The Grand Canyon Map provides details on attractions in the area, itineraries for half day, full day and two day visits. This Grand Canyon map is a valuable resource when visiting Grand Canyon South Rim.
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No matter what your fitness level, there are many hikes to be enjoyed in Grand Teton National Park. Best of all, you do not have to be a mountain climber to enjoy the beautiful vistas, canyons, and waterfalls in the park.
Weather can and does change rapidly in the mountains. Take along extra clothing when hiking into the higher elevations, wear sunscreen, and take plenty of water and high energy snacks. If you are planning a long hike, start in the morning and keep your eye on the time. You do not want to be caught on the trail after dark.
Be Bear Aware
You will notice these signs everywhere in the park. Take them seriously. At certain times of the year, some trails may be closed due to increased bear activity. Park rangers put on bear safety presentations which you should also consider attending.
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Whenever you are hiking in the park always take along bear spray, know how to use it, have it immediately available, and talk or make noise while you hike. Never hike alone.
Lakeshore Trail Hike at Colter Bay, Jackson Lake
This flat, 2.0 mile loop trail follows the shoreline along a peninsula in Colter Bay. You will enjoy beautiful views of Mount Moran across Jackson Lake and reflections in Colter Bay. The trail begins on a paved service road near the boat docks at the Colter Bay Marina.
Heron Pond and Swan Lake Hike
If you enjoy waterfowl, wildlife, and water lily covered ponds, this hike is for you. Look for trumpeter swans, beaver, moose, and bears. This relatively flat hike starts at Colter Bay Village and is a 3.0 mile loop.
Willow Flats Shuttle or Loop Hike
When snow still covers the mountain trails in the spring, the Willow Flats area west of Jackson Lake will be snow free and ready for hiking. The willows and marshes are prime habitat for a variety of wildlife. Look for moose, sandhill cranes, beaver, bears, and other wildlife. The area is, as the name suggests, flat and it can get rather warm trekking through the flats and open meadows due to the lack of shade trees so you may want to choose a cooler day for this hike.
The shuttle hike is 4.9 miles. You can start the shuttle hike from either the Colter Bay coral or at the small parking lot on the south side of Jackson Lake Lodge. For the shuttle, you will need to park your car at either end and get a ride back to the trailhead. The loop trail is 8.3 miles starting at the Jackson Lake Lodge trailhead. The shuttle and first part of the loop trail are actually an abandoned dirt service road.
String Lake Hike
Nestled between Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake, what String Lake lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. This relatively flat 3.4 mile loop hike is wheelchair accessible for approximately 0.3 miles and we maneuvered a sturdy stroller through the entire hike with an occasional lift by Mom and Dad. You’ll enjoy beautiful mountain views reflecting in a placid lake, footbridges, and streams. Begin your hike at the String Lake Trailhead parking lot by turning west at the North Jenny Lake Junction turnoff from Teton Park Road.
Taggart Lake Hike
This 4.0 mile loop hike. Park your car at the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking lot (off Teton Park Road) and follow the path to your right (north). You will soon be crossing the footbridge over Taggart Creek, the perfect spot for your first picture. I can not exactly call this hike easy as it is a gradual uphill climb to Taggart Lake. You may need to make a few pit stops to catch your breath but continue on. You will be rewarded with splendid views of the Grand Teton over the lake. Once you cross the footbridge at the outlet of the lake there is a little bit more of a climb but the rest is all downhill. Be sure to turn around to catch the view overlooking Taggart Lake.
Jenny Lake Hike
Some consider Jenny Lake to be the most picturesque lake in the park, and it is gorgeous. This 7.7 mile loop takes you all the way around the shoreline of Jenny Lake. Start your hike by parking in either the String Lake Trailhead parking lot or the parking lot at the South Jenny Lake Junction off of Teton Park Road. I recommend starting at the String Lake Trailhead in the morning. This way you will be arriving at the south end of Jenny Lake around lunch time where you can grab a bite to eat, enjoy the visitor center, and use the facilities before completing your hike. A worthy side trip while on this hike is the loop up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Hike via Jenny Lake Boat Dock
If you are not up for the 7.7 mile loop around Jenny Lake, take the boat from the South Jenny Lake parking lot. The boat departs approximately every 15 minutes and is a beautiful ride across the lake. Once you disembark, it is only a 0.2 mile hike to Hidden Falls and another 0.4 miles on to Inspiration Point where you’ll enjoy sweeping vistas of Jenny Lake and the valley below. This is a gradual but simple climb on a well traveled trail. If you are afraid of heights, you may not be able to complete the last section of trail up to Inspiration Point as the trail is on the side of a rock wall although the drop-off is not as high as it seems. Looking out over the valley makes you feel like you are way up in the air. There is a very nice lookout point just before this last bit of trail so you can still enjoy the view from up here.
Cascade Canyon Hike via Jenny Lake Boat Dock
The Cascade Canyon hike continues on past Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. The is the perfect opportunity to get into the back country with mountains soaring above you on either side. After leaving Inspiration Point, the trail climbs steeply for about a mile but once you get past this it becomes a gradual climb through the meadows of the canyon. You will hear and see crystal clear Cascade Creek roaring through the canyon to Hidden Falls below. The trail is 9.8 miles round trip if you go all the way to the junction with the Lake Solitude and Paintbrush Canyon trails. If you are planning to take the boat back across Jenny Lake on your return be sure to check the last departure time before you leave. If you miss the boat you can follow the Jenny Lake Trail and additional 2.1 miles back to the parking lot. Due to the higher elevation of this climb and lingering snow, the best months to complete the hike are July and August. Check with a park ranger for trail conditions.
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This is by no means an all inclusive list of easy to moderate trails within Grand Teton National Park. There are many more and several of the above trails have off-shoot loops taking you to an additional lake or hidden mountain treasure. If you love to hike, buy yourself a book on the trails in the park. Most hiking books have graded the trails according to difficulty level so all can enjoy the splendor of Grand Teton National Park.
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There are many reasons to hit the trails, one of the biggest is the amount of tourists drastically decreases when it requires hiking. You can hike the 4.8-mile hike to the Amphitheater Lake, which takes about 6 hours round trip including stopping for amazing photo ops & to catch your breath. If you plan on taking similar hikes in the Grand Tetons like this, here are 7 tips for hiking the Grand Tetons trails.
Hiking In The Grand Tetons National Park
The earlier you start your hike the better, for several reasons. The earlier, the less tourist you’ll encounter on the trails. The sooner you hit the trails the more time you will have to stay out on the trail before you have to head back before dark. The earlier your start the cooler the temps are, which may be a plus or minus to you. Hit the trails at 8:30 a.m. you will be chilled at first, but within 10 minutes you will be warm and feeling great.
Don’t Trust the Park Map
The park map that the rangers give you at the park entrance is fine for driving but not ideal for hiking. The map covers too large of an area to give you the true scale or details of the hike. For example, on the hike to the Amphitheater Lake the park map shows only 3 switchbacks, when in reality there are at least 50.
Bring A Snack & Pack Lunch
After hiking for miles, your body will be craving some energy. I suggest packing more than you think, you may end up having a snack half way up and then enjoying lunch at your destination and then having another snack half way down. That is exactly what happens with most hikers. Pack apples, peanut butter sandwiches, and some pretzels. You might be the only people at Surprise Lake for your lunch stop, and you couldn’t ask for a better place to sit and take in the Grand Tetons.
Bring Bear Spray
No, I am serious! Bears are real and they are really in the Grand Tetons. Better too be safe than sorry, carry bear spray. You’ll see signs all over the Grand Tetons telling you to “Be Bear Aware” and to carry bear spray. The Park Service also recommends attaching bells or other noisemakers to make sure you don’t startle a bear as you hike the Grand Tetons.
1 Liter+ Of Water Per Person
Depending on the length of your hike will determine how much water you should bring. On a 10 mile hike, you should each carry 1 liter, all of which you will consume. before you get back to the car. You have to remember you are at 6,500 feet above sea level at the start of the hike, and the elevation increases to as high as 10,000+ feet on many hikes in the Grand Tetons
Don’t Hike Alone
Hiking with someone is safer for many reasons! If you can don’t hike alone, but if you must make sure to bring enough water and supplies that you’ll need. It’s also a good idea to sign the trail log (where available). You’ll probably pass other hikers along the trail and you should be fine hiking in the Grand Tetons. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
Wear Layers of Clothes
You might be hitting the trails when it’s 30°F (0°C) if you leave in the morning. Visting in the first week of September the temps will be in the 30’s most mornings. Once you start moving and the sun comes up you’ll warm up fast, in the summer months expect temperatures in the 70-90’s. On most hikes you will take off almost all of our layers as you are heading up. However, when you have reached your destination that is an elevation of 9,000+ feet, you will be throwing your sweatshirt back on because it will be chilly.
Bring Your Camera
The views you will find along the hiking trail and at your final destination will be one you will want to capture. Make sure to pack your camera, double check your battery life & make sure you memory card is ready to make some memories. The Grand Tetons are very photogenic.
Now go lace up your hiking shoes and hit the hiking trails in the Grand Tetons. Happy Hiking!
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When it comes to national parks, the United States has its fair share of iconic ones. From the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone to Yosemite, the National Parks Service recognizes some of America’s most epic landscapes and ecosystems with its 59 national parks – and that’s not even counting the 350 additional memorials, monuments, historic parks, and more that the NPS manages. But I think Utah really takes the cake when it comes to national parks.
Utah may be the most beautiful state in the U.S. It has everything from snowy mountains to arid desert, and the southern part of the state is just out of this world when it comes to scenery. Which is probably why southern Utah is home to not one, not two, but FIVE different national parks. These parks – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches – are collectively known as “The Mighty 5. I would have to say that the name is well-suited.
If you are planning a road trip around the American Southwest, you won’t want to skip southern Utah. And, to make it easier to decide which of the Mighty 5 parks you’ll want to visit, here’s what you need to know about each one:
Zion National Park:
If you’re headed into southern Utah from Las Vegas, Zion will be the first park you’ll encounter. It became a national park in 1919, and many people cite it as their favorite national park in America. (It might be your new favorite, too!)
Entry: $30 per private vehicle
Getting Around: You can drive the Mount Carmel Highway east from Zion to where it joins with US 89 any time of year (and I definitely recommend this drive – it’s gorgeous!), but for the rest of the park, you have to use Zion’s free shuttle service to get around from March to October. You can park at the visitor’s center or in the nearby town of Springdale and use the shuttle to get to various trailheads and lookouts.
What it’s known for: Zion is known for its towering mountains and canyons, which were carved out by the Virgin River. It’s also known for popular (if difficult) hikes like Angels Landing and The Narrows.
If you have one day: With just one day, I would suggest tackling some of Zion’s shorter hikes. Perhaps Angels Landing in the morning, and then an easy hike to the Emerald Pools in the afternoon. Or, if Angels Landing is a bit too strenuous for you, take a hike along the Virgin River, or walk the paved Pa’rus Trail. You could also rent a bike for half a day if you’d prefer to cycle rather than hike.
If you have more than one day: The Narrows – the famous hike that has you exploring Zion’s narrow slot canyons – takes a full day, so I would only suggest it if you are in Zion for more than one day. It’s a tough trail that requires you to wade through the river, so it’s usually only open during the summer months when there’s no threat of rain. If there’s *any* chance of flash flooding, you don’t want to attempt this hike.
Where to stay: The town of Springdale is less than 5 minutes away from the entrance to Zion. The town is adorable, and has plenty of hotels and restaurants to pick from.
Bryce Canyon National Park
The next park along the Utah parks trail is Bryce Canyon, which can be reached via US 89 from Zion. Even though it also is filled with sandstone like Zion, the rock formations here are entirely different.
Entry: $30 per private vehicle
Getting around: During the summer months, a free shuttle takes visitors to all of Bryce’s popular viewpoints, but it’s not mandatory here like in Zion. You can self-drive through Bryce, too, and stop off at all the viewpoints – just beware of possible snow/ice, since Bryce is at a higher elevation.
What it’s know for: Bryce Canyon is known for its eroded sandstone towers known as hoodoos – the National Park Service says Bryce has the largest collection of hoodoos anywhere in the world! Stopping at all the viewpoints, therefore, is the most popular thing to do at Bryce Canyon (Sunset Point and Inspiration Point are favorites).
If you have one day: If you only have one day at Bryce, be sure to make it to all the overlooks and viewpoints. Start all the way out at Rainbow Point, and then make your way back in: Inspiration Point, Natural Bridge, Sunset Point, etc. There’s an easy rim walk between Sunset Point and Sunrise Point that’s worth doing, too.
If you have more than one day: Get down inside the canyon if you have the time. The best hike to get up-close with the hoodoos is the Navajo Loop, which you can join up with either Wall Street (in the summer) or the Queen’s Garden trail (usually open year-round) for a complete hike. Or, if you want something longer and more strenuous, check out the Peek-A-Boo Loop.
Where to stay: Bryce Canyon is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but there are a couple of hotels within a few miles of the park’s entrance. There is the Best Western PLUS Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, though Ruby’s Inn is also popular (and is basically the only place to have dinner near the park in the off-season).
Capitol Reef National Park
As far as national parks go, poor Capitol Reef is the park that gets overlooked the most often in Utah. If you head east from Bryce on UT-12 and UT-24, you’ll drive through a portion of Capitol Reef starting in the town of Torrey – but many people don’t stop. If Capitol Reef was in any other state, it probably would be really popular! But, in Utah, it’s usually the park people spend the least amount of time in. (And you will probably guilty of it, too!)
Entry: $10 per private vehicle
Getting around: Driving yourself is the only way to get around Capitol Reef. You’ll see some of the park’s famous rock formations (for free) if you’re driving along UT-24, but to really see the park, you need to tackle the scenic drive within Capitol Reef’s fee area.
What it’s known for: Located in the heart of Utah’s red rock country, Capitol Reef is known for its cliffs and canyons in the Waterpocket Fold, which is essentially a wrinkle in the earth’s crust.
If you have one day: One day is enough to see the highlights of Capitol Reef, which include all the stops along the scenic drive. You’ll see cliffs, canyons, ancient petroglyphs, rippled rock, and more.
If you have more than one day: There’s some hiking to be done in Capitol Reef, including 15 day-hikes that range from short and easy to more strenuous. You can check out the hikes here. (Full disclosure)
Where to stay: The small town of Fruita is at the center of Capitol Reef National Park, but the town of Torrey has more options when it comes to hotels. Check out the Capitol Reef Resort, which is most vistors top pick in the area.
Canyonlands National Park
Next up is Canyonlands, in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. Canyonlands is actually broken into three different sections: Island in the Sky, The Needles, and The Maze, and has two major visitor centers (one at Island in the Sky, and one at The Needles).
Entry: $25 per private vehicle
Getting around: Self-driving is the best way to explore Canyonlands, especially if you want to visit more than one section of the park. (There’s roughly 60 miles of road between the Island in the Sky and Needles entrances, for example.)
What it’s known for: True to its name, Canyonlands is famous for its canyons and buttes that have been carved out by the Colorado River (the same river that carved out the Grand Canyon). It’s also known for its excellent mountain biking, with the 100-mile White Rim Road at Island in the Sky being the most popular trail.
If you have one day: The Island in the Sky district is the easiest to access – it’s less than an hour from Moab, and paved roads make it easy to reach all the viewpoints and trailheads. With one day, I would recommend visiting the famous Mesa Arch in the morning (it’s really popular at sunrise), going to the viewpoints at Grand View Point and the Green River Overlook, and then doing a short hike out to Upheaval Dome.
If you have more than one day: With an extra day, definitely drive out to The Needles, which is the second-most-accessible district in Canyonlands. The Needles is made more for hikers, with an extensive system of more than 60 miles of interconnecting trails.
Where to stay: Canyonlands is most easily accessed from Moab. You can stay in a cute Airbnb apartment, but there are also plenty of hotels and motels in town (along with lots of restaurants) to choose from. Check out the La Quinta Inn and Suites Moab, or the Holiday Inn Express Moab.
Arches National Park
The last of the Might 5 parks is Arches, also close to Moab in southeastern Utah. This park is very different from the other four on this list, and I also think is one of the most accessible since it’s only about 15 minutes from Moab and is filled with short, easy walks to see the famous arches.
Entry: $25 per private vehicle
Getting around: There are no shuttles at Arches, so you’ll need your own vehicle to explore the 18-mile-long scenic road through the park.
What it’s known for: The sandstone arches, of course! The park has more than 2,000 natural stone arches, along with pinnacles, cliffs, and balanced rocks. The rocks are also a brilliant orange-red, which looks great in photos.
If you have one day: In the morning, explore the scenic road and stop off at some of the viewpoints/shorter walks – Park Avenue, Balanced Rock, the Windows Section, and Double Arch are top picks. In the evening, hit the trail out to Delicate Arch, the most famous arch in the park and the symbol of the state of Utah. The hike is tough going up, so allow yourself 1-1.5 hours to reach the arch in time for sunset. At sunset, the sun paints Delicate Arch an incredible rusty orange color
If you have more than one day: You can see all the major highlights of Arches in just one day, but if you have a second day, consider the Devils Garden Trail hike (7.2 miles total), or perhaps a ranger-guided hike of Fiery Furnace.
Where to stay: Arches is most easily accessed from Moab. Stay in an Airbnb apartment or in hotels and motels in town. There are lots to choose from. Check out the La Quinta Inn and Suites Moab, or the Holiday Inn Express Moab.
Know before you go
Before you head out to the Mighty 5, here are a few more tips for you:
Bring water. You’ll always find water bottle filling stations at the visitor centers of each park, but you usually won’t find any along the hiking trails or even along the scenic drives. Zion and Bryce are at higher elevation, but still get warm in the summer. And Canyonlands and Arches get downright HOT, with daytime summer temperatures frequently reaching 100 degrees (F). MAKE SURE you have enough water with you, especially if you plan to do any longer hikes. I recommend getting a daypack with at a built-in reservoir rather than carrying just one water bottle. The CamelBak Aurora (70 oz), the CamelBak Aventura (100 oz), and the Osprey Raven (100 oz).
Wear good shoes. If you’re just doing scenic drives, your flip flops will be fine. But if you decide to tackle any of the longer hikes, you NEED proper footwear. And I don’t just mean your favorite pair of hot pink Sketchers – you need hiking boots. Merrell Moab hiking boots (they’re even NAMED after a spot in Utah!) – Wear them for every hike on this trip.
Be prepared for every kind of weather. Many of Utah’s national parks have their own little micro-climates – meaning you can never fully predict what the weather will be like. Wear layers that you can shed (or put back on), and always pack a raincoat.
Beware the sun. Getting sunburnt is the worst – avoid it by applying (and re-applying) sunscreen, and wearing a hat when possible.
Get a National Parks Pass. If you do the math, visiting the Mighty 5 all in one trip will set you back $120. This is where an annual pass for the national parks comes in handy. The “American the Beautiful” pass costs $80 and is good for 12 months – meaning it will save you quite a bit of money if you plan to visit a bunch of national parks.
This region continues to garner attention as one of the top places to visit in the United States. Trip Advisor recently suggested that, St. George is America’s #1 Emerging Hotspot for travelers.Click here for more details. With mild winter weather, year-round recreation and a close proximity to amazing scenery such as Zion National Park, St. George can easily be the top of the list for your next vacation or group gathering.
Scenic wonders abound with Snow Canyon State Park, a marvel of red-rock and lava formations, just 1 minute from the city boundaries. Three other state parks are in close proximity to the city of St. George, and they include, Gunlock State Park, Sand Hollow State Park and Quail Lake State Park. Sand Hollow is also the site of the Hurricane Sand Dunes which is a great place for four-wheel-drive exploration by jeep and ATV riding.
With an elevation of 2,800 feet in a high-desert environment, the winter daytime temperatures in St. George frequently hover in the low 60s and offer a perfect getaway for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are 12 excellent golf courses in the St. George area and some offer championship caliber challenges to match the dramatic scenery. Many of the area’s scenic golf courses offer a back-drop of red sandstone with distant views of 10,000 foot high Pine Mountain, and the rock monoliths of Zion National Park.
Besides being close to Zion National Park and other scenic attractions, the St. George, Utah area boasts spectacular live theater. The Tuacahn Amphitheater is a unique 2,000 seat outdoor theatrical venue near the red rock cliffs of Snow Canyon State Park. Tuacahn offers Broadway-caliber musical productions in the summer and fall, with many concerts and other entertainment options throughout the year. Many St. George, Utah hotels offer money-saving Tuacahn ticket packages. Other theatrical options are the St. George Musical Theater, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah, located only 44 miles north of St. George. St. George, Utah hosts many popular annual events, including the St. George Arts Festival, the Huntsman World Senior Games, the St. George Marathon, and soccer, golf and other sporting tournaments. Some of these events draw over 10,000 participants and many more spectators. .
The St. George, Utah area’s top tourist attraction, Zion National Park is just thirty eight minutes away and boasts breathtaking rock formations, forested plateaus and narrow slot canyons. Zion National Park is 30 miles in length and 15 miles wide at its broadest point. Within the park, the Zion Caynon scenic drive is the most popular attraction and is home to the park’s most recognizable natural landmarks and most popular trails, such as Weeping Rock, The Riverside Walk, and Emerald Pools, all of which are relatively easy paths appropriate for the entire family. Two of the best views of Zion Canyon are also found at the top of the two most strenuous trails in the canyon, Angels Landing and Observation Point. From April to October, visitors have the benefit of accessing the canyon via shuttle bus, which stops at trail heads and points of interest on its way up the canyon. St George , Utah makes a great base camp for visiting Zion National Park.
As you plan your Southern Utah vacation, contact the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on lodging, attractions, activities and entertainment.
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Anyone who’s ever visited Niagara Falls, Yosemite and a few other famous waterfalls in the United States probably has a personal list of their favorite falls.
Visiting these waterfalls brings the opportunity to view some of the most spectacular sights on earth. There are few natural wonders that are filled with such awe-inspiring beauty, capturing what’s best about being alive on this magnificent place we call USA.
1. Niagra Falls, NY, USA
Niagara Falls: Known for their massive beauty that lures people from all around the world (especially newlyweds!), Niagara Falls separates Ontario, Canada, from New York state. Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side, is about 2,600 feet wide, while the American Falls is 1,060 feet wide.
2. Yellowstone Lower Falls, Geyser – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States.
Yellowstone Falls consist of two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River, within Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States. As the Yellowstone river flows north from Yellowstone Lake, it leaves the Hayden Valley and plunges first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet deep.The brink of the upper falls marks the junction bet…
3. Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge | Oregon, USA
Portland Oregon – Multnomah Fallsdely advertised as the 4th tallest waterfall in the United States (which it is not, more later), and named in virtually every World Book and Almanac under the “tallest waterfalls of the world” section, Multnomah Falls is the undisputed best waterfall in Oregon
4. Lower Lewis River Falls ~ Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
If you would like to go for a day trip that you will never forget, try this one. From Woodland, Washington (I-5 exit 21), drive east on 503. You will pass by the three dams on the North Fork Lewis river. First is Merwin. There is a nice park here if you want to take a little rest stop and view Lake Merwin. Driving on up the highway you will have access to beautiful view points suitable for taking pictures or just looking out at the amazing scenery. The next reservoir is Yale. Keep on driving …
5. Breathtaking Elowah Falls, Oregon
The often overlooked Elowah Falls rush just off of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Tucked away in a giant amphitheater of basalt, Elowah Falls drops cascading water an impressive 280 feet from McCord Creek. As you make your way through the forest, be sure to avoid the ubiquitous poison oak. Also note that trail intersection signs were missing the directional indications for Elowah Falls, so kind hikers have added the appropriate information.
6. Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State, USA
Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall.
7. Waterfall in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Glacier National Park in Montana is the most incredible place I have ever been. I loved heart-stopping views of the majestic mountains, the crystal clear blue waters, and just driving down the “Going to the sun road” looking over the clifs. Not to mention white water rafting, horseback riding, and just relaxing in the sun with nothing but great views.
8. Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen, New York
Rainbow Falls Watkins Glen State Park, New York – This place is usually filled with people. The best time to take photos without anybody in the pictures is at 7 am before sunrising. Plus, you don’t need to pay the $8 entrance fee.
Watkins Glen State Park in the Fingerlakes region of New York has a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet, past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campsites and picnic facilities are available, as well as an Olympic-size pool.
9. Waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, USA
Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts 800 miles of hiking trails, up rugged Appalachian Mountain peaks — 16 of them greater than 6,000 feet. Straddling the mountainous border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the park is traversed by rivers and streams that reveal countless waterfalls. Part of the park’s appeal is the diversity of recreation available there, from picnics and scenic drives to hiking and wildlife watching.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park sits between North Carolina and Tennessee, meaning it is not only in a natural wonderland of waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife, but also in the heart of some incredible culinary options.
10. Middle Falls of Letchworth State Park, New York, US
Middle Falls – Letchworth State Park in New York Is a magical place. This was taken from inspiration point. It’s a great spot to end your day walking around in this park.
Starting in Salt Lake City and ending in Las Vegas.
Highlights: Arches National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Park, Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon National Park
Utah and Arizona hit the jackpot when it comes to National Parks and natural wonders. We have outlined an extensive road trip itinerary for exploring Utah. There are so many natural wonders to see in this part of the USA. If you love alien landscape, rich red rock and hiking then this is the road trip for you.
This itinerary can be done in one week or expanded up to two weeks if you want to spend more time exploring each park or in Las Vegas at the end of the trip. You can start this itinerary in Salt Lake City and end in Las Vegas or do a round trip from Las Vegas.
Start in Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Natural History Museum and Antelope Island State Park
Moab – Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park
Page, AZ – Via Monument Valley Najavo Park, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon tour
Grand Canyon – Grand Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon, UT – Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset and sunrise
Zion – Zion National Park