Three Natural Destinations To Visit This Summer

Jun 9, 2016

As summer approaches, you will most likely want to spend more time out in the natural environment. Many people and families take the summer to visit a national park, and this year would be the time to do it as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Wisconsin is home to a national lakeshore, and there are some places nearby that are also part of the national park system.

Apostle Islands

"They are such a cool place, and it's actually a designated national lakeshore. So if you get the chance to go up to the Apostle Islands, it's going to be a really cool experience," says outdoor contributor Stacy Tornio.

Kayaking is one of the most popular activities at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Credit Mary Fairchild / Flickr

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

"There's beautiful sandy beaches and a three dunes challenge hike...When you get out to the beach you can see the Chicago skyline, and it's pretty close to home."

Credit Anna Hesser / Flickr

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Located in Harper's Ferry, Iowa

Marching Bear group effigy mounds at the Effigy Mounds National Monument.
Credit NPS

Stacy Tornio is the author of nearly a dozen books related to nature, gardening and getting kids outside. She also runs the website DestinationNature.com and will have an upcoming book in the Ranger Rick series on the National Parks.