Adventures, Bargains at National and State Parks
The great bargain vacation may be (almost) in your own backyard: a state or national park. These getaways come with budget priced accommodations, and activities, but first-class scenery. A stay at the parks allows you to enjoy wildlife, walking trails, nature programs and much more.
Butterfield & Robinson adventure hiking company [offsite link]
Butterfield & Robinson offers upscale walking tours in Europe, the U.S.and other destinations.
Cliff Hiking Kauai, Hawaii
In Hawaii, known for its lush landscapes, Kauai features some of the state’s most spectacular views. One of our favorite ways to sample the scenery is by hiking Kauai’s green cliffs. Both the Na Pali Coast State Park and Kokee State Park deliver memorable walks, free for the looking.
Discover Nevis and its Caribbean Rainforest
Discover the secrets on a Caribbean rainforest on Nevis, a laid-back island with a population of about 10,000. On Nevis the only “crowds” we encounter are the hundreds of goats and sheep roaming free during the day before they return to their owners at dusk.
Explore Panama's Rainforest
Panama´s easily accessible Soberania National Park, a 55,000 acre tropical rainforest 30 minutes from downtown Panama City, offers hiking trails, spectacular birding and great wildlife viewing.
Hiking China's Dragon Spine Rice Terraces
While Beijing mixes modern skyscrapers with ancient icons such as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, the Chinese countryside in the Longji region delivers natural scenes of legendary beauty as well as a chance to see how traditional people live.
Hiking China’s Great Wall
At Mutianyu, about 56 miles north of Beijing, the Yan Mountains appear as a series of dramatic crests and the Great Wall’s ancient stones snake their way up and down the green ridge tops. The ramparts, dotted with watch towers in this section, form a path between the peaks.
Hiking Poland & Slovakia’s Mountains
Hiking the Carpathian Mountains’ highest range—the Tatra Mountains—proved difficult, but rewarding for me and my husband David. We hiked the Tatras in both Poland and Slovakia, learning about the countryside, the people and about ourselves.
Lake Louise, Hiking Banff National Park
Banff National Park, in Alberta’s Canadian Rockies, features some of North America´s most spectacular mountain scenery. The towering peaks,forests and valleys plus the rivers, glaciers,and lakes create miles of terrain for summertime hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding,and wildlife viewing.
Llama Trekking In New England
Hiking with a llama is a bit like walking into the wilderness with Big Bird. Not only are these gentle creatures great companions, they also carry your daypacks, a trait that makes them particularly endearing. At the Telemark Inn Bethel,Maine,we find out how to handle these intelligent creatures.
The Sierra Club offers hiking and backpacking adventures [offsite link]
Discover moderately priced hiking and backpacking adventures in the U.S. and abroad with the Sierra Club.
Virginia’s Parks: Hike and Paddle
Virginia features thousands of acres of state and national parks as well as the U.S.’s first national water trail. For those who like mountains, hike in Shenandoah National Park and for those who seek water, paddle the historic trails and waterways of Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Walking Tour and River Ride in London
Have limited time in London? Then, capture a sense of the city’s rhythms, people and iconic sites from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London on this combination walking tour and river ride.
World Rainforest Information Portal [offsite link]
Discover information about the world´s rainforests, including the climate, plant species and conservation plans.
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