By Kiara Bean, Editor-in-Chief
Welcome back to our trip around the United States! Last semester, I decided to tell you about my own adventures to the hidden gems of our country. I started to write the Travel Series in hopes of inspiring you all to visit some out-of-the-way sites and make your own beautiful memories. I don’t know if you are a regular Horizons reader and if you were able to read about all the destinations I introduced last year, but I definitely hope that you will enjoy this semester’s editions of the Travel Series.
My family and I don’t like to go to very popular places where there are thousands and thousands of tourists, and we can’t enjoy our trip and relax. We prefer to visit spots where we can still have incredible experiences but with very low tourist traffic. This way, we can take our time and fully appreciate the environment instead of rushing along with the crowds. These trips also tend to be cheaper, since they are not tourist attractions, which gives us the opportunity to do and see more for less.
Last year, among other places, I talked about the Las Vegas – type shows in Branson, Missouri; the incredible hikes in Big Bear, California; the beautiful London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; the Stonehenge landmark in Ingram, Texas; and the German atmosphere in historic Fredericksburg, Texas. If you’re interested in reading about these trips, you can still find them in our online editions of Horizons.
I like to tell my readers about landmarks we visit, describe the beauty of nature we see on our hikes, and recommend some interesting and unusual places to eat that won’t cost a fortune. Although we do occasionally hit nearby tourist attractions on our stays, we usually like to go to areas that most people don’t even know about. We talk to the locals to see what they would recommend; we drive around to see what’s interesting in the area; and sometimes our best adventures have been found by pure accident.
I also like to include pictures of some landmarks we have seen or food we have eaten so that I can share our experiences with readers. This way, if you decide to travel to the same places we did, you have some visuals to guide you on your travels. For those readers who don’t have opportunities to travel and you just simply enjoy reading about the places I have visited, hopefully, the photographs will help you picture the surroundings you are reading about in the article.
In this semester’s edition of the Travel Series, I will introduce readers to other special spots that my family and I have traveled to. Don’t worry; I will give you suggestions not only for beautiful places to see, but also for great places to satisfy your appetite. Again, I will include pictures for you to enjoy.
I hope that these articles create some motivation for you to get out into the world and try something new. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a summer vacation, or a good read from the comfort of your own home (or dorm room), there will be something for everyone.
1. Mini Waterfall
2. Enchanted Forest
3. Red Rock Narrows
6. Majestic Mountains
7. Forest Overlook
8. Hidden Lake