Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #36: Pinnacles

The mountainous area in the east of Salinas valley in California has Pinnacles National Park as its protector. There are rock formations that divide the park into two i.e. east and west divisions. The divisions are connected by foot trails. The east side has shade and water while the west has high walls. The rock formations attract rock climbers. The park was established in 1908 by U.S president Theodore Roosevelt and has since been managed by National Park Service. It was formerly Pinnacle National Monument and President Barrack Obama signed into law a congress legislation making it Pinnacle National Park in 2013.

Top Attraction
Hiking Trails
There are different hiking trails that accommodate hikers of all levels ranging from beginners to pros. Just remember to carry water.

For camp lovers, there are various camping grounds in the park. All you need to do is to make early reservations.

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is also a popular activity in this park. Therefore if you want to try this activity then make a point of visiting the park.

Talus Caves
Here at Pinnacle National Park there are two talus caves. It is advised that you check the status of the caves before visiting.

Bird Watching
The park offers a good place for birding.

How to get to Pinnacles National Park

The exact physical location of the park is 5000 California 146, Paicines, California, United States.  There are two entrances to the park, one on the east and the other on the west. Bicycles are also allowed inside the park but only on paved roads.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Space Needle. Seattle Washington.

Seattle is a common destination to many tourists, owing to the vast number of attractions found in the city. It is the largest city in Washington as well as in the Pacific Northwest region. The metropolitan area has an estimate of 3.7 million inhabitants making it the 15th largest in the US.

Space Needle is a legacy of Seattle from the 1962 World Fair. It stands tall at 605 feet making it an iconic observation tower with futuristic looks. The observation deck is at the 520 foot level and has a 360 degrees view of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle skyline. Sky City restaurant is just below the observation deck and makes a complete rotation every hour. It specializes in cuisine of the Pacific Northwest.

Admission - $21 per person for non-Washington residents

Portland Oregon

The largest city in the Oregon State in the United States is Portland. The latest census maps its population at 583,776 which ranks it at the 29th position in the list of United States most populous cities. Portland is located towards the Northwest of the Pacific in the Williamette Valley, marked with warm and dry summers, and damp chilly winters.

Mulnomah Falls

Multnomah waterfall is one of the main attractions in Portland. It is the second tallest fall in the country that runs all year round. Just a short distance from Portland are the narrow high falls, with the first set of falls dropping more than 500 feet. The fall drops to a quiet pool from which a second set of falls drops. It flows underneath a stone footbridge which was constructed in the early 1900s.

China Town

Horsetail Falls

Upper Horsetail Falls

Wahkeena Falls
see my Columbia River Gorge post.

Bridge of the gods.  Cascade Locks.