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This Little Known National Park Is One Of Utah’s Best Kept Secrets.

For a state with five incredible National Parks, its easy to see how one might get a little bit overlooked.  Especially when the other four are, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, and Canyonlands National Park.  But just because its not as well known as some of the others, doesn’t mean its any less special.

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In a state where two-thirds of the land is federally owned, it can be rather hard for a natural area to stand out, however Capitol Reef National Park, is one of my personal favorites, and the smaller crowds make it even more enjoyable.

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This beautiful park is located right in the middle of canyon country, and features some of the most amazing views in the west.

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In this day and age its not uncommon that parks feel more and more like an amusement park.  With long lines, congested trails and crowded parking lots.  At Capitol Reef its likely you will have large parts of the park all to yourself.

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The park is a great location, for canyoneering! Some of the best routes in the park are The 5 Wives, Stegosaur Slot, and Cassidy Arch.

Capitol Reef is also a great place for hiking, there are fifteen day hiking trails with trailheads located along Utah Highway 24 and the Scenic Drive.  Round trip distances vary in length from less than 0.25 miles to 10 miles.  These trails offer the hiker a wide variety of options, from easy strolls over level ground to strenuous hikes involving steep climbs over uneven terrain near cliff edges. Hikes may take you deep into a narrow gorge, to the top of high cliffs for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area, under a natural stone arch, to historic inscriptions… and much, much more!

If your looking for a longer adventure, backcountry hiking is a great way to experience the park.  Capitol Reef offers many hiking options for serious backpackers and those who enjoy exploring remote areas. Marked hiking routes lead into narrow, twisting gorges, slot canyons, and to spectacular viewpoints high atop the Waterpocket Fold. Popular backcountry hikes in the southern section of the park include Upper and Lower Muley Twist Canyons and Halls Creek. Backcountry hiking opportunities also exist in the Cathedral Valley area and near Fruita…the possibilities are endless! A backcountry permit is required for camping outside of established campgrounds. The permit is free and can be obtained in person at the visitor center during normal business hours.

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This Fantastic Park Has One Of The Midwest’s Most Stunning Waterfalls

The Outbound-Gooseberry Falls is one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks due to its easy access to several scenic waterfalls!

Gooseberry Falls State Park is the first State Park you hit traveling up the North Shore after leaving Duluth. Located 13 miles north of Two Harbors on Highway 61, Gooseberry Falls State Park a quick turn off of the highway which is very well marked with signs. Follow signs for Falls parking.

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You can stop by the Visitor’s Center to pick up a map of the park, visit some of the exhibits they have, or attend some of the naturalists programs they offer. After heading out, follow the signs for the Middle/Lower falls. It is about .3 miles to the popular Middle Falls. The path is paved the entire way and is wheelchair accessible.

Once you reach the falls, there is plenty to explore. The water level of the falls varies frequently, but if it is low enough, it is easy to walk through the shallow water and over the rocks to get close to the base of the falls. You can follow stairs to descend further along the river to see the lower falls. Alternatively, you can continue climbing the stairs and follow a path for about .3 miles to reach the Upper Falls. The short traveling distance is attractive to the many tourists that make Gooseberry Falls their first stop along the North Shore.

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During the summer months, Gooseberry is very crowded as it is known as the “gateway to the North Shore.” To avoid crowds, try to get to the park during the earlier morning hours. Visiting during other seasons can also help avoid the large crowds and provide a nice change in scenery. The falls freeze over in the winter, but if you explore during these times be aware that the river ice is never completely safe. There is also a 2 mile round-trip hike to the park’s Fifth Falls that is often less crowded.

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The Minnesota Legislature authorized preservation of the area around Gooseberry Falls in 1933, and the area was officially designated a State Park in 1937.  In 1996, the Joseph N. Alexander visitor center was built, providing space for interpretive displays, a cinema screening room, and a gift shop. The visitor center hosts public events including nature, wildlife, astronomy, and music programs.

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This park provides 70 non-electric camping sites that are available year-round. There are 18 miles of hiking trails, including 8 miles of mountain bike trails. The trails connect to the Superior Hiking Trail. There are popular picnic and swimming spots found throughout the park.

The park is also home to a wide variety of animals, including white tailed deer, lynx, black bear, and timber wolf.  The lakes are also a popular fishing destination, with a large population salmon and trout.  Bird watchers will enjoy a variety of conifer-dependent birds, as well as ravens, and herring gulls.

This article was written by Allison Herreid, and the original article can be viewed by clicking here.

You and 5 friends can rent a private island in Florida for a week for about $50 a night Located just off of mainland Florida, East Sister Rock Island houses a secluded villa that travelers can rent.

Although the property usually costs upwards of $9,500 to rent for a week, is offering a deal that knocks the price to $2,000 (plus tax) for one group of six.

The first-come, first-served deal comes to about $300 per night, or just under $50 per person, and it includes a private chef who will prepare a Thanksgiving dinner.

Located just off of the Florida coast, a remote island is being temporarily dubbed “Friendsgiving Island,” a socially distanced getaway in a tropical paradise.

Although a single night on this island would normally cost upwards of $1,350, is offering a deal where one lucky group of travelers can snag the whole place for a week (November 14 to November 21) – plus Thanksgiving dinner cooked by a professional chef – for $2,000 total, plus tax.

For six people, that’s about $50 per night. The deal is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will become available for booking starting October 27 at 10 a.m EST.

And although only one group is going to spend their Thanksgiving week in this remote paradise, the island is available to book year-round.

The small, private island is located just off of Marathon, Florida.

East Sister Rock Island, as it’s actually named, is a quarter-mile from the shore of Marathon, Florida.

Located in the Florida Keys, Marathon is known for its great fishing spots and large coral reefs that visitors can see up close by embarking on a snorkeling tour. 

Guests can arrive via boat or helicopter.

The island is surrounded by blue water.

The property is surrounded by a moat, and houses a dock and helipad. A personal boat service is provided for guests to access the island.

The 5,000 square-foot home sleeps six and has ocean views.

The house’s wraparound veranda gives visitors a 360-degree view of the surrounding ocean.

Guests of the three-bed, two-bath home can fall asleep to the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean.

The living area is spacious, with several dining areas.

The fully-equipped kitchen and living room areas have an open floor plan, with a breakfast counter, dining table, fireplace, satellite TV, and couch.

There’s also an outdoor dining area where travelers can enjoy their meals al fresco.

The wraparound deck also has a full-sized pool table and a range of lounge chairs.

The island also has plenty of outdoor activities and a pool.

Visitors who want to enjoy the outdoors will also be given a kayak and paddleboards. According to the island’s website, visitors can book kiteboarding lessons or view nearby coral reefs by boat. 

The island also has a pool for those who prefer man-made waters, plus lounge chairs for sunbathing and sunset-watching.

Typically, the island costs a minimum of $9,500 per week to rent.

Guests with larger groups also rent out the guest cottage on the island for an additional $3,250 per week. The guest cottage has two beds, a couch bed, and a bathroom.

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This article was first published at by Ariana DiValentino. The original article can be found by clicking here.


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The Adventure Of A Lifetime Can Be Found At This One Incredible National Park!

One of California’s most formidable natural landscapes, Yosemite National Park features nearly 1,200 square miles of sheer awe: towering waterfalls, millennia-old Sequoia trees, striking, daunting cliff faces and some of the most unique rock formations in the United States. But despite its enormous size, most of the tourist activity takes place within the 8-square-mile area of Yosemite Valley. Here you’ll find the park’s most famous landmarks – Half Dome and El Capitan – as well as excellent hiking trails through the natural monuments. Even inexperienced hikers can enjoy Yosemite: Guided tours and climbing lessons are available from local adventure outfitters. Just don’t expect to experience it by yourself. Like so many other American tourist destinations, crowds are the biggest obstacles to an enjoyable Yosemite vacation – approximately 4 million people visit each year. But if you go at the right time (and start your day a little earlier than usual), Mother Nature’s wonders will reveal themselves to you in a miraculous and serene way.

Yosemite is filled to the brim with natural wonders worth writing home about. Travel experts and visitors agree that your to-do list must include the following: Half Dome, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Hikers, follow the masses along the John Muir Trail and the Mist Trail, but also escape and make the trek to Tuolumne Meadows, an area which features a treasure trove of under-visited trails. After a long day of hiking, climbing or skiing, adventurers can put their feet up and grab a bite in Yosemite Valley, where you’ll find the bulk of the park’s amenities and accommodations.

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The best times to visit Yosemite are May and September, when the park is accessible but not too crowded. It’s important to know that many roads and trails in Yosemite are closed for the majority of the year due to snow. Snow can come as early as October and arrives in full force in November, typically remaining until March. But just because the snowstorms stop in March doesn’t necessarily mean closed parts of the park suddenly swing their doors open. Depending on conditions, all seasonally closed roads and trails don’t open till May or June.

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Seasonal park closures are precisely why so many travelers visit during the summer months, making it the park’s busiest time of year (think packed trails, road traffic, sky-high hotel rates and more). To avoid this, the best time to visit is before or after the summer crowds come, which is typically late May and September. Late May and early June is the best time to view waterfalls, roaring from freshly melted snow, and September offers cooler temperatures ideal for hiking (summer temps can reach the 80s). If the only time you can visit is during the summer, be sure to book several months in advance. Campsites are known to reach capacity the moment they become available for booking. If you’re looking for a bargain on accommodations, winter is the best time to visit Yosemite.

Covering an area of more than 750,000 acres, Yosemite National Park is abundant evidence of some of Mother Nature’s best work. Despite its enormous size, the majority of Yosemite’s 4 million annual visitors confine themselves within the Yosemite Valley, which comprises only 8 square miles of the park. The reason for this is because Yosemite Valley offers some of the park’s most spectacular sights, though don’t be afraid to do your own exploring to the north and south: Yosemite’s other “neighborhoods” also offer spectacular and unforgettable outdoor experiences that are well worth the detour.

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Many travelers begin and end their visit in Yosemite Valley; because the area offers plenty to see and experience, visitors seldom travel beyond the valley’s confines. If you start in Yosemite Valley, plan your day at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center to find out the best places you can view the park’s iconic natural structures. These include Yosemite Falls; the towering granite monolith, Half Dome; and the vertical rock formation, El Capitan. Popular hiking trails that travel through Yosemite Valley include the John Muir Trail, which offers excellent views of the park’s granite peaks; and the Four-Mile Trail to Glacier Point, offering spectacular views of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and the Merced River. The Mist Trail also offers connections to Half Dome, from which you can scale steel cables to climb to the rock’s summit, one of the most challenging hikes in the park.

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The northwestern section of Yosemite, known as Tuolumne Meadows, is less popular than Yosemite Valley but offers equally stunning sights and – a major incentive for travelers  fewer crowds. The area boasts several views of formidable Yosemite mountain landmarks, including the Cathedral Mountain Range, Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake and Olmsted Point, the latter two which can be found right along the scenic Tioga Road. In addition to campsites, there is a lodge, restaurant, a wilderness center and visitor center.

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Hetch Hetchy is a controversial side of the park. Located on the northwest side of Yosemite, Hetch Hetchy features the O’Shaughnessy Dam, which today supplies drinking water to 2.4 million Bay Area residents. Back in the day, this dam was fiercely opposed by the famous turn-of-the-century environmentalist, John Muir, and today, it still manages to ruffle some feathers, if not draw some shock from visitors over its presence. In addition to the infamous reservoir, you’ll find campgrounds and hiking trails including popular journeys, such as Wapama Falls, a sight to see during waterfall season in the spring. Crane Flat, which is directly south of Hetch Hetchy, is where you’ll find two of the park’s three sequoia groves, Merced and Tuolumne Groves.

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If you’re wanting to learn more about Yosemite’s history, a visit to Wawona will certainly satiate. Native Americans used to call this area of the park home, then in the late 1800s, Wawona developed into a thriving community that later served as the primary access for those visiting Yosemite. Today, you can get a taste of the past at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, which features exhibits, as well as seasonal tours and demonstrations. Also in Wawona, you’ll find Mariposa Grove, which is filled with giant sequoias that are thousands of years old.

Mariposa Grove

Looking for lodging?  There are countless lodging options, near Yosemite Valley.  You have your choice of hotels, motels, campsites, lodges, and cabin rentals.  All of which offer a wide variety of amenities.  My favorite in the area is Evergreen Lodge in Groveland Califorina.  More information can be found by clicking here.

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Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina

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Betsy’s Cabins at Mt. Rainier

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