4 Underrated Hiking Trails in the US

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Skyline to the Sea Trail

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Nearly 30 miles long, this trail will require two to three days from you before you complete it. You could, of course, finish it in a day, but that’s if you’re in an excellent condition and you’re determined. It might be a long journey from Skyline Ridge to Waddell Beach, but it’s totally worth it. If you want, you can start at the Castle Rock if you’re concerned about the parking space. This underrated trail features numerous Redwood trees and beautiful sceneries to gaze upon. After completing the trail, you’ll wonder why it’s underappreciated.

West Rim Trail

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Running along the 800ft.-deep and 2,000ft.-wide Pennsylvania Grand Canyon or Pine Creek Gorge, this Northern Pennsylvania trail will surely give you an astonishing view. In fact, its popularity comes from the extraordinary sights it offers. The trail, lying in the Tioga State Forest, is 30.5 miles long and most hikers usually take a few days to finish it. Nonetheless, all the hard work will pay off if you just give this trail a chance to show you what it can offer.

Batona Trail

Another highly recommended trail is this one located in New Jersey. It’s one of the longest trails the state has to offer. You can begin your trek at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and feast your eyes on different kinds of pine trees, hardwood swamps, black gum, swamp magnolia, gray birch, and oaks as you hike. You’ll be able to complete the trail in three days. You can even indulge in the edible berries you’ll find there!

The Mattabesett Trail

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If you think you can handle more than three days of hiking, perhaps you can try this trail. Its first-half runs past the Metacomet Ridge and its second will take you past the metamorphic rock formations. The trail finishes at the Connecticut River, but before you can get there, you’ll be able to encounter chances to try bouldering, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and hunting. It may be difficult to finish, but it sure is a trail that won’t bore you.

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The American States That Allow the Recreational Use of Marijuana

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Washington, DC

Because the residents in Washington DC voted for the legal use of recreational marijuana last 2014, they can now have up to 2oz of marijuana and offer an ounce as a gift. If you have a friend who stays there, then you’re lucky! You can now smoke in the capital of the United States!

Washington

In this state, you can possess up to an ounce of weed. If you’re a medical marijuana patient, however, you can grow cannabis as long as you have a license.

Oregon

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Since 2010, residents in Oregon are permitted to carry up to 1oz. of marijuana. They could also give marijuana edibles as presents and could grow up to four plants of cannabis at home. Hooray!

Nevada

In Nevada, you can carry an ounce of marijuana too! However, if you want to grow your own plant, you’ll have to live 25 miles outside the closest dispensary before you’re allowed to cultivate.

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Massachusetts

Consuming and carrying small amounts of pot is acceptable in this state but retail stores will start selling in 2018. If you can’t wait, you can start growing up to 12 plants at home!

Maine

They won’t be sold until 2018 in Maine, but Mainers can carry up to 2.5 ounces of weed and that’s by far most considerate amount.

Colorado

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In Colorado, getting an ounce of marijuana is legal. To be honest, you can find tons of marijuana dispensaries in this state—they even outnumber Starbucks and McDonald’s stores!

California

This is the first state to allow the use of medical marijuana in 1996. The state has been known to be weed-friendly ever since 2016 when it allowed the legal possession and consumption of up to one ounce of weed even without a prescription. The bad news is you can’t legally purchase marijuana until 2018. The good news is 2017’s about to end! Another good news is you can acquire medical marijuana with a friend who is in possession of the drug or if you’re a medical cannabis patient.

Alaska

If you’re an adult (21 and above), you can smoke marijuana legally in Alaska even if you’re not a medical marijuana patient. You can carry, consume, and transport up to an ounce of weed here, so you don’t have to worry.

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4 Must-Visit Hot Springs in Asia

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Sungai Klah Hot Springs, Malaysia

Built in 2003, this park set features cold and hot pools surrounded by green forests and running rivers. Pools in Sungai Klah get their water from the natural underground sprint and bubbling streams. Aside from the public hot pools, you can also enjoy private Jacuzzis and a location where you can boil eggs in hot water! Uncanny but cool! You can stay the night in the park because they offer accommodation too. Just make sure you place a reservation ahead and arrange everything before you visit.

 

Onyang Hot Spring, Seoul

As Korea’s oldest hot springs, Onyang continues to energize and freshen up its visitors even after 1,300 years of existence. Legends say the high alkaline content in Onyang’s water cured the eye and leg ailments of King Sejong. The hot springs are also located near the Onyang Hot Spring Hotel, which is one of the oldest hotels in the area. The hotel is Korea’s biggest and oldest hot spring resort which offers a number of outdoor water pools called Onyang Oncheaon.

Beitou Hot Spring, Taipei, Taiwan

The last one in our list is Taiwan’s Beitou Hot Springs. Beitou is a small city well-known for the hot springs it offers, as well as its preserved architectural heritage. In 1845 during the colonial era, the Japanese developed the town into a hot spring resort. If you want to feel better and refreshed, better take note of this hot spring and visit it the next time you’re in Taiwan.

Beitou Hot Springs Taiwan

Puning Hot Springs and Sand Spa, Clarke, Philippines

I’m sure you’re familiar with the white sand beaches of Boracay, but why don’t you try the renowned hot springs of Laguna? Laguna is a province located in the island of Luzon and is famous for the several hot springs it offers. You’ll surely love Puning Hot Springs which is located near the volcano, Mount Pinatubo, the source of the spring’s hot water. Hot water ranges between 40 to 70 degrees. Apart from the hot springs, you can also enjoy the sparkling green waters of Pinatubo Crater Lake.

Puning Hot Springs in Laguna, Philippines

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Fun Places to Explore in Hawaii

Mention Hawaii and two words immediately come to mind – sand and surf. The popular vacation destination unfailingly delivers as promised on both. Its islands are teeming with pristine beaches and surf spots that lure travelers from across the globe. Here are some of hidden gems Hawaii has to offer.

First Cathedral in Lanai

Less than an hour away from Lahaina Harbor likes an underwater cavern known as First Cathedral. It is one of the Lanai Cathedrals that draws many diving enthusiasts. Imagine being in a cathedral but underwater and with chance encounters with magnificent marine life.

Hanakapi’ai Falls in Kauai

Hanakapi’ai Falls

The trek to Hanakapi’ai Falls is about 8 miles long in all. And the trail itself is already worth the trip as you get to enjoy the best of nature Kauai has to offer. Do not be surprised if you begin to notice that the surroundings look oddly familiar. You might have seen it in films like Jurassic Park which have used the area as filming site.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Big Island

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Craters and some possible lava are just some of the things you will see at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The trails and rich biodiversity make a trip to this park a great way to reconnect more with nature.

Mauna Loa Lookout

Mauna Loa Lookout

The rugged trail to Mauna Loa Lookout is part of the overall experience. It may not look like it at the onset if you are not an avid hiker, but it is a fairly easy trek unless you are aiming for the summit which could mean a longer time on the trail. Expect your efforts to be rewarded by stunning views.

Napali Coast in Kauai

Napali Coast

It is not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. If you are looking for a challenge then a roughly 15-mile paddling along the Napali Coast will be one Hawaiian adventure that you can add to your bucket list. As you paddle through choppy waters, prepare to feast your eyes with great views of sea caves, shorelines, and other attractions that few people get to see.

Polulu Valley Lookout in Big Island

Polulu Valley Lookout

There are several ways to enjoy Pololu Valley. You can either follow the trail to enjoy a good hike or head to the Pololu Valley Lookout to get a view of the coastline and nearby cliffs. You can end the trip to the lookout with a leisurely walk to the Pololu Beach which is less than half an hour’s trip down.

Secret Beach in Kauai

Secret Beach

Picture a secluded beach with scenic cliffs and a lighthouse as backdrop. While not exactly a secret anymore, it is still a go-to spot for tourists and locals alike who want to be away from the crowd. It takes about 15 minutes of hiking before you can reach the beach. But the view will be worth it.