While the saying goes that April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, the inhabitants of the Skagit Valley in Washington state celebrate the bounty of spring—or more specifically tulips—starting the first day of April. The world-renowned Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place all month long, and has boasted visitors from all 50 states and 93 foreign countries.
Few things are tied together in people’s minds as closely NYC and the bright lights and bustle of Times Square. It’s the place for souvenirs, for listening to talented buskers, for Broadway shows. And it’s also famously the site of the ball drop that heralds in a brand-new year. Whether you grew up watching the event hosted by Casey Kasem or Ryan Seacrest, there always seems to be something magical in the air in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. If you’re not content to be one of the the one billion people joining the countdown from their living rooms, keep in mind the following while planning your last trip of the 2016.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the first National Lakeshore in the United States. While 2016 marks the centennial of the National Parks Service, it also signals the 50th anniversary of Pictured Rocks. With many things to do and see, it’s a must for anyone who loves the outdoors—and is still trying to Find Their Park.
If the hustle and bustle of city living has got you wanting to get off the grid or if you’re curious what it might be like to live on the moon, you might want to take a trip to the Bisti and De-Na-Zen Wilderness Area, a free-to-the-public, year-round, little-visited section of the badlands in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico. But before you head off to your own private Burning Man, there are a few things to consider.
You don’t need to go buy a plane ticket, pack your khaki bucket hat, and head out to the Serengeti or some other far-off place to experience an awe-inspiring safari. All across the United States are expertly curated safari parks aimed at humanely treating our four-legged, feathered, and reptilian friends and allowing us to get closer than we ever thought possible to exotic creatures big and small.
Enduring the winter in New York City can be tough, but it’s usually the thought of summer that gets disgruntled city dwellers through the dark, cold nights. Even so, a place so densely populated can seem stifling in more ways than one when the temperature rises. Thankfully, surf, sun, and sand are only a short journey away. Below are just a handful of some of the best beaches to spend a day off away from the concrete jungle.
If you’d rather spend your summer months hanging out with Mother Nature than your air-conditioning unit, visiting the country’s state parks is a must. From hiking to camping to a wealth of events and learning opportunities, state parks offer tons of fun at a low cost. You’ll undoubtedly work up a sweat exploring, though, and thankfully many parks offer wonderful watering holes to take a dip and cool down. Below are just a sampling of some of the best state parks in the country for swimming.
The state of Maine might be small, but you would be in transit for more than three thousand miles were you to drive along all of its coastlines. This embarrassment of coastal riches means that there is no shortage of beaches to choose from when planning a trip to this New England beauty.