Best Hikes in Missouri.

Missouri is such a huge state, covered with fields and mountains that can just really bring out the inner nature lover in you. It’s these lands that make you re-think your life and see it in a much more beautiful way. And when you go and hike them, you’ll find yourself immersed in a feeling that is primal yet calming. So if you’re looking for some of the best trails to feel this feeling, here are the best places you can hike in Missouri 

Lost Valley Trail

With a distance of eleven miles, this trail is often used by mountain bikers that are just starting to get into the sport. But don’t think that is the only way to enjoy such a great trail. Because this trail is actually just as, or even more, beautiful when approached by foot. 

This trail will lead you through dozens of trials from forests, to weirdly shaped rock formations, waterfalls, and old homesteads with natural springs. This trail is sure to bring out that inner adventurer in you, and isn’t that what we all crave when we go out for a hike? 

Ozark Trail 

Now this trail may still be under construction, and actually stretches out a couple five hundred miles, it is still without a doubt one of the best trails for you to hike in Missouri. The trail is so huge actually, that it is divided up into thirteen sections just so that it can be navigated better. 

And the highlight of this whole trail? Well, it’s the entire trail itself really, but it’s also the Taum Sauk section as well. This is mainly due to the fact that you will be trekking through million-year-old mountains that make it seem like you’re an adventurer discovering them for the first time. And it’s not just rocky rough surfaces on this trail, because along the way you’ll also be able to encounter verdant glades and rolling forests that are sure to make anybody stop and meditate for a while. 

Natural tunnel Trail

From the name itself, this trail will direct you to one of the most beautiful geological wonder in the world. The natural tunnel spans 296 feet in length, while the whole trail is just about thirteen miles in total. Though it is pretty small, and there is not much else to see, the mere sight of this natural tunnel will make you feel as if you’ve discovered a never before seen wonder in the world. And that in itself is worth all the trouble of getting there. 

Buford Mountain 

Though it may seem like your typical mountain trail at first, it is actually one of the most amazing and worthwhile views you will ever get in this great state. To get to the top, you’ll need to dig deep in order to keep going. But trust me when I say this, the peak is absolutely worth every sweat. 

Once you do get to the peak, not only will you be able to catch a glimpse of most of the state, but if you stay the night, you will be able to see the night sky absolutely erupt with some of the most beautiful stars you will ever see. Now tell me, is that not worth it? …

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Top 4 places to Visit While You’re in Minnesota

The first place that any tourist should go to, is none other than the big city of Minneapolis. Here, you’ll find everything you need to start off your adventure in Minnesota. And with a variety of entertainment centers such as sports arenas, parks, clubs or bars, this city is sure to always keep you on your toes. More than that, there are art museums such as The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But if you’re feeling a bit more gitty and prefer a chill and relaxing moment with some good music, then head on over to Downtown Minneapolis and you’ll find multiple live music venues. A lively and happy city such as this is sure enough to make your stay worthwhile already. 

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

If you’re not a fan of city life, and would much prefer the life of the outdoors then the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is just for you. With the area connected by multiple glacier streams and lakes, canoeing is the best and most fun way to get around. With scenic routes and and an amazing view, you’re sure to have a fresh breath of air while traversing the waters of this area. 

But if you don’t like canoeing for some reason, then walking by land is also accessible to everyone. You can even set up camp in designated sites to fully experience the wildlife that nature has to offer. 

Saint Paul 

However, while you’re in the state of Minnesota, then not visiting the ever so famous Saint Paul is a crime in itself. Being adjacent to Minneapolis, they form a huge metropolitan area and have therefore been called the Twin Cities. 

And while you’re there, you can visit the gorgeous Renaissance style Minnesota State Capitol Building, where you’ll be able to take as many pictures you want and immerse yourself with some nostalgia. More to it than that, there is also Landmark Center for more iconic places to visit. 

Grand Marais 

Finally on this list, is the Grand Marais. It is a small village with a considerable amount of habitants, but that is not what makes it such an amazing place to visit. What makes it memorable and a sight to behold is its stunning location being next to a double harbor that sits right on the edge of Lake Superiors’ North Shore.

This location is also the start of the Superior Hiking Trail, which would take you to multiple scenic points that oversee Lake Superiors’ shore. And the trail can also lead all the way up to Canada, so that’ll definitely be a hike worth trailing. 

And there’s more to that small village as well. Because that village is actually starting to become an art hub with multiple establishments selling paintings, sculptures and such. So if you want to immerse yourself with some art while enjoying an astounding view of the Lake, then Grand Marais is definitely the place to go for you. …

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The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys – also known as the island of the keys – consists of many islands that extend from the southeastern part of Florida. This island used to be inhabited by the Calusa and Tequesta – Native American tribes – in the early days.

The Florida Keys is home to the only coral reef in the United States and serves as a great tropical destination, fishing ground and a nice view of palm-lined stretches of sand. 

Your visit to the Florida Keys can be as relaxing or action-packed as you want. As an adventure-seeker, you can test your fishing skills, get close and personal with sea creatures or go for a dive to explore a famous shipwreck.

When to Visit.

You can visit in April, May or November – there’s lesser rain and the weather’s reliable –  or early December if you need more time and space to stroll, fewer crowds and nice treats.

How to Get There.

There are direct flights available from many cities in the United States to the Key West International Airport. This airport has many road transportation options, from shuttle services to car rentals. You’ll find getting around Key West to be quite easy and fun too.

Accommodation.

There are B&B and boutique accommodation options available to spoil you. You’ll find out that the best accommodations in the Florida Keys separate you from all of the noise, allowing you to take in the region in its natural state. For example, the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa can be accessed via boat or seaplane and is an excellent choice if you love your privacy or desire a romantic getaway.

Food.

Since the Florida Keys are surrounded by ocean views everywhere you turn, it makes a lot of sense that the top restaurants you’ll find here would lean greatly toward seafood delicacies. For example, Latitudes will offer you the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico while Blue Heaven in Key West is a top choice for shrimp melt. 

Moving Around.

For moving around, you can make use of different transport options from seaplanes, boats, ferries, shuttle services to car rentals.

Fun Activities.

You can pay a visit to the local art galleries and museums, shop for only-in-the-Keys gifts, hang out with the locals or on a hammock.  You’ll find unique attractions like the Turtle Hospital –where you can learn about the region’s ecology and see the amazing animals up-close.  The public parks are great for whiling away time. If you’re a history lover, book a trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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