Mention the word “canyon,” and most people think of the biggest canyon in the United States, the Grand Canyon. The second biggest canyon may not spring to mind. But it should. Palo Duro Canyon is the largest canyon in the United States. And you can visit the Palo Duro State Park, near Amarillo, Texas. Palo Duro Canyon is what geologists call a canyon system. It is part of the Caprock Escarpment – a running 175-mile long cliff formation of red and tan rock, ranging from fifty to one hundred feet high- in the Panhandle of Texas. The Palo Duro Canyon was formed by a tributary of the Red River, called the Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River.
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?
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.
Bar Harbor, Maine is one of the hidden gems not only of New England but the entire country. Tucked away on Mount Desert Island, it’s incredibly beautiful and picturesque. If you love the ocean, nature, and the rocky shorelines of Maine, this is the spot to visit.
In this post, we’ll cover some of the things you need to know about any visit to Bar Harbor. So, if you’ve been planning to make a visit soon, keep reading!
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.
Fort Collins may not be as well-known as Denver and Boulder, but it’s a haven for cycling enthusiasts and craft beer aficionados … not to mention, just a wonderful place to visit. Don’t miss these spots when you stop by.