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Indiana’s Amazing Locations

Turkey Run State Park

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Fort Harrison State Park

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Clifty Falls State Park

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McCormick’s Creek State Park

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Hoosier National Forest

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Shades State Park

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Visiting This State Park Is Like Entering Another World

 This beautiful state park is one of the most popular in the entire state.  Located in Jackson County, sitting just Northwest of Maquoketa.  The park rests on more then 360 acres of rough, hilly terrain.  In 1991, 111 acres on the east side of the park became listed as a historic district.   Maquoketa Caves State Park has more caves then any other park in the state.  The trail system, offers a beautiful hike, that links together the caves, rock formations, and scenic overlooks.

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White settlers discovered the cave’s in 1834, after 2 hunters tracking a deer stumbled upon the dance hall cave.  Over the years various artifacts such as  pottery, tools and arrowheads made of stone, have been found in and around the park.   This indicates that the caves have been visited by humans for hundreds maybe thousands of years.

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The park features 16 accessible caves, which offer great caving  for experienced and inexperienced cavers alike.  The hiking trails are just over 6 miles in length, and are a great way to see the park.  There is also a campground with 29 campsites, 17 of which have electrical hookups.

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Don’t Miss:  The dance hall cave,is the largest cave in the park.  Checking in at over 1000 feet in length, this cave is partially developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and has a paved walkway, along with a lighting system.  For the more adventurous park visitors, be sure to check out the Wye Cave, for some of the best spelunking in Iowa.

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Logistic’s:  Located Northwest of Maquoketa, from Highway 61, take Y31 west till you turn right  onto 98th street, follow the winding road into Maquoketa Caves State Park.

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Best Time:  From Memorial Day to Labor Day the park is pretty busy.  I suggest visiting during a weekday to avoid the crowds.

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Pit Stop:  After all that hiking, your sure to have worked up an appetite.  Swing into Bluff Lake Catfish Pond for a delicious home cooked meal.  This charming restaurant sits on the waters edge, nestled between a dense forest and a beautiful rock bluff.  Time your trip right and you might catch a 25 foot waterfall flowing over the bluff into the lake as you enjoy your meal.

Travel Smart:   You are hiking and spelunking so comfortable shoes are a must.  This is a trip in which you might get a little muddy, so bringing a change of clothing may be a good idea.  In addition to clothing, you will want to pack cool drinking water, bug spray, sunscreen, and most importantly flashlights.

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These Glass-Domed Cabins Let You Watch the Northern Lights in Bed

Travel is still limited, at best, and probably involves a lot more daydreaming than actually traveling at this point. But if you’re a planner, Off the Map Travel has a new escape that might subdue a couple of years of bottled-up wanderlust.

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The trip involves a stay in new glass igloo cabins located in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. They are part of a travel package from Off the Map that includes two different cabins with glass roofs for your northern lights viewing experience. They’re part of the travel company’s “Stars of Scandinavia” experience, which shuttles you around Lapland with plenty of opportunities for stargazing and aurora hunting.

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Not only are the Wau House Igloo cabins stunning, but they’re genuinely useful in trying to catch the bucket list display. “The northern lights are magical, but you never know when they will appear, so we wanted to give our guests the best chance and not miss a second of the action with this new travel experience,” says Founder of Off the Map Travel Jonny Cooper. The outdoor lighting is even red to ensure that stargazers don’t have their night vision negatively impacted.

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The next leg of the experience takes guests south to Rovaniemi and the glass-roofed Lappish Kammi Suites. You’ll also get a feel for the region with husky sledding, a fat bike tour, snowmobile treks, and opportunities to learn about Sami culture in the package. The trip isn’t on the house, though. The six-day, five-night package costs £1795 per person (about $2,078) and does not include flights. It does, however, provide the potential to check something off your bucket list.

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This article was orginally published on Thrillist.com and can be found by clicking here.

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Arizona’s Incredible Adventures

Sedona Pink Jeep Tour

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The Old Copper Queen Mine

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Tucson Bike Tours

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Explore the Boneyard

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Kartchner Caverns

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Experience A Train Robbery

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Grand Canyon Caverns

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Tour The Betatakin Cliff Dwelling

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Antelope Canyon Tour

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Ride The Canyon Coaster

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Bumble Bee Ranch

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Visit Bearizona

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Enjoy A Boat Tour Of Canyon Lake

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Ride Grand Canyon Railway

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Africa Wildlife Park

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Arizona Raft Adventures

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Arizona Zipline Adventures

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Washington’s Incredible Adventures

Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching Boat Tour

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Ride The gondola At Crystal Mountain Resort

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Go Skiing At Crystal Mountain Resort

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AdventureTerra

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Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

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Leavenworth Ziplines

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Bigfoot Adventures Tour Company

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Blue Sky Outfitters

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Idaho’s Incredible Adventures

Go AWOL

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Silver Streak Zipline Tours

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Hells Canyon Adventures

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Ride The Silver Mountain Resort Gondola

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Take A Underground Mine Tour

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Sawtooth Adventure

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Enjoy A Sleigh Ride

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Enjoy A Cave Tour At Craters of the Moon National Monument

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Teton Hang Gliding

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Sun Valley Resort

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Boise Brews Cruise

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Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises

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Valley Of Fire State Park Is A Dream Come True For Hiking Enthusiasts

When it comes to some of the best parks in the world, the western half of the United States usually comes to mind, and rightfully so!  With places like Zion National Park, Yosemite National Park, The Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, and so many others, often times incredible places like Valley Of Fire State Park don’t get the attention they deserve.

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Even while flying under the radar a little for hiking enthusiasts, Valley Of Fire still garners the respect of the travel community.  In May of 2021 Travel + Leisure created a list of the best state parks in every state, and Valley of Fire was selected as the best park in Nevada. You can view that list by clicking here.

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That should come as a surprise to no one, as Valley of Fire really is that special.

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The beautiful topography at the park is made up of stunning fiery red sandstone formations, and is located just 45 miles from the bright lights of Las Vegas!

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The park is a popular destination for hiking, camping, and sightseeing!  But its also a favorite for history buffs.  In fact, The Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest state park.  The Civilian Conservation Corps began work on the land in 1933, with it officially becoming a state park in 1935. The rich history of this park can be traced all the way back to 300 BC.  While the prehistoric people who once inhabited this wonderland are long gone, their legacy remains to this day, with various examples of petroglyphs that can be found within the park.

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If hiking just isn’t your thing, you can still view some of the amazing sights found within the park.  Valley of Fire Road is a 10 mile road the winds its way between the east and west entrances of the park. An official Nevada Scenic Byway, the road is quite possibly one of the most photographed places in the entire state.

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The park is open daily year-round, however Mainstream Adventures recommends planning your visit during the cooler months, as summer temps often exceed 100 degrees.

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This incredible destination is spread out over 46,000 acres of stunning vibrant red rock formations.  Its no wonder Valley of Fire is considered Nevada’s best state park!

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Cooler months are on their way so start planning a visit to experience it for yourself.

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Valley of Fire State Park is located at 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040.  For more information, click here.

Pennsylvania’s Incredible Adventures

Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster 

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Lost River Caverns

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Camelback Mountain

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Penn’s Cave And Wildlife Park

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Treetop Adventures

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Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours

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Red Buffalo Ranch

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Drive a race car at Pocono Raceway

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Whitewater Rafting Adventures

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Adventure Aquarium

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New Jersey’s Incredible Adventures

Pinelands Adventures

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Lakota Wolf Preserve

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Learn How To Sail At The Bayshore Center

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Take A Jet Boat Adventure

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East Coast Parasail

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Tree To Tree Adventure Park

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Delaware River Tubing & Jet Boat Tours

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Legacy Riding Stables

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Louisiana’s Incredible Adventures

Shreveport Aquarium

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Enjoy A Swamp Tour

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Louisiana River Adventures

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Gator Chateau

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Go EPIC

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Zipline Over Gator Infested Waters

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Rent A Boat At Lake Area Adventures

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Visit Global Wildlife

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