We all need to get away sometimes, don’t we? We all need peace and quiet and serenity in our holidays. Beaches and city breaks are all very nice, but a vacation where nobody disturbs us, where nobody can reach us…. that is something to dream about.
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- Olympic National Park, Washington State.
A park for walkers, you can walk a short two and a half miles to Olympic Hot Springs, or, if you want a longer trek, the Hoh River Trail on the park’s west end climbs 17.4 miles from the Hoh rainforest to alpine wildflowers at Glacier Meadows. The best food is available at Granny’s Café and the Next Door Gastropub.
- Everglade National Park, Florida.
The best time to visit is in the dry season, because during this time there is less rain and fewer mosquitos. Wildlife is also easier to see, with alligators, manatees and sea turtles being among the most common sightings.
- Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.
The park is best seen by boat. You can take an overnight sea-kayaking tour (including a three-hour boat ride to Aialik Bay), where you’ll see whales, sea otters, sea lions and puffins. If you aren’t in the mood for that much physical activity, nab one of the cabins at Kenia Fjords Glacier Lodge.
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
This one really needs no explanation: it’s beautiful! Visit the hot springs and geysers, or simply take a trek through the extensive woodlands that are in the park. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the leaves are changing colour.
- Gunnison National Park, Colorado.
Most people only make it to the lip of the Black canyon, since the trek down often requires climbing skills, but it is a wonderful climb to make. For anybody preferring a less death-defying time, hike the two-mile Oak Flat Trail, which dips 400 feet into the gorge on a well-maintained section, or walk the three-quarters of a mile out to Warner Point, the park’s highest spot.
- Yosemite National Park, California.
Yosemite needs to be seen, much like Yellowstone. Also like Yellowstone, the best time to go is either in autumn, or in spring, in order to avoid crowds. The heights and cliffs and waterfalls are the main attractions here, but there are wonderful walks to be had as well.
- Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Canyons carved by two major rivers have created a surreal landscape which is utterly compelling for walkers and sailors alike. Beginners to the park can hike any part of the plotted 150 miles of new trail, 90 of which have been built up—like Hymasa, Captain Ahab, and the Magnificent 7 system. The Porcupine Rim Trail will also serve up everything you can handle. Rim Tours offers guided rides with shuttles. For good food, try the Love Muffin Café and the Desert Bistro.
- Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota.
Thirty lakes and around a thousand islands makes this park especially good for a canoe or kayak excursion. Walkers don’t need to feel left out though – they can explore the shoreline which stretches for several hundred miles, and travels through beautiful forest.
- Acadia National Park, Maine.
Here is a place for climbing sea cliffs, or hiking in the rugged landscape of the south west coast. Offering a variety of activities, Acadia national park is best visited in the autumn, to see the full beauty of the landscape.
- Glacier National Park, Montana.
Glaciers are amazing sights; I think we can all agree. In Montana, go and see them up close, either by water or land. Polebridge Mercantile and Bakery has provided both food and accommodation to visitors for over one hundred years.