If you’re looking for a new place to explore as someone who’s excited by the outdoors, look no further than this list for top destinations. Nature’s wonders are truly limitless, and with the proper planning and provisions, you can explore to your heart’s content!
Where better to start your adventure than in a national forest? This forest stretches into Arizona, so if you’re anywhere near there, this is a great place to start. It features over a million acres of protected forest land, with over 10,000 petroglyphs, making for a rich history. It borders Utah in the north, and in the south, the Mogollon Rim forms a protective boundary.
There’s lots to do in Kaibab National Forest, including camping or staying in a cabin. Cabin rentals are available in several areas: North Kaibab Ranger District, which includes Big Springs and Jumpup Cabin areas; Tusayan Ranger District, which features Hull Cabin; and finally, Williams Ranger District, which has Spring Valley Cabin.
If you’re looking for camping areas, you can camp at DeMotte Campground, Indian Hollow Campground, or Jacob Lake Campground in the North Kaibab Ranger District. In Tusayan Ranger District, you can camp at Ten-X Campground. Finally, in the Williams Ranger District, you can choose from Dogtown Lake Campground, Kaibab Lake Campground and Lake Areas, or White Horse Lake Campground. Fees vary, so be sure to check out the reservation options online before going. Reservations are available for both campgrounds and cabin rentals up to six months in advance, and peak season seems to be from May to October.
There are several other recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and water activities. Be sure to check out what you can do before going, so you pack well!
Denali National Park and Preserve covers six million acres of wild land, cut through by a single road. Available for camping, photography, hiking, and wildlife watching, Denali National Park has something for every adventurer.
Standard entrance passes are $15.00, or you can buy the Annual pass for $45.00 if you plan on being a frequent visitor.
Denali National Park has camping available on the grounds, with fees varying from $19.25-$39.75 a night. Camping is free in the winter though, which runs from late September to early May each year.
You can camp at Riley Creek Campground, which is fairly wooded, operating primarily for tent camping or vehicles/RVs. There’s occasional traffic noise due to the closeness of Highway 3, but that just means better access to amenities and conveniences located near the park entrance area.
If you don’t love Riley Creek, you can choose to camp at Savage River Campground. This campground is open exclusively in the summer, which is May 20th to mid-September, and is seated in a spruce forest, providing moderate screening between sites.
If you’re certain you don’t want to camp in an RV but would rather camp in a tent, there’s a tent-only campsite located at Sanctuary River Campground. It’s heavily wooded, but there are nearby mountains for those looking to hike close to their campground. There are three other scenic campgrounds to choose from – Teklanika River Campground, Igloo Creek Campground, and Wonder Lake Campground.
There are many things to do in Denali National Park, including ranger programs, wildlife viewing, hiking, backpacking, photography geared towards wildlife and scenery, and fishing.
Ginnie Springs is located about 2 hours and 15 minutes away from Orlando, Florida, making it the perfect destination for people flocking to Disney or Universal Studios. If you’re already there, you might as well stop by Ginnie Springs and take in the breathtakingly clear waters!
There are admission fees associated with Ginnie Springs, with the adult “off-season” rate being $15, and adult “season” rate being $20. Children 5-12 are $5, while children 4 and under enter free.
Scuba divers are encouraged to visit Ginnie Springs, with specific fees for them: $24 for certified full cave divers or equivalent; $32 for all other certified divers; and $399.99 for annual dive passes (cavern – cave).
You can camp at Ginnie Springs, paying $25 as an adult off-season ($30 during season), $8 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. Electric and water site fees are $11 for standard camping, while group site camping costs $22 for electric and water site fees.
Not only can you take in the gorgeous sites, you can actually get into the water and swim in the springs, making it the perfect summertime activity as temperatures climb.
Yosemite National Park is in California, covering nearly 1,200 square miles. Featuring deep valleys, gorgeous meadows, giant sequoias that could certainly tell a story, and vast wilderness areas, Yosemite has it all for brave adventurers. You can take an auto tour of Yosemite, or go backpacking, biking, or hiking if you prefer to travel on foot. You can travel by hoof, if you want to go horseback riding for a peaceful picnic in the park. If you love to take in the sights, you can birdwatch, fish, or take photographs that’ll last you a lifetime and beyond. We can’t forget the ranger and interpretive programs, rock climbing, or water activities Yosemite offers either.
Yosemite’s website has a comprehensive list of campgrounds and their various availability, including the price of reservations for the camping you’d prefer. You can also look for local lodging to the park, if you prefer a hotel or Airbnb to camping outside.
Spanning thirteen states – CT, GA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, and WV – the Appalachian Trail is over 2,190 miles long. It’s a public path available to anyone who wants to see scenic, wooded and wild lands cloaked in mystery and lore.
There are no fees for people who want to walk on the Trail, though it does cross over numerous states and national parks, forests, and public lands which may charge fees or require permits as you go. There’s a list online of the overnight fees and permits for you to look over as you plan your trek through the Appalachian forests.
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