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When you think of a bucket list destination, you probably think of a dozen foreign locales thousands of miles away from the US, water bungalows, safaris, wine trips surrounded by Cypress. But there are plenty of incredible destinations here on U.S. soil, and we dug deep to find some unexpected but highly deserving places to add to the top of your bucket list. So, the next time you need a super-memorable vacation, put away your passport and consider one of these amazing American destinations.
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You’re right: you don’t have to go to Finland or Norway to see this incredible natural phenomenon. You just have to cross your fingers that you during your trip Fairbanks, Alaska Try right and go between August and April when there is darkness and hope Mother Nature is by your side. When you’re not chasing after the Aurora Borealis, you can take a dog sled tour with several local adventure companies and then warm up in a natural hot spring.
Stay: Hyatt Place Fairbanks
You will feel transported over a beautiful past Mackinac Island In northern Michigan. In the off-season, there are about 400 inhabitants, but this number swells during the summer holidays. Machinac is charming, pleasant, and slow, and no motor vehicle is allowed. Instead, you can travel by horse-drawn carriage and bike. Don’t miss a hike around Arch Rock in McKinsey State Park, a brick of Joan’s (there is a full festival dedicated to the staff here every August and a walk on Main Street. You are bound to feel the recharge while visiting.)
Stay: Lake View Hotel
It is one of the most secluded places in the continental United States so don’t expect to see many other tourists. In fact, residents have been living here for about 12 years Zarbiz, Nevada. For some, that’s reason enough to visit. The nature here is virtually obscure which means you are bound to see some wonderful sights. Go out on the road, fish for trout in the Zarbiz River, or plan a day drive on the Rubis Route. Walk down the dirt road through the middle of this old mining town and you’ll find two saloons, a trading post, a gas station and a post office.
Stay: West Star Hotel
More than 75% Glacier National Park Primitive Desert – a huge feat considering the huge spread of man-made goods and technology nowadays. Drive the 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, the only way to cross the entire park, and see incredible sights like Lake McDonald’s and the Trail of the Cedar among others. The Rocky Mountains are just as glorious as they say and the park is so big (despite having 3 million visitors a year) you will feel one with nature. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, stunning drives, and lots of wildlife. Montana We’re here!
Stay: Grouse Mountain Lodge
Sounds weird but listen to us … on Kalaupapa Island Molokai One of the most remote places in Hawaii and said to have some of the best sunsets in the whole state. Long ago, lepers were segregated and detained by law here, giving this beautiful place a sad but fascinating history. Estimates say the colony grew to about 8,000 people at its height. There are hiking and biking trails around the former colony that offer stunning views of the Hawaiian coastline but you can only go with a guided tour conducted by Damien Tour LLC. Note: Park access is currently restricted; See the National Park site for the latest information.
Stay: Find hotels near Kalaupapa here
If you ever feel like you have escaped to a remote island, Dried Tortugas National Park Maybe for you. Located about 70 miles west of Key West, the island chain consists of about 100-square miles and consists of 7 small islands, and Fort Jefferson, one of the largest castles of the 19th century in the United States, has amazing snorkeling. Area, lots of history to keep wet, and lots of wildlife to spot. The park is only accessible by ferry or seaplane (try Seaplane Adventure), so be sure to book in advance. They offer full and half day tours.
Stay: The edge of the ocean
Tagged: Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Key West, Michigan, Midwest, National Parks
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