Put These Natural Wonders on Your Travel Bucket List
Everglades National Park is home to 1.5 million acres of lush wetlands
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Throughout the pandemic, many of us learned the importance of slowing down and appreciating the beauty of nature — and our interest in the great outdoors looks set to grow as we continue rediscovering the wider world. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, we shine a spotlight on some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on the Hilton Grand Vacations network.
Admire the dramatic rock formations of Zion National Park
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While the most well-known natural attraction close to Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon, you shouldn’t overlook Zion National Park. Spread across 229 square miles, it’s a dramatic landscape of multi-hued rock layers, towering mesas and twisting canyons. Here, you’ll discover plenty of hiking trails catering to all levels of fitness, as well as numerous opportunities for canyoneering and rock climbing.
Where to stay: After a day exploring Zion National Park, drive back to Las Vegas and check-in at The Boulevard, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Situated on the glittering Strip, the family-friendly resort features spacious studios and suites with a desert-inspired aesthetic. Relax by the pool with a refreshing beverage or enjoy some downtime at the on-site spa after a long day on the trails. For a Studio, you can expect to spend from 352 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 704 Points (Friday–Sunday) per night during Platinum Season, and from 256 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 512 Points (Friday–Sunday) per night during Gold Season.
Zion National Park, near Las Vegas
Here are three tips to help you travel sustainably when visiting natural areas:
Take Only Memories
Avoid single-use plastics
If you’re packing a picnic, always bring your own water bottle, containers and utensils so you don’t have to use disposables, which add to the local landfill.
The Angel Oak Tree is among the largest of its kind in the world
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Estimated to be between 300 and 500 years old, the Angel Oak Tree — which stands at an impressive 65 feet, with a circumference of 25.5 feet — is believed to be the largest living oak tree east of the Mississippi River. Visitors aren’t allowed to lay blankets, place tripods or consume any food or drinks beneath its branches, but there’s a picnic area nearby where you can admire nature’s grandeur from a distance.
Where to stay: Our first property in the Lowcountry, Liberty Place Charleston, a Hilton Club is a 25-minute drive from the Angel Oak Tree and a short walk from the charming Charleston Historic District. For a Studio, you can expect to spend from 544 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 1,088 Points (Friday–Sunday) per night during Platinum Season, and from 384 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 768 Points (Friday–Sunday) per night during Gold Season. Note that the property is constantly in high demand, so be sure to book ahead.
Angel Oak Tree, Charleston
You’ll get to glimpse diverse wildlife at Everglades National Park
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Sprawled across 1.5 million acres of wetland on the southern tip of Florida, Everglades National Park is a UNESCO-listed network of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods home to a diverse array of animal species. Apart from its famous alligators and crocodiles, keep your eyes peeled for other fascinating wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, Florida panthers and banded water snakes.
Where to stay: Book a stylish suite at McAlpin Ocean Plaza, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Conveniently located along Miami’s palm tree-lined Ocean Drive, it offers easy access to South Beach’s best restaurants, bars and cultural venues. For a 1-Bedroom Suite, you can expect to spend from 768 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 1,536 Points (Friday–Sunday) per night during Platinum Season, and from 544 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 1,088 Points (Friday–Sunday) during Gold Season.
Everglades National Park, near Miami
Soak up glorious ocean views while hiking Diamond Head
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Designated as a Hawaii State Park, this roughly 300,000-year-old volcanic cone is one of Oahu’s most famous attractions. You can hike from the Diamond Head trailhead to the summit in about an hour, enjoying panoramic ocean views — and perhaps even glimpses of elusive humpback whales — along the way.
When in Oahu, make time to also participate in the Malama Hawaii program, a sustainability-driven initiative that enables travelers to give back to the local community through activities such as beach clean-ups and planting native trees.
Where to stay: After all that exertion, relax and unwind in your suite at Hokulani Waikiki, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Be sure to check out the on-site Na Lani Sky Lounge, a rooftop deck with private cabanas and a plunge pool. For a 1-Bedroom Plus, you can expect to spend from 992 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 1,984 Points (Friday–Sunday) during Platinum Season, and from 672 Points (Monday–Thursday) to 1,344 Points (Friday–Sunday) during Gold Season.
Diamond Head, Oahu
Where possible, avoid motorized transportation and travel by foot or by bicycle instead. For longer distances, consider using public transportation or sharing rides.
Volunteer your time
Embarking on an extended vacation? Give back to the environment by participating in nature conservation projects such as the Malama Hawaii program.