Glittering topaz seas, diverse landscapes and unbeatable attractions to top off any royal bucket list - Australia is truly a destination for the ages. Brimming from end to end with an abundance of natural wonders, lush wildlife, glossy metropolises, romantic beaches and of course, massive expanses of outback country, this is a landmass with enough adventures to daze even the most well-traveled wanderers. Australia attracts millions of tourists every year and you don't have to look far to see why - from incredible sightseeing and tasty cuisine to fantastic underwater escapades and cultural highlights, there really is nothing you can't find here.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the biggest treasures of Tennessee. Home to more than 187,000 acres of forest and more than 800 miles of hiking trails. This park that stretches across two states and encompasses more than 520,000 acres is a true gem. A hikers and wildlife lovers paradise, it is the most visited National Park in America with more than 11 million yearly visitors. If you love wildlife, forests and history the Smoky Mountains are for you, and there is no better time to visit than the summer months.
California has some amazing National Parks that protect some of the most diverse and beautiful places in the country. Home to eight National Parks and many more national historic sites that protect marine life, mountains, deep valleys, sand dunes, desert, redwood trees, volcanoes and miles of wilderness.
Lassen Volcanic is one of 8 California National Parks
Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Death Valley are perhaps the most well known California parks but one of my personal favorites is Lassen Volcanic National Park. Located just south of the border with Oregon on California's North Eastern Corner. Lassen is a vibrant and mesmerizing park, full of volcanoes that have shaped a colorful and rugged landscape, dotted with glacier lakes, beautiful forest, hot springs and incredible hiking.
When you hear someone talk about the state of Georgia, forest and waterfalls are probably not the first thing that come to mind. Georgia however which is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the southern part of the Appalachian Trail and stretches from mountains to seashore and marshland to forest has some amazing wildlife preserves. The state has 48 state parks, 15 historic sites and numerous preserves and National Monuments.
Did you know the state of Georgia has more than 40 waterfalls and thousands of acres of forest?
Just ninety minutes north of Atlanta is one of the state's most popular parks, Amicalola State Park. Part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the park protects more than 800 acres of forest. Home to many hiking trails it is the ending/starting point for the Appalachian Trail and boasts a guest lodge, camping areas, cabins, restaurant and hike in hotel all within its boundaries. You can also fish, zipline and see Georgia's tallest waterfall.
The one thing you should never travel without is a great book. I have always loved to read and some of the best wanderlust often comes from the pages of travel books. Growing up I devoured mysteries and gripped the pages of thriller/horror books like Goosebumps and Fear Street. As I got older and my passion for traveling grew I read the travel classics like Heart of Darkness, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta and Seven Years in Tibet. These days you would be hard pressed to find me on any trip, or in my own bed for that matter, without a book or an Ibook that is, in my hand.
Some of my biggest travel inspiration has come from the books I have read, each page fueling my wanderlust for nature and exploration. Here is a list curated by myself and a few other writers, bloggers and travel addicts of our favorite books about travel, nature and adventure.
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