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I’ve seen wild bears a few times in my life. When I was a kid growing up in central Pennsylvania, bears would sometimes wander into town from the surrounding Appalachian mountains in search of food. Most recently, I stumbled upon one in someone’s front yard in Asheville, North Carolina. While bears are incredible creatures, encounters aren’t generally desirable. Bear safety is as much a human problem as a bear problem.
Whether you’re looking for a winter wonderland or a warm escape, these are best places to visit in winter in the US! Snow-capped mountains, cozy chalets and secluded beaches are all accessible year-round but especially enjoyable during the colder months. Wherever you’re headed, but sure to plan for the weather in your dream winter destination.
Not many national parks can say they offer a stroll along the belly of an 800-foot tall bridge as one of their main attractions, but New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia can. Whether you’re testing your wits with a clipped-in adventure on the catwalk of the New River Gorge Bridge or paddling the raging rapids of the New River below, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime in New River Gorge National Park.
America’s wine regions double as both culinary adventures and unforgettable road trips! Travel from one to the other for an epic cross-country road trip or spend a long weekend getting to know a single area. Appreciate both America’s agricultural offerings and epic scenery during a wine region road trip.
The national monuments in the West help preserve Indigenous heritage, coastal ecosystems, the prehistoric past, and other sites of historical and cultural significance. From fossils and fjords to craters and cliff dwellings, you can see many beautiful places and learn incredible history at the national monuments in the western United States.
Autumn in Colorado is a truly magical time of year. The air is crisp, opportunities to enjoy a warm beverage are plentiful (pumpkin spice latte, anyone?) and the changing aspen leaves dancing in the treetops and swirling through the air are breathtaking. We’ve put together a list of our favorite spots to enjoy fall colors in Colorado for you – happy leaf peeping!
Marine wildlife watching is an underrate national park activity. The impressive mountain ranges get all the attention, but the rich coastal waters of America’s seashores and oceanic national parks are full of wildlife that can be safely and responsibly observed year-round.
You may already know US national parks have a pretty rich history. But like a lot of history, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Some national parks were not welcomed with open arms, a few barely made the cut at all, and many vulnerable communities were affected in the process. Nonetheless, 63 national parks exist today. The disagreements and hardships that occurred over America’s lush terrain were certainly not pretty but a complicated topic we must explore.
Stargazing is one of those underrated, often forgotten outdoor activities. In a world where extreme sports like skydiving and white water rafting get all the attention, we overlook the simple act of observing the incredible wonders of the world around us. Night skies educate us about our solar system while providing a dazzling display of wondrous light. The best places to stargaze in the US strike the perfect balance of serenity and spectacle, perfect for family bonding time, romantic outings or moments of self reflection.