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Home Adventure Travel Ideas Destinations Eastern U.S. 'Explore America' Adventures

'Explore America' Adventures

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Explore America
Fun Family Adventures - All Year-Round!


Biking, Boating & Camping
Hiking, Snowshoeing & Horseback Riding
Museums, Cultural Sites & Wildlife Reserves


    Where else can travelers find such a diverse assortment of affordable family activities and rewarding experiences but in the United States.
    Regional and national parks, scenic byways, reserves, recreational sites and resource areas stretch coast to coast offering families hundreds of opportunities to explore this great land of America.
    Browse these websites for hundreds of year-round recreational possibilities – near home or farther away and at affordable prices.
   

Grab the kids and start planning your family’s
favorite “Explore America” adventure!


     At www.recreation.gov pick favorite getaways from over 60,000 recreation facilities at over 2,500 locations across the United States. Search for a favorite locale, activity, or recreational site and find that perfect match for your family adventure.
    The National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) offers easy reservations for campsites and cabins throughout the U.S. up to 6 months in advance.
    The National Park Service website at www.nps.gov provides helpful details about every National Park –  nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites throughout the U.S. Are you and the kids looking for history? Check out www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel. What about those special hiking trails? See www.nps.gov/nrt and download a free National Park’s Guide at www.nationalparks.org
    The U.S. Department of Transportation provides a collection of 125 scenic road trips through 44 states at www.byways.org. Whether you choose from daylong rambles, weekend car drives or a cycling trek in one or more states, you and the kids can discover unique scenery, fascinating histories, and the many cultures that make up the American landscapes. Select from dozens of family activities like snowmobiling, cross country skiing and mountain biking to fishing, boating and nature hikes as well as hundreds of museums, historic sites, and interpretive centers. Visitor facilities along most byways offer easy to find lodging from motor inns to campgrounds as well as local eateries – more than enough for great year-round scenic byway experiences for the whole family.
    The National Wildlife Refuge System – managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at www.fws.gov – offers 150 million acres, 550 national wildlife refuges, plus 37 wetland managed areas open to the public. At www.fws.gov/refuges you can find a variety of wildlife refuges that protect the nation’s natural resources while providing special glimpses into the wild.
      Explore more than 256 million acres of public lands (13 percent of the total land surface of the United States) managed by the Bureau of Land Management at www.blm.gov, which includes National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, along with a wide variety of affordable recreation opportunities.
    At the U.S. Forest Service website, www.fs.fed.us – which manages public lands in national forests and grasslands and encompasses 193 million acres – you can select recreational sites by state with detailed information including maps and directions.
    Find your favorite lakes for fishing, boating and swimming at the US Army Corps of Engineers by browsing corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors
    Roll up your sleeves and try a volunteering experience, check out the many options at www.volunteer.gov/gov. Search the internet for your state’s Dept of Land and Natural Resources website for even more outdoor activities in your state and your neighboring states.

Here’s a sampling of 10 unique getaways you can find when you
take to adventure and “Explore America” …


1. Ferry along
A ferry navigates the Alaska Marine Highway. 1 Alaska’s Marine Highway and its 3,500 miles of coastal routes. You and the kids can see whales, eagles, and sea lions as well as glaciers, fjords, and active volcanoes. Take your own car or bike, or simply go on foot and wander about the many communities along the marine byway, all rich in culture and history. It doesn’t have to end there, you can reserve a cabin aboard the ferry or pitch a tent on the ferry’s upper deck and admire a star-filled sky – you and the kids might even see an awesome and colorful display of northern lights! The Alaska ferries are ideal for family travel and they offer flexible schedules but they fill up quickly during spring, summer, and fall – plan ahead more than six months!
www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.shtml
www.byways.org/explore/byways/12398/

 

2. Grab your camera and capture the vibrant fall colors – yellows, oranges, reds and crimsons – of the ever changing maple and birch trees at Acadia National Park located in Maine. Late September through October is the best time to view spectacular fall Fall colors line Acadia’s carriage road that runs along Eagle lake. 2foliage. You and the kids can view this spectacular scenery aboard bicycles, mounted on horseback, in your car, on foot or comfortably seated in a carriage. The popular 45-mile Historic Carriage Roads, offer a paved trail with historic markings. Choose your mode of travel and join the local community in colorful harvest festivals, friendly farmer's markets, and creatively crafted fairs. Book your trip from late-September to mid-October in one of the many lodges or B&Bs found in the local historic towns.
For fall foliage reports
see www.maine.gov/doc/foliage/  
www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

 

3. Surround
yourself among majestic 300-foot tall redwood giantsKids have fun hiking through this towering redwood tree.3 in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in Northern California. The scenic Generals Highway navigates through the two parks connecting the 800 miles of trails, which offer a variety of ways to experience the diverse landscapes of these parks during all four seasons. From the mountains, such as 14,505 ft. Mount Whitney to the foothills, canyons, lakes and caverns, you and the kids can find dozens of hiking, camping, swimming, and other numerous family activities, including museums, visitor centers and many educational programs. At Grant Grove, the kids will delight in walking through the hollowed trunk of a fallen giant sequoia redwood and also marvel at the 2200-year-old General Sherman Tree, at 275 feet tall and 103 feet around. Campgrounds, cabins, and lodges along with restaurants, markets, and gift shops are readily available in and around the parks.
www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm
www.sequoia-kingscanyon.com/

 

4. Step back in time about 250 million years to a vast tropical oceaFind sea urchin fossils in the Guadalupe Mountains in the middle of Texas!4n, covering what is now Guadalupe Mountains National Park located in northwest Texas. Families of all ages can eagerly spend hours searching the world’s best example of a fossilized reef for a variety of fossils, such as sponges, sea urchins, algae, clams, crinoids, trilobites and nautiloids. Eighty miles of trails offer hikes through several different ecosystems - desert, streamside woodlands, rugged canyon lands and mountaintop forests –  all habitat to over 400 species of mammals and reptiles. Human history abounds here also, from encounters between Apache and Buffalo Soldiers, the Butterfield Overland Mail, to the NW Texas settlement and development of the area during the 1800s.
www.nps.gov/gumo/index.htm

 



 

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