When the leaves are changing and the weather is comfortably cool, there’s no better time to explore the outdoors in all of its natural beauty. Although you can probably find some picturesque scenery right in your own backyard, there are several outdoor destinations located all across the country that are worth traveling to. For a de-stressing mini vacation before the hectic holidays, check out the following four vacation spots for refreshing outdoor fun.
1. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Named after the Chickasaw Native American tribe, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a gorgeous landmark nestled between the eastern hardwood forests and the western prairies. Here visitors can explore a wide variety of different tree species, including oak, elm, hickory, red cedar and sycamore. These trees frame an expansive woodland area filled with wildflowers, mixed grasses and a number of unique prairie plants, such as sideoats grama and indian blanket. Visitors can examine this diverse plant and wildlife landscape for an educational and enriching experience with nature.
2. Appalachian Trail
Relive the early days of the country along the historical Appalachian Trail, which is the oldest walking trail in America. This trail lies on the border of the East Coast and stretches 2,160 miles from north to south. If you were to walk the entire trail, it would take an astounding five months and offer a glimpse into the country’s distant rugged past. However, visitors can also drive through the trail, with a few stops to witness the majesty of the Smoky Mountains.
3. Out ‘n’ About Treesort
One of the more unorthodox choices for your recreational vacation, the Out ‘n’ About Treesort is a collection of 15 tree houses location in southwestern Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains. These tree houses create a magical natural atmosphere with everything from an actual “Swiss Family Complex” to a gazebo raised 37 feet in the air. These two tree houses are bridged by an exciting canopy walkway, and feature separate units for kids and adults. Exit by fire pole or swing down on a rope to a cool and refreshing swimming pool located down by the river of the grounds.
4. Salmon River
If you want a little more excitement and adventure from your vacation, take a riveting ride down Idaho’s salmon river with a five-day Family Magic Rafting Trip brought to you by ROW Adventures. This electrifying experience ensures a great time for newbies and experts alike. After a trip down the river, have fun relaxing on the area’s many beaches, explore your surroundings at guided nature hikes, or discover Native American rock art and pioneer homesteads for a holistic outdoor experience.
When you’re used to the non-stop, tech-filled atmosphere of city life, it’s easy to forget what a refreshing scene the great outdoors can be. Fall is the perfect time to revisit everything you love about the natural world, while providing a much-needed break from the chaos of everyday life. With perfect weather conditions and beautiful natural scenery no matter which one of these destinations you choose, the fall provides the perfect excuse to take a pre-holiday breather before the cold comes in.