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Best Hiking Spots in the U.S.

Because the United States is so large, it offers a diverse variety of naturally beautiful places that can be best seen by walking. Mountains, lakes, rocks, waterfalls, oceans, and other natural visions are available all over the country. Here are some of the best places to hike the majestic landscapes of America:

Best Hiking in USYellowstone – The many trails at this amazing national park near the border of Wyoming and Montana lead to volcanoes, hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. There are few places in the country with such dramatic views.

Grand Canyon – Located in Arizona, this unique landform carved by the Colorado River is 277 river miles long and a mile deep. Fascinating geologic color and erosional forms can be viewed as you hike to the bottom on some challenging trails.

Yosemite – Best known for its waterfalls, this great valley in California offers 750 miles of trails for people of all abilities. View meadows, giant sequoias, granite, and glacier-formed regions in your trek through a true wilderness.

Glacier National Park – Explore more than 700 miles of trail for day hikes or extended backpacking trips into mountainous areas, around lakes, through passes, and by waterfalls and caves. The glaciers are truly awe-inspiring.

Rocky Mountains – Hiking through the 350 miles in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park often involves altitude changes, but it’s worth the trip if you’re excited by viewing wildlife and traversing major peaks. Adventure awaits!

Hawaii – Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii all have beautiful landscapes that are unlike anything else in the U.S., thanks to deep blue waters, volcanoes, rainforests, beaches, steep cliffs, caves, and more.

Zion National Park – Utah’s national park, with its towering sandstone cliffs, soaring plateaus and colorful canyons, can provide different hiking levels because of a 5,000 ft. altitude change and diverse ecosystems all within the same region. Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail – This Eastern trail, which extends through the mountains from Georgia to Maine, allows people to hike 2,200 miles – or jump on and off the path to make smaller trips. Landmarks along the way consist of wildernesses, museums, cafes, and state parks.

Sedona, Arizona – Sedona’s memorable rock formations, mesas, buttes, and canyons are best viewed through walking the trails of this rugged and dry region. The geology of the area is worth investigating, as is the history.

Anywhere Near You – Wherever you are, you can often find hidden gems just by checking out the hiking trails near you. You may not be able to travel as far as you like, but you’ll discover so much if you just venture out your door and look for local wildernesses and natural beauty. Be sure to stay protected from the sun with long-lasting, sport sunscreen from SolRx with WATERBLOCK technology.

 

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Endless Summer: Some Hot Spots That Are Still Hot

Most of the country is no longer experiencing the heat of summer, but there are places within this country that are still warm, breezy, and beautiful. If you’re missing the sun and need to channel some warm weather, try these vacation spots – there’s one close to you!

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Key West, Florida – The sunsets from Key West are second to none, and the laid-back lifestyle will draw you in. Even the drive from Miami is relaxing. Because of the coral reefs certain watersports aren’t available – but restful yet stimulating beach fun is always de rigueur.

Topsail Beach, North Carolina – This area offers a friendly and family-oriented style of beach living, complete with surfing, boating, fishing, and sunset cruising. Recreation in the form of shops and restaurants, a skating rink, and other small-town amusements abound.

San Diego, California – From beach resorts to SeaWorld and Legoland and an incredible zoo, San Diego is always a hot destination. Enjoy amazing vistas, culture, hiking spots, and more along the Pacific coast. For family fun and sun, this is the place!

San Francisco, California – If you enjoy more urban environments, northern California might be your cup of tea. There are plenty of natural wonders here too. Go hiking nearby in Big Sur or Muir Woods, then enjoy some excellent meals and ocean views.

Savannah, Georgia – Steeped in history, Savannah is a beautiful and atmospheric town on the Atlantic, full of southern-style hospitality, cultural touchpoints, and maybe a ghost or two. Tybee Island nearby is a gorgeous spot for visiting the beach.

Florida KeysHawaii – Pretty much the whole state of Hawaii, consisting of eight main islands, is worth seeing for its natural beauty and sun-drenched beaches. Hike along a volcano on the Big Island, revel in the thriving nightlife of Honolulu, or visit the quieter beaches of Kauai.

South Padre Island, Texas – A popular spring break spot, South Padre Island is an active community where you can enjoy watersports, fishing, spas, and bars and nightclubs. Mild weather and calm waters can be enjoyed all year.

New Orleans, Louisiana – It’s not just for Mardi Gras – New Orleans is a city that embraces its French heritage and its unique southern mystique simultaneously. You can visit a swamp, immerse yourself in the rich history of the region, and enjoy the culture.

Phoenix, Arizona – Arizona has the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, but for a bit of civilization, Phoenix is perfect. With bustling downtown areas, great shopping and golfing, and spring training, it’s a great place to enjoy the warmth anytime of year!

Las Vegas, Nevada – It’s always easy to find your way to Vegas, where blockbuster live shows, great dining, and monumentally scaled casinos appeal to a diverse international audience. Not far way, you can get away from the glitz and glam with Nevada’s natural beauty.

We know you haven’t explored all the places you want to go yet, so why not escape the coming cold seasons (brr) and find a new place to go? Our country boasts such a variety of summery destinations, you’re sure to find one that has everything you want. While you’re out exploring your destination of choice, don’t forget to lather up with sunscreen by SolRx!

 

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Top 3 Ziplining Sites in the U.S.

Ziplining, in which thrill-seekers get into harnesses, strap themselves to steel wires and use pulleys to get from place to place, is one of the fastest growing forms of ecotourism in the world. There’s nothing like the feeling of speeding through the air while viewing landmarks below.

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In the U.S., it’s an easy way to find adventure and excitement and see the natural wonders or brilliant cityscapes around you. Here are a few of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy ziplining.

Haleakala Zipline: Skyline Eco-Adventures

Ziplining is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, and the Haleakala Zipline (part of Skyline Eco-Adventures) is one of the best. Suitable for ages 8 to 98, this zipline course allows you to swing through beautiful landscapes in upcountry Maui. Multiple lines and crossings allow you to view unusual birds, endangered plants, lovely valleys, tall eucalyptus trees, swinging bridges, and much more. Expect speeds up to 45 miles per hour, and some short hiking experiences.

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers one of the best sites for ziplining is in the midwest. Based in Rockbridge, Ohio, here your ziplining adventure can offer speeds up to 50 miles per hour (via the SuperZip® as shown in the video below.)

Forests, cliffs, caves, rope bridges, and the Hocking River offer beautiful vistas to fly over, and you’ll have personable guides to help you stay safe. This place offers five different award-winning tours, including a “Moonshine Tour” under the light of the full moon and tours that combine climbing, rappelling, and ziplining.

Soaring Tree Top Adventures

At Soaring Tree Top Adventures in Durango, Colorado, you can take 34 unique zip lines between old-growth alpine forest trees, across the Animas River, and through fresh mountain air. Ziplining here is designed as an all-day adventure for the whole family, with lines up to 1400 feet long. A four-course gourmet lunch, historic railroad transportation through a canyon, and an eco-tour are included, which makes this a first-class experience all around.

Ziplining is an exhilarating activity, and it’s safe and fun for most ages. If you’re searching for a new way to enjoy the scenery as you soar through the air, nothing can match it. And it’s also easy because you don’t need much equipment.

Dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, and bring sunscreen (since traveling fast doesn’t protect you from sunburn!), and you’re pretty much set. The SolRx 8 Hour WATERBLOCK SPF 50 is a great option because it won’t sweat into your eyes obscuring the breathtaking views.

The 5 Best Beaches in the U.S.

The truth is, U.S. beaches are pretty fantastic. We have lake beaches along the Great Lakes that enhance life in midwestern states, and we have coastlines on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that are gorgeous year round. Beaches in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, and Florida are among the best in the country. But these five are truly some of the best beaches in the U.S. and worth a visit no matter where you’re from.sport sunscreen waterproof beach

Lanakai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, is a serene half-mile strip of public beach known for its gentle winds, clear turquoise green waters, and fine white sand. Its location on Oahu’s windward coast and a stunning view of the Mokulua Islands makes it a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike. There are so many beautiful beaches in Hawaii, yet this one stands out. There isn’t much shade in certain areas, so be sure to have your sunscreen on hand.

Bahia Honda State Park, located at mile marker 37 along Highway 1 in the Florida Keys, is a quiet and family-friendly spot, with three beaches, nature trails, and high-quality snorkeling and beachcombing. The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a great place for watching sunsets, in one of the southernmost points in the country. Wading birds and other wildlife are abundant here. The very air itself will calm and relax you.

Race Point Beach, a Cape Cod National Seashore beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is known for the kind of picturesque and expansive views you expect from unspoiled Atlantic coastline. The water can be chilly, but seal and whale sightings (in season) might make up for that. This is a no-frills beach with minimal concessions – it’s just you, the sun, the sky, and the sea.

La Jolla, California, near San Diego, is actually a collection of breathtaking beaches in dramatic settings. Secluded coves, jagged cliffs, and beautiful sand abound at locations like Windandsea Beach. Expect magnificent waves, sugary sand, infinite blue seas, rocky landscapes, and beautiful light. The beaches of La Jolla can be tucked away, but the people are friendly and the geography is ever-changing.

Cannon Beach, a city in Oregon along the Pacific coast, offers views of the ocean, forested mountains to the east, and a marine garden at Haystack Rock full of sea life and birds like puffins and cormorants. A wide, clean expanse of sand allows for many family-friendly activities, and the water is cool and clear. This is a site that has been described as otherworldly and inspirational; it’s where the ‘80s film “The Goonies” was filmed.

The truth is, we haven’t even begun to delve into the amazing number of awesome beaches across this country. South Padre Island, Hilton Head, Martha’s Vineyard, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale,– we have such a diversity of great ones, it’s hard to choose favorites. But there’s one thing we know for sure: the sun is strong along these sandy locales. Don’t forget a broad-spectrum sunscreen with water resistance, like SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology. You do not want to mar your beautiful beach experience with painful burns, no matter where you are.