Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is the site of an ancient Mayan metropolis, complete with a hulking pyramid; The Temple of Kukulcan. It is well worth a tour as an attraction on its own or staying in nearby areas like Tulum or Cancun.
A self-guided walking tour of Chichen Itza lasts for 1–2 hours, depending on how long you spend at each stop and your pace. You will have plenty of time to soak up all of the histories at this fascinating landmark of Mexican history.
In Acadia National Park, fall colors are most vibrant in October. Every autumn, the park's trees begin changing from the typical leafy green — first into a brilliant gold, then soft oranges, and finally profoundly vibrant reds. These changes begin as early as September and extend into November, which is why October is the best time to see fall colors—it's the most likely month to get the full spread of the leafy rainbow!
You can avoid the crowds at Acadia in two ways—visit in the summer or skip those jam-packed Acadia National Park tours. The most important thing is to avoid those typical Acadia National Park tours, like buses or guided experiences and instead go for a self-guided one.
How can you pick just one? Both the Tennessee and North Carolina sides of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park have so much to offer. The main draw on the Tennessee side is Gatlinburg, first settled in 1803. North Carolina is also home to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Smokies.
The Great Smokies has some of the most amazing natural wonders, including the Arch Rock, Rainbow Falls, Clingman's Dome towers, and more.
Although both of these parks are in Utah, they offer very different experiences! Choosing which one you should visit depends on what you are looking for. While Bryce offers stunning views of hoodoos, taking an Arches park tour will bring you close to the iconic natural arches.
Arches National Park has over 2,000 arches that began their stories about 65 million years ago. Traveling through that kind of landscape is undoubtedly awe-inspiring, but it can be a little intimidating to figure out where to go. That’s where a self-guided tour steps in.