This beautiful park is across the bay from Seattle in Washington on the Pacific Coast. It's a magical place that everyone should put on their trip list. Its varying landscapes...
... are utterly lovely. You've got unspoiled coastline for miles, some with sand and some with huge rocks and boulders and cool tide pools. Inland there are old-growth forests with massive trees. And the Olympic Mountain Range is beautiful too, even with only moderate elevation (around 8000 feet).
Temperate rainforests are also scattered around this park. These are rainforests that aren't tropical, of course, but equally full of a huge variety of ecological treasures. These rainforests sometimes receive up to 150 inches of rain each year, making them the places with the heaviest rainfall in America.
What else? There are also tons of awesome hikes where you can drink in this amazing landscape. I've done several of them and if I'm ever in Seattle again (likely) I'm coming back.
My favorite places were the tide pools and the old-growth forests. There's so much life in these places.
A temperate rainforest
The Three Lakes Trail
A tiny island of trees
Olympic Mountain Range
Point of the Arches
“It's a magical place everyone should put on their trip list.”
The Canyonlands in southeastern Utah, near Moab and Arches National Park, are a Mars-like landscape of stunning and striking red rocks. I'm in another world when I look out at the Loop or the Red Cliffs Lodge.
There's nothing quite like the view from the top of the Grand Canyon. Pictures can not even do it justice. My first trip there I was in complete awe, I've never seen anything so unique and breathtaking.