17 Places To Explore in 2017

Posted by Grace Haag on

17 Places to Explore in 2017As we finish up 2016 and get ready to ring in the New Year...It's had us thinking about all of our adventures and about places we want to explore this year. We've started our 2017 Bucket List on Pinterest but thought we'd share some of the places we definitely want to explore this year!

Southeastern US

1. Congaree National Park: This one is under 2 hours from us in Charlotte...how have we never visited?! Once the weather warms up enough for kayaking we'll head down to Columbia South Carolina for some adventures!

2. Cape Hatteras National Seashore
: I've always wanted to camp at the beach and haven't been to Cape Hatteras before to see the famous lighthouse pictured on my Drivers license. With family just south of the Outer Banks in Morehead City, NC this is completely doable!

3. Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area:
we really wanted to check this park out on our way home from our big Roadtrip last summer, but weren't able to due to severe storm damage. The park is aptly named for land...between 2 lakes...along the Western Tennessee/ Kentucky border. Lots of water activities!

​4. Western NC:
We hike a lot near Asheville, but rarely go much further west for a day trip. This year we want to do some overnight hiking or camping trips west of Asheville.


5. The Dolomites in Northern Italy: We've been talking about a trip to Italy for some time now. While researching, I wanted to find places beyond the typical Rome, Venice, Florence, etc. The Dolomites fit the bill perfectly. Although I think we need two weeks to satisfy both my outdoorsy and artsy sides.

6. Natural Arch
in Capri, Italy: We'd like to see the Amalfi Coast and take a short trip to Capri. This hike looks absolutely incredible.

7. Mount Vesuvius
, Italy: I mean...it's a volcano. Do I really need another explanation?

8. El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico: I've been here before but I'd love to go back and do more hiking. And yes...I know it's not technically international since Puerto Rico is a US Territory.

Southern Utah

We skipped these parks on our trip no thanks to the record high temps this summer. These are all doable Vegas and there are a few camper van rentals that include supplies.

9. Zion National Park
10. Bryce Canyon NationalPark
11. Arches National Park
12. Grand Staircase Escalante
13. CanyonLands National Park

Pittsburgh Area

A trip back to my hometown west of Pittsburgh is long overdue. So there are tons of places I'd like to explore enroute and in the area.

14. Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Growing up in the Ohio Valley of Western Pennsylvania there was not shortage of trails and outdoor activities. This is definitely a National Park on this year's list when I back home to visit family since it's not too far away!

15. Falling Water: Not a park, but still lots to see in the area. Frank Lloyd Wright is one of my design heroes so this is a must see for me.

16. West Virginia State Forests: particularly those around Pocohantas County where my mom's family is from.

Charlotte, NC

17. Lake Norman State Park: We hike here a lot, but we always hike the same trail. This year we hope to do some camping and exploring other parts of the park besides the lake.
We know this is an ambitious list and we may not make all of them happen- half of these will be an impressive feat.
What's on your list of 17 Places to Explore? Tag us and use the hashtag #Explore17 & #KeepHiking

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