Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915, and is one of the most popular national parks in America. In 2016 alone, 4,517,585 people visited the park. Visitors are drawn in by the mountains, the tundra, and the wildlife.
Located an hour and twenty minutes south of Denver, in Colorado Springs, are enormous natural rock formations known as the Garden of the Gods.
Many people haven't heard of Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, Colorado. But don't mistake its secrecy for unimportance. These clay hoodoos and spires, which were once the source of Native American pottery, will take your breath away.
This hike is not for the faint of heart! I set off to find a waterfall, which I did. But what I did not expect was the rise in elevation, the switchbacks, and the seemingly never-ending trail. 13.3 miles and 3,800 calories burned later (thanks FitBit!) I felt accomplished, exhausted and ready to sleep for twelve hours.
Staunton State park is almost 4,000 acres of beautiful land with hiking and cycling trails that wind around ponds, large rock outcroppings, wooded mountain sides, and even a waterfall.
If there's one place in the UP that you need to go, it's to Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
Here are 10 reasons why you should make this your next vacation.