America is full of unique and amazing experiences for the adventurer. The best part about these experiences? They are free! Taking a trip to these amazing locations will leave you with a lifetime of memories, all without costing you a penny. Take a look at our list of the 7 most unique (free) experiences in America. Then go on an adventure for yourself.
Alaska: See the Wildlife in Denali
Yes, Alaska can be very cold, but if you visit Denali Park in the summer, the weather is a little warmer. Besides, you’re not going to want to skip on this amazing park. Denali is filled with tons of beautiful wildlife that you can see while you explore the park. Besides mountain goats, the park is filled with huskies and mountain birds. In addition to wildlife viewing, explorers can also hike, backpack, and mountaineer throughout this awesome park.
Arizona: Walk Around Sedona
Trust us when we say the heat of Arizona is worth every minute you spend in this beautiful state. Besides the breath-taking Grand Canyon, Sedona is only about two hours away. The town is filled with shops, restaurants, and art galleries you can enjoy. Besides all the food and shopping, you will also always have a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains, hills, and plateaus that surround you. There are always plenty of hiking opportunities you can take advantage of in the area. Explore trails like the Cathedral Rock Trail, Airport Mesa Loop, or the Bell Rock Pathway.
California: Explore the Redwoods
California is filled with more then just beaches and mountains, in some prime locations you can walk through ancient redwoods, which are the tallest trees in the world. When we were in California last summer, we hadn’t initially planned to visit Sequoia National Park. But, we kept hearing great things about it, and decided to go. We were very glad we did.
There is even a scenic route that is 32-miles long called the Avenue of the Giants. A section of this amazing journey passes through the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, where you can walk along a fern-lined path and learn about the redwoods’ history.
Colorado: Visit the Tallest Dunes
The Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to some of the tallest dunes in North America. The national park is filled with an immense biodiversity with tundra, alpine lakes, wetlands, grasslands, and conifer forests, so a little bit of everything. Besides hiking around the park, you can also partake in fun activities like sand sledding and sand-boarding. If you really want to get crazy, take one of the national park’s nighttime tours where you can walk around the desert under the stars.
Montana: Roam Glacier National Park
This beautiful national park holds many of the headwaters for rivers that flow throughout the United States. How cool is that? Known as the “Crown of the Continent” this national park is a paradise for anyone who enjoys a great day or two outdoors. While visiting the area you can enjoy hiking, swimming, boating, biking, and camping. You can even gain a bit of knowledge while you explore by taking one of the educational tours that include a Native America Speaks program where local tribe members share their knowledge and history. Besides everything you can do in the Glacier National Park, the view is also as amazing as anywhere you will find.
Tennessee: Take A Hike at Cades Cove
Known as one of the most popular spots in the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove is a valley in the middle of a legendary range where you get a stunning view of the mountains and a creek. We spent a week there in 2017, and it was amazing. Hike and bike around the cove on an 11-mile trail. Also, make sure you visit before the big summer rush hits. If you’re not much of a hiker, you can also drive through the area on a special route. It is one of the most spectacular sightseeing drives we have been on.
Washington: Explore an Active Volcano
You heard us right, Mount Rainier has the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, but it is also an active volcano. Six rivers were created from this mountain and you can hike during the day around the area without a permit, although if you want to camp make sure to get one. The park is very family friendly since overall it is very safe and if you want to get a great view of the park then check out the Paradise and Sunrise centers while you are there.