Wednesday, February 26, 2014

La Brea Tar Pits - Los Angeles, California


Every city has a lot of asphalt.  But Los Angeles is one of the only cities where you can see unrefined asphalt bubbling out of the ground at a city park.

Location: Hancock Park 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California

Cost: The tar pits themselves are free.  The Page Museum is $12 for adults.  The parking lot within Hancock Park is $9.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Hancock Park where the tar pits are located is always open.  The Page Museum is open from 9:30 to 5:00 everyday.

Official Website: http://www.tarpits.org/

Date of Visit: Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Providence Canyon State Park- Georgia


Red sand is everywhere throughout the south, but rarely do you get the chance to see sand as interesting as it appears in Providence Canyon State Park in Georgia. Here the sand has been eroded into beautiful canyons and cliffs. Water flows through the canyons allowing trees and other vegetation to grow. Perhaps the most interesting part of the park is the fact that the canyons were created less than 200 years ago through erosion from poor farming techniques.
 
Location:  About 40 miles south of Columbus, Georgia.  100 miles east of Montgomery, Alabama

Cost: $5.00 for parking

Operating Seasons and Hours: Open daily, generally from dawn to dusk.  The Visitor Center is only open on Saturdays and Sundays during the months of September, October, November, March, April, and May.  Visitor Center hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Official Website: http://gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon

Date of Visit: Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mount Evans - The Road into the Sky - Colorado


Most people assume that Pike's Peak is the only mountain in Colorado where you can drive to the summit.  However, Mount Evans is another option.  Mount Evans is actually a better option because it is cheaper and about 200 feet higher than Pikes Peak.

Location: Approximately 60 miles from Denver, Colorado. The summit of the mountain is 28 miles from Idaho Springs, Colorado

Cost: $10.00 for a three day pass.  Free with a National Parks Pass.

Operating Seasons and Hours: The top 5 miles of the road are open from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day.  The lower section of the road will stay open until the first weekend of October.  This is all weather permitting.

Official Website:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/specialplaces/?cid=fsm91_058388 
I also recommend visiting http://www.mountevans.com

Date of Visit: Thursday, July 5, 2012

Recommendation: A great way to stand on top of a mountain without hiking all the way up there.

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