Best natural places to visit

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    Just got back from a National Park I've never been to. I was surprised I'd never heard of it before. That makes me wonder what have been places you recommend visiting? If you have any specific recommendations (hikes, climbing routes, campgrounds, etc).
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:47 PM GMT
    I love camping. I've been to Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Sedona, etc, and they are all beautiful.
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    Sep 06, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    Obviously Grand canyon
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    Sep 06, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    The two most beautiful spots on the planet are Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland and Kho Phi Phi Leh, Thailand(of those I've seen).
  • Dante_milano

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    Sep 06, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    Thailand, Brazil
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    Sep 06, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    El Yunque National Forest.

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    Sep 06, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    Torres del Paine, chile
  • Bigolbear

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    Sep 06, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    Waimea Falls in Hawaii:

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    Sep 06, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    Bigolbear saidWaimea Falls in Hawaii:

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    I would like to think so too!!
  • mke_bt

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    Sep 07, 2011 2:13 AM GMT

    One of the most amazing, undiscovered and under-rated places I've been to is Blanchard Spring Caverns in Arkansas. The formations are stunning and blow away any of the better known caverns in the U.S.
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    Sep 07, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Yosemite was....amazing!!!
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    Sep 07, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    A little different than the other posts but I definitely recommend going to the Southernmost Point of Key West. You'll be in the Southernmost point of the U.S. Also catch a sunset at Zero Duval and catch that famous flash of green.

    Other than the Big Island of Hawaii, I've never been to a place where I feel as instantly relaxed as when visiting Key West.
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    Sep 07, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    AZ's spectacular. She is 1/3 Nat'l Parks, Monuments and Forests. Another 1/3 is American Indian Reservation land. An additional ~22 % is state land.

    US 60 (Tonto Nat'l Forest) between Superior and Miami, AZ, is prime rappelling/rock climbing territory. The Sky Islands of the southeastern quadrant provide changing flora and fauna w/ elevation changes. One less visited area is the Pinal Mtns of the Globe-Miami area.

    Permits r required 4 overnight stays. All Reservations require hiking, camping, fishing, hunting permits. The Salt River Canyon (US 60-70) is a thrilling drive leading 2 eastern AZ's White Mtns. Hiking, swimming and fishing in the summers; cross country and downhill skiing in the winters.

    A less visited side canyon of the Grand Canyon is Havasupai (see the top pic of sxydrkhair's entry). Known 4 its turquoise colored pools, if ur there during the summer rains, the canyon arrays herself in a multitude of waterfalls.

    I could go on and on...but i'll let others highlight their faves.

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    Sep 07, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    sashaman saidA little different than the other posts but I definitely recommend going to the Southernmost Point of Key West. You'll be in the Southernmost point of the U.S. Also catch a sunset at Zero Duval and catch that famous flash of green.

    Other than the Big Island of Hawaii, I've never been to a place where I feel as instantly relaxed as when visiting Key West.


    Good choice and you have the next best thing not far from you.

    Stand out at the beach behind the Sheraton Sand Key with everyone else to watch the sun go down and applaud as it sets into the Gulf! I have seen that and it's neat.
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    Sep 09, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    china
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    Sep 09, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    Michigan is littered with such places....Mackinac Island is def the most unique with the horses everywhere.

    I would kill to go to Denali...
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    Sep 09, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    Semuc Champey Guatemala
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    Sep 09, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    sashaman saidA little different than the other posts but I definitely recommend going to the Southernmost Point of Key West. You'll be in the Southernmost point of the U.S. .


    Technically, it'd be the southernmost point of the contiguous U.S. states; the southernmost point is in Hawaii.

    As far as national parks, Acadia, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Bryce, and Banff (CA) are personal favorites. I've also loved Olympic, Arches (NM), and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Outside the U.S. and Canada, if you ever get to go to Taiwan, check out Taroko Gorge. It's a multi-day trip if you want to appreciate it (or at least an overnight).

    I very badly want to go to New Zealand, Antarctica, and Iceland.
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    Sep 09, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    EliStark said
    sashaman saidA little different than the other posts but I definitely recommend going to the Southernmost Point of Key West. You'll be in the Southernmost point of the U.S. .


    Technically, it'd be the southernmost point of the contiguous U.S. states; the southernmost point is in Hawaii.

    As far as national parks, Acadia, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Bryce, and Banff (CA) are personal favorites. I've also loved Olympic, Arches (NM), and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Outside the U.S. and Canada, if you ever get to go to Taiwan, check out Taroko Gorge. It's a multi-day trip if you want to appreciate it (or at least an overnight).

    I very badly want to go to New Zealand, Antarctica, and Iceland.


    The Blue Ridge Parkway is sooooooo beautiful and extremely fun to drive on. I got a huge adrenaline rush while I was driving around the curves. I love it!
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    Sep 09, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    I absolutely love the central California coast, particularly Los Padres National Park. Everywhere you turn there is something different and amazing-- forest, seashore, sheer cliffs, windswept vistas, and waterfalls.
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    Sep 09, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    BH_nexus saidTorres del Paine, chile


    I agree ;)
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    Sep 09, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I took this last spring break: 4qlu0w.jpg