't want to miss include Wailea River, Waimea Canyon, and Poipu Beach.
Inian Islands, Alaska
The hardest part of planning an action-packed vacation to Alaska is choosing where to start first. Alaska is so massive that you can fit Texas, California, and Montana within its state borders. And while every square inch of Alaska is beautiful, the Inian Islands are one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Nestled up against the world's tallest coastal mountains, where currents collide with nutrient-dense coastlines, you'll find everything from Humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, Grizzlies and soaring bald eagles. A ferociously protected biosphere full of wide-open spaces, and endless wilderness, the Inian Islands are a bucket list destination.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
There are about 277 miles of the national park to experience here. From camping to lodging options, you have choices. You can take a helicopter ride over the canyon, trek through the floor of the canyon. Maybe a 4x4 tour is more your speed than the lookout points and even a balloon tour. No matter what you're looking for, the options are endless, and the history and sights are just waiting for you.
If 277 miles isn't big enough, let's look at 759,620 acres, roughly 1,200 square miles of space. Designated a National Park way back in 1864, animals, waterfalls, valleys, and meadows all await you. Camping is the most common accommodations, but there are several lodge options available. Backpacking is very popular, and picnic locations are available, but please respect the animals and the park's rules. Some food locations are open year-round, but you must always consider the weather conditions before heading out.
Snohomish County, Washington State
If emerald green lakes, crisp pine-filled air, and cozy coffee culture are what you're seeking, the Pacific Northwest is calling your name. Snohomish County is Washington State's urban outdoor cultural capital. Suppose you're an outdoor enthusiast who likes to combine a city break with outdoor adventure. In that case, pristine natural attractions like the Stillaguamish—Sauk River Valleys, the stunning Gothic Basin, and Granite Falls are just a short drive away. Snohomish County could be your next socially distanced vacation destination with more than 2000 square miles to hike, kayak, road trip, sail, and stroll.
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