Spring has sprung so now is the time to get back outdoors, breathe in the fresh air and reconnect with nature. Spending time in nature has endless benefits such as improving mental health, reducing feelings of stress and anger, and boosting physical health. For travellers who love to explore and indulge in all that mother nature has to offer, please see below a round-up of the best outdoor breaks for this spring.
The Best Outdoor Breaks You Need to Try
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Seattle
Just an hour outside of Seattle, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is an incredible landscape where visitors are fully immersed in nature. Located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, the historical landmark boasts breathtaking greenery, magical mountain meadows and views that reflect a painting.
The year-round recreational opportunities are endless but spring is a particularly good time to visit, offering opportunities for hiking, fishing, river rafting and bird watching. There are also a number of campgrounds for adventurous travellers looking to camp beneath the stars.
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado
Spanning 1,672,136 acres across five countries including Mesa, Gunnison, Hinsdale and Saguache Counties in Western Colorado, Gunnison National Forest is overflowing with greenery and breathtaking landscapes. With over three thousand miles of trails to be trekked and explored, the paths lead to a world of beautiful solitude.
Many were carved by indigenous people, early explorers and miners, connecting travellers to those who came before them. Offering unforgettable experiences including hiking, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, camping and even cattle ranching, the natural attraction is a must-visit for the active traveller.
Everglades National Park 75th anniversary, Florida’s Paradise Coast
In 2022, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Everglades National Park celebrates its 75th anniversary. Located in Southwest Florida, the Paradise Coast sits on the Gulf of Mexico and comprises three distinct areas, including Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.
The best way to experience the wilderness is by the very many guided tours on offer via kayak, airboat, paddle, on board a WaveRunner or swamp walking on foot. Visitors will have the opportunity to spot over 200 different species of birds, manatees, dolphins, alligators (the only place in the world where both cohabit) as well as the rare ghost orchid and Florida Panther.
Laurel Highlands, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Whilst Pittsburgh is known for being an urban city filled with arts and culture, many are unaware of its surrounding natural beauty. Just a 45-minute car journey outside of the city, travellers can discover the Laurel Highlands, a magnificent mountainous region that is home to eight state parks and two forests.
Nature lovers can walk through towering trees, trek through water-carved valleys or roam along the mountains. Hikers are spoiled for choice with numerous routes to choose from, all with peaceful spots and diverse wildlife. Spruce Flats Bog in Forbes State Forest alone has 60,000 acres of land, over 300 miles of multi-use trails, and is home to unique plants lost in the ice age.