Only 45 minutes away from heavily tourist populated Seattle – Tacoma, Washington often gets overlooked. But, why? It’s every bit as happening, and attractive. (And it’s less expensive too!)
In this post, you will find a quick run through of the different things there are to see and love, in Tacoma.
People love to visit a city like San Francisco for lots of reasons. There’s the cool architecture, great food in places like Chinatown, tons of shopping, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. But you might be surprised to find one of the most popular attractions has to do with sea lions.
Yes, that’s right!
One of the best cities in the country to see sea lions in is San Francisco. And it’s one reason people flock to this part of the country.
In this post, we’re going to highlight all of the main spots and hidden gems you can check out sea lions. From the biggest tourist spots to some of the secret places the locals know about, you’ll find them all here.
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Nestled way down upon the Suwanee River, is Manatee Springs State Park, an oasis of old Florida first seen and named by the botanist explorer William Bartram in 1774. The spot is picturesque and is indeed a haven for the manatees seeking warm waters during chilly weather. Even so, the springs were named after the manatee because Bartram found a manatee carcass there when he first visited.
Today’s visitors don’t have that sad sight; indeed, they see the lush beauty of primeval Florida’s forests and springs, as well as the abundant wildlife that calls this part of Florida home.
For a taste of Old Florida that is beautiful, historical, and enjoyable, plan a trip to Silver Springs State Park at 1425 NE 58th Avenue in Ocala. The park has served as a natural landmark since the 1870s and is often called Florida’s first tourist attraction. Silver Springs boasts one of the few uninhabited spring runs in Florida. It first came to attention in the 1820s, and people came in increasing numbers once Phillip Morrell fitted a pane of glass to the bottom of his rowboat in 1870. Ever since Glass Bottom Boats have been attracting visitors from all over the world. The experience is mesmerizing, as one floats over the clear waters spotting underwater wildlife.
Situated on Point Lobos at the main entrance to the California Coastal Trail, Lands End Lookout is one of the newer attractions in San Francisco; so, if you are an old hand at the points to see, it may not be on your radar. It ought to be. Land’s End Lookout was created in 2012, on the ruins of the historic Sutro Baths, and it is part of the expansive Golden Gate National Park. In addition, Lands End Lookout offers wildlife viewing, picnicking, strolling, history, and other recreation activities.
Up and down the Atlantic Coastline are barrier islands which remind us of the wonders of that place where the sea meets the shore. Many of these barrier islands have become seaside vacation destinations, some of them so popular that not much remains of the native habitat. Not so much with Little Talbot Island State Park. Set aside to be preserved as it was in 1951, Florida’s Little Talbot Island is renowned as one of America’s undeveloped barrier islands.Therefore, you can visit and explore at your leisure the wonders that have existed there from time immemorial.
The Oleta River runs through the northern reaches of the metropolitan Miami area. While Miami is famous for its glitz and glamor, over the top shopping, and clubs, as well as its showy Atlantic Ocean beaches, those from farther away may miss out on this, the largest of all Florida’s urban state parks. Locally it is thought of as the Central Park of the Sunshine State. It is an incredible natural escape from the glittery city that surrounds it.
Situated in Orange City in Central Florida, Blue Spring State Park is a haven of beauty that evokes the “Old Florida” and its natural wonders. The park is famous for its eponymous Blue Spring, where 102 million gallons of water flow out of Blue Spring into the St. Johns River every day. It is also well-known for being a wintertime gathering place for the manatees. The manatees congregate at the 73 °F spring and the spring run when the temperature of the St John River system dips lower than is comfortable for them.
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a Florida State Park on the St. Joseph Peninsula near Port St. Joe. You want to go to this state park because this is one of the best-unspoiled stretches of coastline in the state. Among the many wonderful beaches of Florida, this one offers unsurpassed beauty, peaceful solitude, gentle wildlife, and an environment in which to unwind, relax and recharge.