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.
While the east coast seems to have the corner of the market on quaint historic towns, those in the Pacific Northwest are home to a hidden small gem of their own. Jacksonville, Oregon, was originally a gold mining town back in the 1850’s. It then continued to gain prominence until the railroad pushed many to leave. However, much of the city is preserved as a National Historic Landmark. And this is a convenient location for those seeking a quiet adventure.
If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, then you definitely want to keep reading this article to learn about a play ground for all who love camping, fishing, hiking and nature in general. Located in beautiful Montezuma County, Colorado, Mancos is nestled right in the middle of some extraordinary mountains where visitors have access to fishing, camping, mountain biking and hiking.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in the entire system. It’s pretty easy to see why. Straddling the Continental Divide and located a few hours north of Denver, Colorado by car, the pristine and unique beauty it offers is something to behold.
At over 250,000 acres to explore, you’d have to keep coming back year after year to be able to take it all in. Since the acreage runs over the Continental Divide, the line that separates the watersheds of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, it features a very different landscape from one side of the park to the next.
On the East side, the park is drier with more glaciers, and on the west side it is heavily forested and lush. It’s almost like having the ability to see two parks at once!
There are a number of attractions at Rocky Mountain National Park that keeps almost 3.5 million visitors a year entertained. Let’s take a look at what the park has to offer.
Forget Las Vegas. When you’ve had enough of the glitz and glam, head to Great Basin National Park to get away from it all. With a range of awe-inspiring scenery, including mountains, desert, and deep caves, there’s no shortage of excitement despite its distance from Sin City.
It’s a music-lover’s favorite time of year, and with good reason. Festivals are happening every weekend this summer, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to savor the season than by grabbing your crew and absorbing some great live music. Whether you’re a first-timer or a festival vet, here are some tried-and-true tips that will keep you rockin’ well into the fall.
Few visitors ever make it to Katmai National Park each year, only about 40,000. However you can be assured they know this park is something very special. With an area that rivals the size of Wales, Katmai is spread out along the Alaskan Peninsula, about 270 miles south of Anchorage.
Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, located in the capital city of Juneau, spans an almost unfathomable 3.3 million acres and runs the gamut when it comes to geography. We’re talking rainforests, mountains, fjords, and of course, the park’s icy namesake. If you love the great outdoors, you’ll love it here.