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.
There have been countless things produced in homage to California. Whether it’s a photograph of a glorious sunset over the Pacific, a Beach Boys song praising the disposition of the girls who live there, or entire reality TV shows based around housewives, one facet of California living is always front and center: the beach. And Southern California has some of the best beaches in the Golden State.
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.
Now that summer is approaching, those among us who like to channel their inner Spider-Man can rejoice. The warmer weather means that rock climbing no longer has to be relegated to sweat-infused climbing gyms and faux-rock walls. Instead, test your scaling skills for free at one of the country’s beautiful national parks. Many are chockfull of climbing routes–guaranteed to have a better view than any gym.
The United States is not lacking in spectacular hiking trails. From the Pacific Coast Highway that meanders through postcard-perfect Big Sur to the the Appalachian Trail that can take you all the way from Georgia to Maine. And while these coastal trails are well-known, the middle of the country has its own paths to bring joy to hikers. Big Bluff and the Goat Trail in Arkansas are two such destinations, winding through the scenic Ozarks and along the Buffalo National River.
Vacations are supposed to be about relaxing, recharging, and making memories. But sometimes worrying about whether or not you have enough money remaining in your budget for another margarita or that souvenir snow globe can put a damper on the fun. Below are a few apps aimed at helping you easily keep track of your travel expenses so you can focus on what’s really important.