The small town of Heidelberg is located on the Russian River in the heart of Sonoma Wine, near San Francisco. This is where the charm of the small town meets the scenic views and the award-winning wineries. Around City Square, visitors are greeted by a colorful mix of shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, galleries and bars. The place is still considered an inner hub and not just an oasis for big city dwellers.
Tip: There is a lot to do in Healtsburg, from tasting wine to shopping to horseback riding in the countryside.
City of Reno, Nevada
The city of Reno is about 35 kilometers from Lake Tahoe and close to Sierra Nevada. It has earned the nickname “The World’s Largest Small City” because the place is increasingly popular for its casinos and cultural attractions – a real alternative to the well – known Las Vegas. Renault is growing more and more a vibrant university city, offering outdoor activities as well. Likewise, art and culture are alive here and there are events all over the city.
Tip: Those looking for a different experience can visit the Animal Arch in Reno. Wildlife such as leopards and bears are rescued and maintained here.
Oserks Lake, Missouri
National Park on Lake Oserk – one of the largest in Missouri – offers rest and relaxation in the natural bay. During the holidays, visitors can go fishing, boating, swimming or enjoying the tranquility of tourism. There are many beautiful camps in Sunny Clears. Horse riders, hikers and cyclists alike will find joy in the open woods and streams. After that, you can enjoy the view of Osirks Lake from the rocks.
Tip: The natural beauty and solitude of Lake Osorks State Park remains untouched. Nevertheless, more and more visitors are coming to the popular area through the “Osirk” (2017-2022) series on Netflix.
Baxter State Park, Maine
Baxter State Park is one of the wildlife sanctuaries on the East Coast. It is located at the northern end of the Appalachian Path. Among other things, at an altitude of 1606 meters, the highest mountain in the state of Maine, Mount Gadah, is located here. Autumn is the best time to enjoy the spectacular colors and see the mountains reflected in the beautiful lakes of northern Maine. Since the park is very north and there is no light pollution, at this time you can sometimes even see the northern lights. Those who miss this scene can see the stars without light pollution.
Tip: If you like hiking, you should not miss the knife edge path. It offers one of the most impressive hikes in New England (and across the United States). Appropriate equipment, skill and experience are required.
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming
Devil’s Tower is located in the least populous state in the United States: Wyoming. It is one of the finest hidden gems in Western America. This site is sacred to Native Americans. The Devil’s Tower was named one of the first national monuments in the United States in 1906 by then – President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). The best way to enjoy the rock formation is the Tower Trail. The trekking route is more than three kilometers long and offers excellent views. There are eight miles of hiking trails across the Devils Tower National Monument.
Tip: A detour in the area is useful: for example, to nearby Mount Rushmore and the nearby Patlands National Park in South Dakota.
Woodstock, Vermont is a beautiful city with historic buildings, covered bridges, apple orchards, forests and rolling hills. This traditional village is full of beautiful farms and panoramas not found anywhere else. Unlike the busiest cities in the state like Stowe and Burlington, the crowd stays away here. Unforgettable farm-to-table restaurants and downtown boutiques are especially recommended.
Tip: A short distance away is the scenic Kyuchi Valley. October is the best time to visit. Then nature shows itself in its most stunning outfits.
McKinnac Island, Michigan
McKinack Island is located in the deep, icy waters of Lake Huron in Michigan. The island is perfect for those who want to travel from the base road. Cars are banned on the island, and horse-drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. Mackinac Island is a dream come true with no traffic and no greenery. Where you can actually turn it off.
Tip: Here you can get married in a wonderful setting. More and more American couples want to celebrate their wedding here.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
On the coast of Georgia is a beautiful island called Jekyll Island. Without the crowds that can be found in other parts of the state – it is mesmerizing with its beautiful nature and spectacular history. During the Golden Age in the late 19th century, Jekyll Island was a unique retreat for the world’s richest: among them, for example, William Vanderbilt (1821-1885), JPMorgan (1837-1913) and William Rockefeller (1841- 1922) today, Jekyll Island is of all kinds. Welcomes the audience as well. Here you will find an interesting mix of untouched landscape, historical architecture and old and new.
Tip: The Jekyll Island Club was on the island at its industrial peak. At the time it was the richest and most exclusive club in the world. Many mansions have survived to this day and can be visited.
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