As we come into the summer months, it’s a good idea for outdoor lovers to plan summer trips. Camping and outdoor activities are great for this time of year. And what better place to start the planning then at one of the greatest state parks in the Midwest?
The drive from Telluride Colorado to the northwest of Uravan, Colorado can be accomplished in a little over an hour and a half, and if that is all the time you have to give it, you should go. But if you can spare longer, and stop along the way, you will have a chance to see much of what is also known as the San Miguel River Recreation Area.There are some access points along your drive where you can get up close to the San Miguel River for water and wildlife views, kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities. It’s one of many freestone rivers in Colorado are not obstructed by dams. The San Miguel is beautiful and continually varying.
The city of Salem, Oregon sits in the heart of the Willamette Valley. The city is just under 50 miles from Portland. Salem is not only picturesque but has plenty of fun activities for the whole family, too. Here are the must-sees and must-dos, whether you’re there for a day or a week.
Are you looking to explore some of the scenic and historic Pacific Coast just north of San Francisco? From the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge, head up the Shoreline Highway (California Route 1) through Stinson Beach. There are points where you would swear you had your toes in the water, the road really is “shoreline”. Take advantage of the pull offs that invite some out of car photography. You want to slow down and savor this drive. This is the San Andreas Fault zone, and the Olema Valley Trail parallels the road to your left. Pass Five Brooks and continue on to Olema. Olema is small and picturesque, with several shops, a couple of restaurants, a lodge, and some bed and breakfasts.
Maybe it’s the serene visage from the ground below, or perhaps a primal yearning to climb to the top. Nonetheless, wherever mountains are, people will follow. And although some cities have managed to capitalize on a seemingly mountain-based tourism economy, other areas of the country have still remained small. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is one such area.
America is full of small towns that get overlooked due to the fact that they are small or not considered major cities. However, there are a so many that offer unique sites and rich culture. Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a town that is home to many hidden gems that most people never knew. It is the quaint and historic town of Houghton, Michigan. Houghton was named after Douglass Houghton who was Michigan’s first appointed state geologist.
At City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, Idaho, you can enjoy one of the most gorgeous and pristine places in the entire United States for breathtaking scenery, stimulating hiking, challenging rock climbing, and primitive camping. Towering granite rock spires inspire the imagination, as they allude to an ancient lost city. There is plenty of history as well, including signs of the 1840s-through-1880s pioneers who were heading west on California Trail; they were the first to describe this area as “a city of steeple rocks” with “tall spires.” Best of all, you can experience most of it in your car.
The 9,217-acre Devil’s Lake State Park, near Baraboo, Wisconsin, is the state’s most popular and most frequented park. The park is known for its trails, come prepared for a hike, to enjoy them. You can also bring your bike, kayak, and fishing gear, swim, boat, float, fly kites, play Frisbee, and watch the birds, including golden eagles. Kids of all ages love to climb on the giant rocks. Bring along a picnic so that you can savor the scenery. Devil’s Lake State Park has something for everyone to enjoy the lively or peaceful atmosphere.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was created to provide a link between the Potomac River and the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, in the days when travel by water was faster than travel by land. In time, the canal was superseded by the railroad, canal towns that were not also on rail lines became somewhat frozen in time, and many have changed very little since that day.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD, preserve the world in ways that most have forgotten. A visit there is a step back in history, and a step into a quieter world.