Whether you’re from the mighty Midwest, hail from the California coast or consider yourself a tried and true New Englander, it’s difficult to deny that the United States offers a plethora of sightseeing and terrain variations for one mere country. With 80 preserves in the U.S., it’s also no surprise that Thousand Trails offers some exciting surprises to separate itself from the pack. This month, we’re featuring the Seven Wonders of Thousand Trails. See what made the list!
Haystack at Pacific City
This 235-foot rock juts itself out of the water at Cannon Beach near Pacific City and has become an extremely popular tourist attraction and photography focus. Tide pools around the Haystack are home to many creatures, including starfish, sea anemone, sea slugs and crabs.
Water World at Timothy Lake
Fresh from celebrating a birthday, Timothy Lake North’s indoor water park has been delighting guests for 20 years. Water World is full of fun for the whole family, as it features a Flume Slide, a large fully closed tube slide, Lazy River, lily pad walk, kiddie area with a large pirate ship and 2 hot tubs. If you’re looking to soak up the sun, there’s a large sun deck with lounge chairs. Additionally, the building has been opened up in various sections to allow fresh air to flow throughout the water park.
The Alamo, near Medina Lake
Nestled less than an hour from Medina Lake is a large piece of history specific to not only the United States, but especially the state of Texas: The Alamo. This landmark is a place where a small group of Texans held out for 13 days against the Centralist Army. Today, it is visited by more than 2.5 million people per year. The landmark is certainly worth the drive during a visit to Thousand Trails Medina Lake!
Covered Wagons and Tipis at Rancho Oso
If you’re looking to experience Thousand Trails in a whole new way, look no further than Rancho Oso! The preserve offers covered wagons and tipis as accommodations. Wagons sleep four on cots and also include one electrical outlet. The wagons encircle the fire pit and BBQ area at Rancho Oso to give the true vibe of camping with a group of pioneers. If you’re really ready to unplug and “rough it,” reserve a tipi, which sleeps four and offers no electricity.
While visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country, step away from your everyday gadgets and experience the Amish lifestyle of Lancaster County. The county offers numerous tours to get visitors in touch with this alternate lifestyle through buggy rides, quilt shops, mud sales, dining and farmers’ markets. It’s an experience that should not be missed.
Freshwater Boardwalk at St. Clair
Located in the same town as Michigan’s St. Clair preserve is the longest freshwater boardwalk in the world. That’s right – the world! While visiting the Midwest, take a stroll along a record holder and be sure to stop and check out the shops and eateries along the way.
Views of Mount St. Helens at Chehalis
It’s not every day that vacation goers are able to say they saw an active stratovolcano from their resort. Apparently these individuals haven’t had the opportunity to visit our Chehalis preserve, as it offers picture perfect views of Washington’s volcano. Its last known eruption happened as recently as July of 2008, making this a necessary addition to the 7 Wonders of Thousand Trails.