Instead of another cramped plane ride, have an adventure and take the ferry from England to Spain. Brittany Ferries operates boats from Plymouth and Portsmouth to Bilbao and Santander in northern Spain.
Portugal’s Douro Valley is world famous as the place where the grapes for port wine are grown, it is most easily accessed with a car. However it is possible to explore some of this stunning region via public transit with a bit of creativity.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore encompasses 21 islands as well as shoreline along lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. The distinctive geology of the area is a result of glacial activity many thousands of years ago leaving beautiful sandstone formations that dazzle the eye.
A super popular Illinois state park, Starved Rock has miles of hiking trails and lots of hidden caves and secret waterfalls. Then head south on Route 178 to nearby Matthiessen State Park for more beauty.