Situated on Point Lobos at the main entrance to the California Coastal Trail, Lands End Lookout is one of the newer attractions in San Francisco; so, if you are an old hand at the points to see, it may not be on your radar. It ought to be. Land’s End Lookout was created in 2012, on the ruins of the historic Sutro Baths, and it is part of the expansive Golden Gate National Park. In addition, Lands End Lookout offers wildlife viewing, picnicking, strolling, history, and other recreation activities.
Up and down the Atlantic Coastline are barrier islands which remind us of the wonders of that place where the sea meets the shore. Many of these barrier islands have become seaside vacation destinations, some of them so popular that not much remains of the native habitat. Not so much with Little Talbot Island State Park. Set aside to be preserved as it was in 1951, Florida’s Little Talbot Island is renowned as one of America’s undeveloped barrier islands.Therefore, you can visit and explore at your leisure the wonders that have existed there from time immemorial.
Situated in Orange City in Central Florida, Blue Spring State Park is a haven of beauty that evokes the “Old Florida” and its natural wonders. The park is famous for its eponymous Blue Spring, where 102 million gallons of water flow out of Blue Spring into the St. Johns River every day. It is also well-known for being a wintertime gathering place for the manatees. The manatees congregate at the 73 °F spring and the spring run when the temperature of the St John River system dips lower than is comfortable for them.
On chilly days, as many as 400 manatees have been counted there. How close can you get to them? About a few feet away, from the viewing platform nearest the water. Keep in mind, interaction with the manatees is not permitted due to the fact that they are a protected species. Visitors will find other creatures and wildlife during warmer seasons. In any season, the park is well worth a visit to stroll, sightsee, relax, reflect, and enjoy some of the hidden wonders of the Sunshine State.
State parks are truly one of the unmentioned gems of America’s park system. While the National Parks attract millions of visitors each year and stun people with their size and beauty, there’s just as much that can be said about state parks.
After all, once the weather is nice, who doesn’t love spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and enjoying naturalist programs? You can find dozens of these in every state, but in this post, we want to highlight Mohican State Park.
Do you dream of white sand and sunshine? Gulf Islands National Seashore has you covered with recreation and relaxation opportunities for the whole family. Spanning the coast of Florida and Mississippi, millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Whether you visit for a day or a week, there is plenty to do and see at Gulf Islands National Seashore.
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a Florida State Park on the St. Joseph Peninsula near Port St. Joe. You want to go to this state park because this is one of the best-unspoiled stretches of coastline in the state. Among the many wonderful beaches of Florida, this one offers unsurpassed beauty, peaceful solitude, gentle wildlife, and an environment in which to unwind, relax and recharge.
If it’s diverse scenery and idyllic recreational opportunities in the Northwest that you seek, then we have identified just the place for you. Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, one of the jewels of the Refuge System, is nestled near the foot of Mount Adams in Washington’s Cascades Range. While the scenery and abundant wildlife are what draw people at first glance, visitors soon discover more. Conboy Lake NWR offers hidden gems that will keep them returning for years!
Zoos are one of those places where everyone in the family can have fun. Not only is seeing rare and exotic animals cool, but it’s an educational experience. No wonder they are commonly on the ‘must see’ list for anyone visiting a city with a great zoo.
Paso Robles, California has an interesting approach to zoos that you might find interesting. Not only does the city have its zoo it also works on bringing the zoo to you!
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?
So you think you know Florida, right? You see it as the sunshine state that’s filled with endless miles of gorgeous beaches, world-class theme parks and some of the best and biggest cities in the country/world. Well, just when you thought Florida couldn’t get any better – it does with the revealing of a hidden gem. This hidden gem is nestled smack dab in the middle of the state, far away from any ocean. It’s filled with cowboys and horses, exotic animals and acres of beautiful land. The best part? You can be a part of it; it’s Forever Florida located in Kissimmee, Florida!