Are you and your special someone adventurous? Are you nature-loving kindred spirits? Do you prefer a great deal of outdoor recreation with your relaxation? Our National Parks system was made to be your playground. From curvaceous canyons to proud peaks, America’s catalog of preserved places inspires passion in lovers.
Zion National Park
Zion Canyon in Utah is one of the most breathtaking sights two people could behold together. The canyon boasts seven hiking trails that are popular for their accessibility and range from half an hour to a very reasonable four hours. For the more experienced, the Kolob Arch Trail is the perfect day long loop, showcasing geological wonders only Utah could provide.
Saguaro National Park
Do you snowbirds need to go someplace dry? Just outside of popular Tucson, Saguaro National Park is the Sonoran Desert’s contribution to the National Parks System. Saguaro is actually two parks in one, and Tucson is flanked by them, Tucson Mountains to the west, and the Rincon Mountains in the east. Spend your days strolling through shockingly diverse ecosystems that change with elevation. When the sun goes down enjoy a bite to eat and the night life of Tucson. Get up early and start over again the next day!
Great Smokey Mountains
Another priceless and historic tract of land that isn’t too far from civilization is The Great Smokey Mountains. Try historic Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a rustic vacation that does not sacrifice glamor. Book yourself into an elegant cabin or bed and breakfast in preparation for scenic mountain drives and picnics. For the outdoorsy couple, Gatlinburg would be the perfect place to retire and invest. Getting information about the resort is easy by contacting Gatlinburg property management. The resort town boasts a robust tourist economy and real estate market, and is only hours away from major East Coast cities, making it the ideal area for those who need to get away.
Voyageurs National Park
Are you the fishing and canoeing kind of couple? Northern Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park is a celebration of the “Land of a Thousand Lakes.” French-Canadian fur traders were the first to call this place home, and that’s where this park gets its name. Voyageurs is a boater’s paradise and was designed to be best accessed by boat. You can canoe in or rent a houseboat for modern convenience in your rural paradise. Try to hit up Voyageurs in late summer as there tends to be a bit more rain in June and early July.
Olympic National Park
Home to 73 miles of misty and truly remarkable Washington coastline, Olympic National Park lies at the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, near Port Angeles. Sand, boulder fields, and tides are all play into reducing beach hikes to a crawling pace, but that helps you take it all in. The park is also home to a rain forest populated by conifers, unlike a tropical rain forest. No place in the lower 48 gets more rain, but you won’t mind getting a little wet once you get an eye full of these mossy vistas!
This guest post was written by Andy Goldstein on behalf of Elk Springs Resort, located at 1088 Powdermill Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, 865-233-2390. Make your appointment today by calling 865-233-2390.