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Five “Hidden Gem” State Parks

The United States National Park system contains some of the most beautiful landscapes and natural wonders in the world. Though traffic jams, crowds of noisy people and armies of bleeping cell phones and take away from from our outdoor experiences. While the best known parks are well worth visiting, perhaps you will find more serenity at one of these “hidden gem” state parks.

Henderson Beach State Park, Florida

Located in Destin, FL, Henderson Beach offers a variety of landscapes and activities. Camping, hiking, fishing and swimming are common activities. The Gulf Coast shoreline scenery includes pine forest, wildflowers and rolling coastal dunes.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri

Ha Ha Tonka State Park offers a little over seventeen thousand acres to explore-formally traveled by Daniel Boone and son Nathan. The park runs along the arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and offers about fifteen miles of trails on which you’ll find caves, tunnels, natural bridges and sinkholes. A somewhat bizarre feature of the park are the stone ruins of a castle built in the early 20th century by a Kansas City businessman.

Tumalo State Park, Oregon

Tumalo State Park is located very near Bend, Oregon. But once inside the beautiful 330 acre park one would never know civilization is just around the bend! Wildlife viewing, fishing, camping and hiking are some of the parks most popular activities. The hiking trails that run out from the river lead to some beautiful canyons on the park property. One particularly popular activity is tubing in the parks river. The park offers winter activities as well-park visitors can ski and snowboarder on Mt. Bachelor.

Lucky Peak State Park, Idaho

Located just southeast of Boise, Lucky Peak is relaxing state park whose primary features are water activities. Lucky Peak Dam’s beaches are popular with the swimmers. Discovery Park features fishing in the Boise River. The park also includes the full-service Spring Shores Marina.

Goose Island State Park, Texas

Goose Island is a very unique natural destination. While it offers a variety of outdoor activities swimming is not among them; oyster shells, mud flats and marsh grass compose the shoreline making swimming conditions less than ideal. Families can still enjoy birding, nature hikes, boating, fishing and camping while visiting Goose Island. Rangers provide guided nature walks and in the summer kids can borrow Junior Ranger Explorer Packs that include binoculars, a magnifying glass and crayons (among other items) to record what they see.

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Three Outlaw Vacations

Americans love an outlaw, an anti-hero, a longer-rebel. This probably has something to do with the history of the founding of our country. Countless films have tried to capture and romanticize the lives and dirty deeds of our most notorious criminals.

The closest we might ever get to any kind “truth” about some of these infamous outlaws is visiting the places related to their histories.

Jesse James, Missouri

Jesse James is a well know Wild West outlaw who characterized by many films and actors. Credited for robbing dozens of banks and trains all over the West, he lived an died in the state of Missouri. However, the so-called James Gang committed heists in other states.

After being pursued by law enforcement for nearly 20 years, ironically James was shot and killed by one of his fellow gang members for a $10,000 reward.

In Liberty, Missouri there is a Jesse James Bank Museum. It is supposedly the site of the nation’s first successful daytime and “peaceful” bank robbery. The robbery occurred in 1866 and the robbers were never caught nor identified, but the robbery is usually attributed to the James Gang.

St. Joseph Missouri is the location of the site where James was killed. The Jesse James Home Museum includes many artifacts of James’ life and death. You can also visit the Jesse James Farm and Museum in Kearney, Missouri—this is James’ birthplace and childhood home. Visitors can tour the restored home and the town host a Jesse James festival annually in September.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Wyoming

Most famously played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, if you want to re-live the adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid you need to go to Cody, Wyoming. There you can find Cassidy’s home in Old Trail Town and Outlaw Cave. There is also a set of trails often traveled by his gang (and others) while seeking reprieve.

You can also visit Hole-in-the-Wall pass in the Big Horn Mountains. This was once the meeting place of the Wild Bunch gang. The Cabin is preserved at the Old Trail Town Museum. Finally, 20 miles outside of Kaycee is the Outlaw Cave Recreation Area. This is another area where the gang used to hang out.

The Crime Museum, Washington, D.C.

Don’t have time to wander the wild west like these famous outlaws? Look no further than the Washington, DC Crime Museum. It is home to one of the country’s biggest collections of outlaw artifacts! It includes items belonging and related to the country’s most famous outlaws. It even includes galleries depicting the history of crime dating as far back as the Middle Ages.

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More about traveling based on your personality type

Last time, Jody Victor‘s crew talked about several personality types and the vacations that would most likely suit them. This week we have another eight types and their best fits from the article from Huffington Post:

The Extreme Traveler:
This is an intensely energetic person who needs to stay active. An adrenaline junkie and sports fanatic. They might like to try heliskiing or shark cage diving in Australia.

The Celebratory Traveler:
These are party animals. They love fun and are outgoing. It is suggested they visit Ibiza.

The Artsy Traveler:
Outgoing and creative, this type loves art, music and writing. They may enjoy a trip to Paris to visit the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay.

The Curious Traveler:
This is an intellectual who is curious and loves a challenge. They might like a hike in a history-rich area such as the Oregon Trail. It extends from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon with over 100 historic sites.

The Traditionalist Traveler:
This person works hard and plays by the rules. They like organization and to be in charge. It is suggested they check out Rosewood Jumby Bay in Antigua – an all-inclusive resort.

The Compassionate Traveler:
The compassionate traveler is sensitive and conscientious and cares about others and the world. They would enjoy an ecotourism vacation such as the Galapagos Islands.

The Daydreaming Traveler:
Daydreamers are idealistic and charismatic, love people, and helping others. They are also romantics and might enjoy a trip to Scotland with loved ones.

The Competitive Traveler:
They are hard-working and competitive. They need serious down-time and to be taken care of to recharge. A trip to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea would greatly fit the bill.