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15 Wonderful Free Places to Visit

13. Camelback Mountain

Scenic mountain views from Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona
Endless strip malls and suburban sprawl often come to mind when thinking of Phoenix, Arizona. Despite the congestion, the area is a recreational hotspot with plenty of opportunities for year-round hiking and biking. Camelback Mountain, the city’s most notable hiking area, offers exercise enthusiasts a tranquil oasis away from the city and suburban congestion which dominates the area. Great mountain views, up close views of cactus plants, and fantastic views of the city can be enjoyed on either of the 2 trails.

Desert views from the Camelback Mountain hike in Phoenix, Arizona

When escaping to Camelback, you feel so far away from the city and completely immersed in nature, although in reality it’s all right there when you come back. A hike along the trails at Camelback is a must; take advantage of this free natural wonder on any visit to the Valley of the Sun.

14. Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California

This wonderful free observatory in Los Angeles allows you to learn about space through a variety of interesting & educational exhibits. You will also have an opportunity to have more of a hands on experience during public telescope viewing events. Visiting at night is ideal as the skyline views are amazing when skies are clear.

The beautiful hiking trails and views of the Hollywood sign from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California

The highlight here is the several miles of on site hiking trails which enable you to take in spectacular views of the city, the observatory, and most notably, the famous Hollywood sign. There are only several miles of trails, all of which are suitable for beginner hikers. I say skip all the overpriced tourist attractions in Hollywood in favor of a visit to this amazing free cultural and natural attraction.

15. Camden Hills State Park

Hiking at Camden Hills State Park in coastal Maine

Maine is well known for being home to some of the country’s most beautiful parks, especially Acadia which is regarded as one of the best in the world. More than 80% of Maine’s total land area is covered by forests; in fact it happens to be the most forested state in the US. Aside from the big national parks, you will find many smaller parks scattered across the state.

One of these great options is Camden Hills State Park, located in the Midcoast portion of the state. This beautiful park is home to Mt. Battie, a scenic overlook which provides amazing overviews of the area. The hiking trails here are peaceful and heavily tree lined. Camden itself is a gorgeous town with a quaint downtown, a beautiful coastline, and amazing natural scenery.

Views from the scenic Mt. Battie overlook at Camden Hills State Park

Addresses & Additional Information

Timber Tops Luxury Cabins: 1440 Upper Middle Creek Road, 204, Sevierville, TN 37876
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Cliffwalk: 117 Memorial Blvd. Newport, RI
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Mesa Falls Scenic Byway: Starts in Ashton, Idaho at the Junction of US 20 and Idaho 47
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The Appalachian Trail – Long Creek Falls trail: check blog post below for directions
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Cape Cod’s Great Island Trail: Griffin Island Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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Marvin Braude Bike trail: 387 Paseo de la Playa Torrance, CA
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The Freedom Trail: 139 Tremont Street Boston, MA
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The Chicago Lakefront Path: 5800 North Chicago, IL
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Myles Standish State Forest: 194 Cranberry Rd Carver, MA 02366
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Redwood National Forest: For directions visit the National Park Service website
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Siesta Key Beach: 948 Beach Road in Sarasota, Florida
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Kaaterskill Falls: Visit the blog below for detailed directions
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Camelback Mountain: 5701 N. Echo Canyon Pkwy Phoenix, AZ 85073
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Griffith Observatory: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Camden Hills State Park: 280 Belfast Road Camden, ME 04843
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