Lake Michigan- The exquisite beauty

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes that is located within the United States of America.

With an average depth of 279 ft., it has a surface area of 22,404 sq miles, which makes it the third-largest Lake by surface area after Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Clear and calm one day, raging with storm-surge waves the next, the Lake is a complete spectacle. It is 494 km in length and almost 190 km in width. 

Unique attractions:

Lake Michigan has several beaches. It is also referred to as the “Third Coast” after the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Sailing the edge of Lake Michigan, your eyes are treated to both coastal landscapes and wild forest, with lots of places to stop and explore along the way. One can spot many dunes at the Indiana Dunes National Park in Lake Michigan. 

Many passenger and vehicle ferries run their ferry services on Lake Michigan, thus joining Wisconsin on the western shore with Michigan on the eastern coast. The Lake Express was established in 2004, and it now carries passengers and vehicles across the Lake between Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Muskegon. 

A brief history of Lake Michigan: 

As the white-crested, sky-blue waves drift towards the shores, they bring with them a long history. The name is acquired from the Ojibwa Indian word mishigami, meaning large Lake. The form that is recognized as Lake Michigan today began about 1.2 billion years ago when two tectonic plates were ripped aloof, creating the Mid-Continent Rift. 

French explorer Samuel de Champlain sent his assistant Jean Nicolett to find the “Northwest Passage,” but he ended up discovering Lake Michigan around 1634. In 1679, Nicolette traveled the southernmost part of the Lake where modern-day Chicago is.

Local attractions:

Along with an innumerable number of beaches and Islands in Lake Michigan, there are also many parks. The National Park maintains both the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and the Indiana Dunes National Park. There are various state and local parks located on the shores of the Lake, such as The Chicago Park District Beaches, Duck Lake State Park, etc. There are a few more lighthouses across Lake Michigan. They are:

·        Illinois Lighthouses

·        Indiana Lighthouses

·        Michigan Lighthouses

·        Wisconsin Lighthouses

Tours:

Tourism and recreation are major industries of Lake Michigan.

A few cruise ships operate on Lake Michigan, including a pair of sailing ships. Ferry and boating services are available daily. 

You can learn water sports on the lakes, such as yachting, sea kayaking, diving, kitesurfing, and Lake surfing.

The Great Lakes Circle Tour offers a phenomenal tour that connects all of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

Great Lakes steamers have been operating since the mid-1800s. Several ferries currently serve on the Great Lakes to carry passengers to various islands, including Beaver Island and Bois Blanc Island (Michigan). Now, two-car ferry services cross Lake Michigan from around April to November: the SS Badger, a steamer, and the Lake Express, a high-speed catamaran, from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan.

Restaurants and local food spots:

St. Joseph is a beach town pub that sits atop Lake Michigan. It offers one of the best cuisines and a great atmosphere that you wouldn’t expect from a brewpub. Burgers to full course meals, this place serves it all. You can also visit the Silver Harbor Brewing Company to have a taste of the local food. It serves vegan and 100% gluten-free food too! Restaurants like Hub Central 185 and The Blackbird Waterhouse provide you with authentic American cuisine.     

Conclusion:

Lake Michigan is truly an exotic beauty of the world. With glass-like features and an alluring expanse beyond imagination, it is truly nature’s gift to humanity. 

Golden Gate Bridge: Spot to Spend a Golden Time

The Golden Gate Bridge, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is a suspension bridge that spans 1.7 miles over the strait of Golden Gate.

The bridge connects San Francisco to the Marin Headlands.

The bridge attracts over 10 million visitors annually owing to its behemoth 746-feet tall towers and iconic Art deco design. With its international orange color, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the world.     

Unique attractions

The fact that the Golden Gate Bridge is the most highlightable attraction of the place is evident. Walking across the bridge, marveling at its art deco styling and its humongous build is a pleasure in itself.

Besides the bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge Park is another major attraction. You can visit the De Young Museum, which is a famous fine arts museum, or you could relax in the tranquil environment beside the lakes and meadows inside the park. A visit to the Conservatory of Flowers is likely to top every flower lover’s to-do-list.

History of the bridge

Before the construction of the bridge, San Francisco did not have any permanent links with the regions across the bay. Once connected to what is the present Marin County through a ferry service, the lack of connectivity was taking a heavy toll on the city’s growth rate, which was below the national average. 

After much apprehension, strikes, and lawsuits, the designing of the bridge started under chief engineer Joseph Strauss. The Wall Street Crash in 1929 created financial problems for the construction of the bridge. Finally, the building began in 1933 after the Bank of America decided to finance the project by buying up all the bonds.  

The bridge opened on May 27, 1937, and the celebrations lasted for a week. Before the bridge opened for vehicles, almost 200,000 people crossed the bridge on either foot or roller skates and the mayor, Angelo Rossi, crossed the bridge in a motorcade alongside other prominent officials. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signaled the opening of the bridge for vehicles by pressing a button at the Washington D.C. on the next day.  

Attractive activities for kids and young adults at the Golden Gate Bridge and the park

Besides the bike ride across the bridge, there are several attractions for kids at the Golden Gate Park. The East and the center section of the park are the most attractive to kids.

Be it running around in one of the many playgrounds, quenching their scientific thirst at the California Academy of Sciences, watching bison at the Buffalo paddock, or taking a boat ride in the Stow Lake; they will love their time at the spot.

Tours available at the Golden Gate Bridge

There are several bicycles, e-bike, and group-walking tours available at the Golden Gate Bridge and the park. You may choose one of them. Besides, there are also some cruises across the Golden Gate Bay. 

Restaurants and Local food spots

There are many restaurant options available close to the bridge. Some of them are listed below.

·        Murray Circle Restaurant

This restaurant is located at a former army fort and is famous for its Californian cuisine. The food and beverage prices are justified, making it a perfect place to have a lunch break after a walk on the bridge.

·        Round House Café

If you are looking for a quick something to eat, this snack café will be a perfect choice. The prices are reasonable, and the view of the bridge from the restaurant is stunning.

The Golden Gate Bridge and the park is a haven for all types of visitors, the active ones, and the not-so-active ones. It offers multiple activities for either group. So, this summer, make some golden memories at the Golden Gate Bridge.

From France with Love

As a token of their friendship, “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was gifted to the United States by the French people.

It was dedicated on October 28, 1886. Every day, around 10,000 people visit this monumental statue located on an island in Lower Manhattan. 

Unique attractions at the statue

The statue weighs around 225 tons. One can access it from inside through a staircase, with 154 steps, from the pedestal and up to the head. Also, the light green color of the statue is due to the weathering of the original copper layering. Here are some of the exciting things to see when visiting Liberty Island:

  • Statue of Liberty Exhibit: Located inside the pedestal right below the statue, this museum has a huge collection of photographs and artifacts with detailed descriptions of the events relating to the monument’s history. 
  • Visiting the Crown: One of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City, the crown can only be visited by reservations. 
  • Visiting the Pedestal: Roughly half the height of the entire monument, the pedestal offers scenic views of New York, New Jersey, New York Harbor, and Ellis Island. Also, the pedestal provides reservations.

History of Lady Liberty 

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the copper statue; however, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel built its steel framework (from the Eiffel Tower fame). As a project, it was a joint effort between France & the United States. It also became a symbol of the friendship between the people of both countries. The French were responsible for the statue’s make and its assembly, but the Americans built the pedestal on which the statue would stand. 

The French gave it the name “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.” The statue was a depiction of a woman holding a torch in her raised right hand and a tablet in her left. Upon the tablet, the adoption date of the Declaration of Independence, i.e., July 4, 1776, is engraved. Also, the seven rays on her crown represent the seven continents and the shackles on feet symbolize oppression and dictatorship.

The completion and unveiling of the statue took over 21 years. On October 28, 1886, the at-the-time President of the United States, Grover Cleveland inaugurated the Statue of Liberty.

Later, in 1924, it was designated as a National Monument. 

Something for everyone

From hiking up to the crown, to ferry ride to Ellis Island for a history lesson, a visit to the Lady Liberty has a lot to offer to kids and elderly, likewise. Some of these places include: 

  • Fort Wood
  • Shearwater Classic Schooner Sail
  • Harbor Lights Cruise
  • Clipper City Tall Ship Sail

Places around the Statue

Once done with the tour of the main monument, there is a lot to explore around. Here are is a list of such places:

  • Ellis Island      
  • The National 9/11 Memorial
  • 9/11 Ground Zero Tour
  • Governors Island National Monument
  • Liberty Island
  • Liberty State Park
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage

Purchasing a ticket for a ferry ride is a must and includes access to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

Best eateries around town

If sightseeing and history lessons were not enough, many food joints with a variety of food are available. Some of them are:

  • Statue of Liberty Crown Café
  • Liberty House Restaurant
  • Hometown Bar-B-Que
  • Razza Pizza Artigianale
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • The Iroquois New York
  • Miramar
  • City Vineyard

So with this ready-to-go itinerary, you know what to do, the next time you are in New York.

The Rock That Saved Damsels in Distress

The Devils Tower National Monument or the infamous Bear Lodge Butte, established in 1906, is a laccolithic butte made up of igneous rocks.

Located in the northeast of Wyoming, the breathtaking rock tower stands tall with an elevation of 5,112ft above the sea level.

History

The geological feature is sacred to the tribes of native American-Indian, Kiowa Tribe, Lakota Tribe, and other indigenous people. As such, they hold many exciting tales and stories about its formation. One such tale is about a group of girls playing outside were spotted by a giant bear who chased them. To save themselves, the girls ran but stumbled and landed atop a rock. The damsels in distress prayed to the Great Spirit, who rescued them by elevating the stone to the heavens. Hence, the giant bears were stuck down with numerous failed attempts to climb the tower leaving behind the deep claw marks on its surface.

There are many other such tales the tribes have conjured and inherited from generation to generation. 

The science behind the scene

Just like the numerous tales, there are several different theories in science as well regarding the formation of the natural rock tower. While some geologists claim it to have formed by the igneous intrusion, others theorize it to be an eroded remaining of a laccolith.

The Present 

After being the starring backdrop in the famous movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Devils Tower National Monument bagged a massive amount of popularity to its vanity. A lot of people visit the place every year to enjoy their vacation knowing more about the site. The increased tourism has even reformed the Devil’s Tower to help visitors have a fantastic experience to take back with them.

There’s fun in Lodge

The astounding tower set in the Black Hills is anything but unsafe for children. The various parks, animals, and natural sights are a treat to every child’s curious mind. 

The beautiful destination is a whole package of fun for any age group visiting the place. It renders many different events and activities to make the visit a memorable journey for the people.

  • Stargazing: Who doesn’t love the night sky? The fascinating starry night is one of the resources treasured in the Devils Tower. With darkness comes wonder- when the beautiful darkness envelope the place, the night sky shines is a different light that reflects from the deep objects. The ethereal sight is worth everything. The park entertains a lot of night sky events throughout the year for people to witness the magic the place holds.
  • Hiking: Devils Tower has got five hiking trails: Tower Trail, Joyner Ridge, South Side, Red Beds, and Valley View. All of them give away different perspectives and views of the site. While Tower trail is the most famous one, Joyner Ridge has the easiest route.
  • Climbing: The tower has got abundant climbing routes for all climbers out there to ascend the great Devils Tower. However, climbers need to register their names before the activity and have to abide by the rules and regulations for their safety purpose.
  • Camping: Belle Fourche River Campground is a 50-site campground located within Devils Tower is open from May to all way till October for people to camp around. The campsite is a first come first serve based site allowing no reservations.
  • Food: A chain of restaurants are scattered near the location and offer a variety of options as well. The facilities are easy to access and are available in abundance. 

With all that said about its rich history and exciting activities, the place is a must-visit on everyone’s bucket list.

Spend quality time at Lake Tahoe amidst nature

Lake Tahoe is named as the largest alpine lake in North America.

This large freshwater lake is sprawled at 6,225 ft across two states of the United States, California, and Nevada.

Even though it is one big lake, it is still divided into two sides, North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. While the north side of the lake is much quieter, the south side of the lake witness more hustle-bustle of people.

North Lake Tahoe is ideal for hiking, rock climbing, mountain climbing and all sorts of adventure sports. The nightlife of the north side is not as vibrant as compared to the south, however, some casinos do organize indoor live music.  

South Lake Tahoe is the stark opposite to the North part of it. It is boisterous, with lively nightlife, casinos, and adventure sports ready to give the vacationers a good to remember throughout their lifetime. The southside attracts organizers to organize festivals, parties, and various summer and winter activities every year.

If a visitor wishes for some quiet time amidst nature, North Lake is the best place to visit. However, if some wild time with late-night parties is what they need, South Lake is where they should go.

History of Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe was formed as part of Lake Tahoe basin, about two million years ago. It is famous for its clear water and wonderful panorama view of the landscape surrounding the whole region. On the south side of the lake, the Sierra Nevada mountain range covers a stupendous amount of area whereas the north side of the lake has wide-reaching pristine beaches, hiking trails, and insanely clear water. Lake Tahoe is United States’ second deepest lake with its depth noted at 1,645 ft.  

With a substantial amount of various activities that are available to experience all-time around, many businesses have sprung around the lake on both sides with time. It is ready to welcome vacationers in summer and winter season. 

Attraction to tourists and visitors.

With dozens of beaches surrounding the lake, the area is perfect for a weekend outing for kids with parents. There are lots of diners and restaurants surrounding the areas, which makes it easier for adults who go hiking, biking, and rock climbing. Lake Tahoe proudly showcases its colorful granite cliffs covered in enormous trees both in numbers and sizes. Rock climbers and hikers when reaching the top of the cliffs they could get a bird’s eye view of the blue lake beneath it.

The Emerald Bay State Park is a marvelous place for both children and adults to do some fun activities. The view of the sunset from this park is something that everyone talks about when they experience. 

The Squaw Valley with a 4000-acre ski-terrain is named as one of the world’s finest ski resort. This resort even hosted the 1960’s Winter Olympics. During winter the whole ski valley is covered in snow making it suitable for skiing. While in summer, the resort’s championship golf resort welcomes hundreds of visitors for a relaxing weekend.

Restaurants and Eateries

Lake Tahoe receives millions of visitors throughout the year, making the businesses around the lake successful. Visitors have numerous four-star diners, delis, and restaurants to choose. Along with providing local dishes, some of these are also competent in international cuisines. The casinos and clubs host music events from time to time, while people could also opt to visit during the music festivals. 

This lake has become the first choice for picnics and outings or a weekend away from the city’s busy life to rejuvenate to many people. Not only that, but it also allows visitors to spend quality time without being interrupted. Lake Tahoe welcomes everyone with benevolence. 

The Captivating Blues of Mendenhall Glacier

The sight of Mendenhall Glacier to the mere human eye appears as a blue carpet, spread out in all directions,

and is nothing short of enchanting. This famous blue ice sheet is about 13.6 miles long, located in the Mendenhall Valley, spanning one of the snowy corners of Juneau, Alaska. Both the glacier and the landscape surrounding it are maintained as part of the 5,815 acres Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, belonging to the federal territory of Tongass National Forest. 

and is nothing short of enchanting. This famous blue ice sheet is about 13.6 miles long, located in the Mendenhall Valley, spanning one of the snowy corners of Juneau, Alaska. Both the glacier and the landscape surrounding it are maintained as part of the 5,815 acres Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, belonging to the federal territory of Tongass National Forest. 

Unique Attractions 

It’s no wonder that Juneau’s hottest attractions are some of the coolest spots around, one being Mendenhall Glacier. What makes the glacier an instant favorite is that one can easily access it, unlike the rest of the 37 major glaciers that flow from the Juneau Icefield. Mendenhall Glacier is 13 miles away from downtown Juneau and is quite close to the airport. Half a mile off the face of the Mendenhall Glacier stands the visitors’ center, overlooking the glacier and the Mendenhall Lake. Here, one can make use of the aerial map viewing feature and watch the informational videos offered at minimal rates. 

Brief History

The glacier was formerly known as Sitaantaago, meaning, “the Glacier Behind the Town”. It was called Auke Glacier by naturalist John Muir, and in 1891 renamed as a tribute to Thomas Corwin Mendenhall. 

The Mendenhall Glacier gets its life source from an icefield peaked high above Juneau. The glacier is a dynamic flowing force, crushing and enveloping everything in its path, leaving out nothing, as it merges with the sea below. The “river of ice” took birth in Southeast Alaska during the Little Ice Age, dating back to almost 3,000 years. 

Attractions for the Youth

The Tongass National Forest runs two Junior Ranger Programs. One is specifically for Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and the other for the entire Tongass National Forest. Apart from these, kids can engage themselves in entertaining activities hosted in the visitor center like movies every 20 minutes, interactive exhibits, telescope-gazing, and ranger talks. Moreover, it also provides spectacular views of Mendenhall Glacier and icebergs floating in the Mendenhall Lake.  

Tours Available at Mendenhall Glacier

Whichever trail you choose to celebrate your trip to the Mendenhall Glacier, for what it is worth, rest assured you will never be disappointed. Following the almost-7-mile West Glacier Trail will bring you to the glacier’s face, or trudge upward for a good viewing platform only a quarter-mile away. If you are feeling adventurous, try tagging along the Nugget Falls trail, ending at a five-story-high waterfall adjacent to the glacier. Then there is the infamous Trail of Time, a half-mile smooth interpretive walk, beholding signs marking the glacier’s recession. For a bird’s eye view of the ice, taking the East Glacier Trail would prove to be beneficial, as it is a 3.5-mile loop with 500 feet of elevation gain. 

The ice caves at the Mendenhall Glacier have received flattering attention from the tourists lately. The glacier has been receding, thereby providing access to its curious visitors unlike before. Although there are no visible trails to the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves, a professional guide is always on the go, coming to the aid of the sightseers. 

Restaurants and local food spots

Some of the best restaurants in Juneau close to Mendenhall Lake include Twisted Fish Company Alaskan Grill and Deckhand Dave’s, popular for their seafood. Sandpiper Cafe, only a few kilometers away from Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most charming cafes in Juneau and a must-visit for every tourist. 

In all of Southeast Alaska, Mendenhall Glacier might be the only glacier accessible by road. It certainly stands up to its good name and fame, as proven by the 400,000 or so visitors traveling here each year. The captivating blues of Mendenhall Glacier never cease to evoke the nature lover in every visitor, continuing to bring in a barrage of folks from all over the world. 

All you need to know about Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is a city situated in the U.S, in the state of Georgia. It is the oldest city in Georgia.

The town lies on the banks of the Savannah River. This river separates Savannah from South Carolina. Every year, scores of people visit the city for its uncluttered streets, bewitching parks, and magnificent historic buildings. It is the third-largest city in terms of area in the state of Georgia. The city offers the best of history and is known for its splendid landmarks.  

The best things to do in Savannah

The city has numerous exciting and unique attractions. Make sure you visit all these places when in town.

1. Forsyth Park 

Forsyth Park is not your usual park that has a few trees, swings, and some benches. This park is over 30 acres in size, and a walk through its length will surely rejuvenate your soul. Every Saturday, the local farmers set their stalls, and you can buy fresh and local produce. This park is an immense favorite of both locals and tourists.

2.  Telfair Museum of Art

It is the oldest art museum. The museum is a house to artifacts, furniture, silver, paintings and many things from history. The museum has a touch of German, American, and French culture. More than 80 paintings done by Kahlil Gibran are on display. If you fancy art and history, this place is your heaven!

3. The Savannah Waterfront

If you are looking for eateries, shops, beverages, or art galleries, this place is a one-stop solution for all your needs.  

There are numerous other attractions which one must visit during his (or her) visit to the city. Make sure you add the city market, The Cathedral of St. John, Historic Savannah Theatre, Wormsloe, Bonaventure cemetery, and fort Pulaski to your travel list. 

History of this city

The city was founded by General James Oglethorpe in the year 1733, on the 12th of February. In 1751, Savannah became the capital of Georgia. Georgia grew into a royal colony in that year. The British took control of Savannah and stayed in the city from 1778 to 1782. The capital of Georgia was changed from Savannah to Milledgeville in 1864. The authorities of Savannah peacefully surrendered to save the city.  

Main attractions for kids and adults

Both kids and adults like parks. Adults love it because it offers much-needed peace and relaxation. Kids love it as they can play around and make noise. Forsyth and Skidaway Island state parks are ideal for both kids and adults. The city market, Belles ferry, Theatre, and Riverfront plaza are appealing to both adults and children. Make sure to visit all the 22 squares! 

Tours available

Old Savannah trolley tours are one of the best tours and a good option if you are on a short trip but want to make the most of it. This tour covers all the 22 squares and main attractions like Mansion of Forsyth park, St. Cathedral, Mulberry Inn. There are 15 stops in total. You can explore a particular place and then use this transport to go to the next location. The buses come at an interval of 15 to 20 minutes.

You can also choose from numerous available tour options. The tourists also prefer a historic walking tour, Cruise tour, culinary and cultural tour.

Restaurants, cafes, and local cuisine of this city

Savannah offers delicious and mouth-watering food of all types of cuisines. If you are a vegan, you would still get plenty of options to choose from the variety of dishes they have got to serve. Some incredible eateries are The Olde Pink House, Full, Cotton & Rye, Zunzi’s.   

Savanna is a beautiful city with a charm that will leave mesmerized and a must addition to your places-to-visit-in-USA list.

Aloha from the Heavens

Unique Attractions

Located in the northwest of Kauai Island, Hawaii, Nāpali Coast State Park is known for its steep sea cliffs,

dotted by narrow valleys and cascading waterfalls. From Polihale State Park on the west to Ke’e Beach on the north shore, sea cliffs soar to great heights. Hence, the state park got its name, from the Hawaiian word ‘napali,’ meaning many cliffs.

The state park, one of the most stunning places on Earth, also contains ruins of ancient Hawaiian graves, temples, houses and terraced fields. 

Even today, people from all over the world hike to Kalalau Valley, but they are only allowed to stay for five nights. 

About NāPali Coast State Park

In 1983, the state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley and is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Since there was no physical evidence of the Hawaiian history, no written records of the population in the Na Pali before the western association are available. Historians believe that by the time western people migrated to the island, more than a thousand native flowering plant species were thriving. However, today, approximately more than 80% of Kauai’s rare native species are endangered.

In 2008, Backpacker Magazine listed this adventurous location (Kalalau trail) as one of America’s 10 Most Dangerous Hikes.

Attractions for the younger crowd 

The reason this place is in the top 10 dangerous hikes is that the state park is quite steep and slippery in a lot of places. Especially during rains, the journey becomes difficult for the younger ones. 

However, a lot of children-friendly sites and activities make up for the difficulty:

  • Poʻipu Beach Park
  • Na ʻAina Kai Botanical Gardens
  • Kalapaki Beach Park
  • Boat Tours

Tour sites around the state park

With no routes available for the on-road journey, one can access this coast only by hiking, helicopter rides, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. Charter tours are also available on inflatable boats, originating from Port Allen and Hanalei Bay.

Further, camping in Nā Pali Coast State Park is only allowed with a valid permit. Also, during the summer season, i.e., May 15 to September 7, access from the ocean is only permitted with a valid license for camping. 

Irrespective of the restrictions, the Na Pali side of the island of Kauai is home to many scenic beauties:

  • Hanakapiai Falls
  • Kalalau Trail
  • Kalalau Lookout
  • Kōkeʻe State Park
  • Pihea Trail
  • Hanakoa Falls
  • Hanakapiai Beach
  • Limahuli Garden & Preserve

Local food spots

With the closest eateries located at a minimum distance of 10 km, there are more than a few places to visit. Below are the other options:

  • Pink’s Creamery
  • Trucking Delicious
  • Hanalei Bay Pizzeria
  • Fresh Bite Kauai

However, Sushi Girl Kauai, located only 5.9 kilometers away from the state park, is an exception to this minor food-obstacle.

Advisory

  • The first piece of advice is that only experienced hikers with proper gear should venture further along the Kalalau Trail, i.e., past the initial 3.2km path to Hanakapiai Beach.
  • One needs Camping Permits for traversing along Hanakoa and Kalalau.
  • A halfway stopover is counted as a one-night, reducing the total number of camp nights permitted to four.
  • There is no trash service, drinking water, or cell phone service in Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park but only in Hā‘ena State Park. 
  • It would be for the best for campers to travel light but to remain prepared for adverse weather conditions.  
  • Commercial operations including guided hikes/overnight trips, boat drop-off & pick-up aren’t allowed within State Parks.
  • There is a reason Nāpali Coast State Park is called ‘heaven on earth.’ To find out, gear up right away!

A Natural Wonder of Sandstone

The Wave is sandstone rock formation in Arizona, situated near the northern border of the United States with Utah.

The undulating forms of the sandstone spread across 5.2 miles, making it a wonder that fascinates the crowd. A cross-bedded eolian sandstone structure can be seen, with rhythmic and cyclic alternating grain flow and wind ripple laminae. On a day, only 20 people chosen based on a lottery are allowed to enter the attraction for two to four hours at most. 

Unique attractions

Coral pink dunes state park is an excellent place to extend your sightseeing options; it also has coral-hued dunes. It was formed due to the erosion of pink-colored Navajo sandstone. These parks allow camping, hiking, off-road vehicle driving, and photography.  The Wave consists of several U-shaped troughs that are 19 meters wide and 36 meters long.

The history

This beautiful landscape came into existence during the Jurassic period, almost 190 million years ago, when the dust storms pushed the desert dunes over the sandstone. It eventually led to the etching of the sandstone. This geological marvel has gone through millions of years of erosion due to wind and water. All of this made it the world’s most unique rock formation. These giant dunes are compact and solidify into the Navajo sandstone. Eventually, rainwater flow started to erode the sandstone along its joints, and this led to the deposition of various minerals in it, like iron oxide, manganese, and calcium. It makes the sandstone reflect several beautiful hues of purple, yellow, orange, pink, and red. The striations seen are a result of wind patterns. 

Areas attractive to the younger crowd:

The Wave is a wonder on its own and is extremely attractive for people exploring the world. Kids and the younger crowd will mostly be amused by the changing color of the dunes and the sandstone. The coral dunes park is one of the best places to visit with children; it gives them insight into the geology and feeds their curiosity as well. 

Nearby parks and tours available there 

  • Hitch N Post RV Park is one among the many parks available near The Wave. Locating the place will not be much of a hassle, since it is in Kanab, and they provide tour guides as well.
  • Jacob Hamblin Park is one of the most exceptional options to choose from, for the entertainment of kids. Also located in Kanab, it includes a playground and a special picnic Pavillion. The water playground is fun and hygienic, and you can grab some food from there. 
  • Ranchos Park also attracts several tourists, as it is one of the cleanest parks in Kanab. There are excellent and large baseball diamonds in the park, and the grass is perfect for walking barefoot. 

Restaurants and local food spots

This breath-taking beauty has a lot of food spots for visitors to refuel themselves, after the strenuous trek and the heat of the desert. A restaurant named Kanab creek bakery is one of the many places you should try. It will provide you with the best breakfast, and has vegan and gluten-free options as well. Juniper Ridge is an excellent place to go if you like to party. It has delicious food at reasonable prices and offers excellent service. The cuisine ranges from American to French. Drinks are also provided to visitors here. For a lower price, Lotsa Motsa Pizza is a great restaurant to visit. They offer excellent and fulfilling lunch and dinner, and vegetarian options are also available. For seafood, check the Sego restaurant. Since all these places are around Kanab, it is not difficult to locate them.

Visit the Majestic Palouse Falls in Washington

Palouse Falls, located in the city of Washington, is 4miles away from the junction of the Palouse River and Snake River.

The Falls is in the southeast of Washington, and its height comes around to 198ft. Hordes of people visit this place to learn first-hand about the Falls’ unique history and remarkable geology.      

Unique Attractions

The unique attractions of Palouse falls include the magnificent 200 ft waterfall and 94 acres of the lush, green garden. Apart from these, tourists can enjoy the day by camping, hiking, or fishing. Windows are placed, which will give you a great view of under-water. A Science center is present which explains interesting facts. The colorful fountain is a treat to the eyes.    

A brief history of the place

The Falls was formerly known as “Aput Aput” (falling water). Later, the name changed to Palouse Falls. Glacial floods flew through the city of Washington during the Ice Age. Palouse Falls is one of the remains of this glacial flood and is more than a thousand years old. Washington’s Palouse Falls State Park was opened on 3rd June 1951, inside which the Falls is present. But people protested against it, saying, it would spoil the aura and beauty of the Falls. Finally, on 12th February 2014, Palouse Falls came to be known as the Official State Waterfall of Washington.     

Best attractions for kids and adults

A trip to Washington’s Palouse Falls State Park will surely make you fresh and energized. Both adults and kid can take a dip in the refreshing and invigorating water near the Falls. There is a picnic place nearby, where people can eat, sit, or lay down and enjoy the serenity. Tourists can also take a kayak ride and explore the Palouse River. The experience will offer great views and prove to be a thrilling and adventurous one. There are some grand villas and resorts near the park, where you can check-in, and enjoy a peaceful holiday.

Tours available at the park

1. Camping: There are plenty of camping spots in the park where you can set up your tent and feel nature at its purest and spend more time with it. Depending on the camping site, the cost varies. A primitive camping site costs around $12 whereas a location with all the amenities costs around $30 to $45. Washroom facilities and drinking water are also available. 

2. Hiking: The park envelops an area of 100 acres. Hiking is one of the best and viable options to explore the untrodden parts of the park. One can also trek to the top of the mountain to get a fantastic view of the Falls.

3. Boat ride: If you want to experience the best of Palouse Falls and River, take a trip on Kayak for a fun-filled ride offering a stunning and picturesque view.

A State Discover Pass is necessary to visit the Palouse Falls and Park. Make sure to get one and display it on the dashboard of your vehicle. 

Best food-joints and restaurants

This place is known for its palatable food and gorgeous eateries. Some exceptional eateries are:

1. Sonny’s Tavern of Washtucna: Quality and delicious food at pocket-friendly prices on lunch and dinner. It has a bar and pub attached to it.

2. Snake River Grill: Known for their tasty barbecue and American cuisine. They serve a great lunch.

3. Java Bloom: Great place for smoothies, coffee, and other beverages.

These restaurants are close to Palouse Falls, and you must visit the places at any cost! Apart from these, many local eateries have been set up near the park. While you are at it, try some of the local delicacies as well.  

Wrapping up

If you are planning a trip to the United States, make sure to add Washington on your tour list. The Palouse Falls and the park is a must-visit if you go to Washington. The waterfall will be a feast to your eyes. The clean, peaceful, and lush-green garden will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. The remarkable food and peaceful stay will leave you craving for more.