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11 months ago

Scenic and powerful

Huge beach with a very memorable juxtaposition of wind, waves and rock. Make sure you leave enough time to really do some exploring and enjoy the place. Be prepared for high wind and do your research on sneaker waves.

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11 months ago

The top of must-see waterfalls for good reason

I often tend to complain about crowds in my reviews (and this one is no different), but for this waterfall I get it. Truly remarkable to be able to stand directly in front of such a magnificent natural phenomenon. Wear a hard shell so you can get really close to the thundering water and unrelenting mist.

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11 months ago

Go for the history

Scenic enough landscape, but not a stunning vista. What makes Þingvellir such an unforgettable experience for me was learning its long and culturally important history as the site of the Alþing.

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11 months ago

Cool stop

A worthwhile stop if it’s on your route, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to see Kerið. It’s a cool sight to see but I wish it was farther from the highway and didn’t have such an easily accessible parking lot. Big crowd in the tourist season.

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11 months ago

Short walk, paid parking lot

I’d say above average in terms of beauty. Really great short walk with a trail behind the waterfall. Also above average in terms of crowd. The parking lot cost money, but a vehicle on their way out gave us their parking pass so I’m not sure how much it cost.

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11 months ago

Unique little canyon

Very cool little find near the more attention-grabbing Seljalandsfoss. Confined space in the canyon means that it can’t get as crowded, and standing in the same cave as the towering waterfall is truly a unique experience. Be prepared to get wet.

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11 months ago

Scenic waterfalls, big crowds

These waterfalls are a good start if you aren’t able to get off the Ring Road. The unique topography of the south coast means that these waterfalls are truly stunning. It also means that they’re right beside the highway, and therefore accessible to tour buses and more crowds than I typically love to have around me while enjoying the natural world. Think Arches National Park in Utah in terms of accessibility and crowds.

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11 months ago

Definitely worth seeing

Double waterfalls, a deep moss-lined canyon and far enough off the beaten track that we had it totally to ourselves. Highly recommend taking the time to come visit Haifoss.

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almost 3 years ago

Worth stopping

I've driven around Lake Superior a number of times and I still think Old Woman Bay is worth a stop. It's right off the highway, small parking lot and then the beach. Good for a morning walk, lunch break, sunset view. Say hi to the lake.

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almost 3 years ago

Rugged headland cliff above the coastline of Cape Breton

Relatively easy, well-worn hiking trail. Part boardwalk. Watch for wildlife above, around and below you. Geat hike for families looking to stretch their legs, burn some kids' energy and get a good feel for the beauty in Cape Breton Highlands. If you're headed southwest from the Skyline Trail, stop in Chéticamp for some freshly caught seafood or a view of the sunset on the harbour.

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about 3 years ago

Long but worth the challenge

Definitely a long hike to do in a single day. I'm pretty fit (bicycled across Canada to get to Vancouver Island) but hadn't done any alpine hikes in about a year; it took me 12.5 hours and I couldn't walk right for a few days afterwards. Don't let that dissuade you, though, just be prepared for a push if you're going to try to summit in a single day, or do some training beforehand. Keep your eyes out for the trail after the first couple waterfalls—it's marked with flagging tape and cairns that are sometimes hard to follow. Beautiful view of Elkhorn and the surrounding mountain range. Highly recommend this hike as (in my opinion) one of the best on Vancouver Island!

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over 3 years ago

Best way to experience the Bay of Fundy

One of the best ways to experience the largest tide in the world is to hike and explore below the massive rock formations of Hopewell Rocks. Pretty stunning visual experience and great way to spend a day. Watch out for the waves coming back in.

Unique trail

Visited in the off-season and found it pleasantly deserted, just the river, the cliffs and the impossibly hewn tunnels cutting through the landscape. Definitely a spot you have to see to believe. Can't imagine what it was like to build, and now it's just a small track in an abandoned river canyon. Worth the stop.

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almost 4 years ago

Pretty chill spot

I was there I think on a holiday weekend and it was quite, quite crowded. But because of the undeveloped nature of the spot there was still a lot of empty space. Hope it doesn't get overdeveloped in the future because it was a great spot to pull up and spend a night.

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almost 4 years ago

Crowded but great

Hiked Delicate Arch in midday and as everyone else has said, there was a crowd. Had to wait our turn to grab a photo, for example. Nevertheless, it's an amazing spot, nice mid-length hike and the arch is just massive. Way bigger than I expected. Great viewpoint above a bunch of sandstone valleys as well. Get out there!

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almost 4 years ago

Memorable experience

Walking on top of a glacier, feeling the ice, drinking the water. There's nothing quite like it. See any glacier you can! Athabasca is pretty accessible, which makes it a good place to go if you've got young kids or don't feel like walking too far. Pack warm clothing! The ice regulates the air temperature so it can feel cool on any day.

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almost 4 years ago

See some green around the falls

My least favourite thing about Niagara Falls is the city that's built up around it, so this short walk along the gorge is a good way to get out into nature beside the river and do your best to forget the urban sprawl that is right next door. The current and whirlpools are really stunning and worth seeing to broaden your experience of the actual falls.

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almost 4 years ago

Iconic but urbanized

It's true that Niagara Falls is a must-see, but do so knowing that the falls are surrounded by some of the most appalling urbanization I've ever seen—casinos and arcades and hotels and everything you can imagine that could ruin a geological wonder. Still worth seeing, especially if you turn your back to the city and just walk along the river beside the falls, but every time I visit it gives me a melancholy. Just imagine if it had been made a national park instead.

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almost 4 years ago

Simple way to get out of the city

If you're in the urban sprawl of western Lake Ontario and you're feeling the need for a break immersed in nature, head to the escarpment and get lost in the trees. You won't regret it. If you can, though, get farther away from the city!

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almost 4 years ago

Beautiful view over Lake Superior

Definitely worth visiting if you're on the Lake Superior coast! The rugged wilderness will be sure to make you want to linger. Visit the cliffs of the southwest section for incredible views over the lake and surrounding landscape. Recommend that someone in your group learns the Ojibwa legend of the Sleeping Giant and tells it over a campfire.

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almost 4 years ago

Good afternoon walk

Great little part of Montréal, if you're in the city and have some free time you should definitely do some exploring on the mountain. Don't just stick to the paved viewpoint, go check out the other trails and views all around. Not wild by any means, the hum of the city is always present; but a good bit of nature that is easily accessible.

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about 4 years ago

Breathtaking

Visited on a rainy, unbelievably windy day in the late fall so it was completely deserted. Absolutely breathtaking, a must-see on the coast of Ireland. Walk along the cliff trail to the north to get a full experience of the ocean!

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about 4 years ago

One of the best spots on earth

From what I heard this is the most popular destination in all of Scandinavia, and for good reason. The landscape of the fjords, the forest and wetlands along the trail and of course the stunning sheer drop of the cliff make this a truly exceptional spot. Go in the off-season if you can, but be well-aware of weather conditions because it can be much more dangerous in the winter.

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about 4 years ago

Beautiful park

Really nice stretch of shoreline on Lake Huron. Never been there in the winter but if you go I recommend checking out the skating oval! It looks very unique.