For a look at some of California’s most dramatic stretches of coastline, take an exhilarating drive along California Highway 1, also commonly referred to as the Pacific Coast Highway (or even just “PCH”). Repeatedly rated one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway runs between San Francisco and San Diego.
The remote Shark Valley in Everglades National Park is a fantastic place to explore while visiting south Florida. Like many other National Parks and Everglades itself, there are several opportunities for walking and hiking in Shark Valley. However, what makes this part of the park unique, are the additional activities offered: a tram tour or a bike ride around a 15-mile loop that includes a 45-foot observation tower overlooking the surrounding landscape.
When most people think of Shenandoah National Park, they think of the infamous Skyline Drive. While that is certainly the most accessible and well-known part of the park, the real beauty is found when hiking in Shenandoah National Park. Though the park boundaries rarely veer far from Skyline Drive and the park is quite small, the number of great hikes in Shenandoah National Park is simply astounding. In fact, it’s hard to sort through them all and pick the best hikes in Shenandoah National Park.
Paulina Falls is a terrific short hike, located just south of Bend, OR in the little-known Newberry National Volcanic Monument. While this “hike” is more of an easy stroll, the reward for the effort is fantastic.
The trail is less than half-mile in total (round-trip) with several options, including one with little elevation gain that heads to the top of the Paulina Falls. You can also head down to the bottom of Paulina Falls for a different perspective (with some elevation change). Additionally, you can make Paulina Falls part of a much longer hike (see the “Paulina Creek Falls Trail” information below).
The Bumpass Hell Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the most popular, family-friendly trails in the park. Traversing alongside a mountain before heading into the forest, the trail enters a fantastic area of geothermal features that is so colorful and active that you simply won’t believe your eyes. It is also the largest hydrothermal area in the park.