Abby ShepardExplorer

Amazing hike with great views

I did this hike in the fall, and the views of fall foliage were spectacular! The hike is challenging, but not too much so. It's a nice day hike with varied terrain and fantastic views.

Probably my favorite thing we did in Banff!

This trail is insanely beautiful. The initial ascent was rough but not as bad as I thought it would be. The trail took us about 8 hours, but so worth it.

Stunning Mountains

This trail give you great views of the mountains, and the terrain changes as you approach the mountains.

Still beautiful in the winter

If you visit in the winter, the main gorge trail will be closed. However, the rim trail will still give you some great views into the gorge!

Stunning waterfall

Taughannock Falls is a gorgeous waterfall, and a must-see in the Finger Lake region. This trail is also one of the few gorge trails that is open in the winter, and the waterfall is also stunning in the winter.

Great Snorkeling Spot!

Akumal Bay is a wonderful place for snorkeling, and you will likely see a sea turtle. Bring your own snorkel equipment, or you can rent it on the beach. As the adventure says, there will likely be many companies and guides trying to sell you a tour, and telling you that you can only see turtles with a tour. Just tell them that you are going to the beach, and keep walking. There are regulations, and you can only go certain places without a guide. However, we were able to see a turtle and lots of fish in reefs in the area that you are allowed to go without a guide.

A bit pricey, but beautiful gardens!

The gardens are full of huge oak trees, cypress swamps, and trails that meander through dense foliage. There are separate fees for anything but the main gardens, but there is still lots to see with just the general admission.

Definitely worth a sunrise!

If you are debating whether to watch the sunrise from the summit, do it! The views are one of a kind and absolutely breathtaking.

Great spot for sunrise

Great hike with an amazing view for sunrise. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes, as the elevation is steep and the path can get muddy.

Short hike to an awesome waterfall

The hike is short, but the falls are beautiful! I recommend going in the off season to avoid crowds.

Incredible park

Hocking Hills is an amazing state park and this is my favorite trail! Old Man's Cave is breathtaking, and a must see spot. The trail can get crowded during peak season though, so plan accordingly.

Touristy, but worth a visit

I debated visiting Bushkill Falls at all because I had heard that it was very touristy. Accept the fact that it's touristy and go; it's worth a visit. The waterfalls are gorgeous, and the trails are very well maintained. I took the red trail, and once I got away from the entrance to the park it wasn't crowded at all.

Amazing hike

This hike is a relatively short climb with beautiful views. Be prepared for steep elevation and a few rock scrambles. The trail is popular, and the parking lot fills up quickly, so I would recommend going earlier in the day or later in the evening. If you're looking to catch a sunset without having to climb back down in the dark, I recommend hiking to the first lookout point for sunset, which is only about a 20 minute hike from the parking lot.

Plitvice is amazing!

This park is incredible. We took the H trail all through the park, and loved it!

Beautiful hike through swamps and forests

It's a beautiful, well-maintained trail which will take you straight to the beach!

Loved our stay at Big Meadow

Big Meadows is a beautiful campground right in the park. I would definitely stay there again!

Great park & great trail!

I loved this trail when I visited Sleeping Giant. The lookout tower at the top of the trail is seriously more like a castle, and the views are spectacular. Definitely worth a visit!

Great hike around the island

Burton's Island is a great hike off the beaten path at Delaware Seashore State Park. The trail also offered great views of the Indian River Inlet Bridge.


Clifton Gorge offers beautiful views of the water and a great hiking trail.

Extraordinary Caverns!

As a native of Dayton, Ohio, I love visiting the caverns! The formations are beautiful. Definitely worth the visit!

Good trail, but definitely check for ticks!

This is a nice trail that winds through the maritime forest of Cape Henlopen State Park. Most people come to the park for the beach access, but if you are looking for a different environment, this trail is a great way to experience a side of the park that many visitors skip. There are lots of ticks, so check periodically! The trail can also become a little flooded after heavy rains.

Love the Bubbles!

The trail is a bit challenging and involves climbing uphill over rocky terrain, but the views are incredible! Both North and South Bubble are definitely worth seeing. These trails were the highlight of my Acadia trip.

Great ride!

An enjoyable way to see the Everglades. Definitely bring lots of water!

Awesome Views

Great trail without the crowds. When I hiked this trail in August, we had the cliffs to ourselves.