I believe that the Banff, Alberta area is one of the single most beautiful areas in all of North America, and I am not the only one. There is so much raw beauty stuffed into this one area of the Canadian Rockies that it is almost impossible to appreciate unless you see the area yourself. From its beautiful and majestic mountains and glaciers to its pristine and crystal clear lakes, the Banff area has it all.
Ever since I moved to the Milwaukee area about 15 years ago, I have been absolutely enthralled with the Door County region in Northeastern Wisconsin. It is an absolutely stunning area that is an immensely popular vacation spot for people in the Midwestern United States.
I have been to the Redwood State and National Parks in Northern California, and they are beautiful parks. They are also relatively far away from any major metropolitan city. They are located where I would expect large Redwood trees to still be standing, on the north coast of California. I think Muir Woods National Monument is so unique because it is where you wouldn’t expect large, old-growth trees to still be standing.
To this day, Devil’s Tower continues to attract a lot of visitors, with over 440,000 people a year visiting the monument from all over the world. On top of being one of America’s biggest geological wonders, it is also one of the best crack rock climbing locations in North America.
If you like to hike, the National Parks System in the United States has some really fun, challenging, and breathtakingly beautiful hiking trails for you to explore. If you are looking for which parks have the best trails, you are in luck. We are going to rank which hikes in our National Park System we would recommend.
White Sands National Monument is a stunning landscape. So much so that you will likely spend a great deal of time at first just taking in the beautiful scenery. It is breathtaking, especially at sunrise and sunset. We have outlined some great things to do at White Sands below, as well as included links to some other helpful resources for planning your trip.
I guess in that regard it is difficult for me to say that the city exceeded my expectations as I didn’t really know what to expect, but I will say that Barcelona did not disappoint.