Michael GabbertExplorer

Minnesotan. Livin' in the North. Email: mjgabbert@gmail.com

Photograph Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie, Washington

Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Washington. The waterfall is almost 270 feet tall and ranges in width all the way up to 150 feet when the water is really running.

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Explore the Cypress Tree Tunnels at Moss Beach

Moss Beach, California

The Cypress Tree Tunnels are a quick jaunt from San Francisco (22 miles) and make for a great half-day trip. Getting here depends on traffic, but 30 minutes from the center of the city is doable.

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Hike the Moanalua Middle Ridge Trail to the Haiku Stairs Peak

Honolulu, Hawaii

The ‘back way’ to the ever popular and still somewhat illegal Haiku Stairs, the Moanalua Middle Ridge hike brings plenty of beauty and even more challenges than the path down the Haiku Stairs.

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Kayak the Washington Arboretum Loop

Seattle, Washington

Situated just southeast from the shores of the University of Washington, the Washington Arboretum Loop is a short yet gorgeous paddling excursion.

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Paddle Lake Union


As the sun sets over Queen Anne Hill, there are few better places to be in Seattle than Lake Union.

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Hike to the Grand Canyon's Sunset Nook

Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

While the Grand Canyon is full of spectacular views, one particular spot has always been a favorite due to the relatively easy access and the ability to separate from all of the action.

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Catch the Sunset at Maverick's Beach

Half Moon Bay, California

Maverick's beach is most well-known for the Maverick surf competition and the gnarly waves which surface here in the winter months. For the rest of the year, the beach is still a site to see.

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Explore the Peter Iredale Shipwreck, Fort Stevens SP

Warrenton, Oregon

At the northwestern-most point of Oregon sits Fort Stevens State Park. Located 3 ½ hrs from Seattle and 2 hrs from Portland, the park sits closest to the city of Astoria.

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Explore Forrest Gump Hill

Mexican Hat, Utah

If you are in or around Monument Valley, the drive and corresponding effort to get to Forrest Gump Hill is minimal.

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Hike Pillar Point Bluff

Moss Beach, California

Sitting on a 140 acre bluff top, the Pillar Point Bluffs are a simple, easy hike with breathtaking views throughout.

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Check Out the Cabazon Dinosaurs

Cabazon, California

For any fans of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure or The Wizard, the Cabazon Dinosaurs are instantly recognizable.

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Hike the North Beach Trail at Deception Pass

Oak Harbor, Washington

A strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, Deception Pass and the bridges that span it are a fascinating day trip from Seattle.

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Hike to Barclay Lake

Gold Bar, Washington

With less than 500 feet of total elevation and 4.

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Snowshoe Grouse Mountain

North Vancouver, Canada

A 25 minute drive outside of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a great escape from the city for a myriad of winter activities.

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Hike Gold Creek Pond

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

The quintessential family friendly hike,  Gold Creek Pond is a simple yet spectacular hike next to Snoqualmie Pass. Easily accessible from the top of the pass (4.

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Hike to Tian Tan Buddha ("Big Buddha")

111, Hong Kong

Located on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, the Tian Tan Buddha is the central figure of the Po Lin Monastery and the major center of Buddhism in Hong Kong.

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Catch the Sunset at Bean Point

Anna Maria, Florida

Bean Point is the northernmost tip of Anna Maria Island.

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Explore Paris’ Wall of Love (Le mur des je t'aime)

Paris, France

Located in the Montmarte district of Paris, the Wall of Love--or as the French call it Le mur des je t'aime--is an off-the-beaten-path place to explore.

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Hike the Bagley Lakes Trail

Deming, Washington

Set within the Mount Baker hiking wonderland, the Bagley Lakes trail is an easy, family-friendly hike with alpine lakes, copious amounts of wildflowers, and striking views of Table Mountain.

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Hike the Torii Gates to Mount Inari Peak

Fushimi-ku, Japan

Starting at the Fushimi Inari-taisha, the head shrine of the Inari, the hike to the top of Mount Inari is a refreshing yet surprisingly demanding hike within Kyoto, Japan.

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Catch the Sunrise at Rod & Reel Pier

Anna Maria, Florida

With a pier stretching 100 feet into Tampa Bay, the Rod & Reel Pier is the perfect spot to be for sunrise.

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Explore Rue Crémieux

Paris, France

A street so small and non-descript that unless you plan to visit it or stumble onto it, is something that could be easily missed.

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Explore the Sagano Bamboo Forest

Ukyō-ku, Japan

Stepping into the bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Japan is a surreal moment. Thousands upon thousands of bamboo trees line a trail which cuts right through the center of the forest.

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Catch the Sunset at Wild Horse Monument

Quincy, Washington

If you're traveling along Hwy 90 in the middle of Washington State, the Wild Horse Monument is a fun and rather quick area to explore.

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Stroll along the Spirea Nature Trail

Maple Ridge, Canada

An hour outside of downtown Vancouver lies the beautiful 150,000 acre Provincial Park of Golden Ears. The park has a myriad of hikes and adventures all with varying degrees of difficulty.

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Kayak Camp on Jones Island

Friday Harbor, Washington

The San Juan Islands are a gorgeous collection of islands situated 90 miles from Seattle.

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Hike the Horseshoe Bend Trail

Deming, Washington

Located just outside the town of Glacier, WA and 40 minutes prior to Mount Baker Ski area, sits the Horseshoe Bend Trail. A simple and straightforward 6 mile out and back route.

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Hike the Fire and Ice Trail

Deming, Washington

Set within the Mount Baker hiking wonderland, the Fire & Ice Trail may be the easiest and most family friendly hike set within the park.

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Explore the Supertree Grove

Singapore, Singapore

The Supertree Grove is a free park located in the center of the Gardens By the Bay. Comprised of 12 total trees, each of which stand 80 to 165 feet tall, this grove is a must see in Singapore.

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Hike the Great Wall of China's Mutianyu Section

Beijing, China

The 2nd most visited section of the Great Wall of China, Mutianyu is a beautifully restored and a relatively accessible spot of the wall.

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Canyoning in the Saxetenbach Gorge

Wilderswil, Switzerland

Interlaken, Switzerland; a city known for its extreme sports and gorgeous scenery is a European city that is not to be missed.

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Hike Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach, Florida

With a 3 miles stretch of fine, delicate sand along the Gulf of Mexico, Holmes Beach is an ideal setting for a shore hike.

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Kayak Camp on Stuart Island

Friday Harbor, Washington

The northwestern-most point of the San Juan Islands, Stuart Island, is arguably the most gorgeous island to circumnavigate.

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Hike the Uluru Base Trail (Ayers Rock)

Uluru, Australia

In the middle of nowhere within the Northern Territory Red Centre desert sits an amazing and iconic site of Australia - Uluru.

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Explore the Li River with Cormorant Fishermen

Guilin Shi, China

The Li River has a long history of Cormorant Fishing. Set amongst Karst Mountains, the city of XingPing (39 miles from Guilin & 15.

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Catch the Sunrise at Merlion Park

Singapore, Singapore

An iconic view within Singapore anchored by the infamous Merlion statue, the park is not to be missed when visiting.

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Hike the Great Wall of China's Jiankou Section

Beijing, China

The Jiankou section of the wall is known as the ‘Wild’ section due to its complete lack of restoration since its construction in the 1300s. This fact alone makes this area of the wall fascinating.

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Hike the Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin Shi, China

The terraced fields of Longji offer some of the most spectacular scenery in China. Located 62 miles north of Guilin, the terraces take about 2.5 hrs to get to by car from the Guilin airport.

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Hike Gros Piton in St. Lucia

Fond Gens Libre, Saint Lucia

The pitons are the iconic symbols of St. Lucia. Located at the southwest part of the island, Gros Piton and Petit Piton rise dramatically out of the Caribbean Sea.

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Hike to Cuipingshan Hill Peak (Yangshuo, China)

Guilin Shi, China

A secret spot of Chinese photographers for years, Cuipingshan Hill within Yangshuo, China is a view unrivaled by many others in the world.

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Raft down the Li River

Guilin Shi, China

This adventure starts in the village of Yangdi. Located 45 miles from Guilin, the closest metropolitan city, Yangdi sits at the base of karsts on the west side of the Li River.

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Hike Harbor Mountain via the Gavin Hill Trail

Sitka, Alaska

The first part of the trail involves a series of switchbacks through gorgeous forests of Sitka spruce.

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Hike Luosishan (Fairy Maiden Peak)

Guilin Shi, China

For a landscape with panoramic dramatic views, there might be none better than that of the Fairy Maiden Peak. The launching point for this hike will be out of the town of Xingping.

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Camel Trek Sunrise at Ayers Rock

Uluru, Australia

While many people see and experience Ayers Rock, few do it in such a manner as camelback.

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Hike Herring Cove Trail to Beaver Lake

Sitka, Alaska

From the trailhead, you’ll travel along a cascading creek ascending through gravel, rocks steps and a couple boardwalks within a dense hemlock, spruce and yellow cedar forest.

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Explore the Chureito Pagoda

Fujiyoshida-shi, Japan

Exploring this classic Five-Storied Pagoda overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji does take some effort due to its distance from major metropolitan areas of Japan.

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Camp on the Great Wall's Gubeikou Section

Beijing, China

An experience unlike any other in the world, camping on the Great Wall of China is a truly once in a lifetime adventure.

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Sandboard the Brenton-On-Sea Dunes

Brenton-on-Sea, South Africa

Just west of the city of Knysna, halfway on the southern coast of South Africa, sits Brenton-On-Sea - a beach town on the Southern Ocean.

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Paraglide over Knysna

Sedgefield, South Africa

If driving the Garden Route on South Africa’s southern coast, the city of Knysna is a can’t miss.

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Explore Lower Lewis River Falls

Skamania County, Washington

Nearly a 4 hr drive from Seattle and 2 ¼ from Portland, these falls more than make up for the distance with their sheer beauty and easy access from the trailhead.

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