5 Outdoor Adventure & Road Trip Getaways
We don't always have a week, or two to go far away, nor do we always have a big travel budget. We realized you can experience just as much fun (and sometimes even more) by finding great getaways that are a short driving distance, or a quick flight. This guide is a curated list of some of America's greatest natural treasures, most of which are explored and documented by the National Park Services (we love you guys), and a few by our own writers and self-proclaimed adventure seekers.
California - Yosemite National Park
Since 1864, this feast for the soul has captivated people across the globe, and chances are you're just a drive away and may have missed it! Learn more about Yosemite. Just over 4 hours from San Francisco, Yosemite is sure to bring out the adventurer in you. Lodging is available just 20 minutes to the park.
Colorado - Black Canyon Of The Gunnison, CO.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky to perfection.
Oklahoma - Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Water in the form of streams, lakes and springs is the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Relax in the coolness of shaded streams or take a dip in a swimming hole. Little Niagara and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Veterans Lake calls anglers to test their skills. Lake of the Arbuckles provides excellent opportunities for motorboating, skiing, fishing, and swimming. We also spotted plenty of deer and even caught glimpse of the bison.
Montana / Wyoming - Yellowstone National Park
On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. Yellowstone’s abundant and diverse wildlife are as famous as its geysers, with nearly 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish, five species of amphibians, six species of reptiles, and 67 species of mammals roaming the park.
Maine - Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats with high biodiversity, clean air and water, and a rich cultural heritage. Each year, more than 3.3 million people explore seven peaks above 1,000 feet, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads with 16 stone bridges.
📍Always friendly advice from our team📍
With July 4th around the corner, these destinations can be very tempting. However, you may want to consider a more low-key July 4th, and save these destinations for other less holiday-based times. Parks can be overwhelmingly crowded, causing long lines and deep frustrations. These trips are supposed to be relaxing and not a source of stress. So, we advise finding alternative weekends to hit up some of our most beloved parks.
If you can't resist, do some homework first. Visit the park's website, call them and get estimates on delays, cost of entrance, park hours and other time-savers to help you better plan your awesome vacation.
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