Ever feel restless like you just need to get outside and explore? You’re not alone. Exploring a new environment and taking in the wonders of nature can ground us and leave us feeling refreshed and recharged after our trip. Here are some of our favorite places to travel to and explore. If you come across spots you haven’t seen yet, perhaps it’s time get your wander on…

 

Grand Canyon: This vast canyon, which overlooks the Colorado river, is 277 miles long, nearly to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.[1] The canyon is visited by over a million people each year, making it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The breathtaking views and stunning cliffs make this a sight not be missed.

 

Yosemite: Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.[1]  It’s often visited for its waterfalls and ancient giant sequoia trees, some of which can be up to 3000 years old![3] Be sure to visit the Yosemite Village where you’ll find shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery of photos from the area.

 

Sedona: Sedona is an Arizona desert with gorgeous red rocks, steep canyons, and pine forests. Visitors enjoy its mild climate and thriving arts community. Uptown Sedona features shops, spas, and galleries. On the outskirts of town is Red Rock State Park where you can hike, bird watch, and picnic.

 

Big Sur: Considered the longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the United States, Big Sur includes both rugged mountains and gorgeous ocean views.[4] Big Sur’s Cone Peak at 5,155 feet is just 3 miles from the ocean. There are multiple beaches to explore as well as camping sites.

 

Martha’s Vineyard: This island in Massachusetts is just south of Cape Cod. Only accessible by boat or air, the island features beaches, lighthouses, and farmland. A favorite travel destination for the Obamas, Martha’s Vineyard offers tons of great vacation activities like street fairs, farmer’s markets, fireworks, spas, and more.

 

Fire Island: Located off the southern shore of Long Island, Fire Island is a small island primarily accessible by ferry. This unique place has very few cars and residents and visitors travel mostly by bike. Enjoy the beautiful beaches or go hiking along nature trails. Ocean Beach, a popular destination, has a collection of restaurants and shops.

 

Wherever your travels take you, we hope you return home feeling amazing!

 

[1] https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

[2] https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

[3] https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/sequoia-research.htm

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur