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Top Ten Nature Sights I Want to Visit

Top Ten Nature Sights I Want to Visit

I have a Top Ten Nature Sights I Want to Visit list in my head. Heck, it’s probably a Top 20 or 30 list! Every time I see something cool on a nature show or read it in the travel section of the newspaper, I file it away in my brain.   I’ve never actually put pen to paper on the topic, though. A nature blogging friend, Melynda at, posted a photo of the Northern Lights on her Facebook page. I commented that it’s on my list of Top Ten Nature Sights I Want to Visit. We got to “talking,” along with Debi from, and decided it would make a great collective blog post.

First, I must reveal a list of Top Nature Sights I’ve Already Seen!

  • A mama moose with TWIN calves
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Grand Tetons
  • Yellowstone National Park, WY
  • Hurricane Ridge, WA
  • Tons of deer and fawns from my time in Colorado
  • Vashon Island, WA
  • Red rocks of Sedona
  • Flown in a helicopter over lava pools and cinder cones on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Walked inside the Thurston Lava Tube on the Big Island
  • Waimea Canyon, Kauai
  • Black sand beaches
  • Snorkeling with sea turtles
  • Walked on a rope bridge with a view of countryside and a Bavarian castle called Neuschwanstein
  • Seen a gray whale breech (jump straight up out of the water and splash on its side) near Anacapa Island
  • California Poppy Preserve in bloom
  • The sunrise and sunset over the ocean (on the same day!) on the island of Oahu
  • Hiked in the Swiss Alps
  • Taken the cog train to the top of Pike’s Peak
  • Swam to Chinaman’s Hat on the island of Oahu
  • Wondered at the beauty of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
  • Eaten apfel strudel at the top of Zugspitze in Bavaria
  • Cross country skied in Whistler
  • Mountain biked in Ute Valley Park
  • Licked an icicle
  • Swam with sea lions in the cave at Cuerva Valdez anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
  • Made snow cones out of real snow and maple syrup
  • Driven over miles and miles of Louisiana swamp on the I-10 during a lightning storm
  • Ridden the Glacier Express train from Lucern to St. Moritz
  • Walked along the Thames in the English countryside
  • Body board and body surf in the Pacific
  • Spent the night in a Curry Village camping cabin in Yosemite
  • Seen Golden eagles, Bald eagles, and bears in the wild (Montana, Canada, and Colorado)
  • Watched the sun set and moon rise over Glacier Point in Yosemite
  • Walked on glaciers in Washington and the Jungfrau
  • Hiked close to the Matterhorn above Zermatt
  • And probably many more sights from everyday nature all around us . . .

This is a gift from my Sis which hangs in my kitchen depicting #3 on my list. I get to look at it whenever I do dishes (which is A LOT).

So here are Ten Sights I still want to see:

  1. The Northern Lights (the photo for this post is from the Adventure Club at Legoland – that doesn’t count!).
  2. Go inside one of the largest sea caves – Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island.
  3. See the fjords of the Milford Sound in New Zealand and all the natural wonders of Australia. My sister spent 6 months in Brisbane, Australia and I’ve always wanted to see all the amazing sights she saw during her time there.
  4. Explore the Maine seashore where Rachel Carson was inspired to write about nature.
  5. Visit  Pelee Island in Lake Erie where my great grandparents owned a farm and my dad spent time as a child.
  6. Go boating around the 1000 Islands near Ontario.
  7. Walk Switzerland – take a LONG trip with NO car.
  8. Adventure around Crater Lake.
  9. Go to EVERY National Park with my kids.
  10. Go to EVERY California State Park with my kids.

This whole topic got us into an enthusiastic discussion over dinner. So I’ll have to share lists from my husband and kids in a separate post.

In the meantime, go check out Melynda’s post on where commenters are linking up their posts on the same subject!


Thursday 20th of January 2011

Great list. There are so many places in the world where one should visit at least once in lifetime. These days’ numbers of countries are focusing more on development of their tourist destinations. So it’s difficult to say which the best so the least thing we can do is make a list and prioritize.

Happy Camper

Thursday 25th of November 2010

I am so jealous! You went to all of those places already? I wish I could too. For now, I spend time with family and friends camping and visiting National Parks, which I think is a great way to show children how important and beautiful nature is if we take care of it.


Saturday 20th of November 2010

Yeah! I am so excited that you have the goal of going to EVERY state park in CA and EVERY national park with your kids. Those are two of my biggest goals as well. I am going to have to start my own nature goal list. Such a great idea!


Tuesday 9th of November 2010

You have had an exciting life! It's been so much fun seeing everyone's dream lists. Mine has about 100 entries now!


Saturday 6th of November 2010

That's a big list. And you obviously appreciate the things you've already seen so much. Milford Sound is wonderful, and there are lots of other amazing sites around there too. And I definitely recommend the natural wonders of Australia, especially the Great Barrier Reef.

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