Stunningly beautiful rocky coastal ride on the Park Loop Rd. Lots of hiking, climbing, boating, camping, and other outdoor activities scattered throughout the park lands and Mt. Desert Isle in general.
Wooded crash site of a USAF B-52 that crashed during a 1963 training mission. Wreckage is strewn through acres of forest, but there are fairly well-marked paths to guide you on the hike. You will need to ride several miles of rough unpaved road to reach the parking area. There are no facilities.
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is the location of a Revolutionary War battle between the British forces of General John Burgoyne and Colonel Friedrich Baum against the American forces under Brigadier General John Stark and Colonel Seth Warner.
An immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the void.
There is an admission fee and a 15 min self-guided trail.
There is plenty to do in Bryce if you are staying for a while and want to get sweaty, with many hikes available to view the various hoodoos and other rock formations. But it is also worth a few hours for the casual motorcyclist visitor passing through, Highway 63 provides an easy out-and-back route down along the rim of the canyon, with many stunning scenic viewpoints.
The speed limit is low, traffic can be thick, and the road is well-patrolled so plan for the time needed to do the whole thing and stop for photos.
Tip: To help avoid traffic, try to arrive when the park opens in the morning and make a beeline straight for Rainbow Point at the end of the road. Enjoy the vista there, then take your time coming back along the park road, against the flow of the other tourists.
An 80-passenger cable car brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in under ten minutes. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! At the summit, you’ll find spectacular scenic walking paths, a 360 degree observation deck, a cafeteria, bar and restrooms.
When we come here with the kids we spend most of the day on the property. The house itself has breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the hills and mountains beyond. There are miles of hiking trails on the site as well. We usually eat a light lunch in the old horse barn, were the tables are set up in the stalls. You can also take a tour of Castle Springs bottling plant and see the actual spring that produces the water for bottling.
Privately owned acreage within the state park lands. There is a hefty per-person admission fee to drive your own vehicle in, which grants you access to the summit, rugged hiking trails up on the ridge, a swinging bridge, a museum and a wildlife habitat center.
Bruce Peninsula National Park – 45 minute hike out to a scenic shore cave containing a pool of blue water. Parking space is limited and quickly fills up. A new reservation system for the 4 hour Grotto parking time slots allows you to plan your trip in advance.
1.2 mile easy hike along a scenic trail that celebrates Frost’s poetry. A terrific place to get off the bike and stretch your legs. The trail is in one of the very best areas to ride – near Rtes 100, 17, Lincoln Gap, 125, 73, Bethel Mountain Road, and Roxbury Mountain Road. Watch for moose.
Located in an gorgeous side canyon off of Spearfish, just a short mile or so on a well-graded gravel road gets you to the parking area for the uppermost cascade. There is a boardwalk and staircased hiking trail following the stream down to view more parts of the falls.
This is one of Vermont’s best kept secrets and a very cool place. Americana is exhibited in 39 buildings and includes an outdoor history collection with many relocated items: a lighthouse, a steam locomotive, a covered bridge, an operating vintage carousel and the huge steamboat Ticonderoga. Their website does not convey just how terrific this place is. To do it justice plan on 4 hours however, you could easily spend a day.
Exhibits many different wild animals, including river otters, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, bears, birds, foxes, and skunks. Most are orphaned, injured, or otherwise unable to survive in the wild. Hiking and lake cruises also available.
One of the last major Revolutionary War battles in the northeastern colonies occurred on this dramatic peninsula, which rises high over the Hudson River. There is about a quarter mile hike up a steep but paved driveway from the parking lot to the museum, then a nice foot path with interpretive signage and great views of the river.
The Stony Point Lighthouse, built in 1826, is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River.