Rock Island State Park in Door County

Getting to Rock Island State Park, the most isolated state park in Wisconsin’s system, necessitates two ferry rides. When you get here, it’s a magnificent retreat: a small island, yes, but with delicious solitude, icy but gorgeous beaches, and the loveliest starry skies and sunrises in Wisconsin.

Peninsula State Park in Door County

Deeded to the state in 1909, Peninsula is the second-oldest park in the state system and the most visited—it draws more visitors per year than Yellowstone National Park.

Visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore

The Point Reyes area boasts acres of unspoiled forest and beach country. Get info on the park’s visitor centers, its historic lighthouse, as well as how to get there for those seeking a day trip from San Francisco.

Visiting Assateague Island

While Assateague is perhaps best known for its resident herd of wild ponies, the island is also home to a beautiful 37-mile beach, dunes, wetlands, and marsh. Read about camping, birding, and more on Assateague Island.

Visiting the Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the harbor from downtown, the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario are the city’s backyard. Learn about the different islands and plan to escape the urban bustle by lounging at the beach, cruising around by bike or kayak, or having a picnic.

Historic Lighthouses of North Carolina

North Caroline’s historic lighthouses—some still in operation—are popular destinations for visitors. Most are open for climbing and offer fantastic views. The following are some of the state’s favorites.