The Weeki Wachee River of Florida is one of the truly wonderful getaway destinations for anyone who enjoys being out in nature. Located north of Tampa in Hernando County, this river is filled with crystal clear water and provides twelve miles of beautiful scenery and fun activities.
Perhaps the most famous spot on this beautiful natural resource is Weeki Wachee Springs. Here you’ll find live underwater variety shows that star real live mermaids. The submerged Mermaid Theater is a fun place to catch these ladies in a spectacular show, or you can board a river boat to take a group cruise along the river. You can even make arrangements to scuba dive in the Weeki Wachee Springs if you’re part of a dive shop group. Snorkeling—always a fun activity—is encouraged there as well.
For those vacationers seeking a most unique experience while in the far west, Semino State Park is a great destination spot. It is located on State Road 220, approximately 35 miles north of the I-80 between the towns of Sinclair and Casper, Wyoming. There is something for everyone in the family including dunes, rivers and even a man-made reservoir. Camping is abundant as well, so whether this is for hunting and fishing or just a family getaway, this makes for one ideal spot that the entire clan will get a kick out of visiting.
Seminoe State Park is in the south/central part of Wyoming, and features beautiful scenery along with an almost untouched landscape. There are relatively few people that inhabit this area, so it offers wildlife at its most basic. There are many things to do for sportsmen and that includes boating on the many waterways, a beach for sunbathers and for trout fishermen, some world class areas in which to snag that prized species. With four different campgrounds and a host of water activities, this truly is a vacation paradise that many people are just starting to discover.
Sinks Canyon State Park is located in Lander, Wyoming in the Wind River Mountains. The sinks themselves are formed of limestone, the main point which is called the Madison Limestone Formation. The sinks are for viewing only, as the crevices are dark and narrow and so far no one has attempted to climb into them.
Sinks Canyon State Park got its name from a phenomenon called the sinks. The Popo Agie River, which was named so by the Crow Indians for its tall rye grasses, runs through the park. It’s middle fork vanishes into a large, underground limestone cavern, the sinks, and later reappears .25 miles into a pool, named the Rise. While these phenomena are not uncommon in limestone formations, the sheer size of the sinks and length of time the water takes to travel underground (approximately 2 hours) makes the Sinks especially unique. The pool is filled with trout, mainly rainbow and browns, who live out a life of leisure – no fishing is allowed here. The park has a variety of hiking trails for the adventuresome as well as facilities for picnicking, camping, and rock climbing. Fishing is also available in other areas of the park.
Hot Springs State Park is nestled in the city of Thermopolis, Wyoming along Highway 20/State Route 120. The springs are located along the Big Horn River and are fed by natural hot springs along a the multi-colored terraces of rock formations. The temperature of the springs is 135 degrees at all times. An estimated 8,000 gallons of water passes over the terrace each day.
There is a free bath house on the state park’s premises. The water is kept at 104 degrees consistently and is used by people who require it for therapy or those who simply want to relax and enjoy the feeling of naturally hot water. Visitors who do not bring their own swimsuit or towel will have to pay a small fee for the rental of these items at the bath house. Attendants are employed by the house to assist visitors with any needs they may have during their bathing experience. Hours are limited, so plan to visit between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday or between 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. During the traditional American winter holidays, the bath house is closed, however it follows its Sunday hours during all summer holidays. Visitors with children must remember that this is a bath house and not a swimming pool, so children should be informed and behave accordingly. Those who come here frequently for therapy will not appreciate loud children jumping into the spring bath.
If you are in the area of the Black Hills in Wyoming and want a place to camp a night or two, take a look at Keyhole State Park. This Wyoming state park is located along the western edge of the Black Hills between Sundance and Moorcroft, Wyoming. It is within sight of Devils Tower National Monument. The park is named after the “Keyhole” brand of livestock established by the McKean brothers, who once had a ranch in the area.
The main attraction at the park is the Keyhole Reservoir, a man made lake with nearly 15,000 acres of water. The park is situated along the southeast shore of the reservoir and offers several public boat ramps and easy access to the water from most of its campgrounds. The park is at an elevation of about 4000 feet and the scenery consists of sandstone outcroppings, rolling hills, and pine forests.