Wherever you go, a vacation is a way to escape reality and experience something new. While getting away usually means heading to a bustling city or relaxing at the spa or beach, sometimes what we really need is a journey into nature. Plan a time to disconnect from everyday stress or technology and re-connect with your surroundings.
Check out our top vacation spots for nature lovers around the world!
Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park, located in the Rocky Mountains. Spanning more than 2,564 miles, there are endless opportunities to connect with nature here. Choose from activities such as hiking, camping, skiing or scenic drives. Can’t decide which terrain to explore? That’s fine! There’s Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and meadows of wildflowers. Visit Lake Louise or Moraine Lake for a picture-perfect mountainous backdrop with luscious green trees and an idyllic lake with the richest shade of blue water. Let all the views put you at ease.
Home to the most incredible natural phenomenon, the wildebeest migration, Serengeti National Park is a must-visit destination for nature and animal lovers. More than a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras follow the rainfall in their fight for survival during their migration to Maasai Mara. Even if you don’t get to witness the actual migration, there is plenty of wildlife to watch in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you might catch a lion attacking its prey or a giraffe drinking from a watering hole. The undeniable beauty of these creatures will humble you.
Declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978, Torres Del Paine National Park is almost completely uncontaminated by the outside world, making it one of the most beautiful places. The diverse terrain consists of teal lakes, soaring snow-capped mountains, flowing rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, forests and wildlife. Whether you are an animal enthusiast or an adventurous spirit, the 30 different species of animals that live here (including the llama lookalike, the guanaco) coupled with the iconic towering granite over a teal lake will take your breath away and leave you speechless.
You don’t have to travel too far for an escape to a natural wonder! Niagara Falls is the perfect place to remind you how strong and mysterious nature can be. It is comprised of three waterfalls – American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls in the USA and Horseshoe Falls in Canada – in which 3,160 tons of water flows over the falls every second. Whether you visit the United States side or the Canadian side, the view is incredible. If you are looking to really embrace the waterfalls, take the boat tour and get soaked!
At the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, you’ll find El Arco. The 200-foot grand rock formation is in the shape of an arch and looks as though it is an entryway to a world beyond as it hovers over the spot where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez come together. Go snorkeling under the arch and discover the beautiful reefs and various types of fish; you may even encounter a sea lion! Take a water taxi, glass-bottom boat or a kayak to reach this beautiful landmark.
Shirley & Joe Cicero