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Stops for the geologist

These reviews include some of the places I've been that have an interesting geological feature. These places may also be of interest to a normal traveller, but may hold something extra special for the geology lover.

Updated July 30, 2014
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  1. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Amboy, Washington, USA
    Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. The effects of the eruption were devastating. The north face of the mountain bulged and then blew off. The resulting mud and debris flow roared down the Toutle River valley destroying everything in its pat…
  2. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in White Sands National Monument, USA
    White Sands National Monument is located in south-central New Mexico near Alamogordo. The park covers about 115 square miles of beautiful white sand dunes. The park has several hiking trails though the dunes and sledding is a popular "sport" on the…
  3. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Blountville, Tennessee, USA
    Wow - this tour was amazing! It seriously is the wettest, muddiest, wildest cave tour I have ever been on. This tour is for the adventurous only as it requires lots of crawling, slithering, climbing, wading, ducking, squeezing, slipping, tripping, pu…
  4. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA
    Carlsbad is a sulfate dissolution cave - most caves are carbonate dissolution - so that makes it unique and accounts for its great size and large rooms. The sulfate comes from the hydrogen sulfide gas from oil and natural gas reservoirs in the area.…
  5. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Borre, Denmark
    Møns Klint is amazing! Translated, it means the cliffs of Mon (an island). These chalk cliffs are similar to the white cliffs of Dover, formed at the same time, in fact. The park is located on the island of Møn in Denmark. You pay to park (incl…
  6. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA
    If you like rocks, this is the place for you! Stone Mountain is a large granite exfoliation dome (with an amusement park). I just found out about this amusement park writing this review. You can pay $8 to park and hike all over and up to the top o…
  7. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Waite Park, Minnesota, USA
    Quarry Park and Nature Preserve is located in Waite Park, a suburb of St. Cloud, Minnesota. The park was an active granite quarry for over 100 years and is now a county park. The park is open year round and has so many fun things to do. It is only…
  8. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Bayfield, Wisconsin, USA
    The Apostle Island National Lakeshore is located in Northern Wisconsin on Lake Superior and consists of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland. This area is popular in summer, especially for sea kayaking in the Mawikwe Sea Caves. Other popular activitie…
    This review was featured on Sunday March 16th, 2014
  9. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Fredericksburg, Texas, USA
    If you want to walk (or climb) a big rock and are heading to central Texas, Enchanted Rock is a great stop for you! Similar to Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia, Enchanted Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above g…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rockford, Iowa, USA
    The Fossil and Prairie Park near Rockford, Iowa, is one of the few public parks where you can collect and keep fossils for free! The Devonian fossils include brachiopods, pelecypods (clams), gastropods (snails), horn coral, crinoids (water lilies), …
  11. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Gray, Tennessee, USA
    The Gray Fossil Site was discovered in 2000 during highway constructions activities. A large bone, an elephant hip, was discovered and brought all construction to a halt. Many other bones were discovered and soon it was realized that this was the l…
  12. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Canon City, Colorado, USA
    The Royal Gorge Bridge is the world's highest suspension bridge. The bridge spans the Arkansas River 1053 below. The rocks in the gorge are composed of beautiful gneiss. The entrance ticket is expensive - $23 per adult. The catch is that it inclu…
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Wendover, Utah, USA
    Do you like to drive fast? Then the Bonneville Salt Flats is the place for you! The Bonneville Salt Flats were formed when ancient Lake Bonneville drained and evaporated, leaving the salts behind on the silty soil. The Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake…
  14. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Maras, Peru
    The salt mines of Salineras, located a few miles from the ruins at Moray, were not covered by the Cusco ticket but worth the S/5 entrance fee. Our driver stopped at the top so we could get a nice overview. It was amazing. A warm, salty spring come…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Campobello Island, Canada
    Roosevelt Campobello International Park is jointly managed by the United States and Canada and is located on Campobello Island, just across the bridge from Lubec, Maine. Franklin Delano Roosevelt spent several summers in the family cottage on the is…
  16. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Park Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Julie (pinchora) and I spent the morning at Itasca State Park, home of the headwaters of the Mississippi River. A short walk from the parking lot and you'll find yourself crossing a little bridge over a little stream. That little stream is the Miss…
    This review was featured on Monday August 25th, 2008
  17. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Burnett, Texas, USA
    Inks Lake State Park is a beautiful place for hiking, camping or boating. The Colorado River flows through pink granite and gneiss hills through a chain of lakes known as the Highland Lakes chain. We stopped and hiked on the granite along the r…
  18. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, USA
    Door County is an outdoor lover's paradise. The county is the "thumb" in Wisconsin, with Green Bay on the west and Lake Michigan on the east, with 300 miles of shoreline. There are 5 state parks in this county, with Peninsula State Park in Fish Cre…
  19. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA
    Located in the next town over from Colorado Spring, the manitou cliff dwellings are sandstone brick homes built underneath a red sandstone overhang. The dwellings were built by the Anasazi over 700 years ago. You can walk through the buildings and c…
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Minnehaha Falls Park is a large park with historical buildings, picnic grounds, a restaurant, bandshell, bike rentals, and of course, a waterfall! The park is in Minneapolis and can be crazy on beautiful summer days and holidays. Parking is ava…
  21. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Pipestone, Minnesota, USA
    Pipestone National Monument is home to a special rock held sacred by the Native American Indians. This durable, soft, red stone is used to carve pipes traditionally used for ceremonial smoking. The pipestone is found 10-15 feet below the hard, pink…
  22. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Luverne, Minnesota, USA
    Blue Mounds State Park is named for the nearly 100 foot high cliff of pink Sioux quartzite that appears as a blue mound from a distance. This park covers about 1500 acres of prairie and has a bison herd, rock quarry, interpretive center, rock climbi…
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Manchester, Tennessee, USA
    This little park is located just north of Manchester, TN. It is free and has pretty nice (but short) hiking trails. The trails start on top of 85 ft cliffs and drop down to river level (and back up, of course!). There are a few different waterfall…
  24. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dahlen, North Dakota, USA
    Eskers are basically river channels that formed under the glacial ice during the last ice age. When the ice melts the river deposits fall to the surface and leave inverted river channels in the shape of long, sinuous ridges that snake across the lan…
  25. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA
    Posion ivy! It can ruin your vacation! This horrible plant has a woody stem and generally shiny green leaves in clusters of three. Hence the saying, "Leaves of Three, Leave them be!" The leaves also appear small and shiny red in spring. Sometime…
PhinsAndGills says:
Come to Ohio and check out the Glacial Grooves (Kelley's Island) and Hocking Hills (Logan, OH)! They'd be right up your alley!
Posted on: Jul 19, 2009
sweetsummerdaiz says:
I have a geology background and especially appreciate this list, I love it!
Posted on: Mar 05, 2009
geokid says:
Thanks for the list!!
Posted on: Feb 17, 2009
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