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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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How Not to Get Bored at the Beach

It’s just sun, sand and surf, right? Not very exciting sometimes, if you aren’t into swimming, or playing in the sand. But you don’t just have to lie there and wait for the sun to heat you up. You can do plenty of activities that suit your own interests, no matter what they are.

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1. Be Active

A beach is a great place to play, whether you’re a child or an adult. You can set up a volleyball net or break out a frisbee or a football. Use a hula hoop. The texture of the sand adds an interesting new element to any game! Or, rent a surfboard or a snorkel and mask, if you prefer to go into the water. Find a fishing rod and go fish. You may also find many opportunities for watersports nearby, from personal watercraft to parasailing.

2. Explore

Beaches are often lined with boardwalks where you can check out shops and see what’s for sale. If not, it’s still fun to walk up and down the beach and check out the surrounding area. Are there large vacation homes? Islands in the distance? Seals sunning themselves on the beach? Crabs scuttling down into moist sand? You may see dolphins or whales in the water, or find historic sites such as lighthouses, military bases, and monuments. You might discover some exciting cliffs or foliage or cool sea shells. How will you know if you don’t take a hike down the beach?

3. Eat and Drink

Food tastes better at the beach, as long as you avoid getting sand in it. Have yourself a picnic packed with items you made from home. Or, go locate the nearest shaved ice purveyor. Is there a grill around? A hot dog stand? See if you can find something interesting an unusual on the menu. Have a cocktail – an ice cold pina colada might hit the spot. Or, if it’s a cool evening, a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and s’mores might create the perfect atmosphere. Make it a party and invite everyone!

4. Get Inspired

Beaches are beautiful places, and more than one poet has been moved to write about them. Watch the sunset and reflect upon what you see. Build a sandcastle, and be creative about it. Draw in a notebook. Read a favorite novel. Write in your diary, or start a letter to a friend. Post pretty pictures on Instagram and use all the different filters. Write poetry in the sand.

5. Look Around You

See what other people are doing. It’s fun to people watch at the beach, and you might even meet some new friends. Take photographs of what you see. The light quality at the beach is different than what you’re used to, so really notice how the sky changes – how big it is, how many clouds there are, how the colors adjust during different times of day. Store up the memory of your view for later, when you’re stuck in an office and want to channel another place.

While you’re enjoying your time at the beach, make sure to stay protected from damaging sunburns. SolRx’s WATERBLOCK Technology offers 8 hours of coverage. The WATERBLOCK formula won’t sweat off or wash off for 8 full hours, so you can focus on having fun.

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.

Hiking Season – When to Apply Sunscreen

The hiking season is fast approaching! This means it’s almost time to spend your days outdoors, exploring trails in the bright sunshine. You already know you’ll need a good broad-spectrum sunscreen for these adventures, but you’re also going to need other products to protect your face. These may include moisturizer, to keep your face from getting dry, and bug spray, to keep the mosquitoes from eating you alive.sport sunscreen solrx hiking

Moisturizer First

Moisturizing is important when you’re going outside, especially in higher altitudes where there’s a lot of dry air. Many dermatologists recommend using it first, then putting sunscreen on top of that. That’s because you don’t want the water in your moisturizer to dilute the effectiveness of the sunscreen. You can even mix moisturizer and sunscreen together, as long as they each contain a safe level of SPF protection (25+) so that you’re not diluting the formula.

Sunscreen Next

Choose a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen for maximum protection. Make sure to apply a uniform layer, and apply sunscreen liberally. Most sunscreens are designed to get absorbed into your skin, while bug spray should stay on top of your skin, which is why you need to apply sunscreen first.

SolRx’s WATERBLOCK sunscreen is not only resistant to water but also to sweat, making it a great choice for summertime hikers.

Then, Insect Repellent

You need to wait for at least 5-10 minutes to allow sunscreen to dry. If at all possible, wait a half hour. This will allow plenty of time for the sunscreen to bind to your skin before you add insect repellent. Make sure to cover all exposed areas of skin, but use the minimum amount needed. Apply a light layer, then add to it as needed.

Adding Makeup

If you’re going to wear makeup, do it between your sunscreen and insect repellent. Wait at least 3-5 minutes before adding makeup, such as foundation, to make sure that the sunscreen is not diluted further. Don’t use excess pressure, and don’t rub. Do not use makeup with SPF as your sole form of protection from UV rays, because most people do not use enough makeup to provide the level of protection listed on the container.

Reapplication

If you’re staying out in the sun for long periods of time, you will need to reapply. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied more than insect repellent in general, but if you are using both you’ll have to reapply both products, keeping in mind the above instructions.

If you’re using a formula with the 8 hour WATERBLOCK technology from SolRx, frequent reapplication isn’t necessary.

Please note that if you are using medication that must be applied to your face, that goes first. Moisturizer comes next, and may actually help absorption of any medication. Makeup follows, then insect repellent. The general rule of thumb is that products designed for absorption into your skin should go first, followed by products designed to stay on top of skin. Just make sure you are adding enough, and reapply when necessary!