Go to national parks like Yellowstone and you’ll find long lines, crowded sidewalks and lots of tourists marring the otherwise pristine landscape. If you want to enjoy nature while avoiding the crowds, here are five to add to your upcoming travels.
Indiana Dunes National Park
Indiana Dunes National Park is the newest national park in the park system and it’s just a short train ride from Chicago. Situated in northwest Indiana, it’s on Lake Michigan and offers views of Chicago on clear days, but the lakeside is hardly what makes this park unique. As you might guess from the name, this park is known for its huge sand dunes, which you can see from the beach or on hiking trails. After your shoes are filled with sand from your adventures, hike some of the other trails that take you through savannas, marshes and other ecosystems.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Quite further south, Dry Tortugas National Park is perfect for a Caribbean getaway, even if it’s not exactly a top-visited Caribbean destination. This park is primarily water, but you can travel in to the isolated island that boasts a 1800s fort. Snorkeling, island hopping and other fun awaits, just a short trip away from Key West.
Lake Clark National Park and Reserve
One of the lesser-known national parks in Alaska, Lake Clark National Park and Reserve is a convenient trip away from Anchorage, with a vast, dramatic landscape and plenty of wildlife.
North Cascades National Park
If you can’t make it to Lake Clark National Park and Reserve, try to get over to North Cascades National Park, a little bit more accessible thanks to its location near Seattle. You’ll still enjoy dramatic views, along with a lot of classic national park activities like hiking and camping.
Isle Royale National Park
While you might think that Isle Royale National Park’s location in Lake Superior (yes, in) makes it more accessible than some of the other parks on this list, that’s not the case. Because it’s an isolated island, travelers have to take a ferry, plane or boat to reach it. However, the slightly difficult journey is worth it, as the park offers a bounty of fun once you arrive.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
If you visit the Cayman Islands during the beginning of November you may be met with something a little strange. During the first three weekends of the month, the Cayman Islands celebrate their cultural heritage and pirate legends during the Pirates Week Festival.