17. Trees of Mystery – Klamath, California

Trees of Mystery SkyTrail ride - Klamath, California

Scenic overlook at the Trees of Mystery - Klamath, California

Huge, old redwood tree stump at Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California

Paul Bunyan statue at Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California

Although many consider the Trees of Mystery attraction along scenic Hwy 101 as a “tourist trap,” I was actually quite pleased with this attraction. A gondola ride takes you up through the redwood trees to an observation deck with breathtaking views. There is also a unique museum with Bigfoot collectibles and clips of reported area sightings. You can also take your photo by the famous Paul Bunyan statue. On the small trail to the gondola, there are plenty of unique trees and odd facts to keep you interested. Worth every penny in my opinion!

Tip: Bring with a camera for the observation deck – lots of great photo opportunities here!

Cost: Adults (13-59) $15, Seniors (60+) $11, Kids 7-12 $8, Kids 6 and under are free Admission includes SkyTrail, Forest Experience Trail, Wilderness Trail, Trail of Tall Trees & the Kingdom of Trees)
Hours: Summer and winter hours vary. Click here for the operating hours.
Address: 15500 U.S. 101 Klamath, CA 95548

18. Downtown Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

Cloud Gate Sculpture at Millenium Park in Chicago

Milennium Park Ice Rink in Chicago, Illinois

Oak Street Beach Chicago

Chicago Lakefront Path

Chicago is the perfect destination for either the summer or the winter. Summer is a great time to visit the world renown museums, walk or bike along the beautiful Chicago Lakefront Trail, walk around Navy Pier, visit beaches, and take in the great skyline views. Winter is also a great time to visit with numerous holiday events including the Daley Center tree lighting, ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Christkindlmarket Chicago, Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo and more! Whichever time of year you visit you will be sure to have a great time!

Tip: Take public transportation like the “L” to get around. It is cheaper and less of a hassle then driving around/seeking parking in the city.

Key Address:
Navy Pier – 600 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
Millennium Park – 201 E Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60686
Magnificent Mile – 625 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60610
Lincoln Park Zoo – 2200 N Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614