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Channel Your Wild Side at These 7 Inspiring Parks

When the hustle of city life becomes a hectic blur, something inside calls us away from the urban jungle and into the actual wilderness. National Parks can be found around all the world, offering some of the most thrilling, eye-opening and photogenic travel destinations you can visit. Whether you dream of applying a face mask as you soak in natural hot springs, or itch to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails, these gorgeously preserved environmental wonders are guaranteed to blow your mind.


Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Despite being twice the size of the state of Connecticut and having a reputation of being Alaska’s “wildest” park, Lake Clark National Park is one of the least visited national parks in the United States. The relatively light human foot traffic makes it possible for visitors to experience unparalleled amounts of untouched wildlife up close. This is especially true of the park’s Cook Inlet coastline, where guides lead groups to view brown bears feeding on wild salmon.


Masada National Park, Israel

This natural fortress in the desert of Israel overlooks the mineral-rich Dead Sea, a popular spot for skincare fanatics to soak up the natural nutrients and relax. A site of great archaeological significance, it was home to the palace of King Herod in 37 B.C.E. History buffs will love checking out the amazingly well preserved examples of iconic Roman architecture.


Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

This breathtaking park encompasses the world famous Chilean region of Patagonia, a hotspot for scenic hiking and nature observation. Guests who opt to lodge at Ecocamp Patagonia, the only hotel within the park’s boundaries, can stay in eco-chic miniature geodesic domes.


Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

The animals and wildlife that call Fiordland home have evolved in relative isolation, meaning that many species are actually unique to New Zealand’s South Island. Nowhere is the beauty of this untouched wonderland more undeniable than on nature cruises through Milford Sound and its majestic falls or excursions into the weird and wonderful Te Anau Glowworm Caves.


Tijuca National Park, Brazil

The world’s largest urban forest, Tijuca Forest was re-planted by hand in the 1800s in a region that had previously been cleared for the harvesting of sugar and coffee. This recultivation of a lush forest is a blessing for all as it is now not only home to wildlife but to beautiful man-made structures such as the iconic gazebo of Vista Chinesa and the charmingly pastel pink Mayrink Chapel, which dates back to 1860. This forest is truly an Instagramer’s paradise.


Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Just a hop and a skip outside of Tokyo, this gem is Japan’s most visited national park. While the mighty Mount Fuji is undoubtedly the park’s centerpiece, it is also known for its steamy hot springs, which feel amazing after a long hike around the sparkling shores of Lake Ashi or an adventure to the famous Hakone Shrine.


Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Colorado, USA

Colorado’s answer to the Grand Canyon, the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park is home to spectacular views of a 2,000-foot rocky descent into the rushing waters of the Gunnison River. While only experienced climbers should attempt to scale the canyon walls, the park also boasts world famous trout fishing, scenic drives and hikes, and campsites to pitch a tent with a goosebump-worthy view.

The Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, transforms Römer square into a festive haven with twinkling lights and charming stalls. Aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine fill the air as visitors explore handcrafted gifts and traditional treats. The iconic Christmas tree and live performances create a magical atmosphere, making this market a cherished holiday tradition.

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It`s cabin season where crackling fireplaces and peaceful solitude creates a magical and cozy atmosphere in the winter time.

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We love a pre-winter adventure just before the water freezes into ice. @jaspernationalpark

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Throughout November, the mountains surrounding the well-known abodes of Shirakawa-gō begin to adopt the colors of autumn. 🍂 ...

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"The wait is over... it`s that time of year again! Every year from November to early March, millions of butterflies blanket the high altitude forest in central Mexico in a mesmerizing display. It`s truly spectacular to witness." - 🎥 @jess.wandering @everchanginghorizon ...

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In the latest episode of our podcast, an award winning editor, writer and producer and the host of the podcast, Travel That Matters, @brucewallintravel travels through Central America with his then fiancee to enjoy what they imagined to be their last big adventure before settling down. It was a trip that gave Bruce a new travel ethos, that travel gets better the more effort you put into it. 🎧 Link in bio to listen! ...

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When fall meets winter in Utah.

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Ethereal moments from a sunset in Scoresby Sound, Greenland.

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Autumn in Lago di Saoseo, a stunning alpine lake in the Poschiavo Valley of Switzerland, is a magical experience. The season transforms the surrounding landscape into a picturesque tapestry of vibrant colors. The dense forests that encircle the lake burst into a riot of reds, yellows, and oranges as the leaves change, creating a breathtaking contrast against the crystal-clear, emerald waters of the lake. The cool, crisp air of autumn adds to the tranquility of the scene, making it an ideal time for peaceful hikes and nature appreciation. It`s a time when the natural beauty of Lago di Saoseo truly shines, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

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6 Spooky Fall Adventures (An Hour from NYC)

Follow this guide from @steffy where everything is Halloween themed
including the street signs!

- @pumpkinblaze
- @harvestmoonorchard
- @lyndhurst_mansion
- @ Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
- @sleepyhollowbookshop
- @horsefeathers for a spooky drink
- @castlehotelandspa to stay!

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Zhangjiajie, located in China`s Hunan province, is a stunning national park known for its towering sandstone pillars, deep ravines, and lush forests. It gained international fame as the inspiration for James Cameron`s "Avatar." The park`s surreal and otherworldly landscape, particularly the "Southern Sky Column" (renamed "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain"), served as the muse for the film`s floating mountains and lush forests. Zhangjiajie remains a popular destination for travelers seeking to witness the real-world beauty that inspired the cinematic masterpiece.

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The scent of crisp, autumn air fills the atmosphere of this picturesque region in southern Germany. Allgäu turns into a patchwork of fiery reds, golden yellows, and rustic browns as the leaves change color.

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Host of our very own podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, and this week’s Travel That Matters guest, Esme Benjamin (@esmebenjamin), tells us about her year-in-the-making five-month-long road trip across the United States.

On the podcast, Esme starts by telling us the things that happened in her life that led her to take this life-altering adventure. Then, we hear about her path through the following incredible places: Black Hills & Badlands (South Dakota), Glacier National Park and Bozeman (Montana), Cody (Wyoming), Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park, Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa (Colorado), Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana), San Francisco and Los Angeles (California), and more!

🎧 Link in bio to listen and to explore the transformative power of travel.

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