|Amazing cliffs and rocks of Zion National Park|
If you want a road trip that covers a large number
of U.S. national parks, head to southern Utah. The scenery is magnificent, and
you can visit several parks in a week or less—depending on how much activity
you choose to indulge in at each one.
|Hiking in Zion NP|
Hike among the brilliant red rocks and cliffs of
Zion (don’t miss traipsing The Narrows), and marvel at the other-worldly appearance of
hoodoos in Bryce National Park. Head towards the quirky outdoors town of Moab,
a base from which to explore Arches and Canyonlands National
|Incredible hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park|
Don’t miss Delicate Arch, Utah’s most recognizable arch, and the deep, craggy
canyons before heading to see incredible sights at Capital Reef National Park and Escalante
Staircase National Monument. It’s one of the most amazing road trips we have
|Hike up slabs of limestone to reach Delicate Arch.|
|Hundreds of waterfalls along|
the coast of Norway.
Sure, you know that Norway is the land of fjords and
waterfalls. In fact, the beauty of nature is such a draw that the government
has established 18 National Tourist Routes to showcase the best areas of the
country. Whether you love mountains or valleys, there’s a route for every
visitor through country towns and some of the most breathtaking scenery on the
planet. If you go during summer, you’ll have extra hours of daylight (and maybe
stay up all night to see the Midnight Sun) to drive and photograph
unforgettable sights. Don’t forget your camera when exploring coastal towns and regions of this elongated country.
One of the most highly desired destinations for
today’s travelers is Iceland, and I discovered why during last
summer's visit. The country features scenery unlike anywhere else--geysers shooting up from desert-like landscapes, lush, green valleys, and ice-covered mountains.
|Amazingly beautiful landscapes in Iceland attract visitors.|
Stretching my legs to straddle two tectonic plates, walking on black sand
beaches, trekking inside an ice cave as well as on top of a glacier, soaking in
hot spring water, and feeling the spray of waterfalls are just a few of the
adventures we had in this picturesque land. Remote northern towns had some of
the friendliest people who were delighted to share their culture and
customs—not to mention plenty of food—with visitors.
A winding road on the northwest coast of Maui,
Hawaii, the road to Hana is 64.5 miles of hairpin curves, narrow passes, and one-lane
bridges. But it also wows you with bountiful gardens, myriad waterfalls, and some of the most stunning ocean views you’ll ever
|It's dark and chilly walking inside a glacier.|
The road starts in Kahului and
slowly follows Hwys 36 and 360 to the remote town of Hana, but it’s the journey
to get there that is the main attraction. With mountains on one side and cliffs
on the other, you’ll want to make this all-day road trip more than once. Stop for
banana bread at the half-way point and have a picnic after exploring rocks and
boulders along the black sand beach.
|Green of every shade is common along the road to Hana in Maui.|
Icefields Parkway is one of the most beautiful
drives in North America. It links Banff and Jasper National Parks, two of the
most popular destinations in British Columbia. Start the drive by admiring sparkling reflections at
Herbert Lake, and continue on to more
lakes, waterfalls, and massive ice fields. Be sure to stop often at pull-out points, and add a tour to walk on a glacier to your itinerary. Allow plenty of time
for this drive as the scenery is magnificent, and you’ll probably want to explore
sites along the way.
|Sunny days mean gorgeous reflections in many lakes of Canada.|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
|Walking on a glacier requires care not to step in a fissure with icy water.|
I've done Zion and Hana. I would add Route 66 to the list. I love some of the retro buildings, signs and artwork along the way. Not to mention some fantastic food! Hope you are happy and healthy young lady!
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