One of the best-kept secrets of the Midwest is that you can go to the beach for a day trip, and it is almost like being in the Atlantic, Pacific or Caribbean. Where? Lake Michigan, and specifically, Indiana Dunes State Park and the adjoining Indiana Dunes National Seashore. It’s only 45 miles east of America’s Second City, Chicago, in Chesterton, Indiana. There, you can go camping, hiking, sunbathing, swimming, and all of it with views of the beach and of the shimmering waters of the Great Lake.
Beads and costumes and music…oh my! Mardi Gras time has to be one of the most fun times of the whole year. Although Mardi Gras itself in New Orleans may not be the ideal place for young children and families, the celebration in Lake Charles, Louisiana is fit for all to attend! Are you interested in experiencing Mardi Gras the Lake Charles way? Read on to learn more about this one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras experience happening in late February.
Unless you’ve attended the University of North Georgia, you’ve probably never heard of the small town of Dahlonega. Consider the population is a little over 5,000 and a name that’s hard to pronounce, it’s easy to see why. But unlike other small towns, this one is anything but sleepy. One part college town and one part historic destination town, Dahlonega has much to offer its guests.
Should you find yourself meandering through the Midwest, then you certainly must make a stop to see the vast, wild landscape of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural world, the extraordinary site of Bighorn Canyon spans more than 120,000 acres in Montana and Wyoming and is comprised of a diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, broad valleys, high desert, lake, and wetlands.
Custer State Park, located in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, is a state park rival to many of our national parks in terms of history, scenic beauty, and opportunities for recreation of many kinds. Amid the clear mountain waters and towering granite peaks, you can find solace for body, mind and spirit. Named for George Armstrong Custer, the 71,000-acre state park also offers great scenic drives.
If you’ve never before had an opportunity to travel to Tampa, then you are in for quite a treat. Whether you plan to explore underwater wonders at the Florida Aquarium, ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens, or soak up some rays in the Florida Sunshine, a trip to Tampa is sure to provide fun for the whole family.
So, what’s on your agenda while you are there? With so many options from which to choose, you may not know where to begin. Our DriveTheNation.com team has compiled our “Quick Guide to Tampa” so that you won’t have to miss any of the action.
There’s no place that captures the beauty of the American south quite as perfect as South Carolina. From the southern comfort to the woodsy outdoors, South Carolina is the epitome of the south. When you’re looking for that perfect place to pack your bags an enjoy a weekend away, Hunting Island State Park is just the place to go in the state of South Carolina.
Why is it such a sight, you might ask? Read on to find out…
There’s no place like Mammoth Lakes! Located in sunny California, Mammoth Lakes is actually nothing quite like the California you have in mind. Here, you won’t find any palm trees or beaches. Instead, you’ll be in the midst of an awe-inspiring, year-round outdoor adventureland. When we’re talking about the picturesque mountains, the name “Mammoth” can speak for itself just to give you a hint of the size of the mountains you’ll find here.