Adventure is waiting around every turn across the United States. A lot of people get so caught up on the big name sites that some incredible places get overlooked. Here are six places you’ve never heard of and won’t forget.
Thor’s Well, Oregon
The Oregon coast has some premier surfing spots, like the expert and niche Indian Beach, just north of Cannon Beach. After making a day of hanging ten, travel south a bit to catch an incredible spectacle: Thor’s Well. This sinkhole pulls in torrents of vertical water from every direction – a truly stunning sight to see after conquering the waves.
Watkins Glen State Park, New York
One of the widely unknown state parks in the U.S. is Watkins Glen State Park. Awesome agritourism, hikes below foot cliffs, and sweeping waterfalls paint a memorable journey that not too many have seen. Nearby Lake Seneca, Waneta Lake, Lamoka Lake, and Cayuta Lake provide opportunities for water sports when you aren’t partaking in some excellent hiking and cross-country skiing.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The beauty of Utah’s unique desert scapes has some famous spots, like Moab and Zion. But Bryce Canyon is a unique area to add to your list if you’re exploring the area. Hike through multiple trails, the longest being Fairyland Loop Trail and the most scenic being Queen Garden Trailhead. Along all of these, you’ll see spires of epic rock formations called hoodoos that make this place feel otherworldly.
The Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
On the west side of Lake Superior sits an incredible archipelago with wild rock formations, snowy landscapes, and mystical winter ice caves. Hike, sail, or go for a wintry spelunking excursion in one of the most notable places off the beaten path.
Morro Bay, California
If you’re finally doing that legendary California coast surf trip, give yourself a much deserved interlude between Los Angeles and San Francisco at Morro Bay. This quaint, sunny town sits next to some decent surfing opportunities on beaches where sea lions and otters abound.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Everest may be the tallest mountain by altitude, but Mt. Denali in Alaska claims an even more staggering climb from base to summit, ascending 18,000 feet. The northern latitude puts it in a low-pressure environment, making it even more foreboding. Why travel out of the country to Nepal or Tibet when an even more challenging endeavor awaits in our own states? Talkeetna is an awesome little town where you can take helicopter trips, dog sled tours, and embark on other multi-day treks, giving you even more reason to head up to the Last Frontier.
If you’re ready to journey forth to these or other awesome destinations, make sure you keep your stuff safe. StorQuest is here to help all you mad adventurers store your gear or possessions while you’re away. Your journey matters. So does your stuff.