If you're looking for a few American destinations with natural beauty and little to no tourist crowds this Earth Day, have we got five great suggestions for you.
While the primary reason for Earth Day (April 22) is to celebrate our planet and hopefully give it a little boost, it's also a great time to think about when you are going to make your next vacation. Believe it or not, you do not have to travel internationally to experience incredible sights. That's why we are very excited to present our top 5 list of hidden gem destinations in the US that show how beautiful our planet really is.
1. Dry Tortugas National Park - Florida
Dry Tortugas National Park lies just shy of 70 miles west of Key West. This 100-square mile park contains seven small islands with mostly open water. You'll feel like you're in the Bahamas with Dry Tortugas' gorgeous blue water, colorful coral reefs, and extensive marine and bird life. Only accessible by seaplane or boat, this is a hidden gem indeed.
2. Bonneville Salt Flats - Utah
Bonneville Salt Flats can be found in Northwestern Utah and consist of a densely packed salt pan. These salt flats were formed when the water evaporated from when Lake Bonneville dried up. Bonneville Salt Flats are the largest of many that are located west of the Great Salt Lake.
3. The Narrows - Zion National Park - Utah
The Narrows is one of the world's best slot-canyon hikes and is the most popular hike in Zion National Park, and we can see why. Whether you're a beginning-level hiker, or very experienced, this fun hike is suited for everyone's level. In some areas, you must swim or wade through the Virgin River, so plan on getting wet! Our tip: visit during the summer months, because the cool river water will make for a nice refresher during your hike.
4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Michigan
With nearly 100 miles of trails, Pictured Rocks offers cliffs, woodlands, and beaches to explore. There is beauty in every season; wildflowers in the spring, sunshine in the summer, gorgeous autumn colored foliage in the fall, and serene snow days in the winter.
5. Fly Geyser - Nevada
Situated about 20 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada, the Fly Ranch Geyser is truly a sight to see. Easily visible from the road, the bursts of hot water can be seen from many miles away. With constant sprays, the geyser deposits minerals, which grow vibrant-colored algae around the rocks surrounding it.
If you are interested in experiencing these hidden gems, then you should definitely work them into your travel plans. Earth Day is a great time to check out these five destinations in the US. After all, our planet is beautiful and filled with countless wonders! So, get that hiking gear ready, post a quick selfie to Instagram, and start packing. Where do you feel like getting away this Earth Day?