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.
People love the Caribbean all year round with its beautiful beaches, cool evening breezes, poolside cocktails and its ability to leave us feeling utterly relaxed and disconnected from our lives at home. I should know, I lived in the Bahamas for close to a year working at the mega resort Atlantis on Paradise Island in Nassau. And no matter how stressed or upset I ever was, as soon as that plane touched Bahamian air space a smile and sense of elation would sweep over my body. While winter may be the most popular time to visit this area of the world, summer offers great savings, and while the temperatures may be warmer it can still be a great time to visit. A lover of the Caribbean I have yet to visit all of its wonderful and unique islands, so I teamed up with some of the best Caribbean experts and put together this list of the best and most sustainable places to visit in summer that won’t leave you sweltering.
What do you really know about the State of Georgia? Many people may be familiar with a few of its famous historical figures, rappers, actors and musicians but what else do you know about the Peach State? Here are some fun facts and finds about the State of Georgia.
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.