It seems like there’s something in human nature that causes us to be curious about things unknown. We just can’t not know something, and this curiosity is made even worse when we’ve heard stories of excitement from other people about something we know little about.
Oh, someone went to the Grand Canyon and came back saying that looking down into it was an experience they’ll never forget. Well, now you want to go, too!
That’s right: in this post, we’re discussing that specific type of curiosity known as wanderlust. It’s the desire to travel to a new place to see new things and experience new kinds of life.
And there are plenty of places to wander in the good old United States for when you just can’t shake that feeling of discovery. Some of the most unique places to visit in the U.S. are those stepped in history, human, geological, or otherwise.
So, where should you go on vacation to satisfy that wanderlust? Here are three cool ideas.
Badlands National Park
First up is a stop in scenic South Dakota, maybe not the place you first thought of for a trip, but it’s perfect nonetheless. Badlands National Park contains 244,000 acres of visually striking pointed rock formations from ancient times.
Wander among the buttes, take photos of the canyons and plains, and enjoy any wildlife you see, which might include prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, and bison.
The landscapes of Badlands National Park are unlike any other you’ll see out there, and they make for some great photo ops. If wanderlust is what you’ve got, this park is going to satisfy it.
We’re heading west now, the extreme west of the continental United States, to Big Sur, California. No, it’s not a city or town; it’s a scenic natural region located mostly along Northern California’s coastline in Monterey County.
Big Sur is an area of the state that most people see by driving up or down State Route 1, a long, windy road that dramatically hugs the Pacific coast. Along the way, you’ll catch stunning views of the rocks and ocean below, serene forests on the nearby hills, and of course, the famous arch bridges that you’ll have to take across the expanses below.
But Big Sur isn’t just about driving the coast, beautiful as that is. You’ll be able to stop numerous times along the way to explore inland in one of the numerous state parks in the region. From mountains to hills to forests, Big Sur is a gorgeous place to go for travelers and is one place you won’t regret seeing.
Finally, your travel addiction will surely be pleased by a stop in Florida’s famous Everglades. Located deep down in southern Florida, the Everglades are a gigantic region of protected wetlands.
The area is one gigantic ecosystem where everything is vital and plays a part in the survival of other organisms. You’ll find prairies of sawgrass there, as well as areas of water that would appear to be swamplands, but looks can be deceiving.
The Everglades is actually a huge, slowly moving river that provides water to a lot of Floridians. The area is home to alligators, crocodiles, and plenty of endangered animal species, which is why these wetlands are protected. You can tour the Everglades National Park by air or on one of the numerous hiking trails.
There you have it: three U.S. regions to tour when wanderlust hits hard!