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This One Of A Kind Kayak Tour Is The Ultimate Way To Enjoy Summer

Looking for an unforgettable experience? Look no further.  The Fireworks Tour at Kayak Chicago is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. It’s this reason the tour has become one of the most popular, with kayak enthusiasts traveling from all over the world to take part in this amazing float.

This legendary tour lasts 3 hours and is only available on Wednesday and Saturday nights from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The tour begins near the North Branch of the Chicago River, on the peaceful back channel of Goose Island.  From there you will travel down stream through the heart of Chicago past some of the most iconic buildings on Earth!

The trip takes you through a gorgeous passage, known as skyscraper canyon.

The views in this area are breathtaking to say the least!

Finally you arrive just past Lake Shore Drive, in time for the amazing Fireworks Spectacular at Navy Pier! Their fireworks display is fantastic, and its even more breathtaking from a kayak!

After the fireworks show, enjoy a snack and a leisurely paddle back to the dock to disembark from your kayak.

This is a perfect tour for both the novice and experienced kayaker!

A Chicago River kayaking tour is an intimate and active alternative to the city’s many boat tours.

Kayak Chicago has been providing amazing tours since 1999 and is one of the Midwest’s premier kayak/paddleboard tour destinations.  If an urban adventure is what you crave, than Kayak Chicago is the place for you.

Several other tours are also available, more information can be found by clicking here.

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You Can Camp Inside This Incredible Cave For A Night You Won’t Forget

Camping is an incredibly popular activity and,  every year thousands of people, pack up their tents and spend the night under the stars.  There’s not much better than sitting next to a campfire, with friends and family.  Camping becomes even more memorable when you pitch your tent beside a beautiful mountain, or next to a meandering stream.  But, if your looking for an unforgettable camping experience, you can take your tent underground.

This underground camping experience takes you deep into  Cumberland Caverns and offers an incredible adventure!

This unique trip provides a great camping experience both inside and outside the cave.

These overnight adventures range in price from $47 to $160 per person.  The price includes a guided tour and breakfast.

If you book two nights in a row you get an experience underneath the stars and the ground, topped off with a daily walking tour, breakfast, bonfire meals and the Rocky Topper Adventure Tour.

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The cave maintains a consistent year round temperature of 56 degrees, so you won’t be to hot or cold.

There are more than a dozen different tour options available, and daily tours depart every hour between 9 and 5.

Guided tours last 90 minutes, and the guides do an excellent job detailing the history of the cave.

The more adventurous members of your group may enjoy one of the fantastic adventure tours, available daily by reservation only.  My personal favorite is Higgenbotham’s Revenge.  These tours last about 3.5 to 4 hours and take you into sections of the cave very few have every explored.

Cumberland Caverns is located at 1437 Cumberland Caverns Road in McMinnville Tennessee, and more information can be found by clicking here.



This Incredible Waterfall Park Is A Dream Come True For Nature Lovers!

Located on the Falling Water River, this day-use park is noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. The last of these falls is the most spectacular, plunging more than 130 feet into the gorge. The area was originally populated by Native Americans of the Cherokee, Creek and Chickasaw tribes. These tribes used the land as a hunting ground until the late 19th century when a gristmill and sawmill began operating on the river. The Falling Water River was used to generate hydroelectric power for the city of Cookeville from 1928-1944. In 1973, the territory became a designated Tennessee State Natural Area, protecting the diverse forest and aquatic habitats.

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Burgess Falls State Park offers several activities for family and friends to enjoy year-round. Fishing is popular below the dam and the main waterfall along the bank and at the fishing pier. There are no public boat ramps or canoe/kayak access areas in the park. A large covered pavilion equipped with grills and tables can be reserved for large groups and has a scenic view of the river. Additional picnic areas, most with grills, are conveniently located to restrooms and a playground is nearby. None of the picnic tables are equipped with water spigots and all are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Swimming is not permitted.

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The River Trail/Service Road Loop is a moderately strenuous hike taking visitors past the waterfalls. The waterfalls are 20’ cascades, 30’ upper falls, 80’ middle falls, and 136’ lower falls in height. Most people prefer to hike back to the parking lot along the service road. The half-mile Ridge Top Trail is very scenic with views down the main canyon of Falling Water River. All trails are foot trails. Please note: there is no access to the gorge and the staircase that leads to the main falls is inaccessible and will remain closed until further notice. The overlook is open and offers impressive views.

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While the park is popular for its waterfalls, wildlife and wildflower viewing, the Native Butterfly Garden, adjacent to the upper parking area, is easily accessed and provides striking native wildflower displays.

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During the summer, Burgess Falls offers Junior Ranger Camps to local youth. Each week-long camp is geared toward specific age groups and led by park rangers. The camps are a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn environmental education and experience the park’s many natural resources.

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Burgess Falls is a day-use park with spring through autumn being the most popular time to visit. Guests may want to consider visiting on a weekday, when the park may not be as busy.

Burgess Falls State Park is located at 4000 Burgess Falls Drive Sparta, TN 38583.

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This Incredible Destination Is A Must For Nature Enthusiasts!

Often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, the Ausable Chasm is one of North America’s most incredible destinations.

Since 1870, Ausable Chasm has thrilled and amazed all who have come to explore.  More than 10 million visitors have witnessed what mother nature has provided: a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock.

As one of the earliest and oldest attractions in the USA, Ausable Chasm has developed a history filled with adventures, disasters, and many famous visitors.

Over 10 million visitors have explored Ausable Chasm, the oldest natural attraction in the USA! The amazing sights of the chasm will take your breath away.

The Ausable Chasm has something for everyone! There is the unforgettable Riverwalk, the incredible Adventure Trail, and at night you can enjoy a guided Lantern Tour, through the deep dark depths of the canyon!  For those looking for a little more adventure there is the Raft Float Tours,  or maybe you want to try your hand at Rock Climbing, or Rappelling.  Whatever your interests are, I’m sure you will have the adventure of a lifetime at the Ausable Chasm!

If you love being in nature, surrounded with natural beauty than the Chasm is a must see destination. Imagine strolling past such iconic sites as Rainbow Falls, Elephant’s Head, Column Rock, Hyde’s Cave, and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone. All the while surrounded by the dense primeval Adirondack forest.  This is seriously a dream come true for nature enthusiasts!

With so much to see and do, you may want to stay for the weekend. Ausable Chasm Campground & Cabins is loaded with activities for families on the go, including swimming, playgrounds, shuffleboard, basketball, volleyball and disc golf. Don’t forget to bring the bikes and enjoy mountain biking on the professionally designed and maintained trails! There are more than 25 miles of trails just for our campers.  They offer a variety of options for campsites, with affordable rates that can be found here.  

Ausable Chasm is conveniently located just off of I-87 between Exits 34 and 35.  We are just 12 miles South of Plattsburgh, NY (the areas largest city – located on famous Lake Champlain) and just one mile North of historic Keeseville on Route 9.   The address is 2144 Route 9 Ausable Chasm, NY 12911.

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This Stunning Location Is A Hidden Wonder You Must See To Believe!

Rock City Gardens is one of the south’s oldest and most popular natural attractions. Just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., Rock City is an enchanted, 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing soaring rock formations and lush gardens that include over 400 species of wildflowers and plants. Other features include the Swing-A-Long Bridge that spans nearly 200 feet and the lookout point at Lover’s Leap where you can “See Seven States” while standing over the 140-foot waterfall that cascades down Lookout Mountain. More than half a million people from all over the world visit this nostalgic attraction each year, making memories worth repeating.


The attraction opened in 1932 by Garnet and Frieda Carter, and was made known partially due to the barn advertising campaign Carter initiated. A sign painter named Clark Byers was hired to travel the nation’s highways and offer to paint farmer’s barns in exchange for letting them paint three simple words: See Rock City. The distinctive black-and-white signs appeared as far north as Michigan and as far west as Texas. The advertising soon began to produce the desired effect and, by the close of the 1930’s, more travelers than ever had seen Rock City Gardens.

Rock City has many special events throughout the year, including Shamrock City for St. Patrick’s Day, Fairytale Nights, EarthDayz in April, Southern Blooms Festival in May, Summer Music Weekends, Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Shows, The Enchanted MAiZE at Blowing Springs Farm, Rocktoberfest and the Enchanted Garden of Lights.

Open seasonally is Cafe 7, Rock City’s outdoor restaurant – southern cuisine with a modern twist – and a view unlike any other.

Rock City Gardens’ history as a world-famous tourist attraction dates back to the days of the Great Depression, but its history as a geological marvel of nature reaches back several thousands of years before that.

Through the years, Rock City Gardens has become a true American icon. Under the able leadership of Bill Chapin, a third-generation descendant of Garnet and Frieda, Rock City’s mission is to “Create Memories Worth Repeating.” With its nostalgic history, as well as its continual expansion for the future, Rock City Gardens has earned its reputation as a world-class destination and promises to be for generations to come.

Rock City is located at 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750.

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An Incredible Waterfall/Cave Adventure Everyone Can Enjoy!

You know those amazing adventure spots you see browsing Pinterest? Those places that make your eyes glaze over with envy at the person who was actually standing in that spot, able to snap that pic? Well this is one of those magic places very few will ever see!  This magical place is located just a short ( 2 hour drive) from Nashville.

Lost Creek Falls is a beautiful 60 foot, waterfall located in Sparta, TN. This incredible site was formerly located on private property, and has remained a secret until fairly recently.

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In 2012 the well-known Fall Creek Falls State Park purchased the land to add to their already impressive park system.

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Most people however still don’t know about this new section of the park, and on many days you may have the waterfall and cave all to yourself.

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As amazing as Lost Creek Falls is, its still not well advertised, and that can be a bit of a challenge when trying to find the trail head. I suggest typing Lost Creek Falls, Sparta, TN into Google maps.  This will provide driving directions, however there is no official address.

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If you’re coming from Nashville, take I-40 East until you get to exit 288 towards Livingston/Sparta, turn right onto TN-111 S. From there you’ll follow Hickory Valley Rd. and Lost Creek Rd. to get to White’s Cave Rd. It will feel like you’ve been driving forever, winding through country back roads, but it’s really a gorgeous drive. If you’re not looking carefully, you’ll miss your turn into the trail head, so pay close attention to your GPS once you get close. The road you need to turn down is a (very) sharp right and down a hill. Once you’re on the road going down the hill, just keep driving until you reach a gravel parking lot with a trail head sign.

Unlike most of the waterfalls in Tennessee, this one is a short, easy walk to get to. This makes it absolutely ideal for taking small kids along. The walk is not difficult, and it’s only about 0.2 of a mile, but you will need to be prepared with good shoes because it can get slippery, especially if it’s rained recently. The trail is marked and you will actually be able to hear the waterfall as soon as you start down the trail.

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While the waterfall is the primary destination, the trail is loaded with natural beauty, including tall trees, unusual rock formations, and of course the stunning Lost Creek Cave.  The size of this cave is unbelievable, and is a lot of fun to explore.  Pictures don’t do it justice, not even close.

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If you plan on exploring the deeper sections of the cave, I suggest caving helmets, and headlamps.

Once you see the cave entrance from the trail, you’ll make a left and follow the trail the rest of the way down to the base of the Falls.

While it is a short hike, you will want to allow yourself ample time to play and explore the area.  On my trip I spent half the day playing under the waterfall and climbing around behind it.  There are plenty of places to hang a hammock and relax, or you could enjoy lunch on the surrounding rocks.

This is a perfect summer adventure, as the cool cave air and water are perfect on a hot summer day.

If your looking for a new swimming hole or an incredible adventure, this short hike is just what you need.

Its also worth mentioning: the 1994 Disney classic “The Jungle Book” was filmed in the area.  It might be fun to watch the film before making the trip.

Sleep Underneath A Beautiful Canopy Of Trees At This Epic Resort

The Mohicans Treehouse Resort is a family owned and operated business that sits on 77 private acres in the heart of Ohio’s Mohican Valley. What started out as a private escape from city life for friends and family, quickly evolved into one of the most truly unique destinations in the world. With six incredible cabins, nine state-of-art treehouses and the gorgeous Wedding Venue, families and groups of all sizes can share in the magic of this rural oasis.

Spacious living areas, luxury bedding, indoor/outdoor showers and much more!  It’s outstanding qualities like these that make The Mohicans the Midwest’s premier luxury Treehouse resort!  There are 9 amazing authentic treehouses, 2 were designed by Pete Nelson, treehouse designer, and star of discovery channel’s hit series “Treehouse Masters.” The Little Red Treehouse was even featured on the show!

Guests with a fear of heights, can enjoy one of the six ground level cabins. Cabins vary in size and style so no matter your taste or group size, your sure to find one just perfect for your next adventure!

Looking for an unforgettable location for your next event?  The Mohicans Treehouse Resort & Wedding Venue is located on seventy-five wooded acres and is ideal for weddings or corporate retreats looking for that “elegant, rustic, vintage” feel. This two-story timber frame building nestled among hardwoods and pines high atop the hills of the Mohican Valley includes hand-hewn logs, hardwood flooring and an expansive solid oak rustic staircase leading up to an upper-level mezzanine with access to a second story outside deck.

The area is a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.  Located just a few miles from some of Ohio’s best attractions.  Located only 15 minutes west, is the beautiful Mohican State Park offering a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and picnicking. The Gorge Overlook, fire tower, and covered bridge are just a few of the “must-see” attractions at the park. Another family friendly attraction is the Tree Frog Canopy Tours, Northern Ohio’s only zipline canopy tour is an adventure of a lifetime you will never forget.   There are also fishing and kayaking opportunities within a short drive of the resort.

The Mohican’s Treehouse Resort is located at 23164 Vess Rd, Glenmont, OH 44628.  For more information, or to make a reservation visit their website by clicking here.

These Charming Cabins Are Located In The Heart Of Shawnee National Forest

When renting a cabin in the woods, there are several things that need to come together perfectly for an ideal experience.  The cabin needs to have all the comforts of home, it needs to be somewhat private, but most the most important thing is the location.  I mean what good is a cabin if it just sits all alone and there’s nothing to do nearby?  At Willowbrook Cabins  in Southern Illinois location is key!


These gorgeous cabins are conveniently located just minutes from Garden Of The Gods, Jackson Falls, Bell Smith Springs, and the Famous Rim Rock National Trail.  If that wasn’t enough, there is also nearby horseback riding, canoeing, scuba diving, and even white water rafting!

Willowbrook Cabins is the largest cabin rental company in Pope County just North of Golconda, IL in the middle of the best and largest part of Shawnee National Forest.   Cabins range in size and style, with four different units to choose from.  Two of the cabins include an outdoor hot-tub, and all of them come with washer and dryers, high speed internet, direct TV, and outdoor fire-pit.

If being surrounded by breathtaking scenery is what you crave, than Willowbrook is the perfect home base for your next Shawnee Adventure!

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