“12 Natural Wonders You Can Visit Via Public Transportation” Discussion Thread

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Congaree National Park, in Columbia SC, can be visited via the COMET’s Route 47.

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In the SF Bay Area, Marin Headlands is reachable from downtown San Francisco on the Muni 76X bus. It only runs on weekends, however.

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Mount Tabor is an extinct cinder cone volcano in Portland, OR. Mt. Tabor Park can be reached via two bus routes - 15 (Belmont/NW 23rd) and 71 (60th Ave) which run along the sides of the park.

The Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson NJ - part of a National Historic Park - can be reached via New Jersey Transit’s #712 bus route (Hackensack - Paterson - Willowbrook Mall).

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Snoqualmie Falls, WA. Bus # 208. Snoqualmie Falls - Wikipedia

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Saguaro National Park, Tucson Arizona can be reached by the 450 or 7 bus lines: How to get to Saguaro National Park in Tucson by Bus | Moovit

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Muir Woods National Monument with its giant redwood trees. Just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco is the Muir Woods. You can take Bus 70 from 7th and Market. It takes about a 1/2 hour to get to Muir City. Then take Bus 66 to Muir Woods. If you want to do a round trip take the Sausalito Ferry back to San Francisco.

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Stone Mountain park is in suburban Atlanta, accessible by MARTA rapid transit and then transferring to the 119 bus. The walk from the bus is about a half mile. While the park has numerous amusement attractions, the 600-700 foot high “mountain” is (I believe) thelargest granite outcrop in America. An advantage of entering the park on foot: required parking pass is $22.00; entering on foot or on bike is free.

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Don’t you have to make a parking reservation if you drive yourself? It’s expensive, too. If you’re up for a longer hike, you can park at the Rock Springs Picnic Area on Mt Tamalpais for free and hike in (also for free!). I can say from experience that it’s pretty rough going back uphill on the return journey, though.

Loch Ness is easily accessible by bus from Inverness.

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Buchart Botanical Gardens - Line 75 bus gets you there from Victoria, British Columbia

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Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about two-and-a-half hours drive east of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; or 48 kilometres, about a half-hour drive northeast of Brooks. The park is situated in the valley of the Red Deer River, which is noted for its striking badland topography

The Badlands Trail is the first trail on the public scenic loop road. It is the only trail next to the park's specially designated area called the Natural Preserve. The Natural Preserve is off limits to all but park staff, research scientists and interpretive guided tours. Trail signage gives information on the creation of this unique badlands environment and why dinosaur bones are found here. The trail climbs in elevation past hoodoos and pinnacles, around sandstone ridges cut with rills (tiny streams) and through areas of bentonite clay. The views are spectacular! Please use the bicycle stands provided at the trailhead. No bicycles are allowed on the park's interpretive trails.
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Not sure if it is “easily” accessible by public transportation (I think it is possible by bus), but I was surprised to see that the Niagara Falls (in Canada) are entirily free of charge!

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I love this idea of access by public transportation. I like places with trails and wide vistas, usually wear a backpack and am now being turned away from museums and zoos because of new restrictions. I mostly travel by bus. Thanks for the suggestions.

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